Composer and guitarist Gabriel Castro is the brainchild of Ontario, progressive metal project, Yurei, which implements a heavy dosage of video game scores to each piece. Originally hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the artist explores many fusions, including ambient, experimental, and Latin, throughout his discography. On his latest release, Yūrei teams up with Fallujah’s guitarist Scott Carstairs for a pulsating wave of blurry notes and distorted crunch that nears 6-minutes.
“Dark Matter” is a melodic presentation that utilizes the natural emotional aurora of each instrumentation. Castro takes on guitar, bass and synth programming while Nathaniel Reynolds-Welsh blasts double pedals and fills the rim with a testimonial preach on drums. Carrying the elements of a “video game boss battle,” the declarative track is a meeting of enemies before moving onto the next level, so to say. “As the technical peak of the album, the song’s concept centers on the main character’s trials before he reaches the ‘Forest of Waters,'” explains Yūrei.
Carstairs leads and shreds with nimble plucks. The video puts on full display the technicality of each note meeting Carstairs fingers, and control. Pulling back when needed and allowing the dust to settle for cinematic breaks, the collaboration between the artists is a colorful, audio spectacle.
Yūrei’s first full-length record Saudade will be released on October 4th on all platforms.
Cover Artwork by Aria Fawn (ShePaintsWithBlood)