Two Carrion Talismans By Valdrin
Valdrin was formed in 2010 with the intent to play a unique form of black/death metal using a lyrical concept called the Ausadjur Mythos. This story combines many aspects of various ancient mythologies and occult practices, all synthesized into one grandiose tale, told through the eyes of the protagonist Valdrin Ausadjur. The debut album ‘Beyond The Forest’ was released through BlastHead Records in June 2014, garnering critical acclaim in reviews through many different zines including Decibel. Since the release of ‘Beyond, The Forest’ Valdrin has been playing various live gigs throughout the midwest while completing the recording of the second album ‘Two Carrion Talismans’ which was released September 28th 2018 on Blood Harvest Records. The album garnered critical acclaim throughout the USA and Europe with many webzines/blogs including it in their ‘best of 2018’ lists, and overall making a much greater impact on the world than the debut album. With the album now completed, Valdrin is working on the material post-second album and making plans for more touring across the USA.
Our sophomore album ‘Two Carrion Talismans’ was released on September 28th 2018, and overall seemed to make a greater impact worldwide than the debut album. This was due in no small part to the album coming out on a European label Blood Harvest Records, which allowed our music to be exposed in a territory that we always felt would be very receptive to our sound.
Musically the album is much heavier, faster, and darker than our debut. Lyrically, the album is a prequel to events of the first album, ‘Beyond The Forest.’ This story follows the journey of the antagonist, Nex Animus, and his creation of the dark netherworld known the Orcus, where the events of ‘Beyond The Forest’ later take place. We truly believe we created a very unique and obscure black/death album that hopefully, people will continue to enjoy for many years to come.
Looking back, both albums were a huge challenge to create. This was mostly due to the long duration of time it takes to get an album recorded, mixed and mastered, especially with the level of scrutiny we put on our own music. We started writing the material for this album around the summer of 2013 and finished it around the summer of 2015. We began the recording around November of that year and finished the recording about a year after that. Unfortunately, we dealt with an engineer who would often disappear for months at a time, and when we finally received our mixes, we had to send the album off to our good friend Dan Klein of Iron Hand Audio, who gave us the mix and master that we needed. Then we got ahold of Blood Harvest and the rest is history.
The process of writing the album was a very good memory, and we knew that the music we were creating was extremely powerful, evil and full of a lot of aggression. Our music is an honest reflection of how we feel at a given time and at that particular time we were motivated by vengeance. Showing ourselves and by extension the world that we weren’t just another ‘melodic black metal’ band, and that our music was coming from a very real place of anger and hatred.
When we started our main influences were bands like Bathory, Peste Noire, Dissection, Manes, Windir, Mutiilation, Destruction, Mercyful Fate, etc. We still hold those influences in high regard but we’ve since created something approaching our own sound. As far as books, I’ve been heavily influenced by the works of Clive Barker, Lovecraft, Poe and a few others. Particularly Lovecraft was inspirational in creating my own concept for the lyrics that I call ‘The Ausadjur Mythos.’ As far as artwork, I enjoy anything that depicts a world of pure imagination whether its Hieronymus Bosch, Stephen Gammell, Yoshitaka Amano, or even the typical Tolkien influenced fantasy art that you see in tons of role-playing games.