LLNN Announce Unmaker out Sept. 24

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

llnn (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Once upon a long-long-ago, I was lucky enough to see Copenhagen’s LLNN in a crowded church basement at the vibe-your-face-right-off Høstsabbat 2019 (review here) in Oslo, Norway. It was a lifetime, maybe two, in the past, but the impression the band made that evening holds firm: LLNN wreck shit. It was one of the most vital takeaways from that particular weekend. Accordingly, it is with ready-to-be-crushed bones that I await the arrival of their third full-length, Unmaker, which will be out Sept. 24 through Pelagic Records and is up for preorder now with a track streaming. Also note that they’re doing a separate LP just of the ambient synth parts. That’s a killer idea.

If you weren’t in that particular basement on that particular eve, you might’ve caught LLNN at this year’s virtual Roadburn Redux festivities as part of the Pelagic showcase. Numerous videos have made their way public since that one-weekend-only semi-happening, and LLNN‘s doesn’t seem to be one based on a cursory search, but that may change in the leadup to Unmaker. It’ll be worth keeping an eye out.

Here’s info and links for the record, courtesy the PR wire:

LLNN Unmaker

LLNN To Release Crushing New Full-Length Unmaker September 24th Via Pelagic Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Copenhagen’s LLNN will unleash their third full-length, Unmaker, via Pelagic Records on September 24th. A stupefyingly unforgiving affair, Unmaker is at once abrasive and vile, at times effervescent and escharotic, and finally absolutely smothering, suffocating, terminal.

LLNN burst onto the scene with 2016’s critically acclaimed debut album Loss. But there is much more to the band’s sound. Following European tours with Bison, performances at esteemed festivals like Roskilde, Roadburn, and Arctangent and a split EP with Wovoka, LLNN returned with sophomore album Deads in 2018, an album that felt more compact, yet more complex and simultaneously organic.

The band further explored the coalescence of the guitar and bass – axis with keys player Ketil G. Sejersen’s synth layers, a direction that is now further pursued on Unmaker. It’s also the very dominant synths that evoke the feel and vibe of dystopian, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi movies, inspired by composers like Brad Fiedel, Vangalis, John Carpenter, and Stanley Kubrick as much as by sci-fi/horror games like Silent Hill, Dead Space, Halo, and Limbo.

“As huge fans of classic sci-fi scores and video games, we’re fascinated by how cinematic sound design can evoke certain emotions and let our imagination unfold into abstract storytelling,” notes Sejersen. A recently released short film gives insight into the creation process and sound design on the new record, showcasing the process from the original sound recording to the final result, a production that took place at a blacksmith using various industrial machines. “A big part of the sound design in LLNN is initially created by field recordings, and afterwards by modulating the raw audio files in post-production,” he continues. A circular metal saw was recorded and modulated — and by layering these sounds over other estranged and heavily treated recordings of industrial tools, LLNN creates their sometimes eery, sometimes harsh but always thematically coherent synth-soundscapes.

These sounds – essentially manipulations of the real world – orchestrate and exemplify the album’s central theme: Unmaker is a tale about how technology, in combination with certain power structures, is transforming humanity, essentially affecting human values, and becoming an end in itself. A tale about how progress becomes regress, depending on the angle of the observer and the standards of appraisal.

In advance of the release of Unmaker, today the band unveils first single, “Interloper.” Vocalist/guitarist Christian Bonnesen comments, “It’s a song about feeling worthless. Forever doomed to sit with the kids at the dinner table, fed with scraps from banquets of kings.”

Stream the track via YouTube at THIS LOCATION and all streaming services HERE: https://listen.pelagic-records.com/llnn-unmaker

Unmaker was produced by Jacob Bredahl at Dead Rat Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege with sound design production by the Sejersen brothers at Gravitated Sound Studio.

Unmaker will be released on CD, digitally, and on vinyl in five different color variants. All variants come with a second LP featuring only the synth sounds, titled Sonic Fragments From Unmaker. These fragments on their own — exposed and without the rest of the band — constitute an unrhythmical, parallel universe to the album, and allow an interesting peak into the band’s dark cosmos.

Find preorders at THIS LOCATION: https://listen.pelagic-records.com/llnn-unmaker

Unmaker Track Listing:
1. Imperial
2. Desecrator
3. Obsidian
4. Vakuum
5. Scion
6. Interloper
7. Division
8. Forger
9. Tethers
10. Resurrection

Christian Bonnesen – guitar, vocals
Rasmus G. Sejersen – drums
Ketil G. Sejersen – synths
Rasmus Furbo – bass


LLNN, Unmaker (2021)

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