Heather Wasteland ‎– Under The Red Wolfish Moon

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CD, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Digipak


6-panel digipak limited to 100 handnumbered copies.

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  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LZ74
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI ALB 24
  • Matrix / Runout: HEATHER WASTELAND - Under The Red Wolfish Moon


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December 15, 2016

From the very beginning in 2001, HEATHER WASTELAND gave a special role to the bass guitar with an intended refuse to use guitars. It became a reason why two bassists formed the band’s original line-up, and added a third bassist after the reunion in 2014.

At certain stages of the musical formation, in spite of their various musical preferences, the heretics of HEATHER WASTELAND came in touch with the technical death metal classics, as well as with progressive metal and even jazz. Although an average fan will hardly find any influences of these styles in HEATHER WASTELAND’s music, it found a reflection in some heretical views on the idea of experimental “Cimmerian folk metal”, which would incorporate neofolk and medieval elements. Due to this precise “heretical” reason, the group describes their style as "Heretical Folk Art.

AR (one of the band’s founders, the composer of “Under The Red Wolfish Moon”) says that EVOL, CRUACHAN, early IN THE WOODS, BATHORY (of Viking period), and BURZUM (of ambient period) were sources of his inspiration, and the band concept was influenced by ANCIENT RITES.

EP track titles have their thematic reference to different periods of time and different places of Western Europe. If you take a look at it through the lens of the little-known historical facts concerning Cimmeria-Taurida, no contradictions will be found, because archaeological, linguistic and cultural heritage of Celts, Normans, Greeks, Goths, Genoeses are still alive on the shores of Πόντος Ἄξενος. Ley lines, Opuk’s runic stone, the ruins of the Genoa fortresses, the Crimean Gothia’s Celtic place names and some little-known artifacts, which are associated with taboo subjects of history, enable us to draw some logically relevant analogies with the better known subjects.

AR: “Sometimes the closely spaced subjects may be considered from a far distance only, and, having called the Muses, the heretics of Heather Wasteland have left the rocks of the Inhospitable Sea and set out on the travels through the space and time.

Having cut the rising blood-red waves of Hafrsfjord by the steel of our strings, we will behold the faces of Úlfhéðnars in the sea foam…. Driven by the Red Moon’s ghostly shining we will turn into those whom the Dark Ages’ autos-da-fe are very glad… but neither their flame, nor the Runemeisters’ Wolf-Hooks are destined to chain us. We will disappear in the centuries to return to other place. Let the riot of carnival colours on the gray quays of the Venetian channels will become such incarnation! Though, what kind of faces is hidden under our masks? It is doubtful that you will discern them – these bright-colour costumes of jugglers will suddenly turn to shapeless garments, and the actors themselves, having just begun to juggle with their torches, vanish in the night. In your mind's eye some visions will appear... Though, no!... These fires are neither the ones of Walpurgis night of the Dark Ages, nor the Inquisition’s autos-da-fe. Those are the forgotten fires of the Vernal Equinox of the barbarous Caledonia, this high one is a Summer Solstice flame of the Wicker Man… and his uninvited guests writhe in the death throes in his belly... Yeah! Let there shine the Red Wolfish Moon again!”