ARÐ drop new lyric visualiser ‘Name Bestowed’

The lyric visualiser Name Bestowed‘ serves as the final single taken from the forthcoming new album of monastic doom instigators Arð. The Northumbrian band‘s highly anticipated sophomore full-length Untouched by Fire” is chalked up for the release date April 262024.

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The lyric visualiser ‘Name Bestowed‘ that is tying the Anglo-Saxon King Oswald to secrets of ancient Celtic pagan lore is now available for immediate publication via the following link:

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Arð comment: “Musically, the track ‘Name Bestowed’ appears to be composed out of two parts”, mastermind Mark Deeks explains. “The first half showcases the tranquil, acoustic, and haunting aspect of the sound of Arð. This is countered by a huge, epic, soaring end section. The melody of the latter is quite possibly my personal favourite on this album. The historical background for this track refers to the time of Oswald’s exile in Dal Riada. While fighting both in Britain and Irleand for the Irish kingdom on Scotland’s West, the later king earned the warrior name “Lamnguin”, which literally means ‘Bright (or White) Arm’ and is translated as ‘Whiteblade’.”

Symbolic background
The translation of “white arm” ties in with the possibly common Celtic god Lug (modern Irish Lugh), whose epithet ‘Lámfada’ (“long hand” or “long arm”) is thought to possibly refer to his skill with a spear – or as a ruler. The theme of a ruler or deity being marked by a special hand/arm also occurs with the Irish god Nuada or Nuadu (modern spelling Nuadha), who is known through his byname Airgetlám (“Silver Hand/Arm”). The honourary name “Whiteblade” is therefore indicative of very strong ties of Oswald to Dal Riada and also refers to his outstanding prowess both as a king and warrior.

Video credit
Lyric video created by Aimed & Framed 

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1. Cursed to Nothing but Patience
2. Name Bestowed
3. Hefenfelth
4. He Saw Nine Winters
5. Beset by Weapons
6. Casket of Dust


Arð are of Northumbria. With their eagerly awaited sophomore album “Untouched by Fire”, the inventors of monastic doom present another stunning milestone on their fast rising trajectory. Both musically and lyrically, mastermind Mark Deeks has climbed to new heights.

Arð continue on their mission to explore the culture, heritage, and identity of the Northern English lands of Northumbria. The debut album “Take Up My Bones”, followed the legend and century-long wanderings of the relics of Lindisfarne saint, Cuthbert (634–687). The tale narrated on the new full-length shines a light on a very different kind of saint. It revolves around the warrior king Oswald (604–642), who forged Northumbria with fire and sword by uniting the kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira. With powerful allies of the Irish kingdom of Dal Riada on the west coast of Scotland, excellent diplomatic skill and the martial prowess of a warrior who had fought battles both in Ireland and Scotland, where his bravery supposedly gained him the honorary name ‘Whiteblade’, Oswald was widely regarded as the most powerful Anglo-Saxon king by his contemporaries. It was most likely he, who ended the British Celtic kingdoms in the North and expanded Germanic rule in all directions. On “Untouched by Fire”, Arð trace Oswald’s rise to power from his exile as a youth in Dal Riada due to a family feud, via his victorious battles to conquer the lands that his father had claimed until his founding of Northumbria.

Musically, Arð stay broadly true to their original doom course. The signature ‘monkish’ choirs also remain prominently present as is to be expected from a musician who works as a choir arranger and conductor among other occupations such as bestselling author, teaching the piano, and playing keyboards in leading UK black metal act WINTERFYLLETH. Yet Deeks has also added new elements for example well-placed sprinkles of prog throughout the album. The compositions on “Untouched by Fire” reflect the gained experience and confidence of their mastermind in the sonic mirror of a more focused songwriting and stronger dynamics. This evolution is aided by the powerful and organic production courtesy of Markus Stock (EMPYRIUM, THE VISION BLEAK) as Arð recorded the album at Klangschmiede Studio E.

The story of Arð began when Mark Deeks, who had earned his PhD in Philosophy on the topic of “National Identity in Northern and Eastern European Heavy Metal”, noted that an avalanche of metal bands from Scandinavia referred to the history, myth and sagas from the Viking age but there was hardly anything comparable for the North of England. His choice of insular doom metal as the ideal medium for his ideas is locally well rooted, with pioneering acts of the genre like PARADISE LOST and MY DYING BRIDE hailing from the area of ancient Northumbria that included what is today Yorkshire.

When Deeks started Arð in the year 2019, the composer did not dare to hope for what was to happen the coming years even in his wildest dreams. His demos soon gained him a label and the first print run of the debut album “Take Up My Bones” (2022) sold out before the album even hit the stores. Several print runs followed and limited editions went quickly as well. The first shows of the band for example at Prophecy Fest in Balve, Germany spread an excellent reputation of Arð as a live act by word of mouth like a wildfire. The band was not only featured in the global metal and music press, but also got interviewed for German state television, renowned UK newspaper The Guardian and mentioned by BBC as well as other British media outlets for their special Organic Doom Show for which Deeks had rearranged tracks from “Take Up My Bones” to be performed by band and a real organ in Huddersfield.

Although the rise of Arð, who took their name from an Old English word meaning “native land” in the dialect of the Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria, has already been steep; it is bound to receive a massive boost.

With the sophomore album “Untouched by Fire”, Arð have raised their own bar by several notches. Perfectly arranged monastic doom songs with high dynamics and pristine songwriting have found their match in a massive production. Close your eyes and let the Northumbrians take their listeners to an age when Germanic warrior kings carved out new kingdoms with sword and fire – and a new god by their side from whom they demanded victory in battle! A bloody feast for the ravens, a golden treasure for the ears!

Release date: April 26, 2024
Label: Prophecy Productions
Style: Monastic Doom
Review impact date: April 1, 2024

Recording line-up
Mark Deeks – lead & backing vocals, rhythm guitars, piano, keyboards, bass guitar

Guest musicians
Dan Capp (WOLCENSMEN) – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Callum Cox (ATAVIST) – drums
Robina Huy – cello
Beverley Palin – Northumbrian pipes on ‘Beset by Weapons’

Live line-up
Mark Deeks – lead vocals, rhythm guitars
Chris Naughton – rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Mark Doyle – lead guitars
Kostas Panagiotou – piano
Nick Wallwork – bass guitar
Jeff Singer – drums

RecordingMix & Mastering
Markus “Schwadorf” Stock at Klangschmiede Studio E, Mellrichstadt (DE) 

Artwork & layout by Dan Capp


Available formats
“Untouched by Fire” is available as a hardcover 36-page 2CD+DVD (feat. the full Organic Doom Vol. 1 concert) artbook, on Digipak CD, and as ltd. gatefold “Embers of the Kingdom” clear vinyl LP, and as gatefold black vinyl.


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