The up-and-coming Portland quintet VINTERSEA – whose crushing progressive metal draws heavy inspiration from the darkened skies of their native Pacific Northwest – has unveiled a second new track from their forthcoming sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “Illuminated.” Take a listen to “Befallen” – a riveting mix of prog, black, death and post-metal – at this location.
“While the title track from “Illuminated” showcases our progressive and melodic side, “Befallen” anchors the back half of the album with desolate atmospherics, cavernous blackened screams, oppressive blast beats, and devastating guitar riffs,” explains guitarist Riley Nix. “Even amid a sea of hopelessness, the song is meant to express resolute will and iron determination in the face of impossible odds.”
“Illuminated” will be released on Sept. 27 on CD, digital and limited-edition blue/white vinyl. Pre-orders are available at both http://vintersea.bandcamp.com and www.m-theoryaudio.com/store. The cover artwork, seen above, was designed by Xenoyr of Australia’s Ne Obliviscaris (a group with whom VINTERSEA has performed). The album was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals).
VINTERSEA first made waves via their self-released 2017 debut, “The Gravity Of Fall.” Recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason), the album was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending,” while Invisible Oranges praised the band for mixing a “Scandinavian flavor with a distinctly Pacific sound reminiscent of Agalloch and other more progressive moods.”
The group earned additional praise for its dynamic live performances alongside artists such as Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia. The band’s next scheduled concert will take place alongside Jinjer, The Browning and Sumo Cyco at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on November 2.