“While the staple meditative and mournful elements of their black/doom sound remain, with this work the band take somewhat of an ‘unplugged’ approach to the craft, using acoustic guitars, violas, cellos, and chanted vocals to conjure sentiments of loss, solitude, and distance…” — Cvlt Nation
Seattle-based blackened funeral doom/neofolk ensemble ISENORDAL will unleash their stunning Spectral Embrace full-length via Eternal Warfare Records. Recorded and mixed by Paurl Walsh at Ex Ex Studios in their home city and mastered by Brandon Busch, on this record, the band’s traditionally melancholic themes are expressed through warmer, acoustic sounds, featuring virtuoso viola and cello performances and unprecedented harmonic complexity. ISENORDAL’s folk music creates the sense of being transported to a dark and magical place.
Set for official unveiling June 1st, Cvlt Nation is currently streaming the record in full issuing, “While the staple meditative and mournful elements of their black/doom sound remain, with this work the band take somewhat of an ‘unplugged’ approach to the craft, using acoustic guitars, violas, cellos, and chanted vocals to conjure sentiments of loss, solitude, and distance within a way more intimate and contemplative framework, summoning in the end a beautiful and lush palette of acoustic colors and moods that are more akin to bands like Sangre de Muerdago or Aerial Ruin than to any other ‘metal’ band, including themselves.”
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Spectral Embrace Track Listing:
1. The Sorrow Of A Shadowed World
2. Inevitable Product Of The Foretold
3. Despondent Longing And Phantasmal Communion
4. An Entrancing Dream
5. Dissolution Into The Earth
6. To Turn Thy Thoughts From The Tree Of Life
Additionally, ISENORDAL will release a limited edition split cassette with Oakland black metalists Void Omnia. Those familiar with the band’s Shores Of Mourning debut will immediately gravitate toward the sweeping, expressive intensity of “Eternal Winter Of The Mind,” a mammoth track running north of fifteen minutes that constitutes the whole ISENORDAL side of the release. The split will see release on June 1st via Eternal Warfare Records and will be subsequently pressed to vinyl by Vendetta Records at a later date. Orders for the split are available HERE.
Both releases come in conjunction with ISENORDAL’s massive US tour with Void Omia. The journey commences on June 4th in Spokane, Washington and will make its way through over three dozen venues, coming to a close on July 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada. See all confirmed dates below. View the tour teaser, created by Chariot Of Black Moth below.
ISENORDAL w/ Void Omnia:
6/04/2018 Mootsy’s – Spokane, WA
6/05/2018 Zebra Lounge – Bozeman, MT
6/06/2018 Crown Bar – Cheyenne, WY
6/07/2018 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
6/08/2018 71 Grind – Colorado Springs, CO
6/09/2018 71 Grind – Colorado Springs, CO
6/10/2018 Buckhorn – Laramie, WY
6/11/2018 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake, UT
6/12/2018 Shea’s Tavern – Reno, NV
6/13/2018 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
6/14/2018 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
6/15/2018 Sirens Song – Eureka, CA
6/16/2018 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
6/17/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
6/18/2018 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA
6/19/2018 The Valley – Tacoma, WA
6/20/2018 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA
6/21/2018 Thirst For Light – Pe Ell, WA
6/23/2018 Stygian Rites – Rapid City, SD
6/24/2018 Lee’s Liquor Lounge – Minneapolis, MN
6/25/2018 Wisco – Madison, WI
6/26/2018 High Dive MKE – Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2018 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
6/28/2018 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
6/29/2018 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
6/30/2018 Holo – New York, NY
7/01/2018 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
7/02/2018 The Depot – Baltimore, MD
7/03/2018 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
7/04/2018 Odditorium – Asheville, NC
7/05/2018 Sweetwater – Nashville, TN
7/06/2018 Santos – New Orleans, LA
7/07/2018 Renos Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
7/08/2018 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
7/09/2018 The Cave – Santa Fe, NM
7/10/2018 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
7/11/2018 Cornish Pastry Co – Las Vegas, NV
Seattle’s ISENORDAL blends influences from black metal, funeral doom, folk, and classical music to create a fresh and nuanced style all their own. Forged in 2013, the band released the Imbolc MMXIV demo in 2014 before undergoing major lineup changes. ISENORDAL released their Shores Of Mourning debut in 2017. A study in loss, and a cry for a long-absent sunrise over a sorrowful and chaotic plane, the record seamlessly fuses Cascadian black metal influences with funeral doom, Viking metal, and neofolk. A US tour followed, winning the band praise for their powerfully emotional, melancholic songwriting and uncharacteristic fusion of influences.
Shortly thereafter, ISENORDAL debuted Lughnasadh MMXVII, a demo of their folk music. This super-limited two-track teaser quietly inaugurated the current era of ISENORDAL, in which the band writes two distinct styles of music — the more metal-oriented style established on Shores Of Mourning and their own entrancing, soundtrack-like dark folk imaginings — with the same band members often playing different instruments in each ensemble.