Human/robot hybrid ELECTOMANCY has unleashed their full-length debut, Technopagan. This journey into technical black metal experimentalism features 12 tracks composed by ELECTROMANCY mastermind Satyra and performed by robots of their own design.
“I found the album walked me through more emotions that what I had initially expected, and the deeper I got into it, the deeper the sound became. This is an excellent release, and imagine with his guy could do if he had the full use of his hands? Fascinating, and provocative, and his pain, but also his triumph, deeply felt.” – Metal Temple
“Originally I assumed this whole idea to be a gimmick, a university project idea almost. But to read about how this magnificent concept was done to help someone, who at some point composed half of this record by FOOT because Satyra couldn’t use their hands, create music when that ability was taken from them was inspiring. Even if I hadn’t known that, I would’ve enjoyed this record for its murky, bleak violence and heartless, relentless barrage. With that knowledge, ‘Technopagan’ becomes a shining beacon of how metal can conquer almost all adversity.” – The Killchain
Technopagan is out now on Metal Assault Records. Order the digital download, CD, and limited-edition CD bundle (includes digipak CD, t-shirt and pin) at electromancy.bandcamp.com
The album is also available at metalassaultrecords.com
- Mechanical Chatter (YCLF)
- The Spark
- Mechanical Chatter (tS)
- Mechanical Chatter (tS II)
- Soot and Sulfur
- Mechanical Chatter (WP)
- Warpaint | Makeup
- Mechanical Chatter (MBiFM)
- You Cannot Live Forever
- My Body is Failing Me
Technical black metal composed by humans, played by physical robots. In 2018 Satyra was diagnosed with Lyme disease and quickly became too disabled to play instruments anymore. Instead of giving up, they spent the next two years slowly building robots to play instruments for them. The result is ELECTROMANCY, the robot metal band. Guitars and drums are played by Satyra’s own DIY robotic designs; their bandmates are manikins, cut up into LED fueled light shows.
In April 2020, ELECTROMANCY released their debut EP Robot Black Metal. Tracks premiered on Next Mosh and Sleeping Village, and gained excitement in numerous places including Metal Hammer, where they noted ELECTROMANCY as a band with “Epic Potential” describing the EP as “…a fascinating concept with compositional chops to deliver.“
ELECTROMANCY’s music is technical black metal, mixing black metal with bits of death metal, experimentalism, and technical composition. The robots aren’t a gimmick, they are core to the sound; allowing textures, patterns, and compositions that are not natural to and sometimes not possible for a human musician. Some of these compositional eccentricities include phasing multiple rhythmic melodies on a single instrument and simply extremely fast and chaotic composition. In addition to the robots, Satyra fills the bass frequencies with a drone horn made from a modified PVC pipe (the resulting instrument is similar to but not quite the same as a didgeridoo). This full, enveloping bass sound creates a grounded floor for the otherwise chaotic music. More than half of this album was painstakingly composed by foot during periods where Satyra’s illness made their hands unusable.
ELECTROMANCY’s lyrical themes largely revolve around Satyra’s struggle with a physical disability, the uncertainty of their lifespan with chronic illness, and the spiritual experiences brought on from facing human fragility & mortality so directly (often with surprisingly uplifting conclusions). These musical themes paired with the robotic instrumentation and the story of why this all came to be create a profoundly raw and unique experience.