It's difficult to categorize Colorado's The Flight of Sleipnir -- some go as far as to describe them as "stoner metal," which is… far off -- but the overarching sentiment remains the same: this band are masters of their own singular craft. Blending elements of black metal, neofolk, and doom metal with weapons-grade atmospherics, The Flight of Sleipnir avoids the usual trappings of "folky and/or doomed black metal" just as much as they avoid the pitfalls of their peers' stoner-and-post-rock-isms. To this band, it isn't about sounding like a specific genre, rather it's the outcome, and the five years following 2017's Skadi have resulted in a deeper furthering of The Flight of Sleipnir's deep, interwoven fusion.

On the band's upcoming seventh album, Eventide, an already mature band looks down upon their previous creations and scoffs. Featuring a deeper understanding of Americana (which isn't featured on this debuted single, but bear with me) and atmosphere, The Flight of Sleipnir distances themselves from their sound's more European aspects in favor of being an American-sounding band. Try to decipher exactly what type of metal The Flight of Sleipnir is and listen to an exclusive pre-release debut of "Thaw" below.

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Eventide releases May 28th on Eisenwald.