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Fire + Ice – “Runa” – [Fremdheit]


Pagan reconstructionist and rune magician Ian Read was the second leader of the legendary English Chaos Magic collective The Illuminates of Thanateros. He is perhaps best known for having lent his bucolic croon to works by Current 93, Sol Invictus and Death In June.

Fire + Ice is Read’s own Neo-Folk outfit. This 1996 album is the fourth main release. It was created when Read was master of the Rune-Gild, some sort of rune-magic group, as his “Master-Work of Lore.” It is a distillation of the singer’s occult Norse philosophy. I don’t know what most of the lyrics mean, but they contain many wonderfully affecting poetic images.

This is stern post-Industrial ‘Dark Age’ (jk) with a lot of keyboards, similar to Blood Axis and Ain Soph in its manic medievalism and ritual potency. Light guitar and percussion. Read’s dreamy shamanic song and verse. T.4 is an epic song suite and a highly recommended tour-de-force. T.2 is heavier. T.5 is martial, with lyrics by Odinn himself. T.8 is a kind of drinking song. T.9 has a brief recitation from a woman named Ingrid Wultsch. Instrumentation is provided by Matthew Butler AKA Lux E Tenebris.

“Fire and Ice will burn both king and thrall. But many are blind what ‘ere the light. Othal is the sacred stronghold which the Lord protects; the aetheling’s blood is thicker than any water. But each must assume his allotted place.”

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on September 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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