Drift EP by Bliss Signal, released 10 August 2018 1. Bliss Signal 2. Swarm 3. 4AM Drift BLISS SIGNAL is a Blackened New Metal project between James Kelly (WIFE, ALTAR OF PLAGUES) and UK DJ, Producer MUMDANCE. BLISS SIGNAL strips down black metal’s mechanical repetitive elements to their essence, refined to a sharp, singular and powerful metallic core swathed in expansive synths, and shoegaze textures. Blast beats are replaced with analog drum machines. Shimmering synths wash over a heavily distorted staccato guitar.
Album Name Bliss Signal. Released date 28 September 2018. Labels Profound Lore Records. Recorded at Abbey Road Studio. Music StyleElectro Metal. Members owning this album1. Bonustracks from Drift EP.
Bliss Signal are not the most shocking or unexpected project to stem from Unsound’s hallowed history, but the project’s 2017 Krakow debut did represent a reach across the aisles of distinct British niches. James Kelly emerged a decade ago as Altar of Plagues, an intoxicating atmospheric black-metal band that gave its complex song structures a slick electronic skin; Kelly soon inverted the idea as WIFE, a hard-edged electronic pop project built around a heavy-metal heart. The best moments on Bliss Signal -when Adams’ circuits flip Kelly’s riff upside down during Tranq, or every time the beat recoils and releases during the title track -hinge more on force than finesse. In fact, these 30 minutes feel like a blaze of glory for one spin, maybe two, overwhelming you the way Salem’s King Night might have.
At 30 minutes, Bliss Signal is a brief album, but any longer and the impact of its meteor-strike flashes would be dulled. In fact, it probably could have been even shorter (the unremarkable "Endless Rush" slows down the second half of the LP). Before the release of this self-titled album, the duo released a three-track EP called Drift that worked better, especially "4 AM Drift," a track that exemplifies the furious energy of blackgaze.
Bliss Signal Albums: Bliss Signal. Members: James Kelly, Mumdance. Labels: Profound Lore Records.
Animation by Joshua Michie EP photo by Andrea Buzzichelli Produced by James Kelly (WIFE/Altar of Plagues) & Jack Adams (Mumdance) Mixed by Bliss Signal + Jaime Gomez- Arellano @ Orgone Studios Mastered by Christian Wright @ Abbey Road. 10 August ·. ☢️ Pitchfork.
Album · 2019 · 8 Songs. Bliss Signal Bliss Signal. Listen on Apple Music.
This feels like a great proof of concept album. Thrilled to hear what they have coming in the future. Or consider a donation? End of year lists.