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With their long-awaited sixth full-length album  “Monocle” having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records last month, Norway’s ATROX have today announced that long-time drummer, Tor Arne Helgesen, has decided to quit the band due to a lack of inspiration and the desire to pursue other interests, and that his place will be taken by Andreas Kjøl Berg.

Both the new and outgoing drummers, and the band have made the following statements for their fans:

Tor Arne:
” After 18 years I have decided to leave ATROX. This of course, is not without thought, but it’s a natural decision because of lack of inspiration on my part and it’s been like this for a while. The gang in ATROX are my brothers so this happens completely without drama.  They had seen the “writing on the wall” and were therefore not very surprised about my decision to call it a day. I’m proud to have been a part of ATROX’s history, a story that has been going on for 30 years! Andreas Kjøl Berg who takes over the drum seat in the band is a monster with sticks and will surely enrich ATROX in the future !! Now I will still be featured on various releases such as MANES, LETHE, amongst others, as a session musician, as well as a newly started project with Eivind (EoP). I wish ATROX all the best in the future and look forward to following the band as a fan! Viva ATROX 🙂 !!”

ATROX’s  guitar player Eivind explains:
“So after nearly 20 years Tor Arne has decided to close the ATROX chapter of his life. Everyone in ATROX wishes him nothing but happiness and success in any and all of his future endeavours.  At the same time we are really excited to announce ATROX’s new drummer, a “drum monster” by the name of Andreas Kjøl Berg. He’s been a friend to some of the ATROX members for years, and he plays for the band 22 amongst others. We’re sure he’s going to be the perfect fit, and considering his musical history and skills, I think he’s going to add a new and cool dimension to the ATROX sound”.

Andreas:
“Some eight years back I attended my first ATROX gig. I was blown away by the band, the musicality and the songs they had. I knew some of the guys from before and they were good guys.  I remember telling Rune F after the gig that if they ever found themselves in a situation where they needed a drummer, just ask. That’s how much I liked them. Then, 8 years later, in June this year, I was asked by Rune F to step in at a gig they had at ProgPower in the Netherlands, and I said yes right away. Then I got to know that Tor Arne quit and the drum throne was up for grabs. I grabbed the opportunity.

“I love the band’s two last albums (Binocular and Monocle) and I learned to love them even more after I got to learn and play the  songs. Tor Arne has written so many cool drum parts which are a joy to play. I try to find a combination between bringing my own style, but also respecting the part he wrote, and how I first  learned the songs. To sum it up, it’s great to have become a part of ATROX and I look forward to new music, gigs, laughs and tours”.

The departure is amicable and the band will continue to support their latest release Monocle with some gigs next year as well as working on new music for a new album.

Today’s ATROX lineup comprises Rune Folgerø on Vocals,  Eivind on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Erik Paulsen on Bass , and of course new drummer Andreas Kjøl Berg.

More information about ATROX can be found on the band’s website at atroxhttp://www.atrox.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ATROX.no

A video by Snorre Hovdal of Dispenser Media for “Mass”, the opening track from ATROX’s 2017 album “Monocle”,  can be seen at https://youtu.be/fPiVHNj_WHg


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With *Monocle”,  their first album for over a decade set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 8th September, ATROX have today debuted the opening track from the album  in the form of a video by Snorre Hovdal of Dispenser Media.

According to the band,  Hovdal was chosen because of his previous work with two of the band members on their DRONTHEIM project, and he was given the song with the brief that it should be dark. More than satisfied with the result, ATROX felt that ” that’s what happens when small boys play with rocks…witches come in many sizes”.  The video is currently streaming exclusively at the following:

Lords of Metal (Netherlands): http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/626
Eternal Terror (Norway) https://eternal-terror.com/articles/index.php?id=1829&type=A
Ultraje (Portugal): http://ultraje.pt/atrox-mass/
Legacy (Germany) http://www.legacy.de/exklusives/803-exklusive-video-premiere-atrox-mass.html
Spark Rock Magazine (czech republic) http://www.spark-roc kmagazine.cz/industrialove-atr ox-se-vraci-po-9-letech
Rock Tribune (Belgium), https://www.facebook.com/RockTribune/

About the track itself, the band had this to say: “The reason for us picking “Mass” for a video was due to the energy and structure of the song – which is aggressive and straight to the point.  It also represents the album well, giving you a vibe about what it’s all about; a darker side of us and how we’re observing the world around us”.

