marcelNo stranger to lengthy recordings, Finland’s Swallow the Sun announced their next project will be a mammoth multi-album interpretation of French poet Marcel Proust’s magnum opus, Remembrance of Things Past. Also known as In Search of Lost Time, Proust’s defining work was published in seven lengthy volumes between 1913 and 1927, but Swallow the Sun plans to release it as a seven-disc (18 vinyl) box set sometime in 2019.

Remembrance portrayed the humanistic rituals of learning about art, participating in a modern society and falling in love, and did it in such painstaking detail, the combined 7 volumes featured some 2,000 odd characters. Swallow the Sun vocalist Mikko Kotamäki was vague on how such an expansive, meticulously detailed work could be translated into the doom/death genre, or whether it would feature guest musicians. However, he was adamant that the finished product would be intended to be experienced as a single work of art rather than 7 separate albums, and that it would increase respect for the album format by exceeding it by roughly 8 hours.

 

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  • Darren

    I so want this to be true and not an April Fools joke – not for the music, but to witness AMG’s apoplexy resulting from having to review such a monstrosity.

    Presumably Jorn would be the guest vocalist for discs 2 to 5.

    • Jorn makes everything better, even pretentious early 20th century French literature.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Pretentious??!! (slaps glove across face). I shall have to ask you to step outside, sir!

        • Okay then, but 2 minutes with me and you’ll be in search of lost teeth.

          • Monsterth Goatom

            We shall meet at dawn! Choose your seconds. Do you prefer pistols or swords?

          • Tomahawks and tambourines, and dawn is really early. How about noon?

          • [not a Dr]

            You should choose violence!

          • Monsterth Goatom

            My man will deliver a response to you at your estate.

          • Stately Steel Manor (and whisky emporium).

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        It’s true, he saved Dracula

    • Next year on the 1st, I want to see an actual review of this beast.

  • Everyone’s all “haha it’s an April fools joke” but when this actually gets released we’ll see who has the last laugh.

    • That would be me for giving them the idea!

  • Berit Dogg

    I sure hope there will be a cassette tape release.

    • [not a Dr]

      And an audiobook for the lyrics. I don’t feel like reading all of that.

      • tim.o

        In French, n’est-ce pas?

        • [not a Dr]

          In Québec French TABARNAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          That would be awesome.

  • Dr. A.N. Grier

    I’d laugh if this wasn’t the sickest fucking thing I’d ever heard.

  • This has Angry Metal Guy Album of the Year written ALL OVER IT!!!!!!!!!

    • Kalsten

      With that lenght, it may be the the year of the album /bad pun intended.

      • Kryopsis

        Well yeah, it wouldn’t be ‘Album of the Year’ because we’re talking about a quality release but rather because that’s how long it would take to listen to the album.

  • Kalsten

    Vocalist Mikko Kotamäki added also “you know, fuck it, we will release it as a single 8-hour long song, and we will sell it recorded in a single hard drive. CD and LP are dead. We need an expansive format for our expansive music, y’know”

  • Monsterth Goatom

    I look forward to this, so long as they don’t dwell too long over those damn madeleines.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Child’s play. Just wait until their ultimate concept album: a feature-length score to Christian Marclay’s classic film The Clock.

  • Kmill

    Best laugh of the day. Well done.

  • SegaGenitals

    I almost fell for this. I honestly thought it sounded pretty righteous.

  • Bart the Repairman

    At first I mimicked the gesture of the background-guy… it took me a second to realise what day it is.
    *applause*
    edit:
    …it’s a common thing nowadays, to play entire albums live. Imagine that.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      That would be a three day festival to play a single album.

  • Morrowind542

    I’d listen to it.

  • tim.o

    Followed by an interpretive dance laser disc release performed by the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris with an 8 bit score in early 2022.

  • I can’t believe it, did Songs from the North really hurt this much??
    But it’s a really neat joke.

    • Actually, yes. But this is Steel Druhm’s joke, not mine.

    • Bart the Repairman

      When you’re trying to listen to all three discs in a row, yes. It’s very hard to… swallow.

  • Alexandre Barata

    Strange, I thought I heard somewhere that their next opus would be a magnificent reprodution of one movie from Andy Warhol, probably “Sleep” or even “Empire”.

    • Andy Warhol’s Flesh for Frankenstein??

      • Alexandre Barata

        Nah that would feel like a single, lenght-wise

  • madhare

    Although it’s just a joke, I think it does tell something about Swallow the Sun that I (and I bet many others too) totally believed this seeing the blurb of the article on the front page. And just sighed, “too long, and now pretentious too!”. :D

  • Westpaceagle

    totally bought it! Haha well done

  • Reese Burns

    You’re fucking kidding right? New Emperor? That’s wicked!

    • Yes, I’m fucking kidding. Unfortunately!

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    I’m just glad that AMG has relented and made Anthrax album of the month for February!

  • Brother Ben

    This is hilarious! In other news, Joey DeMaio has announced he is creating a new record label and promises to “Make Metal Great Again.” He assures the metal community that there will be an impenetrable wall built around the headquarters to keep all who are not trve out (and subsequently all who are cvlt in). Even better, he is going to make the metalcore community pay for it.

  • Blueberry Balls

    This could not be resisted, on 4/1 no less…

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Classy.

    • One of your best artistic creations yet.
      Shouldn’t your avatar be more like this?

      • Blueberry Balls

        now THAT is awesome.

        • I tried to search google for the original “He-Man and Skeletor boning She-Ra” picture, cause it’s easier to work with bigger images, but I eventually had to give up and go wash my eyes with turpentine.

      • METAL OTTER

        I hereby dub thee “EnGorger”, maker of uniporn

    • Righteous.

      • Blueberry Balls

        Thank you sir!

  • Westpaceagle

    You got it wrong, StS is going to release a three album concept project based on Songs from the North

  • Reese Burns

    ..I forgot what day it was.
    You really got me though, too bad, was really excited there for a while!

    • Glad I could frame someone, even if it almost gives me guilt for provoking such high expectations.

  • Diego Molero

    In my country we don’t celebrate April fool’s day, we have it on december, so I really believe it was true until I read the comments…

  • herrschobel

    sounds reasonable. opera style. what wagner can do…