Shrouded in darkness for over a decade, ever since the disturbing events that lead to the band’s inception, BRIQUEVILLE have been bewitching audiences with a hypnotizing dirge that evokes the heaviest elements of doom metal and post-rock before mixing them with eerie field recordings, found sounds and haunting traditional instrumentation.
On November 3rd, 2023, as winter takes back the night, BRIQUEVILLE will unveil ‘IIII’ – their latest exploration into the darkest depths of the soul. The Belgian collective’s pulsating, repetitive rhythms and penetrating, guttural guitar work return alongside a more prominent vocal presence with ethereal melodies and brooding lyricism further exploring the deeper, richer sonic palette first heard on 2020’s ‘Quelle.’
Drawing from members of their electro and metal scenes, BRIQUEVILLE first assembled with the ambition of improvising around a single, droned note. Having latched onto something raw and powerful, the band suddenly found themselves confronted by a stranger telling tales of a hatred years in the making. Floored by such a fateful meeting, BRIQUEVILLE have anonymised themselves ever since; unifying the collective as one sound, a singular faceless force hellbent on converting audiences around the world.
With ‘IIII’ however, BRIQUEVILLE are beginning to lift the veil. Alongside the aural despair that the band have been handcrafting ever since their eponymous debut full-length in 2014, ‘IIII’ is imbued with an intriguing duplicity. Within the mournful melancholy and grinding, icy orchestration is the faintest glimmer of hope as the collective explores the idea of creativity free from the confinement of morals, expectations and time. ‘IIII’ sees subtle, tonal shifts and brief periods of warmth and richness now intersperse the band’s fearsome outbursts of unrivalled heaviness in a new, intoxicating transformation of their formidable sound.
Do be careful though, BRIQUEVILLE may be stepping out of the shadows, but they can easily drag us back in with them…