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VARMIA - Unveils Front Cover Artwork Of Upcoming Album

Polish pagan/black metal alchemists Varmia, who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa, will release their third album (and M-Theory Audio debut), Bal Lada, on 12th March. The cover artwork, which was designed by percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Piotr is now revealed and can be viewed below.

"The album title Bal Lada is a wordplay", explains band founder Lasota. "It's most obvious in Polish, but should translate well in other languages as well. It means both 'ballad' and 'Lada's ball'. The term 'ballad' could refer to a literary form but is also understood as a sad song. 'Lada' or 'Lado' is an ancient deity associated with both Baltic and Slavic cult heritage. She and/or he was most likely responsible for harmony, fertility and well-being. The title represents our take on the medieval dance of death concept and its depiction in the danse macabre allegory - the 'bal' of life forces, the circle of cycles, primal lusts, desires and thus deprivations and metamorphoses of flesh and spirit. This is a ritual dance in the oldest forest on one hand, but it's also a whole universe's life and death cycle on the other. The lyrics are mainly in Polish, but with some elements of ancient Prussian language. The cover art and graphic design are made by our band member Piotr, who plays all the ethnic instruments on the album. Follow the Moon and walk into the silent woods of Warmia."

Varmia recently unveiled a taste of the sounds to be found on Bal Lada with the premiere of the music video for the first single from the record, "Bielmo". The visually stunning tribute to the band's home region can be checked out over HERE. Link