Posts Tagged ‘Black Metal’

Over the past months, Norwegian Black Metal icons TAAKE have released a series of 10″ splits with three different bands (WHOREDOM RIFE, DEATHCULT and HELHEIM), on three different labels, and, as always happens in the case of vinyl releases, fans have been asking for a CD version. 

And Dark Essence Records are happy, as always, to oblige. So,  on the 2nd July, they will be releasing a limited edition Digipak CD, along with a Digital version, of the six TAAKE tracks from the series, which will include a very special acoustic version of “Nattestid ser Porten vid I”, acknowledged by Black Metal fans the world-over as not only a classic TAAKE track, but a classic of the whole genre itself.

The release is titled “Avvik”, which translated means “anomaly” or “deviation”, which makes it a very appropriate title given that the tracks from the splits would never really fit into any of TAAKE’s own releases.   You could, of course,  also argue that TAAKE mastermind Hoest has always ploughed a very  individual  furrow with his Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, standing outside the mainstream of Black Metal, and therefore making the choice of title doubly apt. 

All the tracks of “Avvik” have been recorded and re-mixed by VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjørnar E. Nilsen, and re-mastered for digital release by Herbrand Larsen at their Conclave & Earshot Studio in Bergen.

Some  of the re-mixes have some very surprising guests, who do not appear on the originals and are exclusive to this release. These include Dr Mikannibal of SIGH who did TAAKE the honour of adding her saxophone to a slightly longer version of the Sisters of Mercy cover “Heartland”.  Whilst TAAKE’s live guitarist (and banjo legend) Gjermund created the acoustic version “Nattestid ser Porten vid I”.

Track listing for “Avvik” is as follows:

1. Ubeseiret
2. Heartland
3. Nattestid ser Porten vid I
4. Slagmark
5. Ravnajuv
6. Brotne Bein og Mannefall
7. Ein Baat i Foss

“Avvik” is now available to pre-order at the following:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com 
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

TAAKE will hit the road in January of 2022 with KAMPFAR for the long-awaited tour which was previously cancelled due to the pandemic.

More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

The official video for the track “Umenneske ” from the TAAKE’s 20018 self-titled  album  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/qaRelAEOauk

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3048972372
Taake Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no   
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

As the release date of CODE’s fifth full-length album “Flyblown Prince” edges closer, Dark Essence Records have today revealed a second track from the album.   

Titled “Rat King”, the track can be downloaded or streamed from a number of platforms at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/CODE_RatKing

Unlike the previously released track “The Mad White Hair” (which is available at  https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Code_TheMadWhiteHair), “Rat King” is perhaps more familiar territory for CODE’s fans, as the band explains:

After the wide scope of ‘The Mad White Hair’, we felt it was appropriate to next show the more traditional side of the album.  ‘Rat King’ is a brutish and uncompromising track highlighting the focused metallic edge we have brought to these songs.  We feel that ‘Flyblown Prince’ is perhaps the most ‘metal’ album we have made and ‘Rat King’s thuggish malice shows this as well as any other on the album.

With their much anticipated new opus, CODE have created what is possibly the most intense and extreme album of their long and respected career, which started out in London in 2002, and which has seen the band plough their own individual furrow. One that eschews categorisation, and which has led to CODE gaining a large, and dedicated, world-wide following.

“Flyblown Prince” is very much a progressive album, both musically and technically, and one the likes of which hasn’t been heard in years.  It is perverse fairy tale of an album that guides its listeners through the twists and turns of a dark and ghoulish nightmare fantasy of cinematic proportions via an  ever-shifting soundscape of moods and violent aggression.

With cover art by Kristina Pavleska, layout by Costin Chioreanu and photography by Julie Cottrell, track listing for “Flyblown Prince” is as follows:

1. Flyblown Prince
2. Clemency & Atropy
3. By the Charred Stile
4. Rat King
5. From the Next Room
6. Dread Stridulate Lodge
7. Scold’s Bride
8. The Mad White Hair

The lineup on “Flyblown Prince” consists of of Aort on Guitars, Lordt on Drums, Syhr on Bass and Wacian on Vocals, with guitarist Andras providing support on the recordings, and the band recently had this to say about it:

We are thrilled to finally be unleashing our new album ‘Flyblown Prince’ with our friends at Dark Essence Records.  This album is the result of three years of work and it is wonderful to be able to let it loose in all its mad, brutal and grandiose glory.  Every detail has been meticulously poured over and we think this is our richest release to date.  We hope you enjoy our 45-minute, darkness filled and anxiety ridden offering. 

