Endless ghosting shores
Australian one man entity Mordavia is not flashy, attention-seeking black metal. It’s not the type of project constantly churning out releases every other week, or cobbling together a rag-tag live band and heading out on the road looking for recognition and ego satisfaction. In fact, since its inception back in 1998 there has only been one recorded release (2013’s great full-length Mortal) and a grand total of zero live shows. This is likely due to two factors – one, I presume sole practitioner Morgue likely has his hands full with his stellar work in Mar Mortuum, his luthier trade and business Brock Guitars or running his label/touring company/recording studio Impure Sounds – and two, as with all of the other aforementioned endeavours he does it at his own pace, for the sake of the art, and with the utmost integrity.
Which is why the fact that we have a new Mordavia track here today is something truly special. More personal than ever (he has even dropped his stage name in favour of simply “Brock“), this is the first public recording from this project in six years… and it has been worth the wait. I’ll let the man himself explain it in this pic:
Four tracks written during the ebb and flow of life, released one by one until all four are at peace in full form and can be compiled into an EP. This isn’t an exclusive premiere of ‘Endless’, by any means (the track has already been shown a little love by the legends over at No Clean Singing) and it is a touch odd that we’re doing a full review piece for one track, but we here at BMD simply could not pass up the chance to also share it with you once we heard it – and once you have too, you’ll understand why.
Opening with clean tones and a melody that instantly transports you to a realm of pensive nostalgia, it doesn’t take long before Brock’s surprisingly affecting clean vocals slowly steal the show. There’s something intensely relatable about his voice; it sounds like your own in your soul, plaintively calling to something long gone as your spirit soars off into the blackness of time… and his harsh throatwork is just as good, cutting through the melodious waves of anguish that break and wash over before receding again to rest in mists of longing and the dull ache of years. His understated vocals really are a feature for me – when he sings “clinging to a memory that was never really there” it’s not only the perfect summation of the sound and message the track conveys, but you feel it resonate deep within.
The music is carefully crafted atmospheric black decaying in the fading autumn light; crashing chords and yearning tremolo weighing down your chest as doom-ish sensibilities and slow, waltzing tempos ensure even further immersion into the crushing hopelessness of it all. It is a longer track, but if you have any reservations about length and think it makes a song ‘boring’ (ie: you have a shithouse attention span), ‘Endless’ will simultaneously put your mind at ease and blow it to kingdom come. The thirteen-plus minutes pass like five as you’re submerged ever deeper into the beautifully desolate aura of it all.
But enough effusive rambling, click the link above and see for yourself. If it wasn’t already apparent from his older works (seek them out if you haven’t heard them), this man can write a tune… and I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the next three to be unfettered and released upon the world, after which they will all be compiled into a physical entity and made available for purchase through Impure Sounds. If this first taste is anything to go by, it’s going to be quietly remarkable – and you can pick it up at name-your-price download when it drops on June 28th, one week from now. A wonderful song that holds great meaning. Exquisite.
Endless unleashes June 28th under the banner of Impure Sounds.
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