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With the 12 October having been set as the release date for “Heathen”, the eighth full-length album from veteran Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS, Dark Essence Records have today revealed full details of the album and debuted a track from it.

The track, “The Sword of Retribution” can be heard below and at

“Heathen”, which will mark the band’s 25th Anniversary,  is all that you would expect from AETERNUS, which was founded in Bergen by guitarist and frontman Ares, and is one of the original pioneers of the Dark Metal genre. The seven-track album is packed full of AETERNUS’  trademark sound, which combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal . The complex extreme music is spiced with heavy riffs and melodic interludes, performed to perfection by vastly experienced, and extremely skilled, musicians.

With artwork by Tom Korsvold and photography by Ares, tracklisting for “Heathen” is as follows:

  1. Hedning
  2. The Sword of Retribution
  3. Conjuring of the Gentiles
  4. The Significance of Iblis
  5. How Opaque the Disguise of the Adversary
  6. Boudica
  7. ‘Illa Mayyit

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Aside from Ares, AETERNUS’ lineup is composed of Phobos (GRAVDAL, GORGOROTH live) on drums and KRAKOW’s Eld on bass.  Live guitar duties have been taken up by Gorm (THYRUZ) and the band will accompany TAAKE on their South American tour in September.

Confirmed upcoming appearances for AETERNUS include:

25 Sep: Multiforo Cultural, Mexico City, Mexico
13 Oct: Destruction Fest, Stockholm, Sweden
Tour With Taake
26 Sep: Teatro Lumiere, Bogota, Colombia
27 Sep: Sala Bombay, Medellin, Colombia
29 Sep: Setembro Negro Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil
30 Sep: Museo Rock, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“Heathen” will be available in CD, LP and Digital versions, and is now available to pre-order from:

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Karisma Records is set to release vinyl editions of completely re-mastered versions of AIRBAG’s  entire back catalogue which consists  of  “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011), “The Greatest Show on Earth (2013) and Disconnected (2016).

The series will start with the Norwegian Prog Rockers’  fourth and latest album “Disconnected”, which was originally produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and has now been meticulously re-mastered for vinyl by White Willow mastermind Jacob Holm-Lupo.

The six-track album takes AIRBAG’s trademark blending of musical styles, combined with lush soundscapes, soaring guitars and soulful vocals, a step further along the band’s musical journey. Lyrically, “Disconnected” is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society. An exploration of what society expects from the individual, and the resultant failure to live up to those expectations. Each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.

Tracklisting for “Disconnected” is as follows:

  1. Killer
  2.  Broken
  3. Slave
  4. Sleepwalker
  5. Disconnected
  6. Returned

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Formed in Oslo, Norway in 2004 AIRBAG’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock.  WIth a lineup consisting of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass), more information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website at  or on Facebook at

“Disconnected” will hit the streets on the 24th August, and will be available as a double album in heavyweight vinyl with a gatefold cover and printed inner sleeves. There will also be a limited edition white vinyl version.  The Artwork is, as always, by vocalist Asle Tostrup.   It is now available to pre-order from:

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A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour can be seen below and at

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The following press released has been issued by Edged Circle Productions.  Should you require any additional info please don’t hesitate to contact them at

 Today, Edged Circle Productions sets October 26th as the North American release date for Lydia Laska‘s highly anticipated second album, Ego Death. The European release date is set for October 5th.

First track premiere to be revealed shortly. In the meantime, view a special/perverse teaser video below and  at Edged Circle‘s official YouTube channel at

Lydia Laska
 hail from Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. Forming in 2002, its members come from a diverse musical background, including (but certainly not limited to) the early black metal scene as well as prog/krautrock, punk, and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s recorded debut came in 2006 with the White Trash Attack EP, and was followed by two more EPs – We’re Nothing Compared to Ourselves (2007) and Could I Have a Go On Your Girl, Please? (2009) – but it wasn’t until their debut album in 2010, Krankenhaus, where the Lydia Laska aesthetic truly took flight. A devilishly dark, boldly bewildering, but above all perversely catchy sound emerged, drawing in such disparate influences as the Velvet Underground, Faust, David Bowie, Royal Trux, The Stooges, and old-school black metal. Not long after its release, Krankenhaus went on to be critically acclaimed and served as an admitted prime influence for fellow hybrid-benders Kvelertak. Continuing that momentum, Lydia Laska soon became notorious for their chaotic live shows – to the point where they actually had to stop playing gigs since they were generally banned from most venues.

With the stage thus set, anticipation is high for Lydia Laska‘s long-awaited second album. Fittingly titled Ego Death, this is the sound of Lydia Laska becoming both brasher and smoother, rougher and more come-hither, swaggering and silky: a truly unique sound that can take over both radio and squats alike. Indeed, life has been that much rougher since the release of Krankenhaus, and the band’s sonic influences are even more varied and violent this time. Knowing beforehand that the stakes were high, Lydia Laska chose to record Ego Death with esteemed producer Emil Nikolaisen (Årabrot, Todd Rundgren, Serena-Maneesh).

