French atmospheric doom collective IXION is now streaming their entire new EP “Extinction” after their release yesterday, April 16 via Finisterian Dead End / Season of Mist.

Questioning how humanity will struggle with mortality in a world where android technology is rapidly growing and dominating, “Extinction” is the first part of the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album entitled “Evolution”, which is divided into three chapters and is scheduled to be released in late October.

“The album is based on a musical and thematic concept in three parts. It speaks about the evolution of humanity, the expansion of androids, and their crossed future, around an atmospheric, melancholic, and progressive doom metal, playing with influences, sometimes orchestral, sometimes electronic.

As the first part, Extinction unveils a journey of atmospheric doom filled with symphonic and acoustic soundscapes, both epic and intimate. It will take you into the future, questioning how humanity will struggle with mortality in a world where android technology rises. Extinction will be released tomorrow on all digital platforms. As a whole, the album will also be released physically later this fall.”

Divided between three parts, “Evolution” is a natural successor to “L’Adieu aux Etoiles”, delivering an enthralling blend of progressive metal and melancholic and atmospheric doom. Across these three parts, IXION tells a concept and fictional story about the evolution of mankind and the interrelation with androids. 

Originally formed in 2004 as a solo project by main composer and multi-instrumentalist Julien Prat, IXION have carved out a special place within the doom scene, with their singular blend of ambient/electronic music and atmospheric doom metal, drawing inspiration from science-fiction.

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