The Spiritual Connection: OSI AND THE JUPITER reveal release date and infos for upcoming EP ‚Appalachia‘

On ‘Appalachia’, enigmatic duo Sean Kratz (vocals, guitars, synths) and Kakophonix (cello) take us further into the unique landscapes that have been explored by Osi and the Jupiter since their formation in 2015. This time, they draw upon the surroundings of their homelands in eastern Ohio to weave dedications to the Appalachian region to which the title of this three-track EP is dedicated.

In honour of this more personal wellspring of inspiration, Osi and the Jupiter’s sound has evolved from the ambient soundscapes of yore into more direct expressions of yearning. Voice, ambient synth drones, acoustic guitar and cello underpin these delicate homage’s to a mysterious, myth-laden region. Kratz’s heartfelt, plaintive vocals speak openly of surroundings that clearly resonate deep within. Gentle strummed melodies support these tales, whilst the ever-inventive cello melodies of Kakophonix reach onwards to distant places as yet unseen.

‘They Ride Through the Sky on Horse Drawn Chariots’ sets the tone with dramatic swells, leading the listener by the hand into these new realms. ‘Appalachia‘ follows, replete with yearning vocals and delicate, countrified picking. ‘The Binding Will of Mountains’ closes this unique collection of songs with a twelve-minute journey throughout the myriad soundscapes that Osi and the Jupiter have explored throughout their existence.

To be released July 31st as 180g 12″vinyl + CD, exclusive bundles, download & stream.

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Reaping the Harvest of MOSAIC – 15 Years of Supreme Thuringian Folklore

2020 marks the 15th year since the conception and birth of MOSAIC, the evocative, enigmatic brainchild of Martin van Valkenstijn.

Harvest: Songs of autumnal landscapes and melancholy spans the first 10 years of MOSAIC. It is a collection of early material, containing the very first Mosaic recordings which have been released previously only on very small runs of cassette tapes. To complete the autumnal feast the orignal Samhain Celebration song cycle was added, which complements the early material and advance it to a full-length duration.

Harvest is an ode to Valkenstijn’s beloved Thuringian homelands. It takes us on a journey through misty woods and foggy nights, when the golden sunlight of late summer must give in to the autumnal cold that starts rising from the ground, when the warmth of summer must yield to the chilling breeze that heralds the end of the year, when the light must give in to the dark. Valkenstijn’s unique recitations of poems by Georg Trakl, Joseph Eichendorff, Max Dauthendey and more, together with his own original writings, evoke the scents of a fire crackling in the chill morning air, of mossy woods that lure the melancholic mind ever deeper into their enchanted depths.

Starting off as a delicate blend of the finest neofolkloristic/-classical soundscapes – think Empyrium, Sturmpercht or Rome – Harvest eventually erupts into outbursts of furious black metal in the vein of Germany’s éminence grise Lunar Aurora.

The recordings were thoroughly reinvigorated without losing their original appeal by Valkenstijn in May MMXX at his House of Inkantation.

This album will be released as on all digital channels and as jewel-case with a complete new layout and artwork based on historic photographs from Thuringia. A two-sided 24x24cm poster and a slipcase with the orignal artwork are also included.


Martin Valkenstijn – All instruments and Vocals


Heemann (Ex-Secrets of the Moon) – Drums & Percussion (Song 12)

Leshiyas (Vivus Humare) – Percussion (Song 9), Drums and Bass Guitar (Song 14)

Danijel Zambo (Walden) – Additional Atmosphere (Song 10 & 11)


01. Feuerspuk und Tannenreben
02. Dunkler Herbst
03. Schwarze Erde
04. Haimat
05. Golden Sunset
06. Autumn Winds
07. Inkantation: O Sun King!
08. Samhain
09. Der letzte Atem
10. Olden Hair (Blood is King Pt. I)
11. Inkantation: O Blood King! (Blood is King Pt. II)
12. As the Fields call from the Graves (Blood is King Pt. III)
13. The Commandment
14. Bittersweet Odour
15. Geleit zum Wyntar

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New FELLWARDEN album ‘Wreathed in Mourncloud’ to be released this summer

Fellwarden was originally given life in early 2014 by The Watcher as a vessel with which to give voice to an epic, exultant form of black metal that nonetheless carries with it echoes of deep lamentation and remembrance. It represented the culmination of many years of searching for an outlet to tell tales of self-sacrifice, long-forgotten heroism, of principles defended unto death and the rearing timelessness of storm-forged landscapes against a backdrop of windswept extreme metal.

