Birds In Row – “Nympheas”

Jeff Cubbison

Photo by William Lacalmontie

French hardcore titans drop scorching new single & announce new LP Gris Klein

Back in 2018, the French experimental hardcore titans Birds In Row released their powerful sophomore album We Already Lost The World, one of our favorite LPs of that year. That album skyrocketed Birds In Row to another level of infamy while highlighting their chameleonic approach of toggling through a number of heavy subgenres: melodic punk, post metal, post-hardcore, and everything else in between.

After recently sharing the excellent track “Water Wings,” today they’ve dropped the scorching new single “Nympheas,” the latest taste of their highly anticipated, newly announced third album Gris Klein – out October 14 via Red Creek Recordings.

Artwork by Bart Balboa

Right away, “Nympheas” hits the listener with a shattering wall of dissonant guitar riffage and head-splitting percussion, wrapped around frontman Bart “B.” Hirogoyen’s throat-bursting screams. It’s a track full of ruthless instrumentation and pained lyrics offering a sympathetic view in the face of emotional turbulence.

In a statement, the band described “Nympheas” as “an ode to those who keep fighting when we don’t have the energy to anymore, or never have had it, especially when facing political issues that are increasingly more visible.”

The lyrics to Gris Klein were all shaped during lockdown, and thus the album functions as a portrait of a world enduring chaos whilst social isolation, depression, and other mental health struggles run rampant. According to the band, their central manifesto of loving each other remains intact. Equal parts brutal and compassionate, like seeking a light at the end of a dark, punishing tunnel.

“We really want people to know that they’re not alone, and that they can count on each other,” they shared.

You can pre-order Gris Klein HERE. In addition, Birds In Row will be embarking on a European tour this fall along with Swedish heavy metal overlords Cult of Luna. You can view those tour dates, the tracklist for Gris Klein, and the visualizer for “Nympheas” below:

Gris Klein Track Listing:

1. Water Wings
2. Daltonians
3. Confettis
4. Noah
5. Cathedrals
6. Nympheas
7. Grisaille
8. Trompe l’oeil
9. Rodin
10. Winter, Yet. 
11. Secession

Live Dates:
* w/ Cult of Luna 

Sep 30 – Vitry-sur-Seine (FR) – Festi’Val de Marne 
Oct 01 – Rouen (FR) – Le 106 
Oct 02 – Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) – Rockhal *
Oct 03 – Cologne (DE) – Live Music Hall *
Oct 04 – Geneve (CH – Alhambra *
Oct 05 – Toulouse (FR) – Le Metronum *
Oct 06 – Biarritz (FR) – Atabal *
Oct 07 – Barcelona (ES) – AMFest *
Oct 08 – Madrid (ES) – But *
Oct 09 – Porto (PT) – Ampli Fest *
Oct 11 – Nantes (FR) – Stereolux *
Oct 12 – Lille (FR) – Aeronef *
Oct 13 – Strasbourg (FR) – La Laiterie *
Oct 14 – Zwolle (NL) – Hedon *
Oct 15 – Leipzig (DE) – Felsenkeller *
Oct 16 – Wroclaw (PL) – A2 *
Oct 17 – Budapest (HU) – Durer Kert *
Oct 18 – Prague (CZ) – Underdogs *
Oct 20 – Berlin (DE) – Urban Spree 
Oct 21 – Dortmund (DE) – Trompete 
Oct 22 – Darmstadt (DE) – Oettinger Villa 
Oct 23 – Neunkirchen (DE) – Stummschen Reithalle 
Oct 27 – Bordeaux (FR) – Le Krakatoa 
Oct 28 – Alençon (FR) – La Luciole 
Nov 03 – Amiens (FR) – La Lune des Pirates 
Nov 04 – Belfort (FR) – La Poudrière 
Nov 05 – Annecy (FR) – Le Brise Glace 
Nov 09 – Bruxelles (BE) – Le Botanique 
Nov 10 – Haarlemn (NL) – Patronaat 
Nov 11 – Leeuwarden (NL) – Neushoorn 
Nov 12 – Nijmegen (NL) – Merleyn 
Nov 17 – Poitiers (FR) – Le Confort Moderne 
Nov 18 – Vannes (FR) – L’Echonova 
Nov 19 – Quimper (FR) – Novomax 
Nov 23 – Fribourg (CH) – Fri-Son 
Nov 24 – Metz (FR) – Les Trinitaires 
Nov 25 – Tours (FR) – Le Bateau Ivre 
Nov 26 – Paris (FR) – Le Trabendo 
Dec 09 – Angoulême (FR) – La Nef

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