Nova Persei

by Smohalla

  • Streaming + Download

    Immediate download of 6-track E.P in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format (including high quality printable CD cover and booklet)..

      $5 USD  or more


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    -Deluxe digipack including remastered 'Nova Persei' for the first time in full version (8 tracks) + 8 unreleased and rare tracks/demos. Limited to 100 numeroted copies worldwide.

    01 - Aux Premières Eternités
    02 - Les Yeux du Temps
    03 - Errances
    04 - Arr' Lha Mei Ex
    05 - Nova Perseï
    06 - Ams Skohler
    07 - Algol
    08 - Extinction
    Bonus tracks:
    10 - Falaise
    11 - Tais son Nom
    12 - Ils Flottent
    13 - Les Célestes
    14 - Une longue Marche
    15 - The Wanderer (Emperor cover)
    16 - La Bouche Fermée
    17 - Sept Serpents Desormais

    Includes unlimited streaming of Nova Persei via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      $12 USD or more 


  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 4 Smohalla releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Tellur, Resilience, Smolensk Combustion, and Nova Persei. , and , .

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"Nova Persei is the latest instalment of record label God Is Myth's H.P. Lovecraft series, a series of 3" cds inspired by and dedicated to the horror writer of all times, the gentleman of Providence. Haven't read? Do so, then come back feeling a little embarrassed. On this EP Smohalla has reached into the strange story of Joe Slaader as told in "Beyond The Wall Of Sleep", a primitive hillbilly peasant going crazy because of unwholesome dreams of stellar battle - he has, in fact, within him the residing spirit of Nova Persei, a nova exploding (for real) in 1901 only to fade again some weeks later. Rather than focusing on the horror aspects, Smohalla brings out the grandeur of the cosmic chaotic battle between Nova Persei and the demon star Algol (track 4 and 5), the beauty of Slaader's otherworldly dreams (track 3), and his inevitable fall (track 2 and 6) - that is, no Cthulhu here. Being an avid Lovecraft enthusiast, I was very pleased with the prospect of musicians focusing on other facets of this master of the weird and stellar horrors, rather than the pretty used up monster worship one is usually facing when dealing with Lovecraft-inspired metal. Does Smohalla succeed? Yes, they do.

Jazzy beats, proggy mellotrons and otherworldly choirs, explosions of avant-black savage dissonance as chaotic as luring... and something very hard to pinpoint. It is indeed very dramatic and cinematic, with horn sections at times turning my mind to Bal-Sagoth's Battle Magic, and an omnipresent cold feeling of space, being lost and quite alone in space, not at all dissimilar to what the better parts of Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals did to my teenage self back in the days - especially the chord sequence of the epic 'Extinction' touches the soul same way 'The Last Day On Earth' did. That kind of cold, but in a completely different way - but then again, not at all. Surges of post metal/rock/whatever, framed and ornamented by very black tremolo lines, the most icy of synths, and Slo's ever-changing vocals - ghastly distant howls, clean singing (in both French and English - bilingualism rules) which the mob would deem as "operatic". This is... wonderous. The future, at least parts of it, is Smohalla's. And note that, while writing this, I'm listening to Nova Persei for the first time in about a month, not even wanting to listen to it the past weeks. Smohalla does that to you, or at least to me, in a way I've actually never experienced before. Strange. Really. And by the way, it was sold out on November 11, so chances are probably pretty slim of getting hold of a copy. Unfortunately.
(...and an additional THANK YOU for NOT programming the drums...)"
review by Avoid from


released October 20, 2007



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