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Norwegian Alternative Metallers MADDER MORTEM have today not only announced the details of their upcoming seventh full-length album “Marrow”, they have also revealed a track from the album.

Titled “Moonlight Over Silver White” the track is, according to the band, “the essence of what Madder Mortem is about. The contrasts between the gentle and the brutal, the chugging grooviness of the guitars in counterpoint to the soaring arpeggios of the vocals, and the wide range of musical influences knit together in a damn strong, heavy song. The lyrics are a tale of the loneliness of a forest in winter, walking lost and small between the downy snow and the glaring stars”.

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“Moonlight Over Silver White” is also available as a single, it can be heard below and is available from

“Marrow” sees MADDER MORTEM hungrier and heavier than ever before.  The eleven-track album is complex, covering a wide variety of genres and sounds that range from moments of folk/prog to avant-garde.  From delicate ballads to harsh metal. Agnete M. Kirkevaag’s dynamic and immensely powerful vocals, are, as always, at the fore on an album that is more doomy  than its predecessor “Red in Tooth and Claw”, as well as being at times both heavier, and catchier.

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 21st September, “Marrow” is about “Sticking to the essence of yourself.  Your ideas, your thoughts, your values”.  It was produced by BP M. Kirkevaag and mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid.

With artwork by the legendary artist Thore Hansen, “Marrow” will be available in Digipak CD, Digital, and Limited Edition Green Vinyl Gatefold LP formats.

Tracklisting for “Marrow” is as follows:

02. Liberator
03. Moonlight Over Silver White
04. Until You Return
05. My Will Be Done
06. Far From Home
07. Marrow
08. White Snow, Red Shadows
09. Stumble On
10. Waiting To Fall
11. Tethered

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MADDER MORTEM also have some news that will please fans who have been clamouring to get their hands on the band’s long-unavailable debut full-length album “Mercury”.

With 2019 being the 20th Anniversary of the release of the album,  the band are planning a special re-release of “Mercury” in which the original songs will be re-worked to reflect the MADDER MORTEM of today.

As the band explains:

“Back when we recorded “Mercury”, we were basically just kids, and we knew very little about how the recording process worked. The musicianship was mostly there, and the ideas were absolutely there, but as for production skills … we just liked reverb a lot! Thankfully, we ended up with a result we’re still proud of. But through the years, as we’ve played the songs with different line-ups, we’ve often talked about how cool it would be to bring the skills and know-how we now have to those ideas. BP has even made some quite elaborate pre-prods of several songs, but the timing has never been right for making a release out of it”.

The right time has finally arrived, but in order to be able to bring this much-cherished project, which will include not just the album, but also a very special show, to fruition, MADDER MORTEM really need the help of the metal community, and to this end the band has set up a Crowdfunding page, where fans can become an integral part of the process and reap some very unusual and very unique rewards. To get creative input and feedback from their fans, and to promote the new album, they’re also going out on their first headliner tour this fall.

To find out what it’s all about, and how you can become a part of it all, please go to

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MADDER MORTEM have today announced that guitarist Richard Wikstrand, who has been with the band since the release of “Red In Tooth And Claw”, will be leaving the band.  With three kids it has become more and more challenging for Richard to combine band and family life now that MADDER MORTEM has been picking up momentum and hitting the road more, and he has made the admirable decision of putting his family first.

Richard will be replaced by Anders Langberg, known from SOULS OF TIDE. Anders filled in for Richard on the second leg of MADDER MORTEM’s tour with SOEN last year, and with 14 live dates with MADDER MORTEM under his belt, the Madders are confident he’ll be a great asset to the band.

The lineup change has been timed to coincide with the upcoming release of the MADDER MORTEM’s new album “Marrow”, which is the first album that Richard recorded with the band, and both Richard and Anders will be participating in the band’s upcoming crowdfunding campaign, and will also both play with the band at the release party for “Marrow”.

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Commenting on the lineup change, MADDER MORTEM had this to say:

“We are really sorry that Richard is leaving us, since he is an amazing guitar player, and has had a huge creative impact on “Marrow”. However, we respect and understand his need to put his family first, and we wish Richard the absolute best. He will still be a part of our upcoming crowdfunding campaign, and we hope that you’ll join us in giving him a great farewell at the release party for “Marrow”!”

More information about “Marrow” will follow within the next week.

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Symphonic Rockers GALASPHERE 347, whose self-titled debut full-length album is due to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 20th July, have today released a video from the album.

The video, by Stephen Bennett, is titled “The Voice of Beauty Drowned Part I”.  It is, as the band explains: “A song of longing and loss”, and forms a part of the opening track from the album.

