Very nice collection of folk metal. The crafting more subdued and peaceful than the other Hypnotic productions. Focus more on playing and harmony of instruments. Really like about 10/15 of the tracks. Some new avenues to range.
Favorite track: Aerial Ruin - Burn the Season.
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Many moons have passed since our last compilation was released, but now we would like to present to you our third and final release of the Subarctic Nocturnes compilation series, “Below the Wilted Grove”. For those who revel in the simple yet brilliant sounds of acoustic medleys, accompanied by haunting vocals, trance-inducing rhythms, and droning violins, this is a collection of songs not to be missed! Fit for the rustic scenes of this dying season, “Below the Wilted Grove” is sure to ease its listeners into the most bitter of months ahead, as we’re lowered once again into the cold grave of another merciless winter.
Possibly our most surprising and dynamic compilation yet, the tracklist has been arranged, for the most-part, in an alternating order of instrumentals and lyrical songs, providing a balance of sonic worlds to be discovered, for adventurous and introspective minds alike.
While each track bears its own genre-transcending qualities in contrast to the others, it’s worth noting that within roughly one-and-a-half hours of varied acoustic soundscapes we have included a live and unreleased track from Harrow (who is a recent addition to the HDR roster) and a subtle presence of the electric within many of the tracks submitted, such as those by Alberta’s “RAW”, Saskatchewan’s “Black Tremor”, British Columbia’s “Anilah”, Ukraine's "a noend of mine" (featuring Anton Belov and Alex Vynogradoff of "Kauan"), Oregon's "Aerial Ruin", and perhaps most notably through a guest appearance from Don Anderson (of “Agalloch”) on the track contributed by “Dolven”, who likewise hail from Oregon. Also among the 15 tracks included on this compilation, is a sneak peek of what’s to come from “Dwell in Moonblood”, a dark poetic neofolk project based in Maine, USA, featuring HDR’s own Stephanie Sintra, and Brendan Hayter of “Obsidian Tongue” and “Thrawsunblat”.
We would like to extend a great deal of gratitude to all who have supported Hypnotic Dirge Records, now and over the years, and the incredibly driven and adept musicians who we’ve had this great pleasure of collaborating with! Without their undying dedication to their art, this compilation would not have been possible.. So please do not forget to visit their bandcamp pages as well, and show them your support! We hope you, listeners from around the globe, will enjoy this as much or even more than our past compilations, and share this within your circles of music-obsessed maniacs. Thank you.
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Dirge on, and may thy music be thy medicine! Skål!!
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.