To the spirits that lie beneath – FEN announce ‘Stone and Sea’ vinyl release

For over a decade, Fen have steadily developed into one of the most intriguing bands within the UK black metal scene. Often bracketed in with the ‘post’ black metal or ‘shoegaze’ black metal movements, Fen’s sound is actually unique to themselves – a startling fusion of searing, aggressive extremity, progressive daring and glacial, ambient beauty.

Starting out with a pastoral form of atmospheric black metal on their acclaimed ‘The Malediction Fields’ debut from 2009, across five full-length albums Fen’s sound has expanded and diversified considerably to embrace a number of different elements all honed and synthesised into a distinctive, captivating soundscape. This culminated in the colossal ‘Winter’ album which was released in 2017.

In late 2015, the band recorded a three-track EP entitled ‘Stone and Sea’ which was a deliberate hearken back to their older sound whilst still retaining the maturity the band had developed across the years. The intention was to record something ‘for themselves’, to escape from the album cycle for a time and work on a self-contained piece.

Tracklisting:
I – Tides of Glass
II – Stone and Sea
III – The Last Gravestone

The three tracks therefore present a conceptual narrative relating to the coastlines of Eastern England. Here, the sea claws at the landscape on a daily basis, dragging earth, houses and even churches beneath the waves. These evocative, crumbling coastlines were the inspiration for the material on this EP. Musically, ‘Stone & Sea’ delivers a more direct approach to the Fen sound whilst also incorporating elements of traditional folk music and fusing it with a definite touch of the ‘epic’.

Originally released on CD as part of a split in 2016, Eisenwald now proudly present this unique recording as a limited-edition vinyl MLP. Fans of the band’s earlier works such as ‘Ancient Sorrow’ will find much to appreciate here whilst those admire the band’s more recent releases will doubtless enjoy a more immediate interpretation of the Fen sound.

‘Stone and Sea’ is due for release on March 8th as exclusive 180g vinyl edition.

Recording line-up:
The Watcher – Vocals, electric, acoustic and classical guitars
Grungyn – Bass guitar, vocals, bodhran
Derwydd – Drums, frame drum, shaker

Recorded, produced and engineered by Greg Chandler at Priory Studios November 2015.
Remastered for vinyl by Greg Chandler in 2017.
Cover art by Alasdair Dunn / Immortalpict Illustration.

‘Stone and Sea’ is a tribute to the crumbling coastlines of Eastern England and the spirits that lie restless beneath the waters.

Posted in Communique, Fellwarden, Fen

Analog experiences – WERIAN reveal cover & release date for debut full-length ‘Animist’

Historically, Animist is the world’s oldest religious belief – predating all forms of organized religion – and contains the oldest spiritual and supernatural perspective in the world. Combining atmospheric black metal and doom with the psychedelic experiences of desert rock and jazz fusion, WERIAN craft a stellar introduction using themes of shamanism, lycanthropy and consciousness.

Tracklisting:
1 – Hex
2 – Blade of Heresy
3 – March through Ruins

Recorded in a live setting at Nürnberg’s Tonstudio Katzer (Venenum), Animist is a gorgeous display of three harrowing tracks using only analogue devices and was meant to sound as pure and organic as possible. The album’s unique black-and-white hand-drawn cover art was inked by Chadwick St. John (Grafvitnir, Svartsyn, Arckanum, Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation), who also contributed intros to the album’s emanations.

Posted in Communique, Werian

A new wave of vitriolic despair – Nusquama sign with Eisenwald & Haeresis Noviomagi, announce debut album and Roadburn show!

Haeresis Noviomagi and Eisenwald are proud to announce the impending release of the debut album by Nusquama, entitled “Horizon Ontheemt”.

A new apparition on the firmament of Dutch Black Metal, Nusquama offers a clear and purposeful performance on their first effort. The bands’ name is derived from Latin and was initially used by Thomas More to refer to the necessity and impossibility of a hopeful alternative. Further thematic inspiration is drawn from the pre-romantic poetry of Elizabeth Maria Post.

Nusquama delivers a style of black metal that will be evident to those who are familiar with the musicians making up the band: N. and S. from Laster and Northward provide bass and guitar melodies, while M. of Fluisteraars delivers the foundational drum patterns. Finally, T. and O. from Turia complete the lineup with vocals and guitars respectively.

