Dark Fortress: With heavy physics and string theory

Dark Fortress – Spectres From The Old World

There are at least four decent band named Dark Fortress. Our band is a band that earlier played Melodic Black Metal but now more Progressive/Melodic Black Metal.  Dark Fortress is from Landshut, Germany and was formed in 1994. They have released seven studio albums, a split album and a demo album. Dark Fortress have established themselves in the top ranks of the genre with intense live shows and fascinating, pitch black full-length albums that meet the standard created mostly in northern Europe’s prolific scenes with ease.

Venerated black metal specialists Dark Fortress return with a new album Spectres From The Old World, on February 28th, 2020. The track The Spider In the Web,

«Our third single, The Spider In The Web, is probably the most straight forward and simple song on Spectres From The Old World, but it comes with a twist: The mellow midsection adds another facet to the pallet and the gloomy ending part opens the door to another universe which will be carried on by the next song on the album», states guitarist V. Santura about the track.

Dark Fortress vocalist Morean dives deeper into the concept, stating, «the inspiration for this lyric came from fairly recent images from a simulation of the distribution of galaxies and dark matter in the universe – a simulated photo of the universe, so to speak. On these images, one can clearly see how all matter in the cosmos aligns itself in strands of truly astronomical proportions; the same entropic mechanisms that create clumps in your powdered mashed potatoes serve as architects on the grandest possible scale».

«Since this structure is contained within spacetime’s intangible fabric itself, the mind that reincarnated into it becomes the silent, hidden observer of its creation, watching a universe taking shape as a consequence of his seemingly insubstantial, microscopically wobbling oscillations. Thus, he contains the totality of everything within his bizarre 11-dimensional existence; he is the spider in the web of everything».

«After a six-year gap, Germany’s darkest sons continue where Venereal Dawn (2014) left off conceptually», Morean adds, «Ctogether with the rest of the human race, the protagonist reincarnated as a disembodied creature of pure light in On Fever’s Wing’, the last song of Venereal Daw’. The new album attempts to draw a picture of such a mind’s perspective on life – reincarnating as pure, massless energy. The narrator has become the fabric of the universe itself. This is where heavy physics and string theory come in».

The track Pali Aike,

Santura (guitar) about the song: «Pali Aike is a song with a particularly compelling groove and a very dense atmosphere. If you want to hear some fast stuff, though, listen to the album in its entirety! ».

Morean (vocals) further explains: «An ode to the violent volcanic forces that shaped our Earth, inspired by my visit of a remote, little-known volcanic site in Southern Chile. The area had been inhabited for many thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived, and these natives called this site the «home of the devils» in their language (pali aike). The lyrics are a literal description of how I experienced the place – eerily haunted, scattered with sun-bleached bones left by hunting mountain lions, and filled with mirages invoked by awe-inspiring shapes and colors of moss-covered lava formations and lakes that miraculously disappear when you get close to them. The violent and tragic history of settlement of this remote corner of the world gives a morbid twist to the site’s now tranquil and peaceful aura of abandonment».

Spectres FromThe Old World is more direct, more aggressive than its predecessors. At no time in Dark Fortress`s history have they reached so far out into the darkness, only to find the domain of astronomy non-existent, the end merely an end. Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by V. Santura at Woodshed Studios throughout 2019, Spectres From The Old World marks an important milestone in Dark Fortress`s journey along actual and spiritual left-hand paths.


Om Ulf Backstrøm (6241 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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