On April 28th, Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, Dimmu Borgir, will unleash their highly anticipated double-DVD/BluRay ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ upon mankind. On this brand new release you can witness two different live shows: The legendary concert in Oslo, showing Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action. These monumental live rituals mark the beginning of the band's epic return planned for 2017.
Watch the first trailer for ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ here and take a look behind the scenes of this ambitious orchestra production: https://youtu.be/Dflre4AOhAU
And in case you missed the video for 'Mourning Palace (live at Wacken)', you can watch it here:
Get the physical formats of ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ here:
‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ Limited Edition 2 Blu-Ray or 2 DVD Digibook
‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ Limited Edition White Vinyl & Deluxe Earbook
Pre-order the live shows now digitally and receive 'Mourning Palace (live in Oslo)' instantly.
Pre-order ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ Digital Album
This unique combination of elegance and extravagance has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mind blowing sets per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography - from the majestic finisher 'Mourning Palace' to the stomping manifesto 'Puritania' and the haunting 'Gateways'... Norway's Dimmu Borgir know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes.
Okkultokrati has been awarded Best Metal Album Of 2016 in the prestigious Norwegian Spellemann Awards, for their Southern Lord-released Raspberry Dawn album! The award is the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy, making this a massive landmark for the band and their incredibly adventurous, genre-entangling style of eclectic hardcore punk.
As recently announced, the Norwegian mavericks are hitting the road again this Spring, with new tour dates constantly being updated. See all confirmed live listings HERE, and watch for more dates to be announced.
While paying homage to their native region's 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, Okkultokrati still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album.
See Okkultokrati's videos for "Magic People HERE, "Raspberry Dawn" HERE, and "Hidden Future" HERE, and stream all of Raspberry Dawn at Bandcamp HERE.
Raspberry Dawn is available on CD, LP, and digital platforms via the Southern Lord store.
Okkultokrati Tour Dates:
3/21/2017 Gleis 22 - Münster, DE
3/22/2017 The Plaque - Leipzig, DE
3/23/2017 DasBACH - Wien, AT
3/24/2017 P.M.K - Innsbruck, AT
3/25/2017 Tetris - Trieste, IT
3/26/2017 Scum - Pescara, IT
3/27/2017 Freakout Club - Bologna, IT
3/28/2017 Cinema Metropolis Umbertide - Umbertide, IT
3/29/2017 Spazio Ligera - Milano, IT
3/30/2017 Trokson - Lyon, FR
3/31/2017 Hipster Cafe - Rouen, FR
4/01/2017 301 Live Club - Lille, FR
4/02/2017 The Flapper - Birmingham, UK
4/03/2017 Black Heart - London, UK
4/05/2017 Audio Glasgow - Glasgow, UK
4/06/2017 The Cluny - Newcastle, UK
4/07/2017 Antwerp Music City - Antwerp, BE
4/08/2017 Merleyn - Nijmegen, NL
4/09/2017 The Pit's - Kortijk, BE - Bang Zoom Noise Produktions VZW
4/10/2017 Magasin 4 - Bruxelles, BE
Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, Dimmu Borgir, finally emerge from the depths of darkness to mark 2017 as the year of their monumental return.
On April 14th they will finally release their highly anticipated double DVD ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’, which will contain two of the band's live rituals: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band's unique visuals.
Their remarkable and atramentous stage show has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mind blowing aural delight per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography - from the majestic finisher 'Mourning Palace' to the stomping manifesto 'Puritania' and the haunting 'Gateways'... Norway's Dimmu Borgir know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes.
"For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far. As a band, we've always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven't been able to use a real orchestra. We've had to use samples, synthesisers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us!", states front man Shagrath.
On April 14th, both concerts plus a bonus documentary feature will be available in many different formats – further details to be revealed soon.
Wormholedeath are proud to announce that Meltdown (Metal / Metalcore from Norway) have signed a distribution deal with the label for the worldwide release of their debut album "Answers".
Digital Release : 20th January 2017 (Wormholedeath / The Orchard)
Physical Release : 17th February 2017 (Aural Music Group)
U.S.A. : 10th March 2017 (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Japan (Wormholedeath Japan / DiskUnion) TBA.
Meltdown had this to say:-
"We are delighted to announce that we have signed a worldwide distribution deal for our debut album “Answers” with WormHoleDeath Records. A debut album is of course very dear to us, and it became instantly obvious to us that WHD and the staff, with Carlo Bellotti and Thomas Hansen in particular, are the right company and people to cooperate with.
Not only do they work professionally with a solid network around the world, but they also care personally, understand our music and share our passion, which is so rare in the business. In short, we prefer to work with great people and WHD and the staff ticks all the boxes.
Carlo wants to be as a part of the band and obviously this passion means more to him than just the business. As a band you can´t ask for more dedication than that. We are really looking forward to a long and successful cooperation with the great people at WHD."
