“They not only made a video, but an ENTIRE ALBUM of absolute dread to go along with the classic Swedish film. So, if you're appropriately terrified for the length of "Vigil," you get to double down on the dark ambient trepidation. We're in, much to the chagrin of our own sanity and the delight of our therapists.”
View the video for the track, “Vigil,” via Clrvynt here.
EORÐESLAJYR (pronounced Earth Slayer) are an independent Irish avant-garde music trio. Based in Dublin, the band includes local musicians Sam Burton on vocals (Spudgun), Simon Bird on synthesizer, and Tom Morris on guitar (Turning Down Sex). The group originally formed with the intention of writing and performing experimental soundtracks for lesser known cult/silent films. However, their debut effort ‘HÄXAN’ quickly mutated into a complex arrangement involving collaboration with cellist Anna Clock, saxophonist Sam Comerford and percussionist Ross Chaney.
EORÐESLAJYR’s debut album, HÄXAN, was released by Black Mass via cassette (available here), as well as digitally through the band’s Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Spotify, as of October 31st.
The album was mastered by Colin Marston (of Krallice, Gorguts, Behold the Arctopus, Dysrhythmia) in Menegroth, The Thousand Caves NYC. He has recorded and mixed for Liturgy, Kayo Dot, and Castevet, among many others.
Haxan is an album of music inspired by and written to work as a soundtrack for Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 silent film ‘Haxan’ (aka Witchcraft Through The Ages). ‘Häxan’ tells the tale of Satan worship, demonic possession and the persecution of witches in medieval Europe. Originally released in 1922, it is one of the great masterworks of early horror cinema and a pioneering film for its rich use of lighting, composition and special effects. EORÐESLAJYR’s eclectic soundtrack emphasises the extreme hysteria of the witch hunts and the dark religious fervour it inspired through a constantly shifting, varied blend of styles. Drawing influences from acts such as The Body, Sun O))), SWANS, and Fantomas, the music ranges from heavy industrial doom and frenzied tribal cacophonies to brooding textural ambiences and lush choral arrangements.
Artist Websites:Bandcamp: https://eordeslajyr.bandcamp.com/releases
Label site: http://www.blackmass.ie/store/haxan