Lisbon heavy post-punk/industrial ensemble LOUVADO ABISMO has announced the details of their self-titled album, scheduled for 31 May via Half Beast Records on vinyl/digital with a CD release to follow. As the first preview from the album, the band shares ‘Corrida Lenta,’ the album’s third track.

Despite being a new formation, LOUVADO ABISMO boasts seasoned members from diverse artistic backgrounds, including theater actress Patrícia Andrade (ex- Sinistro) on vocals, Hugo Conim (Dawnrider, The Limit) on guitars, Pedro Almeida (Scum Liquor, A Tree of Signs) on drums, and Hélder Luís (Mozart Meets Chaos, The Sleeper has Awakened) on bass.

“The video ‘Corrida Lenta’ reflects a restless and euphoric inner journey, without time. An amorphous game of shadows and ‘monsters’ hidden within a dysphoric mind.

It is a dark, simple, and intense song that varies between a mysterious David Lynchian atmosphere and a tribal ambiance, where the overlapping drums hark back to the ancient traditional Portuguese culture. The melancholic and deep voice envelops the distorted structures, leading them on an intense journey that ends in an apotheosis where a dissonant piano, played by Towkuhsh Razamod, one of the album’s guests, resonates in unison with the entire band, thus solidifying a structure that lives from the breathing of each of the musicians involved.”

Musically, LOUVADO ABISMO’s debut is a melting pot, blending Christian Death with Siouxsie and the Banshees, or even Godflesh with Killing Joke, Swans and Ministry. Throughout the album, the quartet redefines the ‘80s aesthetic, weaving it into their own distinct and modern approach.

The drum arrangements, shifting between rhythmic syncopation and loose, danceable beats, are complemented by distorted synthesized guitars, creating a glamorous and engaging vibe reminiscent of the ’80s, where heaviness and melody intertwine. The bass, with its different textures and layers, adds a cinematic side, where sensations and landscapes merge and intensify, at times conveying agony and disorder, at others, ecstasy and groove.

Patrícia’s vocals, sung in Portuguese with theatrical intensity, serve as the central character of the lyrics. Ranging from strong and shouted to sweet and melancholic, her voice guides the listeners through an abyss of formless and surreal thoughts, evoking shivers and transcending mere musical expression.

The formula above makes this set of 10 songs a conceptual work that plunges the listeners into a black hole, where the decompensated human mind commands, portraying madness and transmitting visions and sensations that envelop and consume the body.

All songs composed by Pedro Almeida and Hugo Conim; Except ‘Ausente,’ composed by Hélder Luis and Pedro Almeida
Concept, Artistic Director, Photography and Graphic Design by Pedro Almeida
Lyrics by Patrícia Andrade

Voices, Violin, Cello, and Contrabass recorded at ERRE Estudios by Towkuhsh Razamod
Drums recorded at Rock’n’Raw Studios by Bruno Jorge; except ‘Espuma’ and ‘Mundo,’ recorded at ERRE Estúdios by Towkuhsh Razamod
Guitars Recorded at Hellgarve Studios by Hugo Conim
Bass recorded at Belle de Jour Studios by Hélder Luís
Mixed and Mastered by Towkuhsh Razamod in February 2024

Violin and Cello by Cátia Louro, Contrabass by Leonardo Monteiro on ‘Ausente.’
Piano by Towkuhsh Razamod on ‘Corrida Lenta.’

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