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Good news for fans of TAAKE who have long been clamouring for the re-release of the long-sold out vinyl versions of 2008’s “Taake” and 2017’s “Kong Vinter” albums, because, as of the 22nd November, they will be available on Dark Essence Records.

Featuring Hoest on vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums, TAAKE’s self-titled album was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studio by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), back in the dog days of 2008 and has, since then, become a Black Metal classic.   Following on from the iconic trilogy of “Nattestid…”, “…Bjoergvin…” and “…Doedskvad”, the album heralded  new start, with TAAKE becoming more active as a live entity.

Originally released on CD, “Taake” was given a limited vinyl release in 2009, and, other than as a part of 2018’s career spanning picture disc box set “7 Fjell”, it has never since been available on vinyl.   With the original pressing currently selling for astronomical prices on the secondary market, fans have actively sought to persuade Dark Essence to make it available once again, and the label has listened to their pleas.

“Taake” will be released in gatefold format, with the bonus track that appeared on the original vinyl having been removed.  To differentiate  it from the 2009 release”Taake”  will come with an alternative cover, using a photo from the original photo shoot, and will be available in  three different versions.  Aside from the regular black version, there will also be white vinyl version, which will be limited to 500 copies, and a 250 copies, strictly limited, clear vinyl version which will only be available exclusively through the Dark Essence Records Webshop.

Tracklisting as follows:

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  1. Atternatt
  2. Umenneske
  3. Lukt til Helvete
  4. Doedsjarl
  5. Motpol
  6. September omsider
  7. Velg bort Livet

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TAAKE’s “Kong Vinter” once again saw Hoest playing all the instruments on an album that rose like a Black Metal beacon from the gloom of the rugged, rain-swept coastline of Bjoergvin.  Traditional in spirit, “Kong Vinter” provides a soundscape underscored by a nasty groove, that at times can appear deceptively playful. It  is familiar to the ear, and yet it has a freshness that is so often found lacking in the genre, demonstrating Hoest’s unnerring ability to develop TAAKE’s sound in such a way that keeps it relevant and up to date, whilst retaining the intensity that fans have come to admire in the genre.

“Kong Vinter” will be available in a regular sleeve in a black vinyl version.  Once again a new photo from the original photo shoot has been used for the cover, and the bonus track from the original vinyl version has been removed.

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  1. Sverdets Vei
  2. Inntrenger
  3. Huset i Havet
  4. Havet i Huset
  5. Jernhaand
  6. Maanebrent
  7. Fra Bjoergegrend mot Glemselen

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Both “Taake” and “Kong Vinter” re-releases are now available to pre-order from the following:

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For over two decades RAGNAROK have been giving fans their uncompromising take on Norwegian Black Metal, both in the studio and on stage, and now, the seasoned veterans, along with their long-time label Agonia Records,  are ready to reveal details of what will be the band’s ninth full-length studio album.   Titled “Non Debellicata”, the ten-track album is set for release on the 15th November.

The band  gives us an insight into what went into the making of “Non Debellicata”, an album  in which RAGNAROK’s  entire lineup of founder and frontman Jontho, guitarist Bolverk,  bassist Rammr and drummer Malignant, had a significant input:

Our new album, “NON DEBELLICATA”, is the result of an extensive process in which all the members of the band participated creatively, both musically and lyrically.  We put a lot of work into this album to make it as extreme and violent as we possibly could, pushing the borders of our musicianship and song writing skills.  Originally we started out with 20 songs, out of which we rehearsed 16 and whittled it down to 13 for recording.   We eventually chose 10 for inclusion on the album, because we wanted to ensure the highest possible quality of every song.  

As for the title itself:

“NON DEBELLICATA” refers to a phrase used as the motto for our home town Saropsborg in the olden days.  It is taken froma  letter Jarl Alv Erlingsson sent to the Scottish Government in 1286.  Aside from being a nobleman and the Jarl (Earl) of Sarpsborg, Alv was also an infamous pirate who was in the habit of robbing Danish and German merchant ships.

The Scottish government had confiscated a number of Norwegian ships and Jarl Alv wrote them a letter, in which he said that maybe they were under the impression that Norway was weak after being at war for several years.  But assured them that they would learn that the Norwegian people were not weakened by the war and would never be defeated.

