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Friday, January 22, 2016

Horse Latitudes unveil album trailer for forthcoming full-length 'Primal Gnosis'; Incoming 25th March via Ritual Productions

(Photo credit Timo Ketola)

Ritual Productions follow up their signing announcement of Helsinki's primitive elementalists Horse Latitudes with the first insight into the sound of their forthcoming full-length, Primal Gnosis, by way of an album trailer. The Finnish four piece are known for their slow, primordial and powerful music, combining suffocating doom, black metal and hypnotic psychedelic repetition to form their colossal vision.

The near seven-minute trailer offers sonic snippets of three songs – 'Incantation', 'Spirals' and 'New Dawn' - that help form the ritualistic entity that has become Primal Gnosis. The dark ambient textures and solemn, sombre moods are cut with pummelling bass lines and at times, seemingly possessed wails; simultaneously creating a commanding yet contemplative atmosphere.

Watch the album trailer for Primal Gnosis below.

Thematically and musically Primal Gnosis combines the essential elements of previous works and takes further steps into new dimensions. Over the vasts spans of their tracks, the doubled-up bass guitars assail and attack notions of sparsity with a complex sense of melancholia and aggresion that, combined with the smashing constant of percussion, attain a disturbing momentum. They display their avant-ferocity in a refracted manner, confronting monastic chanting with necro savagery, leading clinically detached post-punk queues of notes in to noise-rock crevasses, all the while finding more fuel for their greedy, churning engine. A highpoint in their outré discography, and an impacting occasion for denizens of unconventional and colossally heavy music.

Primal Gnosis tracklisting
1. Incantation
2. Spirals
3. Emergence
4. New Dawn
5. Beast of Waste and Desolation

Primal Gnosis marks the first studio contribution with Antti (Moog & noise), bringing a new dimension of dark synth into Vellu (bass), Heidi (bass) and Harri's (drums & vocals) song-writing process. David Terry (label-mate Bong's vocalist & bassist) adds an element of spoken word to one of the album's tracks too.

The album was recorded in two sessions during Autumn 2015, the first taking place at Studiogenes, Ikaalinen (engineered by Kalle Nurmi), and the second at Audiospot, Helsinki (engineered by Kimmo Tyni). The album was subsequently mixed by Kalle Nurmi and mastered by James Plotkin.

Horse Latitudes shall be celebrating the release of Primal Gnosis with a record release party at Kuudes Linja, Helsinki in their native Finland on 21st April.


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