Contact Us

The Bleak Cold of Karg’s “Heimat bist du tiefster Winter”

a0662814941_10

It’s about to be a banner year for the man known as J.J., vocalist of crushingly emotive post-black metal bands Karg and Harakiri for the Sky. He released Arson earlier this year with the latter, and now, he’s poised to drop Dornenvögel, the latest in a ten-year string of releases with the former. Enter the mind of the Austrian black metal craftsman with our premiere of Karg’s new video for “Heimat bist du tiefster Winter.”

Subscribe to Invisible Oranges on

With Karg, J.J. handles guitars in addition to vocal duties, which he shares on Dornenvögel with a slew of guest performers. “Heimat bist du tiefster Winter” sees him collaborating with Alex, vocalist of Austrian band Amer. The two trade off over the song’s eight minutes, their voices distinct shades of the same base hue. J.J.’s familiar angst-soaked cry, raw as ever, tag-teams in and out with Alex’s raspier and more sculpted approach as they collaborate to detail the unique torment of being trapped in a one-sided relationship.

As the song cascades into its first mournful double-kick driven verse, Alex commences the proceedings while the video’s protagonist writes a letter to an unseen recipient. J.J.’s bleak howls lend shape to our heroine’s solitary existence as she emerges from her remote cabin to traverse a vast, verdant field. The next scene jumps abruptly back to her home, the writer seated amidst discarded pages as the song swells, soon reaching a state of full-blown black metal furor. The viewer’s catharsis at this moment — tremolo wails unleashing the rising tension built over prior minutes — is a far cry from the misery of the video’s sole character. From here, similar peaks and valleys unfold until J.J. finally steers the track towards its restful, contemplative conclusion.

Dornenvögel releases via AOP Records on November 16th in digital, CD, and double-vinyl formats. Pre-orders are available now.

J.J.’s statement regarding the new track:

[The song] is about the isolation one can feel being together with somebody with a cold personality. A person that is just self-absorbed and doesn’t give a fuck about how the counterpart feels. You are in company of each other but feeling terribly alone. You seek for talking and comfort but aren’t heard nor seen. It’s not living, this is like cancer. And it doesn’t even implicitly mean you don’t love each other. It’s just that love sometimes is simply not enough. As Ian Curtis once said, “Love will tear us apart, again.”

Support Invisible Oranges on Patreon.

Recent News

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://www.invisibleoranges.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!