US post-metal unit DAXMA shares breathtaking « Hiraeth » video off new album on Blues Funeral Recordings and Majestic Mountain Records.
Oakland-based atmospheric post-metal unit DAXMA present their breathtaking video for « Hiraeth », the second track taken from their new album ‘Unmarked Boxes’ due out November 19th on Blues Funeral Recordings and Majestic Mountain Records. Dig into its staggering aural vortex and wondrous visuals via Everything Is Noise website!
About the song, guitarist/bassist and vocalist Isaac R. says: « The word hiraeth refers to a longing for a place or time that cannot be returned to. The lyrics of this song have a lot to do with my experience growing up in Santa Cruz, California, a place several of us in the band actually have a strong connection to. Shortly following the recording of this album, the California wildfires of Summer 2020 destroyed many of the places that were really special to me, and as a result, this song took on an even deeper meaning.
Watch new video « Hiraeth » on Everything Is Noise
While their previous releases were thematically connected to philosophical and anti-capitalist concepts, DAXMA‘s new album is a towering post-metal masterpiece inspired by the 13th century Rumi poem, exploring the journey from grief and hopelessness to finding resilience and hope. Brooding and elegant, ‘Unmarked Boxes’ brims with crushing guitars and lush melodies, haunting orchestration melding violin and piano, all adorned with ethereal male/female vocals. « It’s throbbingly obvious that you should keep an eye out for Daxma and their new album, as they’re about to unleash exactly the kind of oddly satisfactory and juxtaposed auditory bundle of soul-clenching grief and tonal gravity that you all so desperately need in this day and age. » add Everything Is Noise editors.
‘Unmarked Boxes’ comes out on November 19th on CD, gatefold 2xLP and digital, with preorder available on Blues Funeral Recordings and Majestic Mountain Records. Listen to the album’s debut single « The Clouds Parted » at this location.
In 2016, the Oakland, CA post-metal/doom collaborative DAXMA (pronounced DOCK-ma, the term for a Zoroastrian funerary temple) released their first EP “The Nowhere of Shangri-la”, a work centered around ideas of frustration, longing, and utopianism. The following year, they unveiled their debut album “The Head Which Becomes the Skull”, a towering meditation on the soul’s journey from birth through death inspired by the philosophical works of Hegel, Kierkegaard, and The Heart Sutra.
DAXMA’s second EP “Ruins Upon Ruins” was released through Blues Funeral Recordings in 2019 as part of their Postwax Series, alongside records from Elder, Spotlights, Lowrider, Big Scenic Nowhere, Besvarjelsen and Domkraft. The EP, with two tracks that wove through bleak atmospherics and monolithic power, was called « an emotional, darkly delicate and starkly beautiful post-doom record ».
While navigating the generally hellish landscape of California in 2020, DAXMA entered the studio to record their sophomore full-length ‘ »Unmarked boxes » with Ben Hirschfield at Nu-Tone Recording in San Francisco. An album that will mark the culmination of their collective growth over the span of five years as a band, to be released by Blues Funeral Recordings and Majestic Mountain Records in November 2021.
Isaac R. – Guitars, Vocals, Bass
Jessica T. – Violin, Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Forrest H. – Guitar, Bass
Thomas I. – Drums
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