Hailing from Ballarat in rural Victoria, Australia, Ebonivory deliver an unparalleled mosaic of raw emotion, complex rhythmic devices, and prismatic melody. The uber-talented progressive metal prodigies unleash their highly anticipated new album The Long Dream I worldwide on June 5th 2020, via Wild Thing Records.
The Long Dream I is the first of a two-part concept album, taking the form of scattered memories from a very distant but familiar life, re-living a fever-dream of youth through the lens of lessons learned, and words unsaid. Ebonivory deliver a vision that is pure and unrestrained by musical conformity, often leaving the listener nostalgic, enraged, and paralysed within the span of seconds. Entirely-self produced, mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool), and led by singer Charlie Powlett’s emotionally powerful delivery, every song presents a completely unique reimagining of what progressive music is capable of; shifting from the punk-inspired moments of Hanmer Street into the gritty, futuristic soundscapes of Explosions After Dark, and transcendental riffs and passages of Introvection. All the while effortlessly maintaining cohesive melodic bonds, resembling a sequence of dreams.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Powlett formed Ebonivory in 2014, later joined by long-time musical collaborators and childhood friends Jake Ewings (guitar), Louis Edwards (guitar, backing vocals), Connor McMillan (bass, backing vocals), and David Parkes (drums, percussion). Their early releases - Ebonivory I - EP (2014), The Only Constant (2015), Ebonivory II - EP (2016) - became Australian progressive cult-classics; employing a unique distillation of progressive metal, alternative rock, post-hardcore, and modern punk. An amalgamation which has evolved into becoming the band’s signature sound.
Ebonivory’s whirlwind performance at Australia’s PROGFEST festival in 2019, alongside international heavyweights The Ocean, Monuments and Skyharbor, led to the band to ink management and label deals with Wild Thing Presents, and Wild Thing Records respectively. The group then embarked on several extensive tours of Australia, including supporting Dead Letter Circus and Circles nationally. In sync with their heavy touring schedule, the band released singles Patting The Black Dog and Tales of Termina to international acclaim, landing coverage with PROG Magazine (UK), Metal Sucks (USA), Triple J Radio - “The Racket” (AUS), Rage - ABC TV (AUS), and Spotify “Homegrown + Heavy” and “Prog Metal Essentials” playlists - with earlier single Persist added to the “Progressive Metal” Spotify playlist, garnering 270k streams to date.
Ebonivory’s debut North American Tour with Caligula’s Horse & Moon Tooth in the summer of 2020 has been postponed to January-February 2021, due the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.