Seattle-based blackened funeral doom/neofolk ensemble ISENORDAL has teamed up with Oakland-based cosmic black metal heathens Void Omnia for a split release set for official unveiling this weekend.
Cvlt Nation is currently streaming the split noting of ISENORDAL's contribution, "ISENORDAL packs in a staggering fifteen minutes of shapeshifting folk-tinged black doom into a single track - summoning grandiose and desolate soundscapes that conjure the same melancholy and majesty of bands like Agalloch, My Dying Bride, Greyceon, Subrosa, Drudkh, Katatonia, and Panopticon. Their solemn and slow-moving dirge of blackened spleen covers much ground and makes the mind wander and lose itself as the music masterfully builds, punctuated by swirls of cellos, violas, chanted vocals, and organs set against a magmatic backdrop of miserable distortion."
Stream the split courtesy of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
The split comes in conjunction with ISENORDAL's massive US tour with Void Omia. Currently underway, the journey commenced 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 HERE.
In related news, ISENORDAL released their stunning Spectral Embrace full-length via Eternal Warfare Records last week. 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.
Order Spectral Embrace at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed in full.
ISENORDAL w/ Void Omnia: 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 * no Void Omnia # with Addaura
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.