The artist known as Sonus Mortis has released his debut LP album, “Propaganda Dream Sequence.” The record includes 11 original songs and two bonus tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour and 10 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Soaring, chilling, and titanic in the enormity of its sound, “Propaganda Dream Sequence” by Sonus Mortis is an arresting reminder of how gorgeously violent metal music can be.
The official Web page for Sonus Mortis describes his sound as “symphonic, dark, death metal from Ireland.” He cites as main artistic influences such staples of the scene as Anathema, Septic Flesh, Fear Factory, and Katatonia (et al.). Additionally, his anthemic compositions, darkly lush orchestration, and wall-of-sound studio production recall legends of experimental metal such as Neurosis, Cult of Luna, and Rosetta.
Roaring waves of guitars are layered in “Propaganda Dream Sequence” like many strata of earth. These are mixed with phantasmic elements of electronica which are interwoven in such a way as to make picking them out as individual components unlikely. Vocals are cavernous and threatening. All in all, Sonus Mortis’ debut record is gigantic in every imaginable way. It even concludes with a dark-metal homage to Toto’s epic theme for David Lynch’s “Dune.”
For fans of lyrical ingenuity, too, Sonus Mortis’ “Propaganda Dream Sequence” has more than enough to sink one’s teeth into.
Speaking of the themes of his debut record, Sonus Mortis writes, “The album ‘Propaganda Dream Sequence’ is a concept album. The album explores a futuristic dystopia where government controls every aspect of peoples lives. Apathy is strife; there is no enjoyment/emotion in the process of life anymore. Governments have installed machines where they inject propaganda into peoples dreams. The narrator from the start of the album realizes this, struggling with coming to terms with it all but starts to recode the machines to bring other people to this realization. Topics like religion, apathy, privacy, government control, censorship, and death are all linked into this story.”
Sonus Mortis is the professional name of Kevin Byrne, previously of Valediction (2007-2011). He has supported bands such as Amon Amarth, Firewind, Blaze Bayley and Diamond Head. He formed Sonus Mortis in 2013.
“Propaganda Dream Sequence” by Sonus Mortis is available online worldwide. Metal fans should definitely get in early.
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