Within the vast territory of sounds that stretches between post rock and metal, Labirinto are South America’s most well-known band… and one of the very few outfits whose name and reputation has reached European and North American shores.
Gehenna is the band’s 9th release and their heaviest and darkest release to date: a richly textured sound on an apocalyptic vision, driven by heavy guitars and synths, conceptualized and scored by guitar player Eric Cruxen, who along with his wife and founding member Muriel Curi forms the backbone of Labirinto.
Their back catalogue is made up of a number of EPs and split EPs (with Thisquietarmy among others), a detail which showcases the band’s strong roots in the DIY scene. Throughout the 11 years of their existence, Cruxen and Curi have learned how to productively and successfully take control of every aspect of a band’s universe themselves, without getting lost in it: from running their own professional recording studio, the internationally renowned Dissenso Studios in São Paulo, to running their own record label, to booking their own tours and collaborating with like-minded artists, record labels and producers across the globe.
For Gehenna, they invited producer legend Billy Anderson, known for his works with Melvins, Neurosis and many more, to Brazil. The result of Billy Anderson’s 9 days in Brazil is an atmospherically dense and massively heavy instrumental record. The album features 10 tracks, and one of them, ‘Locrus’, is a collaborative effort with the Belgian guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Amenra / Syndrome). Labirinto have toured extensively, and they were the first band from South America to be invited (twice) to the genre-defining dunk!festival in Belgium. In the spring of 2017, the band will bring Gehenna over Europe.
Gehenna will be released through Pelagic Records on February 10th and is available for pre-order through here. You can listen to the premiere of the title track here: