A Dark Forgotten Past

NSP 154 :  Eldamar - A Dark Forgotten Past CD/LP


Release dates:
CD: December 1st, 2017
LP: January 2018


Eldamar is the solo project of Mathias Hemmingby from Askim/Norway, performing Atmospheric Black Metal and Ambient. It was formed in the summer of 2015.

Conceptually, Eldamar is inspired by J.R.R Tolkien, Heathenism, Elven Magic and Nature.

The goal of Eldamar's art is to help listeners to open up to the music in an emotional way and combine the experience with their imagination. To that end, the music on Eldamar’s releases is combined with the gorgeous artworks of famous landscape painter Albert Bierstadt.  The combination of aural and visual impressions will allow them to drift away in their own dreams while listening to the songs. With persistence, this practice will carry them right through the gates of Alfheimr/Elvenhome.

After the huge success of Eldamar’s debut album “The Force of the Ancient Land” (2016), which is currently approaching 1.000.000 Plays on Youtube, both expectations and demand for more music in Eldamar’s unique style are very high. The young mastermind behind the band, with an uncanny knack for knowing what his growing crowd of followers wants, plays it cool and easily delivers another quality release that continues right where the debut album and the split EP with Dreams of Nature left off.

The CD will be released as collector's edition in Digipack, limited to 999 copies, and as regular edition in jewel case.

The LP comes in gatefold cover, in three different editions:

111x gold vinyl
111x dark green vinyl
333x clear vinyl


1. Return Of Darkness (8:43)
2. Another Journey Begins (7:34)
3. In Search For New Wisdom (9:16)
4. A Secret By The Branches (5:15)
5. Ancient Sorcery (8:32)
6. The Passing (4:02)
7. New Understanding (8:38)


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"A consistent record that brings about the best the genre has to offer, in a perfectly saturated deflagration of sonorous grandiosity, A Dark Forgotten Past is a monumental insignia of higher virtuosity, that strengthens on the shape of its cathartic musical anatomy the spiritual endeavor of a splendorous galaxy that sleeps in the depth of our hearts, but can be awaken, if the proper melody is activated, at the borderline of our conscience. A more philosophical work, whose explicit and reflexive beauty resides at the smile of a melancholic surface, A Dark Forgotten Past is a perpetual symphony for the eternal winds of winter, that inadvertently seeks at the pure sensibility of sad and distant eyes the infinity of an existence that can never be deciphered."

"At the end of the day, what Eldamar have put together here is a wonderful follow-up that stands out as being in the top-tier of atmospheric black metal albums in 2017. It is by no means a perfect album. Indeed, there is still a bit of room for improvement in certain areas. However, it is a very strong album that shows why Eldamar should have a long and successful career making beautiful woodland black metal for those of us who enjoy it."
9/10 - www.metal-observer.com

"Fazit: Mit "A Dark Forgotten Path" ist dem jungen Norweger ein Meisterwerk gelungen, mit dem er gekonnt dem Hörer eine Geschichte von Elfen und anderen mystischen Wesen erzählt. Es gibt nun für mich eigentlich nicht mehr zu sagen, als dass man sich auf jeden Fall mit dem Vorbestellen dieses epischen Werkes beeilen sollte, bevor die auf 999 Kopien limitierte Auflage vergriffen ist."
9.5/10 - www.metal-only.de

"ELDAMAR was able to pack up an outstanding release, polished debut flaws and empowering their sound: on greener sound of the atmospheric black metal spectrum it is by all means one of the best releases in the scene this year."
8/10 - www.metal-temple.com