Moss Of Moonlight Reveals New Album "Winterwheel" Release
Formed in the summer of 2010 in the heart of Cascadia, "Winterwheel" is the second offering from blackened folk metal duo Moss of Moonlight and will be released this summer solstice on June 21st, 2013.
Described as "a true rarity in the black metal genre" by Pure Gain Audio, "Winterwheel" follows debut "Seed," a concept album about a band of Pacific North Western rebels that rise up and create the Republic of Cascadia.
According to the band, the "Winterwheel" album "reaches far beyond 'Seed', into colder and darker territories." Moss of Moonlight's Jenn Grunigen recently discussed the upcoming album in more detail and touched on the writing process:
“Winterwheel is a ritual put to song. It embraces the turning of the seasons, and the necessary, vicious loop of birth and death. Each song delves into the nature of a different Anglo Saxon god or goddess, and is steeped in the old, cyclic roads of our Pagan ancestors, as well as the very language of the Anglo Saxons. With this wisdom and craft, we made new rites--in other words, Winterwheel, this sacrifice to the gods, the cosmos. With each play, the ritual is brought to life once more, and anyone willing to listen is a participant in the offering.”
“The writing was natural, but is still a momentary step away from our Cascadian heart. Our first album, Seed, was created with the majestic, deep, damp forests of Cascadia in mind--a viscera that the music, of course, reflected. Winterwheel is rooted and broad in its own way, but is more grounded in our Pagan past. We extricated it from the typical tropes of folk metal--the usual woodwind riffs and such. Instead, this is an album of long, epic swells, swollen with meditative chants and percussion, cold chunky guitars with a tale to tell.”
The track listing is as follows:
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