“UK band Mourning mix extreme metal and hardcore punk in a way that feels a little more unpredictable than your average metallic hardcore fare.” – BrooklynVegan
“‘Disenlightenment’ by Glasgow-based hardcore band Mourning channels distrust, exhaustion, and contempt of living in the modern western world into just under two minutes of furious, joyful noise.” – The Fader
“Mourning are fully-charged proponents for hardcore backed up with syncopated riffage, impassioned lyricism, blastbeats and the icy chill of black-metal tremolo to shackle your spines.” – The Soundboard
“Short, hard, sharp and furious, this is metallic hardcore that is likely to work just as well for metalheads as it will for hardcore kids, which is actually rarer than you’d think.” – Distorted Sound
UK metallic hardcore band Mourning have unleashed Disenlightenment, their new album out today on Streets of Hate. Mourning’s mix of influences shine throughout the eight tracks on the album, drawing from ‘90s upstate New York metallic hardcore, UK death metal and Scandanavian black metal. There’s plenty of heavy moments fixated on the band’s substantial guitar work, but also moment’s on reprieve that lean into more haunting territory. Tracks like “Cancer Incarnate” and “Desert Of The Spirit” are begging for some serious headbanging, while closer “Grievance Ascends” showcases the band’s more technical abilities.
Disenlightenment itself comes as a concept album as a commentary of the society we live in.
“The overarching theme of ‘Disenlightenment’ is of distrust, exhaustion and contempt of living in the modern western world. The debate of the west being in decline is a centuries old concept but it feels an entirely relevant concept right now when you want to talk about modern politics, culture, environment, social norms etc. Whether that’s the constant economic downturns, waning tolerance of opposing ideas, an unrepresentative political system, lack of cultural significance in the endless streams of content, an increasingly inhospitable environment, ideological fanaticism and zealotry etc. To put it simply, it feels like the sun is setting on the western empire.”
Disenlightenment was self-recorded and produced by the band at Audiolounge studios in Glasgow, UK, and was then mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, IL and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, OR. The album is available for vinyl pre-order now through Streets of Hate set to be shipped in early 2023.