Melbourne underground noise makers YLVA released their debut album, M E T A last month via Pelagic Records.
Now the band have released the video for Hunting Room taken from the album.
The track isn’t just a swinging sledge hammer of desperation but more the blueprint of self reflection and the record as a whole.
Director Matt Adey (House of Vnholy) has worked with the band in various forms and took on the piece to create their new film clip.
This harsh landscape YLVA paints in Hunting Room is explored and portrayed by Adey in an immersive connection between sound, light and story.
YLVA’s Hunting Room video clip is a combination of competing imagery and aesthetics between the bands contemporary metal sound and tropes of the classical. Taking inspiration from “the Dying Swan’ solo by Mikhail Fokine paralleled with the folklore of Dante’s Inferno and the concentric circles of hell. Unlike the narrative of traditional folklore, the images are a pastiche, a collage of strong symbolic gestures for the viewer to interpret.
Director – House of Vnholy
DOP – Arlo Dean Cook
Edit – Arlo Dean Cook and Matthew Adey
Camera Assist – Dorian Hiscock
MUA – Nirvana Adey
Stylist – Matilda Woodroffe
Performer – Robyn Begg
Extras – Belle Frahn-Starkie, Megan Payne & Tyler Bierman
YLVA launch their debut record M E T A at the Tote in Melbourne on December 15.
Joining them are fellow Pelagic Records label mates, Sydney’s Lo! who will also be launching their recently released third record Vestigial.
Mike Deslandes Guitar/Vocals
Dav Byrne Guitar/Vocals
Brett O’Riley Bass/Vocals
Leigh Pengelly Drums
META TRACK LIST
1. Sting in the Air
2. Hunting Room
5. The Fall
For Fans Of: Isis, Neurosis, Amenra, Cult Of Luna, Old Man Gloom, Pelican
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Drawing influences from a deep well of experience in past outfits, YLVA create patient, dark and mysterious pieces of heavy music punctuated with crushing riffs at extreme volumes.
While the first half of this stunning debut album feels very condensed, driven by painfully low riffs and painfully slow drums, YLVA are thinning out their compositions thorughout the 2nd half of the album… making way for the beauty of dark, empty space. Tracks like the 13-minute opus “The Fall” take their time until they reach the breaking point, the moment of collapse of the previously constructed massive sonic building – a collapse that is imminent from the very beginning of the song, or the construction process, if you want.
There is an unmistakably physical quality to YLVA’s craft. One needs to let the frequencies do their work in order to fully grasp and be shaken by the essence of this band. “There is not a wasted note, beat, tone, noise or vocal line, but there’s also a beautiful level of restraint, both regarding how they write in levels of light and shade, but also in how no one in the band ever seemed to overplay.”
The album was recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, mixed by Mike Deslandes and mastered by Dav Byrne at Iridium Audio.
META rounds crushing intensity with transcendent movement from end to end. In support of the META release in late 2017, YLVA will share their already revered live show through Australia, Europe and the United States.