Nyrst band photo by Þorsteinn Rafnsson.

Icelandic black metallers Nyrst debut single and video from upcoming album.

Black Metallers NYRST are a band whose pride in their native Iceland is obvious in all that they do. The country’s wild landscape, dotted with immense, still-active volcanoes, permeates NYRST’ music, whose dark melodies and intense vocals create a feeling that nature itself is a force to be reckoned with, and against whose power humanity is helpless.

The very title of the band’s sophomore full-length album “Völd”, which means “force, power or might” carries with it a sense of menace and is indicative of what to expect from NYRST’s second outing on Dark Essence Records. And never more so than on the title track, which has been released as a digital single today, and which can be downloaded or streamed from a number of sources at:


Nyrst - Völd CD
Artwork by Adam Burke

Accompanying the single is a video for the track by Valhalla Artworks, which perfectly encapsulates what NYRST is all about, and can be seen here:

Upon the release of the band’s debut full-length album “Orsök” in 2020, it was startlingly clear that NYRST’s lineup of Snæbjörn on vocals,  Eysteinn and Davíð on guitars, Egill on bass, and Sveinbjörn on drums, was possessed of a ferocious musical ability, unusual in a band at such an early stage in its career. 

Intent on creating the coldest, most eerie, and barren of soundscapes possible, and regardless of the positive reviews garnered by their debut, NYRST did not sit still, but rather built on the experience gained in the writing and recording of “Orsök” to progress the band’s sound still further as “Völd” will reveal.

Nyrst - Völd vinyl

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:

Webshop: darkessencerecords.no/kar269-nyrst-vold

Bandcamp: https://nyrst.bandcamp.com/album/v-ld

US Webshop: darkessence.indiemerch.com

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

Sundra skal sálu
Fjalli∂ andar
Eilíft eldhaf
Drottnari nafnlausra gu∂a
Af fjarri ströndum

From their base in Reykjavik, NYRST recently had this to say about “Völd” :

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.

Photo by Þorsteinn Rafnsson

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

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