Mond vol land or ’Mouth full of earth’. That’s what that means in Dutch and it’s the name of a Black Metal formation from the hilly forest area called Montferland near Arnhem that, according to legend, was created by a bunch of giants. And indeed, the Dutch are tall people, so who knows, perhaps some early species did munch away on a load of sand and then shat it out somewhere on a big pile and forests started growing. It’s not impossible.
Anyfuck, back to the band, we find that it was formed in 2006 by Martijn and Mickeal, the latter also active as a session member in the Folk Metal group Heidevolk. Currently a four-piece, the band works in Dutch or Dutch dialects and its lyrical content is about the region in which it has its origins. My own roots aren’t far away and it’s an awesome fuckin’ place to sing about! Very recently the band released a three-song EP for promotional purposes that is absolutely delicious. And free too. Kudos to Islander of NCS for pointing me at this.
The three songs on the EP, Pestvogel (Bird of Plague), Onzalige Bossen (Miserable Forests) and Mooi Ann van Velp (Beautiful Ann van Velp) are each extremely strong products of a band that has clearly thought-through its conceptual raison d’être. The first two songs display a refreshing form of Black Metal that isn’t so much acid and punishing, but more atmospheric, melodic and epically sad. There are deep rolling basses in the distance, sharp tremolo-picked guitars and both growls and screams, but the combined total of these harsh elements is something of exceptional harmony and balance.
The third song is an acoustic medley with medieval inclination and brings a whole different dish to the table, yet no less delicious and crafty. I’ve lined up all three songs below.
Streaming is of course convenient, but for those who wish to take this stuff along on their mp3 or other mobile music playing units, the good news is that the full three-song EP can be downloaded for the sum total of naught. For this you go to the band’s official website and navigate to the ‘download’ page. Easy!