Posts Tagged ‘Folk Metal’

Elvarhøi Logo PR

Hot on the heels of the first track reveal, and with two weeks before the release of their debut full-length album “Dansen låter fra graven åter”,  Norwegian Folk Metallers ELVARHØI are giving fans a chance to hear a second track from the album.

When compared to the band’s first single “Vertshuset Dovregubben”, the new track “Kjenningsvisa” finds ELVARHØI in a completely different mood.  Gone are the heavy atmosphere and bardic story-telling undertones, to be replaced with something entirely fresher, and more upbeat.  As the band explains:

While our first single was one of the earliest songs written for the album, filled with dense atmosphere and long deliberation, our second single is as fresh as we can make it.  We began working on it just a few months before we entered the studio and it represents that moment when the study door opens, letting in a breeze that scatters all the notes and papers, leaving only the finished product.  It is a call to action with a spring in your step and  your eyes on the horizon.  It is escapism in its proper sense – as in a man being released from prison.

Kjenningsvisa” can be streamed or downloaded at https://elvarhoi.fanlink.to/kjenningsvisa

As well as on YouTube below and at https://youtu.be/zuyejuY7Wvg


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The eclectic backgrounds of its members, who draw their experience from Folk Metal and Extreme Metal, as well as traditional Norwegian and Celtic folk music, have enabled ELVARHØI to create a sound that is reminiscent of the golden age of Folk Rock, whilst, at the same time, being quite distinct and  very much fitting into the genre of modern Folk Metal. 

“Dansen låter fra graven åter” is an album that joyfully takes elements from both Norwegian Folk Music and 70’s Rock and Prog, and adds them to a framework of Heavy Metal, so that it ranges from triumphant metal anthems, to soft and lush “folk singer-esque” ballads that explore a magical world of Faerie and Adventure.

“Dansen låter fra graven åter”, which means ‘The dance continues from beyond the grave’,  was mixed by Markus Skroch at the Kalthallen Studio and mastered by Magnus «Devo» Andersson (MARDUK) at his Endarker Studio.  With artwork by Even Mehl Amundsen and photos by Marcus Eriksson, tracklisting for «Dansen låter fra graven åter» is as follows:

  1. Bruremarsj
  2. Hva er en konge?
  3. Kjenningsvisa
  4. Det grå riket
  5. Vertshuset Dovregubben
  6. Trolljuvshallingen
  7. Tilbake til intet
  8. Kalde netter

Elvarhøi AlbumArt PR

“Dansen låter fra graven åter” will be released by ELVARHØI’s own label Ramljod Records, in both Jewel Case CD format complete with a 24-page booklet, and digital format. It is now available to pre-order from https://elvarhoi.bandcamp.com

ELVARHØI’s lineup of Christopher Rakkestad (RAGNAROK, JORDSKIPSTYRANN) on Bass & Vocals, Magnus Wandås on the Hardanger Fiddle, Sean Murphy on Flutes, Carl Engstrøm (ASTAROTH, DØDSFALL, KVALVAAG, SARPEDON, TROLL, MOLOCH, to name but a few) on Drums, and Martin Langebraaten (SARPEDON, RAVEN WING, FROSTHEIM, SOLMUND) on Guitars,  will be debuting the new album live in Oslo on the 19th October at the Rock In. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/396486787592019/

Elvarhøi Band Photo PR

To celebrate the impeding release ELVARHØI recently debuted a video for the track Titled “Vertshuset Dovregubben”, which is in the form of a fascinating screen capture of the work of artist Even Mehl Amundsen, taking the viewer through the process he underwent to create the beautifully detailed cover art for “Dansen låter fra graven åter”.

The video can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6tZEOXPmcoA


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

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Elvarhøi Logo PR

For Norwegian Folk Metallers ELVARHØI choosing the 30th October to release their long-awaited debut full-length album “Dansen låter fra graven åter” was a no brainer, because fifteen years ago to the day is when the band itself was formed.

To celebrate the impeding release ELVARHØI have debuted a video for a track from the album.  Titled “Vertshuset Dovregubben” the video is in the form of a fascinating screen capture of the work of artist Even Mehl Amundsen, taking the viewer through the process he underwent to create the beautifully detailed cover art for “Dansen låter fra graven åter”.

