“A Requiem for Terra”, the title track from BLACK HOLE GENERATOR’s upcoming album,  is the first taste of the  new material that patient fans are getting after waiting for ten years since the band’s debut release.    The track is being steamed exclusively on the following:

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BLACK HOLE GENERATOR is the brainchild of VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen, who also happens to be a prolific producer and one of the people behind the highly successful Norwegian labels Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records.  For “A Requiem for Terra” Nilssen has chosen to use bleak aural landscapes to depict a desolate world, as well as melodies that call to mind the frantic torrent of the abyss, the whole being topped off by his distinctive vocal style.

However, anyone expecting Nilsen to limit himself to the avant-garde tones set b y VULTURE INDUSTRIES will be surprised to find an album that ranges from the doom laden opening title track, to the mesmerizing riffing on the video single “Moloch”,  via the catchy “Beneath a Chemical Sky” to the fierce “Emerging Pantheon”.  Indeed,  “A Requiem for Terra”  is chock-full of superb metal riffing from special guests Arve Isdal (ENSLAVED, AUDREY HORNE) on guitars, Gjermund Fredheim (TAAKE, ORKAN) who performs lead guitars on three of the tracks, and Dag Terje Andersen who provides additional guitars.

About the debut track itself, Nilsen has this to say: “”Even though it is a quite dynamic track, in my eyes this song represent the more heavy and atmospherical side of this record. It was the first track I finished for the album and it has been with me for years now. I actually wrote two and a half VULTURE INDUSTRIES albums in between demoing and releasing this track. Considering that I still find it an enjoyable listen, I hope others will also find it worthwhile.”


Set to hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on the 18th November in Europe and the 25th November in North America, in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and with artwork by the Romanian artist and designer Costin Chioreanu, tracklisting on “A Requiem for Terra” is as follows:

  1. A Requiem for Terra
  2. Titan
  3. Moloch
  4. Beneath a Chemical Sky
  5. Emerging Pantheon
  6. Earth Eater
  7. Spiritual Blight


“A Requiem for Terra” is now available to pre-order from   and the US website at in CD format  and Vinyl formats, as well as at  where the album is also available digitally.

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Norway’s Dark Essence Records have added another string to their rapidly growing bow by inking a deal with Norwegian veterans ATROX, and are set to release the band’s fifth full length album “Monocle” on a date as yet to be announced.

Commenting on joining Dark Essence’s roster, and giving fans an insight into what they should expect from the result of ATROX’s return to the studio after  an eight year break, the band had this to say:

“It’s finally happening, the moment we all have been waiting for, the moment when all the hard work finally pays off… We’re proud to announce that we have joined forces with Dark Essence Records, and together we will release our next album “Monocle”.

“Monocle” is our darkest album so far. During the process of creating and recording it we explored, and were exposed to, our darker selves, and what we encountered during this process almost killed us.  It left us in a dystopian vacuum and all worn out, but with one hell of a piece of music to present to the world.

“Musically speaking “Monocle” contains poisons that’ll blind you, and poisons that’ll open your eyes.

As William Gibson says in his novel  “Neuromancer“: “The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.”

Formed in Trondheim, Norway, in  1988 the band was originally called Suffocation, but for obvious reasons the name was changed to ATROX in 1990.  Having spent their first years playing an atmospheric mix of Death and Doom Metal, recording demos and honing their live skills, ATROX’s first release was the 1996 7” “Silence of Echoes”,  which was followed by a further four full length albums and numerous live appearances including several tours and festivals.

Today’s lineup of Rune Folgerø on Vocals,  viNd on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Tor Arne Helgesen on Drums and Erik Paulsen on Bass plays what they like to call “Schizo” Metal, which differs from their original sound, being more melodic and with an experimental/avant-garde edge.


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Having recently  debuted the opening track from their upcoming release “Red In Tooth and Claw”, Norway’s MADDER MORTEM have revealed yet another track from the album, this time in the form of a video by Truls Aagedal.

“Fallow Season” perfectly illustrates the different shades that MADDER MORTEM can infuse into their music.  With its heavy riffing and the band’s classic metal stance it is easy to assume the track is going to  be the epitome of heavy metal, but the sudden arrival on the sceneof Agnete M. Kirkevaag with her expressive, and impressive,  vocals , comes almost as a shock, and gives a whole new perspective  to the track.

