Posts Tagged ‘Niklas Kvarforth’

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On the surface, things might have seemed a little quiet on the SKITLIV front since the release of the  2009 album “Skandinavisk Misantropi” on Season of Mist.  And indeed, the band is in somewhat of a hiatus given the personal and work commitments of both the band’s founder and former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, as well as Niklas Kvarforth’s full agenda with SHINING.  But a “new” video has recently surfaced which should go a little way towards assuaging the thirst that fans have for news of the band.

Whilst going through his archives the legendary frontman found the “piece of X-ray adultery”,   which had been filmed at around the time of the album release and never made public, in his vaults.  Filmed by renowned sculptor and SUCHTHAUS bassist Spacebrain, the video for the title track from “Skandinavisk Misantropi” can now be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/fnrKGTazWQw


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Having been around since the beginning  of Black Metal, Maniac was, for a time, involved in the production of “Damage Inc.” one of the early fanzines.  The zine quickly became a casualty of the demands of his music career, and it is only recently that Maniac has found the time to re-visit this particular, and most basic, of aspects  of the music scene,  that has always interested him.

With the publication of a new edition of “Damage Inc” on the horizon, fans should not expect to see the kind of glossy, commercially-driven magazines that are the norm today.  They can, instead, look forward to a return to the days when the music and the musicians were what mattered.

Maniac had this to say about the resurrection of the Fanzine : ” Work on Damage Inc. # 3 is in full progress.  Interviews with TEITANBLOOD, CLANDESTINE BLAZE, DÖRAID, BIRTH RITUAL, DARKTHRONE, and more. It’s been 30 years since the last issue so it is about time. Cut and paste magazine. Nothing glossy around.  Just darkness and good music”.

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Musically too Maniac has not been entirely inactive, just more low key,  having collaborated both live and in the studio with artists like Niklas Kvarforth and SHINING and Andrew Liles (NURSE WITH WOUND),  as well as having taken up his former mantle of frontman for a couple of MAYHEM performances.  Most recently he has recorded guest vocals on the upcoming album from Norway’s WITCHFACE.

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skitlivofficial
Bandcamp: https://seasonofmistcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/skandinavisk-misantropi
Maniac Management & Booking patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

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Sweden’s self-styled “Alfapokalyptic Rockers” ALFAHANNE have inked a deal with Indie Recordings, who are set to release the band’s third full-length album “Det Nya Svarta” on the 7th April.

Hailing from Eskilstuna, ALFAHANNE burst onto the scene in 2010 with the avowed intent to bring back a sense of danger to Rock n Roll.  Playing what the band calls “Alfapocalyptic Rock”, which mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, and good old Rock n Roll, ALFAHANNE have created their own style of music, full of the kind of swagger and attitude that earns them plaudits from critics and fans alike.

Add to this the fact that ALFAHANNE were, right from the word go, able to attract high calibre guests such as  as TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, HELHEIM’s V’gandr,  KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik, Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT, and Nattfursth from SORHIN, not just on their first two albums, but also live on stage, and have continued this enviable the tradition with “Det Nya Svarta” , and you know you have something pretty special.

The band’s lineup of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass,  have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT.  Bringing that experience to the studio ALFAHANNE released their debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps” on Dark Essence Records in 2014.  This was followed by “Blod Eld Alfa” in 2015, and,  within a short two-year period , ALFAHANNE’s high energy, exuberance, and easy going, friendly  interaction with the fans (both on and off the stage) brought the band to the attention of audiences world-wide, garnering them a legion of fans.

Frontman Skjoldhammer explains that with their third full-length album ALFAHANNE continues to explore the dark side of mankind: Alfahanne’s lyrics are very personal and have many layers of dirt. Once you dig deeper into them you find many truths as I see them.  Alfahanne will never lean to the left or to the right or write about political issues. The only political issue that is close to our hearts is equal rights but the flipside of that same coin is that we think everyone is equally…. Equally useless.” 

