HYPNO5E: Everything Is Noise Premieres Sheol Full-Length; LP To Drop This Friday Via Pelagic Records

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Everything Is Noise is currently streaming Sheol, the latest studio offering from French avant-garde metal outfit HYPNO5E, in its breathtaking entirety. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official unveiling, Friday, February 24th via Pelagic Records.

Sheol shows HYPNO5E at the top of their game, revealing the epitome of their idiosyncratic sound while also exploring new and exciting aspects of their artistic identity. Once more, these four visionary musicians and cinematographers take us back to the lost shores of the Paleolithic Lake Tauca, where we dive deeper into its dark source to find vibrant visions of a memory both distant and hazy as well as warm and evocative.

Writes Everything Is Noise in part, “…there’s nothing quite like a HYPNO5E song, and Sheol has eight powerful compositions that will stir the emotions of anyone who listens… A hallmark of HYPNO5E is the ability to stack layer after layer of textures onto a song… There’s something here for everyone and it all works together seamlessly. This is another stellar album by a band that has been consistent for over a decade and will no doubt be one of the band’s crowning moments…”

Read more and stream HYPNO5E’s Sheol at THIS LOCATION.

View the band’s previously released video for “Sheol Part II” at THIS LOCATION, “Lava From The Sky” at THIS LOCATION, and “Slow Steams Of Darkness” at THIS LOCATION.

HYPNO5E’s Sheol will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.

Since 2006, HYPNO5E has been taking grand strides in honing their brand of cinematographic metal, with each of their albums developing elements that would become essential building blocks to their sound. Their 2007 debut album Des Deux l’Une Est l’Autre harnessed a raw, chaotic energy, while the following Acid Mist Tomorrow (2012) saw them apply a hazy filter to their ferocious sound. On Shores Of The Abstract Line (2015), HYPNO5E already transformed into the true modern metal grandmasters they are today, while the special soundtrack album Alba-Les Ombres Errantes explored a more subdued acoustic side of the band.

Sheol sees the band sounding warmer and brighter than anywhere else in their storied discography, and the arrival of new drummer Pierre Rettien and bass player Charles Villanueva adds a fresh touch the classic HYPNO5E sound. The sweeping finales of “Lands Of Haze” and “The Dreamer And His Dream” as well as the pastoral qualities of the quiet finger-picked parts on “Bone Dust” and “Lava From The Sky” hearken back to the old prog rock records of the ‘70s, albeit with an updated sonic palette and modern production parameters. Besides, these eight tracks also see the band carefully exploring new patterns, shapes, and forms within their own musical universe: from the alternating use of ritardando and accelerando on the aforementioned rim-clicks to the increased employment of string sections and vocal harmonies.

With the addition of a whole new palette of warmer and brighter tones, HYPNO5E superbly bridges the sounds of the modern progressive metal and retro prog-movements creating an evocative sonic experience. Sheol is undoubtedly the band’s best work to date as it gives evidence of an undeniable strength in artistic vision.

“There’s just something about the way the band not only fuse multiple styles and genres together but do so in a way that no-one else does – willing to pivot, at a moment’s notice, from massive metallic riffs to lengthy ambient excursions, often enhanced by moody voice-overs which serve to enhance the filmic nature of the music, before shifting stance to deliver a cathartic combo of jagged, technical rhythms and ragged, raw-throated howls, juxtaposed against passages of sombre, clean-picked and clean-sung atmosphere (and that’s just “Lands of Haze”) – which sets them apart from the crowd.” – No Clean Singing

HYPNO5E’s universe is incredibly rich. In one minute, the band is able to go from a surge of raw rage to a mysterious inner quietness, creating with Sheol one of the biggest complementary divides I know.” – Acta Infernalis

“Sheol is absolutely HYPNO5E’s most experimental and abstract release… With repetition, Sheol will slowly morph into the endearing album early listens foreshadow… another confident step forward for HYPNO5E’s sound that keeps their long-running formula intact while moving in an ever more abstract direction.” – Sputnik Music

Emmanuel Jessua – guitar, piano, charango, Portuguese guitar, vocals
Jonathan Maurois – guitars
Pierre Rettien – drums
Charles Villanueva – bass