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Sweden’s SHINING is set to hit the road for a 23-date tour during May and June 2019. Accompanying SHINING on what will be called the “Return of the Enemy” tour. will be Slovenian Black Metallers SRD, with no other bands or local supports being included on the tour.

Commenting on the tour the band had this to say:

SHINING are finally heading out for our first European tour in 3 years, and the first one in honour of our 10th album “Varg Utan Flock”, which, upon its release, once again proved that SHINING are the undisputed kings of pitch black, anti-humanitarian art.

Because of the band’s long history of never adjusting to the norm, SHINING have decided to refuse to have any local support acts on any of the dates, and,  instead of having some semi-interesting pay-to-play opening band, we will be bringing along Slovenian Black Metal band SRD, who are newly signed to Kvarforth’s own label THE SINISTER INITIATIVE.

To make things even more intriguing, SHINING are preparing a longer-than-usual show, and we promise you an event full of uncompromising darkness and perversion. Book your tickets today and join us in a celebration of the downfall of man!

All hail the Enemy! 

Routing for the Return of the Enemy  tour is as follows:

Wed 15: Helvete, Oberhausen, DE
Thur 16: Le Flow, Paris, FR
Fri 17: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes, FR
Sat 18: TBA
Mon 20: Connexion Live, Toulouse, FR
Tue 21: Caracol, Madrid, ES
Wed 22: Boveda, Barcelona, ES
Thu 23: Jas Rod, Marseille, FR
Fri 24: Pika Future Club, Verona, IT
Sat 25: Alchemica Music Club, Bologna, IT
Sun 26: Backstage, Munich, DE
Tue 28: Viper Room, Vienna, AT
Wed 29: Blue Hell, Budapest, HU
Thu 30: Zet Pe Te Club, Krakow, PL
Fri 31: U Bazyla, Poznan, PL
Sat 01: Hellraiser Club, Leipzig, DE
Sun 02: Club From Hell, Erfurt, DE
Tue 04: MS Connexion Comples, Mannheim, DE
Wed 05: Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen, DK
Thu 06:  Kronensaal, Hamburg, DE
Fri 07: Vera, Groninghen, NL
Sat 08: Helling, Utrecht, NL
Sun 09: Throne Fest, Kuurne, BE

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Other dates so-far confirmed include and appearance in Sweden at Stockholm Slaughter in April, and one in the UK at Incineration Fest in May.  Other dates will be announced as and when confirmed.

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With their new album “Unalterable” due out on Black Lion Records on the 12th April, Sweden’s MIST OF MISERY have unveiled a video for a track from the album.

The video, for the track “Halls of Emptiness” can be seen below and at

“Unalterable” will be the third full-length album from MIST OF MISERY, and promises to be the longest, and most in-depth work that the band has every created.  Split into two parts, with fourteen tracks, and a total running time of almost two hours, “Unalterable” was recording during 2017 and 2018 at the Forlorn Halls Studios and  in various private locations in Stockholm, Sweden.

Black Lion Records will release “Unalterable” in Double CD  and Digital formats, both of which are now available to pre-order from

All guitars on StormblÂst and  the clean parts on “Unalterable” were  performed by Erik Molnar.  With artwork by Alice Ruitenberg, booklet design by Marcos Cerutti, and Bandphotos by Nikita Smirnov,  tracklisting on “Unalterable” is as follows:

Part 1
1. A Window Into Nothingness
2. Halls Of Emptiness
3. Heir To Misfortune
4. A Forest Of Disenchantments
5. Red Snow ( Coldworld Cover)
6. Desolation
7. Bleak Autumn pt II
Part 2
8. A Hollow Promise
9. Embracing Ruin
10. Stormblåst (Dimmu Borgir Cover)
11. The Dying Light
12. Within Dark Dreams
13. Unalterable
14. Eternal Bereavement

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Of “Unalterable”, the band had this to say:

The actual conception of “Unalterable” goes a long way back, with the title track having already been written in 2014. However, back then, we had no idea that we would be using it  as the  title track for our third-full length album. The rest of the songs were composed during 2017 and 2018 and the album was recorded during the same period

This album differs a bit from our earlier releases, both in production and in the composition of the songs. They are longer, darker, and more atmospheric than on any of our previous releases, and with its running time of almost two hours, it is the by far the longest work we’ve ever recorded .

