DRUADAN FOREST (Vargrav) - Dismal Spells Part 2 - The Night Circus (CD) *PRE-ORDER: Your Entire Order Ships: Feb 23, 2024
Finland | Epic Black/Ambient
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WEREWOLF RECORDS is proud to present DRUADAN FOREST's highly anticipated fifth album, Dismal Spells Part 2 - The Night Circus, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
By now, DRUADAN FOREST should require little introduction. From their demos in the late '90s to the fever of work from 2016 onward, this Finnish entity has created a vast and magickal world like no other. Naturally, it should come as no surprise given that mainman V-Khaoz is an incredibly prolific veteran of the black metal underground for over 25 years now, and concurrently numbers the likes of VARGRAV, EMBRYONIC SLUMBER, and GRIEVE among his endeavors. With DRUADAN FOREST, however, the emphasis has always been on atmosphere and its transportative qualities. Whether the medium is ominous, titanic-gait black metal, cosmic ambient, pure dungeon synth, or some symbiosis of those, it matters not: the story - and the voyage - from this realm to another is paramount.
After the interstellar ambient of 2022's Portals, DRUADAN FOREST returns to a medieval age with Dismal Spells Part 2 - The Night Circus. As spelled out by its title, Dismal Spells Part 2 - The Night Circus is a companion record to 2019's Dismal Spells From the Dragonrealm, arguably V-Khaoz's most massive work to date: four tracks across 73 minutes, a none-more-immersive journey that felt even vaster than its epic length suggested. While scaled back to 38 minutes and comprising eight component tracks, Part 2 is no less immersive; if anything, it portends more magick and daresay whimsy, further fleshing out DRUADAN FOREST's pure dungeon synth worldview. The track titles give credence to this parallel shift - "Moonlight Sorcery," "Summer Night Orgies," and "Spells and Magic Potions," for example - while others suggest specific locales, like "Wizard's Hut," "Witches Lake," and "Black Towers of Kharanos," altogether serving as a sonic canvas for RPGs in the flesh or within the shadow soul. For his part, V-Khaoz stays within the parameters of dungeon synth - and, indeed, that was the aim with Part 2 - but he's never skimped on its sonic palette, always rendering his tones in rich, 3D sound and tastefully embellished songwriting; this is far from the pre-programmed, one-note garbage borne of Bandcamp trendiness. Almost deceptively soothing at times, the sometimes-sparse canvas of Part 2 nevertheless reveals shimmering expanses perhaps more on par with Portals than the first part of Dismal Spells Part 2 - The Night Circus.
But no matter where you meet DRUADAN FOREST, the man remains a master of mood, and he again offers infinite landscapes on which to roam. Dismal Spells Part 2 - The Night Circus is suitably completed by breathtakingly olde-world cover art courtesy of Misa Horkio.