DIRGE‘s new album, “Hyperion“, is streaming in its entirety through the label’s bandcamp page.
This fantastic and massive (!!) new record is a real intense listening experience. Immense, colossal and yet deeply emotional all at once. As usual, DIRGE collaborated with several other talented guests on “Hyperion “: Nicolas Dick (KILL THE THRILL), Tara Vanflower (LYCIA) and Milena Rousseau (MIRODA).
The conceptual visual art was realized and conceived by Axël Kriloff and Stefan Thanneur (CHAOS ECHOES).
This 6th DIRGE album received an amazing amount of raving reviews, here’s a small overview :
American Aftermath (10/10), New Noise (8,5/10), The Metal Observer (9/10), Metal News (6/7), Ave Noctum (9/10), Soundscape (8/10), Rock Hard (8/10), Obsküre Magazine (84/100) etc.
“Hyperion” is composed of 6 tracks :
3. Venus Claws
4. Hyperion Under Glass
The vinyl version contains two bonus tracks : “Distance” and “Absence”.
“Hyperion” is out now worlwide (except for North America where it will be released on April 15th) in Digipack CD, 2×12″ Gatefold LP and digital download. You can order it from the label’s webshop at the following location.
“DIRGE have created something far more moving and powerful than GODFLESH ever did !” (Worm Gear)
Twenty years divide “Infected Brain Machine“, DIRGE‘s first demo, and “Hyperion“, their sixth album. First inclined to industrial textures somewhat similar to Godflesh, mixed with a touch of 90’s noise (still significant on the inaugural “Down, Last Level“, 1998), the band widens its sound palette at the turn of the 21st century. Less mechanical and more organic, heavy and stifling atmospheres follow the lines of corrosive guitars that subsequently become the core of DIRGE‘s music. Predating a genre that would later be christened as post-hardcore or post-metal, the second album, “Blight and Vision Below a Faded Sun“, is released in 2000.
Recorded during the spring of 2003, “And Shall the Sky Descend” follows one year later. If guitars remain the cornerstone of the four long pieces that build it, the extremely decelerated tempos, creeping samples, violin, didgeridoo and female vocals (Von Magnet’s Flore) present the result of three years of musical evolution towards more mesmerizing and psychedelic horizons.
In 2007, the band gives birth to “Wings of Lead over Dormant Seas“, an immersive double album in which ambient and tribal power stand alongside massive riffs and industrial volutes, haunted by the deep voice of Kill The Thrill’s Nicolas Dick on the one hour title track.
In April 2011, DIRGE injects ethereal brightness, lethargic cold and melodic breath within the telluric riffs running through its fifth release, the warmly acclaimed “Elysian Magnetic Fields“. For the album, the band embarks on tours from Portugal to Russia, including stops in Germany, UK, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Latvia, among others.
2014 is the “Hyperion” year. Released through the first-rate French label Debemur Morti Productions (Blut Aus Nord, Rosetta, Year Of No Light…), it draws the cold and ethereal vein of “Elysian Magnetic Fields” out, between hazy melancholy and movement variations, powerful as well as progressive. The various keys of vocals (Lycia’s Tara Vanflower is featured on one track) serve wide-ranging compositions, both profound and bright. With “Hyperion“, DIRGE signs its most daring and iconoclast work to date.