• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | AUÐN, Vökudraumsins fangi


Black Metal is nu niet echt een genre waar ik voeling mee heb. De laatste bands van wie ik iets heb gekocht waren Venom (At War With Satan) en Hellhammer (Apocalyptic Raids). Zegt de fans genoeg neem ik aan? Ik heb wel een zwak voor sfeervolle (extreme) metal en rock, die gewoonlijk onder de categorie 'post' valt en veelal instrumentaal is. Dan hoef ik het gekrijs van één of andere erg boze (of steenverkouden?) brulboei er niet bij te nemen, want dat blijft toch wennen. Brengen ze het geluid dan nog eens met pakkend beeldmateriaal, dan ben ik helemaal mee. Dat is exact wat deze Ijslandse formatie doet met de release van deze song die reeds uit 2020 dateert en nu een prachtige video erbij krijgt. Het gekrijs neem ik er graag bij.


"Vökudraumsins fangi is the title song of our new album and deals with what we perceive to be real until our minds decide otherwise. Waking up in another time, feeling someone else's presence within your being with memories foreign to you, feeling trapped in a perpetual nightmare, you begin to wonder if the life you believe you've led even existed at all."


Vökudraumsins fangi verscheen op 30 oktober 2020 via Season of Mist.


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As the country's vibrant black metal scene has proven, Iceland can be a beautiful and sinister place where furious elements rage teaching fear but also inspiring human creativity. Emphasizing melodies rather than dissonance and approaching their music from a dramatic, classical black metal angle, AUÐN deliver another mesmerizing piece of art with ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’. Hailing from the village of Hveragerði in the south of Iceland, AUÐN deliver haunting melodies and beautifully frozen atmospheres – as opposed to the jarring and caustic blunt force trauma that has brought this remote place in the Northern Atlantic to the black metal forefront. Founded in 2010, AUÐN's talent was quick to be recognized. After the release of the self-titled debut, the band got invited to Iceland’s main metal event, the Eistnaflug Festival. They participated and won the local Wacken Metal Battle contest in 2016, while making it to the top three during the infamous Wacken Open Air festival itself. Shows at the prestigious Inferno and Roadburn festivals followed in 2017. The second full-length, 'Farvegir Fyrndar' was released in November 2017, continuing the band’s fast ascent. Highly praised by the international metal press, the sophomore record reached back to a more classic second-generation black metal approach combined with a sense of elegance and melancholy that one can feel while dwelling among the bleak, extraordinary landscapes of the island. The Icelanders embarked on European tours with label mates GAAHL’S WYRD in 2017 and THE GREAT OLD ONES (2017 and 2018) and captivated festival audiences at the biggest European fests, such as Copenhell, Summer Breeze Open Air, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Roskilde, Eindhoven Metal Meeting and more. Returning with ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’, AUÐN explore new soundscapes and push their music to new heights, thereby setting themselves further apart from their Icelandic contemporaries. The six piece draws inspirations from their natural surroundings, but also chart the territory of the mind. The album title literally translates to ‘prisoner of the daydream’, but rather refers to a perpetual state of delusion of a life that never took place. Join AUÐN while traversing the blurred lines between reality and the supernatural and the otherworldly sceneries of their native Iceland.


Recording line-up:

Andri Björn Birgisson - Guitars

Aðalsteinn Magnússon - Guitars and vocals

Hjalti Sveinsson - Vocals

Hjálmar Gylfason - Guitars

Matthías Hlifar Mogensen - Bass and guitars

Sigurður Kjartan Pálsson – Drums


Guest musicians:

Arnaldur Ingi Jónsson - Hammond organ on “Næðir um “and “Horfin mér”

Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson - Grand piano & Mellotron on “Næðir um” and “Vökudraumsins fangi”


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