Berlin-based ambient/drone/doom metal duo Nadja stream their new studio album, »Labyrinthine«, which was released on September 6th, 2022 via the band’s own label Broken Spine Productions in co-operation with Katuktu Collective, Cruel Nature Recordings, Bad Moon Rising, Adagio830, Muzan Editions, WV Sorcerer, Pale Ghoul and UR Audio Visual. Four extended tracks of atmospheric doom sludge, each with a different guest vocalist: Alan Dubin (Gnaw, Khanate), Rachel Davies (Esben & The Witch), Lane Shi Otayonii (Elizabeth Colour Wheel) and Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell).
01. Labyrinthine (feat. Alan Dubin)
02. Rue (feat. Rachel Davies)
03. Blurred (feat. Lane Shi Otayonii)
04. Necroausterity (feat. Dylan Walker)
Mastered by James Plotkin.
Artwork by HLG & Ruò Tán 若潭.
Band photo by Cassandra Gemini.
Nadja’s latest full-length offering »Labyrinthine«, recorded during the pandemic and concurrently with their Southern Lord album »Luminous Rot«, finally sees a CD release on the band’s own label, Broken Spine, with limited cassette versions by several different indie labels from around the world: Katuktu Collective (US), Cruel Nature Recordings (UK), Bad Moon Rising (Taiwan), Adagio830 (Germany), Muzan Editions (Japan), WV Sorcerer (France/China), Pale Ghoul (Australia), and UR Audio Visual (Canada).
»Labyrinthine« explores themes of identity and loss, monstrosity and regret, extreme asceticism, the differences between labyrinths and mazes, taking inspiration from Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore, Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Tombs of Atuan, and Victor Pelevin’s reinterpretation of the story of the minotaur and Ariadne, The Helmet of Horror.
While this might be Nadja’s heaviest, doomiest album to date, it is unique in the band’s extensive catalogue as each track features a guest vocalist:
• Alan Dubin – legendary American vocalist from O.L.D. and Khanate and currently in Gnaw
• Rachel Davies – vocalist and bassist from the British band Esben & The Witch
• Lane Shi Otayonii – is a Chinese multi-media artist and vocalist in Elizabeth Colour Wheel
• Dylan Walker – American vocalist from grindcore/noise band Full Of Hell
Nadja is a duo of multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker and bassist Leah Buckareff which formed in 2003. Nadja creates music that has been described as ambient doom, dreamsludge, and metalgaze, combining the atmospheric textures of shoegaze and ambient music with the heaviness and volume of metal and noise.
Nadja has released numerous albums on many different underground labels – Alien8 Recordings, Daymare Records, Robotic Empire, Hydrahead Records, Gizeh Records, and Important Records, to name a few. The duo has toured extensively around the world, including performances at such festivals as SXSW, FIMAV, Roadburn, Donaufest, Le Guess Who, Incubate, and Unsound, and has shared the stage with such artists as Earth, OM, Khanate, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost, and Godflesh.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, for the last decade the duo has been based in Berlin, Germany.
Photo by Janina Gallert
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