“Flyblown Prince” will hit the streets on the 4th June  in CD and Digital formats, with the Vinyl version following on the 2nd July. All formats are now available to pre-order from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com/album/flyblown-prince
Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/kar188-code-flyblown-prince/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

A video teaser for the album “Flyblown Prince” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/RM3_L7GHo6A

More information about CODE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/ 

Additional Information
Code  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/ 
Code on Bandcamp: https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com   
Code on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/codeblackmetal/
Band contact and booking:  onecodeone@hotmail.com , Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

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!

If your appetite has be whetted about what is to come from IF NOTHING IS, you can hear their 2015 stand-alone single at https://youtu.be/QIwiPiGSOWI

More information about IF NOTHING IS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/INI101

Additional Information
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/INI101
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iniofficial/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtsQQ1D_TMTfbW7odC_S5g
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6JPOsXyyLZv5RS6dPGP3vt
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/ini-official
Band Contact: ini101mail@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Osmose Productions have announced that the third full-length album from Black Metallers NATTVERD is set to hit the streets on the 30th April.  Titled “Vandring” it forms the final chapter of the Black Death trilogy which includes the 2019 EP “Skuggen, and 2020’s full-length “Styggdom”.

According to the band, whose lineup is composed of Ormr on Vocals and Guitars,  Atyr on Guitars, Sveinr on Bass, Antichristian on Drums, and Serpentr on Guitars, “Vandring” is “a more dynamic album than our last, because  we have challenged the core that is NATTVERD, whilst at the same time  staying true to the spirit that is the band. We have pushed some boundaries, which has resulted in more diverse tracks, that touch a lot on melancholy, and is even more aggression, with epic moments”.

As a taster of what to expect, a track from the album has been released as a single.  The track, “Naar Taaken Fortaerer Alt”, which features Geir Bratland (Gerlioz of DIMMU BORGIR, ex GOD SEED) on piano, can be streamed or downloaded from various  digital platforms at https://backl.ink/143962158

Additionally, a video by Grupa 13 also makes its debut, and can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/bCjivR_ATTQ

“Vandring” was recorded during March and April of 2020 at Velvet Recording in  Spydeberg, Norway, with producer Christer Krogh who also mastered the album.  With artwork by Khaos Diktator Design and Ormr, and with layout by Ormr, Doedsadmiral and Silere Omnia, tracklisting for “Vandring” is as follows:

1. Det Bloer Paa Alt Som Spirer
2. Martyrer Av Kristus
3. Naar Taaken Fortaerer Alt
4. Med Rive Og Lime
5. I Moerket Slumrer Ravnen
6. Gudsmenn, Deres Svik Erkjenn
7. Det Hvisker I Veggene
8. Langt Langt Der Borte I Det Fjerne

“Vandring”  will be available in CD, Digital, LP (both black and Limited Edition red versions), and Tape formats,  and is now available to pre-order from the following:

 Bandcamp: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/vandring
Osmose Productions Webshop: : http://bit.ly/nattverd-shop

Formed in the late 90’s, NATTVERD is a band that has always preferred that its output be judged on purely musical merits, rather than on the past or future reputations of its extremely skilled and experienced lineup, and to this end the true identities of its musicians have always been kept private. 

