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A Distant (Dark) Source


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unidual Trip-metal. The ambient parts are as poignant as the harsh ones.

And I know what I'm talking about, I was hypnotised at 11, and never woke up.
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sinisetkimallus One of the most impressive and moving albums I've heard. It doesn't exactly live up to AMT but at the same time it's a different beast entirely. I go on at length about this in the link below. Favorite track: On the Dry Lake.
Cheveu Miracle
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Cheveu Miracle Another coup de maître for this gifted band. Without hesitation, in my top 5 for 2019.
↳ « Il semble que les grandes âmes, parfois, soient moins épouvantées par la douleur que par le fait qu'elle ne dure pas... » (Albert Camus)
↪ (cinematic metal / 2019 / France (Montpellier) // (☑☑☑☑☑)² )
$ CD Favorite track: On Our Bed of Soil - Part III.
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Fred Jorissen A must buy album. Timeless
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gdvlakor Le meilleur "mastering" que j'ai entendu, avec celui de leur précédent album (Alba).
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"A Distant (Dark) Source", the new album from HYPNO5E!
Out now via Pelagic Records.


HYPNO5E have forged the term “cinematic metal” with their truly epic- scope compositions, oftentimes exceeding not only the 10- but the 20-minutes mark, merging elements of contemporary metal with latin folk and soundtrack-score like sonic landscapes. After the acoustic special album “Alba - Les Ombres Errantes” (2018), the Southern French quartet are now returning with a more “typical” HYPNO5E
record, if there is such a thing: their 5th album, “A Distant (Dark) Source”, is the second part of a diptych album project. Each part will be released separately, starting with the second one.

“A Distant (Dark) Source” continues to chase those demons and lost memories which the band has been chasing ever since their debut album “Des Deux L'Une Est L'Autre”: the album is an inward journey to the land of the ghosts of the past. At the origin of this distant dark source lies Tauca, an old Paleolithic lake located in Bolivia, where singer and guitarist Emmanuel Jessua has grown up, and continues to find inspiration for his musical endeavors.

Lake Tauca disappeared more than 15 000 years ago, leaving behind an arid land and salt lakes, like the Salt Desert of Uyuni or Coipasa, at 4.500m of altitude in the Andes mountain range. “A Distant (Dark) Source” is the musical imagination of a night in this desert, during which the old shores of the lake see the return of the shadows of the people who used to live in this area before its disappearance. A man comes back to the lake to look for the shadow of the woman he loved. The album tells the story of this ephemeral return.

“A Distant (Dark) Source” is the second part of this story and takes place during one single night.

... but don't be deterred by such conceptual enthusiasm, as HYPNO5E sound is powerful, visceral and immediate. There are moments that remind you of the expansive technical elaborations of BTBAM, but there is also the careful melancholia of Cynic and the sheer power of Gojira... but in the end, all these comparisons fail - HYPNO5E's organic sound is undoubtedly their own. Unlike so many bands who rely on a single sound or technique to create their music, HYPNO5E are not bound to any precondition.


released November 22, 2019


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Mixing ambient metal and video concept, the genius within HYPNO5E shows an all around approach to the arts, musically and visually. Playing many characters at its finest, HYPNO5E's signature sound paints the picture with such textures and color, displaying incomparable musicianship and creativity. ... more


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