Sonically, The Watcher drew upon some of the most celebrated acts within the atmospheric black metal genre to deliver this message – Negura Bunget, Drudkh, early Emperor, Bathory, Summoning, Abigor and early Ulver – whilst also taking cues from the best that the epic metal scene has conjured (early Manowar, Atlantean Kodex and Warlord).

Digging deep into the most stirring corners of heroic fantasy literature and taking great swathes of inspiration from the incredible landscapes of the fells of northwestern England, the first Fellwarden album ‘Oathbearer’ was released in 2017. Six stirring hymns of billowing ambience, enveloping black metal and emotive songwriting, the album weaved epic stories of lost souls wandering weather-hewn crags in search of meaning against a backdrop of scything riffs, echoing choirs and pounding drums.

The record garnered much acclaim from the black metal underground, receiving high praise for its textured approach and enveloping atmospherics. With this in mind, The Watcher has spent the best part of three years painstakingly crafting the material for a follow-up album that not only matches the power of its predecessor but takes every aspect of Fellwarden’s sound to the next level.

So, in 2020, the result of this labour is finally ready to be unveiled – the second Fellwarden album ‘Wreathed in Mourncloud’. Epic, strident, stirring, powerful, sorrowful, this sophomore album truly underlines The Watcher’s commitment to creating the most enveloping, engaging atmosphere possible. Inspired by countless wanderings amongst the crags and fells of England’s Lake District, ‘Wreathed in Mourncloud’ howls defiance, regret and remembrance to the bitter grey skies.

Layers of distorted, clean and acoustic guitar intertwine with sinuous bass and waves of flowing synth to describe a relentless tide of sound – waves of riffs and melodies wash over the listener whilst the thunderous percussion of Havenless (also of Fen) injects rhythm, pulse and inventive dynamics into the soundscape. The Watcher meanwhile adopts myriad different voices to deliver his tales – layers of choirs, desperate howls and sinister whispers are all utilised to weave these emotive hymns.

To be released on CD, Vinyl and digital channels – June 26th, 2020.

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Open your ears and receive the resounding echoes of ASHTAR’s Kaikuja!

EISENWALD is proud to present the highly anticipated second album of Switzerland’s ASHTAR, Kaikuja, on CD and vinyl LP formats.

ASHTAR are a duo from Basel consisting of Nadine and Marko Lehtinen. Before they formed ASHTAR in 2013, Nadine played in Shever while Marko played in Phased. In ASHTAR Nadine writes all the lyrics and handles most of the vocals. In the studio the duo play all the instruments themselves. In their live formation, ASHTAR are a quartet with two onstage guest guitarists.

In 2014 ASHTAR recorded their debut album, Ilmasaari, with Mäthe Imboden at the OSA Crypt Studio in Greifensee, Switzerland, with mixing handled by Esoteric’s Greg Chandler in his Priory Recording Studio in Birmingham, UK. A year later the album saw release on multiple formats via multiple labels: CD by Czar of Crickets, vinyl by Throne Records, cassette by Antiq. Following its release Ilmasaari received excellent reviews worldwide, with special recognition coming from Tom Gabriel Fischer (Celtic Frost/Triptykon) in the German Deaf Forever magazine, where he listed the album in his personal top 10 for 2015.

During the interim ASHTAR took to the stage, playing across Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, Austria and their home of Switzerland with appearances at such esteemed festivals as Under the Black Sun and Doom Over Vienna, underlining their crossover appeal to listeners of both black metal and doom and extreme metal enthusiasts in general.

