Archive for June, 2021

With the 17th September set for the release of MONSTEREO’s latest studio outing, Karisma Records have revealed details of “In the Hollow of a Wave”, the third full-length album the Bergen Rockers.

Known for over a decade as a band that serves up energetic rock songs, MONSTEREO have come up with an album that is by far their heaviest to date, with a sound that is richer and broader than anything they have ever produced.  With more keyboards, synths, and a variety of guitars, “In the Hollow of a Wave” is,  according to the band, an album of filled with “teeth-grinding riffs, big choruses and rock-solid grooves”.

And, as of today,  fans get their first taste of “In the Hollow of a Wave”, with the release of “A Sudden Rush” the first single from the album, which, according to MONSTEREO, is:

An all out, in-your-face rock and roll banger. Perfect for a late summer night drenched in beer and drunken conversations, or a 50/50 strawberry daquiri at a music festival. This is a classic 1970s rock tune, with blazing guitars and a speaker-ripping groove. A homage to legends such as AC/DC and Grand Funk Railroad, topped with a smidge of inspiration from local produce in Bergen’s Electric Eye and The Megaphonic Thrift

“A Sudden Rush” is available to download or stream from a variety of services at

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MONSTEREO’s  lineup consistis of Ola Utaaker Segadal on lead vocals and electric guitars, Øyvind Aase Fluge on electric guitars, Jørgen Stangeland Bach on Bass guitar, and Jon Bolstad on Drums. Together  they have created an album whose tracks represent the best of two worlds and  is filled with MONSTEREO’s trademark catchy melodies, heavy riffs and a big sound, which combine  with exploratory instrumental sections to  build towards a euphoric climax. 

With artwork by Robert Høyem, track listing for “In the Hollow of a Wave” is as follows:

  1. Third Eye Seeing
  2. A Sudden Rush
  3. Wings I: Everlasting Darkness
  4. Jigsaw
  5. Witness
  6. Wings II: Beyond Horizons
  7. Wings III: Icarus
  8. Golden

“In the Hollow of a Wave” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered at:

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Howl of the Underdogs is the story of the Norwegian metal band Madder Mortem and their singer who, struggling with a life-long eating disorder in an image-obsessed industry, undergoes weight loss surgery to battle the demons that have given birth to their music. After filming with the band during their 20th anniversary year as they recorded new music, toured Europe, and reunited all of their former members in Oslo for a once-in-a-lifetime show, the film explores how the band boils down their internal demons, Scandinavian cultural norms, and an image-obsessed industry into inspirational music that reaches fans around the world.

The worldwide release of “HOTU” will be celebrated with a whole day of events, in collaboration with Odal Rock Club’s Microrock festival in Austvatn, Norway on Saturday, June 26th, 2021.

After a screening of the film, Metalheads Against Bullying, in collaboration with Madder Mortem and Odal Rock Club, are hosting a live panel discussion under the header “The Bully Within”. Inspired by “Howl of the Underdogs”, this panel discussion will address topics like shame, body image, and gender roles in metal. Among the participants are Leif Munkelien, the man behind Metalheads Against Bullying, singer Agnete from Madder Mortem, Norwegian singer/songwriter Marius Nesset, and Green Carnation singer Kjetil Nordhus. To add perspectives from outside the music business, the panel is joined by Mona Larsen, spokesperson from the Norwegian Eating Disorder Association. The panel will be accessible online as a free-of-charge streaming event, and the online audience will be able to add their comments and questions through a live chat moderator interacting with the panel. 

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In addition to the panel discussion, Metalheads Against Bullying, Nord-Odal photograper Ann-Helén Moen Nannestad and Madder Mortem have collaborated on an art photography project, also under the header “The Bully Within”. The resulting photographic prints will be exhibited and for sale at the festival, and all proceeds from the print sales will go directly to Metalheads Against Bullying and their work. 

Finally, Madder Mortem will be performing an hour-long live set at the festival later that night.

In order that fans around the world can participate in the event, “Howl of the Underdogs” will be available for purchase or rent on Vimeo on the same day. 

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Dark Essence Records are offering a discount of 20% on the purchase or rental price  of the documentary.  The discount is for a limited time only and will expire on the 24th July.

To take advantage of the discount please  follow this direct link  Or use PromoCode: DEHOTU20

A  Stewis Media / Madder Mortem production
Directed by Randy M. Salo
Runtime – 76 min.
Language – English and Norwegian w/ English Subtitles

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Having recently added Avantgarde Metallers IF NOTHING is to its roster, Dark Essence Records have wasted no time in planning the release of the band’s 2015 self-titled debut album, which originally saw the light of day only through a limited selection of digital platforms, and never received the kind of exposure that the brainchild of DØDHEIMSGARD bassist Lars Emil Måløy richly deserved.

The album itself has been completely  re-mixed and re-mastered, and ranges from thrash, speed and death to black metal, and which, as a consequence, is the embodiment of what lies at the heart of extreme and technical metal music.  And today, Dark Essence Records have given us a taste of what to expect with the release of the track “Anti Horde”, about which IF NOTHING IS have this to say:

A decade after it was written the “Anti Horde” rises to new heights with an updated mix and new mastering. “Anti Horde” is about disowning the alpha stereotypes, humiliating leader figures and taking your own path. It is an action we condone, no matter what your path might be (as long as it is leftwards) . To this day this track still gives us goose bumps, so give it a spin. You might even like it!

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“If Nothing Is” is an album that melds sharp technical skills and creative songwriting with a keen eye for detail and a streak of madness. It is intersected with progressive, experimental passages and rich jazzy parts, with each song a journey in itself.

With DØDHEIMSGARD’s Vicotnik weaving his magic on synths, beats and samples, and with brand new original artwork by Ulf Simon Lindgren “If Nothing Is”  will hit the streets in for the first time ever in CD and Vinyl (as a transparent clear double LP with gatefold cover) as well as digitally on the 10th September. Track listing as follows:

1. 101
2. Sovereign
3. Juvenihil
4. Anti Horde
5. Dominant Outlaw Nation
6. Postapo Calypso
7. Darkspace Navigator
8. Intermezzanine
9. Apsylum Absolute
10. If Nothing Is

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Formed in Trondheim, Norway, in 2008, IF NOTHING IS started life as the extreme metal band REVOCATION, and, along with the name change, cane a new musical direction for the lineup that today comprises Boeddelen on vocals and lyrics, Håkon Grytvik and Mats Stenberg on guitars,  Lars Emil Måløy on  bass, FX, backing vocals, lyrics, main composer and Vegard Myrdal Berg on drums, backing vocals and lyrics.

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