I have made no secret about me liking this band. But since Eryn Non Dae’s new masterwork Abandon of the Self blesses fans of dark progressive post-metal with its official release today, we thought it would be fit to stream it for you here and now.
Before I gush about this album again, some history of Eryn Non Dae would be in order. The band come from Bordeaux in France, having formed in 2001 under the name END (Their current name appears to be a backronym). Eryn Non Dae gained popularity quickly, playing Hellfest and Euroblast; touring with the likes of Gorguts and Gorod; and earning near universal critical acclaim for their first three albums. Fame eluded them in spite of all this. Perhaps the djent and deathcore bandwagons passed Eryn Non Dae by; raw brutality for its own sake displacing emotional honesty.
Listen to Abandon of the Self for a full dreadscape of human emotions. The many transitions between sounds and moods play the audience much as musical instruments. However pretentious it might be to claim any artist could incorporate their audience into their work, it works here on this basic, emotional level. Emotions have a universality to them, and great writing shows itself when music can touch them all, without seeming manipulative or exploitative. Such is the genius that Eryn Non Dae show on Abandon of the Self.