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FIRES IN THE DISTANCE, ‘Air Not Meant For Us’, out now

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FIRES IN THE DISTANCE have today released their second album, Air Not Meant For Usvia Prosthetic Records. On their sophomore full-length, FIRES IN THE DISTANCE further expand on their musical foundations of melancholic melodicism and intricately heavy guitar work with themes of mental illness, existentialism and perserverance.

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Speaking on the album release, Yegor Savonin (composition, guitars, programming, lyrics) comments: “Bringing this album to life has been a lengthy, arduous, and incredibly fulfilling process. With the warm reception Echoes From Deep November received, the pressure of surpassing that effort has always remained, even through to the last day of recording. As a collective we strongly feel that we were able to achieve just that with Air Not Meant For Us.

“We’re grateful for everyone who has had a hand in making this album what it is, namely Dave Kaminsky (production), Randy Slaugh (orchestration), and James Tomedi of Burial in the Sky for the guest appearance. And of course, a huge thank you to Jayson Cessna of Astralborne for his amazing videography and being a great friend. We hope you all enjoy this album as much as we enjoyed making it and we look forward to seeing you on the road this summer and autumn!”
Teaming up with Salt Lake City producer Randy Slaugh, FIRES IN THE DISTANCE’s chief songwriter Yegor Savonin (composition, guitars, programming, lyrics) sought to reach even greater dynamics within the band’s core sound of melodic death and doom metal. With live orchestration in the form of violas, violins, cellos, as well as piano work, proving to be an incredibly fruitful collaborative process for both band and producer.

Air Not Meant For Us marks the first time the band have recorded with new drummer, Jordan Rippe, who delivers his own wide range of ornate work and feeling to the group’s established sound. Whilst drums for the album were recorded at the historic Power Station New England, the rest of the instruments were tracked at Studio Wormwood in North Carolina with returning producer, Dave Kaminsky, who handled recording and mixing in both studios. 

In addition to the collaboration with Randy Slaugh, the album also features a guest appearance from Burial in the Sky guitarist James Tomedi on instrumental track Adrift, Beneath the Listless Waves, who’s deft fretwork adds an additional layer of dynamic sheen.

Kristian Grimaldi’s thunderous vocal delivery compliments the album’s composition strongly and projects the songs to a greater level of formidability. The record is rounded out by Craig Breitsprecher’s complex and serpentine bass work which weave throughout the LP with an imperative sense of cohesion.

Seeking to retain aesthetic continuity, FIRES IN THE DISTANCE once again reached out to Caelan Stokkermans for the album’s art and layout, which masterfully conveys Air Not Meant For Us’ emotional core. With a runtime of 51 minutes across six songs, FIRES IN THE DISTANCE’s sophomore effort is a melodic doom and death metal odyssey in both artistic vision and sound.

Praise for Air Not Meant For Us:

Air Not Meant For Us is sure to be a contender for 2023’s best melodic death metal LP. ” – Metal Injection

“…a cry of unignorable feeling, beautiful and strong. It deserves to be heard.” – Angry Metal Guy

“Fans of melodic death and doom metal should definitely keep an eye on FIRES IN THE DISTANCE.” – Metal.de

Air Not Meant For Us is certainly an album for all lovers of music that’s as melodic as it is atmospheric…” – Hardforce

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Air Not Meant For Us tracklist:
1. Harbingers
2. Wisdom of the Falling Leaves
3. Crumbling Pillars of a Tranquil Mind
4. Adrift, Beneath the Listless Waves
5. Psalm of the Merciless
6. Idiopathic Despair

FIRES IN THE DISTANCE is:
Yegor Savonin – composition, guitars, programming, lyrics
Craig Breitsprecher – bass, vocals
Kristian Grimaldi – guitars, vocals
Jordan Rippe – drums

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