March 21, 2022
Photo: Earl A Wakes

French metallers STENGAH have released their debut album SOMA SEMA via Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group.  To celebrate they have revealed the lyric video for new song Swoon, which you can watch below. Stengah have also kicked off their French tour.

Talking about the song Eliott Williame says, “Swoon is the sad story of a person who falls in love with the dreamed and ideal version of itself. It’s a painful journey, trying to coexist with that artificial other one, to look alike, to behave alike… basically wasting its life trying to be that someone he/she is not. And in the end, that feeling of being two people at once, only gets the character to self-destruct, mentally and physically.”

Continuing he adds “You can musically feel the lament of this song. Through the light and dark of something you over desire, it’s a call to accept yourself, to live by yourself and not through the eyes of someone else.”

Swoon is the fifth song to be released from the album following Message in Memories. All of the songs have a thematic link running through them.  He and the Sea is based on a French children’s book called La Mer et Lui by Henri Meunier & Régis Lejonc. It is about grieving an achieved journey and the beginning of a new one. It’s a song about the challenge of finding new purposes in life, going through strong feelings, and curating our precious memories. The key to an endless existence. Interlinked with the band’s previous two videos, we find ourselves in the man’s head from At the Behest of Origins, exploring this incarnation of his mind filled with a confrontation of love, anger, fear, curiosity and balance.

The video for At the Behest of Origins is a beautiful cinematic experience, which follows a man who wakes up at the sea edge. The viewer proceeds to observe a ‘conversation’ with a woman as his inner self as they share enigmatic messages and dialogue in a language that is only available as a related poem hosted on the band’s website. This followed the band’s debut single Above Inhumanity, which is about a confrontation between loneliness and fellowship through an imaginary conversation.

The French quintet has spent the last few years in a state of perpetual evolution, armed with some of the most visceral and forward-thinking riffs and refrains in recent memory. With shades of crunchy post-djent muscularity, these young virtuosos are carving their unique path to metal glory. Both thrillingly primal and ferociously intelligent, this music aspires to enlighten and brutalise in equal measure.

Founded by drummer Eliott Williame, STENGAH has the sound, the smarts, and the ambition to push heavy music ever further into the future. After years of steady evolution and meticulous attention to detail, the band – completed by bassist Benoit Creteur, lead guitarist Maxime Delassus, rhythm guitarist Alexis Dewasch and powerhouse frontman Nicolas Queste – have honed their sound to a state of cutting-edge perfection.

“The music is about (re)connecting with yourself,” says Eliott. “It is about people, their fears, their faiths and their philosophies. How sometimes those things can guide them, and how sometimes they can blind them. It asks, with no judgement, about how odd and how strange the social and emotional behaviours of human beings are. It’s all about the power to believe, in creativity, and consciousness.”

Soma Sema

  1. Weavering
  2. 2. At the Behest of Origins
  3. 3. Above Inhumanity
  4. 4. Swoon
  5. 5. Lumen
  6. 6. Message In Memories
  7. 7. Blank Masses Inheritance
  8. 8. He and the Sea
  9. 9. The Overman
  10. 10. Offering

Tour Dates

23 Mar – L’Aéronef, Lille, FRANCE
29 Mar – Le Petit Bain, Paris, FRANCE
01 Apr – Le Connexion, Toulouse, FRANCE
09 Apr – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, FRANCE
16 Apr – Les Cuizines, Chelles, FRANCE
19 Apr – Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, FRANCE
20 Apr – L’Ėtage, Rennes, FRANCE
19 Jun – Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE

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