Gilead Media 2017
Ustalost - The Spoor of Vipers LP
UPDATE: APRIL 25TH, 2017: PRE-ORDERS ARE BEING SUSPENDED UNTIL WE FINALIZE THE TEST PRESSINGS FOR THIS RELEASE. THE A-SIDE OF THE ALBUM HAS BEEN RE-CUT 3 TIMES, BUT WE'RE HOPING THIS FINAL CUT WILL CAN BE APPROVED. WE WILL POST AN UPDATED AS SOON AS WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION.
UPDATE: APRIL 10TH, 2017: We were unable to approve the Ustalost test pressings and had to reject them due to quality issues. We are waiting on a new set of test pressings now and are confident the issue has been resolved. They will ship as soon as possible. When we know a new date it will be posted here.
THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. IT IS EXPECTED TO SHIP FIRST WEEK OF MARCH. ANY ITEMS ORDERED ALONGSIDE A PRE-ORDER ITEM WILL BE HELD UNTIL EVERYTHING IS IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP. IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR NON-PRE-ORDER ITEMS SOONER YOU SHOULD ORDER THEM SEPARATELY.
VINYL MAY BE DELAYED. IT'S THE NATURE OF THE BEAST. PATIENCE IS REQUIRED.
When Will Skarstad of Yellow Eyes approached Gilead Media to discuss the potential release of his new solo project, Ustalost, we knew the answer needed to be yes. But what we didn’t know was how emotionally powerful this project would be so quickly after the release of the astoundingly dense Yellow Eyes album Sick With Bloom.
The Spoor Of Vipers is the first release from Will Skarstad’s Ustalost. All instruments and vocals are written and performed by Will himself, and as a first release this is an album of unusual ambition. The Spoor Of Vipers is a shimmering album of towering lo-fi black metal, not terribly far from the stylistic realm where Yellow Eyes dwells, although Ustalost is distinctly its own creature.
This debut LP is a grand document of splendor and magnificence, as songs transition from dense tremolo parts into gorgeous fanfares and complex, atmospheric riffage. But the underlying power of this music is that through both cacophonous and synth drenched passages the songs manage to emit a profoundly sad tone that also feels fundamentally incurable.
The Spoor Of Vipers was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Will’s brother, Sam Skarstad. The LP is presented by Gilead Media as a single LP in a single pocket jacket with a gold foil stamp. A download code is included. Available on black vinyl (350) or golden yellow vinyl (250).
Gilead Media 2017 Subscription Club members will automatically receive gold yellow vinyl unless black vinyl is specifically requested.