What results is an even-more-kaleidoscopic stroll through the gutter, even for those already well versed in Lydia Laska‘s mischievous ways. Each of the ten tracks across Ego Death could be a radio hit in the own right…if the radio station was entrenched in the darkest, dingiest sewer and was playing warring factions simultaneously. And yet, for however schizophrenic Ego Death might sound on the surface, beneath that surface is an entirely earnest and completely composed method to the mayhem. Each hook shimmers and stabs, but always with the target being both one’s ears and heart; it’s ridiculously difficult to get these songs outta your head. Nikolaisen’s production no doubt aids in Lydia Laska‘s earworming nature here, with the soundfield finding a strange – and strangely alluring – balance between shambling and stately, regal and righteously ripped. It is, ultimately, the epitome of an Ego Death.

So, are you prepared for Lydia Laska and that very Ego Death? Will you step forward into the gutter, only to be splashed with sonic slime that will never wash off? Questions, questions…

Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Lydia Laska’s Ego Death
1. Teslicity, Baby!
2. You
3. Taste Of Blood
4. Brainmelt
5. I Can Play Myself
6. Gout Lord
7. Did You Do It Again?
8. We’ll Make-Up Your Mind
9. Funeral Fist
10. Levitation

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Having released what the band like to refer to as their first “proper” album earlier this year, Karisma Records are set to release a 2CD compilation of JORDSJØ’s early work, which had previously only had a limited release on cassettes and vinyl.

The band itself hails from Oslo, Norway, and draws its inspiration from old horror movies, German 70’s Synth music, Swedish Prog, fantasy novels and Norwegian nature.   The self-titled compilation “Jordsjø”,  is a collection of all the song, seventeen in all,  drawn from “Jordsjø”, “Jordsjø II” and the split release with BREIDABLIK, “Songs from the Northern Wasteland” cassettes.

As you would expect, the compilation is bursting with nods towards older Prog in general, and Scandinavian Prog in particular.  With its underlying themes of alienation, roots and dreams, “Jordsjø” has an organic and dynamic sound which harks back to  70’s Prog, with traces of electronic music and folk.   The use of of flute, guitars and a vast array of vintage synths results in a warm and vintage sound that still manages to sound fresh and interesting.

Most of the instruments on “Jordsjø”  are played by multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC), with drummers Kristian Frøland, Martin Nordrum Kneppen (WOBBLER, TUSMØRKE) and Tore Flatjord.   With guest artists Håkon Knutzen (guitars) and Vilde Mortensen Storesund (vocals), artwork for “Jordsjø” is by Elling Borgersrud.

Tracklisting is as follows:

01. UK Original
02. Hulderheimen
03. Ogion
04. The Goddess (of Light)
05. Bilder fra en Skog
06. Hekseskogen
07. Postludium

01. Mine Templer I
02. Den Klaustrofobiske Masken
03. Svarthelleren
04. Under Aurora B.
05. I Atuans Gravkammer
06. Betula Obscura
07. Se Valinors Lamper!
08. Fugløykallen
09. Solina, Min Dronning
10. I Momos Trädgård


Set for release on the 7th September  in Double CD and Digital formats, “Jordsjø” is now available to pre-order from:

JORDSJØ’s next live appearance is scheduled for the 26th October at the Union Scene Live in Drammen, Norway.

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Norwegian Alternative Metallers MADDER MORTEM have today not only announced the details of their upcoming seventh full-length album “Marrow”, they have also revealed a track from the album.

Titled “Moonlight Over Silver White” the track is, according to the band, “the essence of what Madder Mortem is about. The contrasts between the gentle and the brutal, the chugging grooviness of the guitars in counterpoint to the soaring arpeggios of the vocals, and the wide range of musical influences knit together in a damn strong, heavy song. The lyrics are a tale of the loneliness of a forest in winter, walking lost and small between the downy snow and the glaring stars”.

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“Moonlight Over Silver White” is also available as a single, it can be heard below and is available from

“Marrow” sees MADDER MORTEM hungrier and heavier than ever before.  The eleven-track album is complex, covering a wide variety of genres and sounds that range from moments of folk/prog to avant-garde.  From delicate ballads to harsh metal. Agnete M. Kirkevaag’s dynamic and immensely powerful vocals, are, as always, at the fore on an album that is more doomy  than its predecessor “Red in Tooth and Claw”, as well as being at times both heavier, and catchier.

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 21st September, “Marrow” is about “Sticking to the essence of yourself.  Your ideas, your thoughts, your values”.  It was produced by BP M. Kirkevaag and mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid.

With artwork by the legendary artist Thore Hansen, “Marrow” will be available in Digipak CD, Digital, and Limited Edition Green Vinyl Gatefold LP formats.

Tracklisting for “Marrow” is as follows:

02. Liberator
03. Moonlight Over Silver White
04. Until You Return
05. My Will Be Done
06. Far From Home
07. Marrow
08. White Snow, Red Shadows
09. Stumble On
10. Waiting To Fall
11. Tethered

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MADDER MORTEM also have some news that will please fans who have been clamouring to get their hands on the band’s long-unavailable debut full-length album “Mercury”.

