Back in 2020, Czech black metal cult Somniate released their debut LP. As an introduction to their sound, The Meyrinkian Slumber revealed a band who explores the peripheral shadows of black metal. But as a concept album it reflects Somniate’s tastes even further. Their debut was inspired by the seminal magical realism of Gustav Meyrink’s The Golem. Like that author, they toy with the expectations of their art form with a unique vision of blackened metal. Now Somniate return with a new hallucinatory and literary album, entitled We Have Proved Death. Today Decibel exclusively streams the album a couple days ahead of its Lavadome release on Friday.
We Have Proved Death emerges from a nebulous fog of distorted guitars.
The album’s promotional text begs the listener to consider the dichotomy of the album’s potential meaning. “On the wings of merciless but skillfully crafted black metal, Somniate brings you a story from a world where the sun shines a different color every day. A world about which nobody is sure whether it ended for good or was born anew. A quiet community, undisturbed by the former matters of modern man, thriving in nature yet in the shadow of an old civilization. A city once swallowed by the apocalypse. Unconditional happiness or insanity? Peace or lethargy? Stillness or death? There are men who revel in love and compassion, and there are those who drink the bodies of the dead. Their paths are bound to collide.”
Press play below and drink from the strange dark waters of Somniate’s We Have Proved Death below.
Like the novel at the center of the album’s concept and themes, tThere are albums in this world that are inspired by books, that is, by the words and thoughts of their writers. “We Have Proved Death” captures the essence of what remained unsaid.
Relentless yet sophisticated Czech black metal spectacle SOMNIATE returns with their sophomore full-length record. Magical realism fuses with the black art once again, telling a story through blast beats, aggression and melancholy, shrouded in both clarity and dirt. The album was mixed and mastered by V. Santura, courtesy of TRIPTYKON/DARK FORTRESS, who is also responsible for sonic landscapes of BOLZER, ASCENSION, OBSCURA and other non-conformist artists.
Apart from university professors and literary critics, no one will ever know what went through the head of one Richard G. Brautigan (1935-1984) when he hammered down the draft of a short book called “In Watermelon Sugar” within two months in 1964. Although it was utopian literature – a vista of the good life, glorification of peace, some said – SOMNIATE couldn’t care less and found their own meaning behind the scenes.
The band’s debut “The Meyrinkian Slumber” (2020) was fascinated by the mysteries of the past; “We Have Proved Death” animates the unearthly beauty and earthly terror of the future. On the wings of merciless but skilfully crafted black metal, SOMNIATE brings you a story from a world where the sun shines a different colour every day – a world about which nobody is sure whether it ended for good or was born anew. A quiet community, undisturbed by the former matters of modern man, thriving in nature yet in the shadow of an old civilisation. A city once swallowed by the apocalypse. Unconditional happiness or insanity? Peace or lethargy? Stillness or death? There are men who revel in love and compassion, and there are those who drink the bodies of the dead. Their paths are bound to collide.
A psychedelic mixture of harmony and dissonance, both unpolished and elegant; black metal visions from the realm behind our eyelids.
Zdeněk Klekner – Vocals, Programming, Mouth harp
Marek Štembera – Vocals, Guitars
Aleš Vilingr – Guitars
Adam Kulich – Bass
Tomáš Mařík – Drums