Vattnet Viskar, the New Hampshire based atmospheric black metal entourage have released their debut full-length album, Sky Swallower. I use the term “black metal” loosely. You will not hear any lyrics about Satan or continuous blistering blast beats. What you will hear is one of the best metal releases of 2013.
Sky Swallower is an epic masterpiece that is brilliantly composed of 8 infectious songs and interlude tracks. It is packed full of dynamics, emotion and mood shifting break downs, and moments that touch on the styles heard in Vintersorg‘s A Dialogue With The Stars, and The Ocean‘s Pelagial.
Starting the album off is New Alchemy. This brutal beast of a track hints at early Scandinavian black metal (only with high quality recording), then progresses into more of a melancholy doom metal style. The second track, Fog of Apathy, is the first single from the record and is one of the best songs off the album. It begins with haunting ambient sounds that lead into powerful vocals and melodically driven music that is sure to put goosebumps on your arms.
On September 5th, 2013 Vattnet Viskar released the video for Breath Of The Almighty, which is track 4. This video was directed by Josh Graham who is known best for being Neurosis’s visual and graphics artist. Breath Of The Almighty is one of the more artistically progressive tracks from the album. The song swells from nothing into monumental overlaying sounds led by vocals that resonate in your bones. The song is mixed with passages that back off from the brutal force and are replaced with eerie and subtle tones.
Binding all the songs together are 3 strategically placed interlude tracks(Tracks 3,5 &7); Monarch, Ascend As I Stared into the Sky. Sky Swallower is worth dedicating your time to and listening to it in its entirety. Each revisit to the album will bring a different experience. It will be hard to want to listen to anything else for a while.
In support of the release, Vattnet Viskar , along side label mates Intronaut, start their U.S. tour September, 12 in Tempe, Az. The Age of Metal will be at this show, so make sure to check back for full show coverage and an interview with Vattnet Viskar.
VATTNET VISKAR Tour dates with INTRONAUT:
9/12/2013 – Club Red/Red Owl – Tempe, AZ
9/14/2013 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/16/2013 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
9/18/2013 – The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
9/19/2013 – Diamond Pub & Billiards – Louisville, KY
9/20/2013 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
9/21/2013 – The Summit – Columbus, OH
9/22/2013 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
1. New Alchemy
2. Fog of Apathy
4. Breath of the Almighty
7. As I Stared into the Sky
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Record Label: Century Media Records
Playing Time: 36 minutes
Chris Alfieri – Guitar
Seamus Menihane – Drums
Nick Thornbury – Guitar/Vocals