Vola Unveil New Video

TAKEN FROM THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM INAMZES OUT NOW VIA MASCOT RECORDS/MASCOT LABEL GROUP

Watch the stunning animated video for Emily here:

 

 

“A beautiful, towering record” – Rock Sound
“Genre-mashing” The Sun 4/5

“Genre-defying” Metal Hammer 8/10

“Weighty riffs, gloomy, ambient soundscapes, gutteral grooves” Metal Hammer

“Mind blowing” Powerplay 9/10

“Widescreen heavy stadium prog” Prog Magazine

 

VOLA return with yet another brilliantly crafted animated video for their brand new single ‘Emily’ from their stunning debut album Inmazes, out now via Mascot Records. Just like their previous videos, this was created in-house. This time by the bands Bass player Nicolai Mogensen and his girlfriend Anne Nørkjær Bang. Speaking on how they created the video Mogensen says “The video for Emily was entirely made with paper and pens and photographed. It is the first video Anne and I ever made together.”

At times futuristic, the music of VOLA has references to tech-prog and pop as well. Further touching on the band’s influences, Mygind states: “I’ve always been a big fan of bands like Opeth and Porcupine Tree, and they write very dynamic songs, so I think the influence to explore dynamics and moods came from that place initially.” Then again, he admits, he is influenced just as much by just the opposite: groove-based, monotonous music. “Some big influences of heavier music are Devin Townsend, Soilwork and Meshuggah. But it doesn’t have to be metal at all as long as it has a spectacular beat, groovy odd-time groupings, an interesting mood or something else along those lines. Massive Attack‘s 100th Window is a big influence. It’s monotonous but it still feels like it’s constantly evolving. Steven Wilson‘s Insurgentes and Ulver’s Shadows Of The Sun both have a darkness that we find very fascinating.”

“What we’ve always liked from artists like Steven Wilson and Devin Townsend is that the music can change the physical state you’re in. It’s not just sound reaching your ears. It’s a force of a larger scale. There is nothing like a big chorus that suddenly opens up and elevates your body to the point where it almost feels like you levitate from the floor. That’s one of the feelings we want to evoke with our music.”

Lyrically, Inmazes deals with entrapment. Mygind: “The album tries to capture this feeling of being trapped in mental mazes and not being able to fully experience happiness, basically. How is this struggle visualized in your own mind and how do your surroundings react to the behaviour caused by it. Where the EP Monsters deals with strategies on how to escape the negative thought patterns, Inmazes is more about the distance these thoughts can create between people.”

Inmazes was mixed by Asger Mygind himself and mastered by Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studio. Bogren worked with Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, Amon Amarth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend, Fates Warning and Arch Enemy, amongst others. Mygind: “I’ve been a fan of Jens Bogren ever since I heard The Great Cold Distance by Katatonia, which I think is an amazing record with a fantastic production and mix. I like the way he keeps the elements very punchy but still maintains a sort of softness to the overall sonics. He mastered our EP Monsters and we were so fond of the result that we really also wanted him to do Inmazes too. Jens has a signature sound which works great if you want a fat and dynamic mix or master, that is pleasing to the ear.”

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