After keeping fans waiting for four years, Norwegian Black Folk Metallers COR SCORPII have set the date of the 17th July on which to begin recording their sophomore full-length album.  As with their previous release “Monument” the album will be recorded and mixed by Børge Finstad at his Toproom Studio (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, TRISTANIA, ARCTURUS etc).

So far the band have released very little information about the album, which has a working title of “Ruin”, other than to say that they expect to have it finished by the autumn of this year and that it will be released on Dark Essence Records.  They have, however, posted a pre-production teaser of what will eventually turn into a 9 -10 minute epic track, as an indication on what fans can expect.  The teaser can be heard below and on the band’s official YouTube channel at


COR SCORPII was formed in 2004 by WINDIR/ULCUS keyboard player Gaute Refsnes following the tragic death of WINDIR’s Terje “Valfar” Bakken.  With a lineup that includes Thomas Øvstedal on vocals, Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Erlend Nybøon lead guitars, Rune Sjøthun on rhythm guitars, Inge Jonny Lomheim on bass and Ole “Vargon” Nordsve on drums, COR SCORPII’s music blends melody with aggression, and black metal vocals with strong folk metal feel that has made the Bergen band so popular with fans of the extreme genres.

It has just been confirmed that COR SCORPII will be joining DARK ESSENCE RECORDS label-mates TAAKE at next year’s Karmøygeddon Metal Festival, and more  information about COR SCORPII can be found on the band’s Facebook page at

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Having just returned from a European tour, Norwegian Avant-Gardists VULTURE INDUSTRIES have announced various festival appearances throughout the summer, as well as a series of dates in their home country, which are set to take place during September and November.   Joining VULTURE INDUSTRIES for the September shows will be DORDEDUH, whilst Dark Essence Records bands ALFAHANNE and SLEGEST will support on some of the dates.  Upcoming  VULTURE INDUSTRIES shows that have been so far confirmed this year as follows:

22 June:  Kilkim Zaibu XV Festival , Varnai, Lithuania
19 July: Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
21 July: Turning Golem with the Happy Gorilla Dance Company, Metal Days, Tolmin, Slovenia
11 Sept: Hulen, Bergen, Norway (with DORDEDUH)
12 Sept: John Dee, Oslo, Norway (with DORDEDUH and ALFAHANNE)
13 Sept:  Southern Discomfort, Kristiansand, Norway (with DORDEDUH)
04 Oct:  Norwegian Hellcamp, Schweinfurt, Germany
05 Oct:  Prog Power Europe, Baarlo, Netherlands
07 Nov:  Tribute, Sandnes, Norway
08 Nov:  Bestastua, Haugesund, Norway (with SLEGEST and INCULTER)

Formed 10 years ago and with three critically acclaimed full-length albums and a substantial experience in front of live audiences,  VULTURE INDUSTRIES  have gained a reputation as phenomenal crowd-pleasers thanks in part to their very obvious skills as musicians, and in part to the  antics of charismatic frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen.  Nilsen is himself one of Norway’s leading record producers and joint owner of the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, along with ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal.

Not content with just limiting themselves to just performing as a band, VULTURE INDUSTRIES have been collaborating extensively  with the HAPPY GORILLA DANCE COMPANY to bring the “Turning Golem” project to life.  Part concert rooted in in the heavier segment of experimental/progressive metal and part theatre performance “Turning Golem” has been thrilling audiences throughout Europe for the past couple of years, and will be performed for the last time at this year’s Metal Days Festival.

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The official video for the track “Lost Among Liars” from VULTURE INDUSTRIES “The Tower”, which was made together with Romanian multimedia artist Costin Chioreanu, and which was featured at Norway’s Kort and Kortkino Film Festival,can be seen below and at


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The following statement in both Italian and English was issued today by DRAUGR’s management  Patricia Thomas, following the death  of drummer JONNY MORELLI:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have to make the kind of announcement that every band manager hopes they will never have to make:

Jonny Morelli, drummer and founder member of Italian Pagan Metallers DRAUGR, lost his life at age 30 following a road accident in his home town of Pescara last night.

Jonny was not just a very talented musician who, in addition to his work with DRAUGR, which ended after ten years with the dissolution of the band in 2013, had, over the years, worked as a drummer both in the studio and on stage for many Italian bands, both metal and non-metal.  He was also a tattoo artist and writer.

Over the past year Jonny, along with three other former members of DRAUGR, was working on a new musical project, due to launch in 2014, that would see him take care of vocals and lyrics, as well as the drums.   An official statement regarding the project will follow soon.

My  personal condolences go to Jonny’s family, friends, and musicians who have played with him over the years.  And of course to all the fans who have followed his work, both as a musician, tattoo artist and writer.