With 2019 being the 20th Anniversary of the release of the album,  the band are planning a special re-release of “Mercury” in which the original songs will be re-worked to reflect the MADDER MORTEM of today.

As the band explains:

“Back when we recorded “Mercury”, we were basically just kids, and we knew very little about how the recording process worked. The musicianship was mostly there, and the ideas were absolutely there, but as for production skills … we just liked reverb a lot! Thankfully, we ended up with a result we’re still proud of. But through the years, as we’ve played the songs with different line-ups, we’ve often talked about how cool it would be to bring the skills and know-how we now have to those ideas. BP has even made some quite elaborate pre-prods of several songs, but the timing has never been right for making a release out of it”.

The right time has finally arrived, but in order to be able to bring this much-cherished project, which will include not just the album, but also a very special show, to fruition, MADDER MORTEM really need the help of the metal community, and to this end the band has set up a Crowdfunding page, where fans can become an integral part of the process and reap some very unusual and very unique rewards. To get creative input and feedback from their fans, and to promote the new album, they’re also going out on their first headliner tour this fall.

To find out what it’s all about, and how you can become a part of it all, please go to

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MADDER MORTEM have today announced that guitarist Richard Wikstrand, who has been with the band since the release of “Red In Tooth And Claw”, will be leaving the band.  With three kids it has become more and more challenging for Richard to combine band and family life now that MADDER MORTEM has been picking up momentum and hitting the road more, and he has made the admirable decision of putting his family first.

Richard will be replaced by Anders Langberg, known from SOULS OF TIDE. Anders filled in for Richard on the second leg of MADDER MORTEM’s tour with SOEN last year, and with 14 live dates with MADDER MORTEM under his belt, the Madders are confident he’ll be a great asset to the band.

The lineup change has been timed to coincide with the upcoming release of the MADDER MORTEM’s new album “Marrow”, which is the first album that Richard recorded with the band, and both Richard and Anders will be participating in the band’s upcoming crowdfunding campaign, and will also both play with the band at the release party for “Marrow”.

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Commenting on the lineup change, MADDER MORTEM had this to say:

“We are really sorry that Richard is leaving us, since he is an amazing guitar player, and has had a huge creative impact on “Marrow”. However, we respect and understand his need to put his family first, and we wish Richard the absolute best. He will still be a part of our upcoming crowdfunding campaign, and we hope that you’ll join us in giving him a great farewell at the release party for “Marrow”!”

More information about “Marrow” will follow within the next week.

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With the 30th July set for the release on Dusktone of their third full-length album “Seid”, Norwegian Black Metallers KVALVAAG have today released a promo video for the track “Bergtatt” from the album.

As the band’s founder Kvalvaag explains,  the choice of “Bergtatt” was deliberate in that  “the track has a natural progression from our previous release, with a stronger focus on groove and atmosphere, rather than tempo.  It serves as  a nice indication of how KVALVAAG sounds in 2018 – trolls, forests and atmosphere all the way.  Sit back and let it drag you through the darkest pits of old Norwegian folklore and history”.

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KVALVAAG was formed in Oslo in 2012 as a project in which Øyvind “Kvalvaag” Kvalvågnes (ASTAROTH, VALGALDR, ATTENTAT), could immerse himself completely, each step of the way, from writing, to recording to performing.    Joined on drums by Telol (ASTAROTH, TROLL, SARPEDON), KVALVAAG proceeded to release two full-length albums before beginning work on “Seid”

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The album was written and partially recorded between the summer of 2016 and spring of 2017 at the KVALVAAG Studios by Kvalvaag himself on guitars, synth, bass and vocals. Drums were recorded at Studio Hemstad, and vocals at the Kvalsonic Lab. “Seid” was mixed and  mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at the Kvalsonic Lab in Oslo.

With additional vocals by Rammr (RAGNAROK, ELVARHØI), and with artwork by Khaos Diktator Design, tracklisting for “Seid” is as follows:

  1. Mare
  2. Nattegrøde
  3. Bergtatt
  4. Volvesang Om Undergang
  5. Vinterriket (Gehenna cover)
  6. Seid
  7. I Dyrets Tegn

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More aggressive but at the same time more diverse and unpredictable than its predecessors, “Seid” marks a considerable step in the development of the band, as Kvalvaag explains:

“When I started working on the new material, I wanted to surpass our previous work.  More time, effort and better equipment went into the process as compared to our earlier works.  The atmosphere is more or less the same, but there is a lot more going on at all times.

“We also received financial support from “Norsk fond for utøvende kunstnere”, which  gave us the ability to give the album the production it deserved.  It was inspiring to work with Tom Kvålsvoll as he is the man behind the sound of many of the albums we grew up with. He understood our vision and significantly raised the quality  of the album.

“I am really satisfied with both the end result and with our musical progression, and I feel we have successfully raised the bar this time”.

“Seid”, which will be available in Limited Edition 5″ Digipak CD, Digital, Vinyl and Limited Edition Red Vinyl formats is now available to  pre-order from

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