Melancholy clad in Black Metal – the classical way
Of course, the so-called black metal scene is overladen with way too many bands. Compared to that, there are few reasons to form another one. Still, FERNDAL had good reasons for starting out in mid 2016. One of them is their unique sonic world, drawing inspiration from sources ranging from Bach and Dvorak to Beethoven and Arvo Pärt, from „Panzerfaust“ to „Arntor“ and from the ice-age remnants reaching from Scandinavia to their home area, the myth-enshrouded Münsterland. The combination of individual musicians, being the two main composers/lyricists Sorathiel (bass and vocals) and Lestaya (violoncello), flanked by Abarus and Sethras (guitars), leads to their unique black metal sound. FERNDAL not only entrench the violoncello as an equally deployed instrument between two distorted guitars, they seemlessly blend in premonitions from ancient scandinavian folk, baroque grace or romantic melancholy in between a veil of pure black metal aggression. Abarus is as well member of the black metal band EÏS, whose Mastermind Alboin was among FERNDAL’s fundal members contributing his characteristic drumming to the debut album and the first concerts.
Apart from the aural aspect of the band, the quintet offers lyrics being far away from any occult, orthodox or whatever cliché topics. Instead, Sorathiel and Lestaya dug deep to find fitting metaphoric words about them (self-)reflecting man’s relation to life, death, self-awareness or true individual freedom. FERNDAL use both a clean and harsh male voice to pitch the right tone for every word.
Being a focussed band and an exceptional specimen in Germany’s black metal circus, FERNDAL quickly attracted a bunch of potential partners. Einheit Produktionen, as Germany’s leading force in tasteful underground pagan/black metal, won the bid and released the band’s self-titled debut album in April, 2017. „Ferndal“ features seven tracks, among them four metallic longtracks and a classically orchestrated version of Windir’s „Arntor“, has been mixed and mastered by Markus Skroch (Hel, Ash of Ashes) at Kalthallen Studio, and is adored by an artwork drawn by renowned Spanish artist Norax (Lux Divina). Numerous reviews applauded the album’s unconventional style and the band’s concept.
At the same time, FERNDAL had their much respected live debut invited to present their songs on different live occasions, among them Ragnarök and Darktroll Festival.
Sorathiel – Bass, Vocals
Lestaya – Cello
Sethras – Guitar
Abarus – Guitar