BAND Fer de Lance
ALBUM The Hyperborean
LABEL Cruz Del Sur Music
OUT April 22nd, 2022
OUR RATING 83/100
After their 2020 Colossus EP, Chicago’s Fer de Lance return with their first LP, The Hyperborean, available non April 22nd, 2022 on Cruz Del Sur Music.
Fer de Lance released their debut Colossus EP in March 2020, consisting of four songs while acoustic and electric guitar interplay and the melodious and powerful vo
Fer de Lance returned to Altered States Studio in Chicago with Colossus producer and engineer Matt Russell.
This time, founding members MP (vocals, guitars) and Rüsty (bass) were joined by new additions Scud (drums) and Mandy Martillo (acoustic guitar/vocals).
The outcome are seven songs of remarkable depth and complexity.
Extreme metal elements have now fully entered the fray, while the band’s trademark acoustic/electric guitar blend has ascended to greater heights.
The Hyperborean tells the story of a mariner who leaves the depravity and injustice of the “civilized” world in search of a land devoid of pain and suffering. The mariner’s adventure is detailed in Adam Burke’s cover art — at the forefront, the temple represents both the starting place and the civilization that the mariner aims to leave behind. The aurora borealis and the mountain of ice represent the desolate destination and the stars above, the guide. The mariner and his crew follow the stars in the hope of salvation. However, what they find is not what they expect and those left unburied never cross Acheron.
The Hyperborean concept was born from MP’s extended isolation during last winter’s pandemic. Rooted within this world, the concept is not intended to be escapist fantasy but it inspires the cold beauty of dark seas, frigid winds and starry nights. The character’s travels also provide Fer de Lance the optimal setting to explore their wealth of ideas. And, of course, it is only fitting that MP’s impassioned vocals serve as the guide for a journey across the seas, winds, stars and ice.
Fer de Lance’s transformation will continue with their first-ever live show this April at the Keep It True festival in Germany. The band has tapped J. Geist of Chicago’s Beastlurker as a second guitar player and to help MP re-produce their music in a live setting.
MP VC GT
Mandy Martillo AG VC
J. Geist GT
01 Aurora Borealis 2:28
02 The Mariner 8:17
03 Ad Bestias 7:13
04 Sirens 8:18
05 Northern Skies 8:29
06 Arctic Winds 7:03
07 The Hyperborean 10:56
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