Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Art

A Majestic Icelandic Black Metal Photo Scene Report

Naðra - Photo by Hafsteinn Viðar

There is truth in the old saying that there is strength in numbers! Case in point is the brotherhood that has bonded Icelandic black metal bands together in recent history. As many of us know, this country has become a key player in the underground metal scene. Although many of the bands sound different, they all share the bond of creating music that pushes the boundaries of genre. Over the past couple of months, Hafsteinn Viðar of Wormlust has been photographing his peers for this outstanding Icelandic photo feature you are about to see. Way better than my words ever could, these photos will give you an insight into these bands, and how the cold and gorgeous land they inhabit influences them. CVLT Nation would like to thank all of the bands for taking the time to make this feature a reality, and H.V. for so beautifully capturing the prolific underground scene in Iceland. You can visit his Facebook page Verði ljós and his Instagram @verdiljos to see more of his photos.

Abominor

abominornew-25

abominornew-38

abominornew-6

abominornew-59


Nyith

Nauð. Ýr. Ís. Þurs.

The stave, inscribed upon the flesh of a horse’s head
in the blood of a seal, a fox and a man.
And the words uttered;

Þykkt blóð, þreytast rekkar.
Þjóð mörg vos öld bjóða,
grand heitt, gumar andast,
glatast auður, firrast snauðir.
Hætt grand hræðast dróttir
hríð mörg, vesöld kvíða,
angur vænt, ærnar skærur.
Illur sveimur nú er í heimi.

8683cff5-4bd8-40b3-b8ad-b21fe4462ca3

8b14c104-8bf9-4c23-b280-c720f4dcf0a4

9d60cd8a-8c5a-43a8-a620-23a35dd161ea

661d7893-f049-479a-b199-50a1e19981f8

65ecbcbb-a31f-4706-acf2-c3d45f3c27c3

f4c72148-f7c0-45d5-bb8f-55525664d54a


Carpe Noctem

 

Beyond the edge of the sky
is a temple
where cracked lips chant malevolent psalms
its stones are leaning, about to collapse
but its foundation is a rock
It was built by the flesh
and inhabited by the spirit
Your name is written there in faded letters
one word in an unbreakable mantra
 -translated excerpt from Og hofið fylltist af reyk (And the temple was filled with smoke)

1

2

3 4


Mannveira

There is nothing to be lost or gained from this collective human experience. We have yet to see that which is permanent; to which the laws of time do not apply. Our longing for a purpose and to discover something beyond our physical realm will certainly be an obstacle in our journey to seize power of our real lives and to fully grasp what is within our reach.

There will be no ecstacy nor salvation, no judgement nor enlightenment. There will only be the brief glimpse of when we are truly alive, and then our inevitable return into nothingness.

“We have in fact only two certainties in this world – that we are not everything and that we will die.”

– Georges Bataille

Mannveira

mannveira-4

mannveira-8

mannveira-6


Svartidauði 

svartidaudi (12 of 60)

svartidaudi (3 of 60)

svartidaudi (21 of 60)

svartidaudi (26 of 60)

svartidaudi (57 of 60)


Naðra

7447b656-0022-47b9-9d39-db278117e277

nadra-7

nadra-16


Nornahetta

nornahetta

nornahetta-2


0

null-2

null-6

null2

null-5


Sinmara

sinmara-2

sinmara

sinmara-5


Misþyrming

misthyrming-31 misthyrming-37 misthyrming-41 misthyrming-57


Vánagandr 

vanagandrauka-4 vanagandr-9 vanagandr-4


WORMLUST

Look upon the warped mirror, it is held up to the ones that came before. In it we are lost, in an aesthetic dissonance. We stretch our limbs into phantom places and carve meanings into ephemera.  A test of limits by inward reflection. Trace up and down along the glass’ surface. The boundary between the spirit and flesh.  Inside it is our collection, journals of transmutation. What you see is only the mystic dimensions that lie beyond sanity carved upon the faces of gods. Look upon us.

wormlust (6 of 18)

wormlust (8 of 18)

wormlust (9 of 18)

wormlust (10 of 18)

wormlust (15 of 18)

 Golden chain-veil by Habe

Written By

26 Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Relapse 10-4
Advertisement

If you like this post and want to see more, help keep us going!
  

WickedWoman
Sentient 112217
Black Matter Mastering
Earsplit
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Apocalyptic Blues

TEN – ZYGOME//KALTBRUCHING ACIDEATH We own this record so trust me when I say that it’s killer fucking crust and no filler!!! KALTBRUCHING ACIDEATH...

Avant Garde

A few weeks ago I found Sólveig Matthildur (member of Kælan Mikla), and my life has been enriched with her dreamy melodies and addictive beats...

Black Metal

A slow moving death march is coming your way that will soon turn into an elite Black Metal Monster of feral power! I am...

Death Rock

KAELAN MIKLA’s  Mánadans is by far one of the most interesting releases on the year! Can you put their sound into a box? HELL NO,...