Latitudes premiere first track ‘Moorland Is the Sea’ from upcoming album ‘Part Island’
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On their fourth album ‘Part Island’ the UK atmospheric metal band Latitudes weave emotive metallic power and dream-state vulnerability – summoning a new level of melodicism through cast-iron, heartfelt songcraft.
Foregrounding vocals on every album track for the first time in the band’s 12 years, ‘Part Island’ is a dynamic collection unashamedly brim-filled with sadness and regret. Helmed by a performance of sheer naked honesty from vocalist Adam Symonds, the record incorporates acoustic guitar, piano and analogue synth within flowing volleys of melodic black metal, weighty contemplative doom and the wide-ranging wistfulness of indie, folk and shoegaze songwriting.
Produced by Chris Fielding (CONAN) at Skyhammer Studio, mastered by Audiosiege (CONVERGE) and featuring artwork by the in-demand Dehn Sora (BLUT AUS NORD), ‘Part Island’ weaves emotive songs throughout the record.
Political and personal, concerned with the mysteries of love and islands literal and self-created, this is an album about dissolution, leaving, reaching an end without ever truly knowing why.
‘Part Island’ is released 5th April 2019 via Debemur Morti Productions.
2. Moorland Is The Sea
5. The Great Past
6. Part Island
Vocals, Guitar, Synth – Adam Symonds
Guitar – Adam Crowley
Guitar – Tim Blyth
Bass – Jon Lyon
Drums – Mike Davies
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Influenced by a variety of music artists like NEUROSIS, RUSH, KING CRIMSON, BLUT AUS NORD, IMMOLATION, CONVERGE and MASTODON: LATITUDES will release their new studio album ‘Part Island’ on the 5th April 2019 via Debemur Morti Productions.
Looking inward for inspiration, these talented musicians present a powerfully unique record: riff-heavy and devastating, restless and condensed, melodic and atmospheric, imbued with unrelenting forward motion.
Latitudes were formed 2006 in Hertfordshire, UK primarily influenced by cinematic rock, doom metal and the roster of Hydra Head Records. Their first EP, the all-instrumental ‘Bleak Epiphanies in Slow Motion’, was recorded by Mark Williams (Oceansize) and released October 2007 by Shelsmusic. The EP was described by Metal Hammer as “an artefact of great power and beauty” and as “dark and enchantingly melancholic” by Rock Sound, who included it in their top 75 records of the year. Latitudes were consequently picked to play Damnation Festival 2008, toured the UK twice with then-label-mates *shels and played with bands including Baroness and This Will Destroy You, creating a reputation for crushingly intense live performances.
The band released their debut full length ‘Agonist’ in October 2009, bolstered by guest vocalist Adam Symonds (Eden Maine) and new member Rich Harper on keys/atmospherics. Recorded by Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Primordial) the record moved into darker, broader musical terrain. Agonist was described as “a staggering debut” by Kerrang!, “breathtaking” by Rock Sound and “f**king brilliant!” by The Quietus. Latitudes subsequently toured the UK with Hammers and played with bands such as Nachtmystium, A Storm of Light and Minsk.
By this point the band had advanced significantly into a heavier beast fusing the spirit of 70s’ prog with dissonant post-hardcore and elements of black, death and atmospheric doom metal. Second album ‘Individuation’ – released July 2012 and again recorded by Chris Fielding – layered passages of singular riffing, pounding creative rhythms, dreamlike vocals and hauntological sound textures. The album was described as “mesmerising” by Kerrang! and “beautiful” by Terrorizer, who placed it in their top 50 of the year. Latitudes subsequently condensed and honed their sound, playing a number of storming live sets including Arctangent, Desertfest, the Damnation Festival pre-show and as main support to Pallbearer in London.
In 2015 vocalist/multi-instrumentalist and regular collaborator Adam Symonds became a full-time member of the band. Latitudes’ third album ‘Old Sunlight’ – recorded with regular producer Chris Fielding and mastered by James Plotkin (Sunn O))), Earth) – was released January 2016 by new label Debemur Morti Productions. Acclaimed as “perfection” by Echoes and Dust, “wondrous” by Stereogum and “utterly intoxicating” by No Clean Singing, the record confirmed Latitudes to be a distinctive outlier in the realm of heavy music.
In April 2018, the band returned to Skyhammer Studio and Chris Fielding to record album number four: ‘Part Island’ – a full-vocal, pared down song-cycle unifying a cerebral take on underground metal with the atmospheric folk and shoegaze influences hitherto at the margins of their sound.