Connecticut based melodic death-doom metal four-piece Fires In The Distance will release their debut album, titled Echoes From Deep November, via Prosthetic Records on September 18th. 

Over the course of six melancholic tracks, Echoes From Deep November charts a perpetual struggle with mental health and the tribulations of living with deep rooted depression. Each track documents peaks and plateaus of inner torment, internal rationalisation and an ongoing struggle to survive. Additionally, personal experiences witnessing pain and struggle in others feeds into the cacophony of anguish and oppression. 

For those who have sought solace in the work of Type O Negative or raised their fist to Swallow The Sun, or banged their head in a sombre fashion to Paradise Lost, there is sure to be plenty to discover on these atmosphere-laden missives. With delicate keys overlaid on pulsating passages of melancholy, Echoes From Deep November is a truly immersive experience.

We asked the band to describe 3 records that have influenced them the most…

The Man-Eating Tree – In the Absence of Light

Yegor Savonin (guitars/keyboards):

This album mesmerised me from beginning to end. The entire record is packed with emotion. The ebb and flow of the melancholic melodies makes the whole thing a captivating experience. The composition of the piano melodies in correlation to the heaviness of the rest of the band really resonated with me and my personal writing style, and this record remains one of my biggest influences.

Opeth – Still Life

Kristian Grimaldi  (guitars/vocals):

My most influential album is entitled, Still Life, by Opeth. It encompasses fantastic songwriting, beautiful lyrical content and raw, real heartfelt emotion. I love the brutal growls done by Michael Akerfeldt along with his fantastic clean vocals. Such incredible guitar melodies and solos along with very well thought, well played drums. The album really hits me deep emotionally. I can relate to the concept of the album from personal experiences. Every time I listen, it still affects me the same way as the first time I heard it 20 years ago. I lose myself in the beautiful dark pain of Still Life. A true masterpiece. It has inspired me greatly to become the musician I am today. 

Iron Maiden – Live After Death

Craig Breitsprecher (bass/vocals):

This album was critical in my development as a bass player and helping reinforce my perceptions about how amazing a live metal show can be. I loved how prominent the bass lines were in the mix and how the rhythm section worked to compliment the lead guitars and melodies rather than simply copy it. Live After Death is exemplary when it comes to how to make for a great live experience and gives some much deserved love to fans of the low end.  

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