“Mayhem in Blue” the third full-length album from psychedelic Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR is streaming in its entirely four days ahead of its release date on Dark Essence Records. The album can be heard on Bandcamp, as well as at No Clean Singing and Metal Hammer Greece.

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Mixed by Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and mastered by Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc) and with artwork by Olia Pishchanska, tracklisting on “Mayhem in Blue” is as follows:

  1. I Mean You Harm
  2. Mayhem in Blue
  3. Riders to Utopia
  4. Lost in Satan’s Charms
  5. The Cannibal Tribe Came from the Sea
  6. How to Fly in Blackness

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Formed in Thessaloniki, Greece,  in 2010, and describing their music as “psychoprog black metal” whose sound is “retro, yet modern”,  HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup includes Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?)  on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars.

The band will celebrate the release of “Mayhem in Blue” with two shows in Greece, alongside Norwegian Pioneering Experimental Rockers VIRUS.  You can catch them at the Kyttaro Live Club in Athens on the 28th October, and the Eight Ball Live Stage in their home town of Thessaloniki on the 29th October.

“Mayhem in Blue”  will be released in both CD and Digital format on the 28th October, followed by the vinyl version on the 16th December.  Pre-orders for the CD and vinyl formats are now available from  and the US website at , as well as at  where the album is also available digitally.

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The Norwegian actor Espen Reboli Bjerke, well known for his extensive work in films, theatre, radio and Television is making a guest appearance on “Welcome the Dead”, the seventh full-length album from Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS.  Bjerke, who also won a Spelleman Award, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammies,  will perform a spoken part on “Katharsis”,  the closing track on the album.


Espen Reboli Bjerke recording his part for the album


“We really needed someone with a great vocal presence to do the spoken part on one of the tracks, someone who is able to convey the atmosphere”, explained CREST OF DARKNESS founder and frontman Ingar Amlien, “and as far as I was concerned Espen was perfect.  I was delighted when he agreed to do it, it’s never easy to get actors of his standing to agree to perform on a music album.  Of course it did help a bit that he is the brother of our guitarist Rebo!”


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“Welcome the Dead”, is set to hit the streets on the 2nd December on My Kingdom Music  in both CD and Digital formats, as well as a double LP format which will feature a special bonus track.   It was recorded at the at MLP Studio by Nils H. Mæhlum, and mastered at the Kvålsonic Lab by Tom Kvålsvoll.   The  album promises to be the heaviest, darkest and most introspective work to emerge from the band’s twenty plus year history and the artwork reflects this, using, as it does, the eerie Zombie Foetus sculptures created by the Italian artist Andrea Falaschi.


Aside from Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) on vocals and bass and  Rebo on guitars CREST OF DARKNESS’ lineup includes Bernhard (ex- PALE FOREST) on drums, and Kristian Wentzel on keyboards.  Earlier this year Amlien admitted that he sees “Welcome the Dead” as having a special significance for him personally: ” I’ve put a hell of a lot of myself and my emotions  into this album, even more so than usual.  I’ve always felt that when we are on stage, we create a sort of magic, and this time we have been able to transfer that magic to the recordings.  You could say this is my personal Black Mass”.

Tracklisting as follows:

1. Welcome The Dead
2. Chosen By The Devil
3. Scourged And Crucified
4. My Black Bride
5. Borrowed Life
6. The Almighty
7. Memento Mori
8. The Noble Art
9. Katharsis

“Welcome the Dead” is available to pre-order in CD and Double Vinyl formats from

On Saturday 29th October Amlien will give a special performance at the Underjordisk Festival in Gjøvik.    The festival is closely linked with Halloween, and Amlien will take to the stage at midnight whenhe will perform a solo set called “Drink My Blood”, which will include music that is part of a bonus track which will be included on the vinyl edition of “Welcome the Dead”.   Amlien says that the audience should expect a sort of “bloody, horror kind of performance… like a ritual” and knowing the musicians interest in all things vampire and satanic, it’s safe to say that it will be very appropriate to the celebration of Halloween.

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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

Nine tracks tracing the history of CREST OF DARKNESS, can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at,  whilst the official playlist, which includes the  band’s entire catalogue can be heard on Spotify at


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Irish Doomsters MOURNING BELOVETH will perform a special set in the Netherlands ,  on Saturday 29th October , when they make what will be their third appearance at Dutch Doom Days at the Baroeg, Rotterdam.  And their reasons for doing so?  Quite simple really – not only does MOURNING BELOVETH have a considerable following in the Netherlands, but they are also huge fans of the Rotterdam venue. Plus the football of course!  As the band explains:

“This will be our third Dutch Doom Days appearance and one we are really looking forward to. We first played Baroeg in 2003 when on the Doomination of Europe Tour with MORGION and THE PROPHECY,  and this is what started  our love affair with the place.   So much so that even if we are not playing at Dutch Doom Days or making a stop there during a tour,  we have also become die-hard Rotterdam Hooligans – the Irish Branch.

