Following the recent announcement that Ritual Productions have welcomed the colossal Brazilian juggernaut Basalt into their roster, the band is now excited to reveal the label shall be re-releasing the debut album, O Coração Negro da Terra (translates to ‘Black Heart of the Earth‘), on digital formats this March 1st.
O Coração Negro da Terra has been exclusively remastered by labelmate Adam Richardson (11PARANOIAS, Ancient Lights, Ramesses). Basalt say: “The mastering by Adam brought a new brightness and a harsh glaze that shows the nuances of our rawness that we hadn’t even noticed prior”, thus offering an indispensable introduction to the band’s sound which accentuates their striking ability to conjure a raw yet progressive musical approach, melding definitive textures of black metal, doom metal and dissonant chords with searing, fervent vocals that resonant deeply throughout.
Adam discloses his mastering methodology with the following: “It was a great pleasure to rework Basalt’s debut. It’s a truly great record with more than a touch of the classic album about it. I love pushing the mix as far as it will go before breaking point and finding that deadly pocket of calm in a raging storm of re-amping and vintage compression. I tried to bring a new cohesion and tumult to Basalt’s savage sound and I am very happy with the results.”
Comprised of seven tracks spanning just over thirty minutes, conceptually O Coração Negro da Terra harkens to the chaotic socio-political environment the masses face daily, including social transformations, the power imbued within human relationships and the individual’s perception of existence. Themes entail society’s ever-increasing entanglement with technology; vanity as humanity’s ruin; man’s legacy of destruction; loneliness and fragility of the self; commodified suffering and the threat of power destroying all-inclusiveness and progress. The track ‘Os Homens Ocos’ is further inspired by and translates to the title of T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Hollow Men,’ where both gesture to the sightlessness within the lost souls of many.
O Coração Negro da Terra shall be available for digital download and streaming from 1st March 2019.
O CORAÇÃO NEGRO DA TERRA TRACK-LISTING
5.A Longa Noite
6.Os Homens Ocos
7.Diante da Dor dos Outros
O Coração Negro da Terra was recorded and mixed by Kiko & Kexo at Estudio Duna, São Paulo, Brazil during May and July 2016. Remastered by Adam Richardson at XL Recordings, London, UK during November 2018. Artwork courtesy of Carolina Scagliusi.
In further Basalt X Ritual Productions news, the band are currently in the midst of recording their first rite for the label, due in 2019, with more information on these stirrings incoming soon…
16/02 – Rock Together Studio, São Paulo w/ Jupiterian
31/03 – Carioca Club, São Paulo w/ Enslaved
MORE ON BASALT:
Formed in 2015, in the riff metropolis of São Paulo, Brazil, Basalt unify elements of doom, black metal and dark experimental tones, subverting musical archetypes and create new extreme audio terrains. Harkening to the dense low-end, cavernous and intense depths of the heavy sonic, Basalt fuse this fury with extraordinary ambient and atmospheric scope, incorporating a unique channelling of influences and sounds. Melding rawness and discordance with progressive and expansive breadth, Basalt truly wield aural transgression and transformation. The quintet is formed of current and previous members of bands including Surra, Constrito, O Cúmplice, Meant to Suffer, Bomb Threat and Magzilla. Bass player Flávio Scaglione, who played on Basalt’s debut album O Coração Negro da Terra departed in 2017, with swift replacement Leonardo Saldiva taking on bass and vocals duties.
Marcelo Fonseca – Vocals
Pedro Alves – Guitar/Vocals
Luiz Mazetto – Guitar
Leonardo Saldiva – Bass/Vocals
Victor Miranda – Drums