Inkantation of a new, old world – MOSAIC inflames ‘Secret Ambrosian Fire’

With their debut full-length album, MOSAIC explore the sacred traditions of their Thuringian homelands, reinvigorating myths and legends which are as ancient as the mountains they stem from.

SECRET AMBROSIAN FIRE draws heavily on the traditional lore of the Hörselberge, a mountain chain situated in the most mystical of all German regions. Legend has it that this is the place where purgatory is located and where Mother Hulda leads the wild hunt through stormy winter nights. To the initiated, the weeds and flowers growing in these mountains can even be the key to the otherworld. MOSAIC use this fiery, flowery lore to forge an aural bond between this world and the world of our forebears, while at the same time transitioning into a wholly new phase of their creative endeavours.

MOSAIC feed the SECRET AMBROSIAN FIRE with their love of poetry, weaving their own interpretations of works by poets such as Georg Trakl, Else Lasker-Schüler and Paul Celan, as well as more regionally known artists like Hanns Cibulka, into their songs.

Widely known for their daring, shapeshifting approach to creating music, MOSAIC now go a step further to create an album that is ultimately uncompromising. Reduced song structures leave space for the atmosphere to unfold, and every single song is allowed to bloom in its unique manner.

MOSAIC invited several highly distinguished guest artists to contribute to and make their own mark on this inimitable record.

SECRET AMBROSIAN FIRE is an offering of experimental ambient soundscapes, traditional motifs and bewitching incantations, shaken by eruptions of masterfully crafted black metal. To put it into one word: SECRET AMBROSIAN FIRE is SUPREME THURINGIAN FOLKLORE.

Recorded at House of Inkantation MMXIII – MMXIX – Gotha
Mixed and Mastered by Markus Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E | September MMXIX
Cover Artwork: Jose Gabriel Alegría Sabogal
Layout: Martin van Valkenstijn
Label: Eisenwald


  1. Am Teufelsacker (5:55)
  2. Brimstone Blossoms (3:43)
  3. Cloven Fires (3:28)
  4. She-Water (5:11)
  5. Ambrosia XIX (5:34)
  6. Wetterdistel (4:44)
  7. Coal Black Salt (4:15)
  8. The Devil’s Place (10:17)
  9. Im Kohlensud (5:24)

SECRET AMBROSIAN FIRE will be released as the following aural versions:

Digital Release – Length: 48min
CD and MC Edition incl. additional interludes for each track and bonustrack – Length: 64min
Vinyl Edition incl. Spoken song introductions by Schwadorf of Empyrium – Length: 49min


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When mountains speak – MOSAIC stage modern poetry written by Ulrike Serowy

“Fensterverse und Nachtgespinste” is an expressionistic EP by MOSAIC which mirrors Valkenstijn’s wide-ranging taste in music. He cites EA80 and Einstürzende Neubauten as his most important influences, who on this record are cited and re-imagined in a most unique way.

Breathing an air of urbanity and contemporariness, all songs included on this record are musical interpretations of poems by Cologne-based writer Ulrike Serowy. Serowy’s poetry is infused with a rough romanticism which can only sprout on the threshold between reality and imagination, between this world and the world behind the veil. Her language, both dreamy and compelling, invokes images of urban and non-urban landscapes which have found their aural inkarnations in Valkenstijn’s haunting compostions.

Ulrike Serowy states: “It was most impressive to witness how Valkenstijn developed my poetry into these aural re-imaginations. He found a truly special way of interpreting my poems through music, and in doing so he added a wholly new dimension to each one of them.”

Valkenstijn states: “Whenever I read poetry, I automatically read it with two things in mind: I pay attention to the content and the message while at the same time I ask myself if and how it could be set to music. With Ulrike’s texts I immediately realised that I wanted to work with her poems. She has a very specific, very reduced yet expressive style of writing and I wanted the musical interpretations to be just like that – they should be reduced to core of what is essential.”

The EP is going to be released on CD and Digital Channels simultaneously with MOSAICs upcoming full-length “SECRET AMBROSIAN FIRE”, on December 13th, 2019, – representing songs of the modern world, while “SECRET AMBROSIAN FIRE” represents songs of the old world.



1. Kein Licht, Kein Laut
2. Halle Kalk
3. Allerseelenschlacht
4. Rheinflut
5. Es geht kein Hauch
6. Als sprächen Berge
7. Nacht um das Haus

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November releases part 5: AGALLOCH – The Grey EP & The White EP


The final chapter…

Agalloch to re-issue ‘The Grey EP’ and ‘The White EP’ remastered as deluxe CD/LP/Digital on November 29th.

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From the archives of one of the most revered bands of the metal underground scene of the past two decades comes a reissue of two distinctive and important releases. The ‘White’ EP and the ‘Grey’ EP see seminal Portland act Agalloch strip back the traditional metal elements of their trademark sound to emphasize the band’s more elegiac and progressive influences.

