French metallers STENGAH today reveal their new song, “Message in Memories,” which is taken from their upcoming debut album SOMA SEMA – released 18 March via Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group. You can listen to the track here.
Talking about the song Eliott Williame says, “This song is like achieving the puzzle of your life. Assembling all fragments of memories and dreams from the past and getting to understand who you are. The past curates a message for the present and gives you a wise choice to make for the future. You are not responsible for what the past was made of, but you are responsible for what you will build from it.”
Continuing he adds; “We musically and lyrically explored a very large colour spectrum and we feel this is one of the most powerful songs on the album, because it lets you dig into some harsh realities with very strong feelings, but above all it is a hopeful call to resilience.”
“Message in Memories” is the fourth song to be released from the band’s upcoming debut album SOMA SEMA. All of the songs have a thematic link running through them. “He and the Sea” is based on a French children’s book called ‘La Mer et Lui’ by Henri Meunier & Régis Lejonc. It is about grieving an achieved journey and the beginning of a new one. It’s a song about the challenge of finding new purposes in life, going through strong feelings, and curating our precious memories. The key to an endless existence. Interlinked with the band’s previous two videos, we find ourselves in the man’s head from “At the Behest of Origins,” exploring this incarnation of his mind filled with a confrontation of love, anger, fear, curiosity and balance.
The video for “At the Behest of Origins” is a beautiful cinematic experience, which follows a man who wakes up at the sea edge. The viewer proceeds to observe a ‘conversation’ with a woman as his inner self as they share enigmatic messages and dialogue in a language that is only available as a related poem hosted on the band’s website. This followed the band’s debut single “Above Inhumanity,” which is about a confrontation between loneliness and fellowship through an imaginary conversation.
The French quintet has spent the last few years in a state of perpetual evolution, armed with some of the most visceral and forward-thinking riffs and refrains in recent memory. With shades of crunchy post-djent muscularity, these young virtuosos are carving their unique path to metal glory. Both thrillingly primal and ferociously intelligent, this music aspires to enlighten and brutalise in equal measure.
Founded by drummer Eliott Williame, STENGAH has the sound, the smarts, and the ambition to push heavy music ever further into the future. After years of steady evolution and meticulous attention to detail, the band – completed by bassist Benoit Creteur, lead guitarist Maxime Delassus, rhythm guitarist Alexis Dewasch and powerhouse frontman Nicolas Queste – have honed their sound to a state of cutting-edge perfection.
“The music is about (re)connecting with yourself,” says Eliott. “It is about people, their fears, their faiths and their philosophies. How sometimes those things can guide them, and how sometimes they can blind them. It asks, with no judgement, about how odd and how strange the social and emotional behaviours of human beings are. It’s all about the power to believe, in creativity, and consciousness.”
2. At the Behest of Origins
3. Above Inhumanity
6. Message In Memories
7. Blank Masses Inheritance
8. He and the Sea
9. The Overman
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