Antre will release their debut album, Void, via Withered Hand Records on February 22nd, 2019.
The black metal 5-piece band from Nottingham, UK take their name from the old English word for cave or cavern and self-recorded the tracks that make up Void in an old church. The band pull on threads from death metal, thrash and hardcore, and weave them into a dense back drop of black metal to create a claustrophobic and intense atmosphere. Antre is born from – and exists – in the place we all retreat to in moments of despair. The lyrical concepts explored on Void draw from stories and narratives that evoke feelings of internal human darkness and destruction. Those claustrophobic thought patterns are punctuated by moments of clear reflection, expressed in the stripped back, acoustic tracks.
Featuring members of Crumbling Ghost, Pombagira and Megalodoom, Antrehave a DIY ethos that underpins their band activities. Even the cover artwork was created by guitarist, Chris, who scratched the paint into the canvas to symbolise falling into the darkest of places.
We asked the band about their influences and Chris and drummer Barry came up with some excellent choices! Read about them here…
Satyricon – Volcano
Chris Marsland (guitar)
Huge huge influence on our writing and my musical choices in life. It was the first black metal album I fell for in a big way.
Its influence on my writing can’t be understated – its full of atmosphere and importantly, riffs. It’s a perfect combination of the two ideals that Antre is striving for musically.
Morbid Angel – Covenant
Chris Marsland (guitar)
I had this album on daily rotation when writing for our debut album Void.
The unrelenting aggression of Covenant is what makes it for me. It’s a nasty, violent record, that opens up a dark place and pulls you in.
Altar of Plagues – White Tomb
Barry Chadwick (drums)
Despite having Darkthrone, Enslaved and Emperor CDs in my collection since my teens, it wasn’t really until I listened to White Tomb when it was released during my early twenties that I started to get heavily into black metal in earnest. Whilst it might not be the most consistently fast black metal record (only the first track has any blastbeats, something I only just realised!), the towering riffs and bleak atmospheres cannot be denied. I’m fairly certain that my penchant for delay-drenched, tremolo-picked lead guitar lines can be traced directly back to when I discovered this record. For me, it remains a key touchstone for the kind of atmosphere and intensity I have tried to create through my contributions in previous projects, and to Antre in particular.