VIPASSI – new video
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VIPASSI: World Spanning Instrumental Extreme Metal Band from Australia, France and the UK Unveils Technical Mystery on ‘Phainesthai’; Sophomore Full-Length ‘Lightless’ Set For Release January 26, 2024 via SEASON OF MIST. Watch/Share the Video for the Track ‘Phainesthai’ RIGHT HERE. FFO: Ne Obliviscaris, Beyond Creation, Aubury, Virvum. Pre-order HERE.
VIPASSI laid a foundation on their debut album ‘Śūnyatā’ in 2017.
Originally formed as a project between drummer Daniel Presland (ex-Ne Obliviscaris, Black Lava, Virvum) and guitarist Ben Boyle (Black Lava, Hadal Maw, AMDBL) to explore new concepts and sounds not currently engaged by their other projects, the band has since grown to add fretless bassist Arran McSporran (Virvum, Seven7, Cosmitorium) & additional guitarist Benjamin Baret (Ne Obliviscaris, Maer).
Today, Vipassi are releasing “Phainesthai”, the first single off ‘Lightless’. Their new album continues this intricate all-instrumental project. Each player isn’t just delivering notes. Instead the band are tuning into a symphony of emotions, inviting you inside a sonic universe where you can write the story.
“Phainesthai’ serves as the centrepiece and keystone of the album”, says Vipassi. ” The song itself celebrates phenomenon in all its forms. It’s also a perfect blend and introduction to the album’s sounds and motifs”.
Watch the enigmatic music video for “Phainesthai”: AT THIS LOCATION
‘Lightless’ comes out January 26, 2024.
1. Lightless (5:07)
2. Labyrinthine Hex (7:11)
3. Morningstar (6:57)
4. Shapshu (4:23)
5. Phainesthai (5:49) [WATCH]
6. Ruination Glow (6:05)
7. Neon Rain (3:59)
8. Promethea (10:42)
In Buddhist tradition, VIPASSI is the twenty-second of the twenty-eight Buddhas. Etymologically, the name has its roots in clear vision – a being of extreme contemplation. The band of the same name is a world-spnning instrumental extreme metal band from the lands of Australia, France and the UK.
With members of acts such as Ne Obliviscaris, Black Lava, Hadal Maw & Virvum, their work on the 2017 debut album ‘Sunyata’, which has a loose signification of Emptiness or Void, set the grounds for a technically impressive and fully instrumental exploration of sonic textures in what can best be described as – a divine experience reaching the depths of the human soul.
Originally made as a project between Daniel Presland (Drums) and Ben Boyle (Guitars) as far back as 2007 to explore new concepts and sounds not currently engaged by their projects at the time, the band has since then grown and expanded to an international connection of like-minded musicians and virtuosos with Arran McSporran (Fretless Bass) and Benjamin Baret (Guitars).
Further exploring their labyrinthine textures and layers of sounds, the band VIPASSI is back with their sophomore album ‘Lightless’. The album shifts from the realm of the void towards a clash of light and dark – and sees the band expanding into even more technical and experimental realms, pushing the limits of their own ideas and abilities to heights unimagined when the band began all those years ago.
Daniel Presland – Drums
Ben Boyle – Guitars & Synths
Arran McSporran – Fretless Bass
Benjamin Baret – Guitar Solos
Bushido Studios, Melbourne, Australia with additional recording in Gandia, Spain & Bordeaux, France.
Sound Engineer – Troy Mccosker
Mixing & Mastering Engineer – Mark Lewis
12″ Vinyl Gatefold – Black
12″ Coloured Vinyl Gatefold – Black & White Splatters