While it is fair after oh-so-many band and project ventures to call Nicklas “Terror” Rudolfsson (of Sacramentum, Heavydeath, Deathwitch fame, to list but a few of his outlets) a jack of all trades, one name has remained constant throughout his more or less 30 years as a mainstay in extreme metal: Runemagick.
Founded in 1990 (at first as Desiderius, temporarily sans “k”) as a short-lived solo affair that ended four demos and three years later, Nicklas took up the moniker for a full band that still underwent countless line-up changes with several well-known names from the Swedish scene going through the revolving door.
A longer period of silence from 2007 on ended with archival demo releases and another full-length in the shape of “Evoked from Abysmal Sleep” (2018) that showed the four-piece at a new peak both creatively and performance-wise. Now after hardly one year, they not only deliver their next EP but also said album’s successor, conveying a sense of regained regularity.
Whereas the EP crystallizes what Runemagick are about in a rather compact way, the album is a sprawling celebration of lethal doom that leaves no wishes unfulfilled. With such strong material in their hands, the band now does not want to leave anything to coincidence while, of course, taking it all slowly as usual. “The album is most important for us this year,” says the leader. “We will also play occasional gigs when we have the opportunity and see what the future may hold for us.. I can only guess but don’t think it is impossible that we will record at least one more album. Nothing is decided yet, and now we are going to focus on our journey into desolate realms …”
1. The Opening of Dead Gates
2. Requiem Beyond the Stars
3. Wolves of Nocturnal Light (The Moon is the Portal to Death Part II)
4. Ash and Silence