Copenhagen-based LLNN released their debut, “Loss”, last year via Pelagic. It was described as “a bleak soundtrack to a cinematic, post-apocalyptic landscape,”. The massively heavy, tightly-woven sonic fabric that these four young Danes create has been critically acclaimed.
The “Marks” material which forms their part of this upcoming split album with Wovoka was written and partially self-released before Loss. Much like Loss, the wavering drone synths that are effortlessly merged with their raw, hardcore-driven attack add to the subtle idiosyncratic nuances of LLNN‘s impressive sound. The band are not afraid to turn the guitars off in places to allow the melancholy epic synth parts of their work to shine.
Emerging from a near two-year break since their critically-lauded “Saros” debut, Wovoka contribute one single near eighteen-minute opus to the album, picking up right where LLNN leaves off. With compositions of truly epic proportions which transcend the clichés of heavy music, the band has cemented their position in the Los Angeles underground as one of the most volatile, unrelenting acts in the area. the band understand that true heaviness lies in reduction – reduction of tempo and of a musical idea to its bleak essence. Lyrically, “Traces” examines the nature of grief that comes from loss, in a fierce sonic representation of the emotional weight of fear, and the finality of death. Guitar and bass tones are particularly fearsome on this track with a sonic assault which marries hardcore elements with early Sabbath like slow paced riffing and wall of sound in your face intent.
The split is released on June 16th via Pelagic Records on CD, LP, and digital formats. Belgian artist Ammo was commissioned to create the stunning artwork, which perfectly reflects the music. The vinyl editions come with a hand-numbered, five-color screen-print. The limited edition comes on brass and black wax, which looks like an impact crater. Fans of Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, Amenra, Rosetta, and ISIS will find things they like here. See all ordering links below.
Impressive throughout. Powerful and arresting music. Both bands will be featured on Sonic Attack 214 (12th June)