Today, French metal outfit Insolvency announced their sophomore album ‘Illusional Gates’ with the release of their blistering new track ‘Blindness’. The album is set for release on 18th February 2022, with limited edition bundles being made available HERE.
Insolvency’s latest offering sees the band look at the ever-changing, technological world we live in today, analysing a society addicted to technology and instant gratification.
Speaking on the concept for their latest single, vocalist Valentin Gondouin says:
“This song deals with all the choices we make that are killing us slowly. We are more connected than ever, while at the same time, so detached from reality. ‘Blindness’ deals with the fake reality of life through social media, and the importance people give to it. When we’re on the internet, we see the world through our screen, thinking we can understand everything… but it’s like watching another world, where reality is polished, transformed and surreal.”
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The Album ‘Illusional Gates’ is the byproduct of the band’s collective struggles with depression, rage, mental health and daily anxieties throughout the past few years. The album builds on foreboding themes of oppression and living out of time, in a dream-like reality spinning out of control.
“The lyrics and the musical atmosphere express a range of feelings,”expresses bassist Pierre Challouet.“Between depression cycles, separation, burn out, as well as being tired of fighting for a living. We feel like we have lived in a mirage for many years, and we finally found a way to put it into words.”He adds:“We all felt restricted by the fake vision we had of the world. We wrongly lived in dreams and mental prisons for too many years, and it was time to open our eyes… even if opening our eyes was hurtful.”
Collaborating with Jim Pinder(Bullet For My Valentine, Fightstar, Machine Head and While She Sleeps)Insolvency put all of these themes and experiences into their songwriting as therapy. The resulting catharsis paints a vivid picture, blurring the lines of reality while being soundtracked by astonishingly brutal riffs. Packed guttural screams and soaring melody the album also includes special guest vocals from Ryan Kirby (Fit For a King) and CJ McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder) respectively.
‘Illusional Gates’ sees the band take a leap forward, pushing themselves and evolving from their previous works.“Compared to the first album, our style and writing evolved to be a lot more efficient,” says guitarist Bruno Blackstard. “in terms of riffs and melodies, as well as the progressive and slightly modernised production and ambience. Each song has its own universe and influences… from ambient to death-core, and even some post-hardcore vibes.”
Reflecting on the project and what the band has achieved, Gondouin remarks: “This album illustrates all the doors we have tried to go through in our lives that lead to deception and disappointment… But we’re here, and happy to be back after these past 2 years, showing all we’ve got, and pursuing our dreams.”
‘Illusional Gates’ is out February 18th, 2022.
‘ILLUSIONAL GATES’ TRACKLISTING
Blindness Torn Away Inside The Endless Maze (Featuring Ryan Kirby) Mirage Illusional gates Last Call Another Fate Stranger World Smother The Candle (Featuring CJ McMahon) Oversight Afterlight Fade and Flow
Valentin Gondouin – guitar/vox
Pierre Challouet – bass/vox
Bruno Blackstard – guitar/backing vox
Prosper Duffours – drums