In the build up to the release of their third studio album, The Laurels of Serenity, German post metal heroes Red Apollo have released a brand new video for the album’s title track, and It Djents is lucky enough to have the exclusive premiere.
Listeners can expect some super rich guitar playing with some steady pounding drum work in a well paced and groovy song. It’s as thunderous it is patient, with vocals as about as guttural and intense as one could hope for.
Within the seven years of their existence, Red Apollo have sported a highly commendable work ethic, performing almost 150 shows and touring with peers such as Black Tusk and Heaven in Her Arms. And all evidence points to their upcoming album being something truly special. The Laurels of Serenity was recorded in the space of two years, and consists of eight songs thematically charting the spectrum of pathological fears. It promises to fuse the influences of hardcore, black metal, prog and crust, and emerge to be the band’s most prolific work to date.
In regards to literary inspiration, Red Apollo take great influence from Greek Mythology. ‘All the different pathological fears are humane conditions that everyone has to deal with in life eventually,’ Red Apollo state of their latest work, along with some of the themes seen in their new video, ‘The obsession and preoccupation with these dreadful feelings was already thematized by the ancient Greeks and found its personified place in mythology. Phobos and Deimos represent fear and terror and are the sons of Ares, the god of war. Both assist their father devotedly and help him by putting horses in front of his chariot before each campaign. This ancient scenery has not only influenced the design of the album cover but also the video for the title track‚ “The Laurels of Serenity‘!” The female protagonist is engrossed by profound anxiety and only finds relief when finally dominating and leading one of Ares’ fear-bringing horses.’
The Laurels of Serenity will be released via The Moment of Collapse Records on 27th April. You can pre-order the album and check out other Red Apollo merch at The Moment of Collapse site. To hear previous Red Apollo releases, check out their Spotify and Bandcamp pages. You can also keep up with the band’s latest news at their Official Facebook page.