DIRGE, the godfather of the European Neurotic Post-Metal scene, recently decided to join forces with Debemur Morti Productions. This astonishing band is the creator of a wonderful musical landscape: the music – which both threatens and soothes – is heavy, massive and yet beautiful all at once, timeless and genre-defying. DIRGE is currently busy writing the material for what is expected to be just… incredible !
Last but not least, the band will open for TREPONEM PAL, on February 9th, in Paris.
DIRGE was born in Paris, France in 1994. The original core was formed by Marc T. (guitar, programming) and by Laurent P. (voice, programming). In the industrial-metal genre of bands like GODFLESH or PITCHSHIFTER, the music of the duo is a hybrid of corrosive riffs, robotic hammerings and scratching samples. Three demo-tapes are released during this first era.
After the departure of Laurent P., bass player David K. and guitarist Franck T. join the band. This first change in the line-up coincides with a noisier and less electronic curve; music becomes darker, tortured, dissonant. The first albumDown, Last Level is released in 1998.
1999: Alain B. (drums) and Christophe [Zomb] D. (machines) strengthen the band. Thus humanized, DIRGE‘s sound goes much more heavy and stifling, guitars becoming the centre of gravity of the second album, “Blight And Vision Below A Faded Sun”, released in 2000.
Replacing David K. and Franck T., Christian M. (bass) then guitarist Stéphane L. join DIRGE in 2001. Three years later, “And Shall The Sky Descend” introduces a more hypnotic and psychedelic aspect of the band’s music. If massive guitars stay in the centre of the four long pieces that build “And Shall The Sky Descend”, the extremely slow-downed tempos, creeping samples, minimal parts, violin and didgeridoo present the result of four years of musical evolution.
The band goes back to the studio in November 2006 to record its new work, the very progressive “Wings Of Lead Over Dormant Seas”. Released one year later as a double CD set, it features KILL THE THRILL’s singer Nicolas Dick on two tracks and receives a notable welcome from the press.
April 2011, DIRGE injects clear, ethereal and cold fluids within the telluric riffs crossing right through the warm acclaimed fifth album, “Elysian Magnetic Fields”.
Between 2011 and 2012, the band expands its horizons, travelling Europe from East to West, from Russia to Portugal including Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia and more.
Winter 2012/13, DIRGE focuses on new material for its sixth album to be released through its new label, Debemur Morti Productions (BLUT AUS NORD, MONOLITHE, OCTOBER FALLS…).