- Jason Hesley
EMBRYO Give Birth To New Album "A Vivid Shade on Misery" ft. Drummer George Kollias (Nile)!
Italy's melodic death metal powerhouse Embryo has unleashed its fifth album "A Vivid Shade on Misery", which features the pummeling drumming force of George Kollias (Nile) whom the band recruited for the full-length's recording.
"A Vivid Shade on Misery" follows the band's 2017's "A Step Beyond Divinity" (Art Gates Records), 2015's Self-Titled (logic(il)logic Records) that featured Fleshgod Apocalypse's drummer Francesco Paoli, 2010's "No God Slave" and their 2006 debut "Chaotic Age".
Embryo began writing their fifth offering in 2020 with George Kollias and entered the Domination Studio in July 2021 with producer Simone Mularoni, and engineer Simone Bertozzi.
Monolithic, intense, powerful, technical, and melodic this new album features eight brand new tracks and is another concept album like its predecessor "A Step Beyond Divinity". The band is inspired by historical Italian figures of the Renaissance era and their tormented lives, their absolute genius, and the gifts they gave to the world. While the previous album "A Step Beyond Divinity" was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, this new work is totally inspired by Michelangelo Merisi alias Caravaggio, an Italian painter active in Rome for most of his artistic life. Overall, fans will find this album has the "Embryo" matrix. It will be a more direct record and its songs make up a pattern that takes the listener on a journey through torments and anxieties."
"For this album, we decided on the track list in the studio, after listening to the completed record all together several times; our producer Simone Mularoni also helped us in this choice. The new album has eight tracks and eight tracks were thought to talk about the “story”. A few less than the previous "A Step Beyond Divinity," but we are sure that the fans will have the right time to enjoy it musically and lyrically. We want to have listeners dive into our world by giving them brutal and atmospheric music melted together in the way we love to do plus having Kollias drum on this new album, one of the best drummers in the world, is just an absolute honour." adds the band.
From the band's first album "Chaotic Age" (2006) to today, Embryo's music has evolved over the years. On the first record, they were more brutal and messier, now their compositions are much more “thought out” and brilliant. If they had to use one word to describe their compositional evolution they would say "sharp".
In addition to the release of "A Vivid Shade on Misery", the band is unveiling their next music video for the track "Pride", a real kick-in-the-face assault for fans to enjoy.
Watch the music video at https://youtu.be/fL_RlXIykHs
Recommended for fans of Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Death, and Dimmu Borgir, Embryo's "A Vivid Shade on Misery" is now available as of March 17th, 2023 via Rockshots Records.