Does black steel combine with 70s-era synth sounds à la Blade Runner and Jean-Michel Jarre? That’s the query Ivo Henzi (vocals & guitars; ex-Eluveitie, Cellar Darling, Forest Of Fog) and Marc Petralito (synths; Appearance Of Nothing) requested themselves throughout a late and misty summer time evening within the enforced isolation of lockdown in 2020.
The ensuing proof-of-concept is the band’s debut album, Absence, set for launch on October 21 by way of Klang Machine Records. Absence is an introspective journey rising from the soul’s abysses to the universe’s infinite expanses, the place fierce and aggressive sounds meet anthemic, epic landscapes. Guitar riffs rooted in fashionable black steel meet analogue synthesisers and Hammond organ evoking the sound of the 70s and 80s, creating a novel and compelling tackle excessive music.
Today, Nighted launch a video for “Sigil”, accompanied by a video produced and filmed by the band themselves within the magical panorama of the Swiss mountains. Check out the video under.
Vocalist & guitarist Ivo Henzi feedback: “‘Sigil’ is about setting ourselves free from the crippling boundaries we create for ourselves during the course of our lives. It’s about reflecting yourself in your interactions with the world – a process that can be painful.”
Both album and single had been recorded and combined by Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling, Eluveitie & many extra) at Lucerne’s Sound Farm Studio with drums carried out by session drummer Dylan Watson (Kassogtha) and mastering by Dan Suter (Coroner, Eluveitie, Krokus & many extra). Nighted are signed to the newly-formed heavy music label Klang Machine Records, co-founded by drummer and artist supervisor Merlin Sutter, himself identified from his careers with Cellar Darling and Eluveitie.
Absence will likely be launched in digital format and is obtainable for pre-orders by way of Nighted’s Bandcamp, right here.
Ivo Henzi – vocals & guitars
Marc Petralito – synth
(Photo – Manuel Vargas Lepiz)