AURVANDIL was created in MMVI as a spontaneous, scornful, hatred-driven catharsis. Now the yonder beckons, and AURVANDIL yearns. For the eternal night, for solitude, for Gaïa. For total extinction.
"Yearning" stands as a cold, harsh manifest of what once was, an ode to spite and a reflection of somber, melancholic hatred.
Review written by the Wanderer:
"Yearning" is the debut album of this french project, this time supported by Wiedergänger on drums, which leads to perfection of the sound. A further development to the first eisenwald installment „Ferd“ is to be heard clearly, but Aurvandil remained true to himself. Compositions and sound breathe the spirit of the early 90's, primarily mid-tempo played Black Metal, with fast outbreaks and in contrast slow appearing parts as well as calm acustic passages with folk-influences. The rarely used vocals let the music speak for itself and keep the overall epic and dismal atmosphere.
released June 17, 2011
Crafted between MMVI and MMX and recorded in two sessions in June and August MMX. Drums performed and captured in Nordrhein-Westfalen by Wiedergaenger. Strings and voices captured in four nights in Austrasia. Recorded, mixed and mastered by the Austrasian Goat.
Cover and booklet artwork created by Sperber Illustrationen.
Booklet photographs captured by Steffen Gräf, early MMXI in Mark of Brandenburg. Layout by J.
A makeshift encampement, in its center a large bonfire. Around it, both men and women circle, coming together in combat meditation and readying themselves and their bodies for the inevitable. Some consume select mushrooms, staring into the fire and altering their mind, leaving behind their humanness for some hours and becoming berserks in the process. Their time has come: half-naked and armed to the teeth, the heathens' battlecry resounds. The horn is blown. Their enemies do not stand a chance. David Fischer
This is so excellent it is hard to believe it's a debut record. Havulinnaan already harbors all of the strengths Havukruunu would only improve on further in the following albums: epic chanting, these icy, fresh and yet typically Finnish melodies and a grandeur reserved for only the best of the best. Favourite track? Hard to pick. This record makes me want to live in the tundra and positively stab any non-pagans to their deaths with my frozen off toes. Hail Havukruunu! Kauan eläköön pakanuus! David Fischer