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VMO aka Violent Magic Orchestra - DEATH RAVE [NSLP002]

VMO aka Violent Magic Orchestra - DEATH RAVE [NSLP002]

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“Osaka based six piece fuses black metal aesthetics with the endorphin rush of peak time hard trance and gabber” - The Wire

“Black metal supergroup” - FACT Mag

VMO aka Violent Magic Orchestra break through the darkness and herald a spectacular mould-melting sound on their forthcoming album DEATH RAVE.
After touring the globe showcasing their A/V moshpit-inducing live show, they are revealing their new musical creations to an unsuspecting public. Never Sleep are proud to present a landmark moment in the Japanese hardcore new rave scene.
The blinding lights of DEATH RAVE point to an untraveled journey, a sci-fi fusion of black metal, gabber, cyberpunk, performance art and techno. It’s their first for the Berlin label (founded by Gabber Eleganza) following 2021’s EP Principle of Light Speed Variance.

Ahead of the release VMO have brought their digital harcore to festivals around the globe, including Roadburn Festival, BANG FACE Weekender, Brutal Assault extreme music festival, Le Guess Who?, CTM Berlin and Dark Mofo. Their performance is the ultimate extreme visual music project in which techno, black metal, and industrial unite to create a ritual from the near future, 2099.
All visual art and stage setting is provided by non-touring member, artist and programmer Kezzardrix (who has been visual director for millennium parade and BABYMETAL previously).
The power consumption of a VMO show is equivalent to 56 guitar
amplifiers, 5000W, a mind-expanding supreme noise and light experience.

The band members all go by the names of classic black metal bands rendered in the Japanese katakana script; “ダークスローン (Darkthrone)”; “メイヘム (Mayhem)”, and “エンペラー(Emperor)”.
Their new LP is the first to feature lead vocalist ザスタ ー (Xasthur).

The record also features guest vocalist from extreme metal icon Attila
Csihar, known for singing with Mayhem and Sunn O))). The result is a leap forward from their 2016 debut, where they have found a singularity where death metal meets Kraftwerk, or Rephlex goes black.
Dressed in corpse paint and other hell-raising looks, onstage they are like “Shinigami (death gods) from the Death Note manga”.
Singles Venom, Supergaze and Martello Mosh Pit featuring Gabber Eleganza have been released in the lead up to the record and have been shocking techno dance floors too with their hi-NRG-symphonic doom-gaze.

They have shared their video for Planet Helvetech (here), created by Berlin-based Patrick Defasten. Helvetech combines the Norwegian word for hell (hevlete) with techno and is a reference to the infamous black metal shop founded by Mayhem’s Euronymous.
It’s a song that imagines time travel from 2099 on the planet Helvetech (where VMO comes from) to 1990s Oslo.

In 2023, they performed at the CTM festival in Berlin, as well as at
Berghain, receiving rave reviews.
At Sydney’s leading multi-sensory SOFT CENTER festival they drove the crowd into a frenzy on the 17 metre X 30 metre jumbo screen.
They have also collaborated with artists, performing at the two day installation by the trailblazing Tianzhuo Chen - The Shepherd - at the Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival in 2021 here.
At Sónar 2023, VMO provided the music for Taiwanese visual artist Yuen Hsieh’s work about virtual life after death DIGITAL AFTERLIFE AGENCY here.

VMO will tour the world again for the new record, with appearances at ROSKILDE and media art and music fest Sónar 2024 announced so
far and the DEATH RAVE experience getting bigger and bigger.

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