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Dark ambient/epic doom/black metal/slowcore band Forlesen drops the first single »Strega« taken from their new album »Black Terrain«

American dark ambient/epic doom/black metal/slowcore band Forlesen drops the first single »Strega« taken from their new album, »Black Terrain«, which will be released on October 28th, 2022 via I, Voidhanger Records.

Says the band: “We couldn’t be more happy to share the premiere of »Strega«, the first song off our new album, »Black Terrain«, streaming exclusively now at Machine Music! You can pre-order »Black Terrain« this Friday from I, Voidhanger Records.”

01. Strega
02. Black Terrain
03. Harrowed Earth
04. Saturnine

Courtesy of C Squared Music:

Forlesen premiere new single »Strega« at Machine Music!

Forlesen have offered up the first taste of their upcoming album with new their new single »Strega«. Taken from their upcoming album, »Black Terrain«, out on October 28th via I, Voidhanger Records, the band draws from dark ambient, epic doom, black metal and slowcore, subverting traditional songwriting.

“The most fitting counterpart to their brilliant debut, »Black Terrain« is often brash where »Hierophant Violent« was subdued. Attacking where the debut was lurking about…And this winding, 19-minute miracle of a track below is just that, another expression of the beautiful, human, and somehow still almost supernatural music that marks Forlesen. »Strega« will take you, it will love you, it will hurt you, and it will envelop you in a shimmering veil of magic.”

Forlesen formed in San Francisco at the end of 2016 and released their debut, »Hierophant Violent«, in 2020. Comprised of two side-length tracks, it soon found a cult following. Now based in Portland, OR, Forlesen continues their compositional evolution with »Black Terrain«, expanding into previously untapped musical realms.

As with their debut, »Black Terrain«’s monolithic songs, at times approaching twenty minutes in length, fully immerse the listener in a contrast of the serene and cacophonous. »Strega« begins shrouded in eerie atmosphere before embarking on a journey from vulnerable ballad to hymnal dirge. The ferocity of »Harrowed Earth« thrusts the album into the realm of black and doom metal. In the aftermath, »Saturnine« brings the album full circle, culminating in an ethereal mantra.

»Black Terrain« evokes a sense of the grand, but also the intimate. Each instrument and voice is carefully placed and each musical transition seamless to prevent the mesmerizing spell from being broken. Forlesen have crafted a stunning cinematic masterpiece.

Forlesen is:
Ascalaphus (ex-Botanist) – Vocals, Guitars, Synth, Harmonium, Bass
Bezaelith (Lotus Thief) – Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Synth
Petit Albert (Lotus Thief) – Guitars, Synth, Hammond B3 Organ, Backing Vocals
Maleus (ex-Kayo Dot, ex-Maudlin Of The Well) – Drums

Glockenspiel and trumpet performed by Leila Abdul-Rauf.
Music and lyrics by Ascalaphus except lyrics on »Black Terrain« by Bezaelith.
All music arranged by Forlesen.
Drums and Hammond B3 recorded by Justin Phelps at the Hallowed Halls, Portland, OR.
All other recording done in various home studios between 2018 and 2021.
Mixed by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden, Oakland, CA.
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios, Pittsburgh, PA.
Artwork by Benjamin A. Vierling.

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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