The long-awaited debut album
Darkher is an intriguing, haunting trip through the mind and spirit of UK artist Jayn H. Wissenberg, a charismatic West Yorkshire-based vocalist / songwriter whose powerful, captivating music is characterized by slowly building storm clouds of guitars and haunting, spine-tingling vocals, soul baring songs, layered with storm clouds of lead & bowed guitars by collaborator (and Husband )- Guitarist and Bassist Martin T Wissenberg, and joined in 2017 by original My Dying Bride Drummer Rick Miah. Creating extraordinarily dark music full of contrasts, including both chilling loneliness and the warmth of hope, the sound of Darkher is veined by both an unsettling atmosphere of encroaching dread and a deep, otherworldly confidence.
Darkher's first release, 'The Kingdom Field' EP (2014), epitomized her broodingly intense music and created a stir across scenes, being hailed as "beautiful, teeth-edging horror" and "utterly brilliant". Her debut album, 'Realms', impressively proves that the fire of great expectations raised by the debut's spark were more than justified. The album features nine distinctive, dynamic and dramatic tracks that are impossible to resist. Songs such as the sternly imploring "Moths", the driving "Wars", with its signature drum march, or the sinister, unfathomable 'Buried' or 'Foregone' may be mentioned as cornerstones of an album that, due to its quality and diversity, bears the potential earmarks of a future classic.
Lyrically, 'Realms' mirrors the ominous, awe-inspiring character of the music; the tales on the album lie somewhere between this sphere and the unseen worlds before and beyond. Darkher songs reveal Wissenberg's relationship with fear, death and spirituality and question how love can connect souls from past, present and future.
"At times, I witnessed happenings," Wissenberg points out with respect to the title. "Amidst the immense sadness brought upon by grief, these signs were both uplifting and magical, and this compounded my belief in other 'Realms'"
If you have listened to and explored 'Realms', you can begin to sense what Jayn is talking about. 'Realms' draws you in so well that you won't realize its creators have been broadcasting exactly where they're taking you…
Lyrically, Realms mirrors the ominous, awe-inspiring character of the music; the tales on the album lie somewhere between this sphere and the unseen worlds before and beyond. DARKHER songs reveal Wissenberg's relationship with fear, death and spirituality and question how love can connect souls from past, present and future.
"Realms, with its ethereal songwriting and emotional singing, impacted me like few other doom metal releases this year....I’m having a difficult time putting Realms down long enough to write this review" Angry Metal Guy
"Honestly, as a debut, this is extremely impressive. It's gorgeous, intense, doomy-as-hell, and it takes pride in engulfing your ears in incredibly thick layers of darkness" Sputnik Music
Darkher's music is one of those captivating, highly atmospheric, unpretentiously dark and absolutely emotive sonic creations meant to feed your spirit. Jayn's songs are simply mesmerizing, beautiful, fragile, but at the same time there's present some kind of horror, intense veil of darkness and huge amount of almost raw power brought to the surface by stormy wall of guitar sound. Darkher made a truly transcedental album that can't be really compared to anything done before, it's a sonic journey for your mind and soul, taking the listener into darkness filled with ever changing reflections of water. This is a walk through changeably stormy weather, most of the time it's cruel, but there are traces of sun and on the distant horizon you can see clearness. Terra Relicta
“ ghostly transmissions, sold beautifully by Wissenberg’s entrancing voice, that sound like they were delivered by lost souls in the dead of night. With each visit, I feel like I’m traveling down a lonely stream, in a boat that fits one, with only the moonlight to enlighten my way......eerie, chilling music that could make your skin freeze.”
Meat Mead metal
“her work weaves Gothic themes and eery atmosphere around a base of dark ambiance. It is hard to pick out individual notions between the mix of entrancement, sadness, introspection and soul-searching curiosity that washes over you "
“for now I must be honest with you and tell you that this is an absolutely unique experience and a must for each and every darkened soul out there.” Terra relicta
“the whole atmosphere is of a Druid procession gone from steady to almost menacing.” Metal reviews
“a haunting, beautiful, teeth-edging horror and it’s utterly brilliant.
Bring me an album, now.”
She releases an excellent EP that has a mysterious, angelic and dark atmosphere. Add to this her outstanding voice, and the result is just magnificent!
Peek a boo magazine
"creating dark fairy tales combining a feel of both chilling loneliness and the warmth
of hope by an artist behind whose fragile elegance lies a creator of a powerfully emotive work " MANCHESTERS FINEST
"With her endless waves of deep red hair and a shamanic presence that seems to come from a possibly mythical time long past. And that voice, of course: uniquely and spine-tinglingly evocative – but it’s all done without any arrogance or pretension." LOUDER THAN WAR
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