Belgium’s Soul Dissolution will unleash their “SORA” full-length studio album on September 30th, 2022, via Viridian Flame Records, today unveiling the record’s artwork, track listing, and preorders.
Founded in 2012, Soul Dissolution plays atmospheric post-black metal in the vein of bands like Agalloch, Drudkh, Harakiri For The Sky, and Woods Of Desolation. After a slow beginning, it was their second album, 2018’s “Stardust”, released by Black Lion Records, that earned them recognition in this specific niche of the genre. This album was followed by various EPs, of which the most recent, “Winter Contemplations”, was released in 2020 by the band’s own Viridian Flame Records. The Headbanging Moose hailed the EP for being at once, “introspective and brooding… telling stories of snowy landscapes, raging blizzards, regret and purgatory”. Metal Temple concurred awarding the EP a 9/10 rating and noting, “though only two songs are present on this EP, they are two massively powerful offerings of beauty and sadness… this band can capture a bevy of emotions that runs you through a whirlwind of feelings, from depressing and anger, to hope and endurance”. Added Cvlt Legion, “Winter Contemplations finds itself balanced on the knife edge between the harshness and the hope of earth’s coldest season. Never losing focus for one moment, this is an absorbing, accommodating and heartfelt outpouring of emotion in the solitude of a barren sky”.
And now, Soul Dissolution is finally ready with a brand new full-length, “SORA”, Japanese for “sky”. The five-song conceptual work revolves itself around the sky and its many facets and bears a distinct Japanese touch, including the use of haiku poems in the lyrics, and a custom-made calligraphy on the cover art. On this album, the band cultivates the key elements of their sound: melancholic atmospheres, catchy melodies, to-the-point song structures, and a clear, modern production. Yet, the vision presented here is richer and more diverse. While some songs remain true to the genre’s archetypes, others take a more “positive” turn, straying further from what can reasonably be called black metal. The result is an album unlike any other, taking the listener on an epic journey, under an ever-changing sky…
“SORA” will be released on CD, vinyl, and digitally. Find preorders here.
View the band’s previously released video for the record’s stunning first single, “The Absolving Tide”, below.
1. SORA I
2. SORA II
3. SORA III
4. The Absolving Tide
5. With Open Heart