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It has been several months since one of Norway’s iconic Black Metal bands RAGNAROK announced the departure of vocalist Hans Fyrste, and since then there has been much speculation as to who will replace him, with several high profile names being thrown into the mix by fans.  But until now the band has kept quiet about their choice, whilst at the same time rehearsing the new lineup behind closed doors.  And now that the announcement can be made, there is no doubt at all that it will surprise most fans – because the new vocalist will be drummer and RAGNAROK founder Jontho himself, and  his place behind the drum kit on stage will be taken by DAUDEN drummer Malignant.

It might seem strange that Jontho, who is one of the most well known and respected drummers on the Black Metal scene, and who has played in various bands such as TSJUDER , ENDEZZMA  and SHADOW  DANCERS during his long and formidable career, should decide on a change of direction, especially with a band that he founded 20 years ago, but, as he explains, he is not entirely abandoning his drums:

“When Hans Fyrste left  I sat down together with bass player DezeptiCunt and guitarist Bolverk, and we knew that finding the right person who would fit RAGNAROK’s ethos both in terms of performance and live appearances was not going to be easy.  On top of which we had to begin work on our eighth full-length album,  and we didn’t want to have to rush into anything we might later come to regret, so we took the decision that I would continue to handle the drums in the studio, as well as taking on the vocals both in the studio and on stage, and that Malignant would drum for us live on stage.

Although I’m known as a drummer, I’m not a stranger to performing vocals, having done backing vocals on some of RAGNAROK’s albums.  It would be fair to say that am tired of front men who do not give their  all and quit the band, so,  since I am the most stable member and the de facto front man from the beginning,  even though I played the drums, I will now front the band as I should have years ago.

Of course, doing vocals live in front of an audience is definitely a challenge, but one that I was interested in trying after all these years behind the drum kit.  Will I continue as RAGNAROK’s vocalist after the release of the next album?  That remains to be seen, but for the time being it’s something I’m looking forward to”.

Jontho’s first appearance on stage as vocalist with RAGNAROK will take place on the 4th of October at the Stadthalle in Schweinfurt, Germany,  when the band is set to appear at Norwegian Hellcamp, the new festival which, as its name suggests, is devoted entirely to Norwegian Black and Extreme Metal.  Along with RAGNAROK in the lineup are TAAKE, SLAGMAUR, VULTURE INDUSTRIES, ENDEZZMA, SARKOM, DEN SAAKALDTE and AURA NOIR.   More information about Norwegian Hellcamp can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Norwegian-Hellcamp/383214265130545

Aside from working on their next album, RAGNAROK are also currently in the middle of planning some South American dates later this year.  More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s  Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial

 

The official video for the title track from RAGNAROK’s seventh full-length album “Collectors of the King” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdRPw1tPl5E

 

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
 Booking: info@theflamingarts.eu
Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com

 

Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK have announced an amicable parting of the ways with their frontman Hans Fyrste.  Fyrste, who has been with the band since 2005 and performed vocals on two of their seven full length albums – 2010’s “Collectors of the King” and the latest release “Malediction” – is cutting back on his musical activities due to other personal and job-related commitments, which had already affected his ability to tour with RAGNAROK at the end of last year.  His last live appearance with the band was at this year’s Blastfest festival in February.

In a statement the frontman explained his decision: “The decision to leave RAGNAROK, has been an extremely hard one to make.  Jontho and Brigge brought me in to the horde in 2005, and this still stands as my biggest achievement as a musician.  Personal circumstances have made it so that I will not be able to dedicate myself to RAGNAROK, as much as it requires.  It is with a heavy heart  that we have come  to an agreement, and I am pulling out of the band.

“All words fall short compared to how grateful I am for have taken part in this journey.Over the years we have experienced so many great achievements, and I would never have been without any of them. Being able to tour around the world, from Siberia to Rio de Janeiro, with supporting, passionate and faithful friends and fans in every city, has been a humbling experience. Every step of the way has also brought with it impressions, educating me to be a stronger person. Also learning so many new things, evolving to be the vocalist and human being I am today.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has  made this journey possible. Without all my great friends and fans out there, nothing of this could have ever happened. Thank you!  And finally, of course, thank you Jontho, DezeptiCunt and Bolverk. Thank you for all the great times on and off the stage. Thank you for everything we have gone through together. Thank you for the brotherhood and support!  I leave RAGNAROK as a humble man, and wish my brothers all the best in the future.