RIP Jonny”

Comunicato bilingue della manager dei DRAUGR, Patricia Thomas riguardo la morte del batterista JONNY MORELLI:

“Con un peso al cuore, pubblico oggi un annuncio che ogni manager spererebbe di non dover mai fare.

Jonny Morelli, batterista e membro fondatore dei Draugr, ha perso la vita a 30 anni in seguito ad un incidente stradale avvenuto ieri sera a Pescara.

Musicista, tattoo artist e writer, oltre alla sua attività con i Draugr, terminata nel 2013 con lo scioglimento della band, comparì negli anni su lavori in studio e come batterista live di numerosi gruppi italiani, metal e non.

Nell’ultimo anno Jonny, insieme ad altri tre ex membri dei Draugr, era al lavoro su un nuovo progetto musicale, in uscita nel 2014, che lo avrebbe visto occuparsi delle voci e dei testi, oltre che delle parti di batteria. Presto seguirà uno statement ufficiale.

Le mie condoglianze personali vanno alla famiglia di Jonny, agli amici e ai musicisti che hanno suonato con lui nel corso degli anni e, naturalmente, a tutti i fans che lo hanno seguito nella la sua opera, sia come musicista, sia come tattoo artist, sia come writer.

RIP Jonny”


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UK Atmospheric Post-Black Metallers FEN have announced that work on what will be their fourth full-length album has begun and is progressing well.  As things stand, the band anticipates that it will be ready for release towards October/November of this year.  The as yet untitled album will be a follow up to 2013’s critically acclaimed “Dustwalker”, and will once again be released on Aural Music’s Code666 label.

Commenting on what fans should expect from the new album, FEN’s frontman, The Watcher, had this to say:  ‘Our new work will be darker and more intense.  Invoking a spectrum of atmospheres from the unknowable coldness of distant stars to the blood and earth that thrums beneath our feet. 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.’

Named after one of the more desolate and haunting regions of England, FEN, whose sound has been variously described as post-black metal, shoegaze and progressive, was formed in 2006 by The Watcher  on guitars and vocals and Grungyn on bass and vocals,  with the three-piece’s lineup being completed by Derwydd on drums.  It is the very fact that the band has been so difficult to pigeon hole into one genre or another, due in large part to its musicians desire and insistence on maintaining the freedom to create and develop their own sound without having to conform to any strictures, that has gained FEN a wide fan base.

FEN are set to make an exclusive Canadian appearance in July this year, when they head to Montreal for the Quinze Anees Sepulcrales Festival which takes place at the Théâtre Plaza over two days on the 11th and 12th July, and celebrates the Fifteenth Anniversary  of Sepulchral Prods.  FEN will headline Friday’s event.  Other shows so far confirmed this year include headlining slots  at The Lomax in Liverpool on the 28th June and at the Colchester Arts Centre on the 7th August, and appearances at the ArcTangent Festival in Bristol on the 30th August and the Black Arts Ceremony at CCO in Villeurbanne, France on the 4th October

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With a critically acclaimed Digital EP released by the band  last year as a taster of things to come, Karisma Records has set a release date of September 2014 for SEVEN IMPALE’s debut full-length album “City Of The Sun”.  Recorded and produced by Iver Sandøy (ENSLAVED, KRAKOW, etc.) at the Solslottet and Duper Studio,  “City Of The Sun” consists of five musically complex tracks, each distinctly different one from the other, and transcending several genres with their range and variety, but whose roots clearly lie within Classic Progressive Rock.

Formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, SEVEN IMPALE’s relatively young 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.   What sets the band apart from many of the new arrivals on the scene is the sheer diversity of musical disciplines that the members bring with them.  From classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz and rock to electronic, SEVEN IMPALE have fused all their experience and influences and created a sound that is uniquely theirs.  Their appearance over the past year at festivals as diverse as the Oslo Jazz Festival and Inferno Festival, and the positive reaction of such different audiences,  is a tribute to how successful their sound is.

Utilising elements normally found in the Metal genre “City Of The Sun” shows just how unafraid SEVEN IMPALE  are to explore much harder soundscapes than one would normally expect from  Progressive Rock, whilst the use of the saxophone, enables the band to showcase jazz elements in their music. There is no doubt at all that SEVEN IMPALE challenge the standard genre boundaries, in much the same way that Norwegian SHINING and JAGA JAZZIST have done before.

