“Transactinides” is the epic new album from the powerful project PLANEPACKED. Driven by a desire to push further personal musical boundaries, “Transactinides” is the first full-length release from the band since frontwoman Jessica Kagan’s gender transition and explores the experience of recreating oneself. Having quickly grown into something bigger than had been originally planned, the new album fuses allusions to physics, science, and technology with her evolving views on gender and sexuality.
“Transactinides is the 2nd full length album from PLANEPACKED, scheduled to release on April 8th, 2022. It further develops and expands on the metaltronica sound of my debut (Critical Mass). In particular, it includes songs with sung and harsh vocals for the first time in my career. Highly recommended for fans of extreme metal, IDM, prog, and old-school tracker/scenedemo music.”
Drawing musical influences from the likes of AUTECHRE, IGORRR, DEVIN TOWNSEND, and SUSUMU HIRASAWA, the first three tracks on “Transactinides” are also inspired in various ways by Jessica’s urban fantasy fiction series, Endian Project. Opening the album with the fully immersive and melodic “Azure (Her Clarion Call),” entwining clean and harsh vocal styles aptly portrays a dramatic narrative of the two characters caught in a battle of love and lust. “The Demon Core” introduces a dark mood with a mixture of 11/8 and 9/8 time signatures contributing to the eerie impact. While “Red Star Succubus” brings a different side to PLANEPACKED’s sound with a slower pace, and gloomy atmosphere.
“Transactinides” is a thrilling, mesmerizing voyage through carefully cultivated electronics, thundering metal instrumentation and sheer musical ingenuity. PLANEPACKED opens the threshold to a universe of soundscapes, melodies and explorations of the human existence.
Jessica Kagan: All songwriting, programming, sung vocals
Moss Girl: Harsh vocals
Nu House Studios: Mastering, mixing, vocal recording, production
Mario Teodosio: Visual artwork
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