NON DEBELLICATA. The people of Norway would never give up – and neither will RAGNAROK!

“Non Debellicata will be available in Jewel Case CD, Limited Edition Digipack CD, Digital, and both Red and Black vinyl editions and is now available to pre-order from

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Recorded in Sweden’s Endarker Studio, with MARDUK’s Devo at the helm, and with artwork by Nestor Avalos and photos by Arash Taheri, tracklisting for “Non Debellicata” is as follows:

01 Non Debellicata
02 Chapel of Shadows
03 Sanctimoneous
04 Bestial Emptiness
05 Nemesis
06 The Great Destroyer
07 Gerasene Demoniac
08 The Gospel of Judas Iscariot
09  Jonestown Lullaby
10  Asphyxiation

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To celebrate the album’s release, RAGNAROK are set to support US Death Metallers IMMOLATION on a 21-date European tour.  Accompanying them on the tour will be Austria’s MONUMENT OF MISANTHROPY and Italy’s EMBRYO.

Titled The Last Atonement, the tour routing is as follows:

07.11. (GER) Munster / Sputnikhalle
08.11. (HOL) Amersfoort / Flour033
09.11. (HOL) Tilburg / de Nieuwe Vorst
10.11. (HOL) Enschede / Metropool
13.11. (ITA) Milan / Slaughter Club
14.11. (ITA) Rome / Traffic
15.11. (ITA) San Dova di Piave / Revolver
16.11. (CH) Sion / Le Port Franc
17.11. (GER) Trier / Mergener Hof
18.11. (FR) Niort / Camji
19.11. (FR) Paris / Backstage
21.11. (UK) Manchester / Rebellion
22.11. (UK) London / The Dome
23.11. (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
24.11. (BEL) Namur / Belvedere
26.11. (GER) Munich / Backstage
27.11. (CZ) Praga / Nova Chmelnice
28.11. (POL) Bielsko Biała / Rudeboy
29.11. (POL) Łódź / Magnetofon
30.11. (GER) Berlin / Lido
01.12. (POL) Poznań / U Bazyla

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More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s Facebook page at  or on their  website at

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This is probably the darkest and most brutal album we’ve ever made! It’s also the most honest work ever from my perspective.

So says CREST OF DARKNESS founder Ingar Amlien about “The God of Flesh”, the ninth full-length album from the Norwegian Black Metal veterans.

Set for release on the 25th October on My Kingdom Music, “The God of Flesh” promises nine tracks filled with CREST OF DARKNESS’  trademark Satanic themes. But this time the band has expanded the feel, variety and depth of their music, showing them to be as much at home with more progressive and melodic elements, as they are  the with the aggressive and dark brutal side, for which they are known.

Recorded  and mixed at the MLP Studio and Engineered by Nils H. Mæhlum,  with guitars being recorded at Attic 43 and engineered by Rebo, “The God of Flesh” was produced by Crest of Darkness and mastered  at the Kvålsonic Lab by Tom Kvålsvoll.

With all lyrics by Amlien and music by Amlien, Rebo and Bernhard, except for the track “Forgotten” where Amlien joins forces with the album’s session keyboardist Kristian Wentzel, and with cover art by  Marius Engli Andersson, track listing for “The God of Flesh” is as follows:

1. The God of Flesh
2. The Child with no Head
3. Endless Night
4. The Spawn of Seth
5. Forgotten
6. Euthanasia
7. Blood
8. Godless Evil Eyes
9. Salvation in Hell

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Seeking an outlet for his passion for sonic brutality and his interest in Vampirism and Satanic ideology, on which he is an acknowledged expert, Amlien  formed CREST OF DARKNESS in the mid nineties.  The band today,  which Amlien considers to be the strongest lineup to date, consists of Amlien (CONCEPTION, ROQUEFIRE, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) on Bass and Vocals, Rebo on Rhythm and Lead Guitars, and Berhard (ex- PALE FOREST) on drums.

