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Dancing with nature spirits ...


Action: HERETOIR
Title: Nightsphere
Base: Augsburg • Germany
Style: Atmospheric Post Black Metal
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal, Post Metal, Post Rock, Shoegaze
FFO: Alcest, Lantlôs, Amesoeurs
Type: Full-length
Format: CD + Vinyl
Label: Northern Silence
Distro: Soulfood
Release: Oct. 06, 2023


Bulletpoints:
🔘 Third album of the poetic German tragedians
🔘 Enchanting songs, full of depth and beauty
🔘 Definitely one of the best acts of the genre




[ Glacierheart - Nightsphere Part II • Official Lyric Video ]


The band states:
"'Glacierheart - Nightsphere Part II' - a song with a very diverse songstructure that leaves room for aggressive blast beat passages summoning dark Black Metal atmospheres, as well as fragile Post Rock parts with emotional clean vocals. The lyrics tell an epic tale of war between the natural world and the manmade realm of machines. The grand finale of 'Glacierheart' is dominated by fierce screams and rhythmic doublebass passages illustrating the clash of the spirits of the wild and industrialized mankind."




[ Twilight Of The Machines • Official Music Video ]


The band states:
„In a world in which the conflict between industrialized mankind and untouched nature is producing increasingly noticeable consequences, we wanted to process the theme in a piece of music. Inspired by the civilization-critical writings of John Zerzan and Stanley Diamond, we created a song that addresses the clash between the world of machines and the wilderness in a melancholic but also powerful way. The music video illustrates this confrontation in an impressive and stirring way, as the protagonist tries to escape his dreary working world and also to find refuge in the spirits of the woods."



Only 5 months after their 2023 mini-album "Wastelands", HERETOIR releasing their new intense full-length "Nightsphere"!

The new record is a concept album dealing with the struggle between the forces of nature and a world of machines. Humanity is in the midst of this confrontation, and the dichotomy between living as an animal among animals and existing as a cog in the wheel of progress determines the course of the story the five songs tell.

"Nightsphere" is a dark album that weaves atmospheric Black Metal parts with melodic clean passages, swirling blast beats with calm Post Rock and ambient sounds, and the intensity of desperate screams with the poignant emotionality of melancholic clean vocals into a musical journey through an archaic world.


[ Artwork: Painting by Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach ]



It is also the first album that was entirely written by the full band, featuring contributions of every single member. "Nightsphere" features ambient sounds of the long-time befriended project Hidehidehide as well as guest-appearances of two giants of the (Post) Black Metal genre - Tim Yatras of Austere who fuels the song "Twilight Of The Machines" with his anguish and Nikita Kamprad of Der Weg einer Freiheit who delivers intense and powerful vocals on "Glacierheart - Nightsphere Part II".

"Nightsphere"'s natural and organic but powerful sound was crafted by David Deutsch and Justin Felder at 1408 Productions in Hannover, who were responsible for the mix of the record. Furthermore Nikita Kamprad of Der Weg einer Freiheit took care of the mastering of the album.

Prepare to dive into a highly atmospheric night-realm and emotional maelstrom with "Nightsphere". All while new songs for a future release are already written and recorded. HERETOIR are more determined than ever to enter the stages of the world with full force!

The band says about "Nightsphere":
"This album is very special to us as this is our first album that was entirely written as a full band, featuring contributions of every single member of the band. The songs are dedicated to the spirits of the wilderness. 'Nightsphere' is an atmospheric maelstrom that will engulf you."


[ Pic: Toni B. Gunner Photography ]



FLASHBACK:
Combining the emotional and atmospheric elements of Black Metal with progressive rhythm-laden modern Metal structures and the beauty of Post Rock and Shoegaze, HERETOIR is a nostalgic, melancholic and soothing soundtrack in a mad world. Founded (in Augsburg/Germany) by David C. in 2006, HERETOIR conceptually and lyrically deals with existence, self-reflection, fears and dreams – life in all its facets.

It is a musical universe set for the discovery of one’s deepest thoughts and the soul that rests in each of us. After a first demo and EP ("Existenz" (2008) & ".Existenz." (2009)), multiple compilation contributions and a split release with the band Thränenkind ("Wiedersehen – unsere Hoffnung", 2010) HERETOIR released their eponymous debut album "Heretoir" on February 25th, 2011 through Northern Silence Productions.

Melodizing the topic of loss, "Heretoir" was very well received by fans and press around the world, not least because of the powerful and atmospheric cover artwork of exceptional French artists Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets) and Metastazis (artworks for Alcest, Anathema, Enthroned, As I Lay Dying, Gorgoroth and many more).

With the release of the debut album Matthias S. (bass), Max F. (guitar) and Emanuel D. (drums) joined the line-up and HERETOIR evolved into a full band. It didn’t take long for the group to share stages with acts like Agalloch, Alcest, Eluveitie, Graveworm, Sólstafir or Secrets Of The Moon.

In parallel with the progression of the live shows, the EP re-recording/compilation "Substanz" was released on August 24th, 2012. After several European tours with Agrypnie, Der Weg einer Freiheit and Dornenreich and one tour through England with Dawn Ray'd, as well as performances at the Summerbreeze Open Air, the Ragnarök Festival, and support shows for renowned post-rockers God Is An Astronaut and melancholic masters Katatonia, HERETOIR was able to build up a reputation in the atmospheric Metal scene. In 2016 Emanuel D. left the band and Nils G. became the new drummer. The current line-up was completed by Kevin Storm, who joined the band in 2020.

Following more than 5 years of intense touring, the much-anticipated second album "The Circle" was released in March 2017. "The Circle" deals with the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Weaving crushing heaviness and atmospheric melodies, the album portrays an emotional journey – a life dedicated to self reflection and freedom.

Besides another very special cover art by Fursy Teyssier the album furthermore features guest vocals by Alcest mastermind Stéphane 'Neige' Paut and mastering by the renowned sound engineer Lasse Lammert. "The Circle" received incredible worldwide feedback by press and fans alike.

HERETOIR embarked on an extensive European tour in Spring 2017 together with the US Black Metal band Ghost Bath, visiting more than 15 countries in 5 weeks. More festival appearances and a tour with Finnish Melodic Death Metal masters Kalmah followed and in 2018 the band toured China for two weeks.

During the last years/pandemic the band worked hard and focussed on writing new material. 2023 marks an important year for HERETOIR: On 10 th February 2023 the remastered version of the debut album "Heretoir" with bonus tracks was released. Only 3 months later the band released their new mini-album "Wastelands" on May 19th, 2023 – their first new material in 6 years – with great worldwide reception.




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TRACKS
01. Sanctum - Nightsphere Part I 10:45
02. Twilight Of The Machines 08:34
03. Pneuma 06:57
04. Glacierheart - Nightsphere Part II 11:57
05. The Death Of Man 04:07

total: 42:21

LINE-UP
David 'Eklatanz' Conrad • Vocals, Guitar
Maximilian Forst • Guitar
Kevin Storm • Guitar, Backing Vocals
Matthias 'Nathanael' Settele • Bass, Backing Vocals
Nils Groth • Drums, Backing Vocals

DISCOGRAPHY
2009 • .Existenz. • EP
2011 • Heretoir • Full-length
2014 • Just For A Moment • Single
2017 • The Circle • Full-length
2019 • Golden Dust (Acoustic Version) • Single
2023 • Wastelands • EP
2023 • Nightsphere • Full-length



HERETOIR are available for interviews via phone, Skype, Zoom & email