We’re pleased to unveil a second song from the new, phenomenal, LATITUDES album, “Part Island”. This one is called “Dovestone” and can you sink in its emotive realm right here:
Helmed by a performance of sheer naked honesty from vocalist Adam Symonds, “Part Island“ incorporates acoustic guitar, piano and analogue synth within flowing volleys of melodic black metal, weighty contemplative doom and the wide-ranging wistfulness of indie, folk and shoegaze songwriting.
Produced by Chris Fielding (CONAN) at Skyhammer Studio, mastered at Audiosiege (CONVERGE) and featuring Artwork by the in-demand Dehn Sora (BLUT AUS NORD), “Part Island” weave 6 emotive songs:
2. Moorland Is The Sea
5. The Great Past
6. Part Island
LATITUDES were formed 2006 in Hertfordshire, UK primarily influenced by cinematic rock, doom metal and the roster of Hydra Head Records. Their first EP, the all-instrumental Bleak Epiphanies in Slow Motion, was recorded by Mark Williams (Oceansize) and released October 2007 by Shelsmusic. The EP was described by Metal Hammer as “an artefact of great power and beauty” and as “dark and enchantingly melancholic” by Rock Sound, who included it in their top 75 records of the year.
LATITUDES were consequently picked to play Damnation festival 2008, toured the UK twice with then-label-mates *shels and played with bands including Baroness and This Will Destroy You, creating a reputation for crushingly intense live performances.
The band released their debut full length Agonist in October 2009, bolstered by guest vocalist Adam Symonds (Eden Maine) and new member Rich Harper on keys/atmospherics. Recorded by Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Primordial) the record moved into darker, broader musical terrain.
Agonist was described as “a staggering debut” by Kerrang!, “breathtaking” by Rock Sound and “f**king brilliant!” by The Quietus. LATITUDES subsequently toured the UK with Hammers and played with bands such as Nachtmystium, A Storm of Light and Minsk. By this point the band had advanced significantly into a heavier beast fusing the spirit of 70s’ prog with dissonant post-hardcore and elements of black, death and atmospheric doom metal.
Second album Individuation – released July 2012 and again recorded by Chris Fielding – layered passages of singular riffing, pounding creative rhythms, dreamlike vocals and hauntological sound textures. The album was described as “mesmerising” by Kerrang! and “beautiful” by Terrorizer, who placed it in their top 50 of the year.
LATITUDES subsequently condensed and honed their sound, playing a number of storming live sets including Arctangent, Desertfest, the Damnation Festival pre-show and as main support to Pallbearer in London. In 2015 vocalist/multi-instrumentalist and regular collaborator Adam Symonds became a full-time member of the band.
LATITUDES’ third album Old Sunlight – recorded with regular producer Chris Fielding and mastered by James Plotkin (Sunn O))), Earth) – was released January 2016 by new label Debemur Morti Productions. Acclaimed as “perfection” by Echoes and Dust, “wondrous” by Stereogum and “utterly intoxicating” by No Clean Singing, the record confirmed LATITUDES to be a distinctive outlier in the realm of heavy music.
In April 2018, the band returned to Skyhammer Studio and Chris Fielding to record album number four: Part Island – a full-vocal, pared down song-cycle unifying a cerebral take on underground metal with the atmospheric folk and shoegaze influences hitherto at the margins of their sound.