Belgium-based psychedelic metal trio PSYCHONAUT today unveils their latest single, “All Your Gods Have Gone,” in the form of an animated video, now playing courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The charging new track is featured on the band’s forthcoming Violate Consensus Reality full-length, set for release on October 28th via Pelagic Records.
Elaborates Decibel Magazine, “Ever get the feeling you’re just a cog in capitalism’s wheel? That the rich are devouring you for the express purpose of fattening of their bank accounts? And that when you’re old, borderline decrepit, and have served your purpose that you’ll be cast aside like a bag of hockey pucks during the off-season? Well, the three Belgians who comprise melodic post-metal noise rockers PSYCHONAUT are here to confirm your feelings. The band is on the cusp of their latest and second album, Violate Consensus Reality and with latest advance single and video for ‘All Your Gods Have Gone’ the trio do absolutely nothing to ally your fears about being useful to our corporate overlords until you’re not…”
Notes the band, “This track is one of the shortest and heaviest tracks we’ve ever written. We don’t usually allow ourselves to put too much anger into our songs because we try to focus on the positive, but this album made us realize that it can actually be a very healthy thing to give into your anger from time to time. There’s no use in ignoring it because that only makes it grow. The lyrics to this track were very cleansing and healing to write in that way.”
View PSYCHONAUT’s “All Your Gods Have Gone” video at Decibel Magazine HERE.
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The immense success of PSYCHONAUT‘s Pelagic debut album Unfold The God Man, which has been repressed three times throughout the pandemic, has proven that PSYCHONAUT is a force with which to reckoned.
The three gentlemen from Mechelen, Belgium now return with a ferocious and muchly anticipated concept album that proclaims the formation of a new world through the acceptance of a new human identity. “We’ve always been interested in religion, spirituality and philosophy,” explains vocalist/guitarist Stefan de Graef about the music of PSYCHONAUT. “We’ve meditated together, had long discussions about the nature of life, and we share a common vision.”
Now, with the release of Violate Consensus Reality, the trio take you on a visceral trip into our collective human consciousness. A journey marked by ex-plosive riffs, soaring vocals and intricate yet catchy compositions. An impressive album which cements PSYCHONAUT‘s standing as aspirants to the throne of the contemporary European progressive/post metal community.
“We distance ourselves from a system that is based on the idea that humanity is fundamentally bad and needs protection from itself in the form of a hierarchy,” continues De Graef about PSYCHONAUT’s latest album. “By no longer subscribing to the notion that we are all separate beings in a separate world that is dead and pointless, we embrace the vision of a new civilization that is rooted in the idea that we are part of a living, sacred universe.”
Likening our present state of separation to “an island on oceans grown, designed to bear unpredictable wrath,” the band accompanies their denunciation by punishing riffs and heavily syncopated rhythms, grabbing you by your guts and taking you on a turbulent journey. Violate Consensus Reality engages the senses in a way that is quite rare for concept albums, it is raw and brutal, unlike the lofty concept albums of yore with their endlessly repeating motifs and needlessly complex song structures. It stands in a long tradition of activism in music, but it also deconstructs this tradition by taking its loud and admonishing tone and providing it with a thoughtful base rooted in philosophy and spirituality.
Violate Consensus is not for the faint hearted, concept-wise but also music-wise as it contains some of the most gnarly riffs and technical playing on any PSYCHONAUT output to date. The record constitutes a wild ride from the breakneck paced riffing of “A Pacifist’s Guide To Violence,” through the undulating neo-classical piano passages of “Hope” to the glorious finale of “Towards The Edge.” The mantric title track opens with the angelic voice of Stefanie Mannaerts (Brutus) and slowly builds up to erupt in an explosive sermon delivered by Colin H. van Eeckhout (Amenra, CHVE, Absent in Body), the appearance of both gifted musicians affirming PSYCHONAUT’s stature in the Belgian metal scene and beyond
Stefan De Graef – guitar/vocals
Thomas Michiels – bass/vocals
Harm Peters – drums