Dante's Journey By Sikkardinal
Bliss of Flesh is a black death metal band created in 1999 in Calais (France) by Sikkardinal (guitars) and Fleshstigma (Drums). J.Poizon (bass), Insane (guitars) and Terrorizt (ex-MERRIMACK) joined the band in 2000. After several gigs with bands as Enthroned, Vade, Shining, Secrets of the Moon, Antaeus, and several underground releases, Terrorizt left and Necurat (ex-Latrodectus) came to spread his imprecations in 2008. Insane (guitars) also quit for health reasons and the band decided to use live session guitarists until Pandemic (guitars) definitely joined the band in 2010. With this final lineup, after having paid their tribute to the underground and linked by the same will of spreading their vision of extreme music, they decided to record full-length albums. Inspired by Dante’s Trilogy: Divine Comedy, they released two albums dedicated to Inferno (Emaciated Deity 2008) and to Purgatory (Beati Pauperes Spiritu, 2012). Each time, criticisms were glowing.
Our musical backgrounds are diverse and irrelevant. We spread blackened death metal for 18 years and I really don’t have the feeling of being linked to another band as a reference. Our musical backgrounds are the sounds of our internal chaos and despair, nothing else. We aim at awakening the fools and expressing our hatred.
We don’t play for pleasure or for glory but only because we have to. It’s the only way we have found to keep a form of mental sanity. Otherwise, our goals and our roots are clearly written into the booklet, I invite all the curious to read our lyrics and the illiterates to listen carefully to the vocals.
The creative part was intense because we were demanding of ourselves. This is the only time we face real difficulties, where we depend on our inspirations and the need not to be complacent with ourselves. As we took our time to fine-tune our songs, there were not any hiccups. The recording then took place at the Vamacara Studio under the watchful eye of HK Krauss and everything went smoothly.
The Dante’s 'Divine Comedy' was our inspiration for our trilogy but we made our own interpretation. This last album, 'Empyrean', closes this triptych. This literary journey has guided us in the composition and arrangement of music. Musically, all our songs are linked into a strong unity to underline the fact that Dante travels through the nine planets without having the feeling of moving. Only the changes of the sky warn him. When we created all the tracks, we tried to transcribe these nine worlds in nine songs, 'Renunciation' is divided into two parts. Since the beginning until the end of your listening, I think you can feel this emotional journey. Well, we hope so.
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