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From Beneath Billows

Lars Kristian Jagtøyen – Guitars
Øyvind Daaland Lesjø – Bass
Lars Sundsbø – Vocals
Lars-Petter Strand - Drums/Percussions
Bjørnar Børja – Guitars

From Beneath Billows is a 5-head piece from Oslo, Norway. The quintet has been writing music in this constellation since 2005 and has released 1 prior full-length album. In 2007 they released the 4 song, 50 minutes debut, Evolve, which received some very good feedback in webzines around the world. The debut has been described with statements like:

"From Beneath Billows have taken atmospheric hardcore a step forward, and have delivered their musical vision with finesse and mesmerizing prowess... ...From Beneath Billows' music implies conscious shedding of all artifacts of pomposity or redundancy, and a skillful delivery of austere sonic elegance not unlike the barren landscapes adorning the album art..." (8.9/10 - Maelstrom.nu)

"With their debut release Evolve, the band have created one of the most desolate and crushing soundscapes I have ever heard in Metal."
(8/10 - Metal Observer)

"In their own way, From Beneath Billows' post metal expressions contain the minimalism and sense of desolation that the best of black metal emanates, but with an elegance that the grim hordes can only dream of."
(8.5/10 - Chronicles of Chaos)

"From Beneath Billows makes you feel like the last person on Earth..."
(3.5/5 - Sea of Tranquility),

Now - 6 years later, the follow-up is ready. Monolith is much larger in scale than Evolve, and is the natural progression for the band as musicians and song writers. It was of course of utmost importance to keep the atmosphere and the mood from the previous album, but all changes occurred naturally. Over half a decade has passed since their debut, so what you hear on Monolith is the adult beast.

In the beginning...
From Beneath Billows was founded in Oslo in 2005 by Øyvind Daaland Lesjø, Lars Kristian Jagtøyen, Lars Petter Strand, Kristian Malterud Moen and Lars Sundsbø. Bjørnar Børja later joined to replace Kristian Malterud Moen who left the band in 2006 in pursuit of a different kind of leisure.
The founders, with exception of Lars Sundsbø, started out as a stoner band named The Goon Killing, back in 2003. Lots of songs were written, but without a vocalist and a clear vision of what they tried to achieve, the project became stale and got shelved.

From Beneath Billows was born out of the desire to advance the band's creative process. The band strove to make their music deeper, heavier and more visual.

And then there was this idea...
While Evolve's tale was intimate, isolated and focused on man's inner struggles using maritime metaphors, Monolith is wider in its scope. Lyrical themes touch upon colonization, industrialization and the imminent gloom. Indeed not political, religious or preaching in any way - just an interesting framing for words and tones.

The essence, however, lie in the brush strokes and in the layers of the weave, in the delicate details and in the rich ambience that these aspects utter.

With Monolith, the canvas is bigger and the color palette more vibrant. The end result is sometimes brighter than Evolve, but at its core darker and more sinister. Monolith is the natural progression for From Beneath Billows, stronger in its vision, while still hanging on to the characteristics of Evolve.

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