Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Reverse Engineering with Haunted Plasma

Haunted Plasma, featuring Juho Vanhanen (Oranssi Pazuzu, Grave Pleasures), Timo Kaukolampi (K-X-P), Op:l Bastards) and Tomi Leppänen (Circle, Aavikko, K-X-P),release their debut album, I, on 31st May via Svart Records.

Described as a powerhouse of futuristic synth in symbiosis with the super violent atmospherics of kosmische black metal, Haunted Plasma is “man meets machine” in a cybernetic wasteland, set to a conceptual backdrop of William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick style mind-melt. The creatives at the heart of Haunted Plasma’ssound, cite Terry Riley, Massive Attack, a contemporary take on krautrock hypnosis, psychedelic black metal and 90s techno, resulting in an orgy of mutant sound.

“We are liberated futurists, embracing free-form and natural composition, mirroring the merciless forces of cosmic creation. We have a motto to stay true to our feelings, to spawn a sound that’s never been heard before. Servants of music. Energizing, radical and pure,” said the collective.

Guest vocals on the album are contributed by Mat McNerney (Hexvessel, Carpenter Brut, Grave Pleasures/Beastmilk), Ringa Manner (Ruusut, The Hearing) and Pauliina Lindell (Vuono, Dust Mountain). 

The first single from Haunted Plasma’s cascading debut, ‘Reverse Engineer’, is a creepy, slowly erupting, synthetic nightmare, of a downloaded being waking up in the wrong future.  Ghostly vocals demand the listener to “give us what we want” in an Orwellian glimpse into the current dystopia we live in, where information is controlled, and thoughts are bought and sold. As vocalist McNerney intones the words “technology of power” he describes the threat of a malevolent and omnipresent artificial intelligence, as much as describing the oppressive and electromagnetic sonar pulse of Haunted Plasma’s sound itself. As they themselves noted: “Psychedelic guitar hypnosis from Vanhanen snakes around Kaukolampi’s molten and morphing synths, while Leppänen’s uncanny man/machine rhythms pull our strings and animate their other-worldly mechanisms.”

You can check out the video to Reverse Engineer’ here at RAMzine.

The debut album from Haunted Plasma will be packaged in a tip-on sleeve, swirling fog artwork, complete with 12” booklet and pressed on 3 exclusive vinyl colours: 300 copies on standard black wax, 200 copies in amber + black smoke and 500 copies of turquoise/black marble The album will also be available on CD and digitally.

Click here  to secure a limited edition of the album.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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