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ISENORDAL Represent The Future Of Artsy Black Metal

This Agalloch worshipping black metal promises to be one of our favorite debuts of the year

This Agalloch worshipping black metal promises to be one of our favorite debuts of the year

It's rare to find a new band who really get what groups like Agalloch were trying to offer. There was obviously a whole movement of bands derived from that sort of stuff but you always gotta wonder to what degree they are just riding coattails. After all – remember when "Cascadian Black Metal" was a derogatory modifier? Some would say it still is. Sometimes though you stumble into a band who seem to totally get it, they have great melodies, lush orchestrations and songs that aren't just long to be long. Such is the case with Isenordal a folksy black metal band who are utterly down with the sickness. Their debut offering Shores Of Mourning is exactly the kind of artsy and powerful black metal that would make their musical ancestors proud.

The band had this to say:

Shores of Mourning is Isenordal's first full-length offering, comprised of material that has been waiting for years to be heard by an audience beyond our live rituals. The recording process fell at the end of a long and arduous series of lineup and stylistic changes from the IMBOLC MMXIV demo, and we finally feel we are able to progress forward musically into new territory. Shores of Mourning should be taken as a monument to grief, an exploration of loss fueled by the changing of tides towards and away from loved ones past and present… We are honored to be working with Eternal Warfare Records (US) for the cassettes and Pest Productions (China) for the CD edition which will be released sometime after our April/May tour of the United States. We wish to relay our gratitude and reverence to all those who listen to the album, and especially to our friends who we will see at the shows.

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Be sure to check them out live too:

April 8 – Salem, OR – The Space
April 9 – Grant's Pass, OR – The Bamboo Room at King Wah’s
April 10 – Chico, CA – 1078 Gallery
April 11 – Oakland, CA – The Golden Bull
April 12 – Santa Cruz, CA – Café Pergolessi
April 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Lexington
April 14 – Flagstaff, AZ – TBA
April 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad                                                                                                                     April 16 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Zodiac
April 17 – Denver, CO – Backspace
April 18 – Omaha, NE – O’Leaver’s
April 19 – Milwaukee, WI – TBA
April 20 – Appleton, WI – The Rad Pad
April 21 – Chicago, IL – TBA
April 22 – Detroit, MI – TBA
April 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s
April 24 – Providence, RI – Dusk
April 25 – Boston, MA – TBA
April 26  Worcester, MA – Distant Castle
April 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
April 28 – Baltimore, MD – Harm City
April 29 – Richmond, VA – TBA
April 30 – Asheville, NC – Odditorium
May 1 – Nashville, TN – TBA
May 2 – Baton Rouge, LA – The 524 Art Gallery
May 3 – Austin, TX – The Lost Well
May 4 – El Paso, TX – TBA
May 5 – Phoenix, AZ – TBA
May 6 – Las Vegas, NV – The Garth
May 7 – Reno, NV – Shea’s Tavern
May 8 – Portland, OR – High Water Mark
May 13 – Seattle, WA – Highline Bar
May 14 – Everett, WA – Obscurus

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