Ellorsith is a Black/ Death Metal band that hails from beautiful Scotland. There’s not much information about them other than the location of the band, not even band’s pictures. Officially this is the band’s first album, an EP named 1959. That is the year in which happened the Dyatlov Pass Incident, which is the inspiration and concept for this release. A bit about the Dyatlov Pass Incident can be found anywhere on the internet, so, I’ll add just a few information about it:
“The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains on the night of February 2, 1959. The incident happened on the east shoulder of the mountain Kholat Syakhl (Холат-Сяхыл, a Mansi name, meaning Dead Mountain). The mountain pass where the incident occurred has since been named Dyatlov Pass (Перевал Дятлова) after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov (Игорь Дятлов).
The lack of eyewitnesses has inspired much speculation. Soviet investigators simply determined that “a compelling natural force” had caused the deaths. Access to the area was barred to skiers and other adventurers for three years after the incidentThe chronology of the incident remains unclear because there were no survivors.
Investigators at the time determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot into heavy snow and a temperature of −30 °C (−22 °F). Although the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs,and one was missing parts of her face due to postmortem decay”
“Many theories have arisen about the event, from paranormal activity to secret weapons tests, but avalanche damage is considered one of the more plausible explanations for this incident. (…) Another theory is that wind going around the Holatchahl mountain created a Kármán vortex street, which resulted in infrasounds that have effects on humans. (…) A new theory suggests that the ski hikers were chased from the tent and killed by atmospheric electricity.”
I guess that’s enough information on such an enigmatic event. By the way, all was taken from Wikipedia. Let’s talk about the music, shall we? Oh and there’s also a movie about the incident, but I didn’t really enjoy it. If you’re interested in watching, the title is “The Devil’s Pass”.
As for Ellorsith’s 1959, much like the inspiration, the music is haunting and cold, with a desolate and primitive mood. This is the typical, in a positive way, of course, Black/ Death Metal release, brutal and chaotic, but there are also elements of noise rock, for example, choruses as well as spoken parts. Everything here was created to sound like you’re on that terrible weather, awful situation, the heavy guitars, almost guttural vocals, the primal drumming… There’s sincerity in “1959”.
As I’ve mentioned before, the music is outstanding, but the concept is so mournful, melancholic, hurting and real that the music can really bring you down. You feel the despair, the anguish that those hikers must have felt and it affects you. In my humble opinion this is the ultimate proof of how this album is undeniably authentic.
Until next time.
Album: 1959 (EP – 2014)
5. Compelling Natural Force
Official Bandcamp: http://ellorsith.bandcamp.com/releases
All photos belong to their rightful owners.September 18, 2014