ARÐ team up with Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) for a record day special

Northumbrian monastic doom instigators Arð team up with My Dying Bride frontman Aaron Stainthorpe for the special double album launch event“Doom in Springtime” at the Dark Earth record store in Liverpool, UK this SundayApril 21 at 17:00 – 18:30 BST

The “Doom in Springtime” event includes a rare solo perfomance by Arð mastermind Mark DeeksAaron Stainthorpe reciting his poetry for the first time in front of an audience, and the first ever unique collaboration of both artists with a surprise live rendition of a classic. In addition to this, both artists will sign their new albums that will be made available ahead of the official release dates for the audience at Dark Earth.

Ticket prices range from 5.50 to 8.00 GBP and are available through this link: (Ticket Link)

Arð will perform in support of their sophomore full-length Untouched by Fire“, which is officially hitting stores some days later on April 262024.

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Arð comment: “I find it genuinely still hard to believe that I’m going to collaborate with legendary vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride for a Record Store Day event”, mastermind Mark Deeks enthuses. “This is going to be a special occasion with Aaron presenting his poetry, my solo performance of Arð material, and the two of us uniting for a special treat. Don’t miss this unique event!”

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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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