Following their latest EP “Haganvelt” (2019), Austrian Blackened Doom Metallers LOATHER, will release their debut full-length “Eis”, on June 23rd through Vendetta Records. The band has unveiled “Holler Your Name”, the first track taken from its upcoming album.
Themes of loss and longing run through the DNA of “Holler Your Name”. It starts out as a Blackened mid-tempo dirge, all yearning guitar lines, soaring vocals and cavernous screams – which makes the melancholic ending passage of mournful, almost ecclesial bass and ethereal sighing even more effective.
As the name suggests, “Eis” (German for “ice”) is a rather chilling affair and while it is not a concept album at heart, themes of loss and interpersonal struggle can be heard in the soothing voices and desperate screams strewn across the icy landscape. Rooted in the groups signature narcotic approach to Metal music, reducing the records atmosphere to mere genre tags would do their versatile worldbuilding through sound wrong: it’s not the direct influence of Blackened or Doomed Metal that renders the nebulous haze of tracks like “Holler Your Name” so eerily effective – the key to this darkness lies in its successful blending of honest feelings with a lack of restraint when it comes to passionate delivery of good old heaviness.
“We look forward to sharing this new record with you very much, for multiple reasons. It kind of developed in a haste, but turned out to really capture this bands spirit in a way that we hadn‘t envisioned when we recorded it initially. It is the first time we use lyrics in german on two songs, and everyone in the band contributed in meaningful ways to the overall themes and content of it, which is a satisfying feeling to have looking back. In advance, we thank all of you that go on this journey with us, and if it touches any of you in any way, the energy spent working on it was given worthwhile. The mourning star has risen!” LOA✝️HER
Hailing from Vienna, Austria, LOATHER have been continuously blurring the lines of European underground Metal since 2016, releasing a demo, two EP‘s and sharing the stage with acts such as GGGOLDDD, ULTHA, WIEGEDOOD, WINDHAND and more. Being their first proper full-length album, “Eis” sees the band taking their unique Blackened narcotic Metal to new, at times unexpected territories – rest assured that the end result will ignite your heart while chilling you to the bone at the same time.
“Eis” track listing:
- Holler Your Name
- Lost Sight
- Proper Burial
You can listen to “Holler Your Name” in the following video: