A glimpse into the future, while confronting the present.
Unknown Horizon is my sophomore album. Whereas Fear Harness was a rumination on the past, this release looks ahead towards the future, all while confronting and enduring a myriad of personal transgressions and trauma.
Written over a turbulent period of confusion and doubt in the waning days of a global pandemic, there are recurring themes of anxiety, depression, and a decreased sense of self-worth prevalent across the album. These are channeled through a holistic sense of intensity and aggression, directed both inwards and towards external aggressors. These motifs are underpinned by a common thread of hope and tranquility, culminating in a climax that is both ambiguous and aspirational for what is yet to come.
Phantom Heir is the musical endeavor and moniker of the art director and designer James Edward Bonilla.
His sound and style fuses contemplative and tranquil atmospheres with a visceral tenacity drawn from metal and hardcore. Together, this culminates in soundscapes guided by conceptual narratives and punctured with emotional depth.
A multi-instrumentalist and fledgling producer, Phantom Heir is currently based in Oakland, CA and always seeking new collaborators.