ANIMA NOSTRA - the Sweden/UK-based industrial/doom duo founded by Henrik Nordvargr Björkk and Margaux Renaudin - will release the devastating works of their second full-length album, Atraments, through Malignant Records in June.
Advancing the album's looming release, Cvlt Nation has unveiled the new track named in the image of the band, premiering the ominous "Anima Nostra," alongside an in-depth explanation of the song's origin, which includes, "The song is partly based upon the The Key To The Mysteries by Eliphas Levi, but it also holds deeper hidden meanings; the Kheberian (HKBK) and Emexerian (MXRN) currents and their relation to Anima Nostra."
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In recent days, ANIMA NOSTRA also leaked the Atraments track "Blameless" via YouTube; view it HERE.
Completed with artwork by Thomas Ekelund (Trepaneringsritualen) and Portugese occult calligrapher Gordoletters, ANIMA NOSTRA's Atraments will see release through Malignant Records digitally and on digipak CD on June 16th. Stand by for preorder links, additional audio/visual accompaniments to the album, and more to see release.
Initially the name of a collaborative CD between Henrik Nordvargr Björkk and Margaux Renaudin released on Cold Spring in 2016, the duo has now relabeled and solidified themselves under the ANIMA NOSTRA moniker, and in turn, broadly expanded their sonic palette, taking the more intimate ritual ambient aspects of the debut, and incorporating them as part of towering constructs that blur the line between death industrial, doom metal, and neo-classical.
With its upward swells of foreboding brass, fearsome tribal percussion, and hammering, bass-heavy dirge, ANIMA NOSTRA's second album Atraments is the unleashing of something truly monumental and cataclysmic, eclipsing nearly everything Nordvargr has ever been associated with in of scope and grandeur. Integral and prominent in the mix are heavily serrated and imperious vocals, employed to drag the listener inexorably into an inferno of apocalyptic proportions, while adding a more structured "song" element and trumpeting the arrival of an inevitable doom. Atraments stands firmly as a vision complete and the perfect soundtrack for times of great tumult.