The influence of exploratory post metal on the heavy music scene as a whole has always been undeniable, and we’re always eager to share newer records that will likely do little to change any minds on well-thought atmospheric experiments of the genre. That’s basically why we have teamed up with PALMER. Soon after the release of their well-crafted music video for the song “Misery”, the Swiss post metallers are finally ready to unleash of of their new sonic monuments that seem to be well redressing the weaknesses of its predecessors and building on their strengths. Their new record “Surrounding The Void” catches the listener immediately and carries through a moody, atmospheric soundscapes and broad range of emotions. Smart build ups and the smoothness of their transitions illustrate that we’re dealing with a well thought out piece of work. “Surrounding The Void” is enjoyable from beginning to end, and should not go unnoticed. Before you pick it up via Czar Of Crickets, we have an exclusive first listen of the whole thing right here! Scroll down to launch it and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Asked about the creative process that led them to create the record and their personal percetion of the record, the band offered the following:
The interesting thing about making an album is: you never really know where it’s going to take you. Even as a band that has been together for 16 years, you are never quite sure what the journey will be like.
When we decided to record a new album, about one and a half years ago, we found ourselves listening through a lot of ideas we had recorded ever since our second album ‘Momentum’ was released in 2011. I’m not really sure how many of those ideas actually got to be on the final album, probably none I guess. But they definitely got something going for us, they helped us pick up the creative process that led to the album ‘Surrounding The Void’. They formed the starting point for jam sessions that could take us anywhere and sometimes pretty far away from the initial idea itself. So in that sense those original ideas in one way or another actually do appear on the album.
The result of all the songs being written over a short period of time is the fact that the album feels like it’s made out of one mould. Each song fits in and intertwines with the other pieces. That’s definitely something we didn’t plan ahead; that just happened.
But ‘Surrounding The Void’ is by all means an album worth listening to from front to back. The concept that we like to have in a song, the tension that builds up between fragile parts and heavy riffs, that same concept is also reflected over the entire album. Enjoy the ride!
PALMER is: Steve Diener: vocals; Ueli Heiniger: bass; Remo Röschli: drums; Jan Wälchli: guitar.
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