Monolith sub-frequencies intended to lift the listener to a higher level of consciousness, a state of trance and hypnosis. Bong-Ra mixes doom metal, free-jazz, and electronics in a completely new unique crossover heavily inspired by ancient and pre-dynastic civilizations. His personal philosophy and research into transcendency, the esoteric and existentialism inspired by the musical works of John Coltrane, the teachings of Manly P Hall, the crushing weight of doom metal, and the open forms of improvised free jazz to create a completely new genre in itself.
After the EP “Palestina”, “Antediluvian” is Bong-Ra‘s second audio adventure into the realms of doom-metal, yet this time on a full-length format. Recorded with Hungarian drummer Balasz Pandi, and featuring guest appearances by saxophonist Colin Webster and bassoonist Chloe Herrington, “Antediluvian” will be receiving a high-end vinyl release on Tartarus Records.
As one of the pioneers of the electronic harsh subgenre’s breakcore together with artists like Venetian Snares and DJ Scud, Bong-Ra (v1.0) led the breakcore scene for two decades, preaching his manic rhythms across the globe. After twenty years of carnage, Jason Kohnen decided to metamorphose his Bong-Ra alter ego and return to his original roots and passion for doom. After all, he’s one of the founding members of the recently revived Dutch doom-metal band Celestial Season and also a member of the upcoming doom band The Answer Lies In The Black Void along with Martina Horvath (Thy Catafalque), so this transformation of Bong-Ra (v2.0) into a sub-based doom experience is only natural and inevitable for him.
Release date: June 25th via Tartarus Records
You can listen and order “Antediluvian” here.