Label: Blood Music Release Date: 11/10/14
Waerachtighe beschryvinghe van drie seylagien, ter werelt noyt soo vreemt ghehoort is my first experience with Dutch black metal. I have no idea what the title means. I don’t understand a single word of lyrics or samples used in each track. The recent debut by Netherland’s Grey Aura might be the most interesting black metal release of the year. It is a conceptual album that tells the tale of Willem Barentsz, a Dutch navigator on a journey through the Arctic. While the band is billed as an avantgarde act, the album is not experimental in the musical sense, but a compositional one. The story is told through a combination of atmospheric black metal and theater, occasionally splicing dramatic performances written by the band to drive the narrative.