Hypnotic rhythms suspended in a haze of eternal reverberation.
On their debut full-length “Mænad”, Swiss post doomers E-L-R offer a new perspective on panoramic musical vistas. Bassist I.R. and guitarist S.M., both of whom are singing, and drummer M.K. concoct an atmospheric, heavy and heady brew that sounds familiar and fresh at once. Deeply rooted in their environment as individuals, E-L-R share a shamanist quality and acute spiritual awareness with their countrymen Our Survival Depends On Us or Finnish folkists Hexvessel. According to I.R.,. their “music is very visceral. We want the listener to delve into our sphere and become entranced in order to feel our energy. It developed in close collaboration during long nights that we also used to write down stories of our own. In this way, we were able to define and carry through our vision.”
1.Glancing Limbs 08:48
3.Above The Mountains There Is Light 10:10
5.Lunar Nights 07:39
6.The Wild Shore 08:43
On their debut full-length “Mænad”, Swiss post doomers E-L-R offer a new perspective on panoramic musical vistas. Bassist I.R. and guitarist S.M., both of whom are singing, and drummer M.K. concoct an atmospheric, heavy and heady brew that sounds familiar and fresh at once.
Deeply rooted in their environment as individuals, E-L-R share a shamanist quality and acute spiritual awareness with Our Survival Depends On Us from Austria or Finnish folkists Hexvessel. According to I.R.,. their “music is very visceral. We want the listener to delve into our sphere and become entranced in order to feel our energy. It developed in close collaboration during long nights that we also used to write down stories of our own. In this way, we were able to define and carry through our vision.”
With its title originating from the name of Greek god Dionysus’ female followers, who are associated with nature and excessive feasting respectively, “Mænad” follows the group’s celebrated 2018 demo “In Splendour & Sedation”. The album tells a tale in different stages wherein emotions are constantly shifting like landscapes in passing. “It’s mainly our own interpretation of texts and poems, combined with things we lived through ourselves,” explains S.M… more
released September 27, 2019
In Splendour & Sedation (DEMO)
1.Glancing Limbs 08:47 video
2.The Wild Shore 08:55
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released December 19, 2018
Produced by E-L-R & Remo Häberli.
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Remo Häberli during
a Blood Moon in 2018 at Hidden Stash Tonstudio, Switzerland.
Hurdy Gurdy in Glancing Limbs by CHVE,
recorded at Much Luv Studio, Belgium.
Thank you M.R. for awakening the journey in «Glancing Limbs».
All songs written by E–L–R.
REVIEW: E-L-R – MÆNAD
In this decade we’ve heard plenty of bands taking the influence from genre legends such as Neurosis, Cult Of Luna and Wolves In The Throne Room, but now we are reaching a point where the pivotal bands that came from those influences, such as Amenra, Alcest and Deafheaven (to name a few obvious ones) are starting to inspire a further wave of interesting acts. Closing off a fantastic decade of post-metal’s resurgence and forward growth come Swiss newcomers E-L-R, who take cues from some of these acts, yet twist into something that they can call their own.
Mænad begins with ‘Glancing Limbs” lengthy hurdy-gurdy drone from Amenra’s CHVE, as pounding drums and softly building guitars chime away patiently. What feels like it could burst into a harrowing sludge onslaught (ala Amenra’s ‘A Mon Ame’), instead takes a left turn into dreamy and ethereal heights as wonderful harmonised reverb drenched vocals from Isabelle and Selina soar into the mix. It becomes clear that E-L-R are very much inspired by Amenra, especially in terms of song structures and chords, but reach a different conclusion – one that is sonically their own – replacing Amenra’s harrowing sludge intensity with a more hopeful, melodic and surreal aural landscape. This continues wonderfully into ‘Devotee’, with an epic, soaring chorus that reaches the blissful heights of label-mates Alcest. ‘Above The Mountains There Is Light’ works as a slow-burning album centrepiece where drums take nearly four minutes to make an appearance, yet is carried by such a captivating atmosphere. Patient listeners are then rewarded with the most immediate cut, ‘Ambrosia’, with lively, pounding drums and a vibe more reminiscent of gothic post-punk legends Siouxsie & The Banshees, concluding with eerie whispered vocals.
