The Female Of The Species

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On the scene since 2008, Nachtlieder is the black metal project of Dagny Susanne, a Swedish valkyrie that has already pierced our hearts with her spear in 2013, when her eponymous debut was released. Differently from its predecessor, informed by feelings of desolation, loneliness and misanthropy, new album “The Female Of The Species” is primarily lead by a spiteful rage and a general aggressiveness, skillfully exalted by Tore Stjerna's production at Necromorbus Studio.

Nachtlieder's storming black metal assault is propelled by Martrum's masterful drumming and incited by Dagny Susanne's violent riffs and vocals, the latter a perfect balance of profound growls and screams of anger, even more effective during the doomiest moments of the album. “Musical minimalism is meant to invoke a hypnotic state,” Susanne explains, “but the focus on the aggressive and intense side of Black Metal will instead hold the listener on edge.”

The cover photo reflects the album concept. With the determination of a nouvelle Eve, Susanne sedates her thirst of freedom by setting Eden to flames; then stares into the fathomless dark, finally liberated. “The Garden of Eden is decaying,” she says, “and Eve's sudden revelation of desolation and mortality has grown into spite. Stepping barefoot in the soil, she finds her path under the frozen leaves. From birth and creation, through malicious meditation and destruction to the final liberation from liberation, Nachtlieder's second album tells one story of the female of the species.”

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released December 7, 2015

Drums performed by Martrum. Everything else written and performed by Dagny Susanne

Recorded in Necromorbus Studio, July 2015
Produced by Tore Stjerna

Photography by Åsa Hagström - www.septikphoto.com
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli

Cat No IVR048

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Track Name: Malice, Come Closer
Birth of a vile human
With a gasping breath
A creature of inferior form
Arise from silvery ash
Pale phoenix, spiritless glow

The dance goes on, my love
So be quick on your feet
Battle, determine your own fate
And fend off the fiends that will be
forever in your dreams

Malice, come closer to me

Fragile beautiful child
your fate is sealed

Through fury
Perfection
Madness
Blessing
Mortal, mighty protector
Track Name: Nightfall
Awake in a silent blue twilight
Lustered eyes, hypnotized
A luminous night
The wine, that one drinks with the eyes

Silent and all but paralyzed
Draw on the breath of nightfall
Under gravity’s spell
The moon spills light into dark waters

Stillness, sinister, crystal clear awakening
open hands in a wordless prayer
A chilling pulse violently beating within
The silent horizon

Light transmitting through open hands
A glowing arch in a dark room
Present the violent sublime
Nightfall, and wildness becomes my art
Hear voices from far beyond
Swing a hangman’s noose, sway my heart

I feel
Now I see beyond
It goes beyond
Let streams flow, unrestricted
In my remaining time
The silent horizon
Track Name: Fatale
Fire
Lanterns burning in the courtyard
The quest is not forgotten
An oath to be fulfilled

Channel through my eyes and lips and veins
My body burst, fire
My rage
My inner blue beautiful flames

Fountain of youth, blood will pour out from every wound
Give me your flesh, burn the skin from your feeble limbs

Quiet laughter in the silent night
Fatal night
Silver ashes falling now
Captured in a mad maidens fantasies
Track Name: Lonely Mortal
I stared into the fathomless dark
My mind stirred and ached and pounded
A painful attempt
To pardon this use of flesh
and animate this lifeless shell

Beholding, looking deeper
My sweat and blood filled its void
My feet glued to the ground
I sang as i was drained

Lonely mortal
Let this be my revival
Pour an open portal from my fingers
For colorless is my survival

I disintegrate
or burst into flames
or all swept away

This unfulilled existence
I stared into the dark
Beholding all, everything, nothing
Track Name: Eve
With every breath and pulse
Draw on the first drops of dark
A never sedated thirst

Breath the water
Smell the blood
Bind the moment

Reach into a vast hollow night
And grasp its matter
Become its light, unbound
Track Name: Silence And Devastation
Wildness
Silence in your dominion
the vastest of all places

Creation through destruction
In the wastelands grow spiring seeds
When silence follow devastation

Calm, stand firmly to the ground
Sublime act of change, her vow
Clear, harmonious is it's sound
Divine transformation, finished now

Follow me through the battlegrounds
Follow me through silence
Follow me through
Track Name: Cimmerian Child
Precious little one
Cloaked to merge with the shadows
A sharp blade at your side
A violent mind unfolding

Not cared for, care for no one
Lonely little one
Instead of the warmth of spring
Make a thunderstorm

Follow a path toward the light
Through the dense dark forest
Pretty little one
Brush the thorns from your cloak

A trail of fresh blood
Before autumn leaves fall
Let it be your guide home
Harmless little one

Weight of hate to pull me through the vast void of existence born to free myself yes save me from annihilating soul and spirit spit and blood and ugly nature and my mind is shadowing itself disintegrating dour little one
Track Name: The Female Of The Species
Onward I went in water
Birth of Venus, with a blank face
And a bland taste lingering on the tip of my tongue
Bite the apple and follow the morning star

When worlds fall and shadows grow
What is life if not freedom to live
I sensed the power of storms in the air
And I moved along with the wind in my back

Onward I went through fire
The heat, flames intoxicating, red and blue
Defiantly dancing, chaotic steps
The serpent’s daughter as one with the witch

But the song of a sword’s clinging metal
My wisdom stolen by works of gray
Deceived by the madmen
And my body was engulfed in the pyre

Marks burned in the soil
Narrating shackled lives, slit throats
Trembling limbs in liberating creation
Do my hands have value now?

Onward I went, through the bowels of the earth
Cold, faceless, mud covered creature
Brutal and beautifully unkempt
The smell of cloth, the sweat and the dirt

With grace I clean up the sickening stench
With light heart I breath the dampened air
(And I stomped the devil’s torso into the ground)