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MOSS OF MOONLIGHT - New Album Details And Lyric Video Online

Blackened folk duo from USA Moss Of Moonlight, who formed in the summer of 2010 in the heart of Cascadia will release their second offering entitled Winterwheel on 21st June. Winterwheel follows the highly acclaimed debut Seed, a concept album about a band of Pacific North Western rebels that rise up and create the Republic of Cascadia. Winterwheel digs deeper into the earth; a 45 minute trance into the otherworld’s. Using Anglo-Saxon chanting, haunting female vocals, visceral growls, and a giant atmosphere, Moss Of Moonlight has put ancient Pagan ritual into song. It's an album of Anglo Saxon gods and primal Paganism and as the band says, "it reaches far beyond Seed, into colder and darker territories". Jenn Grunigen stated about the album next words: "Winterwheel is a ritual put to song. It embraces the turning of the seasons, and the necessary, vicious loop of birth and death. Each song delves into the nature of a different Anglo Saxon god or goddess, and is steeped in the old, cyclic roads of our Pagan ancestors, as well as the very language of the Anglo Saxons. With this wisdom and craft, we made new rites--in other words, Winterwheel, this sacrifice to the gods, the cosmos. With each play, the ritual is brought to life once more, and anyone willing to listen is a participant in the offering. The writing was natural, but is still a momentary step away from our Cascadian heart. Our first album, Seed, was created with the majestic, deep, damp forests of Cascadia in mind--a viscera that the music, of course, reflected. Winterwheel is rooted and broad in its own way, but is more grounded in our Pagan past. We extricated it from the typical tropes of folk metal--the usual woodwind riffs and such. Instead, this is an album of long, epic swells, swollen with meditative chants and percussion, cold chunky guitars with a tale to tell." The first single "Ēole" can already be heard in a lyric video below. Link