PREMIERE: Vanha‘s Within the Mist of Sorrow

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Start the morning with a melancholy doom record from Sweden that’s sure to just ruin your entire day. RIYL: Katatonia, My Dying Bride, seasonal depression.

Within the Mist of Sorrow, the debut full-length from Sweden’s own Vanha will drop very soon, but we’ve got your first full stream of it right here. Vanha (Finnish for “Old”) is the product of Jan Johansson and drummer Jesse Oinas. The duo got together just a few short months ago, and immediately got hard to work putting together this slow, pummeling record.

I’m not much a doom enthusiast, but listening to Within the Mist of Sorrow all day yesterday was exactly what I needed. Jan Johansson’s combination of strings, keys, organs, and Peter Steele-esque clean vox on top of a crawling dirge-fest of distortion and suitably gruff growls makes for an engaging and surprisingly uplifting experience. There are even a few moments of spare piano that wouldn’t sound out-of-place on a dungeon synth record. (RIP Masterlord) My personal highlights are “Desolation” and opener “Into the Cold Light”. Dive into Within the Mist of Sorrow and see if if something doesn’t hook into your skin.

Pick up a digital or physical copy of Within the Mist of Sorrow right here, then follow Vanha on Facebook.

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  • KyleJMcBride

    Less atmosphere, more riffz plz. Not a knock, just sayin’.

  • Howard Dean
  • Dumpster Lung

    Oh man, this sounds like it’s going to be awesome. No way I can do doom today while I’m working though. Been staying up waaaay too late the last couple nights (playin’ got-dang vidyagames).

    • KyleJMcBride

      If you like that big, epic atmosphere, you’ll dig it.

  • nbm02ss

    Reminds me of pre-Earthless Doom:VS. I dig.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I suppose I can pause Motörhead for a little bit.

    • Black Unbeard

      i suppose im not gonna pause Burzum right now

      • KyleJMcBride

        just finished Mars Red Sky, proceeding to Sabbath.

        • Black Unbeard

          trying to decide what sweet soul is gonna get my bonus money on discogs

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Decide on Deicide.

          • Black Unbeard

            mmm i donno.Osmose did just reissue some Vital Remains LPs and some, Mutiilation LPs

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Mutiilation >>>>>> Vital Remains

          • Black Unbeard

            yeah but its new Mutiilation, so id really only be interested in Sorrow Galaxies.

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Oh, yeah. Not a fan of newer Mutiilation. Vampires of Black Imperial Blood and Remains of a Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul are really the only albums I like by them and those are both masterpieces.

          • Black Unbeard

            i like grimly reborn because he sounds deranged still. and sorrow galaxies has real drums but is more like orthodox BM so its ok

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Grimly Reborn I can tolerate. Just annoyed by the horrible drums machine. It’s like they didn’t even try to make it sound good, So shitty.

          • Black Unbeard

            maybe thats why i can dig it. i donno. that album is like a dope ass trainwreck

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Yeah, it’s very similiar to Veles Black hateful Metal

          • Black Unbeard

            i spun that the other day. love it

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            I love that album. Now that’s a train wreck gone right!!!

          • Black Unbeard

            i didnt realize Darken did keyboards for them until recently

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Yes sir! Love his work more on the Night on the Bare Mountain album. Much more Graveland sounding. Two very different sounding albums. I love them both for different reasons.

          • Black Unbeard

            yeah i wishi had a copy of Bare Mountain but its not super high priority

            did you listen to 1050 Years of Pagan Cult ?

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Not yet! It’s on the never ending list!!! Have you?

          • Black Unbeard

            yeah its not bad.

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            That’s what I figured. Probably not too great. The early material will always slay.

          • Black Unbeard

            it’s probably a little too sterile for you, I’ve increased the number of albums I consider amazing all the way up to Immortal Pride

          • Scrimm

            Confession: I hate Vital Remains

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            FUCK! ME TOO!!!

          • Scrimm

            YES!!!

          • RJA

            I have nothing but pre-orders for stuff going on right now – fighting the urge to order because nothing has shown up in my mailbox for a month and nothing will be!

          • Black Unbeard

            im still waiting on some from overseas, and still waiting on Panphage and White Death preorders

          • RJA

            Those are 2 I’m waiting on also! White Death and Void Meditation Cult on one order and Panphage and Murg on another.