Today’s ATROX lineup comprises Rune Folgerø on Vocals,  viNd on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Tor Arne Helgesen on Drums and Erik Paulsen on Bass, and with “Monocle” the band is  back stronger than ever.  The sound has been fine-tuned so that what was once an atmospheric mix of Death and Doom Metal has become much more progressive, experimental and industrial.  It is an album that shows a darker side to the band, with more epic and atmospheric elements than before.  Consolidating the unique ATROX sound within the album are catchy and upbeat sections.

Artwork for “Monocle” is by Rune Folgerø and Erik Paulsen.  Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Mass
2. Vacuum
3. Heat
4. Finger
5. Suicide Days
6. For We Are Many
7. Movie
8. Target

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“Monocle” will be released in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/ and https://atrox.bandcamp.com

More information about ATROX can be found on the band’s website at http://www.atrox.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/atrox.no

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Irish Doomsters MOURNING BELOVETH will perform a special set in the Netherlands ,  on Saturday 29th October , when they make what will be their third appearance at Dutch Doom Days at the Baroeg, Rotterdam.  And their reasons for doing so?  Quite simple really – not only does MOURNING BELOVETH have a considerable following in the Netherlands, but they are also huge fans of the Rotterdam venue. Plus the football of course!  As the band explains:

“This will be our third Dutch Doom Days appearance and one we are really looking forward to. We first played Baroeg in 2003 when on the Doomination of Europe Tour with MORGION and THE PROPHECY,  and this is what started  our love affair with the place.   So much so that even if we are not playing at Dutch Doom Days or making a stop there during a tour,  we have also become die-hard Rotterdam Hooligans – the Irish Branch.

“We have had many legendary nights at Baroeg, mainly when the gigs were over;  from 4am Doom sing-along’s to Feyenoord Gabba songs.  We were even asked by our Dutch friends at Baroeg to contribute to the letter from the venue to the Dutch Government for funding assistance, something that was a real honour for us.  And naturally with Feyenoord  5 points clear at the top of the Eredivise, and a home game next weekend we might even get some good football on Sunday morning”.

So what exactly does MOURNING BELOVETH have in store for the fans and the venue on Saturday:

“The most important thing of course is the music, and we are due to headline the Saturday night and we have decided to do something special.  We will play Nick Cave’s “The Weeping Song”  and this will be only  third time that we perform it live.  We  know this is a favourite amongst our Dutch friends, and the last time we played it on stage also happened to be at the Baroeg.   Unfortunately due to the gremlins that had taken up residence in our equipment, or maybe it was in our heads, we were not satisfied with the performance that time.   We’re happy to say that rehearsals are going well, and if anyone knows the words they are more than welcome to help us out and sing along with us.

“We will also be playing an acoustic version of “A Terrible Beauty is Born”, with the original video playing behind us.   It will be the first time we have played anything acoustically outside of rehearsals or the recording studio,  and we hope everyone will enjoy it.  For those who don’t  know the song, the lyrics are taken from WB Yeats poem “Easter 1916” which is about Ireland’s fight for freedom and the changing attitudes of many people who witnessed the ultimate sacrifice made by so many men and women who laid down their lives for a free Ireland.  But the words of the poem could resonate in any country in the world where people have fought for freedom since the beginning of time,  and the video reflects this.

“See ye in the dark corners….”

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The  video of “A Terrible Beauty is Born” that will be used at Dutch Doom Days, it was created by the band and  John Mulvaney and originally released on the 24th April 2016 – the day that marked the Centenary of the Easter  Uprising.  Since its release there have been more than a few who have questioned what Yeats would have thought of his words being interpreted by a metal band, and some who questioned what the band’s motivation was for writing the song.   So,  earlier this year the band released an unscripted video where they explained what lies behind the track, the recording process, how such a different sound came about, and what it might lead to in the future.  Titled “A Terrible Interview Is Born”, the video can be seen below at https://youtu.be/atfJvCiDRSM


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The original version of “A Terrible Beauty is Born” was released in black and white, since some of the footage used was from the era of pre-colour photography.  Having taken another look at it, the band felt that the colour version gave a slightly different perspective, and went on to release that version as well for comparison.   The black and white version can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hOf24w_b7jI

Whilst the colour version can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/P8eXGnLiL-o
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Formed in 1992 and with six full-length albums and a plethora of compilations and splits under their belts, MOURNING BELOVETH are based in the market town of Athy, in County Kildare.  The band’s  lineup is composed of Darren Moore on Vocals,  Frank Brennan on Guitars and Backing Vocals,  Pauric Gallagher on Guitars, Brendan Roche on Bass and Tim Johnson on Drums.

