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Mighty prog newcomers release animated video


It’s always a pleasure when a band you’d never heard of before releases such a good album that you can’t stop thinking about it.

Such is the case with Danish quartet VOLA, who last month unleashed their debut full-length Inmazes. Although they’ve actually been around a while – they released their first EP Homesick Machinery in 2008, whilst 2011′s Monsters was well received apparently - but for me this was the first exposure I’d had to them. I didn’t even like it that much at first, but as the best growers to, it swamped me like an aggressive weed and it gets a play most days at the moment.

If you were paying attention earlier this week, you’ll have noticed we included it in our best of February article. Everything works in tandem to create something with that little bit of x-factor, right down to the glorious production – hardly a surprise, as it was mixed lovingly by vocalist/guitarist Asger Mygind and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork etc).

As if to illustrate my point, the band released a new animated video today for the track “Emily”. Have a look:

The video was created by Anne Nørkjær Bang and Nicolai Mogensen and uses cut-animation techniques. Whilst not particularly representative of the album as a whole – which has more of a Meshuggah-y, digital presence, it’s still a great track.

VOLA have recently been confirmed for this year’s Euroblast festival, and we’re living in hope of an appearance at UK Tech Fest in July, plus some touring if we’re very lucky.

You can pick up Inmazes from Bandcamp right now, where they’ve just launched a digipack of the album, plus some new t-shirt designs. Check out the link below and listen to the whole thing: