Glis – Gateway To Oblivion CD


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GLIS, the electronic music project founded by Shaun Frandsen in 2001, makes an unexpected triumphant comeback in 2024 with the release of “Gateway To Oblivion”, a manifestation of the artist’s DNA, blending the raw energy of industrial music with the infectious melodies of future pop.

“Gateway To Oblivion” is a testament to the American artist’s versatility as the driving force behind GLIS. Serving as the primary producer, vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Frandsen has crafted a spontaneous album that is both powerful and straight-to-the-point.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of influences, the album takes listeners on a captivating journey. The atmospheric “Into the Flames,” sets the mood with nods to NIN and DEPECHE MODE’s “Songs of Faith and Devotion” era. The track “Ascension” and the instrumental piece “Mexico” deliver a straight-up early 2000s synth pop vibe, drawing inspiration from the likes of ICON OF COIL, APOPTYGMA BERZERK or VNV NATION. Tracks like “Control” echo future pop inspirations with a touch of UNDERWORLD / ROTERSAND influence, while “Cut Away the Demons” and “Damaged” take a detour into oppressive industrial noise and powerful EBM, inspired by HEALTH, MENTALLO & THE FIXER or yet LEATHER STRIP. Each track carries its own unique flavour, contributing to the album’s overall diversity, including the unique guest appearance of his good old partner in crime Jennifer Parkin / AYRIA on the catchy “Dream Chaser” and the fresh darkwave anthems “Angels” and “We Live in the Iceage” taking cues from FEVER RAY and THE KNIFE.

Sebastian Komor (KOMOR KOMMANDO / ICON OF COIL…) also played a pivotal role in shaping the album’s sound, ensuring a cohesive and powerful production. Thematically, “Gateway To Oblivion” revolves around the ascension of mankind and the challenges posed by technology. Each song tackles specific themes, creating a narrative that resonates with personal and societal struggles.

In this unexpected return, GLIS proves that its creative fire continues to burn brightly, pushing the boundaries of electronic music. “Gateway To Oblivion” is not just an album; it’s a profound exploration of the human well as a bold statement reaffirming GLIS’s influential presence in the electronic music scene.

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