DSCH: String Quartet No. 8, the second album from avant-garde metal duo DOUAUMONT, is available today via all major streaming platforms and via download on Pale Noise Media’s Bandcamp page for a “name your price” fee.
DSCH: String Quartet No. 8 is an avant-garde, metallic take on 20th century Soviet composer’s Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8.
Originally dedicated by Shostakovich “to the victims of fascism and the war,” DOUAUMONT’s encapsulation of String Quartet No. 8 is dedicated to the memory of its composer, who was noted as saying, “I’ve [just finished] an ideologically deficient quartet that nobody needs. I reflected that when I die it’s not likely anyone will write a quartet dedicated to my memory. So I decided to write it myself. You could even write on the cover [of this string quartet]: ‘Dedicated to the memory of the composer of this quartet.’”
While caught in the middle of the emerging Soviet regime, Shostakovich found himself contemplating heavy and abstract principles of life through his compositions – most clearly seen in works not infected by the influence of his corrupt government. This can be morally and philosophically reflected in the present as groups are still actively fighting for basic human rights and equalities.
“Our objective with this record is to provide a modern and stylized reinterpretation of Shostakovich’s compositional masterpiece,” DOUAUMONT’s Andy Meyer and Matt Wees say. “Focusing on the attempt to retain the same gravity as it did in the 1960s when Shostakovich was left alone, weeping, having just heard the Borodin Quartet give him a private reading of his work.”
DSCH: String Quartet No. 8 track listing:
II. Allegro Molto