Does Black Metal mix with 70s-era synth sounds à la Blade Runner and Jean- Michel Jarre? That's the question Ivo Henzi (vocals & guitars — ex-Eluveitie, Cellar Darling, Forest Of Fog) and Marc Petralito (synths, Appearance Of Nothing) asked themselves during a late and misty summer night in the enforced isolation of lockdown in 2020.
The resulting proof-of-concept is their debut album Absence, released on in the autumn of 2022: an introspective journey rising from the soul's abysses to the universe's endless expanses, where fierce and aggressive sounds meet anthemic, epic soundscapes. Guitar riffs rooted in modern black metal meet analogue synthesisers and Hammond organ evoking the sound of the 70s and 80s, creating a unique and compelling take on extreme music.
Absence was recorded and mixed by Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling, Eluveitie & many more) at Lucerne’s Sound Farm Studio, with drums performed by session drummer Dylan Watson (Kassogtha) and mastering by Dan Suter (Coroner, Eluveitie, Krokus & many more).