Following the announcement by Sweden’s SHINING that going forward they would be eschewing the usual practice of dragging bands on lengthy tours through several countries  in favour of shorter tours on a country-by-country basis, the band have now completed booking European dates for the rest of this year and are able to announce their full “touring” schedule between September and the end of 2015.

During this period SHINING will visit a total of nine countries in support of their critically acclaimed ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”.  A special double gatefold edition of the album, in black and white marble vinyl, strictly limited to 300 copies, will be available for sale exclusively on the tour.

Scheduled appearances as follows:

12 Sep:  Divan du Monde, Paris
13 Sep:  Bifurk, Grenoble
14 Sep:  Altherax,  Nice
16 Sep:  Péniche, Lille
17 Sep:  Laiterie,  Strasbourg
18 Sep:  Ferrailleur,  Nantes
19 Sep:  Metronum,  Toulouse


25 Sep:  Mörkaste Småland,  Hultsfred
26 Sep:  Moriska Paviljongen,  Malmö


16 Oct:  Grenswerk,  Venlo, Netherlands
17 Oct:  Muziekodroom (box, ) Hasselt, Belgium
18 Oct:  Vorstin / Krachtstroom XL, Hilversum, Netherlands


5 Nov: Traffic Live,  Rome
6 Nov: Circolo Colony,  Brescia
7 Nov: Alchemica Music Club,  Bologna


12 Nov: Backstage,  Munich
13 Nov: Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14 Nov: Turock,  Essen
15 Nov: Underground,  Cologne
17 Nov: Schlachthof,  Wiesbaden
18 Nov: Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov: Logo,  Hamburg


26 Nov: Garage,  Bergen
27 Nov: Pokalen,  Oslo


3 Dec:  Sala Rock City,  Almassera/Valencia
4 Dec:  Sala Garaje Beat Club,  Murcia
5 Dec:  Sala Caracol,  Madrid
6 Dec:  Sala Boveda,  Barcelona
7 Dec:  Stage Live,  Bilbao


11 Dec:  Club Volta,  Moscow
12 Dec:  Club Phoenix,  St Petersburg

SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH previously explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable nightliner, with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

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When cousins Sondre and Bastian Veland formed OSSICLES in 2011, and went on to  self-releasetheir debut full-length album “Mantlepiece”, which was largely written by the duo when they were 16/17 years old, the following year, few could have forseen the extraordinary response it was to receive from much-respected musicians such as PORCUPINE TREE’s STEVEN WILSON who said of it “I can’t believe that such young guys can make music like they do”, and MIKE PORTNOY, who invited the band to appear live as a result of hearing it.

As a taste of what to expect from OSSICLES in the future, “Mantlepiece”, along with some additional later material,  was itself re-released by Karisma Records in July of this year as a double album,  and now the band and label are ready to release OSSICLES sophomore full-length album “Music for Wastelands” which is due to hit the streets on the 16th of October.

All instruments and vocals on “Music for Wastelands” are performed by Bastian and Sondre themselves, with  guest appearances from Erlend Furuset Jenssen (saxophone) and Karin Mäkiranta (vocals).  Artwork for “Music for Wastelands” is by Randi Veland and track listing for the 14-track album is as follows:

1. Halfway Homes
2. Darkroom
3. Tectonic
4. Will It Last?
5. Family Tree
6. Exit Wound
7. Pale Summer Nails
8. The Red Heart
9. Goodnight Ghosts
10. In the Stereo
11. Girl with the Glass Eye
12. Pandemonium
13. Porcelain Doll
14. Music for Wastelands

The two Veland cousins had this to say about the album:  “Music for Wastelands”  has a concept and a story that is told through the songs, and it’s composed as a single musical piece, which is something that will probably become clear the  more you hear it, because it’s meant to be an album in which you can hear something new every time you listen to it. The structure itself is inspired by DAVID BOWIE’s album “Low”, where the more immediate songs – the ones that are easiest to like –  appear first, and the more experimental songs come at the end.  There are few limitations when it comes to genres, and the album features a lot of different styles, something that was necessary in order to properly portray the concept and the story.

“Very importantly, we  both agree that with “Music for Wastelands” we have been able to define our own individual style and sound much more clearly, and we now sound more like ourselves rather than the music that originally inspired us”.

