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Beyond Unseen Gateways

by Ildaruni

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Dave Aftandilian
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Dave Aftandilian It’s. hard not to love an album from my Armenian brothers that delves so deeply and powerfully into our pre-Christian mythology and mysticism. I have always believed sites like the stone circle at Carahunge (Zorats Karer) are portals to unseen realms; with this album, Ildaruni guides us through these gates and reveals the wonders and terrors that lie beyond. Traditional flutes enhance the epic feel. *Hzor* (Mighty)!
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Spinebrain The deal from Black Lion with 50% discount was a no-brainer. Looking forward to expanding my collection with Armenian pagan metal. Favorite track: Boundless Numen : Gardens Of Ardini.
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leprovokateur This music calms me down. It's balsam to my soul.
Arrogant Bastard
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Arrogant Bastard Sometimes I get a really good feeling about an album before hearing a note. I was right! The single is filled with Equilibrium meets Amon Amarth folky melodies draped over a mountain of melodic black metal with pristine melo-death production values.
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“Beyond Unseen Gateways” is a hymn to the blazing light, which sank into shadowy shrines, to the wild darkness which covered the debris of Ardini, to the bygone flame which enlightens the sanctum of Haldi. Delivering the blend of ancient folk melodies and traditional black metal, filled with scorching aggression and chaotic transitions, the album introduces an authentic sound and a spiritual journey of mysteries untold. Each song is an indivisible part of a grand ode which explores the height of the Urartian domain and the esoteric knowledge of pagan mysticism.

May the gates of genesis reopen and herald forth an epoch of exaltation anew”.


released April 16, 2021

Current Line-up

Robert Meliksetyan: - Guitars
Arthur Poghosyan: - Drums
Mark Erskine: - Guitars
Artak Karapetyan: - Bass, Vocals

Album Recordings Line-up:

Robert Meliksetyan: - Guitars, Keyboards, Lyrics
Arthur Poghosyan: - Drums
Mark Erskine: - Guitars, Keyboards
Artak Karapetyan: - Vocals
Garbis Vizoian - Bass, Lyrics

Guest Contributions:

Arthur Atayan: Tin whistle on “Haldinini Baushini, Imsheini Tariani”, “Treading the Path of Cryptic Wisdom”, “Towards Subterranean Realms”; Bagpipes on “Exalted Birth”

Anna Hovhannesyan: Female vocals on “Whence Ravenstone Beckons”


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Ildaruni Armenia

Ildaruni represents a blend of relentless, intense Black Metal and ancient folk melodies, forgotten from times immemorial. The lyrical themes explore the height of the Urartian domain, through the cognitive machinations of a bygone age and the esoteric apprehension of ancient pagan occultism. The ominous flame now burns stronger and the band is set to unleash its long-waited cryptic incantations. ... more

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