Out This Friday: Sundrowned’s “Become Ethereal”

Hailing from the rainy coastal town of Haugesund in Norway, post-black-metal band Sundrowned is getting ready to release their debut album “Become Ethereal” through Fysisk Format. With a sound reminiscent of bands like Alcest, Rosetta, and Deafheaven, Sundrowned is primarily the solo project of Jone Amundsen Piscopo and is joined by Aron Eggertsson, Gabriel Innocent and Markus Jakobsen live and on the album.

Produced by Ørjan Kristoffersen Lund (NAG, Avast, Agenda, etc…) at Bridge Burner Recording studio in Stavanger “Become Ethereal” sees Sundrowned putting a deeper focus on dense atmospheres and melancholic melodies rather than the heavy riffage.  Still the album still possesses a strong and powerful metal sound that masterfully counterbalances the more dreamy and ethereal moments. Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, Sleep, Nails) of Audioseige mastered the album managing to keep a certain clarity and distinction between every single note despite its reverberated heavy sound.

“Become Ethereal” is the first album in a series exploring the different facets of humanity seen through the lens of classical alchemy and the search for perfection. The album takes on the concept of the soul in the form of memories. Both how your own actions and experiences affect you as well as how the people around you shape your personality and emotional state.

The album cover was drawn by Norwegian artist Bernhard Østebø during an art performance where the band played though the entirety of the album while Bernhard improvised with coal drawings. Through this technique Bernhard retains an emotionally pure and almost shapeless visual style that fits perfectly with the aesthetics of the music.


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