          • Black Unbeard

            Hells has VMC in stock

          • RJA

            yea, but I ordered with the White Death record.

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            I decided to just do the CD for that album. I wasn’t too blown away by the album honestly. Still a good listen. I just got bored at times.

          • Black Unbeard

            im glad i wasnt the only one to feel at way, after a handful of listens i decided it was good but not too good. i havent ordered it at all.

            i am starting to get on board with that new DsO tho

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Yup, Panphage and White Death for me as well.

          • Howard Dean

            Had both of those albums for a few weeks now.

            CD MASTER RACE

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Haha, I’m slowly merging my way into the CD hell-world now. Much more convenient.

          • Howard Dean

            If I had a bit more of a collector itch and/or didn’t have a mortgage payment, I’d probably buy vinyl and cassettes as well. As it is right now, my CD buying is more than enough, haha.

            I never in a million years thought I would ever say this, but I could see myself becoming a digital/bandcamp collector in the near future. I was doing some cost analysis (becomes I am a fucking lifeloving nerd) and realized I could save like half the money (factoring in shipping + increased prices for physical formats) and still listen to most of the same stuff (with the occasional CD for obscure or OOP stuff). Might have to pull that trigger at some point.

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            At some point it my life I’ll have to slow down. This hobby is beyond expensive. 2017 I’ll be making some financial changes for sure. Less physical media for sure. I’ve spent a fuck ton on music in 2016. It’s a bit scary. Anyways, I ordered the White Death CD. I got tired of waiting for the vinyl.

          • RJA

            I definitely had a stretch in my late 20’s where I spent next to nothing on music – was getting my shit together financially – but now having done that I’m back to spending way too much – even pushing 40.

            edit: of course it was easier to cut yourself off from online ordering at that time!

          • Black Unbeard

            compared to what i used to spend on booze, drugs and cigarettes, Vinyl doesnt even compare. and its a hobby my old lady wont leave me over

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            This is what I keep telling myself. Not sure if it’s working though, Hahaha!

          • Black Unbeard

            dude, cigarettes alone was 50 bucks a week. thats 2+ vinyl a week right there alone. think about the skyrocketing cost of weed and 10 dollar six packs. im saving more money than ever and buying more records than i can listen to

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            Fuck, yeah I didn’t even consider cigarettes. That will do it though.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Move to Massachusetts. Weed is gonna be so fucking cheap here in a few years. We’re taking over.
            http://qz.com/872938/the-biggest-marijuana-grow-facility-in-the-us-isnt-where-you-think-it-would-be/

          • more beer

            Any grow that size you lose out on quality. I personally stay away from all of the corporate type of dispensaries here. All of the ones that you see on CNN and other media outlets. The franchise type places. The quality isn’t there for the most part. Once they are producing on a large scale like this, the love just isn’t there. Plants need love. By the time the plants are harvested. They are trying to get them to market too fast. So they machine trim them and don’t let them cure properly. When they machine trim it takes all of the resin glands off of the bud. Which in turn makes the bud less potent. In the MMJ business bigger isn’t always better. I get great prices at my small dispensary. The bud is always killer.

          • KyleJMcBride

            There’s gonna be at least 4 dispensaries in Somerville anyway so I’ll probably never see the place. Somerville is only 4 sq miles in size so one of them will be 10-15 minutes walking distance from my house.

          • more beer

            I would stay away from any place that big. We have more dispensaries than liquor stores here. I have a friend who manages a grow for one of the big dispensaries. She told me to keep going where I go. Because they are small and one of the best dispensaries here. something I already knew.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’ll just stick with my friend for now anyway. I’d rather keep giving him my money until him and his pals figure out their affairs.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’m not going to stop doing business with my friend until he officially retires or whatever the future of his “career” is.

          • Edward

            Damn Blackbeard, you’ve convinced me that if I quit chewing tobacco I can easily afford some records.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Having more money was a huge factor in my quitting cigs.

          • Black Unbeard

            how about you quit so you dont lose your teeth and jaws and have half a face, and the records can be a bonus

          • Edward

            Also an okay reason.

          • Howard Dean

            I used to dip Copenhagen snuff and bourbon blend back in the day (high school/college). Averaged 8-10 tins a week, which was real bad. After I graduated I was broke as fuck and had this realization one day: “I won’t be able to buy gas for my truck this week if I buy dip. Fuuuuuck.” I literally just decided to stop doing it one day, and haven’t done it since. I think with tobacco products, most people struggle with the psychological/situational withdrawal and dependence.