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Dark Essence Records will release “Red In Tooth And Claw” in CD and Digital formats on the 28th October,  to be followed by the vinyl edition on the 9th December, and the album is now available to pre-order in CD and vinyl formats from   and the US website at , as well as at   where the album is also available digitally.

With artwork by Christian Ruud, tracklisting for “Red In Tooth and Claw” is as follows:

1. Blood on the sand
2. If I could
3. Fallow season
4. Pitfalls
5. All the giants are dead
6. Returning to the end of the world
7. Parasites
8. Stones for eyes
9. The whole where your heart belongs
10. Underdogs


Aside from Agnete of vocals, MADDER MORTEM’s lineup includes BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums, and “Red In Tooth And Claw” sees the band release their sixth full-length album a whole seven years after their previous album “Eight Ways”, first appeared.   The original quirkiness much loved by followers of the band is still there, but this time there are also plenty of catchy melodies and a selection of tracks that vary from doom-laden melodies to hard-hitting riffs.

MADDER MORTEM will be celebrating the release of “Red In Tooth And Claw” with a concert at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 22 December.


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Norwegian Prog Rockers FATAL FUSION are back with their third full-length release “Total Absence”,  an album filled with epic melodies that are at times exotic, at times wistful, and at times have a quasi-folkish air, and which sweep the listener along on a prog-tinged journey that could be the soundtrack to a fantasy film.

“Total Absence” shows a darker side to the band, and  is set for release on the 25th November on Karisma Records.  Tracklisting for the seven-track album as follows:

  1. The Gates of Ishtar
  2. Shadow of the King
  3. Forgotten One
  4. Astral Flight
  5. The Emperor’s Letter
  6. Endless Ocean Blue
  7. Total Absence


FATAL FUSION pays homage to the great progressive rock bands of the 70’s, whilst at the same time ensuring that the band’s sound remains unique, with its mix of hard rock, classical music, jazz, psychedelia  and Latin.  The lineup of Erlend Engebretsen on Keyboards, Lasse Lie on Bass, Audun Engebretsen on Drums/Percussion, Stig Selnes on Guitar, and Knut Grøntvedt on Vocals makes use not only of the standard rock instruments familiar to audiences today, but also of what are now considered to be “classical” rock instruments such as vintage synths, Mellotron and Hammond organ.

The band is currently busy rehearsing, ready to hit the stage.  Confirmed dates so far include a show at the Buddy Scene in Drammen on the 10th November, which will see the band performing songs from their previous two releases “Land of the Sun” and “The Ancient Tale” as well as debuting new material .  The release concert for “Total Absence”  will take place at the John Dee in Oslo on the 26th January.

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Avant-garde Metallers VULTURE INDUSTRIES and fellow Norwegian Experimental Black/Death Metallers SULPHUR have banded together to perform a series of dates later this month.   Going by the name of “The Tower Falls Tour”, a reference to VULTURE INDUSTRIES last album “The Tower”, the tour  will kick off with both bands appearing at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in the Czech Republic, before moving on to Germany,  Hungary and Romania for six further shows.  Routing as follows:

21 Oct: Phantoms Of Pilsen, Pilsen (CZ)
22 Oct:  Festung, Bitterfeld (DE)
27 Oct:  Supersonic,  Budapest (HUN)
28 Oct:  Casa de Cultura Studentilor,  Craiove (RO)
29 Oct:  Club Fabrica, Bucharest (RO)
30 Oct:  Rock ‘N’ Iasi, Iasi (RO)
31 Oct:  Daos Club, Timisoara, (RO)

With over a decade’s worth of live appearances, superb technical skills, and one of the most eccentric frontmen around in the shape of Bjørnar E. Nilsen, VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ highly theatrical on-stage performances never fail to earn the band scores of new followers wherever they play.  Add to that  three critically acclaimed albums and a series of collaborations in the fields of performance art and video, and you get a band that is always exciting and always has a surprise or two in store for their audience.


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With a lineup that includes current and former members of bands such as GORGOROTH, ENSLAVED, AETERNUS and VULTURE INDUSTRIES, there is little doubt that SULPHUR has a pedigree that will ensure that fans coming to see the band live on stage will not be disappointed.  “Omens of Doom”, SULPHUR’s second full-length album was released on Dark Essence Records earlier this year, and has garnered universal praise from fans and critics alike.

