‘Vessel Part I: The Night Within’ is intended to be the Band’s introduction and reflects very well how much SOLNEGRE is influenced by the Old School vibe.
The Slow but catchy vibe may remind an early Saturnus/Katatonia, and it moves in a solemn, procession-like mood until the central part, when a massive ultra-virtuosistic solo by Mike Le Rosetti (a guest international guitar) takes over to a cataclysmic conclusion.
Another single, that is to be released is ‘Ethereal/A song for Nel’.
A personal homage to the late baby of a couple very close to the band and members of the scene who unfortunately passed away days after being born.
Here, Gadea takes on the vocals and contributes to a delicate and ethereal mood delving on the sense of impermanence and loss.
It also contains a virtuoso piano passage by Sebastià Pujol, from the progressive metal band Hyde XXI.
The album (release date: October 2023) is divided into six pieces, with an approximate duration of 10’ each.
It’s a conceptual journey through different scenarios with the common denominator on the pain, the anguish, the hypersensitivity and the struggle with a highly functioning depression, which is absolutely based on a real condition.
The music can be approximated as Doom/Death Metal with a strong Old school vibe, here bands like MdB and early Anathema and Opeth might come to mind, and maybe among the current scene we could mention Shape of Despair, Ahab and Doom Vs.
“In general, we feel that this massive crushing riffs, slow-but-not-funeral vibe, multi layered keys, heavily distorted bass and crushing growls are our signature. Some of us are contrary to using our real names, being the reason that still there’s some taboo regarding mental health issues, so we consider that by doing so we incur on unwanted meddling on our private life’s. About the Artwork, we still on that point but probably Threadbare will be again working with us. At the present moment, a verbal agreement has been made with Funere and some associate labels in order to release the album.”
SOLNEGRE explain about their name:
“Solnegre (/ˈsɔɫnə.ɣɾə/) is the Vessel through which we channel our creative impulsesand somber thoughts. We consider that this kind of aggressive, melancholic and atmospheric music is a natural language to us, to express not only how we feel, but who we really are… in essence. Solnegre is us without a mask.”
Its core is a four-piece assembly formed by Gebre (Guillem Morey) and Rigel (Samuel Morales), bandmates since 1995, who were respectively long-term member and founder of the Doom Metal sextet Helevorn, being main composers on the said project.
Through the decades, they managed to successfully release up to four albums and acquired a considerable know how on the Scene and a vast network of peer contacts, which allowed them to play in more than 17 countries in Europe and America, alone and in some other occasions with some of the biggest names of the doom/death metal scene (Swallow the Sun, Katatonia, Saturnus, Moonspell, Officiun Triste, Draconian…the list goes on and on….).
Due to the inevitable struggles that usually shake this kind of worn-out long-term projects as its end is nigh, they were forced to abandon that ship, and teamed up immediately to once again do what they consider they do best, which happens to be Doom Death Metal.
Tomeu Crespí joined immediately, being him, an active member of the Legendary Doom Metal Band Golgotha having released three studio albums (‘Erasing the Past’ on 2019, ‘Remembering the Past – Writing the Future’ on 2021 and the amazing ‘Mors Diligentis’ on 2022), as well as the live album ‘Locked Down But Alive’ in 2021 with again Samuel Morales playing guitars.
The fourth stable member is Miguel Serra, with a significant experience in local underground metal.
Solnegre is configured as a very active studio Band, willing to release at least once every 18 months, but without the intention of playing live.
Aside of this fact, the band is collaborative in nature and feels happy to welcome other talented musicians to share their thoughts.
Thus, it’s common to find multiple guests in the songs, being guitarists, singers or classical pianists.
When invited, these persons are given free rein to bring whatever they consider fits the music, and this is the reason some parts of the songs might seem out of the box.
Its fully (accidentally) intentional.