"One has to go to extremes to be able to get inside yourself. One must break constraints to know your abilities. One has to be independent to earn followers. You have to be strong to be able to keep promises." Thus spake Ruoja, the front figure of Ajattara, often hailed as the most dangerous black metal band to emerge from Finland. The six apocalyptic raiders make their way back towards the darkness after being adrift for six years in the nothingness and release a new album, titled Lupaus, on Svart Records. The album, Ajattara's ninth full-length, is available here on double-vinyl with bonus tracks.
The band recorded Lupaus in Andacusia, Spain, in the studio Casa de la Musica in the mountains of Àlora. The arid landscape spawned what can be called Ajattara's most raw and brutally personal work to date – an ode to the deepest feelings of human suffering and loss. The nine tracks on Lupaus rage and tear at the listener with devilish force. "The fire of artistic creation never goes out, and the years of having to withstand major changes in life only fanned those flames," says Ruoja, "so I had no shortage of things to say. Lupaus is six rough years condensed in nine tracks and 50 minutes, played with Satanic fervor and taken to extremes."