Thursday, October 15, 2020

Helevorn - "Aamamata" [2019]

Artist: Helevorn
Title: Aamamata
Genre: Gothic/Doom Metal
Country: Spain
Year: 2019

Track List:

  1. A Sail To Sanity 
  2. Goodbye, Hope
  3. Blackened Waves
  4. Aurora
  5. Forgotten Fields
  6. Nostrum Mare (Et deixo un pont de mar blava)
  7. Once Upon a War
  8. The Path to Puya
  9. La Sibil-la

Named after a lake in the Tolkien's legendarium, Helevorn were formed in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, a place that most people would associate with beach parties rather than any "kvlt" stuff, yet it also have one of the most beautiful Gothic style cathedrals and one of the best modern gothic/doom bands. I discovered Helevorn due to thhe song "Nobody is Waiting" off their debut album "Fragments":


Since then, the band has made a lot of progress, judging from their last release "Aamamata" which has a very interesting and rich sound. My personal favourites are "Aurora" and the multi-language song "Nostrum Mare". Release notes:

"Aamamata is the song that Death sings every day in the Mediterranean Sea, which has become a desolate pit for human lives.
‘Aurora’ is dedicated to all of those who have fallen by executions and political persecution during the fascist coup in Spain in 1936, and are still missing, buried in hundreds of unmarked mass graves but is especially dedicated to Aurora Picornell, a freedom fighter who stood up for liberty and civil rights, and was executed on January 5th, 1937.
More than 80 years after her death, her body has not yet been found"

"The album has been recorded at Psychosomatic studios by M.A Riutort and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, like their previous album, and the cover artwork has been made by Gonzalo Aeneas.
In the large list of contributions, you can find Heike Langhans of the Swedish band Draconian, who sings in a song of the album.
This new disc is a bit more epic, intense and dark than the previous ‘Compassion Forlorn’, who had excellent reviews and took the band to play in several European cities, and it will delight to all the Doom Metal fans over the world"

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