Time flies, and sometimes the good things it carries away, it brings back again with renewed pleasure. Almost exactly three years ago I stumbled across (and wrote about) an excellent EP entitled Solar by a New Jersey band named Windfaerer. I had forgotten about the band as the years rolled on, but the memories of that wonderful discovery have now been rekindled — because Windfaerer have finally completed their second full-length, Tenebrosum. Today we’ll give you a glimpse of what it holds in store as we premiere the album’s first track, “Celestial Supremacy“.
Windfaerer’s name signifies one who travels with the wind, and the album’s name — which draws from the archaic term for the Atlantic Ocean (“Mare Tenebrosum”), meaning “sea of darkness” — underscores the conceptual connection of the band’s music to the idea of setting sail upon unknown waters, with both perils and the hope of new discovery lying ahead along the path carved by the wind.
With hammering riffs, thundering drums, and a squalling lead guitar, “Celestial Supremacy” immediately conjures vivid images of storm-tossed seas. The music is accented by Ben Karas’ violin performance, which is both beautiful and searing, while guitarist Michael Gonçalves’ passionate, bleeding-edge howls and shrieks enhance the music’s driving intensity. There is blood-pumping fury in the song, as well as captivating melody, as the band weave together elements of black metal and melodic death metal to produce a riveting, powerhouse piece of music that hits with the force of a gale.
Tenebrosum is being released as a DIY effort by the band on September 22 — though it’s a conundrum to me why no label has yet seized upon it. That, too, may change in the fullness of time. But either way, fans of well-written, superbly performed heavy music will have something great to look forward to.
Windfaerer will be embarking on an east coast tour tomorrow. If you’re near one of these venues, you’ll have the chance to hear music from this impressive new album in a live setting — so get yourselves out there!
7/01/15 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
7/17/15 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
7/24/15 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
8/01/15 Pocono Folk Metal Fest – Stroudsburg, PA
Check out Windfaerer on Facebook via the link below — and enjoy “Celestial Supremacy” next.