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After their highly acclaimed avant-garde debut album "Secret Ambrosian Fire", released by Eisenwald in 2019, Thuringian folklorists MOSAIC return to their black metal roots with their new full-length album "Heimatspuk", delivering a primal symbiosis of atmospheric metal, mystical soundscapes and traditional primal folk elements.

The album continues where its predecessor "Secret Ambrosian Fire" left off. The modern world lies in ruins and has consumed itself. Lyrically, it is permeated by various leitmotifs, such as darkness, sanguine and forest mysticism - as well as the central elements of earth and air - whose attributes and symbolism characterize the album.

Reflection, contemplation, inner catharsis and world escape are driven by heart and soul interwoven with moments of bittersweet melancholy and nostalgia. Once again it is about old Thuringian traditions, poetry and customs; about ghosts and demons; about the devil; and about the simple man who must not lose himself in the wild world. Likewise, it is about the power of nature as the ultimate shelter; about winter customs and ghostly witches. In addition, the album is strongly inspired by the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Georg Heym, Georg Trakl and many other regional Thuringian poets. Dark primal folk melodies, sung in the regional dialect, lead up to wild atmospheric black metal anthems.

Unlike previous MOSAIC releases, there are no guest appearances on this album. The album was written and recorded entirely by Martin van Valkenstijn at his House of Inkantation in Gotha, with musical assistance from Danijel Zambo (Walden, Skognatt) and mastered by Markus Stock (Empyrium, Sun of the Sleepless) at Klangschmiede Studio E in Mellrichstadt.

The masterfully designed front cover was created by Austrian artist Irrwisch, further illustrations were done by Urzeitkraft Illustrationen.

"Nordwaldrauch" - Official Track Stream: https://youtu.be/SbBPmGs1CxE

"Wir sind Geister" - Official Video Clip: https://youtu.be/vk23vaBn86s


01. Wir sind Geister
02. Die alte Straße
03. Teufelsberg
04. Hullefraansnacht
05. Blutnelke
06. Der Köhlerknecht
07. Nordwaldrauch
08. Heilstatt
09. Unterhulz Zoubar
10. Tief verschneit die ganze Welt (Bonustrack CD/Tape/Digital)


M.Valkenstijn - All instruments & vocals

Photo Credit: Carolin Falkenstein

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