Inspired by Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Vera Grace’s debut album ‘INFERNVM’ explores themes of sin, punishment and catharsis across nine techno cuts. Hailing from the Netherlands, Vera is possibly one of the Amsterdam electronic scene's viscerally impactful DJ and producers.
Her debut album – landing on the record label of Berlin club night Deestricted – is inspired by Dante's ‘Inferno’, the first part of his poem, The Divine Comedy.
The poem follows Dante as he journeys through Hell, guided by the ancient poet Virgil. Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth, each circle representing a specific sin and its punishment. The sinners encounter increasingly severe sufferings, from the unbaptised and the lustful in the lighter outer circles to traitors in the icy innermost pit.
The album is sculpted with dark, driving beats that mirror Dante's descent into Hell, with each track representing one of the nine circles. It weaves haunting samples and dissonant synths, creating a landscape of existential dread and reflection.
Vera Grace: “My aim was to create a journey from the first to the last track, drawing inspiration from raw hypnotic techno and converting it into a heavier sound.”
‘INFERNVM’ is out today on Deestricted.