“Welving” is the second full length album by enigmatic Dutch experimentalists HADEWYCH and the result of continuing explorations into the grotesque and monumental. With an extensive percussion section and an instrumentarium that includes several home-built and prepared instruments, HADEWYCH seeks to provide a sonic experience that fascinates as much as it is unnerving.
Sporting a stylistic palette that ranges from ceremonial and ritual atmospheres to angular monolithic stomping and cathartic excesses, HADEWYCH manages, like no other, to coalesce these strains into their own distinct, unsettling vernacular. Thematically, the album recounts tales of gargantuan cosmic events, chthonic ritual celebrations, intense hymns to beginnings and ends – with the human state as an inept mouthpiece for the vastness that lies beyond.
Remastered for vinyl, with new artwork by Unknown Relic, Tartarus Records will give “Welving” the long-awaited vinyl release on August 28th.
HADEWYCH is a collective comprised of Dutch, German and Swedish experimental musicians led by Peter Johan Nÿland – a.k.a. nOh v°v of Trepaneringsritualen – that also features members of Distel, Volksweerbaarheid and O Saala Sakraal. Even though HADEWYCH has performed live throughout their career, these live rituals have become rare, yet remain as unique visually as in its auditory essence. In 2019, Nÿland participated under the HADEWYCH moniker in the mammoth “Maalstroom” performance at Roadburn Festival, that featured many musicians from the Dutch metal underground.
Their sound has slowly evolved from atmospheric neofolk and black ambient on their eponymous album in the late 2000s, via experimental ritual EP “Nu”, to an idiosyncratic sonic channeling that they have coined as “ultra grotesque”: a colossal amalgam of interacting influences ranging from black metal, industrial and ritual ambient to 20th century avant-garde composers, which yet continuously escapes definitive classification with each track.
2018 saw the fruit of this stylistic course adjustment in the shape of second full-length “Welving”, released by Malignant in the US. The album was reissued as a cassette by Cloister Recordings a year later. Now, the long awaited redesigned vinyl edition by Tartarus has come to see the light of day.
HADEWYCH are currently recording the follow up release to “Welving”: their 3rd and final album titled “Vier”, which will again feature contributions from various co-conspirators.