Monday, December 12, 2011

With the coming of Winter, I am whole again

Med den Kommande vintern, ar jag hel igen. (With the coming of winter, I am whole)

I have just returned from the mountains of Colorado renewed and refreshed. The next Jabladav release will be ambient/drone as seems to follow the full on black metal releases. As of today there will be four tracks:
1. Kan 12:15(May)
2. Hvor de ligger vi snart vil folge 27:30( Where they are,we will soon follow)
3.  Med Den Kommande vintern,ar jag hel igen (still mixing) 19-31 mins( see above)
4. Jeg onsker Velkommen Kulden 9:16 ( I welcome the cold)

Colorado gave me the inspiration for the title. Hoping the art will follow. The included picture is jabladav with a group of chairs listening to playback of the upcoming release.

Friday, September 2, 2011

"Ayr" has shipped!

This might of been the most exhaustive release to date. This release took two years to complete.
 After finally sitting here with the physical copy in my hands, it was worth it. Hours and hours of mixing. 

Different takes on classical guitars. USING different classical guitars. Did I mention that there is classical guitar on this release? 
The idea of "Ayr" started with a trip in Boone,NC. There is a point where NC and Tennessee meet and the cd cover is the view. I was so taken back of how open and unpopulated it is. Not to sound too misanthropic, but this was a nice reminder of why city life does not sit well with me.  So after processing this picture I took from 6800 ft, where I could almost touch the clouds as they came over-head that I knew this would be the inspiration . "Atta Vinter" was so brutal and fast that I wanted the next Jabladav release to be nothing like that. I assure you, It is NOTHING like "Atta Vinter"! This release will not show itself to you in the first listen. Part of that is in the element of using the classical guitar more so on this release than any other to date. The reason for this is I decided I was going to invest more time in studying classical guitar. I had an amazing teacher while growing up. I was actually studying college courses while in high school at private school in Virginia. Well, not to name names, the teacher that I picked was the opposite of my younger experience. Jaded is the best I could describe it. The first piece we worked on was " Venezuelan Waltz" by Valse Criollo. Amazing piece and very,VERY fast! This did not go well. I was about 70% on my technique and he did not have the temperament to deal with that.
So I tabled the idea of having a mentor for classical guitar and invested in a classical guitar made by Jesus Diaz Reyes. If you don't know that name, take the time to investigate. 

This is where I actually start taking about "Ayr".
 The first track is a classical guitar piece using this guitar. I love intros to LP or cds. I have never done a proper one. I have now. The Cd starts off with 
1."Harlow's Eng". A very dark classical guitar piece to set the mode.
                        2 .Sorg Bringer pa Hosten. Sorrow would be the best word used here for this track. 
                           3. Tronen Falle. Clean vocals mixed with growls. Ulver influenced for sure.
   4.Oktober. Blast beats. 
                             5.Vinter Drept Varen. More blast beats with some odd times at the end of the track.
                            6. Fall Bringer Vintre Omfavnelse . More sorrow. 
                        7. Ayr. Longest track on the cd and will take some listens to understand. 
                        8. Ekte Kjaerlightet. Very mournful. The idea was to make a "classic" recording. I worked very hard on this release. I hope you enjoy. 

This will be release at first! Support! 


Monday, August 8, 2011

AQ has THEE last copies of these!

JABLADAV The Cold Warmth (self-released) cd-r 9.98  
We've been sitting on a handful of these, the most recent release by Weakling worshippers Jabaladav, a ridiculously limited edition of just 50 copies, with the intention of eventually getting a bunch more to list and review. Well, we were informed recently by the man himself that The Cold Warmth was out of print, and thus we have the last handful of copies. And while there is a new full length on the horizon, this is most likely your last chance to get your grubby mitts on a copy of this, a collection of tracks recorded at the same time as Atta Vinter, but that were left off the final version. So Jabladav fans, if you dig AV, this is almost like a part two, all the usual Jabladav-isms are present, gnarled black blasts, mathy rhythms, killer riffing, the songs soaring and majestic one second, murky and dirge-y the next, the arrangements complex and almost proggy, with the sound switching from grim black, to grinding distorted churn, from strange processed vox flecked clean guitar moodiness to hazy, minor key almost post rock ambience, it's all good stuff, heavy and twisted, dark and tripped out. Apparently, according to the liner notes, Atta Vinter was meant to be 'to the point' and not at all epic, which is why these tracks were left off, but now with Atta Vinter AND The Cold Warmth in your clutches, the potential for grim black epicness is endless. 
As with all Jabladav releases, the packaging is pretty deluxe, housed in a dvd case, with a cool color cover, signed by the band, there's a xeroxed insert, also signed by the band and numbered, as well as a smaller color insert, which is numbered, as is the disc. And again, this is out of print, and these are THEE last copies we will ever be able to get. 
MPEG Stream: "The Cold Warmth" 
MPEG Stream: "Paysage" 
MPEG Stream: "Black Snow Reprise"

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Jabladav "Ayr" update

"Ayr" is off to the mastering process in AZ. Look for the release around September. The main delay was that I ended up going with a 6-panel digi-pak so you get the panoramic view of the NC mountains. The cover  picture was taken about 4800 ft up in Boone NC.

I never tyre of marvel of my state's surroundings. 

This is my best release to date. I worked very hard to give you a classic black metal album. It was done in the true fashion of a album where this is no filler. Clocks in just under 40 minutes but never repeats itself. It's not a listen where everything will be revealed in one listening. i hope you enjoy the journey. 

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Jabladav 1993