We have been showing a lot of love to Season of Mist artist Sylvaine, who released her new album, Nova, on March 4th 2022! She just kicked off a tour supporting Amorphis in North America, and you can check out the dates below. To celebrate one of the most important artists of 2022, we are collaborating on a new giveaway with her and her label for your chance to win one of three awesome prizes! Prizes including a vocal lesson from Sylvaine, a guitar pick, a CD, and print on demand merch are up for grabs! Enter to win on our Instagram at the link below. The giveaway is only open to US residents (sorry), and it ends May 2nd, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Full rules and prize value below
Sylvaine is the pseudonym of Norway’s Kathrine Shepard, a classically trained composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Since 2014 Shepard has been releasing albums as Sylvaine, of which Nova (Season of Mist) will be the fourth (not counting a 2020 split with Unreqvited).
Polar have been a staple part of the Metalcore underground scene, touring with the best that the genres have to offer, like Stray From The Path. “We want this to be the next big step up” claimed guitarist, Fabian Lomas. “Nova is basically going to elevate us.” With a newly claimed maturity and direction to their sound and the expectations set by the band, Nova (Arising Empire) is set to be the big-hitting Metalcore album of the year.Continue reading
When it comes to instrumental outfits, metal bands tend to tread a fine line between fret wankery and songs with actual resonance and heart. In their short existence, Woking’s Eschar have sat firmly on the right side of this tightrope whilst forming a strong reputation, perfectly encapsulated on their latest release Nova (self-released).
Eschar’s sound is one that invokes the dreamlike serenity of progressive metal and post genres; never daunting or overpowering, whilst proving almost purely ambient in part all the while retaining emotional power. Album opener ‘Aphotic’ really embraces the softer elements of such music, proving a comforting, mellow opener which slowly reveals the rest of the album’s busier sides. Further revealing shades of progressive metal’s more technical counterparts, Nova shows intricate layers which even bring to mind the softer sides of the likes of Tool and A Perfect Circle. This technical underbelly never proves inaccessible however, making this an easy listen for newcomers with plenty of deeper segments to find for those with a more trained ear.
Nova is an impressive feat which manages to hold a strong emotive presence despite the lack of vocals, proving an embracing and even comforting effort. Yes some people may be put off by the sheer duration of some songs, most of which surpass the 5 minute mark; but there is no one with an interest in prog or metal that shouldn’t find some pleasure in this. Whether it is to fill the background void, or to totally immerse oneself in, Nova is an archetypal effort in music that is not in your face, but is simultaneously hypnotic and drawing.