(artwork by Denis Forkas Kostromitin, hi res available)
Imploding, abstracting and distorting the concepts of ceremony, volume and density since 2006, surrealist, esoteric and experimental rock band Gravetemple (Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Attila Csihar) return with a new album, Impassable Fears, recorded at Orgone with Jamie Gomez. Today we can share a piece from the album entitled “Elavúlt Földbolygó (World Out Of Date)” which you can listen to at the link below…
On Impassable Fears
, Gravetemple have refined and diversified their nuanced form of all-consuming, abstract death metal inspired heaviness. The essence of their other-worldly vocal exhortations, the maelstrom of frenetic beats and heavy guitar sounds are ever-present, as is the sheer power of their delivery. Yet Impassable Fears
is far from unrelenting, there’s shifting dynamics, revealing an abundance of unexplored sonic detail, across all intersections, deftly balancing minimalist and maximalist sounds with finesse.
The spiritual, existential and metaphysical are also key concerns for Gravetemple to explore sonically. Vocalist Attila, who hails from Budapest, expands on these intentions:
“The aim is to break boundaries and to find new horizons via the challenging of our own concepts of existence via the channels of musical trance. To me it is like a contemporary way of Shamanism. The Shaman in our ancient Hungarian tradition is a person who can see both the material and spiritual worlds and himself or herself is the bridge or the channel between. The connection to our deepest inner self is very primal and in a way sometimes infantile. We humans have encoded instinct to survive which ends up in the “Impassable fear” of Death. We challenge that primal fear by expecting whatever comes in our way on our musical journey. It’s about accepting whatever that each moment brings… Gravetemple is very special because here we are seeking trance while playing and recording music together. Almost like a spiritual experience.”
Gravetemple’s latest incantation, Impassable Fears, is a recording of such manifestations, continuing chief concerns laid forth since their inception: ceremony, volume, density. The record shall see light of day on Svart, 2nd June. Read on for further biographical info, and do get in touch with any further questions.
Additional biographical info…
The group was originally formed in the summer of 2006 as a unit for the musicians to tour Israel, however shortly before the dates the second Lebanon War broke out and was in action. Despite this the performances went ahead, as Attila put it at the time “We will bring the war onto the stage.” The ensuing aural conflict yielded a live recording which would became their first work The Holy Down, released on Southern Lord recordings in 2007. The following year, the trio were joined by a cameo guest appearance from Matt “Skitz” Sanders (DAMAGED, Sadistik Exekution, Funeral Moon and Noir Macabre among many others) for a short European tour culminating in a headlining performance at Supersonic Festival in Birmingham. Then in late 2009 the original trio of Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Attila Csihar reconvened for a special one-off concert at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Ambarchi, O’Malley and Csihar started tracking what became their new album during their 2013 UK tour.
“Layers of sonic magic, ritualistic pain, otherworldly sounds and audio emotions unknown to humankind…With each listen, you will be taken on a journey into the unknown and then back again. Within one song, GRAVETEMPLE will drag your mind into a black hole and turn your reality inside out”
. – CVLT NATION