Below The Sun
The Russian four piece return with another progressive and atmospheric record that is ambitious as it is heavy. Alien World is based on the science fiction novel Solaris by Stanislaw Lem; a 1961 tale that explores the nature of human memory in the context of complex communications between human and non-human life forms. The non-human life form that is at the centre of the story is an oceanic planet which is capable of bringing human memories into a physical form. The pelagic themes explored within the music on Alien World continues into the album artwork, which depicts an alternative view of the ocean. The album was recorded at two different studios in the bands home town of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. No synthesisers or samplers were used during the recording; all sounds were made by guitars, bass, drums and vocals, with some later processed by effects pedals. The band has built layer upon layer of audio explorations, with clear overtones of black metal in the bleak soundscapes, oppressive doom, and swirling, atmospheric metal.