Hypnotic Dirge Records is an independent non-profit record label and webshop based in Saskatoon, Canada. Our intention and raison d'être is to release quality expressive and eclectic art through aural manifestations.
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Hypnotic Dirge Records releases are available on bandcamp for streaming and download for free / by-donation.
You can also download our full digital discography (60+ albums) for $25.00 CDN.
Our philosophy is rooted in the principle of open-source media and unlimited access!
We depend on the community for support to fund future releases and believe in the efficacy of this model!


Hypnotic Dirge Records' full catalog is also on Discogs for those who like to browse and buy records on there!
We have almost 1000 albums in the catalog including around 250 albums at a discounted rate.
Our webstore has a limit of 1000 items so we have some albums exclusively on Discogs.


 Recent Hypnotic Dirge Releases
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NONE - SELFTITLED
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BLACK TREMOR / SEA WITCH
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NETRA - INGRATS
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 NETRA PAGE

OBITUS -
SLAVES OF THE VAST MACHINE
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OBITUS PAGE

 

Upcoming Hypnotic Dirge Releases

MAVRADOXA - LETHEAN LAMENT
RELEASE: THURSDAY JUNE 22, 2017

"Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame" track premiere
at Pure Grain Audio

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE SOON!

VIN DE MIA TRIX - PALIMPSESTS [2CD]
RELEASE: WEDNESDAY MAY 31, 2017

"Pharmakos" track premiere at Invisible Oranges
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE SOON!



Recent Video Uploads
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*Click the play button, and then full-size button on bottom right to watch full-screen.

SEA WITCH
TEASER VIDEO

BLACK TREMOR
TEASER VIDEO

NETRA - LIVE WITH IT
[MUSIC VIDEO]

NETRA - INGRATS
[TEASER VIDEO]


Latest Webshop Additions

April 2017; Nine New Albums
[Latest Additions Page]

[Gothic, Akral Necrosis, False Reality, Earth and Pillars, Mare Cognitum, Aureole, Mesarthim, Astral Path]





UPCOMING RELEASE: Mavradoxa - Lethean Lament
SONG PREMIERE: Mavradoxa - Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame
April 27, 2017

Laurentian Black Metal band Mavradoxa returns with their second album “Lethean Lament” - an introspective and majestic album that is expansive, atmospheric, and melancholic. 

The seventeen minute long track “Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame” is premiering right now on Pure Grain Audio

Releasing “Soujourners” last September, Mavradoxa’s two members Nival and Lux have quickly returned to Rotten Metal Recording Studio to record their follow-up “Lethean Lament.” The new album is perfect for dreary and rain-soaked days during solitary walks, or in any moment of introspection. Long progressive songs that flow with purpose where the atmosphere dictates and paints vivid stories in its movement and direction, the entire album encapsulates a whirlwind of emotion from raw carnal aggression, nature reverence, despair, longing, and bliss. “Lethean Lament” is honest genuine atmospheric Black Metal that carries on the tradition of bands like Agalloch, Alda, Waldgeflüster, Falls of Rauros, and Obsidian Tongue.

Recorded in the spring of 2017, this album is set for release on June 22 through Hypnotic Dirge in a 4 panel digipack with a booklet. Andy McGirr contributed violins on the tracks “Cicadan” and “Across the Nival Grove” and Makr Welden added guest vocals to “Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame”.  


T-Shirts and stickers will also be printed and the designs will be unveiled soon!

Links:

Mavradoxa PageMavradoxa Bandcamp | Mavradoxa Instagram | Mavradoxa Facebook



UPCOMING RELEASE / SONG PREMIERE: Vin de Mia Trix unveil upcoming double concept album
April 19, 2017

Ukrainian progressive doom metal band Vin de Mia Trix is set to release their new album titled “Palimpsests” on May 31, 2017 through two North American labels - ourselves and Cimmerian Shades Recordings.

The twenty-one minute track "Pharmakos" is premiering on Invisible Oranges right now!

