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Bleak

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There are multiple artists named Bleak: 1) A side project of Lycia members Mike Vanportfleet and David Galas. 2) An ambient black metal band from Chico, CA, USA. 3) A Finnish rock band. 4) A death blues band from London, UK. 5) A techno act from Sweden.

1) In the midst of an incredibly prolific time for the band Lycia during the mid-1990s, bandleader Mike Van Portfleet and fellow member David Galas found time to create a side project, Bleak, to focus on more aggressive music than they normally produced in their main group. One full-length album, titled “Vane”, was released in 1995.

2) Bleak is ambient / atmospheric / raw black metal with vocals reminiscent of early Burzum, formed in 2001 in Chico, California, United States.
For the most part, all recordings have been done using cheap equipment, and pirated software. the kind founders of metalhordes helped with the recording of the vocals in the two most recent works, allowing sole member, Anthony, to make use of California State University, Chico’s recording arts equipment.
Bleak is not about being grim, nekro, ns, kvlt or any other trends that affected teens may be buying into within the different sub genres of black metal. Bleak is about despair, depression, hopelessness, etc. Bleak is about the realization of inevitable death, loss of all that is valued, and the absolute, inavoidable failure of mankind, and all that mankind has created.

Discography:
…of Infinite Nothings (demo, 2001)
Reflections on Death (demo, 2002)
An Ode to Nothingness… (split with Twilight Falls, 2003)

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