Hans Fyrste…. “

Founder and drummer Jontho had this to say about Fyrste’s departure  “After 20 years you come to expect these things as an inevitable part of being in a band.  Sooner  or later there comes a time when all musicians must take a hard look at their lives and take decisions based on family and work commitments.   Hans Fyrste felt that he could not give the amount of dedication that RAGNAROK asks of its members, and that it would be fairer all round to call it a day, and that is very much to his credit.  He has been a real asset to the band. We have watched him grow over the years to become a great frontman and we wish him all the best for the future”.

Formed in 1994, and celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, RAGNAROK are unfazed by the departure of their frontman and  have begun work on what will be their eighth full-length album.  The band played their first North American show in November last year, and are scheduled to headline at the Sick Midsummer Festival in Austria in July.   They  have not yet disclosed who will replace Hans Fyrste in the lineup, which, aside from Jontho on drums, includes DezeptiCunt on Bass and Bolverk on guitars.  “Let’s just say that we are looking at various options, some of which might come as a bit of a surprise to RAGNAROK fans, but we’re not prepared to say more at this time”, commented Jontho.

More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s website at http://www.ragnarokhorde.com/

The official video for the title track from “Collectors of the King” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdRPw1tPl5E

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
 Booking: info@theflamingarts.eu
Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com

 

Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK will hit the road in Europe next month when they embark on a European tour supporting US Death Metal legends INCANTATION.  Both bands are veterans of the metal scene and will be touring with their latest albums – RAGNAROK with their seventh-full length “Malediction”, released on Agonia Records, and INCANTATION with their ninth full-length “Vanquish in Vengeance” which came out on Listenable Records.  Billed as the Crusade of Vengeance Tour, routing for the sixteen-date tour is as follows:

08.11 – Aalborg Metal Fest, Aalborg, Denmark
09.11 – Turock, Essen, Germany
10.11 – Steinbruch Theatre, Darmstadt , Germany
11.11 – Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
12.11 – Klub Mir, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
13.11 – to be announced
14.11 – Gladhouse, Cottbus, Germany
15.11 – Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany
16.11 – U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
17.11 – K17, Berlin, Germany
18.11 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
19.11 – to be announced
20.11 – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
21.11 – Secret Place, Montpellier, France
22.11 – Cycle, Calenzano/Florence, Italy
23.11 – Colony, Brescia, Italy

With the band’s Twentieth Anniversary coming up next year, RAGNAROK was formed in 1994 by drummer Jontho and then-bassist Jerv.  The band’s current lineup includes Jontho on drums, Hans Fyrst on vocals, DezeptiCunt on Bass and Bolverk on guitars.  For this tour however, vocal duties will be taken on by NATTSOL frontman Venomenon, filling in for Hans Fyrst who has unavoidable commitments outside of music during this time.

More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s website at http://www.ragnarokhorde.com

The official video for the title track of RAGNAROK’s “Collectors of the King” album can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/IdRPw1tPl5E

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com

With the release of their seventh full-length album  “Malediction” imminent, Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK have inked a deal with the UK-based MYTHOLOGY AGENCY to handle all the band’s European booking.  “Mythology is very excited about joining forces with a Norwegian Black Metal band of the standing and reputation of RAGNAROK” commended Mythologies’ Jake Gill who will be overseeing the bookings, “I have myself been a fan of the band for longer than I can remember, so it’s a double pleasure for me to be working with these guys”.

RAGNAROK founder and drummer Jontho had this to say about the collaboration “When we set about planning RAGNAROK’s future several months ago, one of the big priorities for us was to set up a solid team to work alongside the band.  An unholy trinity if you like who understood what RAGNAROK was all about, and would be willing to put as much of themselves into the band as we do ourselves.  Mythology has some extraordinary bands on their roster, and they have an in-depth understanding of the genre and with them alongside our Manager Patricia Thomas, and our label Agonia Records, the final piece is now in place, and we are ready to take RAGNAROK all the way.”

