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  • Jason Hesley

IAmber premiere video for Atavist from the album "Mercurial Shakes!"

“Mercurial Shakes” is not a concept album in the strict sense, but it has some central themes that are recurring throughout the tracks. These themes revolve around the cyclic and repeating nature of time and life as well as the ever-more manifesting change in the state of the natural environment on our planet. It addresses a few key feelings that have manifested from these themes, that needed to be let out and preserved in the songs. The writing of the album was a very intuitive process, utilizing some ideas first conceived many years ago and merging them together with new ones to mould the songs. The recording was done in the Finnish countryside near Jyväskylä in two sessions.

Musically a lot of influence comes from the so-called post-metal-type sound, but overall the inspirations are pretty diverse and the sound has always been evolving into something else. As always, the goal was to cultivate our sound and let it grow in its own direction.

As with every release we have made, on this album, there was also a kind of “auteur” approach to the work, as we handled all creative aspects and decisions ourselves (from music production to album artwork).

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