More information about NATTVERD can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nattverdofficial/  or on the band’s website at https://www.devilryproductions.com/nattverd



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nattverdofficial/
Website:  https://www.devilryproductions.com/nattverd
Bandcamp: https://nattverdofficial.bandcamp.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/nattverdofficial/
Webshop: https://www.devilryproductions.com/shop
Band Contact:  devilryproductions@gmail.com  
Osmose Productions:
Website: https://www.osmoseproductions.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/osmoseproductions/
Bandcamp: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/osmoseproductions/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OsmoseProd
Contact:  osmoseproductions@gmail.com

Fans of CODE don’t need to wait until the 4th June to find out what the band’s fifth full-length release “Flyblown Prince” holds in store for them, because Dark Essence Records have today debuted a track from the long-awaited album.

The track, titled “The Mad White Hair”,  can be downloaded or streamed from a number of platforms at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Code_TheMadWhiteHair

The  choice of “The Mad White Hair” may seem like a bit of an unusual one for a debut track, as the band explains:

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, the first song we are releasing from our forthcoming album ‘Flyblown Prince’, is the album closer, and also the longest and most involved song we have ever written. It is a broiling mix of psychedelia, claustrophobia, desperation and grandiosity. We hope you find time to listen to this 12-minute opus of impending madness in all its unhinged and gleefully epic glory.

Formed in London in 2002 from the black ruminations of Aort’s early project, SEASONAL CODE,  the band has, over the years, become somewhat  of a legend, both in the UK and internationally.  And, by refusing to be categorised,  CODE has very successfully  forged its own individual path through the ever-expanding minefield of genres.

With “Flyblown Prince” CODE have created  a perverse fairy tale of an album that guides its listeners through the twists and turns of a dark and ghoulish nightmare fantasy of cinematic proportions via an  ever-shifting soundscape of moods and violent aggression.  The end-result is a progressive album, both musically and technically, and one the likes of which hasn’t been heard in years.

It is, quite possibly, the most intense and extreme album the band has ever produced in its long and illustrious career, and about which  CODE’s lineup of Aort on Guitars, Lordt on Drums, Syhr on Bass and Wacian on Vocals, with guitarist Andras providing support on the recordings,  recently had this to say:

We are thrilled to finally be unleashing our new album ‘Flyblown Prince’ with our friends at Dark Essence Records.  This album is the result of three years of work and it is wonderful to be able to let it loose in all its mad, brutal and grandiose glory.  Every detail has been meticulously poured over and we think this is our richest release to date.  We hope you enjoy our 45-minute, darkness filled and anxiety ridden offering. 

With cover art by Kristina Pavleska, layout by Costin Chioreanu and photography by Julie Cottrell, track listing for “Flyblown Prince” is as follows:

1. Flyblown Prince
2. Clemency & Atropy
3. By the Charred Stile
4. Rat King
5. From the Next Room
6. Dread Stridulate Lodge
7. Scold’s Bride
8. The Mad White Hair

“Flyblown Prince” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com/album/flyblown-prince
Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/product-category/preorder/ 
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

A video teaser for the album “Flyblown Prince” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/RM3_L7GHo6A

More information about CODE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/ 

Additional Information
Code  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/
Code on Bandcamp: https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com
Band contact and booking:  onecodeone@hotmail.com ,
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

With just a month to go to the release of HYMNR’s debut full-length album “Far Beyond Insanity”, a second track from the album makes its debut.  Titled “Part.III” the track is streaming exclusively on “No Clean Singing” and can be heard at https://www.nocleansinging.com/2021/03/23/an-ncs-premiere-hymnr-part-iii/

Describing themselves as a “Black Metal band from unknown parts of the world” HYMNR plays its cards very close to its chest when it comes to its lineup, saying little more than that it is comprised of V on Vocals, V1 on Guitars and VII on Drums.   

 Intriguingly, the band did have this to say regarding both its formation, and its music:

HYMNR is an entity, a formation that spawned itself.  The music, the story, and the concept of HYMNR is its own tale, charting the tragic path that has led the world, humanity, and religion on a downwards spiral.

HYMNR is not so much a band as a concept that sets forth the old anguish-filled tales of how it all ended up where it did.

What HYMNR is, no one can say, except maybe the induvidual minds of the ones who are willing to embark on this journey.

HYMNR  needs to be heard and seen, and, above all, felt.

