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ARÐ to release "Take Up My Bones" on Feb. 18th!

Formed by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and lyricist Mark Deeks in 2019, the band’s name is taken from an Old English word meaning "native land” in the dialect of the Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria. The concept behind the debut album "Take Up My Bones“ revolves around the legendary relics of the famous Northumbrian saint Cuthbert and their long journey over more than two centuries to their final resting place. With crushing glacial-paced doom, monastic sounding chants and choirs, and sorrowful yet epic melodies, ARÐ have found the perfect musical expression to narrate a riveting tale of their homelands

Mark Deeks, who earned his PhD in Philosophy on the topic of "National Identity in Northern and Eastern European Heavy Metal", is also a member of leading UK black metal stalwarts WINTERFYLLETH and keeps himself busy as a musical director, arranger, piano coach, and conductor as well as a best-selling author.

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