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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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Avantgarde Metallers IF NOTHING IS, have inked a deal with Dark Essence Records which will see the label release the band’s debut full-length album  this year.   

The  brainchild of DØDHEIMSGARD bassist Lars Emil Måløy,  IF NOTHING IS rose up in Trondheim, Norway, from the ashes of extreme metallers REVOCATION in 2008.  This signaled not only a name change, but also 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.

Having being  able to call on the talents of DØDHEIMSGARD’s Vicotnik to work his magic with synths, beats and samples, IF NOTHING IS released their self-titled debut album in 2015, but only via a selection of digital platforms. Consequently it never received the kind of exposure that it deserved, melding, as it did, sharp technical skills and creative songwriting with a keen eye for detail and a streak of madness. Intersected with progressive, experimental passages and rich jazzy parts, the album is reminiscent of the early efforts of bands like ATHEIST and CYNIC, with each song a journey in itself.

What IF NOTHING IS created with their first foray into the studio is an album that exemplifies everything that lies at the heart of extreme and technical metal music, ranging from thrash, speed and death to black metal.  And Dark Essence have recognized that this album was never meant to lie in relative obscurity, and to this end the album was re-mixed and re-mastered and will be released for the first time in CD and Vinyl formats as well as digitally.

With new original artwork the album will hit the streets 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

Work on the follow up to IF NOTHING IS’ debut is already progressing well, and the band had this to say about their joining forces with Dark Essence Records.

After many years of searching we finally found our spirit animal label! A label with a roster so great and weird we are actually able to fit in for once! We are extremely proud to be a part of the Dark Essence Records/Karisma Records family and can’t wait for the future to arrive!

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