Ekstasis is a veritable “supergroup” of Cascadian folk and metal veterans. Containing six members, Johnny (Fauna, Echtra, Eigenlicht, Threnos, Fearthainne); Ray Hawes (Skagos, Eigenlicht, Iskra); Marit Schmidt (Sangre De Muerdago, Vradiazei); Michael Korchonoff (Alda, Novemthree); Mara Winter (Eigenlicht); Mae Kessler.
The 2nd album“The Adversary”is both a refinement and an evolution of their sound, adding more nuance and tenderness to their repertoire while maintaining the urgency and intimacy of the previous album. The songs are based more heavily on folk and improvisational styles, while retaining neo-classical influences. The addition of Marit Schmidt on viola further adds to the complexity and depth of the compositions. In addition to their devotees in the folk and metal underground, fans of European folk from Ireland to Romania will find a sound to celebrate in The Adversary, as well as those versed in medieval and Persian Classical traditions.
We recently had a death of a well liked tenant in the rooming house that I run in Gastown, Vancouver. While waiting for the coroner to arrive, I played Woodfall for the police, who were in attendance and my other tenants. The officers inquired about the music, and we had a good conversation about the band Musk Ox, and where they were from, and where they could find their music, on Bandcamp. It was a beautiful choice of music for the send-off of an old friend. Brad Abar
This album shines as yet another example of the incredible metal scene in Minnesota. Everything about this is overflowing with excellence. OP perfectly explore the entire metal landscape. Obstacle of Affliction