Hot News: Dornenreich “Freiheit” and Lantlôs “Melting Sun” due out on May 2nd, 2014

Dornenreich – Freiheit

A climactic and quintessential release in Dornenreich’s discography.

In their 18th year of existence, Dornenreich release their eighth studio record “Freiheit”. What appears to be a logical progression from the acoustic album “In Luft geritzt” (2008) turns out to be the Austrians’ most versatile and courageous work to date. Confidently citing genres such as (Neo) Folk, Black Metal, Ambient, Neoclassical, Singer-Songwriter and even Flamenco/World Music, Dornenreich, consciously dodge categorisation and create an album that, in the end, could not have come from any other band than themselves.
With respect to its content, “Freiheit” is unmistakeably Dornenreich as well. It is “a concept album about the development of a human being from its undetached mode of existence towards an adult manchild’s conscious internal – and thus also external – freedom”, says Eviga about the lyrical aspect, which has always played a crucial role for Dornenreich, and continues: “As insinuated by the title and conceptual idea of the album, the music resembles a large river meandering through countless musical styles with unmatched vibrance and intensity. Dornenreich‘s manifestation is indebted to life, stems from and gets drawn towards the whole.”

Thus “Freiheit” is both a climactic and quintessential release, yet also marks a period of change and transition, for as already pointed out by Eviga, it will remain the group’s last studio album for a longer time.

Release date: 02.05.2014
North-American release date: 13.05.2014 (distribution only, not shop)

Available as:
– CD Digipak
– 2CD book edition (hardcover, 48 pages, 18x18cm) incl. commentaries by Eviga, English translations of the lyrics and bonus CD with seven exclusive bonus tracks (2.000 copies)

There are also bundles available with the format of your choice and a Dornenreich shirt: Bundles

Tracklist:
1. Im ersten aller Spiele
2. Von Kraft und Wunsch und jungen Federn
3. Des Meeres Atmen
4. Das Licht vertraut der Nacht
5. Aus Mut gewirkt
6. Im Fluß die Flammen
7. Traumestraum
8. Blume der Stille

Bonus CD of the book edition:
1. Jagd (Metal version)
2. Schlangenheil (exclusive new song)
3. Reime faucht der Märchensarg (acoustic version feat.Thomas Helm/Empyrium)
4. Traumestraum (alternative version feat. Thomas Helm/Empyrium)
5. Federstrich in Grabesnähe (live 2001)
6. Hier weht ein Moment (live 2001)
7. Tanz in Rauch und Rätsel (exclusive instrumental)

Lantlôs – Melting Sun

A meditative dream journey

Cold, urban, stark, escapist – these keywords were often attributed to the music of Lantlôs in the past. Now with the band’s fourth album “Melting Sun”, many things change on different levels: After Neige’s (Alcest) amical departure, Markus Siegenhort is solely responsible for the (by now only clean) vocals and has gathered a complete line-up for the very first time. These changes in personnel go along with a pleasant paradigm shift: Whereas in the past, the sound used to be chill and at times forbidding, “Melting Sun” paints warm, oneiric vistas in bright hues, where dream mingles with reality and all details merge into majestic entities of colour and shape.

Thus, escapism is still essential to Lantlôs‘ work, albeit under reverse conditions. With their new album, the group has created a meditative dream journey with a perfect visual counterpart in artist Pascal Hauer’s impressive illustrations. “Melting Sun” turns out to be a relaxed summer record between Post Metal and Dream Rock that, although it presents the gist of Lantlôs in a new musical form, remains characteristic, profoundly honest and – most of all – enthralling.

Release date: 02.05.2014
North-American release date: 13.05.2014 (distribution only, not shop)

Available as:
– CD in super jewelcase
– Gatefold LP (180g vinyl) incl. poster and PVC protection sleeve (500 copies)
– CD+DVD artbook (large-size hardcover, 48 pages, 28×28 cm) incl. additional exclusive artworks, bonus track “Melting Sun VII” and bonus DVD with studio documentary (700 copies)

There are also bundles available with the format of your choice and a Lantlôs shirt: Bundles

Tracklist:
1. Melting Sun I: Azure Chimes
2. Melting Sun II: Cherry Quartz
3. Melting Sun III: Aquamarine Towers
4. Melting Sun IV: Jade Fields
5. Melting Sun V: Oneironaut
6. Melting Sun VI: Golden Mind

Bonus track of the artbook:
7. Melting Sun VII

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