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The track “1400” from OSSICLES debut album “Mantelpiece” can be heard below and at

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Veteran Norwegian Black Metallers  CREST OF DARKNESS are set to support Swedish Black Metal legends MARDUK on their Frontschwein 2015 – EUROPA Part III Tour, which will take place over 18 dates in October in Europe and the Balkans.  Also on the tour are  France’s SVART CROWN and Greece’s BIO CANCER.  Whilst joining for parts of the tour will be Slovenia’s CVINGER (from the 8th to the 16th) and Poland’s SARTAN (from the 17th to the 25th).  Routing for the tour as follows:

08 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice,  PL
09 Oct: Barrocko, Trinec, CZ
10 Oct: Nova Chmelnice, Prague, CZ
11 Oct: Club From Hell, Erfurt, DE
12 Oct: Bikini Test, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH
13 Oct: Grillen, Colmar, FR
14 Oct: Komplex 457, Zurich, CH
15 Oct: Traffic Live Club, Rome, IT
16 Oct: Elyon, Rozzano, IT
17 Oct: OKC Palach,  Rijeka, CRO
18 Oct: Kaktus,  Sarajevo, BA
19 Oct: Havana, Skopje, MK
20 Oct: Kyttaro Club, Athens, GR
21 Oct: Eightball, Thessaloniki, GR
22 Oct: Mixtape 5, Sofia, BG
23 Oct: The Quarter, Novi Sad, RS
24 Oct: Escape Metalcorner, Vienna, AT
25 Oct: Blue Hell, Budapest, HU

With over two decades of experience, six full-length albums and various EP’s under their belts, CREST OF DARKNESS’ sonic brutality, expertly combined with epic musical passages,  straddles the boundary between Black and Death Metal with consummate ease.  Their  last album, “In the Presence of Death”, saw CREST OF DARKNESS  at the top of their game, and was  described by many as the very essence of Extreme Metal.  The band’s recent release, the four-track EP, titled “Evil Messiah”,  which was  released in both in Digipack CD and 12″ vinyl formats on My Kingdom Music in February of this year, included a cover version of Alice Cooper’s “Sick Things”,  the perfect choice for a band who excel at creating an evil, malignant,  atmosphere.

The Frontschwein 2015 – EUROPA Part III tour will be the first time that the new CREST OF DARKNESS lineup will tour together.  Having appeared at various shows and festivals, the lineup, which comprises founder, frontman and bassist Ingar Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO),  Rebo on guitars,  Bernhard (Ex- PALE FOREST) on drums and Kristian Wentzel  on keyboards, are more than ready to hit the road.

More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at

The Official video of the track “Demon Child” from CREST OF DARKNESS’ 2013 album “In the Presence of Death” can be seen below and at

Ten tracks tracing the history of CREST OF DARKNESS, can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at

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Formed in 2013 by George Emmanuel (ROTTING CHRIST, ex-CHAOSTAR) and Stathis Ridis (NIGHTFALL), LUCIFER’s CHILD was snapped up earlier this year by Norway’s Dark Essence Records, who are set to release the band’s debut full-length album “The Wiccan” on the 25th September.  With artwork by Stathis Ridis’ AmazeMe Design company, track listing for the eight-track album,  which was recorded in Athens, Greece, in 2014, is as follows:

1. Hors de Combat
2. A True Mayhem
3. Spirits of Amenta
4. He, who Punishes and Slays
5. King ov Hell
6. The Wiccan
7. Lucifer’s Child
8. Doom

Together with Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums, Emmanuel (guitars) and Stathis (bass),  have taken the classic Greek Black Metal sound and given it a dimension that is entirely their own, with songs ranging from the epic and monumental to pure aggression.   Formed with the intention of performing the kind of music that would serve as a spiritual introduction to the atmospheric world of a Summoning, the band seeks to create a unity between the spiritual ideas behind each song and the immensely heavy and mid-paced music itself, thereby presenting the audience not only with a taste of their electrifying Black Metal, but also a sense of ritualistic energy.

