This is the music the Cherusci played to honor a dead brother who’d fallen in battle. They’d place a handful of cold earth on his bloodied corpse, gulp the last of their mead to toast his life and then echo Malämmar throughout the Teutoburg Forest to mourn the loss of another dead hero.
Favorite track: IV.
Malämmar has created a sonic monument, primitive and sulfurous. Six instrumental tracks where an epic and old picture,
laden with iron and copper, myths and walls, battles and prisoners prevails. A heavy cadence, overwhelming, unsettling and
war traverses the howl LP. There are no hymns because there are no celebrations. The themes are litanies that offer landscapes
where the ruins of fortresses appears in the distance. Only ruins.
The tracks are untitled because they are part of a single piece, an absolute statement of musical rawness and aesthetics. There is
no place for anything beautiful, nothing hopeful, a few sunrises and almost no sunset.
Only echoes of footsteps on the land that have left behind an empire and desires to conquer another. Hunger and thirst.
Malämmar is the music that Hannibal would have chosen for the campaign against Rome in which crossed the Pyrenees and
the Alps with fifty thousand soldiers and forty elephants. Carthaginian relentless revenge. [José María Carrasco, RNE]
released December 1, 2016
Recorded and mixed by Victor Teller at Wave Factory Studio in summer 2016, Barcelona.
Mastered by Victor Garcia en Ultramarinos Costa Brava, Sant Feliu de Guíxols.
Artwork by Guillem Bosch.
Released on record vinyl by:
Dunk!Records, La Choza de Doe, Pick Your Twelve and Error! Music.
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