The video can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6tZEOXPmcoA


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The single can also be downloaded or streamed at:  https://elvarhoi.fanlink.to/dovregubben

The track itself tells the story of a plucky youngster who, one especially cold winter night, comes across an invitingly warm tavern, filled to overflowing with all sorts of characters and strange artefacts. Here he witnesses his first hanging – that of a fiddler accused of possessing the good people of the town. As the noose tightens, it generates a tone that resonates within the fiddle, which starts to play on its own, and before his mind’s eye the fiddler can see the long afterlife amongst the hills that awaits him, and all the others in the room.

It may seem that fifteen years is a long incubation period for a debut album, but during its making ELVARHØI underwent a journey filled with doubt, dispossession and ultimately death and defeat. But with determination the band have come up with “Dansen låter fra graven åter”, an album of which its members can be rightly proud.

Produced by the band and recorded between the winter of 2017 and the summer of 2019 at Rönnhögen Lydvær, ELVARHØI’s home studio in the Swedish woods, with additional recording at Studio Hemstad in Holter, it was mixed by Markus Skroch at the Kalthallen Studio and mastered by Magnus «Devo» Andersson (MARDUK) at his Endarker Studio. With artwork by Even Mehl Amundsen and photos by Marcus Eriksson, tracklisting for «Dansen låter fra graven åter» is as follows:

  1. Bruremarsj
  2. Hva er en konge?
  3. Kjenningsvisa
  4. Det grå riket
  5. Vertshuset Dovregubben
  6. Trolljuvshallingen
  7. Tilbake til intet
  8. Kalde netter

 

Elvarhøi AlbumArt PR

ELVARHØI’s lineup of Christopher Rakkestad (RAGNAROK, JORDSKIPSTYRANN) on Bass & Vocals, Magnus Wandås on the Hardanger Fiddle, Sean Murphy on Flutes, Carl Engstrøm (ASTAROTH, DØDSFALL, KVALVAAG, SARPEDON, TROLL, MOLOCH, to name but a few) on Drums, and Martin Langebraaten (SARPEDON, RAVEN WING, FROSTHEIM, SOLMUND) on Guitars, brings with it musicians whose backgrounds span Folk Metal and Extreme Metal as well as traditional Norwegian and Celtic folk music. The band’s songs mirror the profane world in a language of Faerie and adventure, and the eclectic backgrounds of its members enables ELVARHØI to create a down-to-earth sound and style that is redolent of the golden age of Folk Rock, whilst bringing it firmly into the realm of modern Folk Metal.

Elvarhøi Band Photo PR

The sound of the album is a joyous mix between the distinct timbre of Norwegian Folk Music and 70s Rock and Prog, draped over the bones of Heavy Metal. The songs range from triumphant metal anthems, to soft and lush “folk singer-esque” ballads. As  songwriter and bassist, Christopher Rakkestad, explains:

When Elvarhøi started up  in 2005 we concentrated on medieval ballads, with a focus on paying homage to the cultural heritage of the romantic era.  We’ve had an incredibly long musical journey since then, where we held Norwegian folk music up against the backdrop of everything from Black Metal to contemporary music. “Dansen låter fra graven åter” bears the mark of this entire journey, and today we have become a band who boldly cross  any musical boundary in order to tell the story we want to share. Our aim is to give something positive to the listener.

The title «Dansen låter fra graven åter» is a line from the debut single “Vertshuset Dovregubben”, in which the fiddler must die after having caused too much senseless revelry. And when the tune keeps playing from beyond the grave, that’s when the party finally kicks into the magical sixth gear. Magnus Wandås, fiddler and lyrical mastermind of the band, explains about the choice of title and the process the band went through to produce the album :

«Dansen låter fra graven åter» translates into something like ‘The dance continues from beyond the grave.’ A few years ago, we would have told you that this album, or any album, would never survive our work process. But we’re far too stubborn to quit, no matter how monumental the task is. And since we wholeheartedly believe in the strength of this material, we couldn’t ever let it go. This attitude could easily have been our downfall, but it must have proved to be a strength.  Why? Because here we are, back from the grave and stronger than ever for having gone through the ordeal.

“Dansen låter fra graven åter” will be released by ELVARHØI’s own label Ramljod Records, in both Jewel Case CD format complete with a 24-page booklet, and digital format. It is now available to pre-order from https://elvarhoi.bandcamp.com

ELVARHØI will be debuting the new album live in Oslo on the 19th October at the Rock In. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/396486787592019/

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

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YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/elvarhoi
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Website https://www.elvarhoi.com
Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/0lfN0nltKrMVZ1ePNEKTv7
Vk https://vk.com/elvarhoivk
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Selvans LOGO FAUNO DARK ITALIAN ART PR

Dark Italian Metallers SELVANS have released details of their second full-length album.  Titled “Faunalia”, the album is set for release on Avantgarde Music on the 2nd November, and will be available in Digital and A5 CD formats, as well as a double gatefold vinyl and a limited edition wooden box.   At the same time it will also be released on cassette by Folkvangr Records.

