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After several years of silence, West Virginia's own Nechochwen returns with a brand new album that doesn't lose site of the band's acoustic and classical roots but reveals a more emotive and aggressive side.
On September 4th, the old spirit of "Heart of Akamon" will take you on a journey back in time and experience the persecution, struggle and pride of the indigenous peoples almost forgotten Native America. The band comments:
"On this fourth volume of Nechochwen, our minds have collectively gathered and focused on events that occurred long ago in the Eastern Woodlands of North America. Before Europeans arrived, this land had many names in many different languages that refer to it being the original, wild land, such as Akamon.
"As time passed in the creation of this album, our minds and hearts gradually journeyed westward and we thought of many things: loss, tradition, hatred, pride, guidance, solidarity, purpose, and struggle. A powerful symbol of this struggle, especially in light of the intense pressure to move west, is the distant memory of displaced men, women, and children roaming through muck with black legs.
"This theme is woven throughout the album; in simplest terms it is about finding a place to belong through traditions that are held sacred. Through these sacred traditions, everything finds itself in its place. This album is dedicated to the land where we have grown and where we still reside; a unique, wooded valley rich in Indian history within the Heart of Akamon." More...
Bindrune Recordings will release Nechochwen's new six-song recording of ambient native American black metal "OtO" on vinyl LP format on July 31st . The rest is best left to the members of Nechochwen themselves:
The members of Nechochwen are proud to have our newest material released by Bindrune Recordings in the form of an LP titled "Oto". Where previous releases have been rooted in the historic and ancient past, "Oto" focuses on the guidance our ancestors bring to us in modern times. The album title could be called 'Ancestor' in English.
We consider this third Nechochwen album to be a "double EP" with Side A taking an organic, acoustic route and Side B shifting to an aggressive metal assault. The focus of this album is quite simple: ancestral wisdom and Native tradition is relevant and important in our overly complex and distracting present world. Never has man been so disconnected from the very soil he walks on. Just as there are two sides to this LP, there are two sides to all of us. One is at peace with our surroundings and the other attempts to conquer them. This album is a tribute to the balanced, ancestral self.
"Oto," in both conception and inception, is paradoxical in nature. It is the proverbial thread of the past thrust through the eye of the needle that is what we call the present day; a musical time machine that seamlessly shifts between two worlds that could be considered equally shrouded in obscurity. Visually, the title "O+O" invokes a sense of symmetry. Like a human face, it looks equal on both sides. But upon closer inspection, symmetry is but an illusion. Each side holds its own discerning features. Such is the case with this volume of Nechochwen. Two distinctly different notes of the same chord, embraced in a confluence of harmony.
West Virginia based folk metal band Nechochwen has issued the following update about revealing the cover artwork for their new album and streaming new songs online:
"Here it is, the new album cover. This should go off to the press THIS WEEK and pre-orders will be taken soon at this location. Check out the teaser I just posted with portions of three songs from Azimuths to the Otherworld. Expect an hour's worth of original Nechochwen material and a 16 page booklet with high quality artwork. Bindrune will also be offering some great Nechochwen merch soon to accompany the album."
West Virginia based folk metal band Nechochwen is currently streaming a new song online. The track "Charnel House" can be heard at the band's MySpace page.