Bosse-de-Nage – “A Mimesis Of Purpose” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Michael Nelson / November 5, 2012 - 11:29 am

Last week, we premiered a song by one of my favorite new metal bands, Flourishing, from Brooklyn. Today, we’ve got another — this one from San Francisco’s Bosse-de-Nage. I refer to these bands as “new” partly because of their relative youth (both bands’ first official releases arrived in 2010), but also because their approach to the genre is totally unorthodox and entirely fresh; frankly, referring to either band as “metal” is inherently reductive. Flourishing could just as easily be a noise-rock and death metal-influenced industrial band. Bosse-de-Nage, meanwhile, are more often compared to (and more like) Slint than they are any metal band. This is partly because of certain aesthetic inclusions: whispery spoken-word passages, quiet-loud-quiet-white-noise-chaos dynamics. But I think, too, both Slint and Bosse-de-Nage have an indefinable spookiness at their respective cores, and a vastness — each seems to be communicating something of great paranoid urgency, something that rejects language. BDN’s militaristic drums could be lifted from a Godspeed record, their guitars feel like My Bloody Valentine; when they shift into gruesome, angular black-metal anthemry, it’s Burzum-esque in symphonic scope, with the raw fury of Funeral Mist. Bosse-de-Nage made a major breakthrough last year with their totally essential sophomore album, ii, released on the excellent San Francisco-based label the Flenser. The band’s 2012 LP, iii, further explores their avant-garde tendencies, and while it may not be as revelatory as ii, it’s every bit as outstanding. That album was released on Profound Lore, which has been for the last several years (and continues to be) the finest underground and experimental metal label on Earth. However, Bosse-de-Nage have returned to the Flenser for a split single with fellow Bay Area metal insurgents Deafheaven (who use their side to drop a killer cover of Mogwai’s “Punk Rock / Cody”). On the flip, BDN deliver a new original, the nine-minute “A Mimesis Of Purpose,” which we’ve got here for you to stream. Check out the song below and buy the record, then go back and buy iii and ii, if you haven’t already. It’s head-rattling rush. Listen.

Bosse-de-Nage – “A Mimesis Of Purpose”

The Deafheaven/Bosse-de-Nage split is available for pre-order via the Flenser.

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