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Let's talk about darkness. All these pagan and/or heathen artists who worship the old Norse gods and beings of the higher plane negate just how bright it is. Valhalla? Sun-drenched. Asgard and Bilskirnir? Residing above the stars, near the Sun. Even Muspellheim and Nifelheim are bright and fire-lit kingdoms of gods. The rise of "Dark Germanic Heathenism" offers something more worldly, a truly enshadowed sort of mysticism. The worship of land-bound giants, trolls, elder nature gods. Constructed from the body of the giant Ymir, we are all compelled by the forces of darkness within us. Kind of makes the sunshiney hero worship of Asatru seem a little childish, no?

Much like Arkcanum before them, Domgård's black metal reveres the darker side of Germanic paganism, and it certainly shines through in their music. Their third album in a sparse 20-year career, the lengthy Ödelagt's melodic presence emerges from that shadowy, trollish place of humanity's innate darkness. Grandiose in nature, Domgård moves in larger movements with an ancient, thoughtful deliberation. These legends have been told before, and continually re-emerge from night's shade as the eons pass. Through total destruction shall higher knowledge be attained.

The long-delayed Ödelagt, which was intended to be released over a year ago on the now-probably-defunct Daemon Worship Records, will be released this Friday, December 1st, on Carnal Records (which is actually partially run by Johan "Shamaatae" Lagher of Arckanum, himself). Head below to listen to the album in full.

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