A War for Wonder

by Echtra

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Ronin To me this album is a really unique experience. I think the best way to describe it is "eternal". But if you put on this album while lying down in a dark room or resting against a tree or walking aimlessly on the streets I find myself lost in time for 46 minutes. It is the perfect album for both external wanders and internal journeys. Give this album a try!
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Bealtainne, the flaming wand…
Again returning through the distant mists, the final realization of a forgotten thread is unleashed. An unfinished chapter is laid to rest, the memories released, the veil intact. Beginning anew:

Echtra’s “A War for Wonder,” taking flight from the indomitable human proclivity towards awe, spirals upwards into a transcendent ecstasy of dissolution and union. Transmuting betrayal and abandonment into wisdom, these sounds conjure visions of the soul achieving its ultimate reintegration into the corpus of Spirit.
Conceived in MMIV and utilized for ritual performance in the year MMVI, “A War for Wonder” chronicles the induction of Echtra into an experimental aural landscape, eschewing allegiance to the strict confines of Black Metal in the relentless pursuit of personal mastery. Expect your consciousness to be immersed in a new kind of musicality, wherein the abstractions of "genre" drift away as the sound deepens and swirls, engaging the emotional and etheric bodies in tandem with the intellect.
As the wooden timelessness of the acoustic melds with the distorted vibration of electricity a new gnosis is reached, shielded from the reductive eyes of reason and allowed to loosen the bonds of the true person within. Containing this liberation is the seed of Echtra, the heroic journey of the Self from the shadows.

“From wonder into wonder existence opens.”
- Lao Tzu


released May 12, 2009



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Echtra Cascadia, Oregon

Echtra was initiated in MMII, to explore the way in which the aesthetics of Black Metal could facilitate altered states of consciousness, and thus spiritual emergence. For the past decade this project has explored the connection between humans and the natural world, the corporeal and transcendent, the chthonic and celestial. Echtra is dedicated to awakening, for all who may partake of its fruits. ... more

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