The vast kingdom of the solitary hunter lies within and without, a landscape of thick, soft darkness and mazes laid upon mazes, an ever-changing labyrinth. The shadows of this world lap like waves against the walls of our minds, slowly eroding our defences with timeless patience. For those with broken walls, trapped in cells, bound in restraints, their blood awash with poisons dressed as medicines, the tides of night soon flood in, like the sea over balustrades of sand. A blessing and a curse, the invasive dark brings freedom from confinement and the thorns of healing while stealing all hope of return to a world once loved. The broken are free to run for the hunter, dying a thousand times on the barbed points of his arrows, but always rising to run the maze once more, leaving their shell to the indignities of care and preservation…

Shadowflag have always stalked the hinterlands of black metal, striding with gritted teeth into the face of the storm. They bring rare imagination and a poetic spirit to their fearsome creations, walking hand in hand with accepted convention only when it happens to run parallel to their path. From the grand ambition of their self-titled debut to the cold terror of 2017s The Delusion Machine, Shadowflag have proven themselves to be a band without limitations, a band that stands alone. After three years of labour they are now ready to present their latest beast, carved from the essence of insanity, In Asylum Requiem. The fourth Shadowflag album is perhaps their most formidable and forbidding; each song resolute in purpose and relentless in delivery. Yet for all the freezing fury, the rush of blackness is punctuated with diamonds of unique cut, moments of that unmistakeable Shadowflag magic. Songs like ‘From Agony To Cold’ perfectly define everything that Shadowflag are. They have a sound and signature that is all their own and this has never been more apparent than when wandering the complex passageways of In Asylum Requiem.

On June 19th Clobber Records will open the floodgates and release the cold, deep waters of In Asylum Requiem to drown the world in dreams of madness. Drink deep from the deluge and open your minds to the numberless possibilities of Shadowflag.

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Poetic black metal masters Shadowflag unveil their fourth album, In Asylum Requiem. Out on Clobber Records June 19th

AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING – THE COMFORTING GRIP OF MISERY LABEL: CLOBBER RECORDS RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 1st 2019 

The watcher stands alone in a memory of the primordial forests that once covered this land. He stands in perfect stillness as the hunter passes, dipping beneath the vault of branches, a natural cathedral reflecting the gentle beauty of the fractured architecture of sadness.

The hunter flies on through the still forest air on soft wings, the bringer of death; always alone, always in darkness, always in silence…a ghost upon the wing. And the watcher continues his vigil in the tender company of his heartbreak and his reflections upon sunlight remembered… Born under the vast skies of the Norfolk countryside, in the solitude of the secretive wetlands to the echoes of the curlew’s haunting cry, And Now The Owls Are Smiling explore the beauty of nature and the beauty in melancholy, the forests of the mist shrouded past and the dark forests of the human heart.

New album, The Comforting Grip Of Misery is sweeping and majestic, an autumn wind rushing across the fenlands and through the gnarled and mighty oaks, but also intensely intimate; sweetly summoning up the spectres of sadness and weaving them into bitter sweet vistas of memory, tapestries of treasured tears woven with the words that meant more to you than any others you have heard or spoken.

The trembling melodies of ‘The Comforting Grip Of Misery’ draw you through the valleys of the scars upon your heart, while the bewitching simplicity of ‘Winter’s Elegy’ draws you back into a past you have forgotten to remember. Following on from the haunting touch of 2018s Desolation, The Comforting Grip Of Misery casts even more potent spells, incantations that can unlock the essence of your being and bring the secret loves and losses of your soul out into the dappled sunlight beneath the ancient trees. These songs, these distillations of the essence of humanity can teach you to find the beauty in everything…even misery. Look for this precious tome of sound, rooted in the most expressive forms of depressive, atmospheric black metal as winter approaches. 

On November 1st Clobber Records will unveil these songs from the smiling hunter on CD, Digital, Cassette and limited edition double cassette box set. 

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And Now The Owls Are Smiling – The Comforting Grip Of Misery Atmospheric black metal on Clobber Records