In the wake of a successful crowd-funding campaign this spring, the multinational group Raising the Veil are preparing for the release of their debut album, Bosonic Quantum Phenomena, and today we’ve got for you the premiere of the album’s first single, “Qubit Computed Multiverse“.
The new album marks the band’s second release overall, following their 2012 EP Yucatanimvs. In its current configuration, the band includes Austrian vocalist George Wilfinger (Monument of Misanthropy, Disfigured Divinity, ex-Miasma), Canadian guitarist Daniel McLellan and bass-player Denis Landry, and Necrophagist drummer Romain Goulon. Together, they’ve created some brain-scrambling, pulse-pounding, progressive-minded tech-death capable of re-wiring your neurons and firing their synapses at will.
I confess that I was first attracted to this new music through a combination of that eye-catching cover art you see at the top of this post, plus those references to bosons and quantum computation. Not that I profess to understand the finer points of two-state quantum-mechanical systems, but I sure would like to. It occurred to me that listening to this music might assist in my education.
Although I can’t guarantee that this song will enhance your understanding of quantum physics, it’s a very interesting ride — one that begins with the tinkling of piano keys and then swoops and soars through a multitude of changing soundscapes. You get start-stop rhythmic dynamics; a multitude of riffs that jab like a prize-fighter and lead guitar flurries that dart like swallows; hammering bass chords; sweeping melodic segments coupled with rising clean vocals; the subtle pulsing of electronics and the rippling of keyboard tones; and a mix of harsh growls and hair-raising shrieks.
Anchoring all this attention-grabbing musical variety is Romain Goulon’s expert drum performance, which matches the rest of the instrumental work in a constantly changing series of patterns and progressions.
All of which is to say that this is a song that will reward repeat listens, because there’s a lot going on in it — and in addition to its intricacy, it turns out to be a catchy song as well.
Although the band completed their crowd-funding campaign, Bosonic Quantum Phenomena can still be pre-ordered on CD here, either on its own or with shirt bundles:
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