          • RJA

            Man, I used to enjoy that bourbon blend back in the day too!

          • Howard Dean

            Fuck yes! The “Copenhagen Black: Bourbon” stuff with the fancy tin was the shit! So goddamn potent and tasty. It was still alright when they switched to the “Whiskey Blend,” but I really liked the bourbon one best:

            https://i.ytimg.com/vi/lvCGjEITl8Q/hqdefault.jpg

          • Howard Dean

            Problem solved (though you’ll have to crowdfund a new liver like Mikey Williams from Eyehategod):

            http://www.anglerstonic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/old-crow.jpg

            https://www.gianteagle.com/ProductImages/PRODUCT_NODE_95/82000000419.jpg

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠
          • Black Unbeard

            Hahaaa i havent seen this one

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠
          • CyberneticOrganism

            This dude is everywhere.

          • Dental_Damnation

            CD’s in 2016…..fucking cassettes too? Digital all the way unless it’s a front to back classic full length. That’s the only way you splurge for the vinyl. If it’s anything but that, Spotify that shit and do something useful with your time/money.

          • Howard Dean

            I’ve only ever bought three cassettes in my life, and those were all demos I really wanted and that were not available in any other format (including digital/YouTube).

            I don’t buy vinyl–no matter how much of a classic it is. It’s expensive, takes up a lot of space, and is not at all convenient.

            I still buy CDs because they are relatively cheap, I blast them in my car, and they are easily digitized and put onto music players. I like having the booklets for albums, too. CDs kind of encapsulate the best of all worlds for me. But like I said, I’m moving towards digital/Bandcamp stuff because of the convenience and cost factor.

          • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

            I hate that. I have 3 things pre-ordered. 2 of them over 2 months now.

          • RJA

            I’ve gotten used to the pre-order to some extent but I’m still pretty sour that Hell’s has gone to pre-orders too.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Which album?

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            KJM please answer, these questions are important.

          • KyleJMcBride

            done, also a couple of Cal Jam 1974 cuts.

          • KyleJMcBride

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAekdzFOHI8

            I would’ve given up 90% of the shows I saw in the 1980s if I could’ve been at Cal Jam 1974

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The Purple set is rad too, and the Sab one needs an official release.

          • KyleJMcBride
          • KyleJMcBride

            Just the track I posted below.

      • Scrimm

        Yeah don’t do that

    • KyleJMcBride
  • Eliza
  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    Great band n all hott> anyway i think theyre all f*ckin awsome i mean like those guitars n i meanda drums!im learin to play da drums

    -Katt, 8/24/07

    • Eliza

      Didnt realize att firstt whatthe comentt was sayin.

      • Black Unbeard

        youre telling me they make you learn grammar, spelling, and syntax in Romania? yall really are behind the times

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I don’t know if going erect, or limp while listening to this, but I’m digging.

    • Edward

      What was the verdict?

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        My peen couldn’t decide and instead alternated between complete limpness and a six-gun salute between each song.
        The record oth was an easy case. It was thoroughly enjoyed.

  • RJA

    So is Masterlord a dungeon synth artist now – I can’t follow.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV0wTtiJygY

    • Black Unbeard

      you might have to just Keep that idea. . . . Sequestered in your mind

  • ≠ Voidscape Tyree ≠

    So, not anytime soon but soon I guess I’ll be buying a guitar. I really want to learn so I can do my own thing. Any recommendations guitar wise? Nothing expensive.

    • KyleJMcBride

      I’m pretty happy with my Epiphone SG. They range anywhere from $150 to $500 new depending on what you need.

    • nbm02ss

      My first guitar was a cheap Ibanez. It worked, for what it was. Steer clear of tremolo bridges. Total PITA.

      • Black Unbeard

        ill second this, i dont know how tremolo bridges took off like they did. especially floyd roses. and tyree definitely wont need one for anything hes gonna be doing

        • KyleJMcBride

          Unless I buy a vintage 1970s SG I’ll never own a guitar with a tremolo, or at least I’ll never pay for one.

    • Black Unbeard

      jackson, hands down. or any old PoS

    • KyleJMcBride

      If you can afford to get a guitar that has EMG pickups already, do it.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Whatever you get, sand the whole thing down and repaint it filthy black. Or partially burn it. Fuck yeah.

