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Wardruna - Helvegen (LIVE)
Performing a song from their upcoming album Yggdrasil. Beautiful.
Burzum’s new album ‘Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan’ is set to release in May.
It’s a purely electronic instrumental album that Varg compares to Tangerine Dream and early ambient Burzum.
Posting on his website, Varg says of the new album: “’Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan’ is, just like the other three so-called post-prison Burzum albums were, a concept album. I have still not been able to leave behind the Pagan religious-spiritual concept of a descent into darkness and the following ascend back into the light; the Pagan initiation, the elevation of man to the divine, the enlightenment of the mind, the feeding of the elven light in man. Nor have I been able to leave behind the Old Norwegian (i. e. Norse) language, although, since the album is instrumental, it is used only for track titles this time.”
He adds: “Being an instrumental album, and a purely electronic album too, ‘Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan’ is naturally very different from ‘Umskiptar’, my latest metal album. Yet again I have left behind the metal genre and have chosen a different path but for no other reason than me following my Pagan spirit willingly to wherever it takes me. This time it kindly took me to East of the Sun and West of the Moon.”
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Wardruna - Runaljod - Yggdrasil
The second instalment of the Runaljod trilogy will be released by Indie Recordings on March 15 in Norway, March 25 in Europe and April 2 in North America.
If you haven’t listened to this fantastic project, you should definitely open a new tab and give em a listen. I’m excited for this!
Necktarium - The Dreamless Sun
If I had to fall asleep to any black metal band, it would very likely be this one-man band from South Asia. Ambient, dreamy and relaxing whilst retaining that cold, raw, melancholic atmosphere. When I think of Necktarium I think of the clouds, and I’m sure you’ll understand where I’m coming from after a brief listen.
This one-man blackgaze piece has been around for three years now, though it only has a single demo to its name that clocks in at a mere 22 minutes. If you like dreamy trance-inducing music and you enjoy your black metal, there is very little chance that you won’t enjoy this. This “dreamy” image that I keep going on about isn’t just something I’ve made up, it’s enhanced by the band’s own description - “dreamy post-black metal”, according to the bandcamp page - and the songs themselves are about nighttime feelings, dreams and melancholy.
If you haven’t grasped the picture yet, this shit is pretty fucking dreamy. The demo is available for free download on their Bandcamp page, linked below, and word on the street is that there’s due to be another EP coming soon on Khrysanthoney records! Go download this guy’s music if you follow my recommendation, and then let me know what you think in my inbox.
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Afterlives - All Teeth
You were made to be crushed, made to believe in love, you were built to break.
An army of imperfect animals, all teeth, no hope.
It’s not black metal, but I know a lot of you are going to love this. Enemies List has produced yet another musical masterpiece, very similar to Giles Corey(the guy from Afterlives is, coincidentally, Dan Barrett’s brother). Afterlives’ debut album, A Ticking Clock I Couldn’t Stop, is a haunting, personal, moving set of songs.
I can’t think of many words to describe this album. It’s that good. Lo-fi. Shoegaze. Depressive rock. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a beauty. It also includes averydifferent cover of Everlong, by Foo Fighters. Kind of surprised me when I heard it. But it’s good, I’ll tell you that.
Coldworld - Tortured by Solitude
Coldworld has become something of a legend within the depressive black metal community, and not without good reason. This one-man German project tells powerful stories that revolve around crippling loneliness, the loss of loved ones, and ultimately, a slow and brooding suicide. If there’s one thing I can assure you, it’s that this is not an adolescent cry for help channeled through amateurish music. This is a masterpiece.
Musically, Coldworld’s aptly named debut album, Melancholie², is made up of melodic, heavily distorted riffs and raspy vocals. The drumming pattern is relatively simple, but in the end, it all blends into one. That isn’t all, though. At times, there’s long sections of instrumentals, dark ambience, and even the use of violin and electronic sampling.
The album cover(here) is a personal favourite of mine, and casts an image of a barren, wintery landscape. Not over-complicated, yet utterly compelling - much like the music.