Details of “Malediction”, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by MARDUK’S Devo at his Endarker Studios in Sweden, and produced by RAGNAROK and Devo, were revealed recently.  The album will appear in three formats – Jewel Case CD, Digital Download and Limited Edition Vinyl which will come with an exclusive bonus track, with the first 100 copies available on brown vinyl and hand numbered.  “Malediction is set for release on the 30th October in Europe and the 6th November in North America.  “Blood of Saints” a track from “Malediction” was debuted earlier this week by Agonia Records, and can now be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial/ragnarok-blood-of-saints

Later this year, RAGNAROK will play their first show in North America, when they headline the three day Messe des Mortes Festival in Montreal, Canada, on the 24th November.  Commented Jontho: “It’s tremendously exciting to be able to play in North America after all these years, and we hope that this will be the first of many visits. We are also aiming to return to South America, where we have always received such a tremendous welcome from the fans”.  RAGNAROK will also appear at the Metal Legacy Festival in Stromstad, Sweden on the 27th October, whilst Kings of Black Metal in Germany is the first show to have been announced in 2013, with more festival appearances and promotional tours planned.  More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s website at http://www.ragnarokhorde.com/

RAGNAROK’s “Collectors of the King” video can be seen below and on the bands YouTube channel at at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdRPw1tPl5E

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
European Booking: jake@mythology-live.com Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com

 

Details of the latest release from Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK have been revealed today.  Titled “Malediction”, the album, which  was recorded, mixed and mastered by Devo (MARDUK) at his Endarker Studios in Sweden and produced by RAGNAROK and Devo, will be the band’s seventh full-length and it is set for release on Agonia Records on the 30th October in Europe and the 6th November in North America.  “Malediction” will be available in three formats – Jewel Case CD, Digital Download and Limited Edition Vinyl which will come with an exclusive bonus track, with the first 100 copies available on brown vinyl and hand numbered.  Artwork for “Malediction” is by Perversor and All band photos shot and edited by Jon Løvstad.

Track listing for “Malediction” as follows:
1. Blood of Saints
2. Demon in My View
3. Necromantic Summoning Ritual
4. Divide et Impera
5. (Dolce et Decorum Est) Pro Patria Mori
6. Dystocratic
7. Iron Cross – Posthumous
8. The Elevenfold Seal
9. Fade Into Obscurity
10. Sword of Damocles
11. Retribution (exclusive vinyl bonus track)

Formed in 1994 by drummer Jontho and then-bassist Jerv, RAGNAROK’s current lineup includes Jontho on drums, Hans Fyrst on vocals, DezeptiCunt on Bass and Bolverk on guitars.  RAGNAROK will make their first live appearance in North America when they headline the Messe des Mortes Festival in Montreal, Canada, on the 24th November.  Next European appearance will be at the Metal Legacy festival in Stromstad, Sweden, on the 27th October. More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s website at http://www.ragnarokhorde.com

RAGNAROK’s “Collectors of the King” video can be seen below:

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com

Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK have released a new video for the title track from their last album “Collectors of the King”.  The video is produced by William Brovold, directed by Stefan E Pedersen and the cinematography is by Lasse Roed. Drummer and RAGNAROK founder Jontho had this to say about the video: “It’s the first official video we’ve done for the band, and for a band that’s been around as long as we have, you could say it’s been a long time in coming.  It’s a very dark piece in every sense of the word and perfectly conveys the atmosphere and subject matter of the track itself.  We’re very pleased with the result, and now we’ve got a taste for it, it certainly won’t be the last video we make and you can rest assured that the new album will provide plenty of material for the next one.  The “Collectors of the King” video can be seen below or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRzjdYqRzKY

 

Formed in 1994 by drummer Jontho and then-bassist Jerv, RAGNAROK’s current lineup includes Jontho on drums, Hans Fyrst on vocals, DezeptiCunt on Bass and Bolverk on guitars.  The band recently inked a deal with Agonia Records and entered the Endarker Studios in Sweden on the 24th June to record what will be their seventh full-length album.  At the production helm is studio owner and MARDUK bassist Devo. So far all the drum and guitar tracks have been recorded for the as yet untitled album which is due for release later this year.

The band’s next live appearance will be in August at this year’s Pary.San Open Air Festival in Schlotheim, Germany.  More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s website at  http://www.ragnarokhorde.com

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com

Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK have inked a deal with Agonia Records and are set to enter the Endarker Studios on the 24th June to record what will be their seventh full-length album.  At the production helm will be studio owner and MARDUK bassist Devo.  The as yet untitled album is due for release later this year.

Commenting on the decision to sign with Agonia, founder and drummer Jontho had this to say:  “Everyone in Ragnarok is delighted to be signing with Agonia Records. It’s been a long haul to find the right label, with a lot of offers to sift through, but what impressed us about Agonia was the immediate reply to any of our questions together with a willingness to work with the band as a team, and, most importantly, they recognise the wisdom of allowing Ragnarok the freedom to be themselves”.

More information about Ragnarok can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial or on the website at http://www.ragnarokhorde.com

The following video is a fan-made tribute to RAGNAROK, in which they perform the title track from the 2010 album “Collectors of the King”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com