Less is more, a minimalist's axiom to life, or in this case, E-L-R's. Despite the relative simplicity of the approach, the atmosphere wholly envelops the listener with an uneasy ambience, building towards metallic dirges, fully engulfing the experience . Never technical, but technically brilliant Mænad weaves an aural tapestry of gloom and grandeur. Don't let the song lengths deter, they're (sadly) over before you know it.
Favorite track: Above The Mountains There Is Light.
On their debut full-length "Mænad", Swiss post doomers E-L-R offer a new perspective on panoramic musical vistas. Bassist I.R. and guitarist S.M., both of whom are singing, and drummer M.K. concoct an atmospheric, heavy and heady brew that sounds familiar and fresh at once.
Deeply rooted in their environment as individuals, E-L-R share a shamanist quality and acute spiritual awareness with Our Survival Depends On Us from Austria or Finnish folkists Hexvessel. According to I.R.,. their "music is very visceral. We want the listener to delve into our sphere and become entranced in order to feel our energy. It developed in close collaboration during long nights that we also used to write down stories of our own. In this way, we were able to define and carry through our vision."
With its title originating from the name of Greek god Dionysus' female followers, who are associated with nature and excessive feasting respectively, "Mænad" follows the group's celebrated 2018 demo "In Splendour & Sedation". The album tells a tale in different stages wherein emotions are constantly shifting like landscapes in passing. "It's mainly our own interpretation of texts and poems, combined with things we lived through ourselves," explains S.M.., "often describing sceneries and events or feelings." Summing up their sound, she speaks of "hypnotic rhythms suspended in a haze of eternal reverberation."
Given E-L-R's sense of community, it is no wonder they are eager to interact with like-minded artists such as Dool mastermind Ryanne van Dorst, who guests as a singer during 'Lunar Nights', or Colin H van Eeckhout from the group's erstwhile touring partners Amenra, who lends his voice to 'Above The Mountains There Is Light' and plays hurdy-gurdy in the intro to 'Glancing Limbs'.
"Mænad" is out on September 27th, 2019, as Digipak CD, LP (black and limited golden vinyl) and cassette tape.
This album takes me to the darkest places. The whole vibe and overall feel of that album is that of absolute dread, but also beauty. The overall mix of death metal, black metal and some jazz is perfect and the album is unique and fresh. Waiting in anticipation of album 2! chiragrajagopal