Sub-titled  “A Dark Italian Opus”, “Faunalia” is the work of SELVANS mastermind Haruspex, in which he explores elements of history, myth and Italian folklore.  It is an album that features tones that are dramatic, and at times even horrific, drawing from a variety of influences that range from Italian dark-progressive, to symphonic in the cinematic style of ENNIO MORRICONE, to neo-folk.

For the recording of “Faunalia”, SELVANS’ Haruspex and Fulguriator have, for the first time,  been joined in the studio by the band’s live members HK on drums and Acheron on guitars, as well as by a number of guests including Agghiastru (INCHIUVATU), Mercy and Gianluca Virdis (IANVA),  and Tumulash (FIDES INVERSA).

Recorded in various studios throughout Italy,  “Faunalia” was produced by Haruspex, and was mixed and mastered by Haruspex and Acheron at the Atrocity Exhibition Studio.  With artwork by Haruspex and Ghoul, tracklisting for “Faunalia” is as follows:

I.  Ad Malum Finem
II. Notturno Peregrinar
III. Anna Perenna
IV. Magna Mater Maior Mons
V. Phersu
VI. Requiem Aprutii

Selvans Faunalia Albumart GoldPR

More information about SELVANS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans or on their website at http://www.templeofselvans.com/

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Selvans
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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans
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Webshop: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/merch
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/templeofselvans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/selvans_
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/selvans_official
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans
Band Contact:  info@templeofselvans.com
Booking:  Nighttime Production
booking@templeofselvans.com / nightimeproduction@gmail.com
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Avantgarde Music
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Contact: info@avantgardemusic.com
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Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/folkvangrrecords/

 

Dark Essence Records have announced March 16th as the release date for “De gjenlevende”, the new album from Norwegian Black-Folk Metallers GALAR.  The album, which will be the band’s 3rd full-length, was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studio in Bergen with producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen handling the recording and mixing , whilst the mastering is by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen.  Artwork for the album is by  Robert Høyem of graphic designers Overhaus.  The track “Tusen kall til solsang ny”  from “De gjenlevende”,  has been debuted today and can be heard above and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/galar-tusen-kall-til-solsang-ny

Joining the lineup for the album is Phobos (AETERNUS, GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) who was once again drafted in to handle the drums, as well as several session musicians including both a string quintet and a horn quartet –  unusual elements that are ideally suited to the epic nature of the six-track concept album.  Track listing for  “De gjenlevende”, which is sung entirely in Norwegian, but which is accompanied by an explanatory booklet in English,  as follows:

1. De gjenlevende
2. Natt … og taust et forglemt liv
3. Bøkens hymne
4. Ljós
5. Gjeternes tunge steg
6. Tusen kall til solsang ny

Whilst “De gjenlevende” loses nothing of the epic grandeur that fans have come to expect from the band , this time GALAR  also delve further into their harsher and more extreme sound alongside their trademark symphonic  elements.   As the band’s lyricist Jorge Blutaar recently explained, the concept for “De gjenlevende”  is inspired by  Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies.  “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter.  With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more.  It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”.

GALAR’s  founders M. Kristiansen (screams, guitars and bass) and A. B. Lauritzen (clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano) recently announced that they had expanded the band’s lineup to include drummer Tomas Myklebust (ex-EMANCER, live session drums with VULTURE INDUSTRIES and VRIED), and have also added live session member Pól Nolsøe Jespersen on lead guitars.  The first time the new lineup will hit the stage will be at Inferno Festival in Oslo on the 1st of April at the Dark Essence Records label night at Blå, alongside label-mates TAAKE, KRAKOW and MOMENTUM.

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

“De gjenlevende”  is available to pre order from DARK ESSENCE RECORDS at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/galar-de-gjennlevende or direct from GALAR at http://galar.bigcartel.com/product/de-gjenlevende

Five tracks from GALAR, including  “Tusen kall til solsang ny”  from “De gjenlevende”, can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial/sets/til-alle-heimsens-endar

 

Fan-filmed footage of GALAR performing the track “Ingen Siger Vart Vunnin” at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in 2011 can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/sETwf9PwNlc

 

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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Galar Webshop: http://galar.bigcartel.com/
Galar MySpace: www.myspace.com/galarmetal
Band Contact & Booking: galarmetal@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
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