English Dark Experimental Ambient Doom Death Metal band ESOTERIC is on the poster of Autumn Souls Of Sofia Festival, which will take place in the clubs Mixtape 5 (B-side) and Live & Loud on October 13, 14 and 15, 2016, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
For more than twenty years ESOTERIC have been pushing the limits of sonic intensity. From the mind-bending darkness of their 90’s double albums “Epistemological Despondency” and the “Pernicious Enigma”, to the expansive epics found on their recent opuses “The Maniacal Vale” and “Paragon of Dissonance”, they have never compromised their initial aim – to unleash aural mayhem on unsuspecting listeners.
Begun in the post-industrial decay of Birmingham in 1992, the band initially took influence from personal excursions into inner space, contemporary death metal, and their own warped take on 70’s Progressive and Psychedelica. The early years saw them perform live infrequently, often to perplexed (and sometimes hostile) audiences. The prevailing ethos in the underground, and indeed heavy music in general in the early 90’s was one of speed. Along with a few of their contemporaries scattered across the globe, ESOTERIC eschewed this in favour of slow building intensity, extended and multi-layered compositions, and free form noise breaks. A foreboding and pervasive sense of unease permeated the early recordings – this was truly dark music. Throughout the 90’s the band remained very much in the underground, perfecting their craft, unmoved by trends or the expectations of the fickle masses. Albums such as “The Pernicious Enigma” and “Metamorphogenesis” saw them develop and refine their sound, evolving naturally, never appearing contrived. Problems finding dedicated members meant decreased activity in the late 90’s – finding a suitable drummer proved particularly difficult.
2003 saw the band rejuvenated. With the line-up complete for the first time in years, they performed their first live shows since 1997. The growing interest in the style of music ESOTERIC had been peddling without compromise since 1992 meant more opportunities to perform on stage, something the band has relished. ESOTERIC has developed into a formidable and respected live act, playing tours and festivals throughout Europe and beyond, sharing stages with bands and artists including JARBOE, SKEPTICISM, AHAB, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, ALCEST, CARCASS, DRACONIAN, SWALLOW THE SUN, and festivals such as Brutal Assault, Barroselas, Hell’s Pleasure and so on. Released in 2008, “The Maniacal Vale” proved to be the bands most ambitious and successful album to date, simultaneously honoring the chaos of the earlier releases whilst expanding into territory that at first glance may seem at odds with the bands ethos, yet has always lurked within their compositions – namely, a sense a melody and grandeur. Having been hinted at on previous albums, this side of the band was fully realized. This was followed in 2011 by “Paragon of Dissonance”, an album equal to its predecessor in compositional scope and ambition.
As of 2015 ESOTERIC continues preparation for the next opus, and looks forward to performing on stages in new territories. They currently find themselves with the strongest line up in their history, consisting of Gordon Bicknell (Guitar since 1992), Mark Bodossian (Bass since 2003), Greg Chandler (Guitar and vocals since 1992), Joe Fletcher (Drums since 2007), and Jim Nolan (Guitar since 2009).
Tickets are on sale (70 BGN / 35 EUR) at eTicketsMall, Ticketino, Ticketpro and Eventbook (for Romania). Outlets for ticket sale: Ticket center of the National Palace of Culture,Yako Metal Shop, Arena Armeec, Usit Colors, Na Tamno, Orange Center, OMV and Office 1 Superstore.
Other confirmed bands are CRETURA (Symphonic Extreme Metal, Norway), (ECHO) (Atmospheric Doom Metal, Italy), REDENIK (Necro Crossover, Serbia), SELVANS (Atmospheric Folk/Black Metal, Italy), TODTGELICHTER (Avantgarde Post Metal, Germany), FEN (Post Black Metal, United Kingdom), INFERNO (Black Metal, Czech), ACHERONTAS (Occult Black Metal, Greece), WITHIN THE FALL (Melodic Death Doom Metal, Sweden), INVIDIA (Black Metal, Bulgaria), ABADDON (Death Metal, Bulgaria), HELEVORN (Melodic Doom/Death Metal, Spain), HUMANITAS ERROR EST (Black Metal, Germany), EVADNE (Doom Metal, Spain), THE STONE (Black Metal, Serbia), ANOMALIE (Post Black Metal, Austria) and DIABLESS (Melodic Death Metal, Bulgaria).