Nøkken + the Grim | Treason to Our Nature

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Treason to Our Nature

by Nøkken + the Grim

Shapeshifters of Norse/Magyar folklore combine acoustic instrumentals with electronic synths to produce animalistic, primal soundscapes. The album tells the saga of three nature spirits caught up in a war between Mother Nature and human technology.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Scandinavian Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vox Terrae
9:23 album only
2. The River Bricolage
2:46 album only
3. Be Forsaken, Shapechanger
7:37 album only
4. Blue Ritual
6:49 album only
5. Lament on Synthetic Ground
7:41 album only
6. Wetware Outmoded
5:37 album only
7. Instinct
9:07 album only
8. Extinction Event
7:58 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“Treason to Our Nature” is the debut album of Nøkken + The Grim, recorded from 2017-2018. Each track integrates live-recorded improvisation at The Thicket in Austin, Texas with composed electronics and studio recordings. The album expresses interconnections to nature and other-than-human life in our contemporary era, told through the tale of an ongoing war between Mother Nature and industrialized civilization. In the middle of this conflict, three nature spirits—Nøkken, the shapeshifter, Peryton, the black stag, and Ajatar, the witch of the woods—find themselves channeling songs of old mingling with new electronic frontiers to summon back humanity’s vital connection to the living world. The music snakes between styles in a surreal, animalistic revelry, drawing heavy influences from metal, folk, blues, modern classical and Nordic and Magyar folklore. This primal music pulls from the undercurrents of animal sensing and being prior to explicit categories and the lines humanity draws across the world—a wild cry through wordless music. The conflicted intertwining of nature and technology is reflected in the composition of the tracks themselves, which weave together the interstices of animal organicism with synthetic soundscapes.

About the Band:

Nøkken + The Grim was formed in Austin, Texas in 2015. Nøkken, in Norwegian folklore, is a shapeshifting water spirit, brook horse (bäckahäst) and violinist, who, in bygone times, lured trespassing humans to drown in rivers through seductive fiddling pulled from the heart of nature. Nøkken is joined by Peryton, The Black Stag on electronics, keys and clarinet. Formerly The White Stag of Hungarian legend, his fur and feathers have turned black with the soot of modern industry. Ajatar, the Finnish dragoness, is the misunderstood mother of woodland spirits, accused of being a bringer of pestilence. Like Tiamat, she sometimes appears as a woman and performs on viola. These shapeshifters of Scandinavian and Eastern European folklore have emerged from the forests and streams to perform animalistic music for human civilization at the brink of environmental catastrophe.

Core Members:

Nøkken (Justin Gortva Scheibel): Producer, Violin
Ajatar (Karoline Leal): Viola
Peryton (Stephen Ian Savage): Clarinet, Keyboard, Electronics, Mixing

Additional Credits:

“Treason to Our Nature” was Mastered by Evan Kleinecke at 5th Street Studios in Austin, Texas.

The track “Blue Ritual” was composed and produced by Stephen Ian Savage. “Vox Terrae”, “Wetware Outmoded” and “Extinction Event” were co-produced by Stephen Ian Savage.

Album cover and back designed by Justin Gortva Scheibel.

Insert artwork (back), “Nøkken, The Violinist,” by our dear friend Gutter Dog.

Studio photograph (under CD) by Andrew Savage, Savage Productions, Columbus, Ohio.

Nøkken + The Grim logo designed by Karoline Leal and is © 2018 Nøkken + The Grim.

The horse mane and tail on Nøkken’s costume were created by the shaman Lupa Greenwolf.

Peryton’s and Ajatar’s mask designs by Wintercroft.

Thank you to Adam Diaz, owner of The Thicket, for hosting our concerts which made this recording possible. "Treason to Our Nature" was partially recorded at The Thicket.



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