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Dark Essence Records have debuted a track from “Vidsyn”,  the sophomore full-length album from Norway’s SLEGEST.  The track, titled “Wolf” is streaming exclusively on the following:

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The choice of “Wolf” as the first track from the album to be debuted is explained by founder and frontman Ese:  “Wolf was one of the first songs that surfaced when I started writing material for “Vidsyn” .  It’s adrenalin-charged  and with its loping time signature and riffs this track circles in on its prey like the Canis Lupus itself”.

SLEGEST’s sound owes as much to Black Metal as it does to Heavy Metal, and bands like BLACK SABBATH.  There is a distinct swagger and confidence to the band, the kind that lies at the heart of all things Metal, and SLEGESTS use of superb guitar riffing and great melodies make it stand out from the usual speed merchants.

“Vidsyn”, which features a guest appearance by ENSLAVED’s Grutle Kjellson,  was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot and Systrond Studios,  and was jointly produced by Ese and  Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), who also mixed the album.  Mastering is by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).

The cover  of “Vidsyn” once again has its roots in the art of Nikolai Astrup.  The drawing is by Lars Hellebø and the design by Tom Korsvold.   Tracklisting as follows:

1. I Fortida Sitt Lys
2. Som I Eit Endelikt
3. Du
4. Komfortabelt Nommen Midtvekes
5. Wolf
6. The Reanimator
7. Inn I Uvissao
8. Tenn Den Gamle Varde



SLEGEST  will launch “Vidsyn” with a show at Krøsset in Oslo, on the 12th November,  where they will be joined by ALFAHANNE, and, given the dynamism and sheer entertainment value of the two bands, this will be an evening to remember.

 In December of this year the band will joinSHINING’s 20th Anniversary tour, which also features Dark Essence label mates TAAKE, for a series of European dates.  The prospect of sharing a stage with Niklas Kvarforth and Hoest, widely acknowledged to be two of the most accomplished and exciting front men in extreme metal, would seem daunting to most bands, but judging from the reviews SLEGEST has received for its live performances, and from the number of fans the lineup of Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums, has  picked up following those performances,  this is a band that is more than able to hold its own against the two titans.

Routing for the tour with SHINING and TAAKE as follows:
02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec:  Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT

“Vidsyn” will be released in CD and Digital formats on the 4th November is now available to pre-order from is now available to pre-order    and the US website at in CD format , as well as at where the album is also available digitally.

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Dark Essence Records have announced the details of the new album from veteran Norwegian Black Metallers SARKOM, which is set to hit the streets on the 2nd December.

Titled “Anti-Cosmic Art” the seven-track album was originally intended to mark the band’s tenth anniversary, but was delayed due to a combination of personal and technical difficulties that often beset bands and skew carefully laid release plans.   Which, as it happens, worked out for the best, because it gave the band time to rethink, and produce an album that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that SARKOM is a long way from being a “one trick pony”, as is often the case on the Black Metal scene.

Featuring guest appearances from ALFAHANNE’s Pehr Skjoldhammer, and guitar virtuosos Ronni Le Tekrø (TNT, ROQUEFIRE) and Peter Huss (SHINING), as well as former SARKOM member Sagstad (TROLLFEST), and with artwork by Spectrvm Lvsitani, tracklisting for “Anti-Cosmic Art” is as follows:

  1. Previous associates, now as targets for the gun
  2. Mind-abscess
  3. Ruiners of our family tree
  4. Seen through the eyes of a paedophile priest
  5. Come, dear cancer
  6. Black metal necrophilia
  7. Sodomy and lust (Sodom cover)


Founder and frontman Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING), Sgt V (ex SVARTTJERN)  on  bass,  Thrawn (ex DØDHEIMSGARD) on guitar  and  Defest (SVARTHAUEG) on drums,  have made full use of the unique, crushingly dark sound that is SARKOM’s trademark, and have come up with an album that ranges from icy, Old School Black Metal , to more experimental tracks.   Brutally catchy, guitar-driven, and featuring blast beats from hell, “Anti-Cosmic Art” demonstrates perfectly that SARKOM have no problems stepping out of their comfort zone, or of appealing to a wider audience.

To  mark the release of “Anti-Cosmic Art” SARKOM will play the following two Norwegian dates:

03 Dec:  Good Omens, Trondheim
17 Dec:  Revolver, Oslo

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