Release Date: 01 September 2014
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Dark Fortress Venereal Dawn Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set
Formed in the Bavarian foothills when the second wave of black metal had grotesquely clawed out of the grave and into the unforgiving light, DARK FORTRESS benefitted from the rotten fruits of right place and right time. Like their black metal peers across Europe, the Germans were a product of a historically mystical environment—imbued consciously or not—and a ritualistically inspired musical movement, and fans, eager to experience their otherworldly din, poured unwavering praise on debut album, “Tales from Eternal Dusk”. For the past two decades, DARK FORTRESS have gone from strength to strength. Across six full-lengths, the Landshut-based sextet stretched the boundaries of black metal, while remaining pure to the tenets of a genre that pivoted (and continues to do so) solely around the axis of the dark and all that resides hideously inside of it.
Despite spirited attempts throughout the aughts to plague mankind, “Venereal Dawn” took four grueling years to unfurl out of DARK FORTRESS. The group’s seventh full-length is both a continuation and discontinuation of predecessor “Ylem”. On the grimy skin of things, it’s very much recognizable as DARK FORTRESS. As with previous full-lengths, there is no middle ground on “Venereal Dawn”. There is no compromise. But there’s uncharted territory on display as well. In DARK FORTRESS’s none-blacker hearts, they’ve branched out, explored, and come back from their journey changed men.
1. Venereal Dawn 00:11:04
2. Lloigor 00:07:07
1. Betrayal And Vengeance 00:07:10
2. Chrysalis 00:06:29
1. I Am The Jigsaw Of A Mad God 00:08:33
2. The Deep 00:03:09
3. Odem 00:06:30
1. Luciform 00:07:24
2. On Fever's Wings 00:11:12