“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, a new video from SUCHTHAUS, the band  formed by sculptor Spacebrain,  and for whom imagery is an integral aspect of their music, has just been released.   Featured in  the video are Spacebrain’s daughter and her boyfriend, along with Petter Pogo, the bass player with one of Norway’s most popular pop bands JOKKE AND VALENTINERNE, as well as SUCHTHAUS members  Fruen and  Ingvar, and Spacebrain himself .  Filmed entirely in the hallway of Spacebrain’s home in Oslo, the video gives a claustrophobic and disturbing view of religion.  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/Ipzm-R71a9E

 

Work is nearing completion on SUCHTHAUS’ sophomore album “Motorbrain”, which, according to the band, is a pure metal album, but one that focuses on different nuances within the genre.   Drums on the album are by MAYHEM’s Hellhammer, who originally contributed as a session drummer, but has now joined Spacebrain (vocals and bass),  co-founder Fruen (vocals and guitars) Ingvar (guitars) and AD/HD (bass) as a full-time member of the band.   Currently undergoing mastering, “Motorbrain”, which includes a guest appearance by SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth,  will be released on SUCHTHAUS’ own label Rollabigone on a date as yet to be announced. .

German born Spacebrain, who has lived in Norway for many years, is known not only for his sculptures, but also  for his iconic stage sets for bands such as MAYHEM, recently decided to move his workshop to France so that he could once again work on his sculpting.  “It is prohibitively expensive to buy or rent a space large enough in Norway to house a workshop, especially for the size of some of the sculptures I produce, so we found a farm off the beaten track in Brittany, where I can once again find the peace and energy I need for my art. We will still be living in Norway, so SUCHTHAUS will not be affected, but we will be travelling to Brittany regularly, and spending most of the summers there.  The place needs a fair amount of work on it, but it’s just the kind of place I need to kick start my sculpting again”.  Examples of Spacebrain’s art can be seen on his website at  http://www.spacebrain.no/index.html

SUCHTHAUS’ music is not easily categorised, in fact, it’s impossible to pigeon hole it, which is exactly  how the band wants it, because it gives them free rein to create whatever kind of music they want, without being hobbled by preconceptions and genre restrictions.  The band’s debut album “The Dark Side and the Bright Side”, which included collaborations from musicians such Maniac  (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM),   CURRENT 93’s David Tibet, Fredrik A. Juell  (BURNING RUBBER,  BERSERK BASTARDS) and singer Sibob Jawara was a clear illustration of how eclectic the band really is.  As far as “Motorbrain’s” “metal” orientation goes, it’s not likely to be a direction that the band has any intention of following in the future.  As Spacebrain says ” I feel this is our contribution to metal, the next album has to be different, as this darkness  is twisting my mind.  Maybe a hippie project would be more kind to my soul?”

More information about SUCHTHAUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial  or on the band’s website at http://www.suchthaus.no/

Spacebrain

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.suchthaus.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/suchthaus/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vonSUCHT
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/suchthaus
Spacebrain Website: http://www.spacebrain.no/index.html
Spacebrain on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpacebrainArtFromHell
Band Contact and Booking: trash@spacebrain.no
Press Contact: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

With a release date set for the 5th of December, Sweden’s Carnal Records have today revealed details of the upcoming album from Scandinavian Occult Black Metallers GRAFVITNIR.  The seven track album, entitled “Semen Serpentis”,  will be the band’s sophomore full-length release and a follow up to 2012’s “NâHásh“.  GRAFVITNIR themselves have chosen the 22nd November to debut the track “Where Time Has Ceased To Be” from “Semen Serpentis”,  because that is when the Moon is black in Scorpio.   “Where Time Has Ceased To Be” can be heard above and at https://soundcloud.com/carnalrecords/where-time-has-ceased-to-be

“Semen Serpentis” deals with the subject of the Serpentine bloodline, and  artwork and photography  for the album are by Occultum.  Track listing as follows:

