CRYSTAL CAGE / SOMNIARE “Valkyrian Dawn”
A collaboration between the Finnish producer Crystal Cage and the Texan black metal vocalist SOMNIARE. ‘Valkyrian Dawn’ draws upon a multitude of influences, including raw bm, doomgaze, dungeon synth and synthwave, but is turned into more than the sum of its parts through focused compositions and fine-tuned productions. The result is an empowered, melodic and raw ambient release, which is both soul-crushingly heavy and serenely uplifting. A fitting allegory for the valkyrie, who descend down to battlefields to decide who among the slain deserve to be carried to an afterlife in Valhalla.