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Magnalith

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Magnalith is dense but concise, expressionistic but corporeal music. Tangentially metal, curiously harmonic, the forthcoming EP is a convulsive listen. Unbridled structural deviations see handbrake slides into weird, cinematic passages that lurch back into leviathan riffs.

Brevity does not constrain the expansiveness of the three tracks. Experimental vignettes, conceptual lyricism, pathos and sagacious mixing by Dave Holmes (Jakob, Saint Agnes, Maisha) lend to the fantastical but humanistic atmosphere. The effect is bursts of contemplative, layered composition to capture the imagination of progressive metal/rock fans.

Recorded in historic and hideaway places in Auckland, New Zealand then mixed remotely through UK lockdown—re-amping the guitars and bass through vintage gear locally—this was an international collaboration of audiophiles. Bosher gathered three engineer friends from across his career to undertake sections of the production. Work began at The Lab below Mt Eden’s Crystal Palace Theatre in the storied ballroom popular in the 1920s (later a cabaret room). Capturing the kinetic energy of the drums on the Neve console helped to create the foundational tank tread of the EP’s heft. The team moved to makeshift spaces for other instrumentation and the material then shipped to the UK to be re-assembled within a 500-tonne lightship and then an ex-food processing plant. The record is a result greater than the sum of its parts in the pandemic post-production context.

Here, Bosher explores the peripheral edges of his guitar-centric repertoire from Decortica and Domes. Magnalith extends melodic complexity and compositional features that push the writing into unexpected metallurgy. The record is the fifth endeavour in Bosher and Holmes’ partnership. Over the course of more than a decade, the two have shared intrepid experiences recording in a wild West Coast surf town, a serene Coatesville farm and a 1939 heritage vessel moored on the River Thames. With Magnalith, they present a self-aware “pretty, ugly” treatment that oozes thickly between the cracks of an ornate edifice.

Lead track, Intimacy’s End is out 5 February. A second track is slated for March with the full EP out April.

Band Members:
Mathew Bosher

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