French cinematic, technical post-metal collective HYPNO5E unleash their monolithic A Distant (Dark) Source full-length via Pelagic Records on November 22nd. In advance, the band unveils the full stream and an epic, eighteen-minute video or the record’s thee-part title track.
Singer Emmanuel commented:
“A Distant Dark Source is our 5th album. It continues to chase those demons and lost memories which we have been chasing ever since the debut album “Des Deux L’Une Est L’Autre”. The album is an inward journey to the land of the ghosts of the past. At the origin of this distant dark source lies Tauca, an old Paleolithic lake located in Bolivia, where I grew up, and where I continue to find inspiration for my musical work. This album is the continuity of what we’ve built since the begining of the band, but it has a more visceral and direct, violent approach. It’s raw, direct and it got no boundaries, it’s our more personal album for many reasons. We found a common way to express this music, now we feel like all those lands we travelled together result in this particular musical object. But there’s more than sound, and we hope that you’ll escape on great wanderings too.”
Having forged the term “cinematic metal” with their truly epicscope compositions, oftentimes exceeding not only the ten- but the twenty-minute mark, HYPNO5E seamlessly merges elements of contemporary metal with Latin folk, and film-score like sonic landscapes. Following 2018’s special acoustic album, Alba – Les Ombres Errantes, the Southern French quartet return with a more “typical” HYPNO5E record, if there is such a thing. Fifth album, A Distant (Dark) Source, serves as the second part of a diptych album project. Each part will be released separately, starting with the second one.
A Distant (Dark) Source is an inward journey to the land of the ghosts of the past. At the origin of this distant dark source lies Tauca, an old Paleolithic lake located in Bolivia, where singer and guitarist Emmanuel Jessua has grown up, and continues to find inspiration for his musical endeavors.
Lake Tauca disappeared more than 15,000 years ago, leaving behind an arid land and salt lakes, like the Salt Desert of Uyuni or Coipasa, at 4.500m of altitude in the Andes mountain range. A Distant (Dark) Source is the musical imagination of a night in this desert, during which the old shores of the lake see the return of the shadows of the people who used to live in this area before its disappearance. A man comes back to the lake to look for the shadow of the woman he loved. The album tells the story of this ephemeral return.
A Distant (Dark) Source is the second part of this story and takes place during one single night… but don’t be deterred by such conceptual enthusiasm, as HYPNO5E’s sound is powerful, visceral, and immediate. There are moments that remind you of the expansive technical elaborations of Between The Buried And Me, but there is also the careful melancholia of Cynic and the sheer power of Gojira… but in the end, all these comparisons fail. HYPNO5E‘s organic sound is undoubtedly their own. Unlike so many bands who rely on a single sound or technique to create their music, HYPNO5E are not bound to any precondition.
A Distant (Dark) Source will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. See all preordering options below:
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