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Norway’s Dark Essence Records have inked a deal with Italian Extreme Ritual Artists DARKEND, and will be releasing the band’s fourth full-length album during 2019 on a date as yet to be announced.

Playing what the band calls Extreme Ritual Art, DARKEND was formed in 2006 by drummer, and only remaining original member, Valentz,  who describes the fledgling band as “young guys wanting to let our energy out. And black metal was the only way –  the left hand path we all aimed for”.

Having undergone the inevitable round of member changes, Valentz has today found the ideal lineup of  like-minded spirits with Animæ on Vocals, Antarktica on Grand Piano/Ambience, Ashes and  Nothingness on Lead Guitars, and Vinterskog on Bass.   Together they create music that “lies at the border between magic and spirituality, where cults and rituals can wander free in the wisdom of infinity, at the crossroads between life and death. Swallowed by the energy of the ceremony, engulfed  by  the dense smoke of incense, for DARKEND there’s no difference between good and evil, dream and reality”.

DARKEND’s enthusiasm at having been selected to be released on Dark Essence Records, a label whose roster boasts some of the most iconic bands in the Black and Extreme Metal genres, and which is well known for its unerring ability to pick out the best of the upcoming batch of Black and Extreme Metal artists, is obvious as the following comments from the various band members demonstrate:

Valentz (drums): I’m very proud that Darkend is now part of Dark Essence’s family. We’ll spread our art together! On all of you!

 Animae (vocals): I feel honoured that  such an enlightened darkness has chosen to give loud voice to this shadowed universe that is relentlessly shaking, inside.

Ashes (guitars): I’m really excited to start working with Dark Essence. The hard work over the years has finally paid off. For us it really has been a big achievement. I thank all my friends and all the staff that supports us and stands by us!

Nothingness (guitars): We are really thrilled to start a partnership with Dark Essence Records. Their contagious enthusiasm will surely allow us to reach new goals and will bring our music a step forward.

Antarktica (keys, song writing): For the new album we wanted something different from ‘The Canticle of Shadows’, yet with the same sound matrix. After more than a year of song writing and hard work, and months locked in the recording studio, we got the result we were aiming for. So we couldn’t be prouder than signing for Dark Essence! We are happy they loved our work and we can’t wait for the album to be released!

Vinterskog (bass): Ever since I first got into black metal, I felt a connection with Norway and its artistic aura. And now, signing and working with one of the best labels not only from the country but from everywhere,  everything started is a big checkmark on my dreams list, and I am looking forward to this great collaboration!

To sum up , we can’t wait to start working with Dark Essence Records because we believe that their wide roster is attractive. It’s extreme, but not strictly bound to a music genre. It’s wider, complex… and we felt we had the music that could fit it! It was a total pleasure when they told us they liked our art. We closed a circle and started drawing together the next lemniscate!

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More information about DARKEND can be found on the band’s Facebook page at  or on the band’s website at

A video for the track “Of the Defunct” with Attila Csihar on guest vocals from DARKEND’s 2016 album “The Canticle of Shadows” can be seen below and at

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Time to unveil the new promo photos and you must be wondering why there are two of us missing.  Well, we’ve had to bid a fond farewell to two of our members whose personal and work commitments meant that they could no longer dedicate the amount of time needed for a band that’s as active as TrollfesT.  So please join us in wishing PsychoTroll and St Beinhard lots of luck for the future.  We have lots of musicians waiting to fill in on stage for us, some of whom you know and love, some of whom you don’t know yet, but you’re bound to love them once you do.

And don’t worry everyone, as you can see from the photo we’ve been celebrating the next phase in TrollfesT’s career.  All of us are having the time of our lives not only because we get to play the music we want.  Not only because we get to work with the fantastic people at our label NoiseArt,  our Booking Agency Rock the Nation and our Manager Patricia Thomas.  Not only because we get to travel round and share the stage with some fantastic bands.  But also because we get to meet all of you (well some of you anyway), and you are the best fans that any band could have.

So put our party photo up on your screens, blow up a few balloons, put on your party hats and pretend you’re sitting round the table with us making a mess of your beards with the cream cakes and getting happily drunk on the beer (naked hairy legs optional).

Skäll everyone to a bigger, brighter, and better future with Trollfest.

Love, kisses, hugs and other manly things from

Mr. Seidel
Drekka Dag

And remember, as Drekka Dag is saying below “TrollfesT wants YOU” – or Trollmannen will break your window.

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Due to the fact that BLODARV’s session drummer YNLEBORGAZ is frequently busy these days with his own band ANGANTYR, we have been trying out an additional live drummer who goes by the name of FJORGYNN.  He has been drumming with us for the last six rehearsals and has proved himself to be a superb live drummer who fits right in with BLODARV – being able to understand the flow and energy of our music and synch completely with the band.

This means that BLODARV is now in a position to be able to accept more live shows, without having to worry about the ones that YNLEBORGAZ can’t make.  And who knows, you might even be able to see BLODARV and ANGANTYR appearing at the same festivals in the future.

The first show to feature FJORGYNN in action will be on the 26th November when BLODARV will be supporting ENDSTILLE at the Rock in Copenhagen (DK).


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