New Single, “Behind The Leviathan,” Streaming Now!
Rising Norwegian metal band HYPERMASS has announced plans to release their awaited debut full-length album, “Empyrean,” on June 3rd. Today, the band has revealed a new single, “Behind The Leviathan,” which is now available as a lyric video and on all streaming services.
Commenting on the new track, guitarist Thomas Pedersen states:
“This track is the black sheep on the album. Usually, you can find a sense of humor and irony in most of our songs – but this one ended up being the darkest song we have made to date. We wanted a grandiose atmosphere with choir/orchestration and a slow crushing tempo, set to a structure that leads you on a journey. The lyrics were written by our good buddy Lasse, and they fit the vibe oh so well. It’s definitely the furthest we have strayed from our usual soundscape.“
“Behind The Leviathan” is the second single to be released from “Empyrean,” following the devastating track “The Degenerate Strain” (watch the video here: https://youtu.be/0-WCYnBXMyU). The two songs set the scene for the sheer carnage that’s in store from HYPERMASS‘ impending debut.
Commenting on the record’s overarching themes, the band says:
“Lyrically, the album is a study in misanthropy and extremist thought. There is a rising scent of alienation festering on the fringes of contemporary culture. A restlessness, brewing like a phantom itch on a severed limb. We stand at the end of an age defined by its conscious deathwish for our self-constructed deities, and an unconscious effort to replace them with nothing. Still unable to suppress our instinct for communion, we erect statues in celebration of any momentary, passing fixation. Sick of the sight of brick and mortar we tear down our walls, only to put new ones in their place as we grow sick of the sight of whatever lies beyond them.
Without a unifying guiding compass – lost somewhere among the aisles of bargain bin scripture and bumper sticker philosophy – there will come a time when appetite for rebellion will have lost the features to distinguish it from a primal thirst for mere catharsis. There will be those whose thirst would tame an ocean.
As seasons pass, the harvest will reveal the nature of the alien seeds we’ve forced upon the soil. And the cages we’ve built will burst with the monsters we foster.”
Hypermass was born from the ashes of two different bands from two different genres. Once the old bands started to have multiple lineup switch-ups, the longtime acquaintances thought it would be best to coalesce into one strong entity.
The band may have started out as your typical melodic death metal band, but they have since evolved into something that lies beyond generic subgenre categorization. While the music is still firmly rooted in metal, they do incorporate elements from other realms as well. It can also be hard to pin down exactly what type of subgenre within metal they play, as they borrow elements from the whole spectrum.
Hypermass’ primary goal stretches beyond merely being a modern metal band. As the production quality and aesthetics of metal has evolved tremendously, the songwriting aspect, in many cases has devolved, in favor of being the “heaviest” or “most brutal”. The band thinks that there is no need for compromise on that part. They want to show that it is possible to take a conservative approach to songwriting, while staying as heavy as they can be. That is not to say there will be no left turns – as you will hear once you blast their music through your speakers.