“We have had many legendary nights at Baroeg, mainly when the gigs were over;  from 4am Doom sing-along’s to Feyenoord Gabba songs.  We were even asked by our Dutch friends at Baroeg to contribute to the letter from the venue to the Dutch Government for funding assistance, something that was a real honour for us.  And naturally with Feyenoord  5 points clear at the top of the Eredivise, and a home game next weekend we might even get some good football on Sunday morning”.

So what exactly does MOURNING BELOVETH have in store for the fans and the venue on Saturday:

“The most important thing of course is the music, and we are due to headline the Saturday night and we have decided to do something special.  We will play Nick Cave’s “The Weeping Song”  and this will be only  third time that we perform it live.  We  know this is a favourite amongst our Dutch friends, and the last time we played it on stage also happened to be at the Baroeg.   Unfortunately due to the gremlins that had taken up residence in our equipment, or maybe it was in our heads, we were not satisfied with the performance that time.   We’re happy to say that rehearsals are going well, and if anyone knows the words they are more than welcome to help us out and sing along with us.

“We will also be playing an acoustic version of “A Terrible Beauty is Born”, with the original video playing behind us.   It will be the first time we have played anything acoustically outside of rehearsals or the recording studio,  and we hope everyone will enjoy it.  For those who don’t  know the song, the lyrics are taken from WB Yeats poem “Easter 1916” which is about Ireland’s fight for freedom and the changing attitudes of many people who witnessed the ultimate sacrifice made by so many men and women who laid down their lives for a free Ireland.  But the words of the poem could resonate in any country in the world where people have fought for freedom since the beginning of time,  and the video reflects this.

“See ye in the dark corners….”


The  video of “A Terrible Beauty is Born” that will be used at Dutch Doom Days, it was created by the band and  John Mulvaney and originally released on the 24th April 2016 – the day that marked the Centenary of the Easter  Uprising.  Since its release there have been more than a few who have questioned what Yeats would have thought of his words being interpreted by a metal band, and some who questioned what the band’s motivation was for writing the song.   So,  earlier this year the band released an unscripted video where they explained what lies behind the track, the recording process, how such a different sound came about, and what it might lead to in the future.  Titled “A Terrible Interview Is Born”, the video can be seen below at

The original version of “A Terrible Beauty is Born” was released in black and white, since some of the footage used was from the era of pre-colour photography.  Having taken another look at it, the band felt that the colour version gave a slightly different perspective, and went on to release that version as well for comparison.   The black and white version can be seen below and at

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Formed in 1992 and with six full-length albums and a plethora of compilations and splits under their belts, MOURNING BELOVETH are based in the market town of Athy, in County Kildare.  The band’s  lineup is composed of Darren Moore on Vocals,  Frank Brennan on Guitars and Backing Vocals,  Pauric Gallagher on Guitars, Brendan Roche on Bass and Tim Johnson on Drums.

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Formed earlier this year by V.I.T.H.R, otherwise known as Doedsadmiral, the mysterious Norwegian artist behind bands such as NORDJEVEL, SVARTELDER and DOEDSVANGR, and quickly signed by Drakkar Productions, Black Metallers ENEPSIGOS have revealed details of their debut-full length album “Plague of Plagues”, which is expected to hit the streets in January.

Guitars, Bass and Vocals for “Plague of Plagues”  were recorded at Velvet Recording, in Spydeberg, Norway, with engineer Christer Krohg,  whilst the drums were recorded at the Beastcave Studios in Italy.  The eight track album was mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

With  artwork by Vincent Fouquet and Above Chaos, tracklisting  for “Plague of Plagues” is as follows:

1. Plague Of Plagues
2. Råtne Engler
3. Pagan Rites
4. The Cold Bones
5. Manifestvm
6. Massedrapssalmer
7. Ghoul
8. Askenatt


With his almost uncanny skill to draw together musicians from some of the best known Black and Extreme metal bands on the scene, frontman V.I.T.H.R has once again put together an interesting lineup.  This time he has harnessed the talents of Straff (ex SARKOM) on guitars and bass, and Italian drummer Thorns, known for his work with BLUT AUS NORD, DEATHROW, FIDES INVERSA, FROSTMOON ECLISPE and DARVAZA, to name but a few.

