Faces Turn Away

by Kassad

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Brian3737 Void is a song that could easily be used in a film score. The intensity of that song, and the drum track on it is mesmerizing. Otherwise this album takes some getting used to. The most extreme, harshest of vocals and fierce black metal of the old school, but with some rousing guitar parts, as on Madness. Favorite track: Void.
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Jarak I think the promo text describes this album as reflecting the claustrophobia and feelings of existential dread that come with modern city life (or some such). While that sounds very over-the-top, it's actually a fairly good description in this case. This albums does its best to pummel you sonically right from the start, and it makes a good effort of it. At least until the last track, which to me is a bit of a non-sequitir.
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Master of Muppets Excellent modern black metal that eschews the atmospheric cascades of current trends, a dark and furious blend of vaguely Kataton-ic melodies mixed with raw black metal aggression. Do not turn away from this one. Favorite track: Pariah.
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First Premiere: "Void" on Echoes and Dust:

Second Premiere: "Broken" on Transcending Obscurity:

From the onset of “Faces Turn Away”, an all-encompassing sense of existential terror and claustrophobic anxiety hits you and builds to a crescendo before everything descends into dread and finally nothingness. An album about the misery, futility, and madness of modern urban life, related in some ways to releases by netra but foregoing much of the trip-hop influence for a more abrasive and gritty black metal root that feels both urgent and cavernous. Besides its Black Metal root, the album also knows when to slow to a crawling funeral dirge to convey total despair and the loss of hope. A modern take on classic black metal marked by unconventional and enigmatic twists that are both genuine and timely.

Kassad first began with an EP entitled “Humans” in January 2016, A year later, Kassad released “Faces Turn Away”, the debut album independently on Bandcamp. Now, a few months later Kassad’s debut album will be released on Hypnotic Dirge in a 4 panel sleeve with a booklet and sticker.

Album release is set for July 6, 2017 in a limitation of 300 copies.
Recommended for fans of: netra, Burzum, Darkspace


Dès les premières notes de « Faces Turn Away », une terreur existentielle frappe tous nos sens, mêlée à une anxiété proche de la claustrophobie, montant en crescendo avant de retomber dans l'effroi et s'évanouir dans le néant. L'album se nourrit de la misère, de la futilité et de la folie associées à la vie

urbaine moderne; un récit qui s'apparente aux albums du groupe netra mais qui sacrifie le côté trip-hop pour s'en tenir purement au côté abrasif et brut propre aux racines du black metal, ce qui lui donne un caractère à la fois urgent et caverneux. En plus savoir manier le black metal, Kassad sait quand ralentir la cadence et nous le démontre sur l'album en invoquant des hymnes funèbres qui entonnent à la fois détresse et désespoir. Une interprétation moderne du black metal, on retrouve sur « Faces Turn Away » une certaine dose d'éléments atypiques et énigmatiques qui apportent à la fois fraîcheur et équilibre.

Kassad a sorti un premier EP, « Human », en janvier 2016. Une année plus tard, le groupe sortait son premier album « Faces Turn Away » de manière indépendante sur Bandcamp. L'album aura enfin droit au traitement CD via Hypnotic Dirge, qui le sortira avec boîtier cartonné de 4 panneaux avec livret et autocollant.

La date de sortie est prévue pour le 6 juillet 2017 et l'album sera limité à 300 exemplaires.

Recommandé pour les fans de : netra, Burzum et Darkspace.


released July 6, 2017


"Thoroughly authentic, claustrophobic and even downright scary stuff. This has an urban and stifling feel much like London itself where the mysterious one man band hails from."
-Ave Noctum

"Kassad does an excellent job of balancing waves of abrasive, fast paced riffs and slow moments that ease up on the aggressiveness but retain a dark and sinister feel. "
-Transcending Obscurity

"Every song connects at a primal level, plumbing the depths of human affliction and resilience. Dramatic variations from song to song add to the overall strength of the album as a transportive experience"
-No Clean Singing


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