Hailing from Colorado, USA, Velnias came into being in late 2006 and established themself by force of steady and captivating live performances throughout the years, be it single concerts and rituals or tours with the likes of Agalloch, Mournful Congregation or the recent EU appearances with Kampfar.
Originally issued in 2008 and published under several different pressings since then, this reworked and public re-edition of the bands debut „Sovereign Nocturnal“ comes with deluxe packaging and new stunning artwork.
With three songs and a total running time of over 40 minutes, „Sovereign Nocturnal“ is widely described as a harmonic combination of sorrowful black metal with a sprawling doom atmosphere, combined with elements of folk & moody acoustic passages. Their musical foundation, with intertwined tracks of long brooding atmospheric monuments and feral yet fragile riffs with healthy traces of folk, manage to invoke the sense of a moonlit forest and the spirits within, nature's majesty and humanities irrevocable demise.
released April 21, 2014
Gatefold CD | Gatefold LP | Digital | T-Shirt
Packaged using special rough, grey recycling stock
i stand before you humble oh majesty of oak, but a broken shell lit by the torch-light of my forest-heart
too long have i wandered in search of this haven
too long have i sailed the lives of scorn
now i grace these wooden pillars
unworthy i stand, yet i make my plea
beneath the crimson of the burning sky
here i shall make my offering
upon thine elder roots
through scarlet streams i return to your arms
to rest again, one with her
shroud me beneath snowfall, mend these gaping wounds
breathe unto me the strength to rise anew
Track Name: Risen of the Moor
the ages scorn those of ebon slumber beneath scattered mounds across the moors
shattered legacies of the fallen - voices silent, yet not unheard
hanging still in the evening mist their whispers linger
resounding echoes of the past poised to awaken the spirits of the true
with the chilling gaze through panes of black grasping for any sense of being
a rapture of maddening clarity - the ancestral seed begins to bloom
soil churns - awakening - rising through the decay
eyes open to behold the silhouettes upon the moor
clutch firm the spear passed unto us, with their wisdom we march to war
the noose is tied and waiting for long due sacrifice
let it be known despite the turmoil that never shall we be one...
robbed of essence are those to hang from our father's oaken arms
in assurance that all once died for is never left to the worms...
Track Name: Sovereign Nocturnal
hope resigned but a whisper - the flicker of a dying flame struggling against the wind
anon the embers surrender to the lengthening of shadows
upon a pallid steed she rides, sovereign nocturnal
crept the frost to claim the earth, relentless her reign of lunar radiance
her embrace of gray shall tear asunder
she dances upon the ashes - a spectre amidst the trees
wreathed in stars - ethereal beauty
the harvester of the life flame
my life entrusted to these embers fallen cold is forfeit in your shadow, yours to take away...