"In mirrors digged up from the earth I see myself / Lambent upon my childhood fields in wounds" (Inmost Nigredo)
Fan homage to one of the best dark rock bands ever: In Solitude.
As well as to related creative manifestations: No Future, Reveal, Invidious...and beyond.

Friday, 27 November 2020

Follow PÅGÅ in the strange maze of their charismatic debut "The Evil Year"

We have been eagerly waiting to hear it, anticipating it, trying to imagine how this creature would have been like, what sounds it would have contained and now...here it finally is: today PÅGÅ's debut album, "The Evil Year", is out there and can be streamed in its compelling, strange and otherworldly entirety.

And it is nothing like we could have ever imagined. It's much, much more than an album, it spans from the imminent to the remote, from the here to the furthest, casting a long, murky shadow for the listeners to follow and see where it leads them.
And at times, following "The Evil Year" in its twists and turns, feels a bit like wandering among the catacombs of the damp wine cellars in Edgar Allan Poe's tale "The Cask of Amontillado", you start to get more and more inebriated as the music becomes the molecules of the air you're breathing, but instead of ending up entombed alive like in Poe's famous tale, you proceed along a labyrinth of drum beats and strange sounds, never at your own pace, but at the album's complete mercy. There's no other choice, and when you reach the last track, it's like arriving at that secret, hidden spring that no one else has reached before.
Thanks for the surprising journey, "The Evil Year", it'll be a journey we will undertake many other times, surely it'll be always a bit different, at times creepy, at times soothing, never predictable.

PÅGÅ's "The Evil Year" is out now on Svart Records, available on coloured gatefold vinyl with lyrics and artwork booklet (ltd. to 500 copies) , as well as on digipak CD (also be available as digital release).

Monday, 23 November 2020

On Sister's Alpha and Omega: "He Comes" and "Inmost Nigredo"

In Solitude's 'Sister' has certainly been a massively striking album for many of us who have been appreciating their music throughout the years, and like it has often been mentioned, it is undeniably an album which once it has entered your soul, there it remains: growing deeper listen after listen, it keeps offering new insights and new experiences of different sides of itself every time you give it a spin.
In this brief article, we would like to specifically focus on two of the -arguably, perhaps?- most important and strongest songs on 'Sister', which happen to be the one that opens the album and the one who closes it: "He Comes" and "Inmost Nigredo".
It is perhaps not surprising that these two pieces are placed exactly where they are, as they represent two very different poles, musically, of In Solitude's creation: "He Comes" offers the acoustic, folk and bluesy side, dwelling so masterfully in a melancholic yet anticipating and allusive mood; while "Inmost Nigredo" carries the listener in an intense vortex of guitars, involving atmospheric black metal-sounding tremolo riffs here and there (delivered on the record by none other than Pelle Forsberg of WATAIN), powerful drums that seem to grab and shake you, passionate vocals that splendidly express a sort of excruciating, yet ecstatic, inner and outer breakthrough.
Both songs, in their own way, surely manage to overwhelm, captivate, and even engross their listeners: in this, they actually touch like the two extremes of a circle.
To celebrate and and homage these two magnificent songs, in this article we will collect all that has been said and explained about each one of them by In Solitude's members themselves, quoting from interviews during the years after the release of 'Sister'; we will also include here some live performances of the songs (only one available at the moment for "Inmost Nigredo" - but it is a very powerful performance).

Friday, 20 November 2020

Maggot Heart share new music video for "Sex Breath"

Maggot Heart have published today a new music video for their song "Sex Breath", fueled with their punk rock attitude and presented in a proper old school vibed feel to the images and color which matches the music completely!
The video has been created by Alexandra Maciá direction of photography, editing and post-production, Daniel B Maciel has handled the second camera and the colour correction, with Chrysafenia Danai Papagrigoriou (aka Cryss Crass) as art director.

"Sex Breath" is taken from Maggot Heart's album "Mercy Machine" released and available on vinyl and CDs at Rapid Eye Records.
Check it out below!