1. Where Time has Ceased to Be
2. Descendants of the Serpent
3. Av Ormens Blod
4. Sword of the Damned
5. Poisonous Streams of Hraunn
6. Seed of Apep
7. Vilddjurets Återkomst

GRAFVITNIR was formed in the dark forests of Sweden in 2007 to perform Scandinavian Occult Black Metal and act as a herald for the Chaosophical Tradition of dark, forbidden fruits.  With a lineup that describes itself as The Faceless Emanations Of Primordial Chaos  and comprises Niantiel, Tishin and Modrius, it is not surprising that its members are all practitioners, adepts and occultists of the Luciferian Tradition.  Drawing its inspiration from  Occultism, GRAFVITNIR ‘s lyrics explore the subjects of Numerology, Astrology, Witchcraft, Transcendence and Luciferianism.

More information about GRAFVITNIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Grafvitnir.Official

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Grafvitnir Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grafvitnir.Official
Carnal Records: http://www.carnalrecords.com/
Carnal Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carnalrecords.sweden
For Promo and Info Contact: carnalrecords@hotmail.com

 

With the release date of their fourth full-length album fast approaching, and “Graceful Pandora”, a 7″ single taken from the album already available, Dark Metallers FOSCOR have released a teaser video for “Those Horrors Wither” as a hint of what to expect from the full album.  The teaser can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/B8m-GDLIByI

 

“Those Horrors Wither” will hit the streets on the 25th November on Alone Records, and comes in two different formats –  Digipack format and as a 12″ gatefold vinyl with a poster by Manuel Tinnemans of COMAWORX in either standard black or as a white limited collector’s edition.  Both the Digipak and the vinyls include a different  additional track. Track listing for “Those Horrors Wither”  as follows:

  1. Whirl Of Dread
    02. Addiction
    03. Senescència
    04. L.amor.t
    05. Those Horrors Wither
    06. Graceful Pandora
    07. To Strangle A Ghost
    08. Shysteroos * Digipack additional track
    08. Pioneers Of The Void ** Gatefold Vinyl additional track

FOSCOR are set to hold an exclusive  listening session for “Those Horrors Wither” at 18:00 on the 22nd November at Tu Tu Tu Pa Pa Records, a recently opened record store in their home town of Barcelona, where fans are invited to hear the album and chat to the band.

The release of “Those Horrors Wither” will be celebrated with two shows.  The first being at Charada Club in Madrid on the 5th December and the second at Bikini in Barcelona on the 7th.  In between the two shows, FOSCOR will be performing with, along with several other bands,  at the special event “Under the Sign of Bathory: A Tribute to Quorthon”, which will be held on the 6th December at the Sala Boveda in Barcelona.

Formed in Barcelona, Spain, in 1997,  FOSCOR recently released their entire back catalogue which includes the band’s first three full-length albums – 2004’s “Entrance to the Shadows’ Village”,  2007’s “The Smile of the Sad Ones” and 2009’s “Groans to the Guilty”.  The back catalogue can be found on the band’s BandCamp page at https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music, as well as streaming in its entirety on FOSCOR’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/FOSCORbcn

More information about FOSCOR can be found at http://www.foscor.com

The official video for the 7″ single “Graceful Pandora”, which was directed and edited by FOSCOR guitarist Falke, and written and produced by the band, with Adrià Escanilla behind the camera, assisted by RFH Photography, who also designed the costumes, and with Irati Aguado as Pandora and J.F. Serra as Zeus, can be seen below and  at http://youtu.be/-Xv6_93ybhw

 

Additional Information
BandCamp: https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music
Web: http://www.foscor.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foscor.official
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/foscor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FOSCOR_Official
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FOSCORbcn
Store: http://foscor.bigcartel.com
Management & Booking: www.thirdeyesociety.com
email:  unai@thirdeyesociety.com
Alone Records: http://www.the-stone-circle.com/
Press Contact:  thestonecirclestore@gmail.com
PR:  http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
email: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

