"Doing something original when the most commercially viable option is to do exactly the opposite requires large testicles and a strong sense of identity." - Metal Hammer (on Ana Kefr)
In an era branded by a loss of aesthetic innovation, the pioneer is both a god and a fool. And while pundits shout that 'there is nothing new under the sun,' Ana Kefr pushes towards the outside in search of the undiscovered. Forging a path into the underground, Ana Kefr have found their footing by pioneering a philosophical, freethinker-oriented message backed by outside-the-box, extreme progressive metal.
Ana Kefr's new release, The Burial Tree (II), reaffirms their belief in the integrity of art, as well as underlining their ability to do the unexpected, with 14 finely-crafted compositions of philosophical metal. This full-length follow-up to Volume 1 showcases the band's talents at weaving together a rich, multi-cultural and organic audio tapestry out of varied genres and sounds to create something fresh and truly different.
"It’s clear from the word 'go' that the very last thing they’re interested in is playing to singalong industry/scene expectation...In spite of the epic scope of the music, the songs are rooted firmly at street level. Ana Kefr never get lost in their own brilliance." - Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles
Ana Kefr banded mid-2008 with founding members Kyle Coughran and Rhiis D. Lopez, releasing their full-length debut mid-2009, Volume 1, via their imprint label Muse Sick. Performing with Exodus, Into Eternity, My Ruin, Taproot and Death by Stereo, the band released the single Tonight We Watch the Children Fucking Burn mid-2010 (Muse Sick). This single showcased the band's new members, featuring Shane Dawson on percussion, Alphonso Jimenez on bass and Brendan Moore on lead guitar. The band received multiple accolades for their work, Volume 1 named one of the best albums of 2009 by BW&BK, Blistering.com, Press Enterprise and Detritus, Tonight We Watch the Children Fucking Burn one of the best releases of 2010 by Blistering.com. Ana Kefr were active participants in the Atheist Alliance International 2009 Convention, as well as the 2010 Freethought Alliance Conference.
"For if from ignorance hails bliss, then with enlightenment comes the abyss..." - Emago, The Burial Tree (II)
The Burial Tree (II) is Ana Kefr's second full-length album, the follow-up to 2009's full-length debut, Volume 1. Featuring founding members Kyle Coughran (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Rhiis D. Lopez (lead vocals, keys, clarinet), alongside Brendan Moore (lead guitar, saxophone, vocals), Alphonso Jimenez (bass guitar) and Shane Dawson (percussion), the album is an affirmation of Ak's will to move forward in unexplored creative territories.
Whereas Volume 1 had an experimental soup of progressive rock, death and black metal, Arabic music and classical overtures, The Burial Tree (II) trods deeper into the extremes of these influences while bringing in elements of jazz, doom, drone, electronic, symphonic, lounge and blues, occasionally stepping completely outside into the truly bizarre. Ana Kefr's second effort is an extreme step both towards and away from the unique voice established in their debut.
The Burial Tree (II) was planted at Lunchbox Studios in Perris, California (November 2010 - January 2011), mastered at The Soundlab in Pennsauken, New Jersey, and was produced by Ana Kefr and David Franklin. The cover art ("The Watcher") was created by Bianca Van Der Werf.