That first song on one riff... repeating, hypnotizing, seducing... tying you up, tightening. And when you're already boiled soft and ready to cooperate, the initiation begins. You may survive it. Or not.
One of the releases that garnered the most attention in 2013 was Irkallian Oracle’s “Grave Ekstasis” tape. Released on Kristian Olsson’s obscure tape label, Bolvark, the tape quickly sold out as word spread regarding the quality of both the music and aesthetics of this exceptional release. Never intended to be treated as a “demo” in the traditional sense, “Grave Ekstasis” is an overture to Irkallian Oracle’s continued descent into the nether regions of the spirit. It was conceived of and executed as a cohesive project and meant to be released and regarded as an album – a thematically and sonically complete exploration of the concepts around which the project revolves. The esoteric Death Metal played by Irkallian Oracle superbly reflects the interwoven traditions of Death and Black metal with the arcane ritualistic nature of the latter subsumed within the physically oppressive structure of the former. Considering this is the first release from this band, it seems obvious that Irkallian Oracle is poised to assume a stature commensurate with other similarly oriented bands such as Dead Congregation and Necros Christos. The lyrical and conceptual framework of Irkallian Oracle is equally impressive – the depth of the non-musical content on this recording requires particularly intense immersion to fully apprehend. Due to the praise immediately heaped upon it, the “Grave Ekstasis” tape sold out rapidly. Thus, when NWN! approached the band about working together in the future, the logical first step was to release “Grave Ekstasis” on vinyl and cd for wider distribution as Irkallian Oracle prepares for it’s next highly anticipated album.
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Researched Icelandic bands before being able to visit the country in 2019 and found primarily Misþyrming!!!! They reignited and intensified an existing ( and somewhat on the back burner at the time ) love of heavy music. Even listened on the flight there! I have gotten into a lot of great bands because of them. hellaganj2000
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PSA: if there was an album you heard a couple years ago and thought it was ok, listen to it again and you might love it.
That's what happened to me with this album. I cannot fathom why it didn't stick with me back then. Same thing happened with Decoherence's Unitarity for that matter. Matten