Last year, Roadburn Festival held its first two commissioned performances. The first, which opened the main stage of the festival, saw Dark Buddha Rising and Oranssi Pazuzu get together as Waste Of Space Orchestra and was heralded as one of last year’s edition best performances. Since then, the Finnish musicians got together to record a “studio-based re-imagining of the performance,” one that, as explained in this Roadburn piece, “will transport those who were present right back to that moment in time.” Below, you witness a short video for the record’s first revealed song, «Seeker’s Reflection». The video was shot, directed, and edited by Kalle-Erik Kosonen, who was also the video artist at last year’s performance.
«Syntheosis» is set for release on April 5 through Svart Records on cd and vinyl formats, whose pre-orders are available here.
It is further possible to dissect expectations through the label’s press release, which states the album “can be digested as a challenging, engaging psych metal record or as a dimension-spanning one-hour performance consisting of nine parts.” They further elaborate on the themes behind «Syntheosis», explaining that it tells the story of three beings, the Shaman, voiced by Dark Buddha Rising’s Vesa Ajomo and who sees “oppressing visions from the bleak future of mankind,” the Seeker, voiced by Oranssi Pazuzu’s Juho Vanhanen and who is “searching for the truth from unknown dimensions with secret methods,” and the Possessor, voiced by Dark Buddha Rising’s Marko Neuman, who “corrupts the other individuals, manipulating them into his own sinister plan.” Below, you can choose to read what happens in the end of their story.
A ceremony ends up in the opening of a portal, which sucks the three beings into an alien dimension, which is populated by brain-mutilating colour storms and ego-diminishing audio violence. Eventually the three are forced to reach equilibrium and melt their minds into one collective consciousness.