PSYGNOSIS are light-years ahead of the curve. Not only do this extreme metal band bypass vocals entirely, they also include a cellist.
Their new album ‘Mercury’ finds the French quartet venturing deeper into the solar system. Watch the interstellar video for second single “Eclipse” on our YouTube channel HERE.
“Eclipse” reveals just how far Psygnosis can bend extreme metal. The song opens as if floating through deep space, deathly quiet except for a few scattered piano twinkles. But over the next 10 minutes, the band build speed, pulling supersonic bass and balletic cello bends into their orbit. When the blast beats kick into high gear and the riffs start to go haywire, the band burn through the atmosphere like a rocket ship.
‘Mercury’ comes out on September 15. Pre-order the album HERE. Pre-save it HERE.
Here’s what Psygnosis have to say about “Eclipse”: “This is the first track we composed for the album and represents the different contrasts in Psygnosis’ music very well. It’s a journey through atmospheric and melodic parts, blended with heavy riffs. We hope you will enjoy this one as much as we do
PSYGNOSIS is a project started in 2009 by Rémi Vanhove, who was eager to gather all of his musical influences into one entity. A first solo EP, “Phrases”, was released in June 2009 and lays the foundations of PSYGNOSIS’ music: an atmospheric extreme Metal with hints of electronic music. Rémi then surrounded himself with a second guitarist, a bassist and a singer, and continues to program the drums himself.
The first album “Anti-Sublime” was released in January 2012 and allowed the band to continue the artistic process started with “Phrases”. This release also marked the first encounters of the quartet with the public. After the EP “Sublimation” in 2013, Psygnosis came out with a second album in 2014. “Human Be[ing]” shows that the band has gained in maturity, through better digested influences and compositions whose structures become more complex.
The year 2015 marks an important change for PSYGNOSIS: The band made the radical choice to become instrumental by recruiting Raphaël Verguin as a cellist. A first EP “AAliens” followed, followed up by the full length “Neptune” in 2017, an ambitious opus of one hour and seventeen minutes inviting the listeners to travel to the ends of the Solar System.
Despite the instrumental aspect, PSYGNOSIS continues to assert its first intention: that of a Metal mixing nervous riffs, blast beats and atmospheric ambiences. The meeting of Rémi and Raphaël with the guitarist Elise Masliah and the drummer Thomas Crémier enables the quartet to stabilize its formation and to defend on stage PSYGNOSIS’ intense and emotional music.
Thomas Crémier : Drums, Sound Engineer
Elise Masliah : Guitar
Rémi Vanhove : Guitar, Sound Design
Raphaël Verguin : Cello
Cello recorded by Raphaël Verguin
All other instruments recorded by Thomas Crémier at SoundBlast Studios
Thomas Crémier at SoundBlast Studios
Cover artwork: Okiko
2×12″ Vinyl Gatefold in various colours