SULLEN Release New Track Off New Album
Portuguese progressive and ambient metal band SULLEN announces the February 10th as the release date of their debut album «post human», which will be available in physical and digital formats. It can be pre-ordered from January 12th through the band’s website and Bandcamp. The album was produced by SULLEN and was mixed and mastered by their own guitarist Pedro Mendes (Ultrasound Studios, Braga).
Meanwhile, the band has premiered the track «Redondo Vocábulo» today exclusively in their official website. The song is a tribute to the portuguese interventionist singer and composer Zeca Afonso.
The whole process of composing was made from principles that would reflect the band’s perception of the world, of reality, of matter and spirit. The sense of “musical journey” is then the reference link between the songs, covering a diversity of experiences and moods – of tension and revolt, of purge and peace.
Coming from Portugal, SULLEN has its origins on 4/5 of OBLIQUE RAIN‘s line-up, whose activity ended in 2012. The long-term friendship and musical partnership between César Teixeira, Marcelo Aires, Guilherme Lapa and André Ribeiro was not over and instantly the new project started to take shape. The search for something musically refreshing and equally dark eventually led to the start of something new and different than anything ever done by these musicians. From the start there was a clear intention, a collective focus and direction.
New Roles, New Members
While taking the first steps to what would later be their first studio album, «post human», some gaps needed to be filled. First were vocals, which César Teixeira embraced as lead singer and frontman. Soon enough, as the songs started to take shape and venturing into new sonic realms, the need for a bigger sound palette made itself evident, and so João Pereira joined on keyboards, bringing sound design elements and all the creative possibilities of synthesizers. The complex multi-layered guitar sections and the need for backing vocals made the band start searching for the final member and Pete (Pedro Mendes) was the right man for the job, bringing his creative guitar soloing and powerful riffing, along with a profound knowledge of the band’s objectives.
André Ribeiro – guitars
César Teixeira – guitars/lead vocals
Guilherme Lapa – bass/back vocals
João Pereira – keyboards & synths/sound design
Marcelo Aires – drums & percussion/back vocals
Pedro Mendes – guitars/back vocals