Haunting the dank crypts below Edinburgh's cobbled streets,
Wraiths seek to reify the shambling masses abandoned by God
during the plague-years of this fog-bound city. These two tortured
priests take the hymns of their past lives and pervert them into
vast walls of howling sound; a blood-flecked gobbet of phlegm in
the eye of their one-time Lord. Playing instruments as broken and
wretched as their own decaying bodies, Wraiths conjure their
blasphemous noise with no assistance from the modern world's
difference engines and thinking machines.
Wraiths are the horror of infection.
None shall escape the harrow of the plague.
Recorded live and under ritual conditions, Oriflamme was Wraiths'
first creation. The insanely limited CDr release was quickly
consumed by collectors of the truly profane and now this vinyl
presentation has been ordained by the ghastly monks themselves
in conjunction with Aurora Borealis. Blackened death-ambient
drone meets howling, metallic noise.
Over their short period of activity, Wraiths have released two
well-received CDs (with glowing reviews from Terrorizer, The
Wire, Rock-a-Rolla and Aquarius Records) and have played live
with acts as diverse as The Law-rah Collective, High On Fire and
Chicks On Speed; producing ferociously loud sonic blasphemy
wherever they can set up their arcane devices.
"Oriflamme pt. I" excerpt.
Review from BOOMKAT:
"Finding a new Aurora Borealis release on my desk is always a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the music
is always exciting - always at the dark vanguard of avant-doom exploration, however I can never read a word
on the sleeve on account of the more-metal-than-thou typefaces. Who's the artist? No idea. What's the record
called? Beats me. This isn't the world William Caxton imagined. Okay, so after a bit of a squint I've determined
that this is the debut recording by Edinburgh noise overlords Wraiths, who originally released this barrage of dark
vapours as a CD-R. The death ambient textures and shifting, acidic tones stretch across a punishing forty minutes,
maintaining an evolving narrative of painful, cumulous distortion. Wraiths dispense sounds from the very darkest
recesses of doom metal but with all the defined edges of conventional instrumentation smudged and corroded,
leaving only a vast, looming shadow in their place. "
"An expansive drift through bleak landscapes of dubbed out rhythms, and shimmering industrial whir, black swells beneath, grey swirls above, often
building to full on cacophonous noise-psych freakouts. Murky worlds of drone and distortion, smeared into soothing and serene drones. Haunting vocals
and anguished howls drifting way down in the mix. Full on wall of keening sound, high end harmonies of corrosive downtuned buzz and ear splitting
upper register skree, harsh and heavy but completely mesmerizing in that crumbling wasteland, edge of the black abyss, doom drenched blackened ur-
drone sort of way. Killer stuff." - Aquarius Records
"Their panoramic Industrial rumble is cinematic in scale, increasing in volume from the whirring of electronic wasp wings to jet engine roar with all
sirens blaring." - The Wire
"Their music is some of the heaviest I've heard, an improvised whorl of thunderous bass-heavy cracks, distorted screaming and ritualistic plague-
drumming. The sound is absolutely vital: bleak, yes; noisy, incredibly; but possessed of a fundamentally true sense of pain that it cannot help but
articulate a glimmer of hope. Ferocious and ambient at once, Wraiths are not to be missed." - RJ Thomson in The Skinny