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

 

 

 

With “Carrion Skies”, their fourth-full length album ready to hit the streets on the 22nd November, Progressive Post-Black Metallers FEN have released a video for a track taken from the album.  Made by bassist Grungyn to evoke the supernatural atmosphere of the track, the video for ” Menhir – Supplicant”, the fifth track on the six-track album, can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/MqDGA1DqF0U

 

“Carrion Skies” will be released on Code 666, a sub-label of the Aural Music Group, in four different versions,  including a standard jewel box CD, a DLP Gatefold color vinyl which includes one bonus track and is limited to 500 copies, and two different limited edition wooden boxed sets, one of which is limited to only five copies.  Details for the two boxed editions as follows:

The Maniac Collector edition,  strictly limited to 5 hand-numbered copies comes in an 18 x 18 x 4 cm handcrafted black wood box which will have the purchasers name engraved on it and contain the following:

  • “Carrion Skies” jewel box CD  in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • A second bonus CD featuring 38 minutes of music comprising 2 exclusive tracks and one rare song
  • The band’s debut album “The Malediction Fields” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • Their second album “Epoch” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • Their third album “Dustwalker” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • A custom-made black pillar Candle (18cm height, 9cm diameter) with Fen’s logo in Silver and numbered from 1 to 5
  • The Carrion Skies Card signed by the band
  • A Certificate of Authenticity
  • A special 30% discount voucher for your next Aural webstore order.

Maniac Collector Black Box Edition

The Brown Box Collector edition which comes in an 18 x 18 x 6 cm handcrafted brown wood box and is limited to 200 hand-numbered copies.  The box contains the following:

  • “Carrion Skies” jewel box CD wrapped in a wax sealed parchment envelope
  • A second bonus CD featuring 38 minutes of music comprising 2 exclusive tracks and one rare song
  • The “Carrion Skies” Card signed by the Band
  • A Certificate of Authenticity
  • A special 20% discount voucher for your next Aural webstore order

Brown Box Collector Edition

All versions can be pre-ordered from 18:00 CET on Saturday 11th October at www.auralwebstore.com

Track listing for “Carrion Skies” as follows:

1 Our Names Written in Embers part 1 (Beacons of War)
2 Our Names Written in Embers Part 2 (Beacons of Sorrow)
3 The Dying Stars
4 Sentinels
5 Menhir – Supplicant
6 Gathering the Stones
7 Coffin Soil (exclusive bonus track DLP and Wood Box
8  Trilithon (exclusive bonus track Wood Box)
9 Twilight Descends (rare bonus track Wood Box)

Double Gatefold Vinyl

Known for their atmospheric sound, FEN was formed  in 2006, and today’s lineup is comprised of The Watcher  on guitars and vocals, Grungyn on bass and vocals, and Derwydd on drums.  As The Watcher recently explained, “Carrion Skies” takes up where its predecessor “Dustwalker” left off and builds on what is a very strong foundation :  ” This record takes the approach we started on ‘Dustwalker’ and builds on it further, whilst simultaneously acknowledging the more obscure-sounding roots of our debut.  Bleaker, harder, yet at the same time more ambient, this record moves us further away from the accepted tropes of what ‘post’ black metal should sound like in 2014″

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

Fan-filmed footage of FEN performing “Of Wilderness and Ruin” from their 2011 album “Epoch” at 2014’s Black Arts Ceremony in Lyon, France can be seen below and  at youtube=http://youtu.be/-qgb9NrB9rU

 

Jewel Case CD

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  www.fenband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fenofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fenband
Webshop: http://fenmerchandise.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact & Booking: fenbanduk@gmail.com
Management & Booking: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Aural Music/Code666: http://www.auralmusic.com
Promos: promotion@auralmusic.com

 

 

 

“City of the Sun”, the debut full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE is now also available on vinyl courtesy of Karisma Records, who also released the album in CD format earlier this month.   Recorded and produced at the Solslottet and Duper Studio by Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands such as ENSLAVED and KRAKOW, “City of the Sun” has been earning this young band much critical acclaim.

Track listing for “City Of The Sun” as follows:

1. Oh, My Gravity!
2. Windshears
3. Eschaton Horo
4. Extraction
5. God Left Us for a Black-Dressed Woman

The album itself is clearly rooted in early Classic Progressive Rock, but its five musically complex tracks reflect the variety of musical disciplines and influences the band’s six musicians bring to the mix, giving each track a distinct identity of its own.   Classical orchestra and big band, metal and jazz, rock and electronica all blend together to give SEVEN IMPALE a sound that lifts the band up from the mundane and formulaic that all too often pervades the genre today.

Formed in Bergen, Norway, in 2010,  SEVEN IMPALE’s lineup consists of  Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards.  More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

Both the vinyl and CD versions of “City of the Sun” are available from Karisma Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/

Fan-filmed footage of SEVEN IMPALE’s appearance at this year’s Inferno Festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/zuc667tB3U4

 

Tracks from Karisma Records releases, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sevenimpale
NRK: http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/SevenImpale/default.aspx
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Seven Impale Vinyl: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/seven-impale-city-of-the-sun-vinyl
Karisma Records SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records