Japanese post-hardcore / screamo / post metal icons ENVY have released a new 2-track EP called “Alnair in August” and it’s available for streaming in full! The new release marks the band’s first new music in three years and features two tracks “Dawn and gaze” and “Marginalized thread” that don’t share one unified musical genre, which is always a great thing with ENVY. Listen and share your thoughts in the comments below.
The new effort marks the band’s first official recording after Masahiro Tobita and Dairoku Seki’s leaving the band in early 2018 and vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa returning to the line-up after a two-year hiatus. Read the full press release below and scroll down to see their upcoming shows in Japan.
The new single from Envy – Japan’s most iconic and influential post-hardcore band – almost never happened. Following the most successful North American tour of their career – with Deafheaven in 2015, in support of their acclaimed album, Atheist’s Cornea – Envy returned home a deeply fractured group. The following two years were filled with both personal and creative struggles that often seemed insurmountable. After reuniting with briefly estranged singer Tetsuya Fukagawa, Envy severely shook up their lineup for the first time in their three- decade career, and now return with Alnair in August, the new two-song single that adds yet another ring to the band’s rich history of dynamic and melodic exploration. Hinting at what will come on their next full-length album, due later in 2019, the two songs here are vintage Envy, evolved: “Dawn and gaze” is a 7-minute triumph of ebb and flow that rivals the band’s strongest work, while “Marginalized thread” is a concise slice of cinematic thrash that recalls their landmark album, A Dead Sinking Story, with the increased focus on melodic resonance that has marked their later output.
2018.12.04 (tue) Tokyo LIQUIDROOM*
2018.12.18 (tue) Nagoya CLUB QUATTRO*
2018.12.19 (wed) Osaka 246 LIVEHOUSE GABU*
*with Guest Band