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MODERN RITES premiere ‘Becoming’

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MODERN RITES use raw intensity to fuse Industrial music, Black Metal and atmospheric soundscapes. ‘Becoming‘, the second single from upcoming new album “Endless“, finds the duo of Berg (AARA) and Jonny Warren (KUYASHII) masterfully combining ferocious riffs with haunting melodies in a captivating and emotive exploration of existential despair.

Listen to the song on DMP‘s YouTube channel:

Jonny Warren describes the genesis of ‘Becoming‘:

For this track, we wanted to really build on the Industrial foundations that inspired our sound. The song started with a repetitive drum machine rhythm that is heard in the intro. This created a solid base for layering synth, bass, and guitars that crescendos into one of our most industrial-focused tracks to date. With the concept of cycles in mind, the initial drum rhythm is carried throughout the track to drive the tension and repose between uniform riffs and airy, melodic synth passages.

Tying into the theme of ideological conflict throughout the album, ‘Becoming‘ is about the seeds of ignorance sown by oppressive forces that grow and spread over time. Subjugation leads to violent revelry in a repetition of forgotten histories and truths. Culminating with the inevitable self-destruction of the revelers, the song ends with a new beginning of an end.

The first-released new song and title track, ‘Endless‘, can be listened to here.

Find all album details here!

Endless” will be released on CD, vinyl and digital on August 30th. Pre-orders are possible via the label’s EUUS and Bandcamp shops.

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MODERN RITES is an Industrial-rooted, melodic Black Metal duo founded in Autumn 2020 by guitarist Berg of Swiss Atmospheric Black Metal band AARA and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/visual artist Jonny Warren of US Experimental Metal band KUYASHII.

Born out of experimentation and a mutual respect for each other’s craft, the pair began trading tracks across borders with the goal of creating a unique sound which would transcend cultural barriers. At the core of MODERN RITES is Jonny‘s heavily distorted bass sound inspired by dark Industrial music of the ’90s. The diverging, stereo bass paths create a desolate landscape in which Berg’s guitars are free to open portals into dark atmospheres.

Exploring the bleaker aspects of the human condition, lyrical themes dive into psychology, isolation, conflict, and the ever-evolving shadow self.

Impressed by MODERN RITES‘ quality and originality, Debemur Morti Productions released “Monuments“, a debut album which sets a vast, winding aural path for further experimentation to come, in 2021.

Building upon acclaimed debut, forthcoming album “Endless” unifies, elevates and perfects the band’s vision, ebbing and flowing between oppressive isolation and furious optimism in an anthemically intense exploration of the human condition. “Endless” is set to release on August 30th, 2024.

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