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American doom experimentalists Eight Bells premiere a music video for the third single »The Well« taken from their upcoming album, »Legacy Of Ruin«, set to release on February 25th, 2022 via Prophecy Productions.
Melynda Jackson comments: “This song’s story is particularly personal for me. It explores the emotions and fears of pastoral ‘salt of the earth types’ looking over the land that no longer yields a good harvest as a metaphor describing their lives. Mourning the bountiful past and coming to realize that they themselves are responsible for a bleak future. Melynda Amann, who was a member during the writing of this track, is also singing with us, while Andrea Morgan adds haunting ambiance with his violin to the song.”
From Prophecy Productions:
With their third album, Portland metal experimentalists Eight Bells have sharpened their songwriting approach to create a soundtrack for the end of the world. »Legacy Of Ruin« again features the trio’s trademark haunting vocal harmonies along with sometimes blistering, and sometimes impressionistic guitar riffing to create heady atmospheres of dark and light.
The result of Eight Bells’ musical exploration is an emotional and insistent odyssey that transcends genre and imbues contemporary metal with 19th-century Victorian ghostliness, cinematic soundscapes in combination with female and male vocal harmonies perfectly fitting the album’s lyrical story. »Legacy Of Ruin« focuses on themes of the human condition, natural destruction, death, regret, loss, malice, and retribution.
Eight Bells were conceived as the brainchild and songwriting project of Melynda Jackson in 2010. The guitarist and vocalist named the band after the final album of her previous act, Subarachnoid Space. While the trio evolved through several line-up changes in the beginning, Melynda is now supported by vocalist and bass player Matt Solis (Cormorant, URSA) Brian Burke (No Shores, Cave Dweller) on drums.
Eight Bells breaks from the pack by exploring the natural tones and grand visions of the 1970s as reflected in the influences that she cites, which include early prog and krautrock trailblazers such as (Genesis, Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh, Magma, Rush), the ambient minimalist composers in the realm of (Brian and Steve Reich) as well as the progressive ends of the black, doom, and death metal spectrums such as (Enslaved, Ulver, Death, YOB, and Emperor) to name but a few.
Following the release of the »Isosceles« EP (2011), Eight Bells, gained international recognition for their debut album »The Captain’s Daughter« (2013) and tour support for SubRosa across North America. With their sophomore full-length »Landless« (2016), Eight Bells consolidated their reputation as one of the up and coming acts, joined Voivod in the US and received an invitation to Psycho Las Vegas, which the trio gladly accepted.
Now Eight Bells are poised to share their music with a wider audience. »Legacy Of Ruin« was engineered and produced by the masterful Billy Anderson (Amenra, Bell Witch, Leviathan, Swans), and has enabled the trio to reach a new dimension of sound quality.
»Legacy Of Ruin« is forceful confirmation that contemporary metal can be artistically impressive, and at the same time novel and expansive in its expression. Time to lean back, close your eyes and let Eight Bells’ haunting and beautiful swansong to a dying planet crash all over you in sonic waves.
Pre-order your copy here: lnk.spkr.media/eightbells-legacy
Eight Bells are:
Melynda Jackson – Guitar, Vocals
Matt Solis – Bass, Harmonies
Brian Burke – Drums
Melynda Marie Amann – Vocals on »The Well« and »The Crone«
Melynda Marie Amann – Keyboards on »The Well«
Andrea Morgan – Violin on »The Well«, »Nadir« and »Premonition«