GRÀB (“old”, “grey)” have released the track ‘Nachtkrapp’ for which asinister video has been dropped earlier this year as the first single taken from their forthcoming album “Zeitlang” (“Yearning”), which is slated for release on October 1, 2021. The Bavarian black metal outfit also reveals cover art, tracklist, and further details of their harsh full-length. Please view all information below.
The video clip ‘Nachtkrapp’ is now available for immediate publication via the following link: https://youtu.be/ZdxMyswOQIo
GRÀB comment: “The title of our first single ‘Nachtkrapp’ loosely translates as ‘Night Raven’, which is the name of a dark creature of ancient Bavarian folklore”, explains singer and poet Grant. “According to its cautionary legend, this malicious spirit abducts children by nightfall. This is the reason for parents to tell their children playing outside to come home as soon as it gets dark – to be safe from the Nachtkrapp that lurks in the rising night to take them forever to the dark side.”
The Bavarian lyrics tell of the concept album’s protagonist, the old man remembering his childhood and fear of the dark and the terror of the Nachtkrapp:
“Koa Lacha mehr, koa häifad’ Hand,
na irrst auf ewig durch sei Neamadsland,
nur von da Weitn leicht no a Liacht,
dei kloane Seel’, die im Schattn kriacht”
“No laughter anymore, no helping hand
from now on you’re lost in his no man’s land
yet from the distance shines a light,
your tiny soul creeping in the shadows”
1. Sched oreidig
6. A Dåg im Herbst
7. Auf da Roas
8. S’ letzte G’leit
9. A Gråbliacht
“Zeitlang” is the harsh debut full-length of Bavarian black metal act GRÀB featuring founding vocalist Grant. The former DARK FORTRESS frontman has written the entire concept album in a local dialect of Germany’s southernmost Alpine state.
When black metal was redefined particularly in Scandinavia during the early 90s, the style quickly adopted a local component with such bands as ENSLAVED or BORKNAGAR taking inspiration from local history, legends, and language. When black metal became a global phenomenon, more acts chose this path with examples ranging from Romania’s NEGURĂ BUNGET to Cascadian USBM pioneers WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM.
GRÀB, which means “old and grey”, are lyrically following this tradition by telling the story of an old man, who has chosen to withdraw from society into an isolated cottage deep in the mountains, where he reflects on his life while his death edges ever closer. The story on “Zeitlang” (“Yearning”) begins in his early childhood with the song ‘Nachtkrapp’ (“Night Raven”) and continues all the way to his end, which is illuminated by the track ‘A Gråbliacht’ (“A Grave Lantern”).
Musically, GRÀB are picking up the Norwegian strands of early GEHENNA, ULVER, and DARKTHRONE as well as being inspired by German NAGELFAR and LUNAR AURORA. Yet true to their topic, the Bavarians include traditional local elements, which is instrumentally expressed by the use of hammered dulcimer, zither and alphorn.
Vocalist and Bavarian poet Grant views “Zeitlang” as his personal musical legacy. Join the singer and GRÀB on their equally intimate and forceful quest into the dark and stark places of the human mind and Alpine nature where there are no safe spaces.
Release date: October 1, 2021
Grant – vocals, poetry
Gråin – guitar, bass, synth
Seb – drums
PK (Abigor) – additional lead guitars on ‘Zeitlang’
Schwadorf (Empyrium) – hammered dulcimer and composition on ‘Auf da Roas’
Morean (Dark Fortress) – undertone vocals and guitar on ‘Sched oreidig’
Paymon (former Dark Fortress) – keyboard
Diverse guest musicians performing folk instruments
Vocal recording by Stefan Karl at Studio Kagers
Drum recording by Markus Stock at Studio E
Undertone vocal recording of Morean by V. Santura at Woodshed Studio
Mix & mastering by Thomas Taube at Five Lakes Studio
Conceptual artwork by Benjamin König (Sperber Illustrationen)
Gràb logo by Chris Kiesling (Misanthropic Art)
Layout by Dan Capp
Style: Bavarian Black Metal