Following on the heels of their 2013 full-length “Once Hidden from Sight” and a 2016 split with Nethermost (USA), Vin de Mia Trix have truly raised the bar on this release, working for several years to create an ambitious piece of art, wide in scope and taking a multi-faceted approach. Mixing and mastering were handled by Damon Good of the mighty Mournful Congregation, making sure the production quality matches the music's ambitiousness.

The name “Palimpsests” summarizes the spectrum of themes the band aims to convey and embodies the concept of multi-layered meanings and symbols expressed through musical, lyrical, and visual content. “Palimpsests” consists of four lengthy tracks, spanning over 90 minutes of playtime. It is a concept album,with each song exploring a specific archetypal myth, from Scapegoat to the Flood. Musically, “Palimpsests” is rooted in Extreme Doom, venturing occasionally into the territories of Prog Rock and Post-Metal.

The double album will be released as a 4-panel digipak with an exclusive 36-page booklet designed by the Kyiv-based Seri/graf Studio.

"PHARMAKOS is that one track we usually play at the end of our shows because of its emotional intensity. After finishing the climactic choir we feel utterly exhausted both physically and morally.


In Greek tradition, pharmakós literally means a ‘scapegoat’. It is a sacrifice that ancient communities would offer their blood-thirsty gods to avert disasters. Pharmakoi would usually be chosen among the weakest: slaves, cripples, etc. A very doom metal kind of story! But that is only one layer of meaning.

On a deeper level, pharmakós is associated with the most primitive fertility rites and especially the ancient Minoan cult of Dionysus, centuries before he became a jolly god of wine. In that old, pre-Olympic mythology, Dionysus, or Zagreus, was the king of the underworld, both husband and son of Rhea, procreating his own self and thus embodying the ouroborosian cycle of life and death.

The archaic Dionysian Mysteries involved killing a sacrificial animal (pharmakós), associated with the god himself, and eating its raw flesh, celebrating life’s victory over death. In more civilized times, these ecstatic rites would evolve into theatrical performances, giving birth to tragedy. Many scholars believe that the idea of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice (and who is Jesus if not a scapegoat?) is derived from these older cults. This explains the Eucharist ceremony of eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ, celebrating his immortality.

So, PHARMAKOS encompasses a range of meanings, but in a nutshell, it is a hymn to eternal life through ecstasy and sacrifice. As such, it has an almost religious feel to it.
-Alex Vynogradoff, Vin de Mia Trix

Links:

Vin de Mia Trix Facebook | Vin de Mia Trix Bandcamp
Cimmerian Shades Recordings | Сері/граф Studio




ALBUM RELEASE: NONE - selftitled
April 11, 2017

Today officially marks the release of this despondent debut album from the Pacific Northwest entity known as NONE. Enjoy this first offering of the band, and prepare for more as a follow-up is already in process!

Order CD | Order CD+ Shirt | Digital | Album Reviews

Here is some clips of what reviewers have said about the album so far.

"There’s more than just harrowing bleakness on this album; this is where the atmospheric black metal influence comes in. The band’s clear depressive edge is augmented and mixed with an atmospheric one, which means that these tracks also sound spacious, otherworldly and full of dark exploratory promise." 
-Wonderbox Metal 

"Overall, we are amazed at None’s ability to craft methodically soul crushing tracks filled with heavy riffs and atmospheric brilliance. If you think you have heard all possible variants of DSBM or Atmospheric BM, you should definitely listen to this one. This self-titled release is totally recommended for fans of DSBM, Cascadian BM, and really any heavily atmospheric genre." 
-Infernal Masquerade


" Everything ultimately comes across as incredibly well structured and heartfelt and I keep being drawn back in to its folds, no doubt in part due to the perfect compact running time of the disc. ... A fantastic debut and a great cold journey into nothingness."
-Ave Noctum



ALBUM RELEASE: Black Tremor / Sea Witch - Split CD
March 24, 2017

Today, together with Sunmask Records we are releasing the long-awaited split album between Black Tremor and Sea Witch. This release was initially planned for last fall through Sunmask. A couple months ago, they approached me and asked if HDR would want to be involved and indeed it was a pleasure to take part in this release!! Black Tremor and Sea Witch have both been bands in the radar for potential releases for a while, so agreeing to co-release this split was an easy decision to make!

