Cumbrian heavy rockers VORSTELLAN reveal their all-consuming debut album, Encephalon, on Friday 8th May. The northern tunesmiths have also rebooted their single, Home, to coincide with the release. Watch the video for the track, here – https://youtu.be/RsFZit0u5AM
Although VORSTELLAN display a vast array of influences, they largely take inspiration from Placebo, Vex Red, Silverchair, Slipknot, and Gojira. With an engulfing sound, VORSTELLAN impressively forge powerhouse alternative rock vibes with contemporary synths, underpinned by soul crushing bass lines, hard-hitting drums, and distorted riffs.
VORSTELLAN was originally conceived in 2014 as a solo project by Jacob Knight (Lead Vocals/Guitarist), who, at the time, was heavily influenced by the synth work of Gary Numan and Depeche Mode. Its early sound soon evolved when Matt Donaldson (Drums/Percussion) joined in 2015. As a result, VORSTELLAN began to steer away from the synth inspired project and progressed into an alternative heavy rock unit.
To date, the rising alterative riff slingers have played a series of highly successful shows in Carlisle, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The band have also played alongside The Courtesans, North Atlas, The Maension, Auger, As December Falls, Espirit D’Air and Bad Pollyanna, which have earned them a budding live reputation. Rearing to go, VORSTELLAN headed to Innersound Studios to work on their debut album with Sam and Joe Graves. By 2019, the band had completed the record and it’s certainly been worth the wait. Entitled Encephalon, the album is loaded with slamming guitar parts, colossal drumming, and engrossing vocal lines that fully ignite and engage. Key highlights of the record include the current singles, Novocaine ( https://youtu.be/5p19UEvlQTQ ) and Home ( https://youtu.be/RsFZit0u5AM ), which both exemplify the band’s unbridled vigour, melodic guile and powerful delivery.
The band remark about the motivation and journey for the album: “Encephalon touches on our own personal experiences with depression and anxiety, amongst other issues, and how these experiences have contributed to our own mental health. We wanted to be as open as possible with Encephalon, both lyrically and musically in the hopes of helping others come forward to seek help.” With a killer album in hand, VORSTELLAN have crafted a record that is sure to elevate the fiery tune chiefs to a national level.