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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


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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

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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


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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 http://youtu.be/3-sNJCviSGY


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The official CREST OF DARKNESS playlist, which includes the  band’s entire catalogue can be heard on Spotify  HERE

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/patriciathomas/playlist/7hW4CvcmbBGGriJtJBryx5
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/

Veteran Norwegian Black Metallers  CREST OF DARKNESS are set to support Swedish Black Metal legends MARDUK on their Frontschwein 2015 – EUROPA Part III Tour, which will take place over 18 dates in October in Europe and the Balkans.  Also on the tour are  France’s SVART CROWN and Greece’s BIO CANCER.  Whilst joining for parts of the tour will be Slovenia’s CVINGER (from the 8th to the 16th) and Poland’s SARTAN (from the 17th to the 25th).  Routing for the tour as follows:

08 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice,  PL
09 Oct: Barrocko, Trinec, CZ
10 Oct: Nova Chmelnice, Prague, CZ
11 Oct: Club From Hell, Erfurt, DE
12 Oct: Bikini Test, La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH
13 Oct: Grillen, Colmar, FR
14 Oct: Komplex 457, Zurich, CH
15 Oct: Traffic Live Club, Rome, IT
16 Oct: Elyon, Rozzano, IT
17 Oct: OKC Palach,  Rijeka, CRO
18 Oct: Kaktus,  Sarajevo, BA
19 Oct: Havana, Skopje, MK
20 Oct: Kyttaro Club, Athens, GR
21 Oct: Eightball, Thessaloniki, GR
22 Oct: Mixtape 5, Sofia, BG
23 Oct: The Quarter, Novi Sad, RS
24 Oct: Escape Metalcorner, Vienna, AT
25 Oct: Blue Hell, Budapest, HU

With over two decades of experience, six full-length albums and various EP’s under their belts, CREST OF DARKNESS’ sonic brutality, expertly combined with epic musical passages,  straddles the boundary between Black and Death Metal with consummate ease.  Their  last album, “In the Presence of Death”, saw CREST OF DARKNESS  at the top of their game, and was  described by many as the very essence of Extreme Metal.  The band’s recent release, the four-track EP, titled “Evil Messiah”,  which was  released in both in Digipack CD and 12″ vinyl formats on My Kingdom Music in February of this year, included a cover version of Alice Cooper’s “Sick Things”,  the perfect choice for a band who excel at creating an evil, malignant,  atmosphere.

The Frontschwein 2015 – EUROPA Part III tour will be the first time that the new CREST OF DARKNESS lineup will tour together.  Having appeared at various shows and festivals, the lineup, which comprises founder, frontman and bassist Ingar Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO),  Rebo on guitars,  Bernhard (Ex- PALE FOREST) on drums and Kristian Wentzel  on keyboards, are more than ready to hit the road.

More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

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

Ten 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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
Band Contact: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Label: My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Booking: M & O Office: contact@m-o-office.com

 

Veteran Norwegian  Black Metallers CREST of DARKNESS have released a lyric video of “Sick Things”, the Alice Cooper cover that will appear on their upcoming EP “Evil Messiah”,  which is set for release on My Kingdom Music on the 23rd February in both Digipack CD and vinyl format as well as digital download.  The video, produced by EstremArte, can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/tQJC4ZJuqk8

 

A follow up to 2013’s “In the Presence of Death”, the band’s sixth full-length album, “Evil Messiah” will be the first studio outing  of the band’s new lineup, which includes founder and frontman Ingar Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) on bass and vocals, Rebo on guitars, and Bernhard (ex- PALE FOREST) on drums.

Track listing on the four-track EP,  which includes special guest Kristian Wentzel  on keyboards, and was mixed and partly recorded at the MLP Studios and partly in Rebo’s own studio  studio in Gjøvik,  as follows:

1.  Evil Messiah
2. Armageddon
3. Abandoned by God
4. Sick Things (Alice Cooper cover)

CREST OF DARKNESS will play  three Norwegian dates in February, the first being on the 13th at the Felix Pub and Scene in Lillehammer. On  the 14th the band will play two shows at the Kultursenter in Gjøvik, where the early show, starting at 18:00, will be open to all ages, something that is quite rare in Norway, a country with strict age restrictions at its venues.  This will then be followed by a show for audiences aged 18 and upwards at 21:00.

