All new double album from my on-again/off-again black metal type project Lindskold, here delving into some seriously narcoleptic, quasi-majestic and melancholic Tolkien-drone. "Shieldmaiden" is two huge gaping swathes of thick immersive vagary, twin clouds of sorrow spreading out across the land like the shadows of ancient and haggish diseased malevolence. Epic runtimes mirror the fatigue of battle and the tedium of brutality, with the hints of melody and wistfulness recalling the spirits and legends of time before. Certainly an experimental and freeform sort of work from Lindskold, eschewing the usual penchant for Summoning-esque black metal psychedelia in favor of something more foreboding, atmospheric, and subtle.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies. $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.