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KATLA - Presents New Video From Forthcoming Sophomore Album

The Icelandic atmospheric post/doom metal duo Katla, featuring vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson (Fortíð, Potentiam,...) and former Sólstafir drummer and visual artist Guðmundsson Óli Pálmason, have unleashed a curse in the shape of a video clip for the song "Sálarsvefn", which is taken from the forthcoming second full-length, Allt þetta helvítis myrkur, which has been scheduled for release on 13th of November via Prophecy Productions.

With the clip "Sálarsvefn", Katla have managed the unlikely feat of turning their sinister album Allt þetta helvítis myrkur even darker. The clip shows a modern rendering of an ancient Norse curse named in Old Icelandic "níðstöng" (English: "nithing pole"), which is described in the 13th century saga of Egill Skallagrímsson. "Egills saga" describes how the celebtrated poet (skald) and ruthless Viking erects a pole with the severed head of a horse on top and curses king Erik Haraldsson called "Bloodaxe" as well as his queen. Players of the popular video game The Witcher 3 might have encountered this ritual in a side quest entitled "The Nithing".

"The title "Sálarsvefn" translates as 'Sleep of the Soul' and my lyrics venture into the darkest corners of the mind of an anonymous human being", writes Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson. "This song is about pure hate and loathing. Whoever shows such a person any sign of sympathy or compassion will certainly be dragged into this creature's insane world of misery. "Sálarsvefn" was originally the third segment of a long track in three parts. Its first part was "Villuljós, which we have presented already (you can hear it over HERE). Yet as recording progressed, I ended up tying five songs together into one hell of a complicated mix, in which "Sálarsvefn" is now the fourth stage of this journey into dark soundscapes."

Guðmundsson Óli Pálmason adds a few words about the making of this fantastic clip: "We have created this video with a tremendous effort in both cost and labour. We had to buy four footlong sandwiches for our crew and I finished the rough editing on the same night that we filmed the clip." You can watch this amazing video in the player below. Link