Atmospheric metal band FOSCOR are streaming another new track off their forthcoming new album, ‘Les Irreals Visions’. The track titled “Altars” is streaming now in the form of a chilling new video at Decibel Magazine.
Regarding the new track, FOSCOR comment: “Memory is an important element within this album; an extension of human experience on inhabiting the world. A net of places, ways, wefts, and bounds shapes our daily experience and builds our life at many different levels. To feel its beauty, it is mandatory to inhabit this space, embrace it and live it with the body and memories accumulated over time and experimentation. There is an important sentence within the lyrics of this song that claims ‘… At the margins of the road, big altars stand up…’, which develops the idea that when we are taken to our personal limits, a door to a new reality may appear. Following the topic on ‘Instants’, the altars are a metaphor of those moments of change. We are no longer what we were; we are images of ourselves – and a reinvention for better or worse.”
The band continues,
“This is a new video experience developed alongside the team we are used to work with. Again, there is a lot of us in the process of making this video, emotionally and physically, as well as from the people we trust and allows us to achieve the best results. We hope you enjoy and feel this journey as much as we did.”
‘Les Irreals Visions’ will be released worldwide on June 9. Pre-orders for the album are available across multiple CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop. ‘Les Irreals Visions’, mines the rich veins of progressive heavy metal past, present and future. Though named after the Catalan word for “darkness”, FOSCOR’s metal is atmospheric, elegant, and hypnotic, standing in stark contrast to their somber lyrical themes. Enthralling melodies and dreamlike passages flow with an easy grace, and belie the power and strength that delivers each track. FOSCOR are one of progressive metal’s most dynamic bands, and ‘Les Irreals Visions’ is a glorious and uplifting triumph.
1. Instants (click to stream, also available on Spotify)
2. Ciutat Tràgica (click to stream, also available on Spotify)
4. Encenalls De Mort
6. Espectres Al Cau
7. De Marges I Matinades
8. Les Irreals Visions
FOSCOR hail from Catalonia, which is still yet largely unwilling part of modern Spain. With Barcelona as the capital, this region has a long artistic tradition with the fin de siècle style of Modernisme a parallel development to Art Noveau and Jugendstil among others forming one of its major achievements. Catalonia has also left its mark in the extreme music scene of Spain.
FOSCOR are attracted to and build upon these foundations, while taking inspiration from the morbid, decadent, and sick reflections on a rapidly changing society that shaped the artistic landscape at the end of the nineteenth century.
The Catalan’s first three albums, ‘Entrance to the Shadows’ Village’ (2004), ‘The Smile of the Sad Ones’ (2007), and ‘Groans to the Guilty’ (2009) were wrapping a shroud of classic second wave black metal around a melancholic core, while already showing a distinct individuality reaching out from the confines of any genre.
‘Groans to the Guilty’ witnessed FOSCOR setting out towards more progressive and avant-garde course, but it was their next full-length ‘Those Horrors Wither’ (2014), which marked a clear departure from the black metal waters as well as related clichés and self-imposed limitations. Darkness found an equally strong expression through the use of clean vocals, doom infused tempo reduction, and catchy heavy riffing.