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ISKANDR stream new EISENWALD album

Today, Dutch black metal elite Iskandr stream the entirety of their highly anticipated third album, Vergezicht, at heavily trafficked web-portal Set for international release on September 24th via Eisenwald on CD and vinyl LP formats – cassette edition to be released under the sign of Haeresis Noviomagi. – hear Iskandr‘s Vergezicht in its entirety exclusively HERE.

Iskandr, the enigmatic heathen black metal project by creator O, returns in the autumn of the year MMXXI with their third full-length album. In two albums and two EPs spread out between MMXVI and now, the project has seen an interesting arc of development from spacious atmospheres and regal solitude towards both a more battle-hardened aggression as well as elaborate acoustic instrumentation. The new album Vergezicht not only delivers on what these earlier releases promised but further elevates Iskandr into higher planes of compositional complexity.

Utilizing a variety of electric and acoustic instruments – as well as a wide array of vocal techniques – the sound of Iskandr has ventured further into realms of monumental sonic architecture. The fruitful collaboration between O’s musical direction and engineering and M. Koop’s foundational drumming provides a degree of clarity and forcefulness to the record that goes well beyond anything put out under the Haeresis Noviomagi banners until now. The regal triumphalism of its MMXVIII predecessor Euprosopon is further expanded upon, yielding six hymns chronicling stories of heroic resistance, deceit, and regeneration.

Opener “Gezag” gradually builds an atmosphere of mythical pastoralism before diving into a combative mid-paced epic that transports the listener into a realm both imagined and real, a past without a present. “Bloeddraad” solidifies the established sound of Vergezicht and cascades into a grand finale reminiscent of Bathory’s Hammerheart. Throughout the tracks “Gewesten der Tijd,” “Baken,” and “Verbod,” Iskandr meanders between windswept adventurism and stoic martial registers, culminating in the splendor of “Verbod”’s ending. Closing track “Het Slot,” the longest and most aggressive, while ending in a highly devotional ambiance, reaffirms this record as a terrifically ambitious undertaking.

Drawing equally from Bathory’s mid-era albums, King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King, the early works of both Enslaved and Hades, as well as Neurosis’ A Sun that Never SetsVergezicht signifies a crowning moment in this era of Iskandr. Six majestic paeans to those whose banners are only illuminated by the fires of rebellion. An ode to resistance and refusal to admit defeat in the face of a great devouring chasm.

In the leadup to its international release this Friday, hear Vergezicht in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Iskandr’s Vergezicht
1. Gezag [10:50]
2. Bloeddraad [8:22]
3. Gewesten der Tijd [13:02]
4. Baken [7:31]
5. Verbod [10:04]
6. Het Slot [13:54]


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