It’s Monday and you are probably not in the best mood but with this brand new premiere, I am sure it will get slightly better. Last Saturday I featured Italian black metal trio Near on the 8th episode of Black Metal Saturday and it came to me as a surprise that the band pulled out new material in the beginning of May and I kind of missed on spreading the word about it on time. Still, better late than never, right?

In a promo pack sent to me by ATMF, I managed to take a peek at Near’s sophomore record titled “Own Sun” and  I am excited to present you the artwork, tracklist as well as my favorite part – the preview. 

Own Sun” is a nearly 40 minutes glorification of the dark side of nature in the 90s’ spirit where Near bring a fresh cold breath into the overly-abused  true black metal formula that many tend to lay down the foundation of their craft on. Check out the 1st song of the tracklist “Old Springs of Astral Matter” below.  You can purchase a digipak copy of the album HERE. Beware, it’s limited to 300 copies only!

1. Old Springs of Astral Matter
2. Invoking the Night
3. The Weight of Life
4. The Hidden Side of Mankind
5. The Eyes of the Ancient Trees
6. The Eternal Light of Illusion