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Spring has finally sprung in my home city of Chicago, and with this season comes the annual reminder of birth. Everything emerges from unassuming beginnings, and, much like flowers bloom the humble bud, Canadian avant-folk/doom metal trio Völur's radiance slowly blossoms with deliberation.

Following last year's sleeper hit Disir, Völur's sophomore effort branches in many directions while retaining their pulsing, fuzzy doom metal core. Sounding more "metal," or at least with a more energetic presence, Ancestors's warm bass and violin duets weave dreamy, ancient atmospheres and heavy, percussive bliss. Toying with elements of the avant-garde (see: the tense, stuttering violin introduction), this trio's psychedelic, ancestral folk atmospheres take on a looser, more carefree personality. As each track progresses, Völur slowly morphs and unfurls, masking a surmounting aggression with layers of whimsy and beauty. As their petals fully open, their unique sound organically radiates with a kaleidoscope of colors.

Prophecy Productions will release Ancestors on June 2nd, but you can have an exclusive first listen to "Breaker of Oaths" below.

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From the artist:

"Breaker of Oaths" is inspired by the saga of Gisli Surrson, a man whom through a complex network of alliances, finds himself outcast from society on the run from those who wish to exact revenge on him. The song weaves together different moments of the grotesque with sorrowful melodies. Intended to be structured like a true tragedy, it barrels toward its sad conclusion, only stopping to breathe its sorrow into the air. This song shows all the band's strengths, the alchemy of doom, folk and the avant-garde."

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