  • Thanks Joe 🙂

  • KyleJMcBride

    Fucking assholes want to delay implementation until July. What difference could that possibly make?
    http://blog.norml.org/2016/12/28/massachusetts-lawmakers-amend-voter-initiated-marijuana-legalization-measure/

    • KyleJMcBride

      and yes my reps have already heard from me. They’re on the right side of the issue and my family is tight with them so I know they’ll raise a stink.

    • more beer

      Because they are a bunch of scumbag prohibitionists. If they can not do their jobs and respect the will of the people. They need to be voted out.

      • Toiletron, Flusher Of Gods

        Ahoy, More Beer!

        • more beer

          What’s up man.

          • KyleJMcBride

            starting off the day with some Grape Ape

          • more beer

            Nice gonna do a dab of Deathstar by mango live resin in a minute to start mine.

          • Toiletron, Flusher Of Gods

            Nothing much. How you been?

          • more beer

            Good. But really busy.

          • Toiletron, Flusher Of Gods

            Lol, I’d figure you’d get a break around this time of year, and enjoy your “Christmas tree” (aka, weed).

          • more beer

            After today I will finally get a break. I have 3 jobs today. Then things slow down. Weed I do have an abundance of.

          • Toiletron, Flusher Of Gods
    • Toiletron, Flusher Of Gods

      Sad to tell ya, but with Trump bringing in assholes like Session, weed being legalized might get set back at least 10 years. All a matter of just how much the states are willing to fight back over it.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Nah, there’s too much money involved. Enforcing federal law in 8 states(with more to come) will be too much time and money and Trump will lose the Libertarian vote over it. I’m not concerned.

        • Black Unbeard

          i think the far left is getting wayyy too worked up over trump. hes a fucking liberal, for gods sake. hes certainly not a conservative, which was a big problem for the right the entire time.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I still think he’s dangerously unqualified for the job nonetheless.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Trump also seems way too thin skinned to me. Someone with more savvy and a cooler demeanor(i.e. Putin) will be able to play him like a fiddle.

          • Black Unbeard

            I don’t know man you don’t do that much business and have that much money and get played like a fiddle. You also don’t become president by being stupid

          • KyleJMcBride

            Seems to me that George W Bush and Reagan prove that to be wrong. Then again, they were fronting for more powerful people. Trump mainly won because HRC was a shit candidate(among other things). After all he couldn’t even get out of the gate in 2012.
            The average joe might not be able to outsmart Trump, but Vladimir Putin is a whole different ball game.

          • Black Unbeard

            man, gods damn politics.

            METAL INSTEAD
            https://youtu.be/Y4lLqpDm510

          • KyleJMcBride

            It’s a tangled web.

          • KyleJMcBride

            The lame thing is, much of the time great Metal, Punk, and Rap comes from extreme political situations, so there’s that. Ugh.

          • KyleJMcBride

            a relic

          • KyleJMcBride
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    • Black Unbeard

      just listened to Bloody Kisses and October Rust back to back earlier

      • KyleJMcBride

        both classics

  • Pierre Generic

    Everything’s been ruined for the past month or so and there’s no sign of it getting better soon so what’s one day?

  • Toiletron, Flusher Of Gods

    Pretty good! Definitely hearing some “Turn Loose The Swans” era My Dying Bride in there, and a hefty dose of Hamferd.

  • KyleJMcBride

    Wow. Winning the ToH readers poll must’ve been too much for them to handle.
    http://www.theprp.com/2016/12/28/news/vektor-guitarist-bassist-drummer-exit-band-frontman-david-disanto-comments/

    • Count_Breznak

      So, one vector and three scalars then ?

  • KyleJMcBride
  • KyleJMcBride
  • KyleJMcBride

    While I’m here and got time to kill, here’s a band that I’m convinced is “three and done” unless they pull something out of their hats. I wasn’t that impressed with their 4th album although they were great live.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXp38pyx7dg

    • Howard Dean

      I really enjoyed Blood Lust. Great album. I bought the Mind Control CD when it came out, but it didn’t stick with me to the same degree as Blood Lust. I listened to Night Creeper once and really wasn’t into it.

      • KyleJMcBride

        I don’t even remember the tunes on Night Creeper aside from what they played live. Blood Lust is easily their peak.

  • James

    Groovy. much Depression, very kill my self.

  • KyleJMcBride

    A different kind of darkness
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gNRJqaBZVI