CREST OF DARKNESS are also set to make their first ever UK appearance at the Black Hart in Camden, London, on the 7th March,  on a bill that includes ACHERONTAS, THAW, MORD’A’STIGMATA and TOWERS OF FLESH

“Evil Messiah” is available to pre-order from the following:

CD – http://smarturl.it/COD-CD
LP – http://smarturl.it/COD-LP
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/COD-iTunes
ONErpm – http://smarturl.it/COD-ONErpm
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/COD-amazon

A rehearsal video featuring snippets of the material from “Evil Messiah” was recently released on the band’s YouTube channel and can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ

 

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

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/

 

With six full-length albums under their belts, Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS have decided that their next release will be an EP, echoing their very first release back in 1996, but demonstrating how very far the band has come since then.  The four-track EP, titled “Evil Messiah”,  will be released in both in Digipack CD and 12″ vinyl formats on My Kingdom music on the 23rd February. One of the tracks  is a cover version of Alice Cooper’s “Sick Things”,  the perfect choice for a band who excel at creating an evil, malignant,  atmosphere.    Artwork for the album is by Morten Hansen.

Track listing for “Evil Messiah” as follows:

1. Evil Messiah
2. Armageddon
3. Abandoned by God
4. Sick Things (Alice Cooper cover)

“Evil Messiah” will also be the first time that CREST OF DARKNESS’ new lineup records together, with former PALE FOREST drummer Bernhard joining the lineup of founder, frontman and bassist Ingar Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) and guitarist Rebo.  Guesting on the “Evil Messiah”  is Kristian Wentzel  on keyboards.  The EP was mixed and partly recorded at the MLP Studios and partly in Rebo’s own studio  studio in Gjøvik .

CREST OF DARKNESS are set to play three Norwegian dates in February, the first being on the 13th at the Felix Pub and Scene in Lillehammer. On  the 14th the band will play two shows at the Kultursenter in Gjøvik, where the early show, starting at 18:00, will be open to all ages, something that is quite rare in Norway, a country with strict age restrictions at its venues.  This will then be followed by a show for audiences aged 18 and upwards at 21:00.

CREST OF DARKNESS will also make their first ever UK appearance at the Black Hart in Camden, London, on the 7th March,  on a bill that includes ACHERONTAS, THAW, MORD’A’STIGMATA and TOWERS OF FLESH

A rehearsal video featuring snippets of the material from “Evil Messiah” was recently released on the band’s YouTube channel and can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ

 

More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

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

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/

It’s taken a decade  or so for ROQUEFIRE to release their debut full-length album,  but the moment has finally arrived and the Norwegian Hard Rock veterans will hit the streets running on the 31st October with the release of  “Roll With Your Demons” .  The ten-track album will appear on the band’s own Roquefire label and will be available both as a CD and a 12″ vinyl.  However,  unlike most releases, where the two formats have to be bought separately, “Roll With Your Demons” comes as a double package, with both CD and vinyl together.  The album will also be available in digital format as well as on Spotify.

Track listing for “Roll With Your Demons” as follows:
1. Roll with your demons
2. I am the priest
3. Stonewall paintings
4. Satan moves in a dangerous slow way
5. Flying feather
6. The bloodied four leaf clover
7. Porn
8. Glorified
9. Don’t call us
10. Lightbringer

ROQUEFIRE was formed in 1977/78 by Ronni le Tekrø, a guitarist best known for his bands VAGABOND and of course the Grammy award winning TNT, as well as for his solo work and for his work with jazz musician Terje Rypdal.   Le Tekrø has, over the years, earned many accolades, including a ranking in the Top Ten guitarists in the October 1989 issue of Guitar Player Magazine and was named as one of the 25 best guitarist in his genre in 2009.  His influence as a heavy metal guitarist is acknowledged by various musicians, including former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde.

Today ROQUEFIRE continues play classic hard rock, the perfect showcase not only for  le Tekrø’s expressive guitar style, but also for the skill and experience of the rest of its lineup,  which includes Harald Grefsrud Ensrud  on vocals , Ingar Amlien (CREST OF DARKNESS, CONCEPTION) on bass, Stein Glimsdal  on drums and Torgeir Berg on keyboards.   Playing a huge part in the rebirth of ROQUEFIRE and the release of the album, as well as writing lyrics for four of the tracks, is Thor-Rune Haugen,  the band’s former manager who is considered by all to be an honorary fifth member.