As has been mentioned before, the album is released in a limited edition of 300 copies - 150 copies through Hypnotic Dirge - and is presented in a jewel case with reversible covers, so that each band has its own distinct cover with the appropriate imagery!

We worked hard on the artwork to make the imagery fit the music and I think it turned out quite nice.

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One piece of unfortunate news: In the chaos of trying to get a lot of albums and merch items released early this year, the production on this album got slightly delayed so we don't have the CD's here yet. They are expected to ship here late next week so all CD orders will be shipped in the first week of April, actually at a similar time as all of the NONE pre-orders!


 Black Tremor are a three piece stoner folk doom band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bass, drum and violin roil across the flatlands in advance of the coming storm... Melancholic violin swirls above the grit of fuzzed out slide bass and the beating drums; glimpses of Dirty Three, Earth and Godspeed You Black Emperor shimmer in the heat lines on the grasslands horizon. Their debut release 'Impending' was self-released by the band last year to glowing reviews and the band has just completed their first Canadian tour this summer.

Black Tremor Facebook 




And on the other end of the country, the port of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has spawned the dual leviathan of JL and SJ that is Sea Witch. Dark things pound and echo in the depths, the guitar howls on the shoals and the cymbals break against the rocky shore... Oppressive and atmospheric funeral doom with a nautical bent. The band has released three highly praised independent cassettes (including one on Sunmask) in the past year and are currently recording their next full length.

Sea Witch Facebook






PRE-ORDERS : Debut album from Atmospheric / Depressive Black Metal band “NONE” available to pre-order
March 16, 2017

We are now taking pre-orders for NONE’s upcoming self-titled debut album due for release on April 11. NONE is a band that seemingly emerged out of nowhere, (as many do nowadays) lurking in obscurity somewhere in the pacific northwest and having managed to create a really visceral and chilling style of atmospheric and depressive black metal.

Along with the album, there is also a limited NONE shirt, available in sizes Medium through XX-Large. Pre-orders will ship out in the first few days of April!


NONE Packs
CD + Shirt - C$25 + s
Shirt - C$16 +s
CD - C$10 + s
Digital - C$0 or Donation*
*During pre-orders, the digital album is $2. 
When the album is released, the price will change to $0.




 ALBUM RELEASE : netra - Ingrats
March 9, 2017

The new album from netra is available now!

The third album full-length "Ingrats" is filled with raw and honest music that speaks to a common despair, internal psychosis, and the monotony of modern life. Mixing abrasive and claustrophobic depressive Black Metal, darkwave, trip-hop, and melancholic alternative rock, netra’s music has never been restricted by convention or tradition but on “Ingrats”, the hybridization of genres is perhaps more seamless than ever. The Black Metal feels urgent and sharp as ice, while the heavily distorted guitar tone is absolutely perfect as a contrast juxtaposed against the ominous darkwave melodies.

The perfect soundtrack for late-night walks in the city. The material on “Ingrats” is an all-out assault on the senses, a bitter pill that must be swallowed as an accompaniment for self-reflection. An album which can connect emotionally and leave you drained at the end.

netra packs are moving quick, but for now, they are still available in our shop.

Links:
Order CD | Order Shirt+CD+Sticker | Order Ultimate netra Pack  | Order "Urban Black Metal" Shirt | Digital
netra Facebook | netra Profile


 RELEASE NEWS: Sunmask and Hypnotic Dirge team up to release Black Tremor / Sea Witch split release February 24, 2017 Sunmask and Hypnotic Dirge present a split release from two of the best heavy instrumental bands out of Canada: The stoner folk doom of the prairies - Black Tremor, and the atmospheric nautical doom of the maritimes - Sea Witch. CD edition of the album will be released on March 24, 2017 in a jewel case with reversible covers. Sunmask will also release a limited edition cassette tape.

