Portuguese prog metallers SULLEN today release their stunning new full-length, Nodus Tollens – Act 1: Oblivion, upon the world.
SULLEN is a collective force of multiple personalities driven by a common search for new musical possibilities. Nodus Tollens – Act 1: Oblivion establishes a sonic evolution from the band’s 2015 Post-Human debut, while retaining the somber nature that characterizes their music. Layered textures of fierce vocals, guitars, drums, synths, and sound effects are intertwined with meditative passages, all permeated by the turmoil of changing time signatures and elusive chord progressions that make for an enticing listening experience, shaking listeners to their very core and inspiring meditation into the depths of the human soul. Embrace this journey with an open mind and heart and you’ll be taken to higher realms of existence and consciousness.
Find digital orders at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed in full. For physical orders, visit the SULLEN Bandcamp page HERE.
“Nodus Tollens” is a neologism by John Koenig, creator of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, used to define the feeling of insecurity that some people get when they find that their lives don’t make sense anymore. Nodus Tollens – Act 1: Oblivion portrays the apprehension of reality and the need for a paradigm shift; the realization that you’re not following the arc of the story – you must go back and reread the chapters you skimmed to get to the good parts – and that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.
“You know you’re in for a journey when the band’s album title says it’s an ‘Act.’ And what a journey this is. Nodus Tollens… reminds me of a Caligula’s Horse record with occasional growls and some Haken moments here and there. This one is moody, rhythmically awkward… a solid prog record.” – Metal Injection
“I’ve listened a number of times now, and I still feel like there are little secrets to discover, hidden passageways and hidden artifacts in the songs… these songs are bangers. They move fearlessly with purpose and meaning.” – Metal Asylum
“SULLEN finally returns from its 2015 debut with a more refined mixture of ambient electronica, progressive metal, and even some melodic death influences. Layered textures of intricate guitars, delicate synths, and vocals both clean and harsh define this quality progressive metal permeated by a gloomy feel…” – Cave Dweller Music
“…a damn fine display of gloriously melodic prog metal art…” – No Clean Singing
David Pais – vocals
Pedro Mendes – guitars
André Ribeiro – guitars
Ricardo Pinto – bass
Marcelo Aires – drums, percussion, keys