 

A year ago almost to the day, Pagan Black Metallers DRAUGR called it a day after an illustrious ten-year career that saw the band, whose music paid tribute to their Pagan ancestors,  firmly at the top of the genre in Italy, and with a solid and ever-growing following world-wide.   It is fitting, therefore, that some of DRAUGR’s original members have chosen this time to announce the launch of their new band – SELVANS.  But it is a bitter-sweet moment because, in a lineup that includes Selvans Haruspex (Ursus Arctos of DRAUGR)  on vocals,  keyboards and traditional instruments , Sethlans Fulguriator (Mors of DRAUGR) on guitars,  and DRAUGR co-founder Stolas on bass, one very important member is missing – drummer and DRAUGR co-founder Jonny Morelli, who was tragically killed in a motor bike accident in June of last year.

With a new website and Facebook page launched yesterday, SELVANS have today debuted a digital single edit of a track that is originally over 9 minutes in length and which will appear in its entirety on the EP that the band hopes to release in 2015.  This EP marks the last ever appearance of Morelli, who recorded all of the drum tracks and most of the vocals before his death, and in whose honour the EP is being released.  The track, “Lupercale”, is available direct from the band at https://selvans.bandcamp.com/track/lupercale-single-edit and can be heard above and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans/lupercale-edit  or on YouTube at http://youtu.be/D8Zghhn-RIw

Selvans Haruspex made the following statement yesterday where he talked about the new band and the impact of Morelli’s death: ” Exactly one year ago today, together with the band, I announced that DRAUGR had split after ten years of activity.   Barely a few months after that, on the same day of the month, we tragically lost Jonny, who has always been not just a good friend, but also a real example to us all.

During the months before that cursed day Jonny,  Sethlans F.,  Stolas and myself had been working together to bring about something that had been on my mind for two years: SELVANS, a musical project born to recreate the mysticism and the folklore of the different ethnic groups that have dwelt in Italy throughout the ages –  a concept to be expressed  through music, lyrics and aesthetics. And  Jonny was to have been the drummer, lead singer and lyricist.

At the time of Jonny’s death in June, we were about to enter the studio and record our first EP.  Jonny had already written and pre-recorded the drum parts and 90% of the vocals. Never in a million years did we imagine that  that we would have to face such a painful situation.

In August, barely two months after that tragic event, we gathered enough courage to listen to Jonny’s work again and to talk about what to do with SELVANS. Like the rest of us, Jonny had always been enthusiastic about the project, and he was doing some great work before being so suddenly and unfairly taken from us.

To put aside his work and give up would have been an insult to his dedication, so we decided to enter the studio and finish the EP in his memory, which we did with the aid of a few experts, who knew and appreciated Jonny, friends and family.

We decided that I would be the one to write and record the missing vocals. Even if I had never played this role before, the task fell to me because I have always been strongly involved in lyrical decisions and it was essential for SELVANS.

Today the time has come to let everyone who knew and appreciated Jonny  listen to his final artistic contribution. Each element of this work has a special meaning to it, starting with the title, which will be revealed very soon together with other details.  The EP will be out in 2015 and its songs will never be recorded again because this is going to be “Jonny’s EP” –  a milestone to mark his passing and to remember him by,  and with it, set off on this new path in his honour”.

An Italian version of the statement can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/notes/selvans/the-11th-of-the-month-ita-eng/545686575565446

More information about SELVANS can be found on the band’s website at http://www.templeofselvans.com/   and on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans

A video of the track “Lupercale” can be heard below and at http://youtu.be/D8Zghhn-RIw

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.templeofselvans.com/
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans
BandCamp:
https://selvans.bandcamp.com/track/lupercale-single-edit
SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/templeofselvans
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/selvans_
Instagram: 
http://instagram.com/selvans_official
Webshop:
http://selvans.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact & Booking: 
info@templeofselvans.com
Management & PR:
patriciathomas@btinternet.com

It’s taken a decade  or so for ROQUEFIRE to release their debut full-length album,  but the moment has finally arrived and the Norwegian Hard Rock veterans will hit the streets running on the 31st October with the release of  “Roll With Your Demons” .  The ten-track album will appear on the band’s own Roquefire label and will be available both as a CD and a 12″ vinyl.  However,  unlike most releases, where the two formats have to be bought separately, “Roll With Your Demons” comes as a double package, with both CD and vinyl together.  The album will also be available in digital format as well as on Spotify.

