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VANUM - Burning Arrow, LP

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Gewicht: 350 g

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Regular jacket with pantone print, lyric sheet  on offset paper, black vinyl.
Edition of 500 copies.
US import from Psychic Violence Records.

Conceived over the course of years, founding members K. Morgan (Ash Borer) and M. Rekevics (Fell Voices) forged this new entity in the fall of 2014. After years of close musical alignment, including multiple split releases and tours together in other acts, this release marks the first time that the two have committed a collaborative effort to tape.

While unique in it's aura, Realm of Sacrifice draws a heavier influence from the old tradition of black metal than other related projects. Rather than simply combining the oppressive drone of Fell Voices with the harrowing desolation of Ash Borer, Vanum showcases a more sharply focussed and stirring form of black metal. Intense, caustic tremolo washes effortlessly weave in and out of cold and somber mid-tempo sections, masterfully held together by powerful and creative drumming and an extremely potent vocal performance. Through a deep understanding of their craft as well as an attention to detail resulting from years of dissecting the black metal genre, Vanum has produced one of the genre's more striking releases in recent memory, and one that holds up against any of the founding members' previous outputs.

Burning Arrow is the second release from Vanum, the collaborative project of K. Morgan (Ash Borer, Predatory Light) and M. Rekevics (Fell Voices, Vilkacis, Vorde). Following their debut album, Realm of Sacrifice (released on Profound Lore Records) the Burning Arrow EP reveals a band both expanding their sonic palette and rigorously seeking the distillation of their own essence.  

Though the sound of the band hasn't ultimately changed wildly, there have been key shifts that distinguish this release from not only Morgan and Rekevics' other bands, but also Vanum's own previous output. The duration of the individual songs, as well as the arc of the entire mLP, have been streamlined and trimmed of all fat. A muscularity and sense of triumphant might define the composition. This increased focus on riff-craft, embraced while managing not to eschew atmosphere, reveals the significant influence of classic Hellenic black metal alongside the furious Slavic sound that has consistently been a part of Vanum's musical identity. This new sonic influence, paired with a more belligerent and outward looking lyrical approach, serve to create an aura of bombastic power and arrogant glory; a marked contrast to the largely melancholy and inward looking mood and concept of the previous album.

Perhaps ultimately, the name of the release is the most convenient illustration of it's own essential qualities. Realm of Sacrifice was marked by both the sorrow and endurance evoked and demanded by the rite of ritual sacrifice, while Burning Arrow is exactly what it's own namesake would also suggest; Concise, cutting, and ablaze with warlike intention.  The sharpened point of Vanum.

Recorded and mixed by Andrew Oswald. Mastered by Dan Lowndes with cover art by Todd Ryan White.