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Latest news: Tue, Mar 04 2014, ESOTERIC

Latest release: "Paragon of Dissonance"

Release date: Fri, Nov 11 2011, US Tue, Nov 15 2011

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Kings of experimental doom metal ESOTERIC return to Europe in support of their critically acclaimed double album ‘Paragon of Dissonance’. The English will explore new areas in Eastern and Central Europe as well as Scandinavia plus Central Europe. ESOTERIC will be joined on most dates by Swedish/Chilean epic doom masters PROCESSION. This powerful package will be completed by special guests ISOLE from April 11th to 22nd and INDESINENCE for the remainder of the dates, which can be viewed in full below:

ESOTERIC European Dissonance Tour 2014
11 Apr 14 Zürich (CH) Werk 21
12 Apr 14 Leipzig (DE) UT
13 Apr 14 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater
14 Apr 14 Szczezin (PL) Slowianin
15 Apr 14 Wroclaw (PL) Lykend
16 Apr 14 Warsaw (PL) 2kola
17 Apr 14 Vilnius (LT) Kablys
18 Apr 14 Riga (LV) Melna Piektdiena
19 Apr 14 Tallinn (EE) Tapper Club
20 Apr 14 Helsinki (FI) Bar Loose
21 Apr 14 Uppsala (SE) Cursed Uppsala
22 Apr 14 København (DE) KB18
23 Apr 14 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
24 Apr 14 Berlin (DE) K17
25 Apr 14 Oberhausen (DE) Helvete
26 Apr 14 Bruxelles (BE) Magasin 4

The tour is preceeded by two UK warm up shows in March:
07 Mar 14 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
08 Mar 14 Liverpool (UK) The Pilgrim

‘Paragon of Dissonance’ was released in November 2011 and is still available through the Season of Mist e-shop.



Slowly, slowly but steadily a sound rises from the deep. This sound starts up deceptively upon a lighter note, but rapidly turns into a swelling tide of massively droning guitars. Vocals are crushing in like a tidal wave, breaking with a voice as harsh and resonant as a maelstrom of grinding granite. Streams of sonic magma are constantly intertwining, twisting, melting together, then exploding into colours, forming patterns and dissolving into chaos again. Shapes, visions and scenes tumble into the mind, luring the soul out of the flesh only to take it firmly into an unrelenting musical grip and take the imagination down into a seething miasma of melancholy and pain.

Thus begins an amazing journey beyond ordinary metal conventions into "The Maniacal Vale". ESOTERIC will grant you the sonic ride of your life – a daring exploration into the abyss, which lurks in the human mind. The English lords of psychedelic doom are tapping deep into the crimson bloodstream of subconsciousness. Their chosen path makes emotions, thoughts and personal experiences audible. "The Maniacal Vale" carries much more content than merely the significance of the sublime poetry of its lyrics. Some music still comes with a meaning and ESOTERIC present the perfect example for this seemingly old-fashioned concept. There are moments of tranquillity surrounded by pounding heaviness and each song takes its time to develop. Time is what "The Maniacal Vale" demands of its listeners as this album refuses to deliver a four-minute-festival-fix, which will make them to grab the next beer. Yet valuable time is also its reward, as new fascinating details will reveal themselves with each listening.

ESOTERIC steadfastly resist the temptation of making their songs suitable to any easy listening or cutting them down to a radio-friendly scale. Their seven sinister psychodramas rather grow into epic dimensions and in fact, it takes two silver-discs to contain them. It is with obvious passion and patience that "The Maniacal Vale" was conceived. The simply stunning song writing on this album portrays all the experience and maturity of a band, which has been around since July 1992. Seasoned and honed to perfection by many a line-up change since then, continuity in ESOTERIC has always been kept safe by the core-members vocalist and guitarist Greg Chandler as well as guitarist Gordon Bicknell. Not everybody was able to participate in or contribute to the strong vision, which is driving the doom-lords, although other members than Gordon and Greg have always added to the song-writing. Yet finally, they have found a stable and dedicated line-up: Olivier Goyet on keyboards although being new to the recording process and widening the band's sound-range has been a regular sixth member for five years now. Mark Bodossian came with his bass in April 2003, while drummer Joe Fletcher and guitarist Kris Clayton both joined in 2007.

If ESOTERIC had a motto, it would have to be: Think big! Already their first demo "Esoteric Emotions - The Death of Ignorance" injected 82 minutes of hateful - drug influenced tortured doom with a total of eight tracks. Their debut "Epistemological Despondency" (1994) was down to only six songs, but even longer and had to be released as a more than full-length double-CD. As the minute count was steadily rising, so were ESOTERIC's musical skills and mastery of their heavy genre gaining. "The Pernicious Enigma" (1996) brought another double-CD with nine tracks, now lasting a mind-debilitating 115 minutes.

While the English maintained their essence, this second effort proved to be more complex, sinister, intense and dissonant. At this point, the line-up changes had grown quite numerous and a permanent drummer was missing, which might explain a reduction in productivity, but not quality as the band unleashed "Metamorphogenesis" (1999), which is often described as a Mini-CD although it has a total playing time of nearly 45 minutes. Having taken their sound to even more extremes, the remaining three members in the band recorded ""Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum" (2004) as their first release on Season of Mist. Uncompromising as ever, the trio returned with a more refined yet terrifyingly bombastic production.

Two successful European tours in 2004 and 2005 were made possible by the addition of three more musicians. ESOTERIC had meanwhile become darlings of the international press and now were conquering the hearts of the fans as well, while sharing stages with While Heaven Wept, Skepticism, Reverend Bizarre, Officium Triste, Mourning Beloveth and Pantheist to name but a few. After "The Maniacal Vale" was released in 2008, ESOTERIC continued performing throughout Europe. Some minor changes in the line-up did not change the band's course and now the English are back with "Paragon of Dissonance", which vocalist Greg Chandler describes as a 'varied and diverse mix of emotions and soundscapes'.

One again ESOTERIC deliver a complex type of crushing and massive music where shapes, visions and scenes are forming an outstanding sonic chaos. Yet "Paragon of Dissonance" gives ample credit to the fact that the band continually evolves and matures in their songwriting and technical skills. Get ready for a splendid sonic ride through the limbs of doom!


Name Instrument
Greg Chandler Vocals, Guitars
Mark Bodossian Bass
Joe Fletcher Drums
Jim Nolan Guitars
Gordon Bicknell Guitars
Jan Krause Keyboard

Releases Season of Mist


Paragon of Dissonance

General information
: Fri, Nov 11 2011
: Tue, Nov 15 2011
: Doom Metal
: SOM248
: available


The maniacal Vale

General information
: Mon, May 19 2008
: Doom Metal
: SOM172
: available


Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum

General information
: Mon, Jun 28 2004
: Doom Metal
: SOM085
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Sun, Apr 20 2014 FI Helsinki Bar Loose +Procession +Isole
Mon, Apr 21 2014 SE Uppsala Cursed Uppsala +Procession +Isole
Tue, Apr 22 2014 DE København KB18 +Procession +Indesinence
Wed, Apr 23 2014 DE Hamburg Hafenklang +Procession +Indesinence
Thu, Apr 24 2014 DE Berlin K17 +Procession +Indesinence
Fri, Apr 25 2014 DE Oberhausen Helvete +Procession +Indesinence
Sat, Apr 26 2014 BE Bruxelles Magasin 4 +Procession +Indesinence
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