Doomed Nation

Sounds For The Lost Generation

American blackened doom duo Ragana announce new full-length album »Desolation’s Flower« on The Flenser; stream the crushing title track now!

American blackened doom duo Ragana has announced their new full-length album, »Desolation’s Flower«, which will be released on October 27th, 2023 via The Flenser.

Listen to the crushing title track »Desolation’s Flower« below!

01. Desolation’s Flower
02. Woe
03. Ruins
04. DTA
05. Winter’s Light Pt. 2
06. Pain
07. In The Light Of The Burning World

Courtesy of another/side:

Ragana is a duo whose members alternate duties on drums, guitar, and vocals to produce some of the most unique and affecting dark music in metal today. The two-piece came together in 2011 in the DIY punk scene of Olympia, WA and are now based in Olympia and Oakland, CA. In their time together so far, Ragana have self-released 5 albums and teamed up with genre-favorite Thou for a split release in 2018. The following year, Ragana released their heralded We Know That the Heavens Are Empty EP and have quietly been working on new music ever since. The band signed with The Flenser in late 2022 and now announce their forthcoming debut LP for the label, »Desolation’s Flower«, incoming October 27th.

On »Desolation’s Flower«, Ragana draws upon a number of influences from the flora and fauna of their Pacific Northwest origins to the darkly nostalgic folk of Mt. Eerie and, yes, their Olympian forebears Wolves In The Throne Room, synthesizing them into an experimental, highly idiosyncratic take on black metal. Held together by an intense focus on raw emotion and haunting atmospherics, Ragana shifts seamlessly from tender, mesmerizing vocal harmonies to piercing, heart-ripping screams and back again, yielding music that is heavy, beautiful and punishing all at once.

Written over the past few tumultuous years, »Desolation’s Flower« is the band’s most devastating effort to date, containing seven incantations of loss, rage, pain and hope. Expertly engineered by the masterful Nicholas Wilbur at the Unknown Studio in Anacortes, Washington (Planning For Burial, drowse, Divide and Dissolve, Have A Nice Life), the album serves as the culmination of the past decade+ of the band’s ethos and execution.

Photo credit: Bailey Kobelin // Ragana is: Maria (she/her) and Coley (they/them)

The album’s eponymous album opener sets the theme for the record and embodies the spirit of Ragana: “a hymn of gratitude for queer and trans ancestors, known or unknown, by blood or affinity, whose joy and survival make our lives possible, and whose memory inspires and helps us resist the tide of increasingly visible hatred and oppression,” the band explains. Pain mourns and celebrates a childhood best friend lost to an overdose, excavating beneath shame and sadness, to stand in the pain and the joy together.

Stream / share »Desolation’s Flower« on YouTube.

Death is an inspiration for the album from start to finish and the »Desolation’s Flower« examines all facets of it; “Death is a new beginning, just a word to inspire a different vision of a future,” Ragana comments.

All seven tracks throughout »Desolation’s Flower« are crushing and contemplative and result in one of 2023’s most powerful albums. Look for the record to be available on physical and digital formats October 27th from The Flenser (pre-order here), and stay tuned for more news from Ragana coming soon.

Order »Desolation’s Flower«:
European store:

Ragana on tour:
08/04/2023 US Olympia WA, The Crypt
08/05/2023 US Seattle WA, Belltown Yacht Club
08/06/2023 US Bellingham WA, Ballroom
08/29/2023 DE Berlin, Schokoladen
08/30/2023 DE Nurnberg, Musikverein
08/31/2023 DE Leipzig, Connewitz
09/02/2023 UK Birmingham, Supersonic +
09/04/2023 UK Liverpool, Ebgbs +
09/05/2023 UK Manchester, White Hotel *
09/06/2023 UK Newcastle, The Lubber Fiend +
09/07/2023 UK Preston, The Ferret +
09/08/2023 UK Burnemouth, The Anvil +
09/09/2023 UK London, Bush Hall #

+with Dawn Ray’d
*with Dawn Ray’d, Divide & Dissolve
#with Dawn Ray’d, Big Brave and Jessica Moss

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.