EXILED HOPE Announces Upcoming Album Apocrypha


EXILED HOPE, the blackened power metal project of Sofia Frasz, will release her third album Apocrypha in mid-2024.

Sofia says about Apocrypha:“Though the upcoming album has its lighter and softer moments, its defining quality is a much deeper dive into doom and black metal. It has a more gothic, ethereal feel, since much of the album deals with the world that bridges the living and the dead.”

Three singles have already been released to date on all streaming platforms and now her previous Bandcamp-only single “Altar of Moloch” is set for an October 31st release on Spotify, Youtube and all other digital services.

” ‘Altar Of Moloch’ represents a pivotal moment in both the story of ‘Apocrypha’ and the debut album, ‘Exiled Hope.’ It references the ending of the debut album when Hope is sacrificed so that the city’s corrupt leaders can attain immortality by feeding off her life essence and that of others in the city. Up to this point in the story of Apocrypha, the protagonist has been tempted to embrace the same power that the now-fallen city leaders enjoy, without knowing about its true origins and the secret ritual sacrifices that now maintain it. “Altar Of Moloch” is the point in his journey where he finally discovers the true nature of that power and is horrified by what he is about to do. Demonic entities taunt him throughout the song and try to convince him that he would be weak if he rejected the immortality they offer.”

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Multi-instrumentalist Sofia Frasz established EXILED HOPE in 2019, and draws musical inspiration from the likes of AVANTASIA, NIGHTWISH, KAMELOT and CRADLE OF FILTH to name a few. EXILED HOPE’s releases all take place in the same fictional universe and combine to form a dark fantasy metal opera. Each album centers on a character dealing with both an internal and external conflict in this world, and the lyrics explore how they navigate those conflicts. This is intended to provide some kind of escapism through the lyrical worldbuilding, while still keeping the songs grounded in real, relatable emotions despite their fantastical setup. EXILED HOPE is working towards the next album, Apocrypha, due to be released in late 2024. Through EXILED HOPE, Sofia has composed music for two short films, Hallowed Paths and What Happens After Midnight, and has collaborated with UK melodeath outfit STEEL FORGE. 
Sofia Frasz – all instruments and all vocals
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