February is getting interesting, The Allegorist is presenting her mighty 4th album titled ‘The Blind Emperor‘ that will be released both digitally and on vinyl via Awaken Chronicles on 25th February 2022. This album straddles sci-fi and fantasy sounds at its finest bringing out rumbling percussion, euphoric synths, energetic rhythms and well handled textures. Definitely a piece that we must recommend. Stay tuned, full details below.
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Berlin-based artist, The Allegorist, has been meandering through stories with her purposeful and introspective take on electronic music. Each release explores themes that require joint participation from the listener as they look to flood your mind with images of fabled characters and places through her artistic soundscapes. Her carefully built worlds that straddle sci-fi and fantasy, feeding off of the light and dark dualism are the perfect blend of reflective contemplation and storytelling.
As a holistic artist, Anna Jordan (The Allegorist) encapsulates a myriad of her talents within her work. Her previous albums, Hybrid Dimensions I. and Hybrid Dimensions II., established her aesthetic and detailed fictitious stories, along with the language ‘Mondoneoh’, a language to unite all nations. Her latest endeavour, and 4th album, The Blind Emperor, portrays the essence of a mythical land that tells of struggle that will lead to prosperity. The protagonist, The Blind Emperor, leads the charge into a brighter tomorrow. Like chapters from a novel, each track allows the listener to be carried by the story. It is an epic, cinematic, choral, ambient techno album. The album combines her depictive, written and musical storytelling with a concept portrayed visually, orally and audibly to deliver another saga in her ever-evolving figments of fantasy. It comes as an entire artistic project, as The Allegorist created the album art, wrote the included story and composed a poem that all combine to tell the tale of The Blind Emperor.
Read out the full concept behind this album:
The Tale of The Blind Emperor- Written by The Allegorist
It was once a magnificent avian wetland. An atmosphere of tranquility, a sharper light shining on hoary grass through the bleak winter are now there. There was both a soothing relief and tension in this silence. The only dirt path with an intense earthy odour was scarcely perceptible and muddy with wet decaying autumn leaves. Last night had been heavy and lowering therefore the hurrying convoy had to stop and settle down here. Walking back the steamy breath of the horses moulded into a cloud of fog from afar. The black carriage with an imposing presence was lavishly designed. Carefully fabricated, rich and expressive ornamentation decorated the wheels and sophisticated embellishments covered the body. Six sculptures of graphite black cormorants were holding a heavy black drapery fringed at the bottom falling down from the top with a reflection of a greenish-blue. The shiny lacquered surface had a metallic touch although it was said that it was constructed out of wood. For centuries the shrine had been guarded and now it was only a few days ahead.The Allegorist
The Sacrifice – Poem – Written by The Allegorist
For one empire to rise, another must fall. For us to reach the highs, through dark holes we must crawl. For the vision in the deep, we need, we sacrifice and bleed, to make the leap.The Allegorist
The opening track, ‘Redwinged Phoenix’, sets the scene with comprehensive and earnest pads tunnelling out of the darkness. The yearning cry and rumbling percussion allude to a rising sensation as if it were breathing new life. Its encompassing synths deliver an eagerness for triumph.
The second track, ‘Marching Crowd’, has boot like drums slightly tinged with rubbery acid to give velocity. The focused energy leads to an innate togetherness.
‘The Blind Emperor’ is introduced with sacred sounds and reverenced cries. The hallowed introduction greets icy snares and a deep percussion. It embodies the character, revered for leading with esteem and conviction.
‘The Sacrifice’ is the lead single from The Blind Emperor. It speaks about the challenges in life where a groundbreaking decision has to be made and priorities has to be set. In these moments our undeniable true core becomes visible and there will be no more lies. Sometimes our paths lead through struggle and arduous endeavours and sometimes prosperity and fulfilment follows. The track is based around a choir as it guides the listener through precarious soundscapes while strength is juxtaposed with vulnerability. The choir, made up of many voices, was carefully designed from the artist’s voice, singing in The Allegorist’s self-intended language called ‘Mondoneoh’. Its drawn-out and sombre pads divulge into cocooning yet vigorous fidelity.
The Sacrifice’, comes with a stunning music video created by the visual artist Pawel Mielnik and directed by The Allegorist. It depicts treacherous, portentous valleys; however, their hazardous nature leads to a shrine in the form of a captivating head within a mountain. The emotion captured in its liquid eyes is enthralling. ‘The Sacrifice’ was screened at the Nottingham Festival in September 2021 at the Savoy Cinema and won ‘Award Winner for Best Music Video ‘. Also, ‘The Sacrifice’ was officially selected for the Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest and will be screened at the Babylon Cinema on the 5th November 2021, with further premieres on the horizon.
The penultimate track, ‘Moving Forward’, is fervorous with a sense of impending chaos. It has beguiling builds with an added punch while staying in line with the riveting sound design. The energy created within it has the listener in liberation but with a focused sense of direction.
Finally, ‘War Priests’ positions the impending culmination. With sounds that translate to a battle, the track has peaks and valleys that denotes a clash of titans. It has destructive elements, steamy stabs, sharp snares and cratering depth. By setting the final scene, it brings clarity and a conclusion to this mythological epic.The Allegorist
The Allegorist’s 4th album, The Blind Emperor, will be released both digitally and on vinyl on The Allegorist’s label, Awaken Chronicles. There will be 200 limited edition 12″ Heavy Black Vinyl Record (180g) in 350g Outer Sleeve with 2-page inserts. The album can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp on the 3rd December 2021 and released on the 25th February 2022.
Label: Awaken Chronicles
Artist: The Allegorist
Title: Blind Emperor
Cat. No. ACH002
Format: Digital, Vinyl
Single „Moving Forward“: December 3rd, 2021
Single „The Sacrifice“: January 28th, 2022
Album „Blind Emperor“: February 25th, 2022
Distribution: Awal (Digital), Ready Made (Vinyl)
- Redwinged Phoenix
- Marching Crowd
- Blind Emperor
- The Sacrifice
- Moving Forward
- War Priests
*Cover artwork and animation by Anna Jordan Project. Mastered by Daniele Antezza / Dadub