Robot Metal Band ELECTROMANCY signs with Metal Assault Records
Today, Metal Assault Records is thrilled to announce its newest signing, and this one is truly one of a kind.
ELECTROMANCY is the creation of Satyra, a musician who became disabled in 2018 but in order to keep playing music, they built their own robot instruments over a period of two years. The result was Electromancy, which expresses a fascinating brand of extreme metal... composed by a human, played by robots.
Following the release of their 2021 debut EP Robot Black Metal, Electromancy has now joined the Metal Assault Records label roster, and will release their debut full-length album, Technopagan, on January 14 2022 via MAR. Watch the music video for "The Spark", which will be included on the album:
More about Electromancy:
Composed by human, played by physical robots. In 2018 Satyra was diagnosed with Lyme disease, and quickly became too disabled to play instruments anymore. Instead of giving up, they spent the next two years slowly building robots to play instruments for them. The result is Electromancy, the robot metal band. Guitars and drums are played by Satyra’s own DIY robotic designs; their bandmates are manikins, cut up into LED fueled light shows.
In April 2021, Electromancy released their debut EP Robot Black Metal. Tracks premiered on Next Mosh and Sleeping Village, and gained excitement in numerous places including Metal Hammer, where they noted Electromancy as a band with “Epic Potential” describing the EP as “…a fascinating concept with compositional chops to deliver.“
Electromancy’s music is primarily black metal with bits of death metal and experimentalism. The robots aren’t a gimmick, they are core to the sound, allowing textures, patterns, and compositions that are not natural to and sometimes not possible for a human musician. Some of these compositional eccentricities include phasing multiple rhythmic melodies on a single instrument and simply extremely fast and chaotic composition. In addition to the robots, Satyra fills the bass frequencies with a drone horn made from a modified PVC pipe (the resulting instrument is similar to but not quite the same as a didgeridoo). This full, enveloping bass sound creates a grounded floor for the otherwise chaotic music.
Electromancy’s lyrical themes largely revolve around Satyra’s struggle with physical disability, the uncertainty of their lifespan with chronic illness, and the spiritual experiences brought on from facing human fragility & mortality so directly (often with surprisingly uplifting conclusions). These musical themes paired with the robotic instrumentation and the story of why this all came to be creates a profoundly raw and unique experience.