Black Tremor are a three piece stoner folk doom band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bass, drum and violin roil across the flatlands in advance of the coming storm... Melancholic violin swirls above the grit of fuzzed out slide bass and the beating drums; glimpses of Dirty Three, Earth and Godspeed You Black Emperor shimmer in the heat lines on the grasslands horizon. Their debut release 'Impending' was self-released by the band last year to glowing reviews and the band has just completed their first Canadian tour this summer. And on the other end of the country, the port of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has spawned the dual leviathan of JL and SJ that is Sea Witch. Dark things pound and echo in the depths, the guitar howls on the shoals and the cymbals break against the rocky shore... Oppressive and atmospheric funeral doom with a nautical bent. The band has released three highly praised independent cassettes (including one on Sunmask) in the past year and are currently recording their next full length.


We will begin taking pre-orders for the CD version of this release in about 2 weeks time.

Tracklist:
1 - Black Tremor - Hexus Part One
2 - Black Tremor - Hexus Part Two
3 - Sea Witch - Green Tide
4 - Sea Witch - As the Crow Flies Part One
5 - Sea Witch - As the Crow Flies Part Two

Black Tremor | Sea Witch | Sunmask Records

PRE-ORDERS : netra - “Ingrats” packages available now! February 22, 2017

The new album from netra, entitled “Ingrats” is due to be released on March 9. We are now offering some limited pre-order packs for “Ingrats” including some new netra shirts and stickers. A run of 50 shirts were printed so stock is limited.


Ingrats pack - $C25 + shipping

netra - Ingrats CD

netra - Urban Black Metal Shirt

netra Sticker (11cm x 7cm - all-weather vinyl)


Ultimate netra listener pack - $C40 + shipping

netra - Ingrats CD

netra - Urban Black Metal Shirt

netra Sticker (11cm x 7cm - all-weather vinyl)

netra - Sørbyen CD (2012)

netra - Mélancolie Urbaine CD (2010)

netra - Urban Black Metal Shirt - $C16 + shipping

netra - Ingrats CD - $C10 + shipping *Click on the titles above to link to the shop.



**Shipping rates on the "Ingrats pack" and the "Ultimate netra listener pack" is actually the same, so if you are still missing netra's first two full-lengths in physical copies, you can get both for $15 more.

All pre-orders will be shipped the week of March 6-10.

Thanks a lot for the support and interest!

netra Facebook | netra Profile 


 ALBUM RELEASE: Obitus- Slaves of the Vast Machine

February 16, 2017

THE BOOT IS FIRMLY ON YOUR FACE NOW.

So, today's the day, the release of our first album of 2017. The first of many to come in this very busy time! Over the coming weeks, there will be a lot more revealed about our upcoming releases, but for today, the focus is on absolute hopelessness and dystopia.

"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay."

Obitus packages available:

Shirt (M-XXL) + CD Combo - $C23 (+ shipping)
Shirt (M - XXL) - $C16 (+ shipping)
CD - $C10 (+ shipping)
Digital - Name Your Price

"A vision of our future dystopia is presented on 'Slaves of the Vast Machine", the new album from the Swedish Misanthropic Black Metal duo 'Obitus'. After their 2009 full-length "March of the Drones" and an EP in 2014 , they return with their most solid album yet! 

