MODERN RITES is a new Industrial-rooted, melodic Black Metal duo formed by guitarist Berg of Swiss Atmospheric Black Metal band AARA and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Warren of US Experimental Metal band KUYASHII. Today, Debemur Morti Productions herald the signing of this new entity as well as the coming debut, “Monuments“, on August 27th. Additionally, the label is pleased to unveil a first track from the album, ‘Self Synthesis‘, streaming on Bandcamp and below on YouTube:
Jonny comments about the creative process leading to ‘Self Synthesis‘:
“The composition for ‘Self Synthesis‘ began with bass and drums first. Being the last track we wrote for the album, our process of sending tracks back and forth had become fairly optimized. With the bass as a foundation for our songs, it has been fun challenging Berg with interesting structures and seeing what guitar parts he is able to elevate the foundation with. I think you can really hear us getting comfortable writing together as we pushed each other’s musical limits on this track. It took us a couple rounds of passing it back and forth and light restructuring until completion.“
The core of MODERN RITES lies in Jonny’s heavily distorted bass sound inspired by dark Industrial music of the early ’90s: the diverging, stereo bass-paths create a desolate landscape in which Berg’s guitars open portals into dark atmospheres with crushing riffs, anthemic tremolo leads and diverse textural work. Seven such compositions may be found on “Monuments“:
02. Vigilance Eternal
03. Black Wolf
05. Self Synthesis
06. Nothing Left To Give
07. Machine Paradox
Joseph Calleiro took care of the mixing and the mastering at Dungeon By The Sea, USA.
The cover artwork was designed by Jonny Warren himself and offers important clues about the ideas behind the album, as he explains:
“For “Monuments“, we chose to focus on the human condition and dive into internal and external conflicts that exist in the modern world. By combining the darker elements of Industrial music with poignant melodies, our goal is to create an atmosphere that encompasses these themes and lays the groundwork to explore them further. The cover artwork, which is my interpretation of a famous hotel atrium in Atlanta, represents the inner workings of the mind and the psychological monuments we all carry inside. Brutalism, Industrial and melodic Black Metal, and psychology are a few of the elements that initiated the path for MODERN RITES.“
MODERN RITES are:
Archytekt (Jonny) – Bass, Rhythm & Synths, Vocals
Katalyst (Berg) – Guitars
MODERN RITES is an Industrial-rooted, melodic Black Metal duo founded in Autumn 2020 by guitarist Berg of Swiss Atmospheric Black Metal band AARA and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/visual artist Jonny Warren of US Experimental Metal band KUYASHII.
Born out of experimentation and a mutual respect for each other’s craft, the pair began trading tracks across borders with the goal of creating a unique sound which would transcend cultural barriers. At the core of MODERN RITES is Jonny’s heavily distorted bass sound inspired by dark Industrial music of the ’90s. The diverging, stereo bass paths create a desolate landscape in which Berg’s guitars are free to open portals into dark atmospheres.
Exploring the bleaker aspects of the human condition, lyrical themes dive into psychology, isolation, conflict, and the ever-evolving shadow self.
Impressed by MODERN RITES’ quality and originality, Debemur Morti Productions will imminently release “Monuments“, a debut album which sets a vast, winding aural path for further experimentation to come.