The video can be seen below and on YouTube at

Formed in 2018, GALASPHERE 347 is an Anglo-Scandinavian collaboration from members of HENRY FOOL, WHITE WILLOW and  WESERBERGLAND.  Its lineup of Stephen James Bennett on vocals, keyboards and guitars, Ketil Vestrum Einarsen on keyboards, programming and flute, Jacob Holm-Lupo on guitar and bass, and Mattias Olsson on drums, keyboards and guitars, incorporates the technical spectacle of progressive rock, with the distorted insistence of Krautrock, via the intimacy of the singer-songwriter’s oeuvre.

For their debut album, which is composed of three long-form pieces, GALASPHERE 347 have produced a work that is on an epic, widescreen,  scale.  It is  replete with a powerful and dynamic drum sound that intertwines itself with liquid bass lines,  grinding guitars, mellifluous flute and lush analogue keyboards, the whole of which is topped off by passionate vocals.

GALASPHERE 347 recently had this to say about it: “Our debut album is like a progressive rock cruise in outer space—with Stephen James Bennett at the helm. An amalgamation of the four band members’ collective musical past, stewed together in an intergalactic recording studio”.

Mixed by Jacob at Dude Ranch Studios, Sandøya, Norway and mastered by Andy Jackson, best known for his work with PINK FLOYD, and with artwork by Jarrod Gosling, tracklisting for the album is as follows:

The Voice of Beauty Drowned
2. The Fallen Angel
3. Barbarella’s Lover

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The album will be available in CD, 12″ Gatefold LP and digital formats and is now available to pre-order from the following:

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With the 30th July set for the release on Dusktone of their third full-length album “Seid”, Norwegian Black Metallers KVALVAAG have today released a promo video for the track “Bergtatt” from the album.

As the band’s founder Kvalvaag explains,  the choice of “Bergtatt” was deliberate in that  “the track has a natural progression from our previous release, with a stronger focus on groove and atmosphere, rather than tempo.  It serves as  a nice indication of how KVALVAAG sounds in 2018 – trolls, forests and atmosphere all the way.  Sit back and let it drag you through the darkest pits of old Norwegian folklore and history”.

The video for “Bergtatt”, by Necrolust Productions  can be seen below and on YouTube at

KVALVAAG was formed in Oslo in 2012 as a project in which Øyvind “Kvalvaag” Kvalvågnes (ASTAROTH, VALGALDR, ATTENTAT), could immerse himself completely, each step of the way, from writing, to recording to performing.    Joined on drums by Telol (ASTAROTH, TROLL, SARPEDON), KVALVAAG proceeded to release two full-length albums before beginning work on “Seid”

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The album was written and partially recorded between the summer of 2016 and spring of 2017 at the KVALVAAG Studios by Kvalvaag himself on guitars, synth, bass and vocals. Drums were recorded at Studio Hemstad, and vocals at the Kvalsonic Lab. “Seid” was mixed and  mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at the Kvalsonic Lab in Oslo.

With additional vocals by Rammr (RAGNAROK, ELVARHØI), and with artwork by Khaos Diktator Design, tracklisting for “Seid” is as follows:

  1. Mare
  2. Nattegrøde
  3. Bergtatt
  4. Volvesang Om Undergang
  5. Vinterriket (Gehenna cover)
  6. Seid
  7. I Dyrets Tegn

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More aggressive but at the same time more diverse and unpredictable than its predecessors, “Seid” marks a considerable step in the development of the band, as Kvalvaag explains:

“When I started working on the new material, I wanted to surpass our previous work.  More time, effort and better equipment went into the process as compared to our earlier works.  The atmosphere is more or less the same, but there is a lot more going on at all times.

“We also received financial support from “Norsk fond for utøvende kunstnere”, which  gave us the ability to give the album the production it deserved.  It was inspiring to work with Tom Kvålsvoll as he is the man behind the sound of many of the albums we grew up with. He understood our vision and significantly raised the quality  of the album.

“I am really satisfied with both the end result and with our musical progression, and I feel we have successfully raised the bar this time”.

“Seid”, which will be available in Limited Edition 5″ Digipak CD, Digital, Vinyl and Limited Edition Red Vinyl formats is now available to  pre-order from

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Norway’s SLEGEST have released a video for a track from “Lagnad i E”, their upcoming Limited Edition 7″, which will be released on RhinoRat Recordings on the 13th June.  According to the band, the video, for the track “Maler Lys I Mørketid”,  was “made by our good friend and nature photographer Håvard Nesbø, and combines blistering landscapes with live heavy rock motion picture. Play loud!”

The video for “Maler Lys I Mørketid”  can be seen below and on SLEGEST’s YouTube channel at

Comprising  four tracks in all – two of which are live and were recorded during the band’s appearance at the Fres Festival in 2017, and  two of which are brand new, and have never been released before.

With artwork by Renathe H. Bryn, tracklisting for is as follows:

  1. Maler Lys I Mørketid
  2. Blodets Varme Gjennom Meg
  3. Rooted In Knowledge (live in Fresvik)
  4. Ho Som Haustar Aleine (live in Fresvik)

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“Lagnad i E” will be available as a Limited Edition double 7″, with 50 copies released on white vinyl and 200 on black.

