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After the remarkable success of their 2016 self-titled debut album, German duo Trautonist returns with a new full-length album that sees them pushing the borders of post-black metal another step forward, resulting in a synergistic impact of picturesque shoegaze and furious black metal displayed throughout 7 tracks spanning 41 minutes. As the title suggests, the theme of the album is Ember, a symbolism for intrinsic personal impulses that define what we are.
‘Fire And Ember’ describes the process of the alienation in certain social relationships, musically representing the full dynamics of this process with dreamy soundscapes and heavy breakdowns. ‘Smoke And Ember’ is a take on the stimulation and enhancement of one’s impetus and creativity through narcotics, appearing in a heavy and drifty outfit while being attended by Katharina’s ghostly vocals. ‘The Garden’ comes breezily, diving deeper into shoegaze, until the decelerating sets in; the inner garden becomes able to grow.
Once more mixed and mastered by Markus Siegenhort (Lantlôs), this record shows that Trautonist found their place but are not afraid to blur the lines of black metal and explore their own path.
Ember will be released through Wolves And Vibrancy Records on May 4th and is available for pre-order here. Listen to the album in full here: