Following a huge response to their song War Flamingoes, thrash-prog-punk outfit The Erkonauts took to the internet to unleash details of their forthcoming album I Want It To End.
To give fans a bigger insight as to what to expect from their forthcoming release, the band have now dropped a larger than live song called Five Orange Seeds that has been inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tale – better known as Five Orange Pips.
The Gojira-esque anthem stands as testament to The Erkonauts‘ veritable smorgasbord of musical influences, as their music explores a musical landscape that pulls on a variety of threads. From the intense melodic prowess of Mastodon, the chaotic-ness of System of a Down, to the pulsing and relentless rhythmic mastery of Gojira, The Erkonauts form a sound that simultaneously hypnotises and delivers a powerful drop-kick to the face.
Former Sybreed bass player Ales Campanelli, who is the main singer-songwriter for The Erkonauts says this about the track.
“This song evokes a strong sense of duality. It’s always altering between a peaceful verse followed by an angry scared chorus. The concept is loosely based on the short story Five Orange Pips by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I had to change pips to seeds for singing reasons. “Pips” is not the kind of word you want to linger on, unfortunately. The relevant part of this story is the fact that people receive envelopes containing just the seeds and no message. It is understood that this means that punishment is coming. I liked this idea and it worked fine with the structure of the song. As we get scared we tend to lose our minds and that’s the path this song follows.”
Recorded and mixed by Drop at Downtone studio and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, ‘I Want It To End’ will be released independently on 1st October, 2020.
Of the album, The Erkonauts‘ vocalist and bassist Ales Campanelli comments: “This album is without a doubt my most personal work, and the most honest I’ve ever been with myself during the creative process. I Want It To End comes from hard times, heavy struggles and a lot of self-loathing. It was kind of a make or break situation. I put my last energy into it and came out feeling totally rejuvenated. A therapy of sorts. The people who worked and played on the record totally understood the situation and gave stellar performances and guidance. I Want It To End stands for a need for change.”
Formed in in 2014, The Erkonauts released their first demo to critical acclaim, hailed “Demo of the Month” in Rock Hard Germany #331. The band have toured in USA, Asia, Europe and Russia, and shared the stage with acts like Philm, Prong, Cradle of Filth or Samael.
The band’s debut album I Did Something Bad released on french label Kaotoxin in 2016 and earned the labels of “Best of 2016 in metal so far” on Napster.com and the #5 spot on one of MetalSucks.net Top 15 2016. Second album I Shall Forgive released a year later in 2017 through Indie Recordings (Wardruna, 1349, Keep of Kalessin, Kvelertak, Cult of Luna, etc) and ranked #14 amongst the best albums of 2017 on MetalSucks.net.
Billed as the “darkest” of The Erkonauts‘ full-length studio entries, the upcoming third album ‘I Want It To End’ bears the weight of troubled times, providing a brutally honest retelling of all that the band have endured over the past three years.The album has been drawn together from a previous line-up of musicians, including – Drop (guitars), Vinch Enzo (drums) and Fred Di Limoncelli (lead guitars).
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Ales Campanelli – Bass & Vocals
Los Sebos – Guitars
Fred Di Limoncelli – Guitars
Kevin Choiral – Drums
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