Something wicked this way comes, wending its way through damp back alleyways and down leafy New England back roads, whispering through still water and dark fog. The clarion call for the next great wave of American black metal has sounded, and Vattnet Viskar is leading the charge. They’ve once again followed the open road ahead, and returned bearing their most important work yet.
Originally formed in Plaistow, New Hampshire in the summer of 2010, the band started small and worked smart, cultivating a strong presence within their local DIY scene and online. In 2012, they aligned with a small Brooklyn label, Broken Limbs Recordings, to release a self-titled EP that, unbeknownst to them, would catapult them onto countless respected North American publications’ best-of-2012 lists. On the strength of that EP’s three ambitious, sprawling blackened doom epics, the band that Pitchfork called “the future of black metal in the United States” and Stereogum lauded as “propulsive and brutal, yet ambient and expansive” signed a deal with industry giants Century Media. After that, Vattnet Viskar spent the next year touring relentlessly across the United States, most notably appearing at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival, and clocking a whirlwind batch of shows at SXSW 2013. Their incendiary live performances awed audiences across the country and landed them on stacked bills alongside Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch, Inquisition, Altar of Plagues, and many more.
Now, with the autumn equinox not far off, Vattnet Viskar has completed work on their next blackened offering. Their debut full-length album was recorded at Universal Noise Storage under the watchful eye of producer Brett Boland, and features eight songs’ worth of masterfully executed atmospheric black metal devotion, filtered through the members’ own hardcore pasts and imbued with doom metal’s heart-rending heaviness. Sky Swallower is already one of 2013’s most highly anticipated efforts, and a shoo-in for album of the year honors.
Vattnet Viskar’s debut album will see a September 3rd release via Century Media Records. The best is yet to come.