FLUISTERAARS announce new album “BLOEM” and premiere album track

After more than four long years, the enigmatic black metal act Fluisteraars return with their third full-length record, “Bloem”. This new chapter in the ever-expanding output of perhaps one of the most creative acts in the Dutch scene is set for release on February 28, 2020.

Stream the album track ‘Vlek’ here: https://ffm.to/vlek

The band recorded the follow up to 2015’s “Luwte” in E-Sound Studios, under the recording auspices of T. Cochrane, who contributed significant brass instrument flourishes on the record as well. From the first feedback-laden chord struck at the beginning of opener “Tere Muur”, one is immediately taken into the familiar Fluisteraars tonal register that has marked most of their output since the previous full-length album. However this familiarity is skillfully deconstructed throughout the following tracks, moving between ripping blast beats and greater vistas of lush melancholy. Again, the versatile performances of B. Mollema (vocals) effectively narrate the unmistakable songwriting of main instrumentalist M. Koops (guitars, bass, drums, piano).

Thematically, “Bloem” conjures old and reimagined folktales and legends in which flowers act as both symbols for birth and regeneration as well as crippling decay. The flower can be imagined as both an object of beauty in itself as well as a single glistening star in a whole night-sky of blossoming spring. The romantic naturalism on display within these five songs attest to a band wholly enamored with the forests and fields of the Gueldrian Veluwe; fully committed to capturing its seasonal shift like the romantic Oosterbeek painters before them.

From the beginning, Fluisteraars has been known to experiment with influences of psychedelic folk. On ‘Bloem’, this input is lifted into a realm of psyched-out rural black metal mysticism. In parts reminding the listener of old psychedelic rock by the likes The Electric Prunes, the minimal but extremely effective orchestration in some parts even touches on a production style reminiscent of Lee Hazlewood. However, what Fluisteraars offer here are not the very long and drawn-out compositions by which they are perhaps more well known, but captivating and moving songs, nowhere crossing the eight-minute mark.

Mixed at E-Sound Studios by M. Koops and T. Cochrane, and mastered by Wessel Oltheten at Spoor 14-studio, the recording is surely their fullest sounding material to date. (O. / Iskandr)









‘Bloem’ tracklisting:
1.Tere Muur
3.Eeuwige Ram

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DEGEN VAN LICHT: TURIA announce new album and premiere album track

Today December 10, 2019, Dutch raw psychedelic Black Metal act Turia release the title-track of their upcoming album “Degen van Licht”, to be released on February 14, 2020.

Stream the track ‘Degen van Licht’ here: https://ffm.to/degenvanlicht

Turia`s upcoming record is an ode to the ageless lure of the unyielding mountains, and an exploration of the sweltering warmth which encompasses these heights every summer. Crackling green pastures full of life morph into scorching fields of withered grass and decaying alpine herbs. Shrieks of lammergeiers prowling for the bones of decomposing creatures reverberate throughout the high summits. The purgatory potential of the massif is revealed when death prevails. Witnessing these changes and enduring the delirious heat formed the basis for “Degen van Licht”. The maniacal drumming, tormented screams and spectral guitars coalesce into a sound that will be familiar for long­‑time followers of the band, while further developing their signature psychedelic aural structures.

Cavernous reverbs evoke great depths and heights, while analog delays reminisce the phantasmal rays of the sun. The years of playing live across Europe since Turia’s last album “Dede Kondre” are revealed in an increased complexity of songwriting. Taking cues from mid-era Bathory to early Hawkwind, moving between ferocious sonic avalanches and churning dirges, “Degen van Licht” is sure to expand Turia’s idiosyncratic style of black metal into new territories.

‘Degen van Licht’ tracklist:
3.Met Sterven Beboet
4.Degen van Licht

The album is once again produced, recorded, and mixed by Turia themselves with assistance of longtime collaborator M. Koops. A greater clarity in the production is enhanced by the tasteful mastering courtesy of Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios. The album will be granted a worldwide release by Eisenwald on LP and CD while a cassette version will be available under the banner of Haeresis Noviomagi

Turia photo by Vinny Vlemmix: http://vinnyvlemmix.nl

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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.

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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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