British black metal mavericks Fellwarden stream their highly anticipated second album, Wreathed in Mourncloud, at Decibel magazine’s website. Set for North American release on June 26th via Eisenwald, hear Fellwarden‘s Wreathed in Mourncloud in its entirety exclusively HERE.
The genesis of Fellwarden began in 2014: inspired by the rearing landscapes and quiet, understated majesty of the fells of North-Western England, Fen frontman The Watcher embarked on a quest to embody the ambience of the region through soaring, epic black metal. Envisaged from the outset as a studio-only project, Fellwarden permits The Watcher to truly push the limits of creative expression, adding layer upon layer to each piece and building vast textures within extreme metal soundscapes.
Aided by the percussive power of renowned drummer Havenless (now also of Fen), The Watcher spent several years crafting the material that would finally see the light of day in 2017 in the form of Fellwarden‘s acclaimed full-length debut, Oathbearer. Reflective guitar ambience, billowing synths, and searing black metal fuse seamlessly to provide the backdrop to The Watcher’s tales of forgotten heroism, sacrifice, and the eternal steadfastness of landscape.
As soon as the album was released to the world, attention then turned to crafting the follow-up: The Watcher had only begin to scratch the surface of what needed to be said and therefore spent the best part of two years sculpting Fellwarden‘s sophomore release. This expression is now finally ready to be unleashed to the world in the form of Wreathed in Mourncloud.
Taking the template set down on the debut and building upon it in every way, Wreathed in Mourncloud delivers a huge, widescreen journey across rugged realms steeped in ancient, half-forgotten tales and redolent with the whispers of old ghosts. Waves of guitars and bombastic keyboards are propelled by the inventive poundings of Havenless’ expert battery. The Watcher meanwhile adopts myriad voices with which to bring these five stories to life – harsh screams, proud bellows, desperate roars, and sorrowful choirs speak of loss, regret, resolve, and tragedies long since dissolved within the mists of time.
>From the chiming opening refrains of “Pathmaker” to the final, strident, and harrowing conclusion of “Upon Stone,” Wreathed in Mourncloud represents a captivating 60-minute traverse into shadow-haunted canyons and across wind-scoured plateaus. With stunning artwork courtesy of legendary black metal artist Kris Verwimp, the record will once again be delivered courtesy of Germany’s Eisenwald in CD and vinyl editions.
In the leadup to its worldwide release this Friday, stream Wreathed in Mourncloud in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America’s only monthly metal magazine. Aforementioned cover art and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Fellwarden’s Wreathed in Mourncloud
1. Pathmaker [7:54]
2. Scafell’s Blight [7:44]
3. A Premonition [3:55]
4. Wreathed in Mourncloud [10:35]
5. An Elder Reckoning [11:42]
6. Upon Stone [12:38]