This was made at 30 copies and mostly given out to contacts at the time, as well as sold by two distributions, one in the USA, the other in Sweden. The demo contained five songs with an Introduction as well as an Outro. The latter displayed a more ambient side of Volkurah. The response was surprisingly positive which led to a signing for an official CD release by Autistiartili Records, Québec.
This was released to 500 numbered copies with new artwork. This was sold out in just under a year and distributed to various locations on the planet. In January of 2003, songs were written and recorded then released as a cassette tape to 100 copies via Oisin Productions. This was entitled, "Sorrow and Hate" which contained one new song, one Intro, a re-recorded version of, "On Frozen Lands" as well as a rehearsal track. The rest of that year was rather slow for Volkurah, but two other songs were written and recorded for an intended 7" release.
These two songs were recorded on better equipment and had more time spent on developing them, whereas, "The Pagan Ritual" was largely improvised. Towards the end of 2003, several split releases were planned and should see a 2004 release. The lyrics of Volkurah have been focused on the subjects of death, suffering, suicide, depression, hopelessness, historical topics, as well as Nature. This is still a primary source of interest and inspiration for both Volkurah and Ténèbres. The Pagan Ritual’s lyrics mainly focused on a fictional concept of the arrival of Christianity to the British Isles. Though still in it’s early stages, Volkurah will continue to develop and evolve musically and conceptually.
The underlying intention is to create something that is, at the very least, honest, but still remain true to the original concept, which is based in dark/black metal. While Volkurah is still young, Ténèbres’ musically roots are based in metal going back to 1993. These include a variety of bands and sub-genres (i.e.: thrash, death, industrial). Volkurah is a fictional word with no meaning whatsoever. Volkurah is comprised of Ténèbres: Guitars, Drums, Bass, Synth/Keyboard and Vocals. Read more on Last.fm.
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