Polish pagan black metal group VARMIA – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa – have returned with another new music video for “Gorzkie Fale”.
“Second chapter ‘Gorzkie Fale’- bitter waves,” explains guitarist/vocalist Lasota. “In this ritual we hail the collapse of the material world. We separate the spirit from the bone. We immerse in the pure cold waters of our land. We tempt you to take part.”
You’ll quickly find the intensity of the song is immediate and raging as they blast through a frenetic workout of raw black metal but with a continued appreciation for folklore and nature.
The track comes off VARMIA’s forthcoming new 3-song digital EP, ‘Prolog,’ which will be available at all streaming/download platforms January 6th and can be pre-saved or pre-ordered now here – www.smarturl.com/varmiapresave
‘Prolog’ is the first new music from the band since 2021’s ‘bal Lada’ album. “Gorzkie Fale” follows up another new song, the haunting “Oddal” the band presented last month https://youtu.be/OEYpZyj1ANU
VARMIA was formed in 2016 by composer Lasota with a mission of fusing black metal with musical influences that pay tribute to the ancient Baltic tribes of the historical Warmia region of northern Poland. Vocally, harsh growls shroud the band’s music and native Polish lyrics in a visceral aura, the only breaks occurring when using the traditional, ancient technique of “whitevoice” clean singing as utilized during ancient East-Central European rituals, rites of passage and festivals. Meanwhile, the power of the band’s metal influences are enhanced by traditional ethnic instrumentation of the Baltic Rites via sounds of tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula. The final result is a compelling mix of dark metallic sounds that channel the spirit of early Enslaved, Satyricon and Wolves in the Throne Room and folk elements that drive acts such as Wardruna and Heilung.
VARMIA has released three albums to date – 2017’s ‘Z mar twych,’ 2018’s ‘W ciele nie’ and 2021’s international release, ‘bal Lada,’ their first collaborating with M-Theory Audio. The group records all of their music in culturally significant remote locations throughout their native Poland.
More information on VARMIA and the upcoming release of the ‘Prolog’ EP will be unveiled by M-Theory Audio in the weeks to come, and by VARMIA at www.facebook.com/varmiaband.