Eisenwald are pleased to announce the signing of the UK’s Fellwarden, a new black metal project masterminded by The Watcher (Fen, De Arma, Virophage). Taking cues from the classic sound of early-mid 90s Scandinavian black metal and injecting it the epic atmospheres defined by bands such as Bathory and Moonsorrow, Fellwarden strives to take the listener into a windswept world of looming, jagged landscapes and the wrath of nature. Tales of self-sacrifice, defiance, yearning, loss, remembrance and heroism are intoned against a backdrop of soaring guitar chords and billowing synths.
Accompanied by a powerful percussive battery from Havenless (also of Fen), Fellwarden’s debut full-length – painstakingly crafted over the last two years – will be unveiled in 2017.
The Watcher states: ‘This is something I have been working on for some time now – music steeped in the majesty and mystique I felt when first descending into the mire of black metal over two decades ago. Fellwarden represents at once a hearkening to reclaim the ambience of yore yet also a vessel to channel the monolithic landscapes of the fell country and as-yet untold stories of the fates that lurk within the shadows there’.
A decade on from their inception, Italian duo Blaze of Sorrow have signed to Eisenwald and will be releasing their fifth full-length album through their new label-home in 2017.
This latest record sees the band further explore the sorrowful, autumnal hues of their previous works, intertwining this with the darker atmospheres of the night sky. As the leaves fall from the trees in the final blaze of the setting sun, the moon’s silvery light emerges to paint ghostly tones across the landscape. Musically, the band take elements of early Katatonia and Agalloch, fusing them with an even deeper sense of regret, channelled through furious howls.
The band comments: We can now proudly reveal that our new album is going to be released by Eisenwald. With this new work we reached a new equilibrium and we finally had the opportunity to create something that perfectly rapresents our deepest shades. Close your eyes, clear your mind and listen to the trees. They will reveal you how insignificant we are and how important we could be.
“..su un mare ghiacciato la mia marcia dirigo
cercando la fine del mio lungo castigo
se di scorger la stella sarò ancora degno
la solida acqua farà da sostegno..”