Boston’s (by way of NYC/Oakland) doom/black emissaries FÓRN are streaming their highly anticipated new album, Rites of Despair. The band’s first proper full-length after a series of EPs and singles, Rites of Despair is the resulting vision of two years worth of tumult, including relocations, lineup changes, life and death. Divided between two Acts, “Act I: Depersonalization” & “Act II: Derealization“, Rites of Despair explores themes of isolation, depression, decay, tumultuous self discovery, and abandonment.
Tracking and engineering was completed by both Alec Rodriguez at New Alliance in Cambridge, MA, as well as Andrew Oswald at Secret Bathroom in Oakland, CA. Mastering completed by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna. Rites of Despair will be released by Gilead Media on September 21st, available on LP, CD, and digital formats. Regarding the new album, the band comments:
“Our first proper full length is the physical and sonic embodiment of a collective torturous journey. We have carved our pound of flesh and put it to music for all to devour. But is it is our pound of flesh; a rotting, enveloping evolution of isolation, misery, loneliness, detachment, derealization and depersonalization. Rites of Despair is a manifestation and accumulation of weariness and dread brought on the wings of inward isolation; a recoiling from a world barren of empathy, void of morality. For these very reasons we hold this art we’ve created dearly to us. It is both a way of processing the feelings of existence that can truthfully be hurtful to the very essence of you, but also as a way of freeing from the weight of those experiences. That weight, that flesh, lies and waits to be consumed. We hope it’s proper sustenance to fuel the growing loneliness and despondency in us all. Our future is lush with melancholy.”
Vinyl Pressing Information:
400 – Black
300 – White w/Gold & Green
300 – White w/Blood & Brown