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Legend

by VANUM

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1.
Adversary 07:39
Dagger’s breadth, venom drenched, Pierces through supplicant flesh. Righteous dog held in scorn. Poisoned blood Spirit torn. Born into opposition Child of war Merciless retribution For all that has come before Adversary; Prince of earth and air Emissary, beyond the veil Morningstar, in all your faces Adversary; Prince of earth and air As flame veiled in flesh As struggle itself incarnate As pain given shape The great beast unbound from the chains of culture Adversary Prince of earth and air As flame veiled in flesh As struggle itself incarnate Adversary.
2.
The stone guardians crumble And the sanctum is laid bare. Demon winds rise in fury Blowing monoliths to sand. Aura stripped away The structure is revealed; Architecture of man’s design Unhallowed, desanctified. The myth and the mystery Live in flesh. The myth and the mystery Transcend death. I am the gateway I am the key As ancient as stone As clear as morning light Into the treasuries of Heaven And the armories of hell Into the confidences of elders And the intrigues of the adept. When the guardians made of stone Are brought to kneel and the sentinels of paradise Meet steel. More ancient than stone As clear as dawn’s first light. I am the gateway, I am the key Beyond the myth. Through the heart of the mystery
3.
On the crest of raven’s wing, Frozen in lightning strike. Man, undone, plummets from The heights of the cliffs of slate. In the mania of harrowed flight The frenzy of escape The intoxication of vain denial The terror of iron fate. On raven’s wing, tumbling Frozen in vile illumination. Grasp at the fabric of history. Cling to the wheel of time. Kneel before the inevitable. Fall from the cliffs of slate. On the crest of raven’s wing, Frozen in lightning strike. Torn between delight and lamentation, Beneath the burden of will.
4.
Legend 08:52
As it was As it is and shall be. As it was Forever locked in combat. Vision, at odds with faith, Man alone in the throng of the blind. As it was Restless, longing Endlessly searching, Seething, spitting, Kicking at the mire. As it is and shall be forever Legend Legend, amidst the bastards; Above the rot. Legend, bathed in glory; In death, as is our lot. Forever locked in combat Vision at odds with faith Legend, bathed in glory Legend in death; as is our lot.
5.
Invocation, seven rites. The pillars of this cursed firmament Are brought to life. Each before me revealed in flesh Offer elixir to abate my death In return for tribute, A duty pledged; A mortal offering to divine ends. “Will you free me from my past? And release me from my shame? Unshackle me from my burden This prison I have made This labor of choice, this weight unnamed?” The light of grace veils the chains of servitude. Invocation, seven rites Bring me darkness; forsake the light. Beyond redemption: (as I have always been) for it is not yours to bestow Above reprisal: (the right I have claimed) for I am the master of all that is known. All that I have been and all that I’ve strived to be. Beyond redemption, Above reprisal. The right that I have claimed Will you hold this vision? Will you tend to the embers? Know that this death Is not defeat.

about

After a period of smoldering dormancy Vanum reappears, blazing and alive, with their third full length album, Legend. Continuing the triumphant march of previous works, but raising the stakes even higher, Legend finds Vanum both expanding and refining their approach, and in turn delivering their most fully realized recording to date.

The core of the band's sound remains unchanged: unyielding and grandiose Black Metal that traces a hellish through line from the power of mid-era Bathory, through the riff-craft of the Hellenic masters, to the bitter fury of the Slavic greats. But amidst the pantheon of familiar influences new touchstones become ever more apparent. With Legend, the continuum is charted further back and to new lands. Within the throes of the Black Metal maelstrom, echoes of classic heavy metal are increasingly recognizable, further bolstering Vanum‘s towering melodic sensibility and epic songwriting. Coupled with a deeper and expanded exploration and use of ambience and synthesizer, the album is imbued with a richness and sense of majesty that underpins each of its five towering compositions.

Due to the global chaos of 2020/21, initial recording plans had to be scrapped in favor of extremely detailed demo and pre-production work, followed by a remote tracking process. As the album was recorded in various locations throughout the country, producer Andrew Oswald was enlisted to oversee technical and performance nuance from afar before handling the mixing duties in which he meticulously sculpted the thunderous, full sound of the album. Adorned with an original painting by Petri Ala-Maunus, the entire package from concept through composition, execution, and presentation is one unified by a sense of strength, power, and romantic awe.

While musically dynamic as ever, the overriding theme of the album is one of victory. Victory amidst bloodshed; triumph amidst loss. This is Black Metal as spiritual war, the aural embodiment of ancient combat and heroic struggle. This is Legend.

credits

released April 22, 2022

Produced and Mixed by Andrew Oswald
Recorded by Jean Paul Gautreaux and K. Morgan
Mastered by Dan Lowndes

Art by Petri Ala-Maunus
Design by K. Morgan

Released by Profound Lore Records (North America / Rest of World) & Eisenwald (Europe)

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VANUM New York, New York

BLACK METAL AS SPIRITUAL WAR

Santa Fe // NYC

USA Booking: psychicviolencerecords@gmail.com

EU Booking:
Alexander@Doomstarbookings.com

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