With the band’s debut live appearance coming up at Blastfest in February, it was announced today that Tybalt (FORTID, ETHEREAL FOREST, DEN SAAKALDTE,  ex- HEATHEN DEITY, ex-PANTHEON I) will be joining THE 3rd ATTEMPT on drums.  Tybalt originally came on board as a session drummer for the Blastfest appearance, but after taking part in rehearsals, it was decided that he would join the band on a full-time basis.

Formed last year by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, APOSTASY, ex NEONGOD), THE 3rd ATTEMPT also recently announced their new frontman, former MIDNATTSVREDE  and NECROCAVE vocalist Kaahrl Ødemark, who was selected following online auditions that drew in submissions from applicants from all over the world.

The decision by the two guitarists to leave CARPATHIAN FOREST  came as a shock to many fans, who had seen the recent re-emergence one of Black Metal’s most iconic bands on the live circuit as a sign of things to come.  But, as Tchort recently explained,  the desire of the two musicians to explore new horizons and work within an environment that re-ignited the creativity and enthusiasm that they no longer felt within the confines of their former band, made it clear to them that it would be better for everyone, including CARPATHIAN FOREST who would benefit from an injection of new blood,  if they were to forge a new path for themselves.

The band’s  appearance at Blastfest, in Bergen,  Norway, will take place on the 18th February on  board the boat “Showline” which will take fans on a 5 hour cruise of Bergen’s spectacular fjord,  and which kicks off the 4 day festival.

Currently mulling over several approaches from record labels,  THE 3rd ATTEMPT recently debuted a demo track “The Beast Within”, which also features CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn on bass and Anders Kobro on drums. “The Beast Within” can be heard below and on THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s SoundCloud page at   https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt/the-3rd-attempt-the-beast-within-demo-track


More information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

Photo by Paul Berhard


Dark Essence Records have today debuted “luminauts”, the opening track from “amaran”, the third full-length album from Norwegian Experimental Post Metallers KRAKOW, which is due to hit the streets on both CD,  12″ vinyl and digital formats on the 9th of February.   “luminauts”, together with  the recently debuted track “atom” from “amaran”, can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/krakow-two-tracks-from-the-new

With Thomas Hooper, one of America’s foremost tattoo artist, well known also for his paintings and designs, once again creating the artwork,  “amaran” is an album that sees KRAKOW exploring both the calmer side of their sound, as well as the more experimental, drone side.  Working with producer Iver Sandøy at Solslottet at the Duper Studio, KRAKOW have produced an album that is at times filled with dream-like soundscapes and at times with a harsh, sinister atmosphere.   Both Hooper and Sandøy also  worked with KRAKOW on their  2012 sophomore full-length album, the critically acclaimed “diin”.

Track listing for the seven-track “amaran” is as follows.

1. luminauts
2. atom
3. genesis
4. vitriol
5. pendulum
6. of earth
7. ten silent circles

KRAKOW was formed in Bergen, Norway in the fall of of 2005, and today’s  lineup consists of highly skilled and experienced musicians with Kjartan Grønhaug on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, VITHR) on vocals and bass,  and Ask Ty Arctander (KAMPFAR) on drums.   In comment made during the recording of “amaran”  KRAKOW had this to say:  ” The approach this time was in some ways different than during the “diin” sessions. We still record everything live as a band, but we wanted a bit more definition, less distortion, cleaner drums, more focus on the songs and melodies that lived within the compositions. The music is still dark, melodic and mysterious, but this time with a different angle”.

“amaran” is now available to pre-order from Dark Essence Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/

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

Photo by Paul Berhard

Six tracks from KRAKOW can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/krakow_band


Fan-filmed footage of KRAKOW performing the track “Termination of Origin” from the “Diin” album can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/Ku9B1bWCWjc


The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be heard below and  at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com
Dark Essence contact: 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


Sweden’s VANHELGA, a band known for their uncompromising and disturbing take on DSBM,  have announced the details of an upcoming four-way split with OFDRYKKJA, PSYCHONAUT 4 and IN LUNA.  VANHELGA will contribute two new tracks and a LIFELOVER cover to the ten-track album, which will be called “Urban Negativism” and will be released in digipack format jointly by Art of Propaganda and Talheim Records.  Due to hit the streets on the 6th of April,  it is anticipated that a vinyl version will appear later in the year.

