Cycle of Survival

by Ovnev

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metal29 Excellent second album that has a European black metal atmosphere in both the riffs and vocals. Bought a physical version of this one along with the new album Incalescence based on what I heard on this album. Favorite track: The Observatory.
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Myrkviðr I'd like to start by saying I can somewhat personally relate to this album because I have face trials of surviving not necessarily out in the wilderness to be exact but being homeless 3 times and fighting the weather living life day to day. I have slept in the desert in the mountains in the concrete jungle all in order to survive and its rare to come across anything that can relate with your own life. I give much props to West for expressing his stories through music \,,/
Favorite track: Cycle of Survival.
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Barkflesh Moving acoustic interludes, layered over triumphant black metal! Ovnev captures the essence of solitude in the wilderness very well! Favorite track: Cycle of Survival.
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Cycle of Survival is a concept album about a man leaving his shattered life in the city behind and heading to the wilderness to live off the land. After thriving for months and coming across an abandoned cabin to live, some bad decisions are made which lead to his inevitable end. He becomes part of the mountain forever.

The concept was inspired by personal experiences of living in the wilderness for long periods of time. It blends works of fiction and non fiction with the struggles and exhilaration of living in a mountainous forest alone.

"Manages to capture both a sense of sorrowing isolation and panoramic grandeur." -NO CLEAN SINGING

"Cycle of Survival is not without beauty, which mainly shines through in the leads and melodies that accompany the grim distortion and dark screams." -WONDERBOX METAL

"The music captures the theme very well and includes some excellent acoustic packages which bring a somber tone to the more harsh sounding black metal attacks." -ETHEREAL BLACK METAL

"A wonderful piece of atmospheric black metal that actually makes you feel as if you are fighting for survival in a cold unforgiving winter landscape." -THE BLACK DOVE

"Ovnev takes a more calculated approach to its attack, allowing the harsher elements to come back with even more intensity after lulling you into a false sense of security." -TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY

"With embellished harmonies and a mesmerizing sound, this album will really give you another look into black metal as a form of art." -MERCHANTS OF AIR


released November 26, 2016

All composition, recording, mixing and album layout were done from winter of 2015 to summer of 2016 by West.

All album photography was done by West on a solo hiking trip through the rocky mountains of Colorado.

Mastered at Naturmacht Studios by Robert Brockmann.


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Ovnev aims to channel the essence of the wilderness. The atmosphere is heavily inspired by the earth.

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Track Name: The Observatory
An alien landscape
No false lights for miles
Nature owns this land

All I see are mountains
On a travel to mend my life
Off on the horizon
From where the eagles fly

Hiking through the brush
I come to a clearing
A view of unspeakable truth
Realization that city life is poisonous

I need but one glance
To see the message
In the distance is the observatory

Harvester of images
From the source of conscious existence
The setting sun floods the sky

There is no hope
Of ever going back
I hereby claim my home
Track Name: Thrill of Pursuit
Off on an adventure of extreme proportions
The scale of natural consummation indescribable
An inner projection to the hills
Mental teleportation of esoteric philosophy
The mind is inundated with knowledge
It knows no boundaries
I have become the predator
They fall at my will
I take them one by one
To roast in my coals
Pursuit of nature’s nourishment
Completes my soul

Swift chase
Across the forest floor
Composure for the war
The scent of fallen flesh
Nutrition I ingest

The cook
Preparation for the night
Stockpiled bodies
Sustaining human life

Long days
Stalking innocent prey
My life with every slay
These woods sustain my bones
The Mountain
Provides for I’m its own
Track Name: Prosperous Desperation
Traversing forward
Drawn by an unseen force
Abandoning my shelter
The primitive house of leaves
Enter a valley
The cabin from my dreams
Its aged oak sealing
The essence of wilderness
An ancient stove sits
I gaze for a long moment
Realization hits me
I have not eaten in days
The food supply exhausted
Not an animal in sight

Nod into the void
The ones I killed
Haunting my dreams
Sleeping is torment
Price of waking exuberance
Spirits of the universe
Prophecy of the future
Track Name: Cycle of Survival
Something must be done
I gather the weapons
Life must be near
A crash at my woodpile
Investigating to see
A boar staring back at me

My final reserves of energy
Propel me through the woods
Adrenaline flows through my veins
Destroy the boar or starve
Suddenly it’s snatched
Torn to a pulp
A wild pack of wolves
Have found me in their den

Face to face
This must be my demise
Five wolves stare
I accept my only fate
As the beasts attack
I see my flesh
Devoured before my eyes
I slowly fade
Into the land as a spirit
Track Name: Suspended in Spirit
Spectral vision holds
All that ever was here
I am now one
With the universe
The depth of my consciousness fades
Across this land
I have become the mountain
Transcending human form

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