Jorge Blutaar, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies. "Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself".
In conclusion De gjenlevende is not certainly among the most exciting album released in 2015, but it is very good and can surely appeal to those who like symphonic and folk melodies.
Release date: March 16 2015 on Dark Essence Records. De gjenlevende translates in Norwegian for 'The Surviving'. The digital album can be purchased through the Bandcamp player below at the price of 8 euros.
1. De gjenlevende
2. Natt … og taust et forglemt liv
3. Bøkens hymne
5. Gjeternes tunge steg
6. Tusen kall til solsang ny
Fornjot: clean vocals, piano, keyboards, bassoon
Slagmark: vocals, guitar, bass
Tatiana Palanca: vocals (female)
Ricardo Odriozola: violin,viola
Danilo Kadovic: French horn
Kristina Winiarski: cello
Morten Nome: double bass
Text by Herjann