"Born Again", the Crucial Blast Records debut from France's OVERMARS, will be released in the U.S. on September 22. According to a press release, the CD "descends deep into themes of self-immolation, horror, and rebirth, and becomes a harrowing narrative as it moves through a series of different musical moods."
OVERMARS had already established its atmospheric, electronically-tainted sludge-metal sound on the band's 2005 album "Affliction, Endocrine...Vertigo" and all of the previous split releases with DONEFOR, ISCARIOTE, FUGÜE and ICOS, but "Born Again" is something new from the band; this forty-minute epic moves from pulverizing industrial dirge blanketed with heavily textured layers of processed guitar and fearsome guttural roars intermixed with captivating female vocals, to passages of haunting dark ambience and bottom-heavy churn, and a magisterial finale that stretches gloom-ridden moody riffage, vaporous electronics and dramatic male/female singing across the song's final fifteen minutes, a tense, slow buildup that erupts into an earth-shaking crescendo of super heavy riffage. Immensely bleak and heavy, "Born Again" brings together elements of GODFLESH's industrial pummel, black metal, tribal dirge , the violent nihilism of SWANS, doomy death metal, and even some black strains of psychedelia into a monumental metallic black hole.
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In support of this colossal release, OVERMARS will tour the U.S. for the first time this month. The band will hit the road alongside Translation Loss Records artists BATTLEFIELDS from mid-August through early September.