Norwegian black metal icons Mayhem are celebrating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with tours across the globe. This coming January, the band will march their way across North America performing the record in its monumental entirety.
In conjunction with their many live appearances, Mayhem will also release De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive on December 15th, 2016. The album was captured live in Norrköping, Sweden last year during the band's headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival. The show marked Mayhem's first time ever playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in full.
Notes the band of first single "From The Dark Past," "'From The Dark Past' has not been played many times live before, yet is in many ways an archetypical song from the band, containing key elements that are scattered throughout the rest of the album - blizzard blast beats and eerie atmospherics, all of course adorned by vocalist Attila Csihar's unique voice within the genre. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is widely considered one of the most influential black metal albums of all time, and this is the first time in history this classic album from 1994 is performed live in its entirety."
Sample De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive footage of "From The Dark Past" as well as "Life Eternal" at THIS LOCATION.
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna and NBS Audio and produced by Csihar and guitarist Teloch with light production by Anne Weckstrom, stage design and production by Jonas Svensson, video recording by Thornfields Production and video editing by Tamàs Tarczi. The celebratory release will come available on CD, LP, and DVD (the first 1000 copies are numbered) as well as digitally on December 15th, 2016. For physical preorders, point your browser HERE. For digital orders go HERE.
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive Track Listing:
1. Funeral Fog
2. Freezing Moon
3. Cursed In Eternity
4. Pagan Fears
5. Life Eternal
6. From The Dark Past
7. Buried By Time And Dust
8. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Mayhem will return to North America on January 20th in Montreal, Quebec for a headlining tour that will pillage its way through two-dozen cities, the trek coming to a close on February 19th in New York, New York. Support will be provided by Black Anvil and Inquisition.
MAYHEM w/ Black Anvil, Inquisition:
1/20/2017 Club Solda - Montreal, QC
1/21/2017 Phoenix Theater - Toronto, ON
1/22/2017 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
1/23/2017 Metro - Chicago, IL
1/24/2017 Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
1/25/2017 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
1/27/2017 Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
1/28/2017 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
1/30/2017 Marquee - Calgary, AB
1/31/2017 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
2/02/2017 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
2/03/2017 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
2/04/2017 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
2/06/2017 Social Hall SF - San Francisco, CA
2/07/2017 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
2/08/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
2/10/2017 Alamo Music Hall - San Antonio, TX
2/11/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX
2/13/2017 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
2/14/2017 Throne Theater - Wilmington, NC
2/15/2017 The Howard Theater - Washington, DC
2/16/2017 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
2/17/2017 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
2/18/2017 Royale - Boston, MA
2/19/2017 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
Dark Essence Records have announced that the 20th January has been set for the release of "landawarijaR" the much-anticipated ninth full-length album from Norwegian Viking Metallers Helheim.
"LandawarijaR" will contain seven tracks, all of which bear the hallmarks of Helheim's traditional Norse heritage. A Heritage of which they are rightly proud and to which they have remained true, eschewing the temptation to turn themselves into the Viking parodies that so many bands have espoused. With "LandawarijaR" Helheim use their lyrics to express the need to include the Norse Heritage into modern life by emphasising the importance, mystery and never-changing wonder of the Runes.
Just as Helheim's "RaunijaR" followed in the same vein as its predecessor "Asgards Fall", "LandawarijaR" continues where "Heidindomr" ended. All four albums incorporate the use of Timpani and Horns, and the new album also has a number of artists performing guest vocals including William Hut, Morten Egeland (Narrowhead), Pehr Skjoldhammer (Alfahanne), Bjornar E Nilsen (Vulture Industries, Black Hole Generator) and Ottorpedo.
With music by by H'grimnir and V'gandr, lyrics by V'gandr and artwork by H'grimnir, "LandawarijaR" was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (Vulture Industries, Black Hole Generator) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (Enslaved).
Helheim recently announced that two songs from the album were being turned into videos by Guilherme Henriques, who is both producing and directing the videos. 'Ymr' and 'Baklengs mot intet' are the songs that been chosen because, as the band explained, they are "neatly intertwined into a dualism which Guillherme will portray". The videos are expected to be debuted in the run-up to the release of "LandawarijaR".
A series of stills from the video shoot by the photographer Mathis Backe of Yggdrasil Photo (http://yggdrasilphoto.net ), and featuring Helheim's line-up of Vgandr on bass and vocals, Hgrimnir on rhythm guitar and vocals, Noralf on rhythm and lead guitar and Hrymr on drums and programming , were recently published, and can be seen on Helheim's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Norwegian eclectic prog troupe White Willow will release their seventh full-length album, Future Hopes, this Winter, through their long-time label home, Laser's Edge.
