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30 immolated; 16 returned Usher In Spring With A Violent Take On Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”


30 immolated; 16 returned is an obtuse, frightening, and aggressive avant-garde metal band who are heavily inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom and are meant to recreate the violent sensorial experience of the book. They bring this horror to life while demonstrating the close relationship between extreme metal and modernist classical music, which many prog and tech-metal fans will enjoy, especially the technical prowess and complex nature of the work as well as the driving primal rhythms, strange harmonies, and quirky melodies.


Their latest offering is the upcoming album “The Burial of the Dead”, an arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s controversial 1913 ballet “The Rite of Spring''. The first glimpse will be with the single “The Augurs of Spring (The Burial of the Dead)”; 30 immolated; 16 returned share their thoughts on what they call “a spring time sacrificial ritual”:


“It begins with a primal pounding of all instruments in unison in a moderato tempo. It then carries through several textural changes, complex harmonies, and folk-like melodies that trade between guitars. The vocals are minimal, but are inspired by T.S. Eliot’s famous work The Wastelands. In the context of our act - it translates into the brutal murder of innocence to appease our never-ending hunger for the destruction of purity through vice.”


“The Augurs of Spring (The Burial of the Dead)” was the first song from The Rite of Spring that was arranged and learned by the band. In T.S Eliot’s work “The Burial of the Dead”, the poem dwells on the violence of Spring - how it pushes aside the dead that has wasted away from the previous year and then uses it to generate new life.


Spectacular new life through the appropriation of the dead. This excerpt is a sneak peek into a larger project, to be finished in 2023.


Chaotic and extreme, 30 immolated; 16 returned take avant-garde, to a new technical level. They are suggested listening for fans of Portal, Howls of Ebb, and Morbid Angel.

The lyric video for the single “The Augurs of Spring (The Burial of the Dead)” can be heard and watched via its premiere on NoCleanSinging HERE.

“The Burial of the Dead” is out on May 14, 2021. Album pre-order - https://30immolated16returned.bandcamp.com

Track Listing: 1. Introduction (Spleen) (1:30) 2. The Augurs of Spring (The Burial of the Dead) (3:57) 3. The Ritual of Abduction ( Glorious Love/Languid Agony) (2:48) 4. Spring Rounds (A Paean) (4:22) Album Length: 12:38

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