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Genre : Post Black Metal, Visual Kei
Origin : Seoul, Korea
Label: Self-produced,
distributed through Gan-Shin Records
References : DIR EN GREY, Opeth, Shining, Radiohead
Contact: contact@madmansesprit.com

Biography (short)

Madmans Esprit is the solo project of Korean independend artist Kyuho. Through a unique blend of various Black Metal subgenres and elements from Folk and Classical music with a Visual Kei aesthetic, they fascinate listeners from all sides of the music spectrum and the globe. After releasing the albums, “NACHT” (2014), “무의식의 의식화” (2018) and the EP “glorifying suicide” (2019) together with a headlining EU tour, the band will tour Asia with their newest single “Seoul”.

Biography (long)

Madmans Esprit is the solo project of Korean independend artist Kyuho, who is accompanied by a lineup of session musicians in his intense live performances. The bands sound has been described as a combination of Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, Progressive Metal, Post-Rock, Ambient, and Death Metal with strong references to Classical and Folk music. Blending pitch black themes reminiscent of DSBM bands like Shining (Sweden) with the avant-garde influence and aesthetic of Japanese Visual Kei bands like DIR EN GREY, they label themselves "Depressive Suicidal Blackened Pop". As dynamic as the musical influences in Kyuhos composition is the spectrum of his voice. Piercing screams and deep growls are balanced by operatic passages, often showcasing impressive high notes. Some parts are sung in Korean, some English, some German. Kyuhos lyrics paint a pessimistic picture of human existence that often appears personal and intimate at first, yet, unfolds to a broader philosophical study or political statement at second glance.

Madmans Esprits debut album "NACHT", a sinister melange of various Black Metal subgenres with Shoegazing guitar melodies and Korean Folk undertones was released through the Italian cult Black Metal label ATMF in 2014 and praised by scene critics. Four years later in 2018 the project started to gain more attention outside of the Black Metal realm with the release of their second full-length album "무의식의 의식화" through Gan-Shin Records, the European home of Visual Kei legends like DIR EN GREY, lynch. and MUCC. While "무의식의 의식화" is still based on DSBM, it incorporates a much broader spectrum of influences like Post-Punk, Indie-Rock and even Grind-Core and Classical music in its tight knit meshwork of depression and ecstacy. In spring 2019, together with their first headlining tour in 6 European countries, the project released their EP, "glorifying suicide". By introducing a lower tuning, the release shows a more aggressive side than its predecessor, illustrating topics like self-reflection, art and propaganda.
Now in autumn 2019 the band will tour Asia with their brand new single “Seoul”, reflecting the darkness of Korea by combining the most pop friendly and the most brutal sound of the band’s history to date.

Fearless to deconstruct genres in order to express their concept, Madmans Esprit fascinates listeners from all sides of the music spectrum and the globe. Topping the Viberate chart in the category South Korean Metal, one can say they are the hottest Korean Metal act right now.

Biography (Medium)

Madmans Esprit is the solo project of Korean independend artist Kyuho. The bands sound has been described as a combination of Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, Progressive Metal, Post-Rock, Ambient, and Death Metal. Blended with Classical and Folk elements and the avant-garde influence and aesthetic of Japanese Visual Kei bands like DIR EN GREY, they label themselves "Depressive Suicidal Blackened Pop". Through this unique blend of genres and Kyuhos multilingual lyrics, delivered in a wide range of vocal styles from opera to high screams and low growls, they paint a pessimistic picture of human existence. Topping the Viberate chart in the category South Korean Metal, they fascinate listeners from all sides of the music spectrum and the globe. One can say they are the hottest Korean Metal act right now.

Madmans Esprits debut album "NACHT", a sinister melange of various Black Metal subgenres, was released through the Italian cult Black Metal label ATMF in 2014. Four years later in 2018 the project released their second, musically more diverse full-length album "무의식의 의식화" through Gan-Shin Records, the European home of Visual Kei legends like DIR EN GREY, lynch. and MUCC. In spring 2019, together with their first headlining tour in 6 European countries, the project released their EP, "glorifying suicide" that shows a more agressive side by introducing a lower tuning.
Now in autumn 2019 the band will tour Asia with their brand new single “Seoul”, introducing the most pop friendly and the most brutal sound of the band’s history to date.

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something, I can recommend to every single human being out there. [,,,] An album like Conscientization of Unconsciousness from a previously nearly unknown artist as Madmans Esprit is completely outstanding.” - EN.CORE

„Off-the-wall, riveting, and well worth a listen – especially if you are feeling like you haven’t heard anything new for a while. You won’t be saying that after you’ve listened to Madmans Esprit“ - AveNoctum

„ Madmans Esprit is the work of one highly theatrical but, it has to be said, extremely talented individual (Kyuho) from South Korea, who, on the evidence of Nacht, is pretty good at everything” - Zero Tolerance

“Seoul oder Berlin Hauptsache Metal” 2 Pages Interview – Legacy 95 02/2015

„Full of life (and death), Nacht is a stunning debut that demands attention. - AngryMetalGuy.com

+Read more than 40 reviews from magazines, including Terrorizer, Decibel, Playboy, Sweden Rock, Metal Hammer, Legacy and 100+ reviews from online presses [REFERENCE LIST 2018~] [OLDER REFERENCE LIST]

live history (excerp)

  • October 29th, 2011
    - lml Metalfest in Seoul, Korea

  • November 3rd, 2012
    - Demo Album Release Show in Seoul, Korea

  • Summer-Autumn 2017
    - First EU shows including Berlin, Germany and Stockholm, Sweden

  • Summer-Autumn 2018
    Tour 2018 “Eine Alte Dunkelheit” in Korea and Japan

    Downfall Fest 2018 in Seoul, Korea (October 21th)

  • February 17th, 2019
    -Single Release Show “Funeral Party” in Seoul, Korea

  • Spring 2019
    EU headlining Tour “glorifying suicide” with 10 shows in France, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland and Belgium

    "glorifying suicide” record release party in Stockholm, Sweden

  • Autumn 2019
    Asia tour “this night is ours” in Taipei, Tokyo, Busan and tour final one man "Seoul” in Seoul

release history

  • April, 2011
    EP “I Just Want To Sex With You” Release

  • September 18th, 2012
    Demo Tape/Album (untitled) Release

  • October 6th, 2014
    First Full-length “NACHT” Release

  • October 1st, 2018
    Second Full-length “무의식의 의식화” Release

  • October 15th, 2018
    Second Full-length “무의식의 의식화” Japanese Release

  • April 13th, 2019
    Single “Suicidol” Release

  • May 4th, 2019
    EP “glorifying suicide” Release

Now on Spotify

glorifying suicide (2019)

glorifying suicide (2019)

NACHT (2014)

NACHT (2014)

무의식의 의식화 (2018)

무의식의 의식화 (2018)