Ljáin stream at IndyMetalVault.com

Ljáin stream at IndyMetalVault.com

Today, black metal mavericks Ljáin stream their highly anticipated Endasálmar og klofnar tungur compilation at IndyMetalVault.com. Set for international release on April 20th via Signal Rex, hear Ljáin's Endasálmar og klofnar tungur in its entirety exclusively HERE.

Hailing from the white-hot Icelandic black metal scene, Ljáin is a relatively newer work of the prolific H.V Lyngdal, most known for Icelandic scene-spearheaders Wormlust. Indeed, some similarities between that band and Ljáin can be heard across the two EPs that comprise Endasálmar og klofnar tungur - spiraling, almost-improvisatory songwriting, bleary atmosphere, bug-eyed performance - but Lyngdal definitely shows a new side of himself here. In many ways, Ljáin is the alpha to Wormlust's beta, foregoing the smoother, more ambient-intensive moments for hideous, hallucinogenic overload. Blown-out and bellicose, reveling in the murk and chaos whilst navigating a clear-cut path to oblivion, the seven songs comprising Endasálmar og klofnar tungur are grim, black metalled abandon taken to their penultimate end.

And yet, sombre delicacy nevertheless exists within Ljáin's soundworld; tracks occasionally dip and disintegrate into forlorn lullabies, all before the inevitable jet-propulsion into another miasmic vortex. And underneath it all reside strange reverberations that, in the skillful hands of Lyngdal, are anything but accidental: haunting ghosts of fractured memory, wandering endlessly in search of a home. All is sonic confrontation - and there is simply no escape.

Compiling both the Endasálmar and Klofnar tungur EPs from 2016, Endasálmar og klofnar tungur is a convenient and above all compelling introduction to the upside-down world of Ljáin. Light a candle and embrace the shadows...

Step fully in exclusively HERE, courtesy of IndyMetalVault.com. Preorder info for the CD and vinyl LP formats can be found HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Ljáin's Endasálmar og klofnar tungur

1. Eilíf þjáning

2. Svartigaldur

3. Hlekkir holdsins

4. Endasálmar

5. Klofnar tungur

6. Úr vansköpuðum draumum

7. Með blóði þínu

Tracks 1-4 from Endasálmar 

Tracks 5-7 from Klofnar tungur 



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