Photo: Mike Redman

The Answer Lies In The Black Void is a collaboration between Martina Horváth (singer for the avant-garde metal project Thy Catafalque) and Jason Köhnen (Celestial Season, Bong-Ra, ex-The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble) born out of their shared passion for doom. The duo predominantly work together in their music project MANSUR together with Dmitry El Demerdashi (ex-PHURPA) releasing their music on Denovali Records.

Their debut album, Forlorn is an enveloping exploration of the doom genre and the myriad means of expression within it – journeying from a classic old-school sound to something more contemporary, then expanding further into sludge and industrial terrain, while also incorporating elements of Martina’s background in Hungarian folk music. Together, Martina and Jason seek to embrace beauty in darkness and fragility in heaviness. In their own words, “Forlorn explores the sacred union of the divine feminine and masculine, the light and the dark, the shadows that hide within and the trials of love, lust and loss” .

Of the video premiere single, ‘Become Undone’, Martina writes: The song deals with a personal story of tragedy, the disturbed thoughts and feelings of a loved one stepping out life, choosing to leave this journey. The song gives comfort and relief with its dark purity and heaviness.

Forlorn was written and recorded during the pandemic. Mixed and mastered by Daniel Azar Arendarski, and with guest contributions from Tamas Katai of Thy Catafalque and Olly Smit of Celestial Season.

Due to be released in all formats on Septemmber 24 via Burning World Records, Forlorn can also be pre-ordered as a download here.


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