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France's PSYGNOSIS Will Strip Away Your Sanity

Are you ready to feel absolutely nothing ever again?

Are you ready to feel absolutely nothing ever again?

Welcome back to Bandcamp Buried Treasure! It's almost spring time, which means you need an extra heaping spoonful of heavy in your diet. Don't let everyone be happy around you and enjoy the weather! Bring them the heaviness! Anyway, you know the rules of the article by now:

  • I hunt down awesome artists on Bandcamp that have their album up for Buy It Now/Free Download and give them a write up. I'm not explicitly telling you to download the album for free since I'm a big supporter of buying your music, but I like the option for my readership to be there.
  • The goal is to introduce you to smaller bands or obscure side-projects you might not have heard of. Anything to expand your musical horizons by just a little bit each week!
  • And of course, for there to be a conversation about similar bands or bands you think I should be covering. I check the comments section!

Like I've been saying, I switched the format up a bit with two new sections, titled "The Basic Idea" and "Why I Love It." The former is a short news-style lead that paints a vivid picture of what you're about to hear to get you interested and help you understand a little why I chose the record, while the latter serves simply as a review piece.

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Let's get long-winded and destructive with Psygnosis.

PsygnosisThe Basic Idea

The idea of post-rock is to create big landscapes, be it desolate or teeming with life. Psygnosis have taken that same concept from post-rock and made it into something maddening, something that wills trip away your sanity and will to live and leave you a cold, soulless shell of a human being in the end. Psygnosis are only here to decimate you from here inside out.

Why I Love It
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When I saw a lot of Psygnosis' song were longer than eight minutes I almost skipped out on it, but figured I'd skip my way through a few track just to see if it was worth my time. What I got was a very strange sampling of music that ranged from Sybreed-esque mechanical heavies to spacey clean guitars and machine-like sounds underneath it all, even to narrative and straight up noise. I was intrigued.

Psygnosis' Human Be[ing] needs to be listened through as one unit because that's how it functions best. Each song is an insane cog in a machine that only aims to drive you to suicide. There's always been the argument of playing music with emotion versus technically, but Psygnosis mange to get across emotionless robotic music that makes the listener feel something- dementia. I love how calculated, how cold and how unfeeling the music is… where's there's narrative there are overtones of something terrible happening in the background. Where there is any hint of life in general there's plenty to extinguish it within that moment.

Listening to Psygnosis is bleak and uncaring, but so worth it.

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