American Vinlandic folk metallers Isenmor from Baltimore have just released their new single “Saxon Shore“, which is available in their official Bandcamp page, as well as major online music retailers. “Saxon Shore” tells the story of the first wave of Anglo-Saxons to come to Britain as conquerors. The Saxon Shore was an area in southeast Britain originally fortified and manned to defend against Germanic raiders (referred to collectively as Saxons by the Romans). In time, the Romans recruited some of these same peoples to serve as soldiers, offering them settlement in this area in exchange for military service. These peoples eventually turned on the British, conquering them instead of fighting for them, carving out their own kingdoms that would eventually become England. While the song is written from the perspective of the Anglo-Saxons, the lyrics are mainly based on the version of the story first recorded by the British monk Gildas in his 6th Century work The Ruin and Conquest of Britain, which is largely unfavorable of the Anglo-Saxons. The end of the song includes a quote from Gildas’ work, from a letter the Roman inhabitants of Britain sent to the Emperor requesting aid against the Saxons. The Emperors rejection of these pleas for aid are seen as the end of Roman rule in Britain and the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
“Saxon Shore” is the first Isenmor recording featuring new violinist Mark Williams and new lead guitarist Daniel Tidwell! It was recorded at Spartan Sound Studios, Spring 2016, mixed and mastered by Daniel Tidwell.
Tim Regan – guitars, vocals
Nick Schneider – violin, vocals
Mike Wilson – bass, vocals
Jon Lyon – keys
David Spencer – drums
Daniel Tidwell – guitars
Mark Williams – violin