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Norway's Gjendød managed to turn quite a few heads with their intriguing, multi-faceted self-titled demo, a surprise release via the inimitable Darker Than Black Records last year. Bridging the gap between the ferocious, genre-defining Mayhem and Ulver and the adventurous sub-style foils Thorns and Manes, this Norwegian duo's tasteful homage to the past, cemented somewhere between the traditional and radical, was a masterfully retconned "missing link" in the style.

Returning with Nedstigning, their debut full-length, Gjendød walks further down the snow-covered path into history-minded obscurity. "Håpet Falmer" continues mysterious musicians K and KK's stylistic fence-treading, balancing their cold, riff-based songwriting with unsettling moments of clattering discord and dime-turn rhythmic changes. The adrenal, savage black metal offered by Gjendød masterfully fuses these two disparate, but still wholly Norse black metal lineages.

Nedstigning will see a February 24th release on Hellthrasher Productions. Head below for an exclusive first listen of "Håpet Falmer".

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