Like many, I often don't what I want until it stands immediately before me, like unto a shining beacon of clarity. Such was the case with To The Grave and Into the Wastland, the first two releases from Telepath. Said EPs combine a glorious bevy of sounds that I have genuinely never encountered in conjunction, despite having taken a decent number of strolls around the block. For a baseline, let's just say we're dealing with groovy doom with hefty synth and Giallo soundtrack influences. It's like if Pentagram and Perturbator had a leather-clad lovechild. It's like if a Fabio Frizzi enthusiast grew up on steady diet of 80's slasher flicks and 80's b-list heavy metal. Think Warlord or Brocas Helm. It is, in other words, a delightfully strange mix. Telepath is innovative in an exceptionally pure manner. This whole experiment sounds fresh, and it makes for a wonderful break from the norm.
Otherwise part of the prog rockin' White Willow and art-poppin' The Opium Cartel, Norwegian-Israeli multi-instrumentalist one-man mastermind Jacob Holm-Lupo embodies an eclectic and adventurous foray into the joyous possibilities of genre-bending composition. Thus, as a scribe at this humble establishment, my biggest regret this year is not affording Telepath suitable time in our tepid limelight. Needless to say, we're pleased and honored to premiere his latest single here today.
Ominously yet appropriately entitled "The Dark Blood of Fate," this synth-heavy treatise borrows from both the melancholic leanings of doom, and the suspenseful leanings of a thriller's nail-biting score.Simultaneously dark and, well, darkly compelling. In this sense, it is clearly a heartfelt tribute to that which Holm-Lupo knows and loves. This feels ripped from the 80's, but given the diverse multitude of parts, it feels entirely unique, simultaneously appealing to fans of synthwave and fans of guitar-driven metal alike. Evocative, powerful, menacing, mournful. What more could you ask? While synths may not be a typically accepted medium in the expanded metalverse, Holm-Lupo offers--and consistently defends--a remarkably convincing argument for their inclusion. Telepath has mastered multifaceted songwriting in remarkably short order, and "The Dark Blood of Fate" is no exception.
In describing the track, he states: "I wrote this tune after a frustrating phone conversation with one of my elderly parents. It was basically me blowing off steam by finding some dirty, dissonant chords to torture my ears with. This is a slow, doomy dirge that gets some color from some analogue synth melodies that maybe pulls it into slightly proggier territory. The “dark blood of fate” is, I guess, the river of genetically inherited misery we all have to deal with in our lives, we can’t escape neither our blood nor our fate."
Without further ado, give "The Dark Blood of Fate" a well-deserved listen below. And when you're done with that give Telepath's short-but-sweet back catalog a spin (or three).
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