Swiss dark metal/post-hardcore four-piece Impure Wilhelmina stream their seventh full-length album, »Antidote«, which was just released today, May 21st, 2021 via Season Of Mist.
The band comments: “We are extremely proud to present our 7th album ‘Antidote’ in its entirety. We’ve been working on it for almost two years, which seems like an eternity, especially under the current strange circumstances. We have put all our passion into it, to create a work that will haunt you, and perhaps even cure you. In any case, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🖤”
02. Midlife Hollow
08. Unpredicted Sky
10. Everything Is Vain
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.
Photo by Mehdi Benkler
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«.
The title evokes the cathartic aspect of the band’s music, acting like as a remedy against the darker sides of human mind which are, as often, explored in the lyrics. In the context of the pandemic that marked part of the creation of the album, this name also resonated in a very particular way. »Antidote« is Impure Wilhelmina’s second record to be released on Season Of Mist. Its ten tracks are a testament to the creativity and versatility of the band, which never ceases to explore new horizons without ever getting lost.
Impure Wilhelmina is:
Michael Schindl – Vocals/Guitars
Diogo Almeida – Guitars
Sébastien Dutruel – Bass
Mario Togni – Drums