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More information about MOURNING BELOVETH can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand
Bandcamp: https://mourningbelovethofficial.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO49P3z5I4yWVmC9ig0kJYw
Merchandise:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/merchandise/
Van Records:  http://www.van-records.de/
John Mulvaney: jpmulvanetti@gmail.com
Band Contact:   darren@mourningbeloveth.com
Booking:  husky@continental-concerts.de
PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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With two succesful releases to their name, Iceland’s MOMENTUM are hard at  at work on their next full-length album, which will once again appear on Dark Essence Records, at a date as yet to be specified.   Whilst work is continuing apace, the band have been able to reveal  “Dire Host”, a new track from the album, via a video which was filmed in the studio.  The video can be seen below and on MOMENTUM’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/OviPlf3xiLs


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“Dire Host” was recorded in June in Hveragerði, a small town about a half hour drive from Reykjavík,  and the new album marks the first time that MOMENTUM will be working in the studio with Friðrik Helgason.  As to what fans should expect from the album, “Dire Host” gives a pretty good idea according to the band who had this to say: “The songwriting process for a new album is going very well and we are really enjoying the direction in which we are heading.  It has been, and continues to be, a new learning curve for the band to keep the music to just the three of us,  but it would seem that we thrive on challenging ourselves with something different every time.

“We wanted to go and record a proper example of what the band is doing today and we feel that ‘Dire Host’ captures that quite well. If you happen to be at Eistnaflug festival next week you will be able to see this live as well as a lot more of the new material, including a special treat that we’ve been working very hard on this past month”.

MOMENTUM, whose lineup comprises Kristján on Drums,  Holaf on  Vocals and Bass , and Ingvar on Guitar and Vocals, is set appear not once, but twice at the Eistnaflug Festival in Iceland in July.  Their first appearance will be on the Boli stage on Wednesday 6th at 17:50, whilst on Friday the 8th they hit the Brennivin stage at 22:20 for what will be a special show.

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More information about MOMENTUM can be found on the band’s website at www.momentumiceland.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/momentumiceland

MOMENTUM’s first two albums “Fixation, at Rest” and “The Freak is Alive” can be heard at http://momentum.bandcamp.com

A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo


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The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records


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Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/momentumiceland
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/momentumiceland
Band Contact: momentumiceland@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence US Webshop:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
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Just short of twenty years after its release, ESOTERIC’s sophomore full-length album “The Pernicious Enigma” has finally found its way onto vinyl courtesy of Aesthetic Death Records.  Recorded in 1996 at Rich Bitch Studios, and originally released as a double CD in 1997, the vinyl version of “The Pernicious Enigma” is available as a triple gatefold LP strictly limited to 600 copies and can be bought directly from the band’s Webstore at http://www.esotericuk.net/Store

Having never been completely satisfied with the original mix of “The Pernicious Enigma”, the Experimental Doomsters decided to transfer the album from the original multitrack tapes in order to be able to remix the tracks and bring out some of the details that had been buried or subdued in the original release.  The remixing and remastering was carried out during 2015/16 by ESOTERIC’s Greg Chandler at his Priory Studios (http://www.prioryrecordingstudios.co.uk/ ).  Now, without actually having changed the overall feel of the album, and with a level of clarity and definition that far surpasses the original, “The Pernicious Enigma” is much closer to the band’s original vision. Artwork is by Simon Phillips.

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Only one more of ESOTERIC’s six full length albums  now remains to be released on vinyl, and it is anticipated that “Metamorphogenesis” will also appear in LP format in the future.

