From the Vastland began life as the one-man project of an Iranian multi-instrumentalist known as Sina, following the end of his involvement in the prolific Iranian black metal band Sorg Innkallelse. From the Vastland’s debut album, Darkness vs Light, The Perpetual Battle, was released in 2011. That was followed by Kamarikan in 2013 (which we reviewed here), and then by a striking live performance that same year at Oslo’s Inferno Festival (reviewed here), where Sina was joined onstage by a such luminaries as Thor Anders “Destruchtor” Myhren (Myrkskog, Zyklon, Morbid Angel) on second guitar, André “Tjalve” Kvebek (Pantheon I, Den Saakaldte, Horizon Ablaze) on bass, and Vegard “Vyl” Larsen (Keep Of Kalessin) on drums.
From the Vastland has now recorded a third album — entitled Temple of Daevas — and it’s scheduled for release by Non Serviam Records on October 6, 2014. For the new album Sina again composed all the songs, performed lead vocals, and laid down the guitar tracks. He was joined in the recording by Vyl on drums, Tjalve on bass, and by Terje Olsen (Chton, Khonsu) as a guest vocalist for backing vocals.
Earlier this month we had the pleasure of premiering (here) a stream of one of the new album tracks, “Wrath of Aeshma”, and today we bring you another one: “Kamak”.
“Kamak” begins as a slow, lumbering crusher, before it begins to writhe in a tangle of twisted riffs and then explode in a flurry of raking guitar chords and attention-grabbing drum and bass pyrotechnics. As the vocals crack in a strangled delivery and roar with bestial vehemence, the music slows again, transforming into a drifting melody that’s both mesmerizing and morose. It’s a multifaceted piece that showcases From the Vastland’s varied moods and talents.
Temple of Daevas will be released on October 6 and it can be ordered now at this location, where Non Serviam is offering the album in a CD + shirt bundle with free shipping. Listen to “Kamak” below.