2013 remastered re-issue on Digipack CD (limited 500 copies) Regular LP (limited edition 100 copies) & Solid white LP (limited edition 200 copies) out May 31st on BASEMENT APES. Shipping worldwide so stream & order your copy now > basementapesind.bandcamp.com/album/hannibal-ad-portas-2
The gruff, Neurosis-esque vocals, minor key riffs and apocalyptic dirges that peak throughout Hannibal Ad Portas point towards Through Silver In Blood and Times Of Grace as obviously being a huge influence on General Lee's sound, but from these heavy sections the band delves deep into passages of fragile, dreamlike beauty crafted on sheets of heavily delayed clean guitar, super-slow metronomic beats, gauzy electronic drones and ethereal vocal harmonies that actually make 'em sound like a massive hybrid of late 90's Neurosis, Slowdive and Codeine, which right there should have fans of Year Of No Light scrambling to hear this. The six songs that are featured here are really well written, the heaviness balanced perfectly with the dreamy melancholic melodies, the sound bleak and beautiful, monolithic and utterly mournful, and the more I listen to this disc, the more I love it. General Lee are heavier and slower than Year Of No Light, with more of a slowcore sound in their quieter moments, but the feel is really similiar. Anyone into that emotive metallic French sound shared by bands like Year Of No Light, Cortez, Overmars, and Omega Massif need to check these guys out, and even fans of Envy's dramatic emo-metal will likely love em. The disc is packaged in a cool arigato-style cardboard case with full color artwork of cloud-capped mountains, and comes with a small printed insert.
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released 26 September 2008
Recording by Clement Decrock at Boss Hog Studio
Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Baroness, Mastodon, Underoath ... )