Artwork for  “Urban Negativism” is by VANHELGA’s founder J. Ottosson, aka 145188. Track listing  as follows:

1. Into the streams of The black river
2. Mod
3. Depraverad  avsky
4. Through My Veins
5. Resignation (LIFELOVER cover)
6. Not  a love song
7. I measure time in millilitres
8. In good movies hero  always dies
9. Androids’ purgatory
10. Those days that won’t return

VANHELGA has debuted the track “Through My Veins ” via the band’s YouTube channel and it can be heard below and at http://youtu.be/rSmgtafZxAo


Currently working on their next full-length album, VANHELGA have been confirmed to appear at the Turku Saatanalle III Festival in Turku, Finland, on the 21 February, and at Kings of Black Metal Festival in Alsfeld, Germany, on the 25th April

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

The official video for the track ” Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig “, from VANHELGA’s 2014 full-length album  ” Längtan “,  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/N1fiCNTUi3I


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/vanhelgaofficial
Bandcamp:   http://www.vanhelga.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/ucsk8dy_sxnodilbohh9xmng
Store:  http://vanhelga.bigcartel.com/
Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/vanhelga
Myspace:  https://myspace.com/vanhelga218
Band Contact & Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com or 145188@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Art  of Propaganda: http://www.art-of-propaganda.de/
Info and Promo:  info@art-of-propaganda.de
Carnal Records: www.carnalrecords.com
Info and Ordering:  carnalrecords@Hotmail.com


With the release of their ninth full-length album set for the 20th April on Season of Mist, Sweden’s SHINING have come to an agreement with another French label, Never Dead Productions, to release five of the band’s full-length albums  on pro tapes.  Each album will be strictly limited to 100 copies and will include pins, patches or stickers, depending on the individual titles.

The SHINING albums that will be released on tape include the upcoming “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” and are as follows:

I Within Deep Dark Chambers
II Livets Ändhållplats
V Halmstad
VI Klagopsalmer
IX Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends

Never Dead Productions will issue updates on the progress of the releases at www.customcore.com and once ready for pre-ordering the tapes will also be available from the Shining Legions webshop at http://www.shininglegions.com

In preparation for the release of “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”  long-time SHINING collaborator Martin Strandberg  is directing a video for a track from “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”.  Strandberg,  is  responsible for the videos for “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” and “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” from  the band’s seventh full length album “VII / Född Förlorare” and is also working on a documentary about the band.   Photos from the video shoot can be found at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

The band’s website was recently completely re-designed by Japan’s Ogino Design  (http://oginodesign.com/) and the re-launched website can be seen at  www.shiningasylum.com

Having just returned from a Japanese tour, SHINING will embark on a series of dates in support of “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”.  Confirmed appearances so far include:

02 April, Messe des Morts Festival, Montreal, Canada
30 April, SWR Barroselas Festival, Barroselas, Portugal
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

As well as on the website, more information about SHINING can be found at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining


Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com


With a release date set for the 13th February, Avandgarde Music has debuted “Lupercale”  a  track from “Clangores Plenilunio”, the debut five-track EP from Black-Folk Metallers SELVANS.   Fans of the band will be somewhat familiar with the track, as a digital single edit was released a few months ago, but now the track is finally available in its entirety and running for over 9 minutes.  The track can be heard above and at https://avantgardemusic.bandcamp.com/album/clangores-plenilunio where the EP, in digipack and digital versions, as well as a special bundle that includes a T shirt and poster of the band’s much lauded artwork, can be pre-ordered.

Track listing for “Clangores Plenilunio”, which includes cover of “… In the Woods” from the “Heart of Ages” album by Norway’s IN THE WOODS as follows:

1. Clangores Plenilunio
3. Prologue
4. … In the Woods (In the Woods cover)
5. Epilogue

Formed  following the demise of DRAUGR, who called it quits last year after 10 years as one of the top Black-Folk Metal bands on the Italian scene, SELVANS sets out to  recreate the mysticism and the folklore of the different ethnic  cultures that inhabited Italy throughout the ages.  To do this the band uses not only its music and lyrics, but also its aesthetics, and, in fact, the release date of  “Clangores Plenilunio” was specifically chosen as the 13th February is the date on which the the ancient Lupercalis Festival began.   The  lineup on “Clangores Plenilunio” includes Selvans Haruspex (Ursus Arctos of DRAUGR)  on vocals,  keyboards and traditional instruments , Sethlans Fulguriator (Mors of DRAUGR) on guitar, and DRAUGR co-founders Stolas on bass and the late Jonny Morelli on drums and vocals.  It is very much a bittersweet release for the band, who want it to be a tribute to Morelli, who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident shortly after finishing recording the drums and part of the vocals.

