“Belgium’s SOUL DISSOLUTION could be considered travelers. After traversing the furious storms and fires of black metal, the band has come out the other side and seeks a reflective path on their latest album SORA.” — Decibel Magazine
Belgium’s atmospheric black metal unit SOUL DISSOLUTION today unleashes their latest single, “SORA III,” exclusively via Decibel Magazine. The track appears on the band’s forthcoming new full-length, SORA, set to drop September 30th via Viridian Flame Records.
Japanese for “sky,” SORA is a five-song conceptual work that revolves itself around the sky and its many facets and bears a distinct Japanese touch, including the use of haiku poems in the lyrics, and a custom-made calligraphy on the cover art. On this album, the band cultivates the key elements of their sound: melancholic atmospheres, catchy melodies, to-the-point song structures, and a clear, modern production. Yet, the vision presented here is richer and more diverse. While some songs remain true to the genre’s archetypes, others take a more “positive” turn, straying further from what can reasonably be called black metal. The result is an album unlike any other, taking the listener on an epic journey, under an ever-changing sky…
Elaborates the band of “SORA III,” on display today, “This song is about twilight and the melancholy of the setting sun. It is the most epic song on this album, and in a way, also the oldest. While all the other four songs have been rewritten several times as the years went by, ‘SORA III’ has been altered the least and still resembles its original draft version from 2013. As such, it remains the most faithful representation of the original concept of this album, as it was envisioned during the band’s early days.”
Adds Decibel, “Belgium’s SOUL DISSOLUTION could be considered travelers. After traversing the furious storms and fires of black metal, the band has come out the other side and seeks a reflective path on their latest album SORA. The album’s central theme, informing both the music and the lyrics, focuses on the sky and the various ways it inspires and informs our experience.”
Stream “SORA III,” now playing at Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released video for the record’s stunning first single at THIS LOCATION.
SORA will be released on CD, vinyl, and digitally. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
Founded in 2012, SOUL DISSOLUTION plays atmospheric post-black metal in the vein of bands like Agalloch, Drudkh, Harakiri For The Sky, and Woods Of Desolation. After a slow beginning, it was their second album, 2018’s Stardust, released by Black Lion Records, that earned them recognition in this specific niche of the genre. This album was followed by various EPs, of which the most recent, Winter Contemplations, was released in 2020 by the band’s own Viridian Flame Records. The Headbanging Moose hailed the EP for being at once, “introspective and brooding… telling stories of snowy landscapes, raging blizzards, regret and purgatory.” Metal Temple concurred awarding the EP a 9/10 rating and noting, “though only two songs are present on this EP, they are two massively powerful offerings of beauty and sadness… this band can capture a bevy of emotions that runs you through a whirlwind of feelings, from depressing and anger, to hope and endurance.” Added Cvlt Legion, “Winter Contemplations finds itself balanced on the knife edge between the harshness and the hope of earth’s coldest season. Never losing focus for one moment, this is an absorbing, accommodating and heartfelt outpouring of emotion in the solitude of a barren sky. In a year of desolation, this record reminds us of the natural desolation we should all behold – one that will never leave us.”
“In the music, the clouds roll in, the storm breaks open, lightning flashes and the deluge follows, and as it subsides it leaves us in a state of introspection, alone with our own dark thoughts, even if washed clean…” – No Clean Singing