Mixed and mastered by Christer Krogh at  Velvet Recording,  and with artwork by David Thiérrée, tracklisting for “Far Beyond Insanity” is as follows:

Part.I
Part.II
Part.III
Part.IV

“Far Beyond Insanity” will hit the streets on the 23rd April in in CD, Digital and LP formats on Saturnal Records.

Additionally, a  Special Edition Vinyl , limited to 10 copies, which will contain a poster and a patch, will be available only directly from HYMNR.

The limited edition of “Far Beyond Insanity”, along with other formats,  is available to pre-order from https://www.devilryproductions.com/shop

“Part.I”, another previously debuted track from “Far Beyond Insanity”  can be heard at https://youtu.be/ehqu_R7TBJg

More information about HYMNR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HYMNROfficial/   or on their website at https://www.devilryproductions.com/hymnr

HYMNR  INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HYMNROfficial/
Website:  https://www.devilryproductions.com/hymnr
Bandcamp: https://hymnrofficial.bandcamp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hymnrofficial/
Webshop:  https://www.devilryproductions.com/shop
Band Contact:  hymnrofficial@gmail.com

SATURNAL RECORDS
“Far Beyond Insanity” pre-order: https://www.shop.saturnalrecords.com/category/preorders/
Website:  http://www.saturnalrecords.com/shop/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/saturnalrecords/
Contact: saturnalrecords@gmail.com

After a long, and for some, an impatient, wait, CODE are back with “Flyblown Prince” the fifth full-length album from the legendary UK band that has, over the years,  preferred to dodge any attempts at being categorised by forging its own individual path through the ever-expanding minefield of genres.

Set to hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on the 4th of June, “Flyblown Prince” is a perverse fairy tale of an album that guides its listeners through the twists and turns of a dark and ghoulish nightmare fantasy of cinematic proportions.   As the band explains:

We are thrilled to finally be unleashing our new album ‘Flyblown Prince’ with our friends at Dark Essence Records.  This album is the result of three years of work and it is wonderful to be able to let it loose in all its mad, brutal and grandiose glory.  Every detail has been meticulously poured over and we think this is our richest release to date.  We hope you enjoy our 45-minute, darkness filled and anxiety ridden offering. 

For “Flyblown Prince” CODE’s lineup of Aort on Guitars, Lordt on Drums, Syhr on Bass and Wacian on Vocals, with guitarist Andras providing support on the recordings, have created an ever-shifting soundscape of moods and violent aggression, to produce an album that is quite possibly the most intense and extreme album the band has ever produced.  A progressive album, both musically and technically, and one the likes of which hasn’t been heard in years.

A video teaser for “Flyblown Prince” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/RM3_L7GHo6A

With cover art by Kristina Pavleska, layout by Costin Chioreanu and photography by Julie Cottrell, “Flyblown Prince” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats.  Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Flyblown Prince
2. Clemency & Atropy
3. By the Charred Stile
4. Rat King
5. From the Next Room
6. Dread Stridulate Lodge
7. Scold’s Bride
8. The Mad White Hair

Formed in London in 2002 from the black ruminations of Aort’s early project, SEASONAL CODE, the band have drawn a creative line through a series of full-length studio albums starting with the brittle avant-garde of  2005’s “Nouveau Gloaming”, to 2009’s Spellemann-nominated “Resplendent Grotesque”, before moving  on to the mad theatre of 2013’s “Augur Nox”,  and the bleak, anaesthetic wash of 2015’s “mut”.  

In 2015 CODE also released a savage live tour recording, whilst 2017 saw the appearance of two EP’s “Lost Signal”, which was largely a live re-forging of the material from a new perspective, and “Under the Subgleam”  which served as a hint at what would eventually develop in  today’s “Flyblown Prince”.

More information about CODE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/ 

Additional Information
Code  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/
Code on Bandcamp: https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com
Band contact and booking:  onecodeone@hotmail.com ,
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Taking into account the current world-wide Pandemic, and the effects it has had on the music scene,  Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL have decided to postpone the release of what will be their third full-length album, but, not wanting to disappoint fans they have decided to release an EP in the meantime. As the band explains:

We have been writing material for the upcoming full-length, and are still working on it now, but, due to the ongoing pandemic situation we decided to delay its release until late 2021, in the hope of being able to play live and tour with the album.