As Selvans Haruspex recently explained, he and Morelli handled the vocals between them, with Haruspex finishing what Morelli was sadly unable to.  “Jonny and I worked closely together  when it came to deciding on the lyrical theme for the song, and we did a lot of research on the Sibyl’s Cave, which, legend has it, is located in the Marche region of central Italy.  The fascination of this place, and the legends associated with it,  was a great inspiration to us and we had planned to use the folklore surrounding it in several SELVANS pieces in the future.   Although Jonny died before he could finish parts of the text, I completed them,  and whilst  “Clangores Plenilunio” is the first piece that features the Appennine Sybil, it definitely won’t be the last”.  A video teaser for the title track can be seen below and at  http://youtu.be/rZwpCXkO_fI


SELVANS will be playing a series of shows in support of “Clangores Plenilunio”, the first two having already been confirmed as follows:

07 March, Romaobscura III Festival, Traffic Live Club, Rome, Italy
27 March, Ride ‘n’ Roll, Chieti, Italy

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

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
Avantgarde Music
Website: http://www.avantgardemusic.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/avantgardemusiclabel
Contact: info@avantgardemusic.com

Copyright & All Rights Reserved Martin Strandberg


The release date of SHINING’s ninth full-length album, which will be titled “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” and will appear on Season of Mist,  has been set for the 20th April.

Commenting on the album, SHINING’s founder and frontman NIKLAS KVARFORTH had this to say: “For once I am extremely pleased with how the album turned out and I believe that the fevered presence of filth and uncompromising darkness is more prominent than ever before.  Not only will our more recent fan-base “enjoy” the oppression contained therein but I am also certain that those who stopped listening to SHINING after our fifth album will find the new one plague-ridden with what some might have felt was lacking on the more recent efforts… that atmosphere of old”.

SHINING  has also re-launched their website which  has undergone a complete makeover  by  the Japanese design company Ogino Design (http://oginodesign.com/ ) who will also be responsible for keeping the site regularly updated with news, live listings etc. , under supervision from the band.  The re-launched website can be found at  www.shiningasylum.com

Kvarforth recently announced that long-time SHINING collaborator Martin Strandberg, who was responsible for the videos for “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” and “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” from  the band’s seventh full length album “VII / Född Förlorare”, and who is currently working on a documentary about the band, is directing a video for a track from “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”.  Photos from the video shoot can be found at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING will embark on a series of Japanese dates in January, and will head for Canada in April to appear at the Messe des Morts Festival in Montreal, as well as making a series of festival appearances.  All dates so far confirmed can be seen at, where those currently being discussed will be added on a regular basis

As well as on the website, more information about SHINING can be found at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

© and All Rights Reserved Assi Viljanen

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw  or embedded using the following code:


Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com


With six full-length albums under their belts, Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS have decided that their next release will be an EP, echoing their very first release back in 1996, but demonstrating how very far the band has come since then.  The four-track EP, titled “Evil Messiah”,  will be released in both in Digipack CD and 12″ vinyl formats on My Kingdom music on the 23rd February. One of the tracks  is a cover version of Alice Cooper’s “Sick Things”,  the perfect choice for a band who excel at creating an evil, malignant,  atmosphere.    Artwork for the album is by Morten Hansen.

Track listing for “Evil Messiah” as follows:

1. Evil Messiah
2. Armageddon
3. Abandoned by God
4. Sick Things (Alice Cooper cover)

“Evil Messiah” will also be the first time that CREST OF DARKNESS’ new lineup records together, with former PALE FOREST drummer Bernhard joining the lineup of founder, frontman and bassist Ingar Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) and guitarist Rebo.  Guesting on the “Evil Messiah”  is Kristian Wentzel  on keyboards.  The EP was mixed and partly recorded at the MLP Studios and partly in Rebo’s own studio  studio in Gjøvik .

CREST OF DARKNESS are set to play three Norwegian dates in February, the first being on the 13th at the Felix Pub and Scene in Lillehammer. On  the 14th the band will play two shows at the Kultursenter in Gjøvik, where the early show, starting at 18:00, will be open to all ages, something that is quite rare in Norway, a country with strict age restrictions at its venues.  This will then be followed by a show for audiences aged 18 and upwards at 21:00.

CREST OF DARKNESS will also make their first ever UK appearance at the Black Hart in Camden, London, on the 7th March,  on a bill that includes ACHERONTAS, THAW, MORD’A’STIGMATA and TOWERS OF FLESH

A rehearsal video featuring snippets of the material from “Evil Messiah” was recently released on the band’s YouTube channel and can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ


More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

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 http://youtu.be/3-sNJCviSGY


Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com