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Northaunt was started in 1996 by Haerleif Langas & Ketil Soraker to create atmospheric, melancholicambient mixing environmental recordings and minimalistic melodic elements (usually piano or guitar), treated nature sounds, samples and bits of melodies."Barren Land" was their highly praised second full-length release, following "The Ominous Silence" of 2001. Recorded 2002-2003 during a one year stay in Spitzbergen, an island in the arctic region, farnorth of Norway. A desolate place that together with field recordings from various places (Norway /Spitzbergen / Groenland) has inspired the most arctic album by Northaunt.Barren Land is a masterpiece of nature"s inspired ambience, a release that returns the listener to theicy floes of Norway, not only figuratively presented but also literally sampled woven into a poignantambient work that is a worthy heir. Seeking to underpin humankind‚s intrinsic relationship with nature, the music delves far more than simple reverb and endless drone; melodic guitar performs contrapuntal to glacial drifts groaning as giants, evanescent lisps of male and female voice grace the skies like aurora, plaintive piano swirls in the eddies of gelid and industrial storms.“Barren Land” was first released in 2004 on the (defunct, but well known) Polish label Fluttering Dragon. Almost 10 years later, this frequently sought after album is now finally available again!The new, limited & expanded edition contains in addition an extra CD, containing the mini-album "In the Midst of Life, we are in Death", also from 2004, the previously unreleased track "Winter II" from thesame year plus the completely NEW composition "Hopeless Dreams" which is the 1st track recorded by both members of Northaunt since 2006!This amazing set of CDs comes in new artwork and inside luxury digibook packaging, including a 12 pages booklet with additional information and fotos from 2002-2003 made by Haerleif. The new front cover is based on a Haerleif"s foto too, and reminds us about early 90s with a wonderful b/w style and reflects the majesty of the BARREN LAND...Released late July 2013 on Infinite Fog.Track Listingf CD1:01 Dying Day / Dawn and Ashes02 A silent Battle03 Kapp Farvel04 Whiteout05 Laid bare beneath the Stars06 Just another cold Spring07 Lost Days08 Varghjerte09 The Fire10 Shadows over the Barren LandCD2:01 Autumn Cold, Rain from the Stars02 Winter II03 Hopeless Dreams

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