Composed by humans, played by physical robots. In 2018 Satyra was diagnosed with Lyme disease, and was unable to play instruments anymore. Instead of giving up, they spent the next two years slowly building robots to play instruments for them. The result is Electromancy, the robot metal band. Guitars and drums are played by Satyra’s own DIY robotic designs; their bandmates are manikins, cut up into LED fuelled light-shows.
On April 30th, 2021 Electromancy will unleash their EP ‘Robot Black Metal’.
Wow. Just wow. The creation of Electromancy is simply a wow story. Something that is so inspiring and has you desperately want to know more about Satyra and this robot metal band. It can honestly be said that is a very unique offering.
Two tracks. One a cover. The Spark’s frantic distortion and dark effects is a fusion of technological madness and virulent metal. It’s like nothing you’ll have heard before. Even if the dirty buzzing and unrefined rhythm doesn’t do much for you, it can’t be said that it isn’t a fascinating listen.
Which makes the second track, a cover of Darkthrone’s Transilvanian Hunger even more fascinating. Not as unrecognisable as you might think, this is a puzzling but addictive take on a black metal classic. Electromancy keeping the raw black metal edge (perhaps even more so) but adding a discombobulated richness to the vocals and percussion.
As a taste of what Electromancy can do and what they have overcome to reach this point, Robot Black Metal is a fascinating insight. It’s certainly not going to be for everyone but it’s well worth checking out, even if it’s just to hear robots playing metal!
Electromancy – Robot Black Metal Full Track Listing:
1. The Spark (feat toefood)
2. Transilvanian Hunger (Darkthrone Cover)
Electromancy - Robot Black Metal (Self Released)
The Final Score - 7/10