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01. The Human Voice - Silent Heart
02. Trees Of Eternity - Hour Of The Nightingale
03. Darkher - Realms
04. Aeon Sable - Hypaerion
05. The Foreshadowing - Seven Heads Ten Horns
06. NU:N - Naked Until Noema
07. Cryo Chamber Collaboration - Nyarlathotep
08. In The Woods... - Pure
09. Klimt 1918 - Sentimentale Jugend
10. Terra Tenebrosa - The Reverses
Swedish medieval doom metal act Dautha will re-release their debut EP entitled Den Förste on MCD and 12"EP on 21st April through Ván Records. Here's the story behind this release: In 2014 the founder and main songwriter/lyricist/guitarist Ola Blomkvist invited diverse drummer Micael Zetterberg (Spetalsk, Terrorama, Wardenclyffe) to join him and the two rehearsed with gradually increased intensity for over a year before asking the inventive and enigmatic bass player Emil Åström (Terrorama, Wardenclyffe) to come along. Shortly after Emil's inclusion the young guitar wizard Eric Öquist (Projectu) joined the fold and the Dautha sound started coming together. However, it was not until the addition of the exceptional vocalist Lars Palmqvist (Scar Symmetry, Mirador) in early 2016 that the capstone for the murky Dautha grave vault truly was laid and the band ready to go for a proper demo recording. So, following a shorter period of fervent rehearsing and mutual contributing (during which Lars and his father Bengt-Arne Palmqvist created the violin parts later performed by Åsa Eriksson-Wärnberg), the quintet entered studio Sensus in Linköping in March 2016 to begin recording Dautha - Den Förste. Aided by studio engineer Linus Lundgren (Nocturnalia) the recording took place during several sessions over the course of March, April and May and on the 28th of May 2016 Den Förste was released in 78 copies in a hand crafted CDR package made to mimic the look of a medieval book with leather spine and patinated cardboard sleeves. The edition sold out quickly through the Dautha Bandcamp and Facebook sites and Ván Records soon offered to re-release the demo on CD and 12”EP. A slight re-mix was then made, as well as a re-mastering, courtesy of P.W.Engel at Temple of Disharmony. Dautha is currently working on their debut album and plans to start recording it in June 2017.
The musical foundation for Dautha is laid by influences from acts such as Candlemass, Count Raven, Cathedral, Paul Chain and Pagan Altar. Ola wanted Dautha to be immersed in mundane medieval aesthetics and themes, avoiding the usual run-of-the-mill metal heroics of mighty kings wielding swords of steel fighting dragons or other mighty kings. Lyrically and visually Dautha would focus on the dirt and the grime, the suffering and the hardships of the common, trampled medieval man while spanning bridges from the dark past to the abhorrent present. The track named "In Between Two Floods" can be heard in the player below. Link