Hailing from Turku, Finland, Besra got its start in 2011 as a vision from guitarist and former member of the revered post-metal band Callisto, Johannes Nygård. The band, rounded out by Ville Kaisla (drums), Ville Kujansuu (guitar), Pekko Seppälä (bass) and Hannes Hietarinta (vocals/keyboards), released a limited split record with the band Atlases earlier this year and will release their long-awaited debut full-length, “Anhedonia,” in September. The forthcoming album was recorded at Audiamond in Niinikoski, Finland with Jukka Salovaara of the band Sole Remedy and mastered by Mell Dettmer (Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room, (Sunn O)))).
“Anhedonia” is a collection of stories told by Besra. The album as a whole deals with challenges and characteristics of today’s society and how they reflect on the lives of ordinary people, their mindsets and relationships with others. The stories also reflect a very personal side of the composers. Experiences with loneliness, emotional abandonment and substance abuse are present. Themes to the songs were gathered from personal and professional experiences throughout the lives of the members of the band. Carefully balanced mix of rage and gloomy mellow atmospheres lead the listener through the stories told with words, singing, screaming and instrumental drama.
Read our review here.