Today, Debemur Morti Productions proudly announce the release of AARA’s new album “Triade II: Hemera” on May 13th. The forthcoming long player is the second part of the so-called “Triade”-trilogy, giving musical form to the story of the 19th century Gothic Novel “Melmoth The Wanderer”.
Listen to the first unveiled song ‘Das Dunkel der Welt‘ on the label’s YouTube Channel:
On ‘Das Dunkel der Welt’, AARA utilize and combine traditional Black Metal elements with their specialty, an energetic interplay between melodic guitar work and sharp riffs, to evoke an oppressive sounding atmosphere. In combination with swift tempo changes, unexpected turns as well as dynamic drum work, the Swiss band perfectly demonstrates their signature sound, adding, however, a darker and heavier touch to the recipe.
Artists Berg & Fluss comment on the lyrical and the musical background of this composition:
Berg: “It was planned from the beginning that the trilogy would become darker piece by piece. This has on the one hand something to do with the structure of the book, and on the other hand it would be boring to release the same album three times. Nevertheless, it should be noticeable for the listener that the parts of the trilogy belong together. So, musically it is closer to “Triade I: Eos” than to “En Ergô Einai“, for example. ‘Das Dunkel der Welt’ is one of the simpler structured songs on the album. It draws more heavily on classic Black Metal than the other songs. The whole album is quite ‘old’, even though it is just going to be released now. I wrote most of the songs for “Triade II: Hemera” in late 2020 & early 2021. Everything was recorded in spring of 2021.”
Fluss: “The album “Triade II: Hemera” concludes the story of the monk who escaped from the monastery on “Triade I: Eos“. He ends up in the dungeons of the Inquisition but finally manages to escape. Through the help of a Jewish scholar, he finds protection from his persecutors, and finds records of Melmoth the Wanderer. This is where the second major narration in the story begins. This new story line forms a large part of the lyrical theme of the second part of the trilogy. Here the story is largely told from the perspective of Immalee, a young woman who was stranded as a child in a shipwreck on an Indian island. There she grew up alone, the only human being among animals and plants. Later, she is revered by the locals as the island’s deity. She embodies purity and innocence until she is finally visited by Melmoth the Wanderer. He abducts her from the island and takes her back to her strict Catholic family in Spain, where Immalee almost manages to break free from the shackles of her new home. Melmoth, however, continues to haunt her and asks her to marry him, with the intention of exchanging her soul for his immortality – a characteristic he had obtained through a pact with the Devil. She finally accepts, because Melmoth seems to be her only confidant and friend in this world. Such a bond is completely new to her. Thus, the two get married in darkness by an invisible ‘icy hand’ in an abandoned monastery. The song ‘Das Dunkel der Welt’ is about the specific moment when Melmoth destroys Immalee’s light-heartedness. He shows her the depravity and vices of humanity. He also shows her the different religions and how they sow discord among people.”
The wonderfully productive Swiss atmospheric Black Metal band AARA return with urgency to unleash “Triade II: Hemera“, their 4th full-length since 2019 and the second chapter of the Melmoth trilogy. Based upon the 1820 Gothic novel ‘Melmoth the Wanderer‘ by Charles Robert Maturin – and closely connected in style and atmosphere to 2021’s initial installment “Triade I: Eos” – each of the six brutally melodic tracks follows the book’s chronological mid-point narrative in a dazzling critical examination of theism and scepticism through the medium of top-tier Black Metal.
Although conceptually aligned with part one of the trilogy, “Triade II: Hemera” further-advances the AARA sound into realms of progressive extremity: defined once again by the beauteous lead melodies of composer/guitarist Berg, the record combines a raw violent undertow with subtle rhythmic shifts, left-field riffs/refrains and sublimated vocal savagery – interweaving Christian choirs, the Jewish shofar horn and traditional Indian vocal samples into yet another outstanding offering from an unstoppable young band overflowing with ideas and confidence.
02. Adoaina’s Elegien
03. Sonne der Nacht
04. Das Dunkel der Welt
05. Strepitus Mundi
Switzerland’s AARA was founded in 2018 by vocalist Fluss and multi-instrumentalist Berg to create art highly influenced by atmospheric Black Metal. Sporting an epic, classical feel, their sweeping compositions aim to take the listener through the darkest alleys of human existence. Soon after releasing their debut record “So fallen alle Tempel” in early 2019, AARA joined forces with Debemur Morti Productions, releasing their mosaic EP “Anthropozän” that same year.
Barely a year after their debut, AARA unveiled a new full-length record in April of 2020. A conceptual look into Europe’s Age of Enlightenment, “En Ergô Einai” sees AARA take their accomplished sound to new heights of mature artistic expression. Opened with a haunting acoustic intro courtesy of Vindsval (BLUT AUS NORD), “En Ergô Einai” is a triumph of fluid melodic euphoria and classical elegance, setting an even higher watermark in a bright, young discography. The third album and beginning of a trilogy, namely “Triade I: Eos”, was released in March 2021. In this epic and dramatic new work of art, AARA are interpreting the Gothic novel “Melmoth The Wanderer” (1820) of Irish writer Charles Robert Maturin.
Fluss – vocals, lyrics
Berg – guitars, bass, samples
J. – drums