With that momentum patiently building, ASHTAR entered the studio at Helium Records in Basel with Ramon Vaca and began work on their second album during the summer of 2019. Bearing the title Kaikuja, it has at last arrived and eclipses the mountainous, miasmic might of their debut. Translated from Finnish as “Echoes,” Kaikuja is aptly titled, for its dense-yet-spacious soundwalls bear a rich ‘n’ reverberating strength. Trace elements of black metal and doom exist once again, but are further spliced with the DNA of drone, sludge, and even post-rock, making for a heady (and HEAVY) brew that’s seemingly served up with ease by ASHTAR. And even more so than the debut, for a band that’s “merely” a duo, these five epic-length songs emit an almost-impossible density, bewitchingly revealing new layers with each listen. And at nearly 40 minutes, the landscape ASHTAR paint here is far more vast than that compact runtime suggests.

Open your ears and receive the resounding echoes of ASHTAR’s Kaikuja!


1. Aeolus
2. Between Furious Clouds
3. Bloodstones
4. The Closing
5. (She is) Awakening


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Behold the full glory of BLAZE OF SORROW and submerge thyself into total ABSENTIA!

EISENWALD is proud to present BLAZE OF SORROW’s highly anticipated sixth album, Absentia, on Limited DigiCD and Digital formats

Since 2007, BLAZE OF SORROW have been a veritable institution of Italian black metal, a scene and style too long overlooked. BLAZE OF SORROW both embody and defy the Italian idiom: medieval in its melancholy, nearly “romantic” in the literary sense of the word, but always revealing (and expanding upon) new shapes that keep their aesthetic surprising and ever singular. And that canon keeps growing through the years, with each new release a poignant piece in BLAZE OF SORROW’s breathtaking mosaic.

Although initially begun as a solo endeavor of multi-instrumentalist Peter, with a number of drummers coming and going over the years, it could be argued that BLAZE OF SORROW hit their first peak of creativity with 2012’s Echi. This third album revealed a more autumnal sound – the sonic approximation of flickering fires and the wind wisping through fallen leaves, the chill that creeps into the air prior to wintertime hibernation – harkening to overseas progenitors Agalloch, but adding to that hallowed headspace rather than merely aping it. With that album, drummer N. became a constant and the BLAZE OF SORROW lineup was mostly solid for the next number of years, culminating in 2017’s masterful Astri for EISENWALD.

Now, with new guitarist A.S. and bassist V. joining the fold, BLAZE OF SORROW are set to release their most fully realized work to date: Absentia. Comprising seven songs in a taut ‘n’ tight 44 minutes, Absentia bursts into being with a brilliance that’s blanching to behold. Undeniably emotional as ever, it’s immediately apparent, however, that BLAZE OF SORROW are operating on a different wavelength on Absentia. Their windswept, cascading black metal is undoubtedly melancholic at heart – their moniker was well chosen, after all – but the range of textures and sensations across this sixth album encompass a far broader spectrum than most usually associated with “black metal.” Laced within the deepest heart of Absentia is an aching nostalgia, a bittersweet wistfulness, and even rays of hope: doomed they may be, but delivered with an indeed-blazing passion that puts BLAZE OF SORROW into a rarefied field. Which is to say nothing of the utterly cathartic lead work here, buttressed by frequent detours into plaintive acoustic territory; shredded and shredding, these leads are immediately memorable and long-lasting, well after the final notes of Absentia have rung out across the soul…

Put more directly, BLAZE OF SORROW aptly describe their inspirations as thus: “Day, Night, Darkness, Light. With music, we try to reach the highest peak of our feelings playing what we we’re supposed to play. Our notes are captured from sadness, nature’s beauty, water, fire, earth and wind. Let the shades embrace you thoughts, let the abyss caress your soul. We’re what we are: a fire’s breath in the infinity of the Sun.” Behold the full glory of BLAZE OF SORROW and submerge thyself into total Absentia!

The new album is set for digital and physical release on April 24th.


1. Settimo requiem
2. Furia
3. Sonno d’eterno
4. Notturna
5. Hybris
6. Cupio dissolvi
7. Morte di un immortale





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