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flightoficarus (Metal Trenches) A beautiful, atmospheric journey delivered with plenty of the hallmarks that make the growing West Coast black metal scene so tantalizing. While I think Jay has outdone himself with the more mature 'All Too Human,' this self-titled debut is still a powerful piece of art that harnesses the power of both light and darkness. The grim vocals on "Transcendence" will cut you right to the soul. Favorite track: Transcendence.
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Atmospheric Black Metal Cat Well executed melodic black metal . Would love to support more form this artist. Favorite track: Entropic Collapse.
Brit Harvey
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Brit Harvey I need more of this Stat! 3 tracks of really, really good quality melodic black metal, and 2 fantastic instrumentals ... One piano and one multi layered acoustic. A perfect example of the magic of BC. Favorite track: Transcendence.
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Press for the album:

"Swaths of grandiosity in the vein of Bathory’s classic Viking era meld with harsh vocals, gentle acoustic guitars, and an incredible sense of melody. Neige [of Alcest] should be taking notes from this lone California dreamer." - Kim Kelly, VICE

Oskoreien was included in Invisible Oranges' "Top 50 Albums of 2011": "the album [is] a delicate balance of organic atmospherics, neofolk melodies, and rawness."

"Oskoreien is essentially the solo black metal vehicle perfected... the record’s sound is just inspirational to behold." - Lurker's Path

"With its neofolk moments and intensely mournful chord progressions, I would say this stands up there with the latest Agalloch record but with a hint of Godspeed You! Black Emperor in its crushingly sad guitar crescendos." - Dead Formats

"It’s not often that I get goosebumps whilst listening to music, but listen to this on a pair of headphones and you’ll likely have the same reaction." - Scene Point Blank


released January 1, 2011

All music & lyrics by Jay Valena.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jay Valena in Los Angeles, CA.
Guest vocals on tracks 1 and 4 by Matthew Durkee.

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Oskoreien Los Angeles, California

Oskoreien is the solo black metal project of Jay Valena.

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