grossartiger northwestern earthbound blackmetal for dope-smoking people. abwechslungsreich, spirituell mit ordentlich dampf auf dem kessel. die tracks bauen sich langsam auf und steigern sich bis zum tremolo. nichts zum nebenbei-hören. schön.
Favorite track: Weathering.
This album is like one of these last beautiful autumn days where the sun sets, it´s about to get dark while the sun spreads orange-red gloom on top of the trees, the air is cold and humid and the mist starts to rise from the ground - you just soak up the moment and smile. So as you can read, this is black metal with such a great atmosphere from first till the last note.
Favorite track: Weathering.
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European edition issued under license from Bindrune Recordings
The fittingly titled “Passage” finds Alda further strengthening their bonds as musicians and honing their style into an even more earthen and evolved fusion of black styled metal often revered in their location, and a passionately spirited folk presence. Alda have noticeably grown as songwriters while not forsaking the roots of their core sound. It marks a vital addition not only to their own impressive catalog, but to the ever growing North American “black metal” community. Passage is an all-encompassing journey into the mountains and environs surrounding them, another monumental release combining nature oriented aspects, underground metal DIY ethic's and spirituality.
"In short, if Agalloch, WITTR or even old Ulver ever moved you, you need this." - TERRORIZER
"Alda have made a gigantic impact with “Passage,” a mid-way point contender for album of the year considerations and easily the best thing in their already impressive catalog. From the first time I heard this thing, I was captured. Every moment of this album is real, personal, human, of the Earth, all of those seemingly conflicting things combined. “Passage” is an album that may have made its mark in 2015, but its majesty and grace will live for calendar years well into the future. It’s that good." PICK OF THE WEEK! - MEAT MEAD METAL
"It’s a deeply atmospheric, tremendously moving work and a great successor to Tahoma. I hope you’ll enjoy it a much as I have."
- NO CLEAN SINGING
"Drifting steadily and seamlessly into one another with an almost seasonal succession, the interconnected atmospheres and sentiments of the five tracks comprising Passage shows Alda has moved beyond the youthful trap of releasing a collection of songs, to releasing an album. The most coherent body of work the band has ever released, Passage is a beautiful, aggressive, melancholic and hopeful entity, and will provide an exquisite listen for anybody who has ever been enthralled by the rush of the river, hush of the forest, or the simple introspection of cathartic, passionate, and truly heartfelt music." - UNHOLY NOISE
"Passage by Alda is a passionate work from musicians who place their heart and souls into each and every word and note they unleash upon the world at large. Fans of Agalloch, Alcest, Catherine Wheel, and Drudkh should check into the breathtaking concoctions found within Passage by Alda – surely a vibrant discovery one will wish to revisit time and again." - HIGHWIRE DAZE
"...if you admire bands who paint a mental picture and who create music as art rather than a tool of commerce, then ‘passage’ is an essential addition to your collection." - SONIC ABUSE
"ALDA gelingt mit "Passage" also ein Musterbeispiel für atmosphärischen, naturverbunden Black Metal, der noch ein Stück weit kantiger als der von WITTR und nicht ganz so Post-Rock-lastig wie der von FALLS OF RAUROS ist." - STORMBRINGER 4,5 / 5
"Auf majestätischen Pfaden durch Amerikas Wälder!"
- METALNEWS 6 / 7
released September 25, 2015
Recorded in the Spring through the Fall of 2014
at Crooked Tree in rural Pierce County, Washington by
Nate Myers, Pythagamus Marshall and Alda.
Environmental samples gathered at Crooked Tree and Ruby Beach, WA. Movie sample from “Jeremiah Johnson”. Mastered in 2015 by Mell Dettmer in Seattle.
Why do people like this music? Because they hate how it carries them away? How it transfers sound into inner peace? How it is right on, as a combination of all right sounds and tempo; like a violent peace that it is?
I just don’t know. FakeFur777
Tahoma works on so many levels and should be lauded for various reasons as a fantastic black metal album, including: 1) much like Cobalt’s and Wayfarer’s albums, Tahoma actually sounds American (and is not simply black metal from America); 2) unlike many “Cascadian” black metal albums which are too meandering and too soft, there is commendable intensity, aggression, and cohesion to be found in each of these five songs, all of which are nonetheless wonderfully varied; 3) instrumental and vocal proficiency is high, albeit never self-indulgent, and always in service of the compositions; and finally, 4) whereas I have always found black metal to be the most emotionally-impactful sub-genre of metal, the amount of emotion invested by these musicians here is well above the norm and moved me more than 90 percent of the rest of the albums in my collection, on Bandcamp and elsewhere. Comparisons to Agalloch, Skagos, and Wolves in the Throne Room (amongst others) are inevitable, but Alda is very much doing its own thing here, and Tahoma is by far the group’s most accomplished work. Do the right thing and buy this album before you hate yourself forever. Ippocalyptica