What happens when Palm Mall is deserted and the AI system takes over? What happens when the pools are dry up, swords are broken and Earth is no longer our home? Welcome to Hellveterra, welcome to a new world where machines crush dreams.
Hellveterra is the latest brainchild of Belgian producer Zer0 れい and his second vinyl release to date. Taking a sharp thematic and sonic departure from early 2019’s “ブラックマジック (Black Magic)”, which had heavy oriental themes and a more cinematic approach, Zer0 れい now sinks his teeth into the controversial legacy of the Dungeon Synth genre.
The album combines heavy swathes of Dark Ambient with a playful yet respectful take on Black Metal riffage that eschews guitars in favor of wobbly, gritty and sometimes playful synth chords. Underneath these dungeonous riffs there swirls a myriad of new-age inspired pads, panflutes and chiptune-esque accents. The sound can be described as post-mallsoft; a darker side of luxurious shopping malls.
Taking mixing cues from lo-fi Symphonic Black metal albums such as the early works of Summoning, the album rounds out with cavernous layered drums to borrow and steal from both classic electronic drummachines, ethereal percussion and the grittiest of 32-bit era retrogames.
Legendary producer t e l e p a t h took up the challenge of mastering this unholy marriage and managed to polish all this up to a mirror sheen.
Look and listen!
Now that the word is out, take a quick look at the first photo’s of the vinyl record! Curious to know what it sounds? Hurry to Soundcloud, check the video and be ready for what we call something different, something not expected.