Grey Aura - the incredible, one-of-a-kind Dutch black metal unit.
"Waerachtighe beschryvinghe van drie seylagien, ter werelt noyt soo vreemt ghehoort" is not only the longest and most insane album title I've ever heard (descending from olde Dutch) but is also one of the best, most conceptual, and epic debut records I've ever come across.
Taking the form of an hour-and-a-half double-disc black metal audio play, the band spent nearly three years meticulously writing, planning, and recording their massive initial entry into the black metal oeuvre. And then another infamous year writing the prose and planning layouts for the ultra-deluxe and ultra-limited 60-page hardback 2xCD release.
The album interleaves between pitch-perfect second and third wave black metal anthems [mixing doses of Paysage D'Hiver with hints of Dissection] and professionally-acted and sound designed interludes, tracing the story of Willem Barentsz – an ill-fated Dutch explorer from the late 16th century. Barentsz's exploits took him three times to the Arctic north to discover a Northeast passage, only to succumb to the grim realities of neverending winter and scurvy. The album traces the steps of his final, fatal voyage.
An intense release for a debut album! Due to the massive expense of bringing this material to life: the physical record is limited to a one-time printing of 300 copies only in a 2xCD hardback, foil-stamped book, featuring 60 page of newly-written English prose, brand-new drawings, photos, and lyrics.
Disc 1 1. Introductie 2. Naar het noorden 3. Bereneiland 4. Keerwijck 5. Tweestrijd 6. De wind blies 7. Kruiseiland 8. De kust van Nova Zembla
Disc 2 1. Een bevriezende zee 2. Tussenspel I: Vorst 3. Het Behouden Huys 4. Monotonie en isolatie 5. Winterkou 6. Bedrog 7. Tussenspel II: Een open zee 8. Ijshoek 9. Ziekte 10. Nu alle troost ontbrak
* First-time pressing of Grey Aura's sprawling debut double album. * Pressed on 2xCDs. * Housed inside a high-quality, 'hard-fabric textured' hardback book with silver foil stamp printing. * Bound with a 60-page book, including newly-written prose on the expedition of Willem Barentsz, as well as full album artwork, photos, and lyrics. * Professionally-glass mastered CDs with CD-specific masterings. * Limited edition of 300 copies. * One-time printing, never to be printed again! * Amazing music.