Ghost Cult is currently hosting the official premiere of “Kuma” from Belgian progressive metal/hardcore unit BEAR. The track comes off the band’s Propaganda full-length, set to drop this May via Pelagic Records.
Propaganda is angry. It’s an album against propaganda; against the manipulative character of communication and product-placement that we face each time we turn on the TV, walk through a supermarket, or tune in to Spotify without a paid subscription. And while blatant ideological propaganda is being camouflaged behind product propaganda within an endless floating spectrum of ever-growing, artificially created needs and demands, ideology is as a matter of fact constantly being reinstated and affirmed. BEAR alludes to all of this with metaphors and artwork referencing historic propaganda and the political practices used by the terrible dictators of the 20th century presented in a pop-art style that is equal parts ironic and iconic. BEAR criticizes propaganda by making Propaganda of their own with their very own aural bombs, symbols, and manifestos.
View the band’s latest lyric video for second single, “Kuma,” courtesy of Ghost Cult, at THIS LOCATION.
Find BEAR’s previously released video for “Apollo’s Heist” HERE.
BEAR will unleash Propaganda May 8th on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preordering options below.
Celebrating their tenth anniversary as a band, BEAR invokes the spirit of great hardcore bands of the ’90s like Catharsis or Gehenna — bands whose raw energy, uncompromising delivery, and relentlessly violent performance was as energizing and invigorating as it was puzzling for the oftentimes baffled audience. With three albums released since on Let It Burn and Basick Records, performances at festivals such as Graspop, Roadburn, Rock Herk, Euroblast, UK Tech Fest, Complextiy Fest, and headlining tours throughout Europe and India, the band has made themselves a name within the heavy music underground scene as one of the most punishing live acts going.