Metal Injection is currently streaming Shores Of Mourning, the stunning debut full-length from black funeral doom/neofolk collective ISENORDAL, which currently features within its ranks members of Endorphins Lost, Wilt, and Thunder Grey Pilgrim.
Issues Metal Injection of the offering, “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…. Their debut offering Shores Of Mourning is exactly the kind of artsy and powerful black metal that would make their musical ancestors proud.”
Shores Of Mourning is out now digitally via the band’s official Bandcamp page as well as on limited cassette through Eternal Warfare Records. The CD edition will be released via Pest Productions at a later date.
Produced in 2016 as a testament to grief and an exploration of purgatory, in a time where the group itself was going through arduous lineup changes, Shores Of Mourning is a monument to ISENORDAL‘s camaraderie with members past and present, and an exploration of the changing of the tides towards and away from those we hold dear. It is a study in loss, and a cry for a long-absent sunrise over a sorrowful and chaotic plane. Mixing Cascadian black metal influences with funeral doom, Viking metal, and neofolk, Shores Of Mourning should appeal to fans of Wolves In The Throne Room, Subrosa, and Blood Fire Death-era Bathory.