The Greek band Aenaon have already made a name for themselves as one of the most interesting, inventive, and distinctive black metal bands on the planet, and their new album Hypnosophy will only burnish that reputation to an even brighter sheen. It well warrants the perhaps overused term “alchemical”, as Aenaon have drawn together a multitude of base elements from disparate genres and transmuted them in wizard-like fashion into music that’s rare and mesmerizing. As a further example of the intriguing delights that Hypnosophy will bring your way, we present the premiere of a lyric video for the album’s second track, “Fire Walk With Me“.
The band have commented on the song as follows:
“Ιnfluenced by David Lynch’s film, this title was chosen as an inspiration for a hymn about the mythical creature, Phoenix. The element of fire is represented by the maelstrom of multiple instruments that are combined to create a Promethian atmosphere. It concludes all the distinctive elements of the Aenaon sound whirling into a fiery musical vortex”.
While David Lynch’s strange and mysterious 1992 continuation of his Twin Peaks saga inspired the song’s title, it is also quite evident from the lyrics that the rise of the mythical Phoenix also stands as a symbol for the Lightbearer, the bearer of the Promethean flame, who like the Phoenix of legend will rise “with mighty talons, powerful and proud”, “reborn from ashes in a vicious heat”. The backdrop for the music and the words in the following video is thus entirely fitting, as plumes of red smoke billow, swirl, and writhe.
The mercurial song is deliciously multifaceted — bombastic, sulfurous, progressive, jazzy, and soulful. To borrow from the lyrics, it “blusters mightily” and hits hard (the drumming and bass rhythms jump out and grab you right from the start and command attention all the way through), but it also becomes dreamlike and hypnotic, especially when the exuberance of the mood pulls back to make room for an extended guitar solo in the song’s back half. And to add further textures to the music, Aenaon have again deployed saxophone and the striking, clean guest vocals of Giorgos Papagiannakis (Absinthiana) as a contrast to the savage growls of vocalist Astrous.
And it’s really easy to imagine that when Aenaon play the song live, a throng of voices will be joining them from the audience during the chorus: “Rise! Rise! Rise from the flames!”
Hypnosophy includes distinctive cover art by Łukasz Wodyński. It will be released on November 25 in Europe and on December 9 in North America by Code666, a sub-label of Aural Music. It will be available as a digital download, and you can pre-order physical editions via the links below.
2. Fire Walk With Me
3. Earth Tomb
6. Thus Ocean Swells
7. Phronesis – Psychologic