Star​-​Thrown

by When Bitter Spring Sleeps

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Oakenhelm
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Oakenhelm Hauntingly beautiful. Love the use of only choral vocals, makes it feel so majestic and somber.
Harold Niver
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Harold Niver By far the best music in the When Bitter Spring Sleeps catalogue, and that is saying quite a lot. WBSS has really stepped it up here, doing something new and inventive, very different from anything they've done before. Classic heavy metal riffage, with many ambient elements, cosmic atmospheric textures, and even choral vocals to make this a highly triumphant record, and one of the very best of 2017.
cassandraleo
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cassandraleo This album exceeds the already high standard set by When Bitter Spring Sleeps' previous two full-lengths. This album has a unique, ethereal beauty helped along by some fantastic musicianship and the absolutely gorgeous choral vocals on this album, and it's criminal that this band doesn't have more of a following.
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    When Bitter Spring Sleeps celebrates the return to underground metal with the stunning new full-length, Star-Thrown. While honoring WBSS' pagan black metal roots, Star-Thrown adds choral vocals, and space atmospheric elements to its underground sound. In a bold move, the vocals performed by Lord Sardonyx are now entirely choral in style, somewhat akin to a cloister of secluded monks. Combined with the black metal guitars and ethereal guitar synth leads, this achieves not an "symphonic" sound, but the feel of a sort of "Cosmic Cathedral".

    Mastering of STAR-THROWN was performed by the almighty Andrew D'Cagna, owner/engineer at Sacred Sound Recording and Mastering as well as member of such amazing acts as OBSEQUIAE, NECHOCHWEN, IRONFLAME, and COLDFELLS.

    Star-Thrown is When Bitter Spring Sleeps' THIRD full-length album, following full-Length albums COVEN OF THE WOLVES and SPIRIT IN FLAMES, a self-titled demo, and a split album with the mighty PANOPTICON. Previous album SPIRIT IN FLAMES featured a very raw and heathen sound with heavy Bathory and Summoning leanings. Pagan black metal with clean vocals. Before that, COVEN OF THE WOLVES featured the primordial beauty of nature, cast into songs of melodic, earthbound pagan doom Featuring a cover and layout by Misty Visions Art (Wedrujacy Wiatr, Stworz, Fall, etc.)

    Star-Thrown creates a cosmic atmosphere without sounding like other atmospheric metal acts. Instead of cold, digital synths, only purely analog instruments are used to conjure all sounds on the album. Instead of screeching, or roaring vocals, a chorus of ethereal chants. The metal aspect of the music itself claims inspiration from acts like Summoning and Bathory.

    Star Thrown track-listing:
    1. CosmiCathedraLumination
    2. Lost Amidst This Moonlit Verdure
    3. Astral Blood
    4. From Soil To Stars
    5. Eternity Speaks

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Borne in the star-light Time for your soul to be called once again Transtellar sorceries carry solar wind to be sighed for all time Spawn cold new worlds Distant hearts laid to seed Sown far from home
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One with the silent darkness these silver hallowed halls one with this sanctuary release thy need to be Reach out to solar fortress lose id and fragile ego Embrace cosmic cathedral a grain of stardust borne
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While honoring WBSS' pagan black metal roots, Star-Thrown adds choral vocals, and space atmospheric elements to its underground sound.

In a bold move, the vocals performed by Lord Sardonyx are now entirely choral in style, somewhat akin to a cloister of secluded monks. Combined with the black metal guitars and ethereal guitar synth leads, this achieves not an "orchestral" sound, but the feel of a sort of "Cosmic Cathedral". Star-Thrown creates a cosmic atmosphere without sounding like other atmospheric metal acts. Instead of cold, digital synths, only purely analog instruments are used to conjure all sounds on the album. Instead of screeching, or roaring vocals, a chorus of ethereal chants. The metal part of the music itself claims inspiration from acts like Summoning and Bathory.

When Bitter Spring Sleeps' Lord Sardonyx comments:

"All previous WBSS albums contained unifying concepts told through mythical tales. The concept for Star-Thrown is much less specific, but all the tracks share my belief that nature does not end at the Earth's horizon. She is merely a part of the universe and all of Nature was previously part of dying stars. All of this will someday be destroyed, transformed, and reformed into new matter. When the mighty Earth is consumed by our dying sun, everything will be thrown to the universe on a possible path to rebirth as new lifeforms or merely inanimate matter. These songs tell a tale of destruction, transformation, and rebirth on a cosmic scale."

"I am very pleased with the sound of the album. I believe it is the best sounding album I've done. You will not be destroyed by the crushing intensity of it, because that was not the intention at all. I strived to create a smooth, warm atmosphere that was also very powerful and uplifting. There is a bit of sorrow and dreamlike darkness within, but mostly I feel that it portrays a very positive vibration concerning the transmission of our material to other worlds. A celebration of freeing the spirit from the physical body.""

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Star-Thrown is When Bitter Spring Sleeps' THIRD full-length album, following full-Length albums COVEN OF THE WOLVES and SPIRIT IN FLAMES, a self-titled demo, and a split album with the mighty PANOPTICON. Previous album SPIRIT IN FLAMES featured a very raw and heathen sound with heavy Bathory and Summoning leanings. Pagan black metal with clean vocals. Before that, COVEN OF THE WOLVES featured the primordial beauty of nature, cast into songs of melodic, earthbound pagan doom

Just this year, When Bitter Spring Sleeps' song "The Sky Has Not Always Been This Way" was also covered by German pagan black metal act HORN on the very well-received album "Turm am Hang" and Lord Sardonyx performed lead vocals for the song on HORN's album.

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released August 31, 2017

Mastering of STAR-THROWN was performed by the almighty Andrew D'Cagna, owner/engineer at Sacred Sound Recording and Mastering as well as member of such amazing acts as OBSEQUIAE, NECHOCHWEN, IRONFLAME, and COLDFELLS.

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