Track listing for “Roll With Your Demons” as follows:
1. Roll with your demons
2. I am the priest
3. Stonewall paintings
4. Satan moves in a dangerous slow way
5. Flying feather
6. The bloodied four leaf clover
7. Porn
8. Glorified
9. Don’t call us
10. Lightbringer

ROQUEFIRE was formed in 1977/78 by Ronni le Tekrø, a guitarist best known for his bands VAGABOND and of course the Grammy award winning TNT, as well as for his solo work and for his work with jazz musician Terje Rypdal.   Le Tekrø has, over the years, earned many accolades, including a ranking in the Top Ten guitarists in the October 1989 issue of Guitar Player Magazine and was named as one of the 25 best guitarist in his genre in 2009.  His influence as a heavy metal guitarist is acknowledged by various musicians, including former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde.

Today ROQUEFIRE continues play classic hard rock, the perfect showcase not only for  le Tekrø’s expressive guitar style, but also for the skill and experience of the rest of its lineup,  which includes Harald Grefsrud Ensrud  on vocals , Ingar Amlien (CREST OF DARKNESS, CONCEPTION) on bass, Stein Glimsdal  on drums and Torgeir Berg on keyboards.   Playing a huge part in the rebirth of ROQUEFIRE and the release of the album, as well as writing lyrics for four of the tracks, is Thor-Rune Haugen,  the band’s former manager who is considered by all to be an honorary fifth member.

Commenting the return of the band, Ingar Amlien had this to say:  “Whilst myself and Tekrø have been continuously active on the music scene, Harald and Stein haven’t,  and I was stunned by just how good these guys were even after all this time.  Really, we started playing again just for fun 4 or 5 years ago, but despite it having been almost 30 years since we last played together, it was as if we had never taken a break at all, and, if anything, we were sounding better than ever.  ROQUEFIRE definitely still had it, and here we are, with a brand new album to prove it”.

More information about ROQUEFIRE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roquefire/219762958057413

A video teaser for  “Roll With Your Demons” can be seen below and  on  YouTube at http://youtu.be/EbXJjIq5ydo

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roquefire/219762958057413
Website: http://www.roquefire.com/
Band Contact:   contact@roquefire.com

With the traditional three year wait between TAAKE albums now over, Dark Essence Records has today announced the first details  of what will be the iconic Norwegian band’s sixth full-length album.  Titled “Stridens hus”, the seven-track album is set for release on the 8th December world-wide, with the exception of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the album will appear on the 12th of the month .   The label has also debuted the track “Det fins en Prins” from “Stridens hus” and it can be heard below and at  https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/taake-det-fins-en-prins

 

“Stridens hus” is recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  As with all TAAKE albums, frontman and founder Hoest plays all the instruments himself, but this time members of the TAAKE live band have also contributed to the recording.  Album artwork from a photo by Nekrographie. Track Listing as follows:

1. Gamle Norig
2. Orm
3. Det fins en Prins
4. Stank
5. En Sang til Sand om Ildebrann
6. Kongsgaard bestaar
7. Vinger

With a career spanning over two decades, Hoest has always remained faithful to his trademark Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, but he has never allowed the grass to grow under his feet, and, with each release, he has breathed new life into an often stale and derivative genre;  his unique and innovative twists ensuring that  Black Metal  still remains fresh and relevant today.  And “Stridens hus” is no exception.  But the whole is without a doubt unmistakably Hoest’s TAAKE:  varied, intense, unique and unpredictable.

