We know demons as legendary creatures - but sometimes they seem more real to us than we would like.
In their new single 'Malphas', the Berlin post-hardcore shooting stars Future Palace combine mythological symbolism with the very real abysses of an earthly emotional world.
Even the introductory staccato riffing announces with the darkest timbres the most harrowing three minutes the band has recorded by far. While Future Palace had repeatedly written with hitherto unknown heaviness on their second album »Run«, which was released in 2022, 'Malphas' completed this development in a superlative way.
An incomparable, massively produced set of instruments, together with the brute screams of singer Maria Lessing, create a trembling sound drama that can hardly be described satisfactorily with the label "post-hardcore", but is ensnared by clanking synthesizer coldness as well as industrial and darkwave elements.
Watch/listen to new single 'Malphas' now
This almost otherworldly-sounding composition does not serve Future Palace as an end in itself, but rather unmistakably reflects the dimension of content of 'Malphas', which requires such a sound.
"I'm really losing my patience / I'm possessed by a Malphas," says the chorus, which sums up a feeling of loss of control in a few words. The sung and eponymous Malphas is a demon figure from centuries-old tales that appears in the form of a raven and takes its victims bit by bit like a virus. With this image, Future Palace tell the battles that do not take place in stories, but in the real life. "With its power, our new song 'Malphas' is intended to represent the recurring struggle and the necessary patience with oneself and one's inner demons," comments singer Maria Lessing on the song, giving it a note of hope despite all the brute force of the sound. Because even among productions that are increasingly shocking in terms of sound, Future Palace's music can still be understood as a musical catharsis in which inner abysses can not only be experienced, but also fought.
'Malphas' is the first single Future Palace have released since last year's album »Run«. The band recently accompanied Electric Callboy on their European tour.
A first European headline run with 23 stops in 9 countries has been announced for this fall, first shows are sold out or upgraded.
»Run Tour 2023«
03.10. DE Frankfurt, Nachtleben
05.10. DE Bremen, Tower
06.10. DE Duesseldorf, Ratinger Hof
07.10. NL Enschede, Metropool
08.10. NL Heerlen, Nor
10.10. UK London, Underworld
11.10. UK Sheffield, Corporation
12.10. UK Glasgow, Audio
31.10. DE Nuremberg, Club Stereo
02.11. CH Baden, Werkk
09.11. DK Copenhagen, Amager Beta
10.11. SWE Stockholm, Arena Satelliten
11.11. SWE Gothenburg, Fängelset
16.11. DE Munich, Backstage Club
17.11. HUN Budapest, Analog Music Hall
18.11. AT Vienna, B72
19.11. CZE Prague, Rock Café
22.11. DE Hamburg, Bahnhof Pauli
23.11. DE Berlin, SO36
10.11. DE Leipzig, Werk 2
01.12. DE Hannover, Lux
02.12. DE Cologne, Helios 37 *sold out*
03.12. DE Cologne, Helios 37 *show added*