Hvísl Stjarnanna

by Sinmara

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1.
Apparitions 07:24
Cold crystalline dew Black moonlit tundra Fog crawls over sleeping stones of moss Ancient malicious breath Silken entrancing emanation Resembling dancing apparitions Evaporating from soundless palaces Into unseen reaches Where restless waters Break on jagged edges Sonorous Songs from distant sirens Sinuous Shores of desolate silence Howls from nebulous chasms Beckoning whispers Irresistible call Pleading, leading Evaporating from soundless palaces Into unseen reaches Where restless waters Break on jagged edges Dolorous Drawn by hypnotic hymns Delirious Drowned in the black sea of oblivion Delirious Drowned in the black sea of oblivion
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Imprisoned on rotten shores Far beyond the rays of light Echoes from a lifeless chasm In a venomous stream White silhouettes wade Through mephitic haze Incessantly wandering Skeletal march through marshes of rotting flesh Frail footprints paved in putrid mud Upon this forsaken mound Deathly totems lie in ruinous decay Amidst impenetrable walls of crushed bones Ageless terror Bestial horror Lies dormant below The cosmic gallows Disharmonious howls beckon In blind dementia Ensnared in feverish dreams of death Succumbed to inertia Parched hands reach out Oasal visions emerge Behold Salvation’s deformed visage
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Entering the depths of formless tortured spirits Crawling in agony Howling choirs of the banished dead Ring out in reverberations of sightless terror Labyrinthine channels Hallways with no end Walls thick with mold Damp suffocating nausea Spiraling steps leading ever downwards Flickering torches emit noxious fumes Transgressions beyond mortality’s veil To puncture the strata of creation Labyrinthine channels Hallways with no end Walls thick with mold Damp suffocating nausea Twisted catacombs of sinking decay Oblique pathways entombed by dust Hidden vials in the deeps underneath Dripping secretions from crystalline ulcers Seeking solace in abyssal sanctuaries Recluse found among archaic revenants Deep within hollow chambers of paranoia In the arteries of withered earth In the arteries of withered earth Howling choirs of the banished dead Ring out in reverberations of sightless terror In the arteries of withered earth In the arteries of withered earth Oblique pathways Hallways with no end
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Fiery havens saturated in sulphur and dust Wherein shadows thrive endlessly A shallow mire of desolate catharsis Prospering flames and barren minds Voyage in transcendental ekstasis And the wailing decline of blossoming aeons Plunging through draconian tunnels in ethereal hysteria Between wretched ruins Drunk from the fountain of woeful hearts Amidst the apex of perpetual drought Spellbound with nauseating fevers Burrowed beneath the withering soil Forever nestled in slumbering death Glide through an ocean of serpent fire Leap into a cluster of crimson stars And thus the earth shall tremble In a maddening daze, I enter naught And this world of zealous grace Devoured by earthly horrors Burrowed beneath the withering soil Forever nestled in slumbering death
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Úr kaleik martraða liðast reykur hlykkjóttur hann dansar himnana hann gleypir Straumar eiturs berast úr ísilögðum brunnum kaldra hella slóttugir þeir læðast heimsins lindum spilla Úr djúpum dölum undirheimanna skugganna völva rís sveipuð rökkursins kufli jötunborin dís seiðberenda móðir Verndari hins hinsta hulda væpnis sem helgum hvelfingum grandar í eldi sjáöldur andans klýfur Úr kaleik martraða liðast reykur hlykkjóttur hann dansar himnana hann gleypir
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Í hrímköldu svartnætti leyndardjásn myrkranna anda Af sverðinu kosmískt blóð drýpur seitlandi að handan Augasteinn andans opnast í snertingu við hið ægifagra ljós himingeimsins Hyldjúp fylgsni ókunnra vídda úr tómi handan tímans hafs upp ljúkast í eldglæringum Hvísl stjarnanna berst úr brunnum óendanleikans Handan orða berst kliður þúsund ólíkamaðra radda Krjúpandi í lotningu frammi fyrir boðberanum handan hliðs hins hulda heims Í skelfingu heilagrar endurfæðingar Augasteinn andans opnast í snertingu við hið ægifagra ljós himingeimsins Hyldjúp fylgsni ókunnra vídda úr tómi handan tímans hafs upp ljúkast í eldglæringum Hvísl stjarnanna berst úr brunnum óendanleikans

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Icelandic Black Metal titans Sinmara return with their highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Hvísl Stjarnanna’, released on CD, LP and digital through the veritable German imprint Ván Records on 08.03.19. Pre-order of album and new merch available on 12.02.19 through Ván Records.

Sinmara will follow ‘Hvísl Stjarnanna’ with various tour packages and festival appearances, including countries and continents rarely played and some for the first time ever.
Contact tour@acherontic-arts.com for further booking info and requests.

A monument to the group’s namesake dark sorceress goddess, keeper of the baneful sword Lævateinn, ‘Hvísl Stjarnanna’ is bound together thematically by myths relating to sirens, ghosts and malevolent spirits beckoning from beyond. To heed the whisper of the stars is to be transfixed by a dreamlike connection and melancholic yearning for the realm beyond the stars, to be guided by the mediators between the world of the living and the nightside of the dead.

Musically the album sees the band further progress the style previously touched upon on their latest MLP ‘Within the Weaves of Infinity’ which saw the band infuse their chaotic and forceful Black Metal with a melodic richness which harkens back to traditional forebearers of the Scandinavian style. On ‘Hvísl Stjarnanna’ Sinmara reveals a mournful and nostalgic atmosphere and soundscapes steeped in more grandeur than they’ve crafted to date, but yet showcasing serpentine harmonies permeated by the same malefic venom as has come to be expected of the band.

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released March 8, 2019

Produced by Stephen Lockhart at Studio Emissary, Reykjavík, Iceland
Cover photography by Nona Limmen
Cover model: Svala Johannsdottir
Promo photography by Void Revelations
Layout by Heresie Graphics

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