'Slaves of the Vast Machine' conveys human aimlessness and desperation amidst total social control with some brilliant icy riffs and dissonant tones. This is harsh progressive post-Black Metal that is relentless and chaotic from start to finish with some really solid tremolo-picking melodies, inexorable atmosphere, and a complete disregard for humanity. "



 RELEASE NEWS / SONG PREMIERE: NONE - selftitled [Atmospheric / Depressive Black Metal]
February 14, 2017

Atmospheric / DSBM band "NONE" will be releasing their debut self-titled album on Hypnotic Dirge on April 11, 2017 

Chilling and despondent music from the Pacific Northwest is what you’ll hear on NONE’s impressive debut album. The piercing guitar tone interwoven with haunting and depressing synth pads and piano melodies result in a sound that is constantly plodding forward, marching in despair towards an empty void. The solid blasting on this album provides a constant pulse and momentum while desperate shrieks, spoken words, and wails can be heard throughout. Make no mistake, this music is fucking cold and would serve as a perfect soundtrack to your death. An endless blizzard in a vast tundra. An album that will certainly appeal to Atmospheric Black Metal and DSBM listeners of such groups as Shining, Coldworld, and Woods of Desolation. 

Presented in a 6 panel digipack in a limitation of 300 copies. 
The track "Wither" is now streaming on Bandcamp


We will start taking pre-orders a couple weeks before the release and there will also be shirts and shirts + cd combo's available.


 
PRE-ORDERS: Obitus - Slaves of the Vast Machine CD, Merch, and Digital packages available!
January 25. 2017

The new album “Slaves of the Vast Machine” from the Swedish Dystopian Black Metal duo “Obitus” is now available to pre-order! “Slaves…” is the first new full-length from Obitus since 2009’s “March of the Drones” and should please the senses of all those who like dark and relentless Black Metal without a shred of hope.

Alongside the new album, a limited T-Shirt is also available, which you could order by itself or as a package with the CD for a reduced price! If you order the t-shirt or CD on Bandcamp, you will also receive the digital version of the album for free upon release on February 16.
Quantities are very limited - especially for XL and 2XL shirts so order quick to secure your copy!

All materials are expected to arrive from the production plants well ahead of the release date, so all those who pre-order will have their order shipped about a week prior to the release!

Finally - it should be mentioned that a second sample from “Slaves of the Vast Machine” has been posted on Bandcamp! If you would like to hear another part of this 45 minute track ahead of the album release, it is there. Unless you can restrict the temptation and remain patient until the full track is released on February 16!

RELEASE NEWS/SONG PREMIERE: netra premieres new track “Everything’s Fine” from upcoming “Ingrats” album!
January 18, 2017

The experimental and internationalist one-man project netra returns with the first new album since 2013 with perhaps his most focused work yet. After a number of years of silence from this project, the track “Everything’s Fine”, the first to be made available from netra’s upcoming album “Ingrats” is now premiering on Transcending Obscurity Webzine


Writing about the track "Everything's Fine", Chris Dahlberg had this to say:
Perhaps it’s appropriate that this early on in the album the instrumentals and vocals deliver some of their harshest and most depressive moments before delving into somber clean singing and experimental passages, as it serves as a good representation of the level of diversity the rest of the album is able to provide. The black metal sections are drenched in raw emotion, with the shrieking capable of sending shivers down your spine as the guitar leads twist and turn with jagged edges. But the further you get into Everything’s fine, the more it becomes clear that there’s a lot more to this piece. As the guitars and shrieks fade out, the tempo slows down and an eerie piano melody drives the song forward alongside some somber singing that has a gothic rock tinge to it. The sudden transitions between the mellower and chaotic sections are implemented perfectly, and just when you’ve started to wallow in the calmer melodies netra stabs you right in the throat with jagged edges.


The third full-length album“Ingrats”  (french for “ungrateful ones”)  is filled with raw and honest music that speaks to a common despair, internal psychosis, and the monotony of modern life. Mixing abrasive and claustrophobic depressive Black Metal, darkwave, trip-hop, and melancholic alternative rock, netra’s music has never been restricted by convention or tradition but on “Ingrats”, the hybridization of genres is perhaps more seamless than ever. The Black Metal feels urgent and sharp as ice, while the heavily distorted guitar tone is absolutely perfect as a contrast juxtaposed against the ominous darkwave melodies.

The perfect soundtrack for late-night walks in the city. The material on “Ingrats” is an all-out assault on the senses, a bitter pill that must be swallowed as an accompaniment for self-reflection. An album which can connect emotionally and leave you drained at the end.



Infectious. Claustrophobic. Intoxicating.
Take your soma and wander the streets for hours... 

“Ingrats” was mastered at Skansen Lydstudio (Manes, Atrox, Keep of Kallesin).
This is the critical next chapter for netra, the third installment and first new album in four years!


“Ingrats” will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records on 
March 9, 2017.
Pre-order packages including new shirts and bundles will be made available soon!

netra - "Everything's Fine" premiere @ Transcending Obscurity Webzine
netra Facebook | netra Profile

RELEASE NEWS: Obitus to release new album "Slaves of the Vast Machine" in mid February!
January 4, 2017

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever."

A vision of our future dystopia is presented on 'Slaves of the Vast Machine", the new album from the Swedish Misanthropic Black Metal duo 'Obitus'. After their 2009 full-length "March of the Drones" and an EP in 2014 , they return with their most solid album yet! 

'Slaves of the Vast Machine' conveys human aimlessness and desperation amidst total social control with some brilliant icy riffs and dissonant tones. This is harsh progressive post-Black Metal that is relentless and chaotic from start to finish with some really solid tremolo-picking melodies, inexorable atmosphere, and a complete disregard for humanity. 

This work is a single 45 minute track, a monolith without pause and as relentless as totalitarianism. 
This album will be co-released by Black Plague Records and Hypnotic Dirge Records on February 16, 2017.


COMPILATION RELEASE: Subarctic Nocturnes: Below the Wilted Grove [Volume III - MMXVI]
November 26, 2016

"Many moons have passed since our last compilation was released, but now we would like to present to you our third and final release of the Subarctic Nocturnes compilation series, “Below the Wilted Grove”. For those who revel in the simple yet brilliant sounds of acoustic medleys, accompanied by haunting vocals, trance-inducing rhythms, and droning violins, this is a collection of songs not to be missed! Fit for the rustic scenes of this dying season, “Below the Wilted Grove” is sure to ease its listeners into the most bitter of months ahead, as we’re lowered once again into the cold grave of another merciless winter.

Possibly our most surprising and dynamic compilation yet, the tracklist has been arranged, for the most-part, in an alternating order of instrumentals and lyrical songs, providing a balance of sonic worlds to be discovered, for adventurous and introspective minds alike. 

"Subarctic Nocturnes - Below the Wilted Grove" - Download/Stream


While each track bears its own genre-transcending qualities in contrast to the others, it’s worth noting that within roughly one-and-a-half hours of varied acoustic soundscapes we have included a live and unreleased track from Harrow (who is a recent addition to the HDR roster) and a subtle presence of the electric within many of the tracks submitted, such as those by Alberta’s “RAW”, Saskatchewan’s “Black Tremor”, British Columbia’s “Anilah”, Ukraine's "a noend of mine" (featuring Anton Belov and Alex Vynogradoff of "Kauan"), Oregon's "Aerial Ruin", and perhaps most notably through a guest appearance from Don Anderson (of “Agalloch”) on the track contributed by “Dolven”, who likewise hail from Oregon. Also among the 15 tracks included on this compilation, is a sneak peek of what’s to come from “Dwell in Moonblood”, a neofolk project based in Maine, USA, featuring HDR’s own Stephanie Sintra, and Brendan Hayter of “Obsidian Tongue” and “Thrawsunblat”.



We would like to extend a great deal of gratitude to all who have supported Hypnotic Dirge Records, now and over the years, and the incredibly driven and adept musicians who we’ve had this great pleasure of collaborating with! Without their undying dedication to their art, this compilation would not have been possible.. So please do not forget to visit their bandcamp pages as well, and show them your support! We hope you, listeners from around the globe, will enjoy this as much or even more than our past compilations, and share this within your circles of music-obsessed maniacs. Thank you."

Tracklisting:
1 - RAW - Death Waltz
2 - Aerial Ruin - Burn the Seasons
3 - Black Tremor - The Church
4 - a noend of mine - Dissolving Into Green
5 - Nathaneal Larochette - Farewell
6 - Thrawsunblat - She, Arboreal [Acoustic Version]
7 - Ulvesang - A Town of Ash
8 - Nechochwen - On the Wind
9 - Dolven - Inhale
10 - Harrow - Fallow Fields [Live & Ureleased Version]
11 - Musk Ox - Above the Clouds
12 - Crooked Mouth - Moontrance
13 - Dwell in Moonblood - Time: Waning Moon (Mischance of the Hour)
14 - Anilah - Warrior [Orignal Version]
15 - stroszek - I Resign



 

ALBUM RELEASE: Harrow - Fragments of a Fallen Star
November 8, 2016

Massive thanks for everyone's support this year! This is our last release of 2016 as we prepare for a very busy 2017. We already have some great releases in store for next year. HOWEVER, before getting ahead of myself, I encourage you all to check out my personal favourite Harrow album, "Fragments of a Fallen Star". Even though this album was originally released in 2013, it had never been released before on CD and the opportunity to release the CD version on HDR was too much to pass up!

Fragments of a Fallen Star - CD | Fragments of a Fallen Star - Digital

"Crafting a cathartic experience through introspective yet raw music, “Fragments of a Fallen Star” explores space by combining psychedelic drone, acoustic passages, and energetic atmospheric black metal to form what Daniel Vanderberg of Cult Nation called:” "the aural equivalent of a DMT trip, rocketing from the moons of Jupiter through a dimensional portal to frosty northern forests, pagan rituals and medieval battlegrounds.” A genuine spirit can be heard all throughout “Fragments…” an album of visceral energy and ritualistic capacity, an album rooted in claustrophobic and raw, yet atmospheric and infectious black metal, interlaced with haunting synth, and transcendent folk melodies.


“Fragments of a Fallen Star”, is at times sombre, othertimes haunting, sometimes spiritual, and still at other points abbrasive. It succeeds because it is able to paint a picture through patient and purposeful songwriting, revealing crescendos and cathartic peaks throughout. This album was originally self-released on cassette by Harrow in the summer of 2013. Now, more than three years later this underrated Blackened Folk album will be released in a digipack CD by Hypnotic Dirge Records on November 8. Fans and listeners of Alda, Skagos, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Blood of the Black Owl, Panopticon, Agalloch, Wolves In The Throne Room will appreciate Harrow!"

PRE-ORDER: Harrow - Fragments of a Fallen Star
October 17, 2016

The re-release of Harrow’s brilliant 2013 album “Fragments of a Fallen Star” is available to pre-order from Hypnotic Dirge Records! Previously released independently on cassette by Harrow, this is the first edition of the album on CD format - housed in a beautiful 4 panel digipack with new artwork from Jeremy Hannigan, and including liner notes and lyrics. This edition is strictly limited to 300 copies and will come with Harrow Logo stickers while stock lasts.

Crafting a cathartic experience through introspective yet raw music, “Fragments of a Fallen Star” explores space by combining psychedelic drone, acoustic passages, and energetic atmospheric black metal to form what Daniel Vanderberg of Cult Nation called: "the aural equivalent of a DMT trip, rocketing from the moons of Jupiter through a dimensional portal to frosty northern forests, pagan rituals and medieval battlegrounds.” A genuine spirit can be heard all throughout “Fragments…” an album of visceral energy and ritualistic capacity, an album rooted in claustrophobic and raw, yet atmospheric and infectious black metal, interlaced with haunting synth, and transcendent folk melodies. 


Fans and listeners of Alda, Skagos, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Panopticon, Blood of the Black Owl, Agalloch, and Wolves in the Throne Room will appreciate Harrow!




 

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