This Friday, international progressive metal quintet PHILOSOPHOBIA, formed by current and former members of Kamelot, Pain Of Salvation, Wastefall, and more, will release their eponymous debut album through Sensory Records. Today, Ghost Cult Magazine is hosting a premiere for the album’s third single, through a graphic and heartfelt lyric video for the song “Voices Unheard.”
PHILOSOPHOBIA unites vocalist Domenik Papaemmanouil, bassist Kristoffer Gildenlöw, drummer Alex Landenburg, keyboardist Tobias Weißgerber, and guitarist Andreas Ballnus. The band is now preparing to issue their eponymous debut album via Sensory Records, the band’s top choice for its release, in conjunction with Kristoffer Gildenlöw‘s return to prog metal on stages worldwide since his departure from Pain Of Salvation.
Together with recording engineer and producer Phil Hillen (Powerwolf, Kamelot, Alyssa White Gluz), PHILOSOPHOBIA recorded an hour-long experience covering a wide range of textures; somber tunes to heavy prog metal tracks to instrumentally artistic roller coaster rides. Philosophobia was mastered by Alan Douches (Fates Warning, Redemption, Mastodon) at West West Side Music in New York, and completed with cover artwork conceived by Ballnus and created by Björn Gooßes/Killustrations.
The new lyric video for “Voices Unheard” was created by Andreas Ballnus, who reveals, “After the release of the album’s ballad, ‘Between The Pines,’ we thought we would show the more aggressive and heavy side of PHILOSOPHOBIA. The song lives from its tempo and epic chorus, combined with a softer and melodic part in the middle section.
“Lyrically it deals with animal abuse, factory farming, and so on. Since 3/5 of the band are vegetarian, this topic has a very big meaning for the band. In combination with the video its aim is to give a voice to the voiceless and hopefully help make people aware of the global situation.
“The video itself shows animal abuse from shredded chicken to dog puppies beaten to death for leather to monkeys at laboratories and many more. Due to the fact that the footage might be too shocking, we decided to overlay it with some filters.”
Ghost Cult writes, “The band has teamed up with Ghost Cult for the premiere of their shocking video for the song ‘Voices Unheard!’ Matching the brutality of the music is the subject matter, as the track and the clip aim to raise awareness of the cruelty of animal abuse and factory farming. This topic is close to the hearts of the members of the band, as three of the five members of the band are vegetarians.”
Watch PHILOSOPHOBIA’s “Voices Unheard” video at Ghost Cult Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Sensory Records will release Philosophobia on CD and digitally this Friday, June 24th. Find physical preorders at the label webshop HERE, and visit Bandcamp for the standard digital HERE and 24-bit hi-res digital HERE.
Stand by for additional official videos to be issued surrounding the release of Philosophobia, and for live dates to be announced in the months ahead.
In 2007, longtime friends Andreas Ballnus (Perzonal War) and Alex Landenburg (Kamelot, Cyrha, Mekong Delta) had the idea of creating a prog metal concept album. After recording a few demos, Landenburg joined Annihilator as their touring drummer while Ballnus became the guitarist for former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Dianno. With both touring around the world for years, unfortunately they had to postpone their prog adventure due to lack of time.
In 2018, Ballnus got in touch with Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex-Pain Of Salvation, Kayak) for a book project he had written; the two soon became friends and when Kristoffer heard the demos Ballnus and Landenburg had recorded, he was blown away by the quality of the songs, and at that moment PHILOSOPHOBIA was born. Completed by keyboard wizard Tobias Weißgerber and vocalist Domenik Papaemmanouil (Wastefall), the recordings for the band’s debut album began in 2020 against all odds.
Landenburg and Ballnus headed to SU2 Studios in Southern Germany and recorded nine songs of which eight made it onto the album. In fact, six of them remained the same songs that were written in 2007. The two still felt that those songs were timeless and deserved to be recorded for the final album version.