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Album Premiere: Hollowed by Helium Horse Fly

Helium Horse Fly
15 January 2019

Helium Horse Fly – Photo courtesy of Helium Horse Fly

Experimental rock, venomous noise music, progressive baroque hardcore – putting a label on the unusual band named Helium Horse Fly is no easy task.

Belgium-based Helium Horse Fly is at the crossroads that brings together diametrically opposed worlds and bridges the gap between extremes. Led by a female voice that alternates between incantation and lyricism, the group offers a musical journey that oscillates between coiled-tense breath and cathartic violence.

Helium Horse Fly’s new album Hollowed, set for release on January 18th via Dipole Experiment Records, is an uncompromising LP that continues to develop the band’s singular and spellbinding universe.The records was recorded by Xavier Dromard, produced by Xavier Dromard and Stéphane Dupont, mastered by Brian Lucey (Ghost, David Lynch, Marilyn Manson, more), and illustrated by the disturbing artwork of David McCraven.

The 6 tracks listed on Hollowed depict a surreal, grotesque universe. Strange scenes are featured, in the far reaches of what defines our humanity. The calm is deceptive, the madness latent. Noise rock imbued with contemporary classical music, major cold burns frost and icily pierce these landscapes, leaving irreversible alterations in their wake.

Hollowed is meant to be listened to as a unique piece, as a polyptych, as a series of windows open onto a world to which we do not have all the keys, but which lets us glimpse at fascinating frescoes of unknown shapes and colors.

Helium Horse Fly was born in March 2009 in Liège, Belgium, and is the fruit of Marie Billy (vocals, keyboards), Stéphane Dupont (guitars, vocals, keyboards), bass player Dimitri Iannello, and drummer Tom Malmendier’s encounter. In the spring of 2010, the band gave its first shows and recorded its first EP, A dispute to redefine clearly frontiers between devils and angels. The digital release was followed by a physical release in October of the same year.

The EP was acclaimed by the press, and the track “Lights” won the PureDemo competition organized by the Belgian radio PureFM. Its successor, the EP Fishing for Ghosts, was released in December 2011 and met with the same reception.

In early 2012, Bastien Dupont took over from Tom Malmendier and became the band’s new drummer. The group then started working on its first eponymous album which dropped in October 2013 through Dipole Experiment Records. The album was in turn critically acclaimed.

In spring 2014, the drummer Gil Chevigné joined the band and took over Bastien Dupont. Helium Horse Fly has opened for bands such as Kayo Dot, Enablers, Muscle and Marrow, Father Murphy, Black Math Horseman, Uzeda, Gâtechien, Overmars, Binaire, and more, and has played the 2018 edition of the Complexity Fest (Haarlem).

Pre-Order Hollowed at Bandcamp

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