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STORMM
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:04 am 
 

Any of you familiar with this black metal band? They have just released their debut album out of nowhere, a concept album based on -

"Willem Barentsz' third and final expedition to find a northeastern passage to Asia in 1596/1597 and explores the subject in great detail"

..something I know nothing about but the album comes across as a musical of this final frostbitten journey. The music itself is very impressive and well written wrapped in a frozen atmosphere. Hailing from the Netherlands the lyrics are in their native tongue so I would be hopeful if they find a label, which they are searching for that we may see an English translation. At the minute the album is available for free from their bandcamp, so turn the lights out, draw the curtains and get lost in the blizzard outside. Seriously take a listen and see what you think, after a few listens I have been very impressed and rate it right up there this year, hopefully not over reacting at an early stage, but I found it very fresh and unique in its own way. Decide for yourself below!

https://greyaura3.bandcamp.com/releases

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Gorblethorp
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:42 pm 
 

Love the production, but apart the lyrical concept, this band isn't really bringing anything new to the table. The riffs sound very familiar and uninspired, kind of black metal by the numbers.

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narsilianshard
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:09 pm 
 

Got an email from these dudes yesterday. The concept sounds fascinating, if nothing else. But with the quality of the Spectral Lore and Thy Darkened Shade releases I think I've had my fill of 80+ minute black metal albums for the year, and sampling a few songs I found nothing that stands out in any way as Gorblethorp mentioned.
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STORMM
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:44 pm 
 

I honestly think it is one of those albums that needs to be listened to in one sitting with the right kind of atmosphere to really appreciate what is going on, in the same way with the likes of Darkspace and Paysage d'Hiver for example. When I sampled a track here and there I thought it was pretty good but once I read the idea behind the album and listened to it right through it took it to a whole different level. A chilling atmosphere with morbid riffing one minute shifting to a victorian sounding melody the next similar to something like A Forest of Stars. I appreciate it is not everybodys cup of tea but I think it is en excellent start for this young band.

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androdion
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:15 pm 
 

I was curious about it, but I get an error message telling me to log in because there are no tracks added?! :scratch:
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:04 pm 
 

Yeah looks like they deleted everything. I guess after noticing they had a lot of buzz they decided to give it a more proper release.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:09 pm 
 

From the band's FB page:

"Erik Evangelista - For some reason, the page shows that there are "No tracks here yet".

Grey Aura - Due to requests from various labels we're currently speaking to, we had to take down the bandcamp/youtube links (this may be temporarily, depending on whether we decide to release the album through a label or not). However, this means we are one step closer to releasing this album physically, so please be patient. It'll be worth waiting for.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:15 pm 
 



For convenience' sake.

Really digging this by the way. Quite captivating, although that probably also has something to do with me actually understanding the vocals. There's not enough good dutch black metal sung in my native language. Let's hope this gets a proper release.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:30 pm 
 

Full album here:

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Mysticaloldbard
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:36 pm 
 

Downloaded it in the nick of time! I've heard the first couple songs so far, good stuff indeed. I'll have to listen to the whole thing in one sitting as suggested. Out of curiosity, where did you hear about them, STORMM? They would have passed me by entirely were it not for this thread. Pretty amazing how quickly they got label offers, too.
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androdion
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:38 pm 
 

I'm going through "Naar het noorden" and I can definitely hear the resemblance to A Forest Of Stars that was mentioned above.

I'm curious though, what does the title mean? Google Translator isn't being very helpful...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:07 pm 
 

"Naar het noorden" means "towards the north".

The album title seems to be written in old dutch (I guess) It translates to something akin to "a truthful description of three sea stories, the world has never heard stranger." Apparently it's from a old travel guide/journal called "Nagivatie om den Noorden" which translates to "northern circumnavigation" written by Gerrit de Veer around 1598.

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Reminds me of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Barentsz It's in the same time period.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:51 am 
 

They went from mass emails asking for reviews to offers from a label in 48 hours? Color me impressed and/or skeptical.
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STORMM
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:17 am 
 

narsilianshard wrote:
They went from mass emails asking for reviews to offers from a label in 48 hours? Color me impressed and/or skeptical.


That is a good sign :) I would like to see as previous mentioned english translation as well as a worthwhile packaging. They mentioned on their facebook they have sketches/art to go along with the album booklet so if done right this could be a very nice package to have (and history lesson lol). Ps good call with Spectral Lore, love the band and also found that a great album though I think disc two is much stronger than disc one.

@ Mysticaloldbard I came across them doing some of my usual rounds through you tube. As I mentioned before the track or two I heard did not do them justice though once I heard the the full thing and realised their vision I was very impressed. Coincidentally the weather here has been total shit and this album has been a good soundtrack to my cold, wet journey into work, just might not have that effect in the blazing sun though.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:29 am 
 

henkkjelle wrote:
"Naar het noorden" means "towards the north".

The album title seems to be written in old dutch (I guess) It translates to something akin to "a truthful description of three sea stories, the world has never heard stranger." Apparently it's from a old travel guide/journal called "Nagivatie om den Noorden" which translates to "northern circumnavigation" written by Gerrit de Veer around 1598.

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Reminds me of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Barentsz It's in the same time period.


appreciate than hekkjelle, thank you.

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