The five-track EP, which will hit the streets on Indie Recordings on the 7th May, takes its name from “Fenriir”, the monstrous wolf of Norse Mythology. It is not, however, a concept recording, as NORDJEVEL are quick to point out:

“Fenriir” is an EP that shows all sides of NORDJEVEL, from the very beginning, right up to where we are now.  We had a few extra tracks which we decided early on in the recording process didn`t fit our upcoming album, so we decided to include two tracks, the title track “Fenriir”, along with “Rovdyr”, and make them exclusively available for this EP.

To make the release more special, we also decided to record ” Gnawing The Bones” which is one of the new songs that will be on the upcoming album. We also wanted to include a live track, so we mixed and mastered a version of ” Det Ror Og Ror” which was recorded live at Brutal Assault in 2019 by Hugo Alvarstein.

And of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to record a cover of “Fallen Angel” by the mighty POSSESSED. It is our tribute to them as the pioneers they are for our music, and also to honour them after we had the pleasure of touring with them last year.

NORDJEVEL’s lineup on “Fenriir” includes Doedsadmiral on Vocals, Destructhor and Valla on Guitars, Dzepticunt on Bass and Dominator on Drums.  Vocals, bass and guitars were recorded at Velvet Recording, Spydeberg, Norway,  by Nordjevel and Christer Krogh, whilst drums recorded at Studio LV5 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

With Artwork and layout by Doedsadmiral and long-time collaborator Khaos Diktator Design, “Fenriir” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats.  Track listing for “Fenriir” is as follows:

  1. Fenriir
  2. Gnawing The Bones
  3. Rovdyr
  4. Fallen Angel (Possessed Cover)
  5. Det Ror og Ror (Live At Brutal Assault 2019)

“Fenriir” is now available to pre-order from:

Indie Recordings (CD, Black Vinyl, Transparent Vinyl): https://shop.indierecordings.no/collections/nordjevel
Band (Limited Edition Black/Green Swirl vinyl): https://www.nordjevel.no/product-page/fenriir-ep
Rockmark (Limited Edition Transparent Red Vinyl): https://rockmarkmerch.bigcartel.com/category/nordjevel
Katakomben (Limited Edition Brown Vinyl):  https://katakomben.no/collections/pre-order-1/products/nordjevel-fenriir-12-mlp-brown-katakomben-exclusive

More information about NORDJEVEL can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial or on the website at www.nordjevel.com

The official video for the track “The Fevered Lands” from NORDJEVEL’s 2019 album “Necrogenesis” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/gGfUbFnKz5Y

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.nordjevel.com   
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBQPM_iEe9kJeZq_nFdcug
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nordjevel
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nordjevel/
Band Contact:  nordjevel@gmail.com
Booking: info@district-19.com
Indie Recordings
Website: http://www.indierecordings.no/
Contact: Jelena@indierecordings.no  

With the release the  of the single  “Meldrøye”, taken from VESTINDIEN’s debut full-length album “Null” , Dark Essence Records have revealed another tantalising glimpse into what fans can expect to hear from a band whose initial brief foray into the music scene generated a considerable amount of interest thanks to their frenetic live shows, and enthusiastically received 2011 EP “We are the Lords of Hellfire”.

“Meldrøye”, about which VESTINDIEN say “Exploring and expanding one’s mind is crucial to help us understand that we are not placed above nature. We are nature”, can be streamed or downloaded from various services at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Vestindien_Meldroye

Despite having garnered a substantial following for themselves, VESTINDIEN called it a day seven years ago, and, for reasons known only to themselves, had remained silent.  Until now, that is, with the band’s original lineup of Torjus Slettsnok on vocals, Simon Skøien on guitars, Karl Johan Johannessen on drums and Pål Eirik Veseth on bass, storming back, having replaced their classic 90’s hardcore sound, with its heavy metal twist, with one that embodies the essence of Black Metal, Punk and Old School rock’n’roll.

