Berlin-based heavy metallers APTERA announce the release of their debut album ‘You Can’t Bury What Still Burns’ on June 17th, with preorders available now through Ripple Music. Listen to their earth-shattering new single “Voice of Thunder” right now!
Hailing from Brazil, Italy, Belgium and the US, APTERA has risen from the sea to join forces in Berlin. In Greek mythology, Aptera was the site of the legendary contest between the Sirens and the Muses. After the victory of the Muses, the Sirens (who in Greek mythology are creatures with the body of a bird and the head of a woman) lost the feathers from the wings on their shoulders and cast themselves into the sea. The word “aptera” in Greek literally means “wingless”. The incarnation of Aptera is not one of defeat, but rather a cry of rebellion and of challenging establishments, taking flight and pushing forward despite opposing forces.
Listen to new single “Voice of Thunder“
Influenced by 70s rock, 80s metal, and contemporary acts like L7, Neurosis, Mastodon or Electric Wizard, their sound combines elements of heavy metal, doom, stoner, sludge, thrash and punk in a unique way. Heavy and melodic, with unexpected tempo changes and transitions bringing the listener from stoner to punk, multi-layered guitars and shapeshifting vocals, each track on “You Can’t Bury What Still Burns” reframes timeless feminist struggles through various myths while deconstructing established ideals of women’s roles in contemporary society.
About the album, APTERA comments: “You Can’t Bury What Still Burns pays homage to those who do not accept subjugation and gives life to the seeds of rebellion germinating within them, and to the daily actions, however small, which lead to disruptive changes in the dominant narrative. You can’t bury a fighting soul, a living dream, a burning heart.“
In Greek mythology, APTERA was the site of the battle between the Sirens and the Muses, where the Sirens lost their wings and were cast into the sea. But this Berlin-based 4-piece is less of a contest and more of a raucous party. Aptera sonically revamps this clash with a tasty tornado of doom, sludge, psych, thrash, and classic metal blended with punk. Joining the sirens and muses at the table are a coven of reanimated witch spirits and a gang of man-eating mermaids with a healthy appetite for destruction. Hailing from Italy, Belgium, the US, and Brazil, Aptera rose from the seas in 2018 to join forces in Berlin.
With Michela Albizzati on guitars and vocals, Celia Paul (Arde) on bass and vocals, Sara Neidorf (ex-Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mellowdeath) on drums, and Renata Helm on guitar, APTERA‘s lashing riffs and propulsive rhythms evoke elements of Messa, Mastodon, Windhand, Neurosis, and Black Sabbath. Weaving together contemporary and mythological tales of rebellion, revenge, and rising from the ashes, Aptera is a guttural cry, a battle call, a resurrection with wings of fire. After their self-titled EP (2019), they will release their debut LP “You Can’t Bury What Still Burns” via Ripple Music in June 2022. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jan Oberg at Hidden Planet Studio in June 2021. Artwork was created by Brokesia Studio.
Michela Albizzati – guitar, vocals
Celia Paul – bass, vocals
Renata Helm – guitar
Sara Neidorf – drums