Polish pagan black metal group VARMIA – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa – return with the ‘Prolog’ EP today, a three-song appetizer for the band’s forthcoming summer full-length. The EP features 3 new and exclusive tracks and is available only digitally from your favorite streaming and download platforms. https://smarturl.it/varmia
VARMIA has created 3 corresponding videos for each track, singularly available to view on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/m-
“‘Prolog’ is an opening statement. A story before the story. And as important as it is on its own, it should be perceived in conjunction with what comes next,”
“This EP can be a prayer, an invocation and the advent of the grand rites. It is a 3-step path from the contemporary noise-mass into the silent blackness within. In there, let us wait for new sounds.”
VARMIA was formed in 2016 by composer Lasota with a mission of fusing black metal with musical influences that pay tribute to the ancient Baltic tribes of the historical Warmia region of northern Poland. Vocally, harsh growls shroud the band’s music and native Polish lyrics in a visceral aura, the only breaks occurring when using the traditional, ancient technique of “whitevoice” clean singing as utilized during ancient East-Central European rituals, rites of passage and festivals. Meanwhile, the power of the band’s metal influence is enhanced by traditional ethnic instrumentation of the Baltic Rites via sounds of tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula. The final result is a compelling mix of dark metallic sounds that channel the spirit of early Enslaved, Satyricon and Wolves in the Throne Room and folk elements that drive acts such as Wardruna and Heilung.
VARMIA has released three albums to date – 2017’s ‘Z mar twych,’ 2018’s ‘W ciele nie’ and 2021’s international release, ‘bal Lada,’ their first collaborating with M-Theory Audio. The group records all of their music in culturally significant remote locations throughout their native Poland.
More information on VARMIA and the upcoming summer full album release will be unveiled by M-Theory Audio in the months to come, and by VARMIA at www.facebook.com/varmiaband.
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