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Vlucht. Flight. See: an antiquated photo of an early pilot in an equally antiqued flying machine. There is a novelty to the old days of flying -- when humankind attempted to harness the skies -- but it was certainly no small effort. To lift oneself from the bounds of the planet is incredible. Dutch black metal bands Witte Wieven and Reiziger look to tackle that same lofty goal of flight, but through the eye of black metal. Listen to an exclusive stream of Vlucht below.

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Opening the split with "Met beide benen in het niets" ("With both legs in the nothing"), Witte Wieven's offering of atmosphere and beauty finds a balance between the delicate and the powerful. The duo of Carmen Raats and Sarben Grimminck straddle a unique dualism in black metal, one of lofty ambiance and subterranean metallic darkness, resulting somewhere above the surface, just enough to touch the sky. At the opposite end is Reiziger, whose "Dauw & daad" ("Dew & deed") finds itself in the depths of advanced darkness. Though airy like its split partner, Reiziger is cavernous, like the tumultuous organ musings of one who lives beneath the cathedral. Even so, the obscure turmoil found within Reiziger's half of Vlucht echoes the ideas of flight -- that of a bat deep within a cave. Not all flight gets to see the stars.

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The Vlucht split will be out this Friday on Babylon Doom Cult Records. Follow Witte Wieven on Bandcamp. Reiziger does not use social media.

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