Ukrainian masters of epic heathen metal art Nokturnal Mortum are back with “Verity”, their first full-length record since much-acclaimed “The Voice of Steel”, which was released back in December of 2009. “Verity” CD will be released through Oriana Music/Musical Hall on the 8th of May 2017, while vinyl version of the album will be released later through Heritage Recordings. The live presentation of the record will be held at Kolovorot Nove Kolo fest in Kyiv on 24th of June 2017. The lack of full-length record during all these years does not mean the absence of activity. In 2011 the double live CD “Kolovorot” was released through Oriana Music (the vinyl edition was provided later by Osmose Productions) and in 2016 band presented 5CD retrospective compilation “22 Years Among the Sheep” (which also included tribute to Nokturnal Mortum from bands all across the world) and split album “The Spirit Never Dies” with old-time peers from Graveland on CD and vinyl (these releases were handled by Heritage Recordings). Besides that numerous live appearances took place (as well as line-up changes), but all this time the listeners were expecting the new full-length record, the name of which, “Verity”, was declared in 2010, not so long ago after the world had heard “The Voice of Steel”.
“Verity” took a long time and a lot of efforts to be composed and recorded, but this is truly a timeless work of metal art, worthy all expectations, all ups and downs, all the struggles which preceded it. There are no two similar albums in catalog of the band, and “Verity” is no exception. More dark and introspective, than its glorious predecessor from 2009, “Verity” leads the listener deep into the realms of ancient pre-pagan cults, where the one could obtain the simple and grim truths of existence in solitude and straight dialogue with nature and forces that came from far beyond the human world. At the same time the basis for Nokturnal Mortum music here is the one that cemented the whole legacy of the band in one frame: noble epic heathen metal art with roar of guitars and rumble of drums supported magnificent keyboard and traditional instruments arrangements. These elements create unique and unmistakable sound of the band, always bringing forth the strong and deep feelings. Another trademark of Nokturnal Mortum is making every song on the record the monument of its own, which is the natural rule of following “no filler” principle and also the band’s very own answer to tendency of countless releases sounding like a same one song. The band’s special gratitude goes to Greg Chandler (mixing and mastering at Priory Recording Studios) for incredible sound, Kristian Wåhlin for mesmerizing cover art and their designer Sir Gorgoroth for great layout, Vojtěch Moonroot Doubek for band logo, their studio engineer Nikita Shkuropat and all guest musicians who helped them: Alafern, Ivan “Burz” Kozakevych (Sectorial), W. Angel, Selvans Haruspex, Nadiya Melnyk, Mikhailo Kuzhba, Victoria Kravets.
As it was in 2010, when band disclosed the title “Verity”, right now Nokturnal Mortum decided to name the next full-length, yet to be written and recorded album “Оберіг”, which means a very special Slavic term, that can be translated like “The Talisman” or “The Amulet” and means protecting charm, giving the magical strength and protection to its bearer. However, most likely a few smaller records will be released before.
01. Зустріну тебе в імлі старій (intro)/ I’ll Meet You in Ancient Darkness (intro)
02. Мольфа/ Molfa
03. З чортом за пазухою/ With Chort in My Bosom
04. Смерековий дід/ Spruce Elder
05. Пісня хуги/ Song of the Snowstorm
06. Вовчі ягоди/ Wolfish Berries
07. У човні з дурнями/ In the Boat with Fools
08. Дика вира/ Wild Weregild
09. Ліра/ Lira (KOMU VNYZ cover)
10. Чорний мед/ Black Honey
11. Ніч богів/ Night of the Gods
12. Куди пливуть вінки рікою? (outro)/ Where Do the Wreaths Float Down the River? (outro)
Varggoth – guitars, vocals, keyboards
Jurgis – guitars, backing vocals
Rutnar – bass
Bairoth – drums
Hyozt – keyboards