IXION – French Atmospheric Doom Collective Stream Entire New EP “Extinction”

IXION – French Atmospheric Doom Collective Stream Entire New EP “Extinction” 

French atmospheric doom collective IXION are now streaming their entire new EP “Extinction” ahead of the release date set for tomorrow, April 16 via Finisterian Dead End/Season of Mist.

Questioning how humanity will struggle with mortality in a world where android technology is rapidly growing and dominating, “Extinction” is the first part of the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album entitled “Evolution”, which is divided in three chapters and is scheduled to be released in late October via Finisterian Dead End/Season of Mist.

The full EP is now playing at Invisible Oranges, who commented “On Extinction, the melancholic chords and dismal growls of death/doom metal are not a constant, but instead a gut-punching eventuality that lurks within sweeping instrumental textures. The combination draws up an especially potent atmosphere where quiet, musing exploration often meets stark, uncomfortable truth in dramatic form. Alongside excellent pacing, Extinction outstrips much of its peers by daring to apply unusual, drastic vocal harmonies in combination with emphatic riffs. It’s extremely contemplative, despite its heaviness, and lends real weight to its thought-provoking concept.”

Listen to “Extinction” here.

The band had this to say about the new album and the new EP “The album is based on a musical and thematic concept in three parts. It speaks about the evolution of humanity, the expansion of androids, and their crossed future, around an atmospheric, melancholic and progressive doom metal, playing with influences, sometimes orchestral, sometimes electronic.
As the first part, Extinction unveils a journey of atmospheric doom filled with symphonic and acoustic soundscapes, both epic and intimate. It will take you into the future, questioning how humanity will struggle with mortality in a world where android technology rises. Extinction will be released tomorrow on all digital platforms. As a whole, the album will also be released physically later this fall.”

Watch a music video for the opening track “The Withering of the Flesh” here: https://youtu.be/zJvZHVOjJcU?si=RQJLJJ4MpG5kPXke

Divided between three parts, “Evolution” is a natural successor to “L’Adieu aux Etoiles”, delivering an enthralling blend of progressive metal and melancholic and atmospheric doom. Across these three parts, IXION tell a concept and fictional story about the evolution of mankind and the interrelation with androids.

Originally formed in 2004 as a solo project by main composer and multi-instrumentalist Julien Prat, IXION have carved out a special place within the doom scene, with their singular blend of ambient/electronic music and atmospheric doom metal, drawing inspiration from science-fiction.