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Ysgaroth – Storm Over Black Sea

Ysgaroth states, «Unlike most Ysgaroth songs that come from the verses being written first, the chorus was actually the first piece of this song that we came up with. Sacred also slowly got faster and faster as we started practicing it until it became the thrash-influenced ripper it is today».

Ysgaroth debut album is entitled Storm Over A Black Sea and contains the song Sacred. The band blended elements of black, thrash, prog, brutal death, and sludge for an extreme cocktail over six tracks. For fans of Skeletonwitch, Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room, Death, Morbid Angel.

Ysgaroth is a progressive extreme metal band from Vancouver BC blending elements of various metal subgenres into a vicious hybrid. The line-up: Steve Cuddington – Drums,  Shawn Hillman – Bass andKurt Steigleder – Guitar and Vocals.

The band states, «The release of Storm Over a Black Sea is so many things for us: validation, relief, excitement, and too many other things to say. This album took far too long for us to record and finally release, but we’re beyond excited to finally have it released».

«We’re trying to do a lot of things on this record: honor our influences, play some f*cking riffs, and push ourselves as musicians technically and compositionally. We really tried to create something that was greater than the sum of its parts that takes the listener on a journey through different highs and lows, but with songs that can stand on their own, too».

«Some might think the songs are long-winded, but we think that they’re exactly as long as they need to be. We tried to make something that people could really come back to, and absorb the small details on repeat listens. The lyrics are the manifestations of our own issues with the world: our own regret poisoning us, our consumerist society trapped in capitalism poisoning the world, and religions of all kinds being used as another tool to divide and control us». 

 «And when it comes to influences, we love tons of different forms of music – but at this point, it almost seems like a cliche to make a big statement about bringing non-metal influences into metal, especially as a metal band with prog elements. How many prog bands have you heard emphasize how they’re bringing jazz, rock, or pop elements into their sound, only to release god-awful pseudo-pop garbage? We bring metal influences into metal. Our sound is shrouded in death metal, black metal, and the dark side of 80’s thrash. We’re an extreme metal band, and we’re not trying to be something different. We’re trying to push the bounds of our own sound, but within the realm of music, you could burn a church to. We want to do one thing: play some f*cking metal».

Initially, Ysgaroth started as Kurt Steigler’s black metal studio project, a non-serious musical outlet, but over time he grew attached to the songs and wanted to take them live.

With the desire to hit the stage, Steigler (guitar/vocals) was joined by Steve Cuddington (drums) and Shawn Hillman (bass) With these additions, the songs got more structurally ambitious, a sludge influence began to creep into the band. Cuddington brings an absolutely crushing, hardcore-influenced drumming style that gave the songs a new vitality, and Hillman’s exceptionally musical bass playing served as the perfect bridge between the crushing drums and razor-sharp guitars. Ultimately, the sound of the band became a mix of its black metal roots, classic 80’s death metal, 90’s thrash, and sludge with the long compositions of post-metal and the shifting, churning time signatures of progressive metal. Steigler is the main songwriter, but overall the process is hugely democratic.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6703 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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