Polish pagan 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 March 12. The cover artwork, which was designed by percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Piotr, can be viewed above. The album can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition 2LP colored vinyl at www.smarturl.com/varmia.
“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, 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 is 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.”
An early taste of the spirits soon to be summoned can be seen in this video showcasing the making of the album: