"We live on this isle like hungry wolves, with perpetual darkness or light in our eyes. Silent like this desolate horizon, violent like the incessant waves of the never-sleeping sea. If only we could rise into the air, dissolve into the wind, melt through the ground to the depths of this world, like the Gods of our ancestors. But we are real, as real as you are." — SVARTMALMUR
From 2015 to 2018 photographer Verði Ljós (a.k.a. multi-instrumentalist H.V. Lyngdal of Wormlust) shot Icelandic black-metal bands — Abominor, Auðn, Carpe Noctem, Draugsól, Mannveira, Misþyrming, Naðra, Norn, Nornahetta, Núll, Nyiþ, Sinmara, Svartidauði and his own group — amidst the backdrop of the country's stunning natural landscapes, images he collected in his new book SVARTMALMUR (Ditto Publishing). The following photographs include never-before-seen outtakes from that project.