A perfect offering for Earth Day, Norse legends Wardruna have released a majestic two-part album titled Kvitravn – First Flight of the White Raven. The first 11 songs are a re-release of Kvitravn which debuted in 2021 and scored numerous international chart entries, while the remaining 13 songs are live recordings consisting of new songs from Kvitravn as well as old favorites from across the band’s discography. Everything fans enjoy about Wardruna is present here including a use of traditional and historical instruments such as Kravik-lyre, Trossingen-lyre, Taglharpa, Sootharp, Langeleik, Crwth, Goat-horn, Lur, Bronze-lur, flute, and Moraharpa. This album also features guest vocals by a small group of prominent traditional singers, elevating the compositions’ worldly and historical feel while adding a dynamic beauty. With lyrical themes and matching atmospheric elements centering on Northern sorcery, spirit-animals, shadows, nature and animism, the wisdom and meanings of certain myths, various Norse spiritual concepts, Kvitravn – First Flight of the White Raven is a deep and prolific artistic release capturing the splendor of Northern nature and culture.Continue reading
Ready for something different, otherworldly, fresh and new? Let me tell you about DROTT and this three-man band’s first full length release Orcus. The band hails from Bergen in the west coast of Norway and is inspired by nature, superstition, and spirituality. The album title is after Orcus, god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths. While this namesake brings dark themes and undertones, the feel of the album is not as heavy as one might think. Musical style influences include metal, progressive rock, jazz, folk, classical and each influence can be detected throughout these compositions. This makes it hard to classify the release, but I think part of the beauty of the album is that it does not NEED to be classified since it does not fit perfectly into any box and brings a little something for everyone.Continue reading
Well, it’s new release Friday, so let’s see what announcements came our way.
- Looks like Ivar Bjornson and Einar Selvik are back with a new EP. Hardanger will be out on November 5th through By Norse Music. Additionally, Skuggsja (which I am still very much in love with) is getting a reissue at the same location. This is a good start to my evening.
- The Lion’s Daughter have announced some cool things for this Bandcamp Friday. They released both a digital Turbo Covers EP as well as a pretty slick matching shirt. Jump on over to their Bandcamp and do that hockey. Side note: Skin Show is still a regular listen on this end.
- We’ll add Ghost Bath to the mix today because their latest single, “Hide From The Sun”, features CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder. Self Loather is out on October 29th through Nuclear Blast.
- Tech death collective Atræ Bilis are streaming a new single as well, titled “Bacterium Abloom”. That track is taken from their upcoming 20 Buck Spin album, Apexapien, which will be out on October 8th (and vinyl coming in early December).
- We like Massacre a lot here at Nine Circles, so we’re going to end the week with their new visualizer for “Ruins of R’lyeh”. Resurgence will be out on October 22nd through Nuclear Blast. Yes, I’ve already heard it. Yes, it’s awesome. Yes, you should pre-order it.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading