Black funeral doom/neofolk collective ISENORDAL began a month-long US tour earlier this month. The cross-country journey commenced on April 8th in Salem, Oregon and run through May 8th in Portland, Oregon. The band will play another show on May 14th in Everett, Washington with additional rituals to be confirmed in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.
ISENORDAL — which features members of Endorphins Lost, Wilt, and Thunder Grey Pilgrim — will be touring in support of their stunning Shores Of Mourning debut released last month. Produced in 2016 as a testament to grief and an exploration of purgatory, in a time where the group itself was going through arduous lineup changes, Shores Of Mourning is a monument to ISENORDAL’s camaraderie with members past and present, and an exploration of the changing of the tides towards and away from those we hold dear. It is a study in loss, and a cry for a long-absent sunrise over a sorrowful and chaotic plane. Mixing Cascadian black metal influences with funeral doom, Viking metal, and neofolk, Shores Of Mourning should appeal to fans of Wolves In The Throne Room, Subrosa, and Blood Fire Death-era Bathory.
Metal Injection hails the band’s, “great melodies, lush orchestrations, and songs that aren’t just long to be long,” further noting, “Shores Of Mourning is exactly the kind of artsy and powerful black metal that would make their musical ancestors proud.” Echoing Magazine writes, “Shores Of Mourning is everything great about the contradiction between loud/soft… it’s these contradictions that make the album so alluring.” Indy Metal Vault concurs, calling Shores Of Mourning, “an absolute monster of a record – it’s complex, it’s nuanced, and it deftly balances the aggressiveness of black metal with more pastoral acoustic passages. It’s also one of those rare albums that’s both immediately engaging and reveals itself slowly over the course of multiple listens…From first note to last, this record is fucking breathtaking in terms of its scope, its ambition, and its execution.”
Shores Of Mourning is out now digitally via the band’s official Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION. For the limited cassette edition, visit Eternal Warfare Records HERE. The CD edition will be released via Pest Productions later this year.
ISENORDAL [remaining dates]:
4/28/2017 Harm City – Baltimore, MD
4/29/2017 Mccormick’s Irish Pub – Richmond, VA w/ Eye Of The Destroyer, Throne Of Botis [info]
4/30/2017 Odditorium – Asheville, NC
5/02/2017 Mudlark Theater – New Orleans, LA w/ Barghest, Witch Burial [info]
5/03/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
5/04/2017 TBA – El Paso, TX
5/05/2017 TBA – Tucson, AZ
5/06/2017 The Garth – Las Vegas, NV
5/07/2017 Shea’s Tavern – Reno, NV w/ Dissidence [info]
5/08/2017 High Water Mark – Portland, OR
5/14//2017 Obscurus – Everett, WA w/ Dissidence [info]
ISENORDAL was birthed in the year 2013 in the Cascadian region of the United States. The band’s first demo release Imbolc MMXIV [Rust and Machine Records] encapsulated a sorrowful fusion of baroque and atmospheric black metal influences, and landed the band a west coast tour with Dallas’ Dead To A Dying World and fellow Pacific Northwest black metallers Addaura.