B R I Q U E V I L L E will release their Quelle full-length October 2 via Pelagic Records.

The contemporary Belgian heavy music scene continues to spawn some truly enigmatic bands, and B R I Q U E V I L L E—the spaces between the letters are indeed part of their moniker—are among the most intriguing of them all. The meditative heaviness of their sound and the careful engineering of the visual aspects of their mesmerizing, live-performance rituals are awe-inspiring and challenging in equal measure.

Following 2017’s dazzling instrumental opus II, the Flemish five-piece return with their third studio album, Quelle, one of the first real pandemic-albums to be released on Pelagic. The band members completed the album in separation, which worked out better than initially expected. They were forced to take distance not only from each other, but also towards their own song material.

Some pieces grew larger than originally intended; others were stripped down to the essentials and reinvented. The end result is a staggering album that is sophisticated and smothering at the same time, made up of altogether shorter songs as compared to the previous release, and there is a more prominent focus on those tasty electronics, which have always been an integral part of B R I Q U E V I L L E’s sound.

Quelle shows that B R I Q U E V I L L E individually and collectively have a big heart for the gritty, dark, psychedelic, heavy, and otherworldly, as much as a love for beauty and melody. It’s a soundtrack to the pandemic, written and recorded not before, but during isolation—and a testimony that isolation can spawn the greatest creativity. Fans of Goat, Oranssi Pazuzu, Sleep, Bong, Isis, Pelican, Mogwai, Sunn O))), Godspeed You Black! Emperor, Amenra, Breach, and the like, pay heed.

Preorder the album here.


Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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