Within the vast territory of sounds that stretches between post rock and metal, Labirinto are South America's most well-known band...and one of the very few outfits whose name and reputation has reached European and North American shores. Gehenna is the band's heaviest and darkest release to date: a richly textured sound on an apocalyptic vision, driven by heavy guitars and synths, conceptualized and scored by guitar player Eric Cruxen, who along with his wife and founding member Muriel Curi forms the backbone of Labirinto.
Gehenna is already the band's ninth release, but only their sophomore album – their back catalog is made up of a number of EPs and split EPs, a detail which showcases the group's strong rootedness in the DIY scene. Throughout the 11 years of their existence, Cruxen and Curi have learned how to productively and successfully take control of every aspect of a band's universe themselves, without getting lost in it: from running their own professional recording studio, the internationally renowned Dissenso Studios in São Paulo, to running their own record label, to booking their own tours and collaborating with like-minded artists, record labels and producers across the globe.
For Gehenna, they invited producer legend Billy Anderson, known for his works with Melvins, Neurosis, Fantomas and the Swans, to Brazil. The result of Anderson's nine days in Brazil is an atmospherically dense and massively heavy instrumental record. The album features ten tracks, and one of them, "Locrus", is a collaborative effort with the Belgian guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove (Amenra, Syndrome).