Of  the new album and the contribution made by his band mates, Amlien  had this to say:

During the whole production of the album I was thinking that now, more than ever before, I wanted to make an album my way!  And, as a result, we haven’t made any compromises whatsoever, in any direction.  And I’m very fortunate to be able to say that I was not alone during the whole process. With the help of my fantastic band mates Rebo and Bernhard, it became possible to bring my darkest fantasies and visions to life through “The God of Flesh”

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“The God of Flesh” will be available in Digital, Digipak CD, Deluxe CD Box, and Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from the following:

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CREST OF DARKNESS are set to play the following three dates in the UK with STAHLSARG:

Fri 6th Sep:  Retribution Alive, The Black Heart, London
Sat 7th Sep:  The Wheatsheaf, Banbury
Sun 8th Sep:  The Soundhouse, Colchester

Whilst on the 12th October they will be at Good Omens, in Trondheim, Norway.

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HELHEIM, whose recently released album “Rignir” has been receiving plaudits from fans and reviewers alike, have just released a video for the title track.  The video, by Romanian multi-media artist Costin Chioreanu can be seen below and at

The album itself, whose title “Rignir” means rain, draws its inspiration from the weather in HELHEIM’s home town of Bergen, notorious for its high rainfall, and, once again the band  has turned to their Norse heritage when writing the poems that form the lyrics for  the album,  using the ljóðaháttr, an Old Norse alliterative verse form used largely in the Eddas.

Regarding the video for “Rignir” and the band’s cooperation with Chioreanu, HELHEIM’s V’gandr had this to say:

Collaborating with Costin has been an absolute honour and pleasure. The way he interpreted the song is nothing short of perfection and we tip our hats to the gentleman. He used our audio and lyrical canvas to paint the emotions we were trying to create. The circle is complete.

Chioreanu, who has a long history of working with Dark Essence Records, and their sister-label Karisma Records, spoke about what it was like to work with HELHEIM, a band he had long-admired:

I first discovered Helheim in the late 90’s after I found a bootleg cassette copy of their “Av norrøn ætt” album on the black market  in post-communist Romania. Their music has been around me since then and I’ve always been an admirer of how they have evolved.  After more than 20 years we finally met in Bucharest (coincidentally the same city where I first came across their music) to film a video, and we had such an amazing time doing it.  

I would also like to say that my best videos and artworks are, strangely or not, those which I make for musicians who are true to themselves and enmesh perfectly with their work. Then, the vibe brought by our collaboration is warm and friendly. It’s as if the Universe wants to salute their dedication through my work, and such is the case with this music video, when everything in the making process was so magic al that I felt the work was creating itself. 

Having just completed a European tour, upcoming live appearances for HELHEIM are as follows:

01 Jun:  John Dee, Oslo, Norway (with VULTURE INDUSTRIES & MADDER MORTEM)
16 Aug: Flytten, Haugesund, Norway (with SLEGEST & ACÂRASH)
09 Nov: Unholy Congregation Pt II, De Qubus, Oudenaarde, Belgium

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After two hugely successful albums and an ever-increasing fan base, Black Metallers NORDJEVEL have today announced that they have signed to Norwegian label Indie Recordings for the release of their next album.  According to founder Doedsadmiral, the decision to change labels was originally a question of practicality as much as anything else:

We worked very well with Osmose Productions on our first two albums, and we have no complaints at all, indeed, they were instrumental in making those albums so successful, but we really wanted to work with a local label where we would be able to drop into their offices whenever we had anything to discuss.  We had a good discussion with Indie and they came up with the right package and, very importantly to us, a way or working that suited NORDJEVEL, so here we are – ready for the next stage of the band’s development.

 Being a band that is quite prolific in the production of videos, there is, needless to say, a new one on the horizon, which will be for the track “The Fevered Lands” from NORDJEVEL’s album “Necrogenesis”, which was released on Osmose Productions earlier this year. A teaser for the video, which includes a welcome message from Indie, can be seen at below and at

In another piece of news, NORDJEVEL have also confirmed that following his recent sabbatical VREDEHAMMER’s Valla is now back on guitars, rejoining a stellar lineup that includes Doedsadmiral (SVARTELDER, DOEDSVANGR, ENEPSIGOS) on vocals, DzeptiCunt (ex-RAGNAROK) on bass, Destruchtor (MYRKSKOG, ex-MORBID ANGEL) on guitars and backing vocals, and Dominator (ex-DARK FUNERAL) on drums.