The ‘White’ showcases Agalloch at their most pastoral – gentle acoustic guitars, piano, and field samples combine to create an absorbing, affecting neofolk soundtrack to obscure midsummer rituals in the depths of the wilderness.

The ‘Grey’ meanwhile allows the band to expand into more experimental, ambient territory by reworking two lengthy pieces from the band’s legendary second album ‘The Mantle’, reimagining the songs into something altogether more droning, hypnotic and unsettling.

For fans of the now sadly-defunct band, these two EPs represent truly essential listening. Having remained out of print for many years now, we proudly present sumptuous and long-overdue reissues of these standout recordings. They have been fully remastered by Gus Elg at Skyonion in Portland and each EP also includes an additional bonus track – again, these songs are from deep within the Agalloch archives and again, have been very difficult to track down for fans of the band.

All pressings will feature the artworks as shown on the original releases in order to preserve as fully as possible the band’s unique artistic vision. Nevertheless, to underline the value of these reissues, the first pressings of all formats will feature embossed slipcases made of thick, heavy art card stock, with excellent haptics.

November 29th will give these once-obscure recordings the official reissue treatment and these releases are sure to take pride of place amongst the collections of Agalloch enthusiasts around the globe.

`The White EP` tracklisting:
1.The Isle of Summer
2.Birch Black
3.Hollow Stone
5.Birch White
6.Sowilo Rune
7.Summerisle – Reprise
8.Where Shade Once Was

`The Grey EP` tracklisting:
1.The Lodge (Dismantled)
2.Odal (Nothing Remix)
3.ShadowDub (How Beautiful is a Funeral)

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November releases part 4: OSI AND THE JUPITER – Nordlige Rúnaskog

And nature heals in circles…

We are proud to present OSI AND THE JUPITER’s highly anticipated third album, ‘Nordlige Rúnaskog’, set for release on November 29th.
The album will be issued as limited DigiCD and double vinyl LP, which both will feature 3 bonus tracks for the first pressing.

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Helmed by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sean Kratz, OSI AND THE JUPITER first emerged from its cocoon in 2016 with the debut album Halls of the Wolf. Led by the ever-poignant, goosebump-inducing cello work of co-conspirator Kakophonix, the album set forth the band’s aesthetic, which would come to even fuller fruition the next year with Uthuling Hyl. Not surprisingly, Uthuling Hyl became many people’s introduction to OSI AND THE JUPITER, and garnered the group favorable comparisons to Warduna, Forndom, Of the Wand and the Moon, Sonne Hagal, and Vàli among others – esteemed company, to be sure.

However, OSI AND THE JUPITER are, by comparison, an American entity, which imbues their creations with a strange and totally unique disconnect from the Old Europa similarly channeled by those aforementioned contemporaries. There exists within their creative sphere a distant yet psychically strong conduit to the lore and traditions of the ancients – a veritable bloodline that empowers Kratz and Kakophonix. A surer-footed suggestion of such came with the Grå Hest 7″ this past August, and now fully blossoms with the band’s masterful third album, Nordlige Rúnaskog. Quite possibly the most perfect music for autumnal fires and the dying of summer’s light, here OSI AND THE JUPITER weave wistful ruminations on old days, The Old Ways, and the ways in which the turning of the seasons mark our lives. It’s every inch the superior to the group’s preceding recordings, and yet no marked changes have occurred within this iron-girded aesthetic. Simply, Nordlige Rúnaskog is the sound of OSI AND THE JUPITER at the height of their magickal powers, and we are all the richer for bearing witness to their plaintive paeans.

‘Nordlige Rúnaskog’ tracklisting:
3.Dødelig Fartoy
4.Much Wisdom is Such Grief
5.Ettr Storman
6.Nordlige Eik Tre
7.Grå Hest
8.Det Hører Til Skogen
10.The White Elk
11.Fylgja I (Blood of Yew) – bonus
12.Ymir – bonus
13.Fylgja II (To Tread the Path of Fire) – bonus

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November releases part 3: OSI AND THE JUPITER – Halls of the Wolf

Halls of the Wolf return…

November 15th will see the debut album by OSI AND THE JUPITER released as limited edition CD for the very first time!

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From its birth in 2015, the focus of the project has been on the spiritual connection between nature and the will of the old Gods – channeled through various representations of life, death, and rebirth, this connection speaks through these musical creations, resonating as wordless tributes to these nebulous yet fundamental concepts.

Osi And The Jupiter first publicly emerged in 2016 with the debut album ‘Halls of the Wolf’, it explores neo-folk with atmospheric acoustic hymns, bluesy, dark and eerie.

“this music would fit perfectly on the soundtrack to a show like Vikings.” – Invisible Oranges

Pre-order will be available in due time with all other November releases, info and update to follow.

OSI AND THE JUPITER ‘Halls Of The Wolf’ tracklisting:
2.Where The Wolves Dwell
4.Swamp Hymns
5.The Hollowed
7.These Ancient Bones
9.Dead Words


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