Départe Embark on Australian & New Zealand Tour

Beware of this black beast!

Départe are kicking off tour activities Down Under by a visit to New Zealand for two shows. The Australian post-black metal extremists will start at the King's Arms in Auckland on Friday 21st and will hit Wellington a day later.

The first show on their native continent has been scheduled at the Crowbar in Brisbane on the 29th of October with six more dates to follow in loose succession.

Regarding their tour, Départe commented: "After more than a year since our last live performance, we are set to tour Australia this Spring in support of our debut album, 'Failure, Subside'. The stage is where we feel the most at home, where we can truly express ourselves and create a deeply engaging, visceral experience for our audience. To say we are excited about this would be an understatement. Joining us across the country will be our good friends No Haven, fresh off the release of their debut EP 'Colours of Nothing'."

Départe will be touring in support of their debut full-length 'Failure, Subside', which has been freshly released on the 14th of October.

Départe stated: "Our new album, 'Failure, Subside' is an exploration grief, isolation, and loss, shifting seamlessly between states of sheer terror, disquieting serenity, and crushing dissonance. It was written with a focus on emotional catharsis, lyrical honesty, and a thick, suffocating atmosphere. Light and shade, both in the lyrical and musical sense, play a huge part in what we as a band endeavour to accomplish, and I feel like this album captures exactly what we had aimed for right from the beginning."

The cover art of 'Failure, Subside' is based on a photograph by Alistair Davis of Zac Blain that has been edited by Sam Dishington and Michael Rankine.

TOUR DATES:

21 OCT 16 Auckland (NZ) King's Arms (+Ulcerate +Trepanation)
22 OCT 16 Wellington (NZ) San Fran (+Ulcerate +Ritual Abuse)

29 Oct 16 Brisbane (AU) Crowbar
04 Nov 16 Launceston (AU) Club 54 (+No Haven)
05 Nov 16 Hobart (AU) The Brisbane Hotel (+No Haven)
18 Nov 16 Sydney (AU) The Bald Faced Stag (+No Haven)
19 Nov 16 Melbourne (AU) The Bendigo Hotel (+No Haven)
25 Nov 16 Perth (AU) Amplifier
03 Dec 16 Adelaide (AU) Enigma Bar (+No Haven)

Darkness descends, physically oppressive, a heavy weight on the chest. Black tendrils probing, intruding, coldness seeps into skull and bones. Pain and a crushing despair grip the soul. Yet this bleak onslaught is as precise as methodical. A grim determination drives this spike deep into the heart. With their debut album 'Failure, Subside', Départe set a new benchmark for musical viciousness.

Formed in Hobart, Tasmania as a black metal quartet at first under the name ØRANNIS in 2011. The Australians intended to create dark, brooding atmospheric black metal with a focus on an intense, hypnotic live performance. Yet with the addition of a second guitarist, their sound developed further. The band started to drift from the more traditional black metal ethos, shed their face paint and incorporated elements from various other genres, such as post metal, drone, doom and death metal. The combination of these ingredients resulted in something unique, emotive and truly powerful.

Départe released their first official demo 'MMXIV', which contained two tracks in November 2014. It speaks volumes that the band was already invited to share stages with local heroes such as Portal, and The Amenta as well as international heavy-weights from the calibre of Gorguts, Ulcerate, Wormed, Absu, and many more.The band then proceeded to record their debut full-length 'Failure, Subside', an album which is now ready to sink its claws into any unwary listener. Beware of this black beast!

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