Written over a two-year period, and recorded in September of 2018 in a 19th-century coach house, the six songs making up this record will sound at once like a convergence of the musicians’ other projects while seeking out uncharted paths in unforeseen ways. Moving between prideful stoicism and venomous rage, longing affirmation, and vitriolic despair. The self-produced record was finally graced with a refined mastering by Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studio.

“Horizon Ontheemt” will be released by Eisenwald on LP and digipack CD editions in March 2019, with a pro-tape cassette edition coming out through Haeresis Noviomagi.

The record will be performed in its entirety for the first time at the 2019 Roadburn Festival, in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

A first preview from the album, the third song entitled “Vuurslag”, is now streaming via this link.

“Alles is omhelst door de vlezige overschotten des levens Bloed fonkelt in de doodse glans”

Posted in Communique

UADA & IDLE HANDS To Join Gaahl’s Wyrd and Tribulation For Early 2019 European Tour

Eisenwald labelmates to join forces for 16-date trek spanning nine countries

Portland heavy upstarts IDLE HANDS will join Eisenwald labelmates UADA for an early 2019 European tour, supporting Gaahl’s Wyrd and Tribulation on the 16 city trek.

Beginning in Germany during the latter part of February, the tour will see the bands decimate 9 countries in less than a month with the final stop taking place in the Netherlands.

IDLE HANDS will be touring in support of their lauded debut EP, Don’t Waste Your Time, out now via Lone Fir Records and Eisenwald. Portland black metal coven UADA will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2018 sophomore LP, Cult of a Dying Sun.

Watch IDLE HANDS’ moody video for “I Feel Nothing” at this location; purchase Don’t Waste Your Time at this location or pre-order from Eisenwald (EU).

Grab UADA’s second full-length, Cult of a Dying Sun, at this location; check out the tantalizing lyric video for “Snakes & Vultures” at this location.

Northern Ghosts Tour 2019:

02/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Kronesaal
02/22 – Essen, DE @ TVRock
02/23 – Aalst, BE @ Cinema
02/24 – Utrecht, NL @ De Helling
02/25 – London, UK @ O2 Islington Academy
02/26 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
02/28 – Munich, DE @ Backstage
03/01 – Winterthur, CH @ Gaswerk
03/02 – Vienna, AT @ Viper Room
03/03 – Prague, CZ @ Nová Chmelnice
03/05 – Poznan, PL @ U Bazyla
03/06 – Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
03/07 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
03/08 – Leipzig, DE @ Ut Connewitz
03/09 – Weinheim, DE @ Café Central
03/10 – Leeuwarden, NL @ Neushoorn

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For interviews and coverage in North America, please contact nic@carcosapr.com.
For Europe, please contact Wolf / Sure Shot Worx at wolf.muehlmann@t-online.de.

Posted in Communique, Idle Hands, Tour, Uada

Arcane and Eternal – EVILFEAST set to re-issue ‘Mysteries Of The Nocturnal Forest’ on CD/DL/Stream via Eisenwald

Polish black metal miscreant EVILFEAST is to reissue his grimly decayed debut album, Mysteries of the Nocturnal Forest, on Nov. 30 via Eisenwald under CD/DL & Stream.

Originally released in 2004, Mysteries of the Nocturnal Forest is a sarcophagi of despair as the album’s nine tracks account for a hour’s worth of raw misanthropic misery. Hauntingly primal, the album’s evocative nature is matched by its flawless lo-fi production of ghostly guitars and ethereal synths.

EVILFEAST’s lone multi-instrumentalist, GrimSpirit, begins his prolific body of work with a wintry dissonance. With over two decades of depraved black metal under his belt, it is easy to see why the charred project belongs alongside Burzum, Paysage d’Hiver and Midnight Odyssey.

All archaic tunes and poetry by EVILFEAST during the years of the dark lord 1999-2003. Recorded at Funeral Sound Studio during October and November 2003, and produced by GrimSpirit. Layout and pictures also by GrimSpirit.

https://evilfeast.bandcamp.com
https://store.eisenton.de/evilfeast-a-578

Posted in Communique, Evilfeast, Releases