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PSYGNOSIS Shoot For the Cosmos on “Öpik-Oort”

Thomas Crémier (Drums, Sound Engineer)
Elise Masliah (Guitar)
Rémi Vanhove (Guitar, Sound Design)
Raphaël Verguin (Cello)


Cover art designed by Okiko

1. Öpik-Oort (12:33) [WATCH]
2. Eclipse (10:38)
3. Sunshine (08:57)
4. Caloris Basin (08:43)
5. Uranometria (15:27)
Total 56:18

Style: Atmospheric extreme metal
FFO: Ne Obliviscaris, Opeth, Persefone, Dysrhythmia

Psygnosis started in 2009, when Rémi Vanhove began to gather all of his musical influences into one entity. The first solo EP, “Phrases”, was released in June 2009 and laid the foundation for Psygnosis: atmospheric extreme metal, with hints of electronic music. While he continued to program the drums himself, Rémi then recruited a second guitarist, a bassist and a singer.

The first Psygnosis album, ‘Anti-Sublime’ was released in January 2012, which built on the sound of the initial EP. The band released another EP in 2013 (‘Sublimation’) followed by their second album in 2014. ‘Human Be[ing]’ showed signs of maturity with tighter songwriting and more complex structures.

In 2015, Psygnosis underwent an extraordinary change. Not only did they decide to become a purely instrumental band, they also recruited cellist Raphaël Verguin. This peculiar configuration recorded the EP ‘AAliens’, followed by ‘Neptune’, an ambitious, hour-long opus that stretched all the way out to the edges of the Solar System.

The pandemic gave Psygnosis more time to work on their new album. While more subtle and accomplished, ‘Mercury’ upholds the Vanhove’s original intention: mixing nervous metal riffs, blast beats and atmospheric ambience into a music that’s as intense as it is emotional.

Cello recorded by Raphaël Verguin
All other instruments recorded by Thomas Crémier at SoundBlast Studios

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Thomas Crémier


By Metal Lair

Propter Music Connoisseur, music for refined taste.

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