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

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Danish Black Metallers BLODARV have released a video teaser for their upcoming Limited Edition “Flamekeeper” 7″ vinyl EP, which will be released on Self Mutilation Services in two versions.  The diehard version, which will be strictly limited to 50 copies, comes in a special  Ceremonial Box  whose contents include some unique items handcrafted by founder and frontman Hugin himself during a specially held ceremony on the Island of Bornholm, whilst the regular EP will be limited to 500 copies, and will include a lyric sheet.   The “Flamekeeper” video teaser can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at


“Flamekeeper ” was originally slated to be released in the spring of this year, but has now been put back to around July.  “We never specified an exact release date, and we’re glad we didn’t, because it has given Self Mutilation Services time to source the ideal box for the diehard edition”, comments Hugin.  “We really wanted this to be something special given that it’s 20 years  since the “Misanthropia/Misanthropia” demo was first  released back in 1994 and which marked the first step planted on a journey that with time would become what BLODARV has become today. Not to mention that this will be our first BLODARV vinyl release in ten years.  We really wanted to avoid anything flimsy in cardboard and we are excited to say that the label has managed to find a strong wooden box which will be specially engraved and which will be a collectors piece that fans can enjoy for a lifetime, and something that we can be proud to put our name to. “Included in the diehard “Flamekeeper Ceremonial Box” set are the following:

  1. A carved wooden box for storing the EP and all the objects that are included.
  2. The “Flamekeeper”  7″EP in black vinyl with cover
  3. 23cm embroidered Back Patch
  4. 9 x 9 cm sticker
  5. Photo sheet
  6. Lyric sheet
  7. Necklace crafted by Hugin out of goat bones from the island of Bornholm and hand numbered on the back
  8. A Black candle from the ceremony that was held during the crafting of the necklaces
  9. Black jewellery bag for the necklace
  10. Two-sided print guitar pick with “Flamekeeper” on one side and the BLODARV Logo on the reverse

In an age where everything is mass produced by machines, it is unusual to find a band that goes to all the trouble of hand-crafting certain items, but Hugin has his reasons.  “The new tracks on “Flamekeeper” are a salute to the power of the ancient flame – the fire that feeds us and the fire that eats us.  It is about putting demons into art, protecting the old, and once again leading the listener into the dark demon-filled universe of BLODARV. But above all it is about creating great Black Metal and at the same time not just giving the fans music, but also giving them something unique and personal, much in the same way as it used to be in the early years of the Black Metal Underground. We have a strong connection to our fans and followers, that’s why I crafted fifty amulets out of the goat bones during a ceremony instead of one, and why I chose to put one in each of the limited box sets for the most diehard fans”.  A teaser video of Hugin carving the necklaces can be seen below and at


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As well as “Flamekeeper”, 2014 will all so see BLODARV releasing a new full-length album, the first to feature the band’s new drummer Fjorgynn.  BLODARV’s next live appearance will be at the Open Grave Metal Festival in Aalen, Denmark on the 6th June.   More information about BLODARV can be found on the band’s Facebook page at

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EUDAIMONY, the band formed by former DARK FORTRESS frontman Matthias Jell and Marcus E. Norman (NAGLFAR, BEWITCHED, HAVAYOTH, ANCIENT WISDOM) have announced a lineup change that sees the arrival of two new members.  Schwadorf of EMPYRIUM and THE VISION BLEAK joins on guitars, synthesizers and programming , whilst BLOODLINE’s Patrik Hellström joins on bass.  Aside from Jell on vocals and Norman on guitars, synthesizer and programming, EUDAIMONY’s lineup also includes Jörg Heemann (former SECRETS OF THE MOON) on drums and Peter Honsalek (former NACHTREICH) on viola and piano.  The arrival of Schwadorf and Hellström turns the former four-piece into a formidable six-piece.

Commenting on the decision to augment EUDAIMONY’s  lineup Jell stated: “Half a year has passed since the release of our debut full-length album “Futile”, and so far the feedback we have received on it has been overwhelming, so much so, in fact, that it has increased our belief in the project a hundredfold. Both Hellström and Schwadorf have shown a great deal of enthusiasm for what EUDAIMONY is about and what we want to achieve, and this, together with their considerable skills and their long-time experience on the music scene makes them the perfect fit for the band.   We are convinced that  the addition of  Schwadorf and Hellström as permanent, full-time members of EUDAIMONY will push our creative output to new levels”.

Schwadorf had this to say about joining EUDAIMONY: “Being a big fan of their music, I am particularly happy to become a part of EUDAIMONY, and to be able to share my musical creativity with the rest of the guys, and not just my production and mixing duties as I did on “Futile”.  I’m very much looking forward to contributing my ideas on guitar, and anything else that’s called for come to that!”

Work has already begun on the band’s second full-length album, and both new members will be fully involved in the whole process.  It is expected that the album will be ready for release in 2015, and no decision as yet has been taken as to which label will release it.

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