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Solastalgia I
VLK
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Release:

Grrrow! Records
3. Nov. 2023 *** NEW DATE ***

Info:

Vlk (pronunciation: vilk) was founded in 2021 as a solo project by multi-instrumentalist and musicologist Wolf-Georg Zaddach in Berlin/Brandenburg and combines his love for black and progressive metal, jazz and contemporary music. In July 2021, Vlk released the debut “Transdescendence” exclusively digitally via Bandcamp and received first positive reviews. In 2022, Vlk made his live debut supplemented by live drums and was a support act for Imperial Triumphant (NYC, Century Media) in Germany. "Vlk", Czech for "wolf", is a symbol, an allegory for the conflictual encounter between man and nature, which makes us aware of our own alienation and hubris. Vlk is about this conflict and everything that can grow and flourish from it. Vlk stands for dark and transgressive music and art.

"Solastalgia I" is a concept album and the first part of a trilogy. Solastalgia is a made-up word, formed from Latin (solacium – consolation) and ancient Greek (algos – pain), which was first used by environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht in the 2000s. Solastalgia refers to the pain and grief of losing our environment: emotions driving to despair, which we bring upon ourselves through our greed and hubris. As a result, the climate and biodiversity crises are intensifying the destruction of the environment and nature.

The album is an artistic reflection and processing of the loss of home, the wealth and diversity of nature, and the livelihoods of all life, which ultimately lead to destruction, agonizing death, and extinction. A dystopian outlook and a warning for the present at the same time.

The trilogy is accompanied by short stories by Wolf-Georg Zaddach as well as photos and images by the artist Sara Zaddach.

"Indigenuity" - Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/IhcgQ9Aw9pY

Tracklist:

1. Collapsology
2. Indigenuity
3. Interlude | Reflect
4. Ballad of the Sorrowful
5. Extinction
6. Loca Inferna

Line-up:

All music was written and performed by Wolf-Georg Zaddach
Guest vocals by Stacy Taylor (Berlin) on "Extinction"
 


Photo Credit: Sara Zaddach

 

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