Five years ago, PSYGNOSIS decided to go in a direction that few metal bands have ever taken. Not only did they ditch extreme vocals entirely. They added a cellist to lift their trembling riffs, precision beats and cosmic ambience to lofty new heights.
Today, the French quartet are streaming their stellar new album on our YouTube channel. Listen to ‘Mercury’ HERE.
“Dear Aliens,” write Psygnosis. “We’ve been waiting for this moment for such a long time and now, here
we are: MERCURY, our 4th album is OUT THIS FRIDAY !
“The creation of this album took place over several years: we took our time to offer you the best of ourselves. We are very proud of it and we hope you will enjoy this record as much as we do! We would like to thank everyone who believed in us and allowed this album to exist”.
‘Mercury’ proves that Psygnosis really are on a different planet. Riffs and cymbals collide with the crushing force of asteroids on album opener “Öpik-Oort”. “Eclipse” floats through deep space, deathly quiet except for a few scattered twinkles, before the band show just how far they can bend the boundaries with balletic cello. By the time you reach 15-minute closer “Uranometria”, this band sound like they’re traveling toward another dimension, burning through the stratosphere with atomic levels of distortion, sawing string squeals and blast beats that rumble like rocket engines.