Czech black metallers Bran stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Odcházení, at the Black Metal Promotion YouTube channel. Set for international release on October 31st via Signal Rex on CD format – the vinyl LP version will follow later this year – hear Bran‘s Odcházení in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of the most exceptionally accomplished new hordes Signal Rex has come across in recent memory, Bohemia’s Bran are a power-trio of ancient black metal might and majesty. To be sure, they exhibit the splendorous, spellbinding riff-sorcery so endemic to their country’s black metal idiom, but instead of hypnotizing monochromaticism, Bran‘s epic constructions are always unfolding, always blossoming with a strict sense of narrative flow, surprising and engaging at every turn. Indeed, their Odcházení debut is a march across rarefied lands, for not only does it retain palatably clear production, rendering their ruminations in their most powerful state, but there’s a pronounced grounding in actual METAL here – but thankfully, without any goofy party posturing or “metal brotherhood” bollocks. No, this is the sound of swords sharpened and chainmail donned, grim resolve as the battle approaches; Bran see the struggle ahead, and they’ve created the bloodily majestic / majestically bloody map for it. Taste their Czech steel with Odcházení!
The full taste of that steel can be found exclusively HERE, courtesy of the Black Metal Promotion YouTube channel. Cover artwork, courtesy of Pavlína Kovaříková, and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Bran (Czech)’s Odcházení
1. Skrytá místa [8:24]
2. Tisíce hvězd [8:25]
3. Smuteční průvod [7:53]
4. Odcházení [12:09]