Two tracks of atmospheric intensity, A Blackened Planet, the new EP from German instrumental band Twinesuns, bridges their acclaimed debut album The Leaving with its forthcoming successor, an epic full-length exploration destined to be over 100 minutes of incitement. The EP is also an offering from the band created as a thank you to their fans, a free invitation to another startling, psyche twisting adventure sure to recruit even stronger attention and support to their striking presence.
Hailing from Bielefeld, Twinesuns emerged from a creative union between baritone guitarist Christian ‘C.’ Braunschmidt from hardcore/post metallers NVRVD and ex- Kinsai/DNAmplified guitarist Thor Ohe. Their intent was to sculpt heavy music with no restrictions and reflected their creative passion. It was an aim soon realised in impressive style and acclaim through The Leaving last year, a five track prowl through the darkest, haunted textures and depths via a fusion of corrosively evocative drone and doom. A Blackened Planet is made of the same imaginative trespasses but a metamorphosis of the album’s sound spawning its own unique and inescapable soundscapes of ruin and seduction. The EP also sees Renzo T. Especial, the vocalist/keyboardist of Swizz band Abraham, bringing his potent and now full time Moog synthesizer explorations to the band and their new disturbing investigations.
A Blackened Planet begins with Kosmos, a single resonance of C’s guitar the seed to a slowly but portentously emerging embrace of spatial darkness. Like an eye opening upon a distant but perpetually encroaching and broadening world, ears are drawn into the busy and inviting lure of life, their passage caressed by keys and minimal but provocative melodies. All the time though, intimidating shadows court the unveiling until igniting like venomous gas into a ravenous sonic cloud of threat, oppression, and toxicity. The track proceeds to envelop the senses and corrupt the imagination, its weight and malevolent hue thickening with every caustic hug and poisonous smoulder on ears and psyche respectively. It is a rabidly disturbing encounter, is slow invasive prowl, another hallucinogenic and cinematic devouring which in some ways is a touch mellower than the songs making up The Leaving but even richer, darker, and more predatory.
The EP’s second track is just as open and cryptic as its predecessor, again allowing the listener’s imagination and emotions to twist and cultivate the track’s forceful suggestiveness as they wish. Whether The Lodge is a sanctuary from the hungry ruin around it or the gateway to a greater pestilential invasion is for the imagination to interpret and band to tell, but again from a doom fuelled sonic shimmer squirming with suggestive intrigue and undefined danger, the piece expands into a nightmarish haunting permeating every pore, cell, and feeling.
Both tracks are glorious, a challenge and inspiring treat for ears and thoughts simultaneously, and supported by a just as gripping and imposing live version of Die Drei Gesichter Der Furcht, a song from the band’s first release revealing that the band’s live presence is just as corruptive and unmissable . A Blackened Planet is another fascinating and spellbinding raw world from Twinesuns which taking its proposals as a sign of things to come, ensures their new album cannot come soon enough.
A Blackened Planet is out now as a name your price download @ https://twinesuns.bandcamp.com/album/a-blackened-planet-ep