Pretoria, South Africa based psychedelic progressive doom metal band Acid Magus presents their highly anticipated album, »Hope Is Heavy«, which was just released this Friday, August 4th, 2023 via Mongrel Records.
01. Demon Behemoth
04. A Planet, A Deathstar
05. Dead Weight (feat. Johni Holiday)
06. Trillion Tonne Sun
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Prepare to embark on an unparalleled expedition into the depths of sonic consciousness as Acid Magus, the trailblazing South African psychedelic progressive doom ensemble, releases their much-awaited album, »Hope Is Heavy« out now on Mongrel Records. This boundary-pushing opus promises to challenge musical norms and elevate the listener’s experience to new dimensions.
Drawing inspiration from the ethereal realms of psychedelia, the intricate tapestry of progressive rock, and the weighty allure of doom metal, Acid Magus has crafted a mesmerizing sonic mosaic that defies conventions. With their transcendent soundscapes and innovative compositions, they have garnered the attention and accolades of heavyweight music media, setting the stage for a monumental release.
From the very first note, »Hope Is Heavy« immerses the audience in a captivating auditory cosmos. Each track is a sonic voyage, intricately woven with layers of mind-bending riffs, entrancing rhythms, and otherworldly vocals. The album’s seamless transitions between genres create a mesmerizing ebb and flow that holds the listener in a trance-like grip.
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Composed, produced and mixed by Keenan Kinnear.
Lyrics by Keenan Kinnear.
Additional production by Roelof van Tonder, Jarryd Wood and Anrico Jeske.
Vocals by Anrico Jeske.
Backing vocals by Brendon Bezuidenhout.
Additional vocals on »Dead Weight« by Johni Holiday of Ruff Majik.
Synth on »Trillion Tonne Sun« composed by Adrian Schutte.
Mastered for vinyl by Rogan Kelsey at Kelsey Mastering.
Art concept and design by Tyrone Le Roux-Atterbury.
Critics and reviewers from renowned music publications have already heaped praise upon the band’s new masterpiece:
“The future is bright for these bruisers.” – 8/10 Metal Hammer
“The six tracks that make up »Hope Is Heavy« are a thoroughly immersive experience.” – 7/10 Classic Rock Magazine
“Acid Magus are an exciting prospect in the global doom, heavy psych and stoner scenes and »Hope Is Heavy« is a tremendous sophomore effort that is sure to pull in a host of new fans. Poignant, powerful, and captivating, it is an excellent album to get lost in and ponder your own existence.” – 9/10 Distorted Sound Magazine
Featuring 6 tracks, »Hope Is Heavy« explores themes of existentialism, introspection, and the human condition. The band’s poetic lyrics delve into profound and introspective territories, inviting listeners to explore the depths of their own psyche.
“As time passed and I grew older, I found myself becoming depressed for no reason other than for the fact that I was becoming a bitter cynic. »Hope Is Heavy« is me trying to find that elusive light at the end of the ever present, gloomy tunnel.” – Keenan Kinnear, guitarist/songwriter.
Acid Magus invites you to join them on this extraordinary odyssey through sound and emotion. Brace yourselves for an auditory adventure like no other as »Hope Is Heavy« redefines the boundaries of musical exploration.