GWYNBLEIDD Reveals Details of Debut Album, Posts New Track

Gwynbleidd’s much-anticipated debut album, Nostalgia, is set for an October 27 release on BlackCurrant Music.

Founded and based in New York City, Gwynbleidd is a band whose four members all hail originally from Poland. It is this experience — leaving one’s homeland and relocating halfway across the world — that served as the original inspiration for Nostalgia. Gwynbleidd guitarist/vocalist Maciej Kupiszewski explains:

“The concept for the album started with the theme of nostalgia — memories of childhood and places left behind, influenced mainly by the fact that the members of the band all moved from Poland to the States in their early teens. Although the band is based in Brooklyn, New York, in the heart of the biggest city in the US, the music conveys a yearning toward primeval and pristine wilderness landscapes. We took this theme of nostalgia and developed a whole story around it — a paradoxical tale of yearning, deceit, and treason.”

Nostalgia showcases Gwynbleidd’s signature style, blending elements of progressive metal, black metal, death metal, and traditional European folk music. “Stare Into The Sun,” a track from Nostalgia, is available for streaming here:

Nostalgia’s full tracklisting is as follows:

1) Nostalgia

2) Egress

3) New Setting

4) Stormcalling

5) Adrift

6) Thawing Innocence

7) Stare Into The Sun

8) Canvas For Departure

Nostalgia was recorded by Michal Kacunel and Tomasz Gajewski at Sia Acoustics, New York, NY, and mixed by Pawel Marciniak at Manximum Studio, Lodz, Poland. Nostalgia was mastered by Alan Silverman (The Kinks, Cheap Trick, and more than 30 Grammy-nominated albums) at Arf! Digital, New York, NY.

Renowned artist Travis Smith (King Diamond, Soilwork) collaborated with Gwynbleidd to create album art that helps tell the story of Nostalgia; the CD version of Nostalgia comes packaged in a digipack with an extensive 20-page booklet, designed by Smith and the band.

Gwynbleidd will be touring throughout 2009 and 2010. In the past two years, the band has played across the US and Canada with the likes of Novembers Doom, Turisas, Kalmah, Bal-Sagoth, and Slough Feg, including slots on festivals such as Chicago Powerfest, Heathen Crusade, and the travelling Pagan Fest. Gwynbleidd has also performed with the Ballet Deviare dance company (which counts Opeth, My Dying Bride, and Arsis amongst its other musical collaborators.)