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Album of the Day: Lotus Thief – Rervm

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Botanist‘s third full length, Doom in Bloom, included a second disc called Allies, featuring collaborations with other musicians. Those songs stood in stark contrast with Otrebor‘s usual one-man, blackened hammered-dulcimer show. One of those songs, ‘Nymphaea Caerulea’, was with an immensely talented woman going by the name Bezaelith, who also was a touring bassist with Botanist for a time. The duo went by the name Lotus Thief, and they’re now back with a luscious full-length, Rervm.

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Instrumentally, Otrebor provides his usual high-caliber percussion here, and Bezaelith handles everything else. The lyrical content of Rervm is based on the epic poem ‘De Rerum Natura’, written by Roman poet Titus Lucretius Carus over 2000 years ago. The poem was meant to elucidate the ideas of Epicurean philosophy and science, which contains some surprisingly modern ideas, given its age. Lotus Thief cleverly labels their genre as “text metal,” and as you might guess, the lyrics are pretty fascinating to read.

To be honest, though, I connected with this album on a more emotional level. I got my hands on the promo a day before going in for surgery, so I was in a bit of a distracted state before and after. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, Bezaelith‘s vocals on this album were a major comfort to me in the hours immediately before and after the actual operation.

They’re cleanly sung, and she often harmonizes with a veritable chorus of other Bezaeliths. If you can listen to the opening vocal lines of ‘Aeternvm’ without your heart melting at least a little, I don’t know what to do with you. It’s made all the more satisfying when the subtle underlying percussion suddenly bursts into furious Otreborian blasting immediately after.

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Svart Records To Launch Costin Chioreanu’s art book ‘Magic As A Golden Mean’ at Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The publishing wing of prolific record label Svart Records, which kicked off this month with the legendary “Isten” Fanzine compilation, continues in April with “Magic As A Golden Mean”, which is a selection of mixed media artworks by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu. The hardcover book will be launched at Roadburn […]

The Golden Grass To Bring Feelgood Vibes To Roadburn 2015

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Today we’re thrilled to announce The Golden Grass will bring their sunshiny harmonies and positive vibe the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. With smiles on their faces and catchy melodies in songs like ‘Wheels’ and ‘One More Time’, […]

Messenger To Illuminate The Progressive Sky At Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

After winning the limelight category for the brightest young rising stars in the progressive sky today at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, Messenger will bring their acid folk / prog and psychedelica to the 20th edition of Roadburn on Saturday, April 11 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. […]

Finland’s Profetus To Evoke A Weighty Procession at Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

At long last, Profetus will be conjuring their classic Finnish funeral doom, worthy of comparision to Thergothon, Skepticism and Tyranny (with whom Profetus share members), when they play the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Friday, April 10th at Het Patronaat in Tilburg, The Netherlands. In collaboration with Finland’s Blow […]

Sammal To Bring Finnish Prog and Classic Rock to Roadburn 2015

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Founded in 2004 by guitarist Jura Salmi and vocalist Jan-Erik Kiviniemi, Sammal manages to capture a sense of golden moments in Finnish music. Touching on their culture and heart, and with lyrics sung entirely in Finnish, Sammal shows a masterful, natural command of classic rock with nods to Caravan, Thin […]

Album of the Day: Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Certainly the announcement that vocalist Uta Plotkin will leave Witch Mountain following their Fall US tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind places Mobile of Angels, the band’s fourth album overall and third with Plotkin fronting, into a different context. If nothing else, it lets lyrics longing […]

Album of the Day: The Golden Grass – The Golden Grass

Posted on Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: What sets  Brooklyn trio The Golden Grass apart from the hundreds of bands the world over who cull the bulk of their influence from the heavy rock of the early ’70s and / or the original psychedelic era is a relentlessly positive mindset. Where the current […]

Album of the Day: Opium Warlords – Taste My Sword Of Understanding

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When I read that this was a release featuring a former member of Reverend Bizarre, one of my favourite doom bands ever, I thought I knew what to expect. Rollicking doom anthems mixing with a sardonic wit and riffs the size of icebergs. I […]

Album of the Day: Profetus – As All Seasons Die

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Thergothon. Skepticism. Tyranny. All reasons why the mere description ‘Finnish funeral doom’ had me clamouring to hear this album. Profetus do not disappoint. Their style is utterly, crushingly leaden, yet at the same time delicate and airy, with penetrating church-organ-like synths shining through an endless […]

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