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Founded in Solothurn, Switzerland in 1997 - Suspended activity in 2015

NUCLEUS TORN started as a solo project of multi instrumentalist Fredy Schnyder in Ittigen/Berne, Switzerland in 1997. The project has grown and consists of seven members Patrick Schaad (vocals), Maria D'Alessandro (vocals), Rebecca Hagmann (cello), Cristoph Steiner (percussion), Christine Schüpbach-Käser (violin), Anouk Hiedl (flute) and Frey Schnyder (electric, acoustic and classical guitars, hammered dulcimer, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, oud, bagpipes, percussion).

When the band was a trio they self released their first EP "Silver" in 2001, a two track demo "Submission" in 2002.

In 2004, they released a limited 10" vinyl EP "Krähenkönigin" of 300 hand numbered copies by Kunsthall Records. "Krähenkönigin" is planned to be released on CD by Prophecy Productions.

In 2006, the band released their debut album "Nihil" on Prophecy Productions.

In 2008, they released their second album "Knell." The band is recording new material expecting to release their third studio album "Andromeda Waiting" sometime in 2009.


NUCLEUS TORN is a very experimental avant-garde band mixing folk with progressive metal featuring clean vocals, acoustic passages, and multi instruments that focus on compositions and atmosphere. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are very highly recommended.

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4.13 | 6 ratings
3.80 | 5 ratings
3.50 | 4 ratings
Andromeda Awaiting
4.17 | 6 ratings
Golden Age
4.47 | 5 ratings
Street Lights Fail
4.00 | 5 ratings
Neon Light Eternal

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3.50 | 2 ratings

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 Street Lights Fail by NUCLEUS TORN album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.47 | 5 ratings

Street Lights Fail
Nucleus Torn Experimental/Post Metal

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Nucleus Torn is an eclectic band that combines folk, ambient, avant-metal, and post-metal into a killer combination. "-" proves their chops for more atmospheric music, and then "Worms" immediately shows how great they are at an awesome take on metal, including wonderful lulls. The length of the latter two pieces allows for them to really explore their broad sound to its fullest, resulting in tracks that switch between beautiful and brutal by the tip of a hat. Anna Murphy's vocals are the cherry on top, fitting both moods perfectly and rounding the album out. In fact, come to think of it, "Worms" makes me think of the Battle of Kurukshetra; this album is like being on a desolate plain that has its eerie calm broken many a time by marching and battling armies. Excellent record, I have high hopes for their planned follow up.
 Street Lights Fail by NUCLEUS TORN album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.47 | 5 ratings

Street Lights Fail
Nucleus Torn Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Mysterious, minimalist, something different

Swiss avant-folk-post metal band Nucleus Torn have been around for many years now but have returned with the first part of a two-album conceptual work. The second part of the work will be called "Neon Light Eternal" and is scheduled for released in 2015, both from their longtime label Prophecy. The core band now consists of leader Fredy Schnyder, drummer Alain Ackermann, and vocalist Anna Murphy (also of the band Eluveitie). I've always enjoyed the Scandinavian metal I've been exposed to and this time was no different. These bands frequently exude a tangible vibe of the natural elements in their part of the world, whether it be ice and snow, fog, mountains, woodland greenery, and of course flowing water. They also seem to have a significant folk influence. I think of bands like Green Carnation although Nucleus Torn are not that loud and heavy, in fact here they remind me more of softer Alcest.

"Street Lights Fail" is instantly intriguing as one notices it consists of just three long tracks. The first track "-" is titled with just a dash mark, rather unfortunate. It begins with a sparse, open atmosphere, a lonely piano, and Anna's voice speaking. A spooky piece of what sounds like harpsichord ushers in the band but only briefly. This is not metal here so far, just an elegant and delicate beginning. The 20 minute long "Worms" is the centerpiece and here Nucleus gets louder. Plenty of thrashing electric guitar and power drumming to start it off. Anna's vocals become more aggressive here although still clean. She has a childlike quality to her voice and while initially it didn't knock me out, it really grew on me. The playing gets very exciting in this track: intricate weaving alternates with chugging, experimental sounds and distorted vocals, lots of variation between light and heavy, even a gorgeous woodland flute solo by Anouk Hiedl-it's all unpredictable and adventurous. This part of the album should appeal quite well to fans of Alcest.

In the final track, "The Promise of Night", we move way back to a brooding yet tempestuous ambient track. The music is a perfect metaphor for night: dark and mysterious, with lots of black space occupied by a lone piano sounding lost, drifting. There is a vocal section in the middle before the piano closes out the seemingly uneventful 12 minutes. It's very subtle and minimalist but quite beautiful. If it feels incomplete remember that it is intentional, this recording is only one half of the project. This album took a while to sink in but I now love it more with each play, I love how different it sounds than so many bands these days. It is not really an album for metal fans looking to rock out, but a nuanced, often free-form avant progressive rock with folk and metal pushed to the fringes. I thought it was fantastic but be warned it is for patient music fans, not those seeking instant melodic blood sugar spikes.

On their Bandcamp page they state that if they are to be remembered it should be for these two albums. They say "Street Lights Fail" takes "a stand against the intolerable boredom of listening to predictable music." Indeed...another contender for my 2014 favorites list.

 Nihil by NUCLEUS TORN album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.13 | 6 ratings

Nucleus Torn Experimental/Post Metal

Review by bz.krzyzaniak

4 stars Band's profile on the PA forced me to give this Switzerland project a chance, i decided to do that from few reasons: band classification as a experimental metal( I'm a great fan), many instruments used, and fact that album has been released by Phropecy Productions (Alcest, Dark Suns, Empyrium). Frankly, according to musician and multi instrumentalist as a leader, I was expecting music in Kayo Dot vein, I was wrong... But in very positive way. There are many folk and gothic influences, Nihil isn't 100% progressive album overall, but succeed to charm me. There are only two song that fit perfectly to experimental metal category, its a Peregrina Sublime and Summer Bled, other songs are close to progressive folk/folk rock so album is rather balanced on field between heavy and mellow moments. I've discovered a good mean of word "disappointment", as the band wasn't exactly what i looking for, i found something comparable good. Very recommended for fans of folk/metal music, and people who admire other Prophecy Studio releases/bands, that was mentioned below. Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection,
Thanks to Plankowner for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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