TAAKE is currently in the middle of the Kulde Tour which will end on the 26th October.  Other confirmed upcoming shows as follows:

2014
22 Oct: Barrak Music Club, Ostrava, CZ
23 Oct: F-Haus, Jena, DE
24 Oct: Phantoms of Pilsen Festival, Pilsen, CZ
25 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice, PL
26 Oct: Progresja, Warsaw, PL
14 Nov: Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival, Helsinki, FI
05 Dec:  John Dee,  Oslo, NO
2015
14 -18 Jan, Mexico, details TBA
23 Jan:  Hulen,  Bergen , NO
01 May:  Karmøygeddon Festival, Koppervik, NO
25 Jul,  Stonehenge Festival, Steenwijk,  NL
14 Aug,  Rockstadt Extreme Fest,  Rasnov RO

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

Photo by Nekrographie

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noreg’s Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

 

Eight  tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

 

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com

Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records G+: google.com/+DarkessencerecordsNo
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a statement that caught fans of the legendary Norwegian band by surprise, HADES ALMIGHTY frontman and bassist Janto has announced that after 22 years he will be leaving the band.  Both Janto and the remaining members have reassured fans that his reasons for leaving are purely personal, and that relations between everyone are still as strong as they ever were.

Formed in 1992 by  guitarist Jorn (DOMINANZ, ex-OLD FUNERAL, ex-IMMORTAL, ex-AMPUTATION), and drummer Remi, HADES ALMIGHTY’s  last album was 2004’s “The Pulse of Decay”,  and the band had recently announced that they had renewed their contract with DARK ESSENCE RECORDS and were working on  their next release.  In a statement issued by  Jorn and Remi, both emphasised that this most definitely does not signify the end of a band, whose ability to convey the real darkness that lies within human passion had placed them in the forefront of the Black Metal genre, but rather a new beginning:

“Janto, The lead singer/bass player of HADES ALMIGHTY, has, after 22 years by our side, decided to leave the band permanently!

There is no bad blood between us, as we still are best of friends, and will continue being friends. This is a decision he made completely by himself.

Janto has been, and still is, a brilliant musician, bass player and composer,  both musically and lyrically! It has been 22 years of great times, many, many inspirations in many ways. We salute you our brother in arms! More than two decades of dedication in The Horde of HADES is something to be proud of, and we salute the raven of war and crimes in music and friendship! HAIL!

We  will continue working on the new album as planned and it is due to be finished in 2015.  The EP, which was due to be released at the end of 2014 will suffer some delay because of this matter, but nothing significant!

All shows are hereby cancelled, but we will of course return as soon as we have the opportunity!

This means that HADES ALMIGHTY is entering a new era, starting from this day forward! We would like to reach out to our followers, FANS, promoters, record label, booking agencies, and crew, for a  little understanding that our already booked shows, and future plans, will be delayed! We are honestly sorry for that, and we are already in the process of finding a replacement for Janto, but that alone is a long process, and surely not an easy one!!

Best regards from HADES ALMIGHTY

Jørn & Remi”

Regarding his reasons for departure Janto had this to say:

“It has not been an easy decision, but it has been made.

22 years have passed and it has been a bumpy ride,  but… a great one.  I would like to thank all our fans and supporters throughout the years. You have been loyal and fantastic.

I would also like to thank Jørn and Remi for all the good times in the rehearsal  studio, on the road and on stage.  I wish you all the best in your future work with HADES.

You are my best friends.  My band days are over but our brotherhood remains !

Best wishes:
Janto

More information about HADES ALMIGHTY can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HADESHORDEN

The official video for the track “Submission Equals Suicide” from HADES ALMIGHTY’s album “The Pulse of Decay” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/QOeTGUwcz98

 

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HADESHORDEN
Website:  http://www.hades-almighty.com/
Dark Essence contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords