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Fri, Mar 15


Cryptatropa Bar


Antifascist Black Metal and melodic doom!


Time & Location

Mar 15, 2024, 9:00 PM

Cryptatropa Bar, 421 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501, USA


ISENORDAL are different. Not fitting easily into

the given stylistic drawers can often turn out to

be both a blessing and a curse for a metal band

The six-piece from Seattle, WA in the United States

is particularly hard to pin down. If push comes

to shove, they could be described as a funeral

doom act, although this hardly does their wide

musical range justice. There are also notable

influences of black metal, especially the harsh

vocals but also the occasional vicious outbreaks of

blizzard-riffs. Then again, the metal elements are

diligently balanced by beautiful acoustic passages

of American neofolk. On their third full-length

'Requiem for Eirênê", ISENORDAL have driven

the interplay and cohesion of their musical core

elements to a new level. The epic, meandering

and multi-faceted songs on this album each tell

a dramatic story. Lead by various types of vocals,

both female and male, that flow organically into

each other, a wide array of instruments paints

highly dynamic and lush sonic pictures. Each song

of "Requiem for Eirênê" reveals a chapter of an

overarching conceptual story that spans the whole

of the album. The tale was written by drummer

Brian Spenser and reflects personal experience

that has been transformed into a profound

mythological world, which is musically illustrated

by ISENORDAL. In its course, the band is drawing

from ancient myth, occultism, astrology, and the

tarot among other symbolic systems to express a

spiritual journey involving love, loss, grief in all its

stages, hope, disappointment, exploitation, spiritual

revelation, surrender, and finally, apotheosis. With

'Requiem for Eirênê", ISENORDAL dare to face the

curse that creating different and unique music can bring, and they conjure the blessing that an

excitingly new and skilfully achieved magical

sound may award. May the American funeral doom

innovators reap the fruits of what they have so

bravely sown!

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