American blackened doom duo Ragana has released the second single »DTA« taken from their upcoming full-length album, »Desolation’s Flower«, due out on October 27th, 2023 via The Flenser.
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01. Desolation’s Flower
05. Winter’s Light Pt. 2
07. In The Light Of The Burning World
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“a vast, epic, desolate sound that draws on black metal, screamo, doom, and the most paralyzingly depressing indie rock from their Pacific Northwest environs” — Stereogum
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.
Their forthcoming album »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.
Today, the duo share the Side B opener »DTA«. An acronym for “Death To America”, the track starts as a questioning whisper and ends in a crying scream. The song fuses together the sounds of a riot unfolding in the streets of Oakland, emphasizing the message that this song is a zeitgeist of the times. 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.
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.
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.