French heavy prog/post-rock artist Bruno Karnel stream his new studio album, »Hic sunt dracones«, which was just released on November 3rd, 2023 via Bitume Prods.
01. La grise, la triste, l’horrible
02. Abscisses désordonnées
03. Mare Congelatum (Der Wanderer)
04. Mythologie vinyle
05. Négatif des vagues
07. Musique obsidienne
08. Kusi Kuyllur
09. Opération Septentrion
10. L’orme mort
Courtesy of Bitume Prods:
“Here are the dragons”: on the maps of the Middle Ages, this phrase was used to designate the limits of the known world, the strange, dangerous and extreme places where terrifying monsters were supposed to live. Bruno Karnel’s new album explores some of these extreme places, lost in the ice (»Tromsø«, »Mare Congelatum«, »Opération Septentrion«), crushed by the black heat of ancient Mexico (»Thiua«) or smothered in desert sand of Lima (»La grise, la triste, l’horrible«).
Between post-rock (»Kusi Kuyllur«), heavy prog (»Tromsø«, »Musique obsidienne«) and lunar Folk (»Négatif des vagues«), the 11 tracks on »Hic sunt dracones«, sung in French or English, also explore many musical territories.
Recorded and mixed by Florent Morel, like the previous album »Las Ilusiones«, at Marg’Sound Studio (which now plays host to big names on the French scene, such as Bandits Bandits), »Hic sunt dracones«, unlike its predecessor, features a host of guests (over a dozen!) from all over the world, including bassist Julien Waghon, drummer Pavel Ljubičić, guitarists Ricardo Da Silva (In Your I) and Matthieu Gajewski (Mattheui, ex-Master Crow), and cellist Polina Faustova (who toured with Hans Zimmer). The album is mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Soilwork, Molesome, Pixie Ninja, Anima Morte).
The album will also be available as digipack CD from March 15, 2024.
FFO: Porcupine Tree, Anathema, A Noend Of Mine