Germany’s post-black metal outfit Heretoir is going to release a new record, and it’s just around the corner! After five years of intense work, The Circle will be released on March 24th via Northern Silence! It’s their first full-length record since 2011’s selftitled début record Heretoir.
This song starts with warm, dreamy and clean guitar playing while the ride cymbal plays a slight rhythm. A lead guitar comes in, laying a melody over the chords until the song starts properly with soft, distorted tremolo guitaring and a pushing groove. The clean vocals join in, and at this point one might realize: this isn’t a heavy one. This song is a beautifully shaped, shoegazy post-rock track best described as one thing: beautiful. But “Golden Dust” isn’t the only single off Heretoir‘s upcoming record The Circle.
Released alongside a video on February 28th, this song starts out way more progressive and heavy. “The White” switches between a 4th and a 3rd time signature. But it’s not only that polyrhythmic Textures vibe within the chorus that makes this song interesting. Halfway through, there’s a huge and overwhelming break in the song. The epicness grandeur of this part is reminiscent of the Devin Townsend Project, while the post metal-ish ambiance carries on. Backing vocals à la Alcest make for an even deeper atmosphere. Just listen to the harmonic repetition of the word ‘illuminate’ and see how it burns itself into your mind. This song will getting you excited for sure!
So, we got these two singles now and only have to wait three more weeks for the full record. “Golden Dust” and “The White” are sounding very diverse and different from each other, still they sound 100% like Heretoir. A top-notch production and the highly convincing ambience are an insane foundation for The Circle to build upon. As stated by the band themselves:
‘The 65 minute journey The Circle deals with the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Weaving crushing heaviness and atmospheric dreaminess the album portrays an emotional journey – a life dedicated to the sun and to freedom.’
See the album’s full tracklist, as well as the artwork, below:
2. The White
4. Golden Dust
5. My Dreams Are Lights In The Sky
6. XIX XXI XIV
9. Laniakea Dances (Soleils Couchants)
10. Fading With The Grey
11. The Circle (Omega)
The beautiful artwork was done by Fursy Teyssier from Les Discrets, while Lasse Lammert did the mastering on The Circle. One of the songs also features Alcest mastermind Stéphane ‘Neige’ Paut. If this doesn’t get you pumped…
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