Future Hopes, their first album since 2011's well-received Terminal Twilight sees WHITE WILLOW exploring some of the most "progressive" territory the band has ever ventured into, with several very lengthy tracks and more instrumental stretching out than they are usually known for. The album features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the Yamaha CS80, the famed Blade Runner synth; the movie, and Vangelis' music for it, was one of the influences on the album.
Offers founding White Willow guitarist Jacob Holm-Lupo, "Future Hopes is loosely tied together by a science fiction concept, a 'love among the ruins' story." Delving deeper into the creation of the album he continues, "Future Hopes is our seventh album, and a sequel of sorts to our two other conceptual albums, Terminal Twilight and Storm Season. We're extremely excited and impatient to share the music, which features both our new singer, Venke Knutson -- a well-known artist in her own right here in Norway with several Top 10 hits to her credit -- as well as guest appearances by guitar wizard Hedvig Mollestad (Hedvig Mollestad Trio) and world-renowned clarinettist David Krakauer. Returning from the Terminal Twilight line-up are Mattias Olsson (Necromonkey, ex-Änglagård), Ellen Andrea Wang (PIxel, Manu Katché Group), Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler) and Ketil Einarsen (Kaukasus, ex-Jaga Jazzist)."
Musically the album follows logically from the previous one, but with a bit more instrumental stretching out, especially thanks to Hedvig's guitar, and the modern production approach of the record. Future Hopes was mixed by the highly respected Norwegian engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9 / Reine Fiske album, Atlantis and the Todd Rundgren / Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans, with several of his productions having been Grammy-nominated and / or won in Norway. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean.
Laser's Edge will release Future Hopes on CD, LP, and all digital platforms in the first quarter of 2017; a final release date will be issued alongside the cover art, track listing, and much more in the coming days.
Dark Essence Records have announced the details of the new album from veteran Norwegian Black Metallers Sarkom, which is set to hit the streets on the 2nd December.
Titled "Anti-Cosmic Art" the seven-track album was originally intended to mark the band's tenth anniversary, but was delayed due to a combination of personal and technical difficulties that often beset bands and skew carefully laid release plans. Which, as it happens, worked out for the best, because it gave the band time to rethink, and produce an album that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sarkom is a long way from being a "one trick pony", as is often the case on the Black Metal scene.
To mark the release of "Anti-Cosmic Art" Sarkom will play the following two Norwegian dates:
03 Dec: Good Omens, Trondheim
17 Dec: Revolver, Oslo
More information about Sarkom can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
My Kingdom Music has revealed details of "Welcome The Dead", the seventh full-length album from Norwegian Black Metallers Crest Of Darkness, which is set to hit the streets on the 2nd December in both CD and Digital formats, as well as a double LP format which will feature a special bonus track.
Recorded at the at MLP Studio by Nils H. Mæhlum, and mastered at the Kvålsonic Lab by Tom Kvålsvoll, the nine-track album promises to be the heaviest, darkest and most introspective album in the band's twenty plus year history.
The artwork for "Welcome the Dead" features the extraordinary Zombie Foetus sculptures created by the Italian artist Andrea Falaschi.
Crest Of Darkness' line-up, includes founder and frontman Ingar Amlien (Roquefire, Conception, Amlien's Inferno) on bass and vocals, Rebo on guitars, Bernhard (ex- Pale Forest) on drums, and Kristian Wentzel on keyboards. Earlier this year Amlien admitted that he sees "Welcome the Dead" as having a special significance for him personally: " I've put a hell of a lot of myself and my emotions into this album, even more so than usual. I've always felt that when we are on stage, we create a sort of magic, and this time we have been able to transfer that magic to the recordings. You could say this is my personal Black Mass".
Norwegian progressive extreme metal icons Enslaved will issue their debut full-length, the now legendary Vikingligr Veldi, on vinyl for the first time ever. Set for release on September 23rd, 2016 via By Norse Music, the limited 2xLP gatefold edition includes a stunning new layout design by Z. Bielak (Ghost, Mayhem etc.) as well as four brand new illustrations specially made for this groundbreaking offering. Additionally, the record has been respectfully remastered for vinyl by Iver Sandøy preserving every bit of its original dynamics.
Enslaved's Vikingligr Veldi, initially released in 1994, was co-produced with the legendary Pytten (Immortal, Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor et al) in Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway. The album features lyrics in Icelandic, and is a tribute to the Norse landscape, history, and mythology. The songs match these themes with long, horizontal songscapes, dense atmospheres, and winds from the past.
"We have been waiting since the day we recorded it," comments Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson, "and at last it is happening! It has been a challenging journey, and it has demanded a lot of patience and understanding from all parts involved. The day we held the finished product in our hands was as sacred a day for us as the day we finished recording it."
North American pre-orders are now available. For black vinyl, point your browser HERE. For white vinyl (limited to 1000 copies) go to THIS LOCATION.
Vikingligr Velidi Lineup:
Ivar Bjørnson - guitars, keys
Grutle Kjellson - vocals, bass
Trym Torson - drums
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