September releases: Solar Temple, Iskandr, Fluisteraars and Turia

September 28th marks the release date for three new Dutch black metal releases, with the debut full-length by Solar Temple, Iskandr, and a conceptual split by Fluisteraars and Turia.

All releases will be available on DigiCD, vinyl and digital formats, with limited pro tape editions released by our brethren Haeresis Noviomagi. Pre-orders will be available by later August or early September. We will also have both Fluisteraars albums ‘Dromers’ and ‘Luwte’ back in stock on vinyl. In addition the ‘Gelderland’ design will be available as a backpatch.

For details, see below:

SOLAR TEMPLE – Fertile Descent
(Eisen132)

Emerging from the edge of the ancient forests of the Veluwe, Solar Temple offers their debut full length. ‘Fertile Descent’ lures you in with its direct yet swirling black metal impression and unique approach. Like something sinuous at the edge of your vision but not quite perceivable, the two tracks of this album twist and bend with a dizzying ferocity. Pummeling sounds entwined with a distant echo that also feels warm and inviting.

‘Fertile Descent’ takes the foundation laid with the 2017 demo, ‘Rays of Brilliance’ and expands on its reverberant nature. Subtly giving the nod to a wide variety of bands ranging from contemporary dutch black metal to Swans, it weaves a veiled path for the listener.

Available as Digipak CD, 180g black vinyl and digital.
Limited pro tape edition to be released by Haeresis Noviomagi.
All physical formats are packaged using solid recycling board and special red print.

https://solartemplehn.bandcamp.com

ISKANDR – Euprosopon
(Eisen133)

Iskandr now returns with it’s second full-length album entitled “Euprosopon”. The album’s title expresses the impossibility of the ideal man. However, formulating new concepts of heroism is nessecary to preserve ideas of strife and longing in an age of eternal devaluation. The record departs from previous works in it’s more pronounced songwriting, confrontational attitude and triumphant regal flourishes. Euprosopon aims to evoke heroic medieval symbolism, while taking musical cues mainly from Norwegian classics such as Enslaved’s “Eld”, the “Dark Sorcery EP” by Aeternus and “…Again Shall Be” by Hades, to enrich it’s already established style and sound. Supported by the session drums and production assistance of M. Koops of Fluisteraars, Euprosopon surely will be seen as a definite leap in an attempt to chart a path of noble and austere black metal art.

Euprosopon consists of four tracks, clocking a respectable fourty-five minutes. Battle scarred and worn, the tortured vocals tell, in four cuts respectfully; of defiance in the face of mortal odds, impermanence of kingly might, banishment under pain of death and the resurgence of a new age. The informed listener will detect in the music an increased complexity in composition, range and atmospheric elements. Coupled with an increased clarity in sound while retaining a natural and uncompromising outlook familiar for those who are aware of the previous output of the Haeresis Noviomagi circle, this record will certainly demonstrate the heights this project is yearning to reach.

Available as Digipak CD with glued in booklet, 180g black vinyl with booklet and digital.
Limited pro tape edition to be released by Haeresis Noviomagi.

https://iskandr.bandcamp.com

FLUISTERAARS & TURIA – De Oord
(Eisen134)

Two of the Netherlands’ most innovative black metal bands, Fluisteraars and Turia, have aligned to release a conceptual split album on Eisenwald.

Ever since releasing their debut “Dromers”, Fluisteraars have captured the attention of a wide audience of fans looking for depth and compositional grandeur in black metal. Newcomers Turia, who have quickly released two acclaimed albums and a split with fellow-traveller Vilkacis, make this a highly interesting pairing for those who have been following the burgeoning Dutch black metal movement.

Both hailing from Gelderland, a more densely forested area of the Netherlands, the bands take inspiration from the regions’ history and their natural surroundings. Conceptually, the album deals with the two primary rivers, the Waal and the Rhine, that mark the area around Arnhem and Nijmegen, their respective hometowns. Highlighting the bonds forged between both bands, the record is called De Oord, an old Dutch word designating the area where two rivers meet.

In keeping with the theme of the two rivers symbolically meeting, the bands recorded and produced their respective sides together simultaneously at Klaverland Studio: a recording studio in a nature reserve, where the Rhine enters the Netherlands, and splits into the Nederrijn and the Waal.

Both bands display a development of the experimental, psychedelic side of their music. This element has always been present; however, this release provided the opportunity to let it shine brighter than ever. Where Fluisteraars’ side, entitled “Oeverloos”, offers a majestic dirgelike epos ending in a monumental crescendo, Turia’s track “Aan den Golven der Aarde Geofferd” takes the listener on a harrowing voyage into the depths beneath.

Lyrically, the thematic unity of the project is clearly articulated. Writing in Dutch, both bands develop a narrative that metaphorically traces the rivers and waterways from wellspring to the depths of the sea; from the tranquillity and natural order of the landscape to the turmoil below the surface. The everlasting flow washes away all traces of what once stood tall and proud.

Available as Digipak CD, 180g black vinyl and digital.
Limited pro tape edition to be released by Haeresis Noviomagi.

https://fluisteraars.bandcamp.com
https://montturia.bandcamp.com

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