North Americans will be finally able to get their hands on Lars Stavdal's WALLACHIA third full-length offering, ‘Shunya’, tomorrow, January 8th, 2013, courtesy Debemur Morti Productions. The album, recorded, mixed and mastered at Soundtempel Studios with musician, engineer and producer Stefan Traunmüller, is an introspective and personal record for its creator, yet it is also instantly-accessible here (BandCamp) where it is being streamed in full. ‘Shunya’, its artwork crafted by Romanian artist Laura Sava, features Lars Stavdal on lead guitar, bass and vocals, Thomas Kocher on drums, Stefan Traunmüller on vocals, Dr. Caroline Oblasser on cello and Anna Oklejewicz on violin and viola, with Paal André Sandnesmo taking care of orchestrations. Listen to 'Shunya' here (BandCamp) or below, and buy the album here (Debemur Morti store):
“The cult of WALLACHIA returns with stunning third full-length, ‘Shunya’, comprising eight exhibits of melancholic black metal with a catchy, symphonic touch. ‘Shunya’ is an introspective, instantly-accessible metal album that stays faithful to the epic-sounding natural rawness that has been WALLACHIA's trademark since the mid-90s. The rich harvest of one man's expansive vision, this inimitable album represents a personal, emotional voyage of discovery, based on experiences of loss and displacement, driven by the spirit to overcome all obstacles. A theme of emptiness permeates the music - as it does the outside world. The term “shunya” is borrowed from the Sanskrit language and means “empty” or “void” as well as resembling the number zero from Indian numerology. WALLACHIA's latest and most ambitious work identifies the nothingness that exists in everything when modern technology takes hold and the essential spiritual value of ancient art(s) is forever lost:”
WALLACHIA started out in 1992 as a project for Norwegian musician Lars Stavdal. In 1995, with the inclusion of guitarist Eystein Garberg, he recorded WALLACHIA's debut demo, ‘Demo 1996’, which was self-released on tape in 1996, and re-issued by French label Velvet Music International on CD format. In 1997, WALLACIA released self-titled MCD and started to work on a full-length album. ‘From Behind The Light’ followed in 1999, only few weeks before the label, VMI, went out of business. In 2005, U.S. label Dark Horizon re-released ‘From Behind The Light’, and the following year, WALLACHIA recorded an instrumental pre-production for the entire second album which caught the attention of Austrian musician and producer Stefan Traunmüller who offered his help to produce and record the band's sophomore effort. ‘Ceremony Of Ascension’ was released in 2009 on German label Twilight Vertrieb.