The title “Unalterable” refers to the path of life, unalterable despite all efforts to alter its course, forcing us to dwell in this miserable existence until life’s end.

MIST OF MISERY’s next live appearance will be at Copperfield’s in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 30th March.

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At the end of last year HELHEIM announced the completion of their new album and teased fans with the statement that this was “by far the most intriguing album we’ve done thus far. Expect the unexpected!”.  And today the unexpected has arrived, with Dark Essence Records revealing not just the details of HELHEIM’s tenth full-length album, but also the title track “Rignir”, as well  details of the band’s first full European tour in several years.

The single is unmistakably HELHEIM, and yet it’s quite different.  Intrigued?  You can listen for yourself as it is available to buy or stream at

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For well over two decades HELHEIM have represented their Norse heritage through their music and their  lyrics, with an authenticity and an integrity that is frequently diluted within the so-called “Viking” genres.  With  “Rignir”,  the band again turned to their heritage when writing the poems that form the lyrics for the album, drawing inspiration from the ljóðaháttr, an Old Norse alliterative verse form used largely in the Eddas.

As to the actual subject matter of “Rignir”, which translated means Rain, HELHEIM explain:

This time around we have been very inspired by the local weather of Bergen. The autumn and winter seasons can summon the darkest of feelings within oneself, and this backdrop served as the fertilizer that would germinate the seeds of our lyrical ideas. Exploring the darkness of nature as something that can be seen, as well as sensed,  it became a canvas where the pen drew words that rose from the depths of solemnity and alienation. Although each track depicts an ever growing intensity of suffering and loss, there’s still a  dialogue on how to maintain some sort of sanity or inner peace.

Let the rain fall heavily upon you.


Once again HELHEIM have recorded the album at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, calling on the services of Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) to mix and produce “Rignir”  alongside the band, and Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) to handle the mastering.

With a guest appearance by Ole André Farstad playing Lap Steel  Guitar on the track Ísuð, and with artwork by H’grimnir, tracklisting for “Rignir” is as follows:

1. Rignir
2. Kaldr
3. Hagl
4. Snjóva
5. Ísuð
6. Vindarblástr
7. Stormviðri
8. Vetrarmegin


“Rignir” is due to hit the streets on the 26 April, and will be available in CD, Blue Vinyl (limited to 500 copies), and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered from:

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HELHEIM are set to appear at the Dark Easter Metal meeting in Munich on the 24th April, and will join VULTURE INDUSTRIES and Dark Essence Records label-mates MADDER MORTEM for the  nine-date “Strange Rain” European tour.  Tour routing and other confirmed shows as follows:

Apr 12 Kvarteret , Bergen, NO
Apr 21 Dark Easter Metal Meeting , Münich, DE (Helheim only)
Apr 25 Quantic Club , Bucharest, RO
Apr 26 Flying Circus , Cluj Napoca, RO
APR 27 Vörös-Kék Yuk, Budapest, HU
APR 28 Nova Chmelnice , Prague, CZ
APR 29 Backstage, Paris, FR
MAY 01 The Underworld , London, UK
MAY 03 Konfus, Esbjerg, DK
MAY 04 Skullcrusher, Dresden, DE


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The official video of the track “Dualitet og Ulver” from HELHEIM’s ”Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” album, which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, can be seen below and at

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Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL, whose self-titled debut full-length album was released on Osmose Produtions to great critical acclaim three years ago, are back with a vengeance with “Necrogenesis”, an album which sees the band’s core of founder and vocalist Doedsadmiral (SVARTELDER, DOEDSVANGR, ENEPSIGOS) and bassist DzeptiCunt (ex-RAGNAROK), being joined by Destruchtor (MYRKSKOG, ex-MORBID ANGEL) on guitars and backing vocals, and Dominator (ex-DARK FUNERAL) on drums.

The new arrivals have enabled NORDJEVEL to expand its musical horizons and produce an album that promises to be more ferocious than its predecessor, as Doedsadmiral explains:

With the addition of Destruchtor and Dominator to the band’s lineup, NORDJEVEL has never been so strong. “Necrogenesis” is a much darker and violent album. It is also more varied and mature, both musically and lyrically. We definitely did not want to get stuck in a rut and churn out an identikit version of our debut, and fortunately we all felt that we wanted to go in the same direction, so we were all able to work together extremely well on the new songs.  Having said that, “Necrogenesis” was a hard bastard of an album to complete, and at times we felt that the universe was conspiring against us, so it became a very personal album for all of us.

