Wednesday, 5 July 2017


When thinking of post-black metal, we all usually think of dissonant and morbid guitar patterns, fast drumming and that long abused "religious" feeling which has been for a long time the trademark of the actual genre. Alternatively, we think of the shoegazy style of bands such as Alcest, Lantlos and all those others who have mixed the genre with a more "rock-oriented" sound. That is why, after so many years, is always incredibly amazing when bands are capable of creating a completely new way of intending the genre. Over the black-metal roots of the style, Seventh Genocide have found their own voice and took the definition of "post-black metal" to a brand new level. Forget dissonances, forget shoegaze. If Pink Floyd could have played black metal, there is a huge possibility that their sound could have been not so far from what these Italians have to offer.
With a certain level of psychedelia mixed with a classic black metal approach of pure North European origins (early Hades, Isvind, Windir, early-Taake), Seventh Genocide are able to shift from blast-beat driven moments to pure evocative fragments of outstanding emotional beauty.

The musicians introduce the band and the new album:

"The band was originally formed in 2006 and got to release the early demo material around 2012. 
At the very beginning, the music was mainly focused on black metal but soon evolved into a more personal style.
With the first LP "Breeze of Memories" (released in 2015 by Naked Lunch Records - CD - and Red River Family Records - Cassette), the music bore the first symptoms of mutation, sounding more post-black metal oriented, also due to the insertion of more "contemplative" acoustic folk and post-rock passages.
After a strong line-up change, the band's sound and approach to songwriting moved toward a more experimental attitude. From this point of view, the forthcoming album "Toward Akina“ shows this new dimension, still influenced by post-rock & black metal, but in a darker and more introspective way. We think of "Toward Akina" as an introspective journey through death and the realms of non-physical existence, with the intention to express the depth of human consciousness across a huge variety of musical influences. From dark atmospheric black metal soundscapes to trippy psychedelic and ambient layers."

Still, the band talks about the new LP as follows:
"The concept of the album is focalized on death and transcendence from human to spiritual being across the astral planes of existence, analyzing life and love as causes of dissatisfaction and the powerlessness of the human condition in relation to the immensity and the eternity of nature. Those themes take shape through a rich blend of different musical genres and influences. Post-Black Metal played with a 70’s rock taste and contaminated with atmospheric post-rock parts and Pink Floyd-ish psychedelic passages."

Of course, talking about Pink Floyd, the task is not as easy as it sounds.
Yet, the band has perfectly been able to merge all of those influences and the result is highly intense.

The album will be released in September by Third I Rex in collaboration with Wooaaargh (Germany) and Chaotic Noise Prayers (Mexico).

Rodolfo Ciuffo – Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar.
Stefano Allegretti – Guitar.
Jacopo Gianmaria Pepe – Guitar.
Valerio Primo – Drums.

Artwork & Layout by Adrian Dexter.
Recorded by Roberto Mascia.
Mixed by Rodolfo Ciuffo.
Mastered by Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Wolvserpent, Earth, Altar Of Plagues, Ash Borer, Thou, Horse Latitude and many others).