Together the trio have created an album that is dark and brutal and with a marked ritualistic atmosphere.   The traditions of early Black Metal are still alive and well in the music of ENEPSIGOS as can be heard from the recently debuted track “Manifestvm” below and at

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Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL, whose self-titled debut album released at the start of the year gleaned universal praise from fans and critics alike, have revealed a new video for a track from the album. The name of the track, “Djevelen I Nord”, which features TROLL’s Nagash on guest vocals, means “Devil in the North”, and the video is a visualisation of the theme of the song.  Directed by Marcin Halerz of Red Pig Productions “Djevelen I Nord” can be seen below and on YouTube at

NORDJEVEL, which translated means “Northern Devil”, was founded by frontman Doedsadmiral and guitarist Nord. Whilst Doedsadmiral (SVARTELDER, DOEDSVANGR, ENEPSIGOS) himself remains a shadowy figure, whose real identity has never been revealed, there is little doubt that the rest of the band have come with impressive pedigrees.  Nord himself can add FATAL IMPACT, TVANGESTE and BYRDI to his resume, whilst Sweden’s Fredrik Widigs is known the world-over as MARDUK’s drummer. The trio have since been joined by former RAGNAROK bassist DzeptiCunt, completing the lineup which has now become a cohesive, and impressive, force, both in, and out, of the studio.


The band will close the year with a show at the Aalborg Metal Festival in Denmark on the 12th November, and have so far been confirmed for various festivals in 2017 including Blastfest in Bergen, Norway, in February, Eradication Festival in the UK in April, and the Maryland Deathfest in May, which will be the band’s first North American appearance.

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Rockers  TIEBREAKER are celebrating today’s release on Karisma Records of their latest album “Death Tunes”,  with a video for the track “Anywhere But Here”, which is going  to be a definite crowd pleaser for fans of the classic rock sound brought bang up to date.

The “Anywhere But Here” video can be seen below on the Karisma Records YouTube channel as well as at a selection of webzines as follows:

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Written over a period of three months in a small cabin in the west of Norway, and produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland,  “Death Tunes” is a high-octane album that is packed with melodic riffing and a hint of the kind of bluesy melancholy that hearkens back to Rock’s heyday and the truly great bands like LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and BAD COMPANY, but with a whole new fresh approach.

TIEBREAKER’s lineup of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums have an indisputable  chemistry both in the studio and on stage.  And it is the energy and skill that has taken TIEBREAKER to the top ranks of the Rock scene in Norway, and is quickly earning the band fans all over the world.

With artwork by by Robin Gnista , tracklisting for “Death Tunes”, which includes the video single “Anywhere But Here”,   is as follows:

1. Hell
2. Pan American Grindstone
3. Cannonball
4. Commando
5. Anywhere But Here
6. The Deep
7. Building Up to Die
8. Killer
9. Float Away
10. Heavy Lifting

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The previously debuted track “Killer” from “Death Tunes” can be heard below and at

“Death Tunes” is now available in CD, whilst the vinyl edition will appear on the 19th November.  Orders and vinyl pre-orders from or from the US website at  as well as from where the album is also available digitally.

TIEBREAKER will be making a series of live appearances in support of “Death Tunes”.  Routing as follows:

04.11.16 Husnes, 5460 Bar
05.11.15 Etne, Phoenix
11.11.16 Kristiansand, Østsia
12.11.16 Sandnes, Tribute
17.11.16 Bergen, Garage
18.11.16 Haugesund, Flytten
19.11.16 Stord, Arena
24.11.16 Trondheim, Mrs Lundgren
25.11.16 Oslo, TBA
26.11.16 Skien, Lundetangen Pub

More shows to be announced.


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In exactly one week today Dark Essence Records will release the long-awaited third full-length album from Psychedelic Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, and, having already debuted one track from the album, fans are being treated to a second track from “Mayhem in Blue”.

The track, which is, in fact, the title track “Mayhem in Blue” can be heard below on YouTube at or on Bandcamp at

Mixed by by Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and mastered  Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc), “Mayhem in Blue” will hit the streets on the 28th October in CD and Digital formats, whilst the 12″ Vinyl edition will be available from the 16 December.  In the meantime “Mayhem in Blue” is available  to pre-order in CD and vinyl formats from  and the US website at , as well as at  where the album is also available digitally.

With artwork by Olia Pishchanska, tracklisting on “Mayhem in Blue” is as follows:

1.      I Mean You Harm
2.      Mayhem in Blue
3.      Riders to Utopia
4.      Lost in Satan’s Charms
5.     The Cannibal Tribe Came from the Sea
6.     How to Fly in Blackness

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Formed in Thesaloniki, Greece, in 2010,  HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s  lineup is composed of Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?)  on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars.  Commenting recently on the new album, the band had this to say:

“It’s been two and a half years since the release of our last album, and with “Mayhem In Blue” we have set out to express our more aggressive side, without sacrificing any of the psychedelic melodies that are  an integral  part of what we like to call HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’ s “weird black sound”.  If anything, in fact, the sound is more enticing and trippy than ever”.

To celebrate the release of “Mayhem in Blue” HAIL SPIRIT NOIR have scheduled two shows in Greece, which will see them play alongside Norwegian Pioneering Experimental Rockers VIRUS.  The shows will take place at the Kyttaro Live Club in Athens on the 28th October, and the Eight Ball Live Stage in the band’s home town of Thessaloniki on the 29th October.

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