Extreme prog meets brutal beauty of melodic death metal.
Andorran extreme prog metal unit Persefone unveils their upcoming EP, Lingua Ignota: Part I, set for release on February 2, 2024 via Napalm Records! Technical proficiency and modern progressive metal elements drenched in melodic death metal influences are at the core of Persefone’s sound, and the outfit’s new vocalist, Daniel Rodríguez Flys, brings a fresh edge to his first record with the band. Acclaimed in the global metal scene, Persefone has previously taken over live stages at huge festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Brutal Assault and 70,000 Tons of Metal, and has toured with many acknowledged units, such as Ne Obliviscaris on their 2023 European tour. As successor to the stunning 2022 release metanoia and gracing the Metal Hammer cover, on Lingua Ignota: Part I, PE Persefone expand their collaboration with the renowned David Castillo – who produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the new album at Studio Gröndahl in Stockholm, Sweden. Castillo is well-known for his phenomenal work with genre giants such as Opeth, Dark Tranquillity and Soilwork, as well as label mates Katatonia and Candlemass.
Creeping in with a hauntingly beautiful intro, keyboards and electronic influences build up the atmosphere on the opening track “Sounds And Vessels” before screams lead into a brutal breakdown. Following the shockingly abrupt ending, the breathtaking second track “One Word” kicks right off with pounding drums, screams and growls before introducing a catchy, melodic chorus. Church bells ring for “The Equable”, and the listener is carried away by irresistible heavy riffs leading to a massive chorus. Starting with surprisingly delicate guitar melodies and chanting vocals, the beautiful title track “Lingua Ignota” impresses with skilled instrumentation and exceptionally rich soundscapes. Cinematic closing track “Abyssal Communication” wraps up Lingua Ignota: Part I.
Persefone’s new offering convinces with top-tier songwriting that keeps the listener captivated through the album, showcasing impressive variety in soundscapes, and once again proves that this band can’t be pigeonholed.
Lingua Ignota: Part I Tracklisting: 1. Sounds And Vessels 2. One Word 3. The Equable 4. lingua Ignota 5. Abyssal Communication
Persefone lineup: Daniel Rodríguez Flys – vocals / Miguel “Moe” Espinosa – keyboards and vocals / Carlos Lozano – guitar / Filipe Baldaia – guitar / Toni Mestre – bass / Sergi “ Bobby” Verdeguer – drums