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Data di uscita: 31 marzo 2021
formato: LP CD
New ISKANDR tunes on 12" vinyl with CD listening copy.
Mastered for vinyl by Greg Chandler at Priory Studios UK.
ISKANDR continues to roam, wider and wistfully, with the epic new EP Gelderse Poort. Comprising two tracks for a total of 24 minutes, Gelderse Poort is a thematically unified release, offering yet more depth to the already-deep ISKANDR aesthetic. The EP’s title track was recorded during the Euprosopon sessions and deal with O’s home region and both the spiritual connection and distance to one's place of origin. The “Gelderse Poort” is a literal name for the region where the Rhine enters the Netherlands from Germany, since it is on this border that the river cuts a path through two elevated areas and, as such, resembles a sort of "gate" into the Netherlands. As O explains, “I take this 'gate' as a more symbolic entity, a metaphorical entryway into or exit from one's home – that moment whenever you feel like 'Ah, I'm back again!' or the other way around, 'Damn, I feel very far removed from home right now.' Fittingly, the title track spans a wealth of sonic terrain, from spacious ‘n’ pastoral to the searingly violent, but all with ISKANDR’s characteristically deft and dynamic touch.
“Het Graf,” the second track, features a spoken rendition of a part of the poem "het Graf" (English: “The Grave”) by Dutch writer Rhijnvis Feith, spoken by O’s father. Even moodier than Gelderse Poort’s title track, dipping into eerily quiet passages brimming with beauty and tension alike, the song fittingly deals with death, the finitude of life, and youth vs. old age. “It was very significant to have my dad on the record since all ISKANDR material is pretty personal in nature,” O enthuses, “and having him recite a poem dealing with these existential themes is a very meaningful addition to my discography, I feel.”
Meaningful, and essential: ISKANDR’s discography may be spare still, but the band’s vision continues to be breathtaking. Set sail for splendor and wonder with Gelderse Poort!
Follow up to Heilig Land, same sound and aesthetic, albeit even more mature in terms of songwriting. Band belong to the HN collective with Turia and Lubbert Das among others.
Nothing but top notch quality and obscure ritualistic sounds by the otherwise notorious collective of Haeresis Noviomagi
Initially released as a cassette in a very limited run and quickly sold out, Heilig Land is now released on LP, limited to 500 copies.
While stepping into archetypical black metal patterns ISKANDR offer an extremely intense and imaginative approach, combining fiery tones with painful melodies, an inconvenient yet warm sound, a mesmerizing repetition ,all leading to the esoteric manifestation that Heilig Land is :”An ongoing reflection on personal surroundings; connections between places and memories. An introspective journey of which this chapter is but a first step”