Fans of Norway’s CREST OF DARKNESS will have seen a short teaser video appear on Facebook this week showing frontman and founder Ingar Amlien signing what appears to be a contract, and today Italian label My Kingdom Music confirmed that it was indeed a new recording contract, and that the veteran Norwegian Extreme Metallers would be continuing their collaboration with the label for the release of their next album. Commenting on the renewal of their long-standing relationship, which started thirteen years ago, My Kingdom Music had this to say:
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to continue with, and build on, the strong relationship we have always had with CREST OF DARKNESS. We first started working together back in 2003, and we have watched the band develop its style and sound over the years, and we are very excited to be releasing their seventh full-length album towards the end of this year. We have no doubts whatsoever that the new album will push the borders of their take on extreme metal to new limits. CREST OF DARKNESS’ personal mix of Black, Thrash and Heavy Metal promises to make this the most mature and powerful album the band has ever released”.
Amlien himself gave some hints at what fans could expect from the album, as well as echoing the label’s sentiments about their working relationship: ” Over the years CREST OF DARKNESS and My Kingdom Music seem to have grown side by side, so I’m very happy to be able to continue working with a label that understands both our music and our vision, and with whom we have always been able to have an open and constructive dialogue. Particularly as the new album is especially important to me as I’ve put a hell of a lot of myself and my emotions into it. 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.
“We are not going to reveal too much about the album at this stage except to say that it is currently being recorded at the MLP Studio with Nils Harald Mæhlum at the helm. We worked with Mæhlum on our first albums, and we recently got together again when we recorded last year’s “Evil Messiah” EP, and it felt natural so we decided to stick with him for the new album, and it’s proven to be a very good decision”.
The teaser video of Ingar Amlien signing the contract can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/vSv164A-v4Q
CREST OF DARKNESS’ current lineup, includes founder and frontman Ingar Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) on bass and vocals, Rebo on guitars, Bernhard (ex- PALE FOREST) on drums, and Kristian Wentzel on keyboards. More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
Nine tracks tracing the history of CREST OF DARKNESS, can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness/sets/crest-of-darkness
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
The official CREST OF DARKNESS playlist, which includes the band’s entire catalogue can be heard on Spotify HERE
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