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Vokonis: Further expand the prog landscape and more dynamic than ever…..

Vokonis - Odyssey

Vokonis will release their fourth studio album Odyssey in spring 2021. More dynamically diverse than ever, the 6 new tracks feature guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard. Odyssey is Vokonis’ first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.

After the success of Vokonis’ critically acclaimed third album Grasping Time (2019), Vokonis immediately went into recording more material. With the goal set to further expand the prog landscape, Vokonis crafted recordings that are more dynamically diverse and forward-thinking than ever before. The result is Odyssey, the upcoming fourth studio album by Vokonis. Ranging from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages.

With tangible prog- influences combined with standout choruses, the 6 tracks on Odyssey further explores the sound that Vokonis introduced on 2019’s Grasping Time. Jonte Johansson’s clean vocal lines are effectively blended with Simon’s aggressive bark, creating tons of depth as the sound shift from dreamy psychedelia to faze-melting sludge heaviness. The new tracks are backed up by the rhythmical patterns provided by the band’s new drummer Peter Ottosson who, since his affiliation in early 2019, has proved to be a spark plug of inspiration for the band.

Odyssey was recorded in Studio Soundport, Sweden, by Mikael Andersson. Mastered by Magnus Lindberg. The artwork for the album and its singles were made by Kyrre Bjurling. Odyssey will be released on The Sign Records on May 7, 2021. The album will be available on digital, vinyl, and CD format. The track Through The Depths, center around the way each member have handled mental illness and how they use their music to express themselves together.

Lyrics:

There’s a place besung in ancient myths

It hides within us inside both you and me

A sacred temple bound by seven seals

To reach into it we must pierce the blinding veil

Past the gateway, blurred out vision

Carry the fire, call the angels

Double-sided, graven idol

Through the depths, we go

A tale of purity told by the firesides

In times remote, we could transcend reality

Once highly revered and held as divine truth

An age of wonders that vanished without a trace

Past the gateway, blurred out vision

Carry the fire, call the angels

Double-sided, graven idol

Through the depths, we go

Stairway, spinning down

To the Netherworld

Eternal glow of astral light

Shining through the aeons

An echo of infinity

Through the depths we go

The heavy prog-metal-trio, Vokonis, is here to daze you with their furious sludge-vibe and melodic passages. Drenched in blasting distortion, melody, and menace, Vokonis is ready to fully blossom as the progressive beast they’ve held within since 2015. With a style that ranges from heavy riffage, face-melting layers of fuzz, and gritty, howling vocals to utterly clean, dreamlike soundscapes, they aim to completely immerse you in their songwriting. As you share a psychedelic and thrilling journey Vokonis will have shown their range from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages.

Playing shows and putting a bigger focus on touring, Vokonis have shared stages with bands such as Monolord, Skraeckoedlan, and Elder. Playing on the road has been instrumental in the evolution of the band. Their appearance at Desertfest London in 2019 showcased the band’s musical growth since their latest album release. With the addition of Peter Ottosson behind the drum kit they’ve taken a lot of steps towards a more cohesive sound. With a dynamic range the size of the backline of Sunn O))), Vokonis show that their love for warm sound and melody is not lost on anyone.

Vokonis has since their start putting everything in high gear. While they’ve released three records, being featured in the highly profiled The Planet Of Doom-animated movie, Vokonis aren’t stepping down in tempo. Neither are they satisfied. With a new sound, the trio is ready to launch themselves into the stratosphere.

Vokonis’ third, critically acclaimed album Grasping Time was released in late summer 2019 on The Sign Records. Inspired by nature and the universe around us, the album was the beginning of a new musical era for the band. Drawing inspiration from the shared vocals of Mastodon and a love for all things progressive Vokonis evolved into the usage of dual vocals. Now sharing lead vocals, Jonte Johansson`s melodic voice complement the fierce bark of guitarist Simon Ohlsson. The album also meant a line-up change as former member Emil assonleft the band and current drummer Peter Ottosson was recruited.

Vokonis sophomore album The Sunken Djinn was released in 2017 on Ripple Music. The album is heavy endeavor focusing mainly on raw power and how far one can take fuzzed out riffs. The band’s furious debut Olde One Ascending saw the light of day in 2016, and presented the heavy foundation of what would later become the Vokonis we know today.

Vokonis:

Simon Ohlsson – Guitar and Vocals, Jonte Johansson – Bass and Vocals and Peter Ottosson – Percussion – Drums.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (4914 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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