August 20, 2023
Photo – Philippe Parickmiler – Daynightpicture.

Instrumental Prog quartet PSYGNOSIS are proud to announce their brand new album Mercury, which will be released on September 15, 2023 via Season of Mist! This beautiful album reveals a whole different approach on extreme metal with different elements, of which one stands out the most: the band is forgoing a traditional vocalist and instead incorporate classical dearest instrument – the cello, adding a haunting and melodic element to their atmospheric extreme metal sound.

In celebration, the band are now releasing the second new track Eclipse, which comes in the form of a new music video.

PSYGNOSIS comment on the new track: “We are pleased to present to you Eclipse, the second track of our upcoming album Mercury. This is the first track we composed for the album and represents the different contrasts in Psygnosis‘ music very well: It’s a journey through atmospheric and melodical parts, blended with heavy riffs. We hope you will enjoy this one as much as we do.”

Mercury

  1. Öpik-Oort (12:33) [WATCH]
  2. Eclipse (10:38) [WATCH]
  3. Sunshine (08:57)
  4. Caloris Basin (08:43)
  5. Uranometria (15:27)

PSYGNOSIS is a project started in 2009 by Rémi Vanhove, who was eager to gather all of his musical influences into one entity. A first solo EP, Phrases, was released in June 2009 and lays the foundations of PSYGNOSIS‘ music: an atmospheric extreme Metal with hints of electronic music. Rémi then surrounded himself with a second guitarist, a bassist and a singer, and continues to program the drums himself.

The first album Anti-Sublime was released in January 2012 and allowed the band to continue the artistic process started with Phrases. This release also marked the first encounters of the quartet with the public. After the EP Sublimation in 2013, Psygnosis came out with a second album in 2014. Human Be[ing] shows that the band has gained in maturity, through better digested influences and compositions whose structures become more complex.

The year 2015 marks an important change for PSYGNOSIS: The band made the radical choice to become instrumental by recruiting Raphaël Verguin as a cellist. A first EP AAliens followed, followed up by the full length Neptune in 2017, an ambitious opus of one hour and seventeen minutes inviting the listeners to travel to the ends of the Solar System.

Despite the instrumental aspect, PSYGNOSIS continues to assert its first intention: that of a Metal mixing nervous riffs, blast beats and atmospheric ambiences. The meeting of Rémi and Raphaël with the guitarist Elise Masliah and the drummer Thomas Crémier enables the quartet to stabilize its formation and to defend on stage PSYGNOSIS‘ intense and emotional music.


Line-up:
Thomas Crémier : Drums, Sound Engineer
Elise Masliah : Guitar
Rémi Vanhove : Guitar, Sound Design
Raphaël Verguin : Cello


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