This album is truly a great example of why we need small independent labels, Bandcamp, and other vehicles to thwart the corporate music machine. This is a fantastic example of blackened folk, with an amazing doom song thrown in. Honestly this is a masterpiece of musicianship and atmosphere, an amazing album.
Favorite track: Keening.
After some very promising early releases, Harrow finally entered the realm of the masters of American Atmospheric/Folk black metal with this album. A great example of Cascadian music that still has Harrow's unique sound and elements.
Already had the digital version, but I love it so much that I just had to own the CD too! Fantastic artwork!
Favorite track: Fragments of a Fallen Star.
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Crafting a cathartic experience through introspective yet raw music, “Fragments of a Fallen Star” explores space by combining psychedelic drone, acoustic passages, and energetic atmospheric black metal to form what Daniel Vanderberg of Cult Nation called:” "the aural equivalent of a DMT trip, rocketing from the moons of Jupiter through a dimensional portal to frosty northern forests, pagan rituals and medieval battlegrounds.” A genuine spirit can be heard all throughout “Fragments…” an album of visceral energy and ritualistic capacity, an album rooted in claustrophobic and raw, yet atmospheric and infectious black metal, interlaced with haunting synth, and transcendent folk melodies.
“Fragments of a Fallen Star”, is at times sombre, othertimes haunting, sometimes spiritual, and still at other points abbrasive. It succeeds because it is able to paint a picture through patient and purposeful songwriting, revealing crescendos and cathartic peaks throughout. This album was originally self-released on cassette by Harrow in the summer of 2013. Now, more than three years later this underrated Blackened Folk album will be released in a digipack CD by Hypnotic Dirge Records on November 8. Fans and listeners of Alda, Skagos, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Blood of the Black Owl, Panopticon, Agalloch, Wolves In The Throne Room will appreciate Harrow!
released November 8, 2016
Ian Caimbuel - Guitar, Voice, Keyboard, Bodhram, and drum
Kyle Brickell - Drums, Bass, Additional Vocals
Banjo and additional vocals by: Ray Hawes
Mastered by: Cody Beresich
Art by: Jeremy Hannigan
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Hypnotic Dirge Records is an independent record label and webshop based in Saskatoon, Canada active since 2008. Our intention and raison d'être is to release quality expressive and eclectic art through aural manifestations.