Icelandic black metallers Nyrst debut new single from upcoming album.

Nobody watching the news could have failed to have noticed that the people of Iceland are on tenterhooks, wondering if the Fagradalsfjall Volcano will erupt and rain hell on the town of Grindavik, whose 4,000 souls have been evacuated.

 And, in the case of NYRST’s upcoming album “Völd” this does, indeed, seem to signify that there is a lot of truth to the saying “life imitating art”, because the band drew their inspiration from the ever-present danger of the countries’ volcanoes.  

Even the title itself, “Völd”, which means “force, power or might”, implies the sense of violence and foreboding that pervades the album, and which is reflected in the dark melodies and intense vocals of NYRST’s lineup of Snæbjörn on vocals, Eysteinn and Davíð on guitars, Egill on bass, and Sveinbjörn on drums.

With the release date of “Völd” fast approaching, Dark Essence Records have today released a second track from the album, a track whose title “Hrímvíti” only serves to emphasise the brooding menace of the volcanoes against whose power humanity is helpless.

“Hrímvíti” can be streamed or downloaded from a number of service at:


Nyrst - Völd CD

Right from the outset NYRST demonstrated a ferocious musical ability that was remarkable in a band so early in their career. Not content on resting on the laurels they earned upon the release of the debut full-length “Orsök” in 2020, NYRST are fully committed to expanding and evolving the creation of  the coldest, most eerie, and barren of soundscapes possible, as the band explains:

This release marks a big milestone in our career as a band. We’ve developed a lot as musicians since the release of “Orsök” and we took a very different approach to writing and composition. Our intention was to bring all the best elements of our previous work and implement new ideas along with a different theme, which in turn resulted in a much heavier, grim but melodic album.

Nyrst - Völd vinyl

With album artwork by Nightjar Adam Burke, layout by Skaðvaldur, and photography by Þorsteinn Dagur Rafnsson, track listing for “Völd” is as follows:

  1. Völd
  2. Sundra skal sálu
  3. Hrímvíti
  4. Fjalli∂ andar
  5. Eilíft eldhaf
  6. Drottnari nafnlausra gu∂a
  7. Af fjarri ströndum    

Set for release on the 8th December, “Völd” will be available  in CD, Digital and Lava Smash Vinyl formats as well as on Cassette, and can now be pre-ordered from:

Bandcamp: nyrst.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: darkessence.indiemerch.com
Webshop: darkessencerecords.no

A video for the title track of “Völd” by Valhalla Artworks that perfectly encapsulates what NYRST is all about can be seen here:

More information about NYRST can be found on the band’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Nyrst

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