“Dense atmospheres luring the ones that hear. Finding your way in intensity, sometimes threatening and lost. The path seems clear, but stick to it too long and the path is what makes you lost. WITTE WIEVEN weave such sonic spells with alchemical ease.
Since their formation in 2014, WITTE WIEVEN have been patiently perfecting their sound, first with the Silhouettes of an Imprisoned Mind EP in 2016 and then their split with Reiziger, Vlucht, in 2018. A blend of dissonance, dreamy landscapes, and alternately grooving/gnarly riffs, the duo of C. (guitar, vocals) and S. (drums) try to find their way through the echoes of creating. But the recorded experience is not only side to WITTE WIEVEN: the band made their live debut at Roadburn 2019, accompanied by W. Damiaen (Laster) on guitar and Desmond (Autarkh) on bass guitar. By and large, that esteemed performance introduced this apparition to the wider world, but now it’s set to fly farther and freer…
At last: WITTE WIEVEN’s debut album, Dwaallicht. Both a summation and extension of their prior short-lengths, the six-song/42-minute Dwaallicht lays bare a stark-yet-sumptuous canvas of shimmering black metal and delirious doom, threaded together with the subtly unfolding dynamics of the best post-rock. It’s at once an incredibly physical experience and one that’s ghostly and atmospheric, its ripples of shadowy sound revealing everything and nothing simultaneously; one must possess the fortitude to peer deeply into their abyss to see the full fathom of emotions and sensations lurking down there. One minute compared to the other might suggest combative contrasts, but each minute is as crucial as the last as well as the next: with songs at their briefest being five minutes and stretching all the way to ten, the journey itself is arguably more important then the destination. Put another way, WITTE WIEVEN are like the beings that lurk in the mist – a pretty sight, but with a tempting, dangerous darkness. And Dwaallicht‘s landscape seemingly stretches infinitely…” – Nathan Birke