The result of this new direction is a more introverted and less aggressive approach to music, resulting in “Null”, an album which still subtly hints at VESTINDIEN’s hardcore roots, but  whose songs are dark, desperate and desolate, with some hard-hitting punches of energy and groove.

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 12th February 2021, tracklisting for “Null” is as follows:

1. Mot Dag
2. Berenberg
3. Meldrøye
4. Null
5. Ormegard
6. Ned
7. Øst for Sol

“Null” will appear in CD, DIgital and Black/Gold Vinyl formats, and can be pre-ordered from the following:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Bandcamp: https://vestindien.bandcamp.com/album/null
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

Named after the last surviving brothel in Bergen (now a museum),  more information about VESTINDIEN can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Vestindien/

Additional Information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vestindien/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/vestindien/
Band contact and booking:  book.vestindien@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

With “Through Aureate Void” set to be released on the 25th February, Dark Essence Records have today released  the single ” Leaf in the Current”, from what will be FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s second full-length album.  

” Leaf in the Current” is the opening track from the album and this is what FIVE THE HIEROPHANT had to say about it:

‘Leaf in the current’ is the first piece we ever did for the new album. It has been well over a year since we started the recording, a process that was supposed to be like a quick exciting bang and ended up in being  like this draining everlasting orgy without hope for culmination on the horizon. If you excuse the metaphor. So from the perspective of this time,  I believe that this track is the most representative of Five The Hierophant version 2020 and should give you a good clue as to what is about to unfold.

It  can be streamed or downloaded from various locations at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/5th_leafinthecurrent

FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s  lineup comprises Chris on drums, Dan on percussion instruments (toms, bongos, djembe, zither, tabla, triangle guirro, shakers, death whistle, cymbals), Mitch – bass guitar effects, omichord, noisebox, analogue synthesizer, Jon on saxophone, music saw, bells, Kali on guitar, field recordings, violin, zither, bow guitar, dungchen. And much more besides! 

With their use of such a plethora of unusual instruments FIVE THE HIEROPHANT are able to create a sound where psychedelic black metal combines with jazz and doom, leading the listener into drone-like universe shrouded in mysticism and mystery.

And, with their latest offering, the band has followed an even more psychedelic direction, whilst keeping intact the heaviness and darkness that make FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s music so devastating, as the band recently explained:

It took us longer than anticipated, as you can imagine, due to circumstances that befall us all. Nonetheless, the new album is finished, and ready to take you on a journey through aureate void. It’s quite abstract, and there’s lots of experimentation, both in regard to the sound and instruments used, and to the song structures. A lot of it comes from improvisation and leaving things to chance. I suppose we have taken it further than our debut album.

FIVE THE HIEROPHANT have once again used the work of the legendary Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum for the album’s cover art, and track listing for “Through Aureate Void” is as follows:

1. Leaf in the Current
2. Fire from Frozen Cloud
3. Berceuse (for Magnetic Sleep)
4. Pale Flare over Marshes
5. The Hierophant (II)

“Through Aureate Void” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered from:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://five-the-hierophant.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

A video teaser for “Through Aureate Void” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/EjTGZT7MLhU 

As well as releasing “Through Aureate Void” on the 26th February, Dark Essence Records will also be releasing for the very first time a vinyl version of the album’s  predecessor, 2017’s  “Over Phlegethon”.  Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Queen over Phlegethon
2. Vampire
3. Seafarer
4. Der Geist der stets Verneint
5. Sepulchre
6. Omen Tree

The vinyl edition of “Over Phlegethon”, is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://five-the-hierophant.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

The official video for the track “Queen Over Phlegethon” from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s 2017 album “Over Phlegethon” can be seen at https://youtu.be/ndYLCY65tW8

More information about FIVE THE HIEROPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fivethehierophant/

A video of FIVE THE HIEROPHANT playing “Queen Over Phlegethon” live at the Dome in London in November 2019 can be seen at https://youtu.be/93BO3k4D2Qc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fivethehierophant/
Webshop:  https://fivethehierophant.bigcartel.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fivethehierophant/
Band Contact: 5thehierophant@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/