E-L-R are never in a hurry to get anywhere with their lengthy slow songs, but their ear for compositional space, atmospheric depths and patient structures are incredibly well tuned from the outset. The trio reside in their own little world; not as painfully crushing as Amenra, not as dense as Cult Of Luna, not as shoegazy as Alcest and not as versatile as Myrkur, yet existing somewhere in the spaces between them. Mænad is album that sounds both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly bold, resulting in a magnificent and captivating journey that rewards repeat listening. “Doomgaze” doesn’t quite seem to have taken off as a subgenre name, but if it does, E-L-R could easily claim the throne.
Mænad is available now via Prophecy Productions and can be purchased here.
With their first full-length, Mænad, Swiss post-metallers E-L-R cart a gorgeous and textured course through patient and progressive songweaving that lends itself to hypnosis through its churning rhythm as much as its overarching melodies seem to evoke other worlds. It is not without its sense of challenge and certainly plenty heavy in its tone and groove — at least where it wants to be — but it’s also rich and provides a level of depth to its mix that should have others in the genre asking how they did it. A transitional drone at the end of “Devotee” brings about the 10-minute “Above the Mountains There is Light” and a long contemplation begins, working from the ground up on a pilgrim’s path to the eventual payoff. The resonance there is something unto itself, but even as “Ambrosia,” “Lunar Nights” and “The Wild Shore” find the stylistic footing that opener “Glancing Limbs” and “Devotee” seemed to hint at earlier, E-L-R maintain both an ambient sprawl and a consuming sense of passion that makes their work here all the more thrilling. This is a debut, following only a single 2018 demo that had two of the same tracks. What that tells me is look out for this band, because this kind of potential doesn’t come along every day and when it does, you want to be there for the follow-up. The impeccable taste of Prophecy Productions pays dividends once again.
E-L-R – Mænad
Written by Yves Pilgrims on 25-11-2019 at 22:01.
Sometimes you’re really tired of trying new bands, but then a label like Prophecy Productions still gets you over the line. Fortunately, because with the Swiss E-L-R, my faith in new bands seems almost completely restored. This debut Mænad has been out since September, but kept haunting my head from the first discovery. Anyone who can get lost in the post-genre, but is looking for intensity and depth, you are all at the right place.
So profound beauty, for 45 minutes. Not for nothing is this Swiss guard traveling with the choirs of Amenra. Although that band is much darker, this band will also draw you into the depths with beautifully balanced and repetitive post-rock/metal vibes that build up systematically until the pedal is kicked in and the whole thing is loaded. Everything is pretty predictable, but progressivity would only have messed this place up if you ask me. No, this is from start to finish a breathtaking ride that gets some enigmatic throat sounds here and there or folkloric touches to put a very personal stamp on it.
A sledgehammer of a sound is obviously indispensable for a genre like this. Ranging from tingling post-rock totes to the sly guitar fabric that blow you over and the guitar bends that take you into the spiritual divide. It’s hard to juggle titles, because every track on this record is actually a work of art in itself, or rather a spiritual journey that you get caught up in every time.
Perfection still exists and Prophecy can be proud of this new addition. Anyway bacon to the mouth of every fan of in-depth, repetitive metal with spiritual cans and a hearty post-stamp. I think it’s the best newcomer this year and possibly one that’s a big part of the regular year list.
Prophecy Productions, 2019
- Glancing Limbs
- Above The Mountains There Is Light
- Lunar Nights
- The Wild Shore
- I.R. – Bass, vocals
- S.M. – Guitar, vocals
- M.K. – Drums
Stupendous Swiss trio, its melodies are very well structures with a dark air, precise arrangements, deep, with distant whispers that lead us to travel to the ends of a Celtic forest, enjoying every detail, chord, beat, that involves us in full harmony with the nature, I loved your work, I hope you like this composition, success and creativity for you. Aryon Maiden