As the world has been in lockdown with the evitable economic devastation that follows (let’s not get started on live venues on the brink of closure!) there’s also been a glimmer of hope in our dark corner of the musical underbelly. Even with no touring, bands have still been able to keep busy, none more so than Yatra who’ll be releasing their new recording All Is Lost through Grimoire Records this Friday, 9th October.
Even though they unleashed Blood Of The Night earlier this year, the Maryland based doom sludge trio managed to quarantine in Grimoire Records, with label and studio owner Noel Mueller at the desk, to lay down nine tracks of heavy metal head fuckery, Yatra bassist/vocalist Dana Helmuth comments on the thought and recording process of All Is Lost…
‘As artists we are very influenced by our surrounding environment and situation. Even in isolation and under quarantine, with very little following of any media formats at all, the impact of the political game and not only our American situation, but the whole rest of the world as well, came through in this album strongly.
We had also experienced democracy declining in Europe while on tour last year, and a strong distaste for American politics from many people we had met and shared the stage with. That was almost a forewarning of things to come. Many of my lyrics, albeit from metaphoric stance, and using more artistic color than direct protest or political stance, contain the feelings of confusion and disbelief in our current choices of rulers and their collective ideologies and dogmas, that it seems almost all Americans feel right now.
Of course, that manifests in the riffs and melodies perhaps even more so. In hindsight, this is very much a reflection of our times and I’m interested to see how this record stands the test of time. Recording these songs was a very cleansing and freeing experience for me in releasing lots of dark emotions that had consumed me from the events of this year.’
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More On Yatra & ‘All Is Lost’
All Is Lost surges with an enticing new level of quality and cohesiveness to Yatra. Heavier and denser, with more vibrant psychedelic poise, All Is Lost devastates with nine new tracks that once again place the band into the upper echelons of the genre. The record was recorded at Tiny Castle, engineered, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Noel Mueller of Grimoire Records, and completed with cover art by Paolo Girardi (Power Trip, Black Breath, Bell Witch).
Upon release of their acclaimed 2018 Death Ritual debut LP via Grimoire Records, Yatra immediately found a secure place in the doom metal scene, providing a devastating brew of crushing musicianship backed with an equally potent element of psychedelic prowess, inciting widespread reactions from media and fans alike. The band gigged and toured heavily on the album, while work was underway on their second record, Blood Of The Night, which saw release via STB Records in early 2020. Just as the band was primed to peak with a new round of international touring, the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the globe, and alongside every other touring act worldwide, things came to a stunning halt for the band.
Yatra instantly went into full-on construction of the next phase of their journey, taking the ideas they had for the third album into a fresh dimension of instantaneous new reality. The elements of their third LP, All Is Lost, were born, and a new plan was implemented. Once the immediate lockdowns and quarantines of the virus crisis were lifted, the members of the band returned to Grimoire Records, and locked up with label/studio guru Noel Mueller to capture the new songs under the strictest social-distancing-friendly circumstances, to record the new album.
Now in 2020, when touring is one element in a questionable future, Yatra delivers their second album of the year with a monolithic statement of not slowing down.
All Is Lost Tracklist:
01. All Is Lost
02. Winter’s Dawning
03. Tyrant Throne
04. One For The Mountain
05. Blissful Wizard
06. Talons Of Eagles
07. Eyes Of Light
08. ‘Twas The Night
09. Northern Lights
Dana Helmuth – Guitars & Vocals
Maria Geisbert – Bass
Sean Lafferty – Drums
All Is Lost will be released through Grimoire Records on the 9th October on CD, digital download, and in a limited vinyl run of 100 copies. Pre-orders are available now from the labels Bandcamp.