Polish Black Metal Pagans VARMIA return with Visceral New Album!
“I implore you, put on your headphones and be transported across the different plains of consciousness […] There is something special going on in Poland and Varmia will be the ones to watch.” – METAL TEMPLE
Following on from the success of their Prolog EP at the start of the year, M-Theory Audio is thrilled to announce the worldwide release of nie nas widzę, the fourth album from black metal pagans, VARMIA.
Originally formed in Olsztyn by composer Lasota, VARMIA has carried the torch for instrumental alchemy in their native Poland since 2016. Fusing together black metal with archaic influences ranging from Baltic folk to music from the historical region of Warmia, the resultant sound is as compelling as it is progressive.
Employing traditional ethnic instrumentation such as the tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula, the quartet create visceral and dark metal landscapes that are both sonically and technically enthralling. Channeling the powerful spirit of early-Enslaved and Satyricon with the ethnic elements that has come to shape acts such as Wardruna and Heilung, nie nas widzę is the sound of a band at the height of their musical powers.
“This is by far our most conscientious attempt to honor those ancient Baltic beliefs,” explains Lasota. “To tell a cohesive story of our forefathers’ lost ways. We cannot see what has been eradicated a long time ago. We can only carry on the hate for such a state of history. This album is a story about the cult of Fire-Sun and Moon-Water. Four pieces that create the very center of the pagan universe. Here’s how these elements materialized into sound on our land. On Warmia.”
Having spent nearly a year-and-a-half producing the music for nie nas widzę, this massive undertaking once again found the band dividing their time and effort across several remote, culturally significant locations in Poland. From dungeon-cellars and barns to medieval castles and field recordings, traversing all four seasons, the album’s natural evolution is reflected in both concept and construction and is perhaps best showcased on new single, ‘DAINA 4’, which you can check out below:
“We created four anthems that are the heart of the record. Their titles have capital letters. ‘DAINA 4’ is the fourth from the section dedicated to the cult of Water. But each of these four songs have an invocative, spell-like character. What happens before and after each is very important, but you will have to find out why on your own.”
“Since the music here is as natural as we could get, so is the cover artwork,” explains Lastota. “This time it’s not a pure graphical creation, but a photograph of a real painting on canvas. Work of Polish visual artist Ula Pachała, which was digitalized by Piotr Szafraniec and turned into a stunning graphical layout.”
VARMIA’s nie nas widzę will be released June 16th on M-Theory Audio, available as a limited (250) 2LP colored vinyl collection, jewelcase CD with 16-page booklet or Digital and can be pre-ordered HERE