Commenting the return of the band, Ingar Amlien had this to say:  “Whilst myself and Tekrø have been continuously active on the music scene, Harald and Stein haven’t,  and I was stunned by just how good these guys were even after all this time.  Really, we started playing again just for fun 4 or 5 years ago, but despite it having been almost 30 years since we last played together, it was as if we had never taken a break at all, and, if anything, we were sounding better than ever.  ROQUEFIRE definitely still had it, and here we are, with a brand new album to prove it”.

More information about ROQUEFIRE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roquefire/219762958057413

A video teaser for  “Roll With Your Demons” can be seen below and  on  YouTube at http://youtu.be/EbXJjIq5ydo

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roquefire/219762958057413
Website: http://www.roquefire.com/
Band Contact:   contact@roquefire.com

 

Having recently announced that they were preparing to release an EP ahead of their seventh full-length album, Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS have announced a lineup change that not only sees the veteran band with a new drummer as Bernhard (PALE FOREST) joins the ranks alongside founder, bassist and frontman Ingar Amlien and guitarist Rebo, but also sees the band become a three-piece, something that Amlien explains he has thought about doing for some time now:

” I’ve put Crest of Darkness through some major changes over the past few years, but there is nothing dramatic behind this.  As  I’ve often experienced in my career, things just happen in  a natural way when the time is right, without being forced  to take any drastic decisions. Both myself and my band mates are developing all the time, and as a consequence it is often necessary to make changes in order to keep up with that development, and that is as it should be with any band.   I don’t expect everybody will agree with me when it comes to this decision  but from day one I’ve had a crystal clear vision about what  CREST OF DARKNESS should be like.  I’ve always followed my vision and I intend to continue doing so.   I am very excited about how the new material is sounding and I don’t think anyone is going to be disappointed with what is to come.

“I would like to take the opportunity to say how grateful I am for everything that our former drummer and long time companion Kjetil brought into the band.   I wish him all the best in the future and  I still consider him as one of my best friends!  I would also like to mention Jan Fredrik who came into the band with a lot of enthusiasm last year and played  some great gigs with CREST OF DARKNESS.   Memories I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life”.

It is this new lineup that is currently working on an EP to be  released on My Kingdom Music at a date as yet to be announced,  and which appears on a recently released rehearsal video that showcases snippets of the new material.  The video can be seen below and on CREST OF DARKNESS’  YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ

 

Amlien recently hit the stage for the first time at a local festival with a band he calls AMLIEN’s INFERNO, which includes Arve Heimdal from Amlien’s former band CONCEPTION, and guitarist Simen Evenrud Bjørnsrud, in its lineup.  He  has also been finishing work on the upcoming album from ROQUEFIRE,  as well as becoming involved in a new project, details of which will be announced in the not too distant future.

More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

The Official video for 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

 

 

INGAR AMLIEN

REBO

BERNHARD

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/

 

Veteran Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS are preparing to release an EP ahead of their seventh full-length album, and have released a video of the band rehearsing in preparation for entering the studio on the 17th August to begin recording the drums.  The EP itself will be released on My Kingdom Music and is a follow up to the band’s 2013 album “In the Presence of Death” .  The video features snippets of new material from the band and can be seen below and on the CREST OF DARKNESS YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ

 

Whilst things seem to have been relatively quiet for CREST OF DARKNESS recently, the band has, in fact, been busy behind the scenes writing new material and working on a new website, amongst other things.  Founder and frontman Ingar Amlien has also been finishing work on the upcoming album from ROQUEFIRE,  as well as becoming involved in a new project, details of which will be announced in the not too distant future.  He also recently hit the stage for the first time at a local festival with a band he calls AMLIEN’s INFERNO, which includes Arve Heimdal from Amlien’s former band CONCEPTION, and guitarist Simen Evenrud Bjørnsrud in its lineup.

Commenting on what fans can expect from CREST OF DARKNESS in the future Amlien said:  “We will of course be posting photos and videos of the recording of the EP, but we have some very important news about the band to announce very soon.  Without revealing anything at all, let’s just say it might take a few people by surprise”.

More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

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

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/