“Det Nya Svarta”  was recorded at the Dödskult studio by Alfahanne’s Pehr Skjoldhammer and Mixed and mastered by Stamos Koliousis.  Guests on the album include KAMPFAR’s Dolk, David Lindh from YVONNE AND BRODER DANIEL, Sanrabb from GEHENNA, (with Nadine Skjoldhammer)

Satans verser (with Dolk from KAMPFAR)
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Avgrundsgravitation (with David Lindh from YVONNE & BRODER DANIEL_
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Mitt mörker är mörkare än ditt (with Nadine Skjoldhammer)
Dödsmaskin (with Sanrabb from GEHENNA)
Även hund har sin dag
Svarta får
Det nya svarta

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Commenting on their collaboration with Indie Recordings ALFAHANNE had this to say:  “We think Indie is a natural choice for us and we are very pleased to be collaborating with them. Now we just hope that they are aware that they have thrown a bone to a dog, fed the beast, poured gasoline on the  fire and unchained a monster.” 

“Det Nya Svarta” is now available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl formats from http://shop.indierecordings.no/artist/16189–alfahanne and in Digital format from https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/det-nya-svarta/id1202165056?

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

The video for the track  “Slutdestination Eskilstuna”,  from ALFAHANNE’s 2015 album “Blod Eld Alfa”, which features SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth on guest vocals, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/kx_RdM7xRqA


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on Bandcamp: https://alfahanne.bandcamp.com
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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When bands release a “Best Of” album, you normally expect that they have a significant past body of work, and that they have chosen to feature tracks that are familiar to most of their fans.  But Norway’s SUCHTHAUS is far from being the usual sort of band, so it will come as no surprise to anyone who follows them that their “Best Of” is not quite what you would expect.

For a start SUCHTHAUS has only ever released one full-length album – 2011’s “The Darks Side and the Bright Side”, which included some prominent guests who you would perhaps not expect to find appearing together on the same album.  Guests such as Maniac  (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM),   CURRENT 93’s David Tibet, Fredrik A. Juell  (BURNING RUBBER,  BERSERK BASTARDS) and singer Sibob Jawara . Since then, any new material has been released as videos on YouTube with artists such as Maniac, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth and MAYHEM’s Hellhammer bringing their own brand of insanity to the disturbing visuals of which SUCHTHAUS is so fond.

So why, exactly, a “Best Of” album from a band whose lineup includes Hellhammer, Ingvar, AD/HD, Fruen and founder Spacebrain?   Spacebrain, who, as well as being a musician, is perhaps best known as a sculptor, and the man behind many, by now iconic, stage sets for bands like MAYHEM, explained:

” No one has heard much from SUCHTHAUS since the debut album was released and there have been rumours that we were working on a second album.  There was actually some truth to these rumours, but, to be honest,  we were in no particular hurry.  We are influences by all kinds of cultural and musical genres, and we really wanted to give fans the best possible version we could of Stoner Rock and 70’s style Psychedelica, mixed with a solid dose of Nordic dark tones.

“Spending such a long time making an album can test the patience of any musician, so we  came up with the idea of making a “Best Of”  album.  We had enough music to fill a week-long album, so we thought why the hell not just do it?   We picked 13 tracks we feel  will open up your mind and introduce you to  the awkward tones of SUCHTHAUS.  Who knows, we might be the first band to come up with a “Best Of”  album after one single release, and which doesn’t include one single previously released track”.

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Out on the 12 December on the band’s own RollAbiGone label, “The Best Of Suchthaus” was mixed by Spacebrain and Fruen at Spacebrain’s studios.  Artwork and photography are by Spacebrain, whilst the German Bunker from a Normandy beach is by D-Dag.

Tracklisting as follows:

1 XCUSEMEWHILE
2 COOL KATZ
3 HOW DO YOU ?
4 WATERDANCE
5 SUCHTHAUS MICKEY MOUSE BAUHAUS
6 HANN ISLANDER
7 LOVE
8 BAKGÅRDSKATT
9 KOM MIT UNS
10 AH
11 KIDDO
12 SIDE 2 SIDE
13 HANG A ROUND

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“The Best Of Suchthaus ” can be ordered directly by emailing trash@spacebrain.no

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

A video for SUCHTHAUS’ “Walls of Berlin” which features SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth can be seen at https://youtu.be/k–Wu4DWeQM


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.suchthaus.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/suchthaus/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vonSUCHT
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/suchthaus
Spacebrain Website: http://www.spacebrain.no/index.html
Spacebrain on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpacebrainArtFromHell
Band Contact and Booking: trash@spacebrain.no
Press Contact: https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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The final routing for the joint SHINING/TAAKE European tour set to take place this winter has been confirmed, with four additional dates being added.  The tour is part of a series of live appearances to mark the  20th Anniversary of NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING.  Joining  these two titans of the stage on the tour will be TAAKE’s Dark Essence Records label-mates SLEGEST.