LUCIFER’s CHILD three-part studio video diaries have just been uploaded onto the Dark Essence Records YouTube channel and can be seen below and at

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The 11th September will see the release on Dark Essence Records of ALFAHANNE’s sophomore full-length album “Blod Eld Alfa”, and today the label has debuted one of the nine tracks from the album.  The track, “Skallerormsgift”,  which actually received its first ever public airing on BBC Radio One last week, features KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik on guest vocals and can be heard below and at

Well known both on stage and in the studio for their brand of high energy Black Metal laced with Punk and Classic Rock, ALFAHANNE is a band that, since its inception in 2010, has managed to attract high profile musicians to guest with them not only on their releases but also live.  TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth all featured on the debut album “Alfapokalyps”, whilst on the new album, as well as Hjelvik,  Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT and Nattfursth from SORHIN add their distinctive styles and voices to the release.  Also making a return appearance is SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, with whom ALFAHANNE has a history of collaboration.

Mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen at Bergen’s Earshot Studios, and with  artwork by Trine Grimm Lothe, “Blod Eld Alfa”  features ALFAHANNE’s trademark sound, a sound that  is full of the swagger and attitude that makes the band such a success both in the studio and on the stage.

Track listing for “Blod Eld Alfa” is as follows:

1. Alfa Kropp Alfa Blod (with Nattfursth)
2. Besatt
3. Skallerormsgift (with Erlend Hjelvik)
4. Vänd Inte Ryggen Till
5. Blodad Tand
6. Hora (Tills Du Dör) / Huora Kuolemaansa (with Spellgoth)
7. Arkeologen
8. Berserk
9. Slutdestination Eskilstuna (with Niklas Kvarforth)

With a lineup of musicians who have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT,  ALFAHANNE was formed in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 2010 and features Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass.

Confirmed upcoming live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen,  Malmo, Sweden

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Fan-filmed video of ALFAHANNE performing the track “Indiehora”  from their 2014 album “Alfapokalypse”,   live on stage with HELHEIM’s V’gandr  can be seen below and at

Several tracks from ALFAHANNE, including tracks featuring TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, can be heard below and at

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With a revitalised lineup that includes members of CARPATHIAN FOREST, IN THE WOODS, DEN SAAKALDTE, PANTHEON I and OLD FOREST, and following the release of the “Askebundet” single, Norwegian Black Metallers have bowed to the pressure from fans eager for more material, and self-released a three-track  digital EP.

The EP, which is titled “Askebundet” and comes in at just under 25 minutes, is available from the 10th July on the band’s  BandCamp page.  It is currently being offered at a “name your price” at

Artwork for “Askebundet”  is by Kobold, and track listing is as follows:

2.Bleeding Wounds
3.Ingen Vet Jeg Var…

Whilst the calibre and provenance of SVARTELDER’s musicians is no mystery, their individual identities are.  Formed and fronted by Doedsadmiral, the rest of the lineup comprises Maletoth on bass and guitars, AK-47 on drums, and Kobold on keys.  “It’s probably not that hard to work out who is who” commented the band, “but hopefully there will remain a bit of doubt as we really wanted people to judge SVARTELDER’s music  for itself, rather than comparing how one or other of us played or sounded with other bands” .

SVARTELDER also recently posted a teaser video for the “Askebundet” EP which can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at

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Norwegian Black Metallers SVARTELDER, whose lineup includes members of CARPATHIAN FOREST, IN THE WOODS, DEN SAAKALDTE, PANTHEON I and OLD FOREST, have today released a teaser video that gives a taste of what to expect from their upcoming digital EP release.  The EP, which will be titled “Askebundet” is set for release on the 10th July via SVARTELDER’s BandCamp page at  where the title track of the EP is currently available as a single.

The video, by Kobold, can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube page at 

Artwork for “Askebundet”  is also by Kobold, and track listing for the 3-track EP,  which comes in at just under 25 minutes is as follows:

2.Bleeding Wounds
3.Ingen Vet Jeg Var…

After an initial flurry of activity, SVARTELDER largely remained dormant until founder and  frontman Doedsadmiral, decided to reactivate the project with an infusion of new blood in the shape of vastly experienced musicians who have taken the band’s original old-school Norwegian Black Metal roots and contributed their own individual styles to broaden the whole sound and take it in new directions.

Interestingly, the musicians themselves have chosen to use different names for their work in SVARTELDER,  something that allows  them to explore new avenues without any of the pre-conceptions and expectations from fans that may arise because of their previous bodies of work.  Aside from Doedsadmiral on vocals, the rest of the lineup comprises Maletoth on bass and guitars, AK-47 on drums, and Kobold on keys.

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