 To give fans a taste of what they can expect from “Necrogenesis”, NORDJEVEL have released a video for the opening track “Sunset Glow”. The video, by Necrolust Productions, which was filmed during the band’s 2018 appearance at the December Darkness Festival in Sweden, can be seen below and at

“Sunset Glow” has also been released as a single, and can be streamed or downloaded at the following 

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Recorded at Velvet Recording in Spydeberg, Norway, “Necrogenesis” was engineered by Nordjevel and Christer Krogh, and mixed and mastered by Patric Darkhyrys at his WSL Studios in France.  With Artwork and layout by Vincent Fouquet of Above Chaos, tracklisting for “Necrogenesis”  is as follows

1. Sunset Glow
2. Devilry
3. The Idea Of One-Ness
4. Black Lights From The Void
5. Amen Whores
6. The Fevered Lands
7. Nazarene Necrophilia
8. Apokalupsis Eschation
9. Panzerengel
10. Venom Of Serpents (Bonus Track Vinyl, Digipack)

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“Necrogenesis” is set to hit the streets on Osmose Productions on the 29th March in CD Jewel Case, Limited Edition CD Digipack (with bonus track), Limited Edition Double Gatefold Vinyl in Blood Red (with bonus track), Limited Edition Double Gatefold Vinyl in Black (with bonus track), Digital, and Limited Edition Audio Tape formats.

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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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With their debut full-length album “Mother Culture” having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records last month, Norwegian blackgazers AVAST have today premiered a video for a track from the album.

The video for the track “The World Belongs to Man” can be seenbelow and at

About the track itself, the band had this to say:

“The World Belongs to Man” is the contemporary story of humankind and reflects where we find ourselves today as we begin to realise that our way of life is slowly killing the planet.  The song also express anger and frustration at not being able to stop this process, knowing that to be able to do so would require such radical political, economic and cultural changes that certain powerful people would lose both money and power in the process.

 Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, AVAST consists of Hans Olaf Myrvang (AGENDA) on bass and vocals, Trond Salte (AGENDA), Ørjan Lund (NAG) on guitars, and Stian Steensnæs (LIK) on drums. Together  they fuse the aesthetics of black metal with the atmospherics of post-rock in order to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing, and whose lyrical themes are not centered around the usual black metal topics, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on social and environmental issues.

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AVAST will be celebrating the release of “Mother Culture” and rounding off the year with two shows in Norway:

23 Nov: Victoria Pub and Cafe, Bergen
24 Nov: Vaterland, Oslo

Looking ahead to 2019 AVAST have already been confirmed to appear at Trondheim Calling in January and the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo in April.

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Norwegian Black Metallers SVARTELDER have today revealed details of their second full-length album “Pits” which is set for release on Dusktone in January 2019.

Founder and frontman Doedsadmiral (NORDJEVEL, DOEDSVANGR, ENEPSIGOS) shared some information about the album:

“Despite there being a theme running through the lyrics of its seven tracks,  “Pits” is not a concept album.  Nor was it ever our intention to make it one. It  is an album that explores ones deepest pain and misery.  That difficult battle to crawl out of the pit of despair and back to the world, only to find that the world has deteriorated into something lifeless and miserable. So much so, in fact, that you just want to let go and once again fall back into your pit .

“With our previous releases, the debut full-length “Pyres” and the “Askbundet” EP, we felt that SVARTELDER was still finding itself, and with “Pits” we have pushed ourselves even further musically.  As an album “Pits” is more, aggressive and more melancholic than its predecessors.  In fact, you could say that “Pits” is more of all that makes SVARTELDER what it is”.

To give fans a taste of what they can expect from “Pits”, SVARTELDER have debuted a track from the album, which can be heard below and on  YouTube at

“Pits” was mixed and mastered by Patric at the WSL Studios in France,  whilst much of the recording itself was done in the individual studios of band members Doedsadmiral on vocals,  Tjalve on bass and guitars, Renton on synth and Spektre on drums.

Tracklisting  for “Pits” is as follows:


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With artwork by Khaos Diktator Design, “Pits” will be available in CD, Digital, Black Vinyl and Limited Edition (100 copies) Deep Blue Vinyl  formats and can be pre-ordered now at

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