1 January 2008
Nahvalr is the world's first open-sourced black metal project. Spear-headed by Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga (of Have a Nice Life), Nahvalr aims to create the densest, most visceral sounds possible by combining the input of a dozen collaborators, all working individually, in a coherent and intuitive way. In other words: several people, operating anonymously around the globe, have their work hacked, chopped, distorted, fused and recorded over to create something altogether new.
The result is sometimes chaotic, sometimes blissful, but always striking. It verges on territory explored by bands like Xasthur and Velvet Cacoon before striking off in more melodic directions, incorporating influences as diverse as Burzum and Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music For Airports. The resulting hour of hyper-distorted evil is uniquely the product of the internet age, and a time when physical separation can't stop people from making scary sounds together in rooms around the world.
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