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SLEGEST are currently working on their third full-length album, which is  being recorded at Conclave and Earshot Studios  in Bergen.   Drums have already been recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), and Herbrand Larsen will be handling the mixing.  It is anticipated that the album will hit the streets on Dark Essence Records in the Autumn of this year.

In October  SLEGEST are set to join Dark Essence Records label-mates TAAKE for part of the latter’s European tour.  Dates so far confirmed are:

13.10: Night Fest Metal IX, Arlon, BE
14.10: Dynamo, Zurich, CH
15.10: Backstage, Munich, DE
17.10: A38, Budapest, HU
20.10: Viper Room, Vienna, AU

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With a couple of days to go before its release on June 8, Dark Essence Records are streaming the debut full-length album from Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH in its entirety.  Titled “In Chaos Becrowned”, and mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo, the album can be heard below and at

ACÂRASH, whose lineup comprises Sølve Sæther on drums, Lukas Paulsen on guitars and Anlov P. Mathiesen on bass and vocals, was formed in Oslo in the fall of 2016. By seamlessly blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  creates  soundscapes in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music.  And, with “In Chaos Becrowned”, the band  demonstrates a marked ability to reinvent, whilst at the same time  preserve, in order to deliver a record that explores and develops the boundaries of rock and metal, and naturally alternates between raw catchiness, dark introspection, and progressive playfulness.

Here is what ACÂRASH themselves have to say about their debut album:

“Born in darkness and ritual suffering, this album is a procession through demonic, blackened parts of the human experience and beyond.

“It is also a straightforward heavy metal feast and pilgrimage, while honouring occult naturalism and the concept of chaos and mortality.

“In Chaos Becrowned”  is a ceremonial welcome to the tombs of ACÂRASH.  An unholy sacrament and a celebration of free spirits.

“At the end of the day this album is for the true headbanger and the last rebellious souls among us”.

 With artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven, “In Chaos Becrowned” is available in Digi, CD and LP formats.  Tracklisting as follows:

  1. Cadaver Dei
  2. Shadows Roam
  3. Gathering of Crows
  4. In Chaos Becrowned
  5. Ashes of the Mortal Mind
  6. Legio Obscura
  7. Sacrifice the Winter Wolf
  8. Cenotaph in Flesh

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ACÂRASH’s next live appearance will be their album release concert  at Krøsset in Oslo, on the 22nd June.

The band recently released a video by  drummer Sølve Sæther , for the title track of “In Chaos Becrowned”, and it  can be seen at below and at

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With their new album “minus” set for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August, Norway’s KRAKOW have debuted a video for the  track “black wandering sun”  from the album.

With this song, and video animated by Esteban Sebastián Farias, KRAKOW pay  tribute to their influences, a concept enhanced by the guest appearance of Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame. The band explains:

“black wandering sun is an homage to our heroes who passed during the last couple of years, pulling inspiration from their universe, tipping the hat to their words and visiting them as the stars they are. And to top it off we were helped out by Phil who did the most rock n’ roll solo to provide the glitz and stardom the song needed to reach the summit of heaviness. The video is a reflection of the story the song tells, yet it becomes its own story, like a parallel trail through the universe, much like everything else that’s going on with this album. Godspeed, you Starman!”

The video, is streaming exclusively via various media outlets, and can be accessed HERE

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Metal Hammer, UK
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Whilst the video gives fans a taste of what to expect from “minus”, KRAKOW explain more about their latest endeavours:

“Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, we give you “minus”. The pinnacle achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, “minus” has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group and as story tellers.  It is an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape.

“With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.­

“minus” was once again recorded in the renowned Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy.  KRAKOW even brought in some help this time, to tell these stories, the album ending with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen based musical veterans, whilst the opening track introduces the most rock n’ roll guitar solo, courtesy of one Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.

“So, this is “minus”.  An album that defies any attempt at genre definition. There are guests, who bring glitz and rock n’ roll, as well as a grounding force to the core of the mountain. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in the centre of a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves. But if we allow ourselves to search, we will find the cracks in the fabric and find a way to get close.

“It’s a collection of contradictions, is what we’re saying. It’s a KRAKOW album”.

Fans can also expect more visual representations for those willing to delve even deeper into the songs themselves, with several music videos lined up, telling the stories from slightly different angles, or even from completely flipped viewpoints, allowing the band to elaborate without giving everything away.

With artwork by renowned tattoo artist and long-time KRAKOW collaborator Thomas Hooper, tracklisting for “minus” is as follows:

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1: black wandering sun
2: sirens
3: the stranger
4: from fire, from stone
5: minus
6: tidlaus

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KRAKOW’s next live appearances will be at Bergenfest on the 12 June.

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