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Iotunn - "The Tower of Cosmic Nihility" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Iotunn "Access All Worlds"
The spirits are bound
In a portrait of mind
Arrested ebb and flow
And the story so far
The loss of style and form
Shapes distort, patterns dissolve
All rage and elation
Pushed towards then off the edge

I believe in solace
I accept meaninglessness
I believe in blindness
And I embrace the emptiness

The tower of cosmic nihility
The farseeing eye that reveals
We may wander
Lost in its light
The cosmic horror empowers me
An escape from my need to believe
I stare into the vast cold void to conquer

The silvery light, the prospect of attaining
Of returning
Eludes the feeble grasp of hope
This dour and slavish pace
Through infinite bewildering starry mists
And blackness that lifts the burden of will off our hands

Οι Iotunn μας έρχονται από την Δανία. Δημιουργήθηκαν πριν από έξι έτη και η μουσική τους πρόταση βρίσκεται στην καρδιά του progressive metal. Μουσική προοδευτική όχι με την τυπική (και τυποποιημένη) έννοια του όρου, αλλά την ουσιαστική.

Η μουσική τους πρόταση αποτελεί ένα αμάλγαμα από heavy, power, doom, black και death metal υπό ένα space rock πρίσμα (κυρίως λόγω της στιχουργικής θεματολογίας). Το ντεμπούτο τους ήταν το ep "The Wizard Falls" που κυκλοφόρησε το 2016. Ο πρώτος "ολοκληρωμένος" τους δίσκος φέρει τον τίτλο "Access All Worlds" και "βγήκε" στα τέλη Φεβρουαρίου. Πιθανά ο πρώτος "μεγάλος" δίσκος του 2021...

Δελτίο τύπου: «In early 2020 Jesper, Jens Nicolai and Bjørn set for Gothenburg, Sweden, where Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, At the Gates, Dimmu Borgir) mixed and mastered the album at Fredman Studios.

The result is Access All Worlds. Seven songs driven by creative curiosity and artistic honesty. Seven songs that initiate feelings and reflections. Access All Worlds is an epic; a cosmic and contemplative journey of energetic beauty and ferocity that reflects on human existence set in a storyline following daring space travelers.

The music is grounded in roaring, colorful drumming and crushing bass, while the sonic horizon is painted with a vast spectrum of guitar-driven expression, all overarched by narration through diverse vocals. "We wanted to make an epic, strong and atmospheric yet rocking record both musically and lyrically.

Jón came with the idea based on space travelers trying to find answers to the apocalypse which reflects many of the impressions, feelings and thoughts human life holds that originates from something vast, mysterious, chaotic and breathtakingly spectacular.

Everything just went berserk regarding the album theme. Is everything occurring in the lyrics just a dream? Is the album an allegory for any individual's chapters in life? Where does the album actually start and end? Stuff like that. We find that the album can be interpreted in various ways.

For us, the album is a truly exciting journey and we hope it will be for the listener as well on his or her own terms", says guitarist Jens Nicolai. Visually, "Access All Worlds" was completed by Nicole Kantor (design and layout) and Eliran Kantor (artwork) (Testament, Atheist, Hatebreed, Soufly, etc).»

Band: Iotunn
Country of origin: Denmark
Location: Copenhagen, Hovedstaden
Formed in: 2015
Genre: Progressive Metal
Years active: 2015-present

Video: "The Tower of Cosmic Nihility"
Video by: Mathayad
Album: "Access All Worlds"
Type: Full length
Release date: February 26th, 2021
Label: Metal Blade Records
Format: CD, 2 12" vinyls, Digital

Track listing:
01. Voyage of the Garganey I
02. Access All Worlds
03. Laihem's Golden Pits
04. Waves Below
05. The Tower of Cosmic Nihility
06. The Weaver System
07. Safe Across the Endless Night

Band members:
Bjørn Wind Andersen - Drums
Jesper Gräs - Guitars
Jens Nicolai Gräs - Guitars
Jón Aldará - Vocals
Eskil Rask - Bass

Miscellaneous staff:
Fredrik Nordström - Mixing, Mastering
Eliran Kantor - Artwork
Nicole Kantor - Design, Layout

Jesper Gräs: «The widths of this song, its insistent drive and the passion and melancholy of the lyrics made us choose 'Tower' as one of the singles. It will surely become essential for coming shows. In collaboration with video artist Mathias Riis, we think we have gained new perspectives on the song and put it in a very strong visual context.»

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