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Having just finished a 23-date tour supporting BELPHEGOR and SUFFOCATION, NORDJEVEL is once again set to hit road in June in support of POSSESSED on their “Devils Over Europe” tour.  Routing as follows:

06th June:  The Underworld, London (UK)
07th June:  Baroeg, Rotterdam (NL)
08th June:  Metropool, Enshede (NL)
10th June:  Nuke Club, Berlin (DE)
12th June:  Old Capitol, Langethal (CH)
14th June:  Traffic Club, Rome (IT)
15th June:  Slaughter Club, Milan (IT)
16th June:  Boveda, Barcelona (ES)
17th June:  Caracol, Madrid (ES)
18th June:  RCA Club Lisbon (PT)
19th June:  Hard Club, Porto (PT)

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Additionally NORDJEVEL will be appearing at the Wacken Open Air and Brutal Assault festivals in August.

 A video by Necrolust Productions for the track “Sunset Glow” from the album “Necrogenesis”, filmed during the band’s 2018 appearance at the December Darkness Festival in Sweden, can be seen below and at

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Norwegian Black Metal veterans RAGNAROK are set to play a couple of tracks from their upcoming full-length album during their Inferno Festival appearance on Friday 19 April.

As founder Jontho, one of Black Metal’s most recognisable and iconic drummers, who has laid down his sticks in order to front RAGNAROK, explains:

Oslo’s Inferno Festival is not just legendary in Norway, it’s legendary throughout the world, so it’s always exciting to appear there, as it is to soak up the atmosphere and meet all the fans.  That’s why we thought we’d break out a couple of the new songs even before we announce details of the album itself. 

You can catch RAGNAROK on the Rockefeller stage at 16:30.

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Whilst  the band doesn’t want to reveal too much about what will be their ninth full-length album at this time, they have confirmed that once again they have called on the services MARDUK bassist Devo to steer them through the recording process at his Endarker Studio in Sweden, and  that it is set for release on Agonia Records in October.

More details will follow soon.

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Aside from their appearance at Inferno Festival, other confirmed dates for RAGNAROK include the following:

17 May: Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden (with CRAFT)
18 May: Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden (with CRAFT)
15 May: Oak Metal Club, Fosser, Norway (with CREST OF DARKNESS)

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Part- way through their European Tour with SUFFOCATION, BELPHEGOR and GOD DETHRONED, Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL have today released a video for the track “Devilry”, taken from their new album “Necrogenesis”

The video, by Grupa 13 Production, can be seen below and at

A follow up to Nordjevel’s 2016 self-titled debut full-length album, “Necrogenesis” 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.

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Talking about the effect the new arrivals have had on the band, Doedsadmiral recently had this to say:

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.

“Necrogenesis”, which was released on Osmose Productions on the 29th March, was recorded at Velvet Recording in Spydeberg, Norway, “Necrogenesis” and 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 available 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. It is available from all the usual retailers and streaming services, or can be ordered direct from the following:


 Remaining dates on the current tour:

17 April: Geneve (SUI) @ L’usine
18 April: Luzern (SUI) @ Schuur
19 April: Mannheim (GER) @ MS Connexion
20 April: Zwickau (GER) @ Seilerstrasse
21 April: Brno (CZE) @ Melodka
23 April: Bucharest (ROM) @ Quantic Club
24 April: Cluj Napoca (ROM) @ Form Space
25 April: Ostrava (CZE) @ Barrak Music Club
26 April: Budapest (HUN) @ Durer Kert (No God Dethroned)
27 April: Kranj (SLO) @ Subart
28 April: Graz (AUT) @ Explosiv
30 April: Roma (ITA) Orion Club
01 May: Paderno Dugnano (ITA) Slaughter Club
02 May: Munich (GER) Backstage

In June NORDJEVEL will hit the European trail again when they will support POSSESSED on the “Devils Over Europe” tour.  Dates and routing to be announced.

NORDJEVEL are also set to appear at Brutal Assault in Jaromer, CZ in August.

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