IMPURE WILHELMINA has released the very first track of their upcoming 7th full-length ‘Antidote’. The album is set for worldwide release on May 21st, 2021, via Season of Mist.
“‘Gravel’ is a hymn to human pain. It starts in a dark mood, continues with a tortuous verse, and ends with a chorus that we can’t help but sing along. And this is how one will fulfill one’s destiny. Indeed, man’s destiny is to sing his sorrow, in the howling wind, as he bends under heavy burdens, his feet in the mud, under the pale glow of sardonic stars. Directed by Steven Blatter, the video transcribes the turmoil induced by this cold fatality, in a sad, mineral and epic atmosphere.”
Music heals the soul, as it always has. “Antidote” evokes this simple idea, illustrating the cathartic aspect of IMPURE WILHELMINA‘s 7th full-length. It acts as a remedy against the darker sides of the human mind.
For 25 years, IMPURE WILHELMINA has been creating singular music on the borders of rock and metal. The Geneva quartet has never been afraid to reinvent itself and to push back the stylistic barriers, without ever losing its strong identity. Intensity, melody, power, and melancholy are the keywords that guide the band’s discography, shaping record after record a subtle blend of metal, post-hardcore, new wave, and indie rock sounds.
IMPURE WILHELMINA has experienced many line-up changes over the years around Michael Schindl, singer-guitarist, main composer, and lyricist. Founded in 1996, the group quickly built a reputation in the local, then Swiss, and European independent scenes.
IMPURE WILHELMINA has regularly collaborated with sound engineers and producers Serge Morattel (I Can’t Believe I Was Born In July – 2001, L’Amour, La Mort, L’Enfance Perdue – 2004, Prayers And Arsons – 2008) and Raphaël Bovey (Black Honey – 2014, Radiation – 2017). These five albums illustrate the constant musical evolution of the band, which from a very dark and metal base gradually incorporates more rock elements. The clear vocals occupy an increasingly important place in the compositions, reinforcing the intensity and melodic depth.
In 2015, thanks to the great response to ‘Black Honey’, IMPURE WILHELMINA signed with the reference metal label Season of Mist, which published ‘Radiation’ two years later in 2017. Skilfully navigating between melodies and dissonances, always at the service of raw emotion, this sixth album was unanimously acclaimed by the press and the public, opening the doors to wider recognition.
After intensely touring all over Europe to promote ‘Radiation’, the band received great reward by being one of the four recipients of the 2019 grants for contemporary music awarded by the City of Geneva. This support has allowed Impure Wilhelmina to approach their new album with confidence and the will to develop their sound and get out of their comfort zone. The band put a lot of effort into the elaboration and production of its new songs, notably by calling on Yvan Bing, producer and sound engineer, to accompany the four musicians throughout the creation process of the album. This successful collaboration began in the summer of 2019 and continued for over a year, giving rise to IMPURE WILHELMINA‘s seventh album, ‘Antidote’.
In the context of the pandemic that marked part of the recording of ‘Antidote’ and its long completion, this title also resonates in a very particular way.
IMPURE WILHELMINA has furthermore unveiled the cover artwork for ‘Antidote’:
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