ESOTERIC are currently working on what will be their seventh full-length album, and a follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed “Paragon of Dissonance”.  Eschewing any serious touring whilst they focus on the preparations and recording for the new album, the band are planning to play a few one-off shows and festivals this year.  Confirmed appearances to date as follows:

28th May: No Fun Intended, Eiger Studios, Leeds, UK
3rd June: Temples Festival, Bristol, UK
1st July:  Under the Black Sun Festival, Bornicke, Germany
15th Oct:  Autumn Souls of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

More information about ESOTERIC can be found on the band’s website at http://www.esotericuk.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial

ESOTERIC recently joined forces with the German artist Vinsterwȃn (http://vinsterwan.jimdo.com/ )  who designed some exclusive merchandise for the band, which is available from their webshop at http://www.esotericuk.net/Store

A video of ESOTERIC performing the track “The Blood of the Eyes” live can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/UZK-zeuEAAw


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Seven tracks from ESOTERIC can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk/sets/esoteric


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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial
Website: www.esotericuk.net
Webstore: http://www.esotericuk.net/Store
BandCamp: https://esotericuk.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/esotericuk
Band Contact & Booking: greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

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When Irish Doomsters MOURNING BELOVETH released their sixth full-length album “Rust and Bone” at the end of 2015, one track stood out in particular, not only because its lyrical content was open to speculation, but also because musically it was such a departure from the band’s usual heavy, doom-laden sound, and Death Metal inspired vocals.

The track in question was “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”,  a  poignant, and hauntingly beautiful, acoustic interpretation of the famous W. B. Yeats  poem.  It was a track that also saw vocalist Darren Moore take a backseat and guitarist/backing vocalist Frank Brennan step to the fore to give voice to the song that had been in his mind for a long time.

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When the band joined forces with John Mulvaney to create a video for “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”, and released it on the 24th April this year, which was the date that marked the Centenary of the Easter  Uprising,  there were more than a few who questioned what Yeats would have thought of his words being interpreted by a metal band, and some who questioned whether the video, and indeed the song itself, was the band’s  tribute to those who died in the rebellion that was to shape the future of Ireland.  This, despite MOURNING BELOVETH having made it very clear that it was a tribute to all who had fought and died for freedom throughout the world.

Commented the band: “We were at rehearsals one day, talking about the questions that fans kept asking about “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”,  and it occurred to us that it might be a good idea to informally film ourselves giving our unscripted thoughts about what lies behind the track, the recording process, how such a different sound came about, and what it might lead to in the future.  YouTube seems to be the “go to” place for music fans these days, and it looked like it might be a much more interesting way to do it, rather than just writing an explanation.  We are grateful to John Mulvaney who kindly gave us a hand  turning it into something coherent, and you can see the results, which we have titled “A Terrible Interview Is Born”, below and at https://youtu.be/atfJvCiDRSM


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“We also thought that fans might like to see the original version of the “A Terrible Beauty Is Born ” video as well.  The version that was released was in  black and white, a medium we felt lent the right atmosphere, particularly since some of the footage we used was from the era of pre-colour photography.  Having looked at it again, the colour version gives a slightly different perspective, so for those who are interested in comparing the two, the black and white version can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hOf24w_b7jI


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and the colour version below and at https://youtu.be/P8eXGnLiL-o


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Formed in 1992 and with six full-length albums and a plethora of compilations and splits under their belts, MOURNING BELOVETH are based in the market town of Athy, in County Kildare.  Aside from Moore and Brennan, the band’s  lineup includes Pauric Gallagher on Guitar, Brendan Roche on Bass and Tim Johnson on Drums.  More information about MOURNING BELOVETH can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand

Confirmed live appearances for MOURNING  BELOVETH so far this year are as follows:

07 May:  Acherontic Arts Festival, Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
08 May: Florinsmarkt, Koblenz, Germany
11 Sep:  Doom Over Sofia, Club Live & Loud, Sofia, Bulgaria
29 Oct: Dutch Doom Days, Baroeg, Roterdam, Netherlands

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand
Bandcamp: https://mourningbelovethofficial.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO49P3z5I4yWVmC9ig0kJYw
Merchandise:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/merchandise/
Van Records:  http://www.van-records.de/
John Mulvaney: jpmulvanetti@gmail.com
Band Contact:   darren@mourningbeloveth.com
Booking:  husky@continental-concerts.de
PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com