Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WILD HUNT debut album

Wild Hunt's debut full-length album, Before the Plane of Angles, is set for a May 1 release on Kemado Records.

From Oakland, California, Wild Hunt's epic, progressive sound draws influence from black metal, traditional heavy metal, ambient music, and beyond. From triumph to melancholia, Wild Hunt's long, winding songs twist and turn but always push forward.

Majestic dual-guitar lines race atop forward-charging rhythms, led by the soaring harmonies and blackened screams of singing drummer Harland Burkhart. The band's intense, mystical vibe honors past musical forms while forging ahead in a progressive-minded way. Drummer of Agalloch and Worm Ouroboros, Aesop Dekker has publicly hailed Wild Hunt, praising the band's "craft, musicianship, and songwriting".

Much as the music evokes the sense of a journey, the lyrics center around altered states of perception and man's ongoing quest toward enlightenment. Before the Plane of Angles is a conceptual record, intended to be experienced in one sitting. With ambient passages linking one song to the next, it plays as one continuous piece of music - an ode to the album format.

Before the Plane of Angles was recorded and mixed by Laudanum/ex-Asunder bassist Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios (Saviours, Ghoul). The ambient sections were recorded and mixed by the band - including field recordings captured on location in places like Tennessee Valley Park in Marin County. The album was mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx (Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra).

A remarkable debut album from this Oakland band - more a trip than a collection of songs - Before the Plane of Angles reflects its creators' respect for music of the past and their willingness to push fearlessly into the future.