CANDLELIGHT MEDIA ALERT: TNRA Share “Istok” VIdeo + Burning The Oppressor Sign to the Label + Share “Warrior” Lyric Video


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RUSSIAN CELESTIAL BLACKGAZE TRIO TRNA RELEASE ATMOSPHERIC “ISTOK” VIDEO — WATCH

NEW ALBUM ISTOK OUT DIGITALLY ON SEPTEMBER 3 VIA CANDLELIGHT

PHYSICAL VERSION ARRIVES OCTOBER 1

Russian celestial blackgaze trio TRNA have released the music video for “Istok,” the title track of their upcoming new album, out September 3 via the fabled Candlelight Records. Pre-order the album here.

Watch the “Istok” music video here.

The black and white music video for “Istok” follows the narrative of two protagonists, a white-cloaked figure and a black-cloaked figure, as they encounter each other’s presence in a cornfield. The video visually tells the story of the album — to meditate on the importance of nature, finding inner peace, and gaining a viewpoint on life and the world.

On the inspiration for the debut music video, the band states, “It was written, directed, shot, and cut by our friend Gleb Kolotov in September 2020. It was the first time we did something like this. We hired actors, costumes, rented lenses and lights, and we think it all paid off in the end. The hard thing was to write the screenplay based on our vague descriptions about the track’s meaning and what the album is about. In the end what we have is a beautiful music video with a plot and we’re really thankful to all of Gleb and his crew for helping us so much.”

TRNA want to take you on a journey. Not to their Russian homeland, but beyond that, to a place not on any map, where the trio’s dreamy “celestial blackgaze” can properly get beneath your skin and into your mind. With their fourth album, Istok — their first for Candlelight Records — they’re pushing even further into the unknown.

The band formed in 2013 in Saint Petersburg, following the breakup of similarly blissful-minded outfit Princ Persii. Though not wanting to limit themselves to a genre, the tag of “celestial blackgaze” fit so well that it stuck – descriptive enough to catch their vibe, loose enough to have no walls. The band list artists like Wolves In the Throne Room, Panopticon, Amenra, Godflesh and shoegaze pioneers Slowdive as influences. But TRNA exist very much in their own otherworldly space.

Istok impresses with its vastness, its depth and its message. Recorded at Dobrolet Studios in Saint Petersburg and, in part, in their rehearsal space, TRNA wanted Istok to meditate on the importance of nature, and in finding an inner peace from which to get a viewpoint on life and the world.

“What is ‘Istok?’ ‘Istok’ is the place where all begins, where you go when you feel that you can’t bear your everyday life,” the band explain. “It’s the great nothingness where you find peace. It’s the salvation and relief. But to get there is a whole journey and it’s different for everyone. TRNA is always about nature. Of course we would like our music to speak for us and reading what people say about how they feel listening to it makes us believe that we manage to somehow get the message across.”

Across Istok, this takes many forms, from a more gentle serenity to cascading eruptions of black metal. The opening title-track bursts with glory and wonder, while “Echoes of the Past” is a blastbeat-led rager, and the 13-minute instrumental “Shining” is the euphoria after a storm. It all stems from the same purpose, and beautifully locks together to create an intense emotional journey.

ISTOK TRACK LISTING:
“Istok”
“Echoes of the Past”
Shining” (Feat. Gaerea)
“Burning Bridges, Shattered Dreams”
“Hearts Turn To Stone”
“Rebirth”
“Shining” (Instrumental)

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BURNING THE OPPRESSOR SIGN TO CANDLELIGHT

DAMNATION OUT OCTOBER 29 VIA CANDLELIGHT

BAND SHARES LYRIC VIDEO FOR “WARRIOR” FEATURING SIMON GIRARD OF BEYOND CREATION — WATCH + LISTEN

Candlelight Records is excited to announce signing Canadian death metal quintet Burning The Oppressor and the release of new album DAMNATION on October 29.

The band has released the first single from album, “Warrior,” featuring guest vocals from Beyond Creation’s Simon Girard.

Watch the lyric video for “Warrior” here.

Pre-order Damnation here.

“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that Burning The Oppressor joins the legendary and incredible Candlelight Records roster,” the band says. “Working with such an experienced and professional team means a lot to us. We grew up listening to the artists who have evolved on this label, and now we are part of it…It’s amazing!”

On the upcoming album, the band shares, “We are extremely proud to present our next album; Damnation, produced by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Shadow Of Intent, Ingested, Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, Beyond Creation). As an album with heavy social criticism where the dark side of the human experience coexists with mental illness and degradation, we are confident that we will be able to make the metalheads headbang to the sound of our music.”

Burning The Oppressor was founded in 2012 by passionate musicians with different influences and armed with remarkable stage dynamism. With intense texts and brutal riffs, BTO puts into words and sounds the trials of modern life and the sufferings of a society in turmoil. Militant in favour of social equity and the inclusion of all people, the band denounces discrimination and oppression through its work.

Strong from their experiences and numerous performances, from the early days at the Montebello Rockfest Festival to the latter days at Heavy Montréal Festival, BTO’s reputation is now stronger than ever. The name still resonates in the minds of all of those who have seen them live. The band has taken the metal scene with strength and burned down each and every venue it has performed at. It proudly shared the stage alongside great bands such as Skeletonwitch, Mass Hysteria, Tagada Jones, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Jungle Rot, The Browning, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Jinjer.

Burning The Oppressor also left its mark with its three previous albums: The Ignition (2012), Verbal Aggressor (2013), and Bloodshed (2017). Each of these albums were nominated for “Best Independent Metal Album” at GAMIQ Awards and Bloodshed won the public’s choice award for the “Metal Album Of The Year” in 2017.

With their forthcoming album, Burning The Oppressor will raise the rage to new heights and pursue its ascent on the metal scene. Armed with its groove death metal, the Canadian lineup is ready to rip your ears apart with blistering, yet catchy riffs, energy and passion.

DAMNATION TRACK LISTING:
“Cannibal K”
“The Oppressor”
“Martyrize”
“Black Eye”
“Wrongdoers Of The Seas”
“Crackhead”
“Damnation”
“Darkest Moonlight”
“Seven Generations Raped”
“Infamous Human Beast”
“Insanity”
“Warrior” (Feat. Simon Girard)

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