Hvísl Stjarnanna

by Sinmara

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Matt Godsey
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Matt Godsey Heavy atmosphere, suffocating and beautiful riffs. If you liked Aphotic Womb, you'll love this album. Very highly recommended and an absolutely essential black metal album of the year. Favorite track: Hvísl Stjarnanna.
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whatisthis8175 Sinmara does it again!
JT EXTREME
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JT EXTREME Boasting a wall of sound with plenty to pick out with each listen, commanding bellows, and that trademark Icelandic sound, Sinmara delivers the complete 2019 loin package Favorite track: Apparitions.
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Ippocalyptica How I wish this was released either before or at the same time as Svartidaudi’s Revelations of the Red Sword, for now I cannot help but think that my views of this album have been irreparably coloured by my fondness for Svartidaudi’s most recent opus. The similarities between Hvisl Stjarnanna and Revelations of the Red Sword are remarkable, as they are both massive improvements over each band’s debut albums and they both mine the same dissonant, melancholic black metal terrain using the same methods. At times blistering, at times introspective, I suppose that Sinmara’s effort is the more subtle and less aggressive of the two. In any event, if Revelations of the Red Sword is somewhere between a 9 to 9.5/10, then Hvisl Stjarnanna lands between 8.75 and 9.25/10, meaning that my personal tastes aside, you really should own this album, which stands as one of 2019’s best black metal albums thus far. Now, who do we have to kill to get a new Zhrine or Misthyrming album this year? Icelandic black metal always makes the world a better (darker) place, and we need more of it. Favorite track: Apparitions.
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Erik This album oozes with atmosphere. Tremolo riffs, blast beats and dirty growls created a wicked good listening experience. Top notch black metal 🤘🏼 Favorite track: Mephitic Haze.
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ainerhpozihcS 9.1/10

An ambitious successor to 2014's formidable 'Aphotic Womb,"
Hvísl Stjarnanna is both beautiful and suffocating simultaneously. It's melancholic and bleak, with fleeting moments of triumph and fond nostalgia. An absolutely essential black metal album. Favorite track: Úr Kaleik Martraða.
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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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Track Name: Apparitions
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
Track Name: Mephitic Haze
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
Track Name: The Arteries of Withered Earth
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
Track Name: Crimson Stars
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
Track Name: Úr Kaleik Martraða
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
Track Name: Hvísl Stjarnanna
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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