Routing as follows:

02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec:  Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT

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The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanded and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most dynamic live performers today.

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Whilst the name SLEGEST is perhaps not as familiar to fans as SHINING and TAAKE, the band has been earning rave reviews both for their studio output and for their live performances, earning them an ever-increasing fan base.  In the wake of his departure from VREID, where he played guitar on four of the iconic band’s albums, Ese formed SLEGEST in 2010, and the band has since then perfected a special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal that is both dark and sinister, whilst being propelled along by a down and dirty groove that is immediate and catchy.  The band’s second full-length album will be released in November on Dark Essence Records.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

The official video for the track “Vilja & Dröm”, from SHINING’s “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”   can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/QO1JZ0qTSuE


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More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial and on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

The official video of TAAKE’s  performance at 2016’s Hellfest can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/pQgOjt6H-Mk


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More information about SLEGEST can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/slegest/ and on the band’s website at http://www.slegest.no/
The official video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”, the  opening track from the album “Løyndom”, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CHdUCDbyB5g


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
SHINING
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com
TAAKE
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp:  http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com
SLEGEST
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Bandcamp: https://slegest.bandcamp.com
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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As part of a series of live appearances to mark the band’s 20th Anniversary, NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING will hit the road in December along with Norwegian Black Metal titans TAAKE.

Full details of the tour are not yet available, but confirmed routing so far is as follows:

02 Dec:  TBA, Berlin, DE
03 Dec:  Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec:  Underworld, London, UK
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec,  Backstage, Munich, DE

More dates will be announced shortly.

The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanding and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most exciting and dynamic live performers today.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial and on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SHINING
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com

TAAKE
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp: http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no

 

 

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On Friday the 13th of May, the Vulkan Arena in Oslo, Norway,  will host a very special memorial concert, entitled DEATH IS COMPLETE.  This night will honour the work and life of the late URGEHAL frontman TRONDR NEFAS and his departure from this life on the 13th of May 2012.

The concert will feature the unholy trinity of TRONDR NEFAS’ bands, URGEHAL, BEASTCRAFT and ENDEZZMA, who will share the stage for the first, and last, time.

The guest vocalists who will be performing with URGEHAL on this night will be none other than:

HOEST from TAAKE
NAG from TSJUDER
NATTEFROST from CARPATHIAN FOREST
NIKLAS KVARFORTH from SHINING
SORATH from BEASTCRAFT
MANNEVOND from KOLDBRANN
M SHAX from ENDEZZMA

Be a part of this historical ritual in the name of darkness and total death!  For THIS IS SATANIC BLACK METAL!

Tickets are available from : http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/475329

More info on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/901311689951326/

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In a statement issued today,  SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth confirmed that the band had reached an agreement with former label, Spinefarm Records, that would see the label re-releasing three of SHINING’s recordings, which, according to Kvarforth, “have all been unavailable for a few years due to several “inconvenient” matters”.

The frontman went on to say: “SHINING’s seventh full-length album “VII / Född Förlorare” and the “Lots Of Girls Gonna Get Hurt” EP will both appear in CD and Limited Edition vinyl formats, with the vinyl formats having one additional track each.

“But the best news of all is that “Redefining Darkness” will once again be available to those who missed out on its short-lived presence on the record market.  The album will be available in both deluxe DIGIPAK and VINYL editions”.

The deluxe digipak edition of “Redefining Darkness”, and the vinyl editions of all three of the re-releases, have been re-mastered by Andy La Rocque at the Sonic Train Studios, and are now available to pre-order, along with new merchandise and bundles from  www.shininglegions.com

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More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items not available elsewhere, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

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Ten tracks from SHINING can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com