Photo by Mehdi Benkler
Swiss dark metal/post-hardcore band Impure Wilhelmina release a new live video for the track »Jasmines« taken from their latest full-length album, »Antidote«, out on May 21st, 2021 via Season Of Mist.
The band comments: “While waiting to finally get back on stage, we are proud to share with you this intense moment from the »Antidote« release party last October at L’Usine, in our home town of Geneva. Jasmines is a very special track which we had the chance to play that night accompanied on piano by our brother, friend and former drummer David. This rare and emotional atmosphere was beautifully captured by Steven Blatter in a single sequence shot across the venue. We love the result and hope you will too. We’re really looking forward to getting back on the road to share moments like this. Unfortunately our European tour that was supposed to start this week had to be cancelled, but we are actively working on rescheduling it later this year. We’ll see you soon, be sure!”
From Season Of Mist:
Impure Wilhelmina are now releasing a brand new live video for the track »Jasmines« which is taken from the band’s latest offering »Antidote«. The video was recorded during one of their live shows at the L’usine venue in Geneva in October 2021. Unfortunately, Impure Wilhelmina were forced to cancel their upcoming tour dates with Shores Of Null due to the current covid situation, but more shows will be announced soon!
»Antidote« is still available in various formats HERE.
For 25 years, Impure Wilhelmina has been creating a singular music on the borders of rock and metal. The Geneva quartet has never been afraid to reinvent itself and to push back the stylistic barriers, without ever losing its strong identity. Intensity, melody, power and melancholy are the key words that guide the band’s discography, shaping record after record a subtle blend of metal, post-hardcore, new wave and indie rock sounds.
Impure Wilhelmina has experienced many line-up changes over the years around Michael Schindl, singer-guitarist, main composer and lyricist. Founded in 1996, the group quickly built a reputation in the local, then Swiss and European independent scenes. The band has released a 7″, an EP, a split and seven full-length albums.
Impure Wilhelmina has regularly collaborated with sound engineers and producers Serge Morattel (»I Can’t Believe I Was Born In July« – 2001, »L’Amour, La Mort, L’Enfance Perdue« – 2004, »Prayers And Arsons« – 2008) and Raphaël Bovey (»Black Honey« – 2014, »Radiation« – 2017). These five albums illustrate the constant musical evolution of the band, which from a very dark and metal base gradually incorporates more rock elements. The clear vocals occupy an increasingly important place in the compositions, reinforcing the intensity and melodic depth.
In 2015, thanks to the great response to »Black Honey«, Impure Wilhelmina signed with the reference metal label Season Of Mist, which published »Radiation« two years later in 2017. Skillfully navigating between melodies and dissonances, always at the service of raw emotion, this sixth album was unanimously acclaimed by the press and the public, opening the doors to wider recognition.
After intensely touring all over Europe to promote »Radiation«, the band received great reward by being one of the four recipients of the 2019 grants for contemporary music awarded by the City of Geneva. This support has allowed Impure Wilhelmina to approach their new album with confidence and the will to develop their sound and get out of their comfort zone. The band put a lot of efforts in the elaboration and production of its new songs, notably by calling on Yvan Bing, producer and sound engineer, to accompany the four musicians throughout the creation process of the album. This successful collaboration began in the summer of 2019 and continued for over a year, giving rise to Impure Wilhelmina’s seventh album, »Antidote«.
In the context of the pandemic that marked part of the recording of »Antidote« and its long completion, this title also resonates in a very particular way. Welcome to this journey into uncharted musical lands.
Impure Wilhelmina is:
Michael Schindl – Vocals, Guitar
Mario Togni – Drums
Sébastien Dutruel – Bass
Diogo Almeida – Guitar