Skillfully fusing the aesthetics of black metal with the atmospherics of post-rock in order to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing, Norwegian blackgazers Avast are set to release their debut full-length album Mother Culture on October 26th through Dark Essence Records.
As a prelude to the release of Mother Culture, Dark Essence Records has released the title track as a single, which is available from and can be heard at https://avastband.bandcamp.com/track/mother-culture.
Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, Avast consists of Hans Olaf Myrvang (Agenda) on bass and vocals, Trond Salte (Agenda), Ørjan Lund (Nag) on guitars, and Stian Steensnæs (Lik) on drums, Avast is a band that reviewers and promoters place in a variety of genres. Whilst the band's roots lie in punk rock and hardcore, it would be safe to say that blackgaze and post-black metal are genres that could be applied to Avast, given that Avast's lyrical themes are not centred around the usual black metal topics, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on social and environmental issues.
The members of Avast themselves describe Mother Culture as:-
“a concept album that examines the myths upon which modern civilization is based”, and “an apocalyptic tale about the rise and fall of human civilization, and how we have exploited the Earth’s resources to such a degree that we are now standing on the brink of our own extinction. Musically the record borrows equally from the black metal and post-rock genres, and lyrically it draws inspiration from Daniel Quinn’s philosophical novel Ishmael.”
Artwork by Ole Nymoen.
Mother Culture will be released in CD, Digital and limited edition white vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from:
Dark Essence Records: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/avast/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
More information about Avast can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/avastband/
A video of Avast performing at 2016's Tunghørt Festival can be seen at https://youtu.be/GvGGkVI7cFc
With their seventh full-length album "Marrow" having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records five days ago, Norwegian Alternative Metallers Madder Mortem have released a new video for a track from the album.
Titled "Far From Home" the symbol-laden video is by the noted Romanian artist Costin Choireanu and can be seen at https://youtu.be/8DIDksyQJUk
About "Far From Home", the band commented that the track:-
"grew out of an early morning's vocals idea, and into a very Madder song. Everything we love is here: contrasts and melody, fragility and heaviness, anguish and hope. The lyrics are about a long night's uneasy journey into day, about the gut-wrenching worry that rides on the back of truly caring for someone".
Regarding the video itself, and the collaboration with Chioreanu, who has a long-standing history with Dark Essence Records and the Norwegian music scene, Madder Mortem went on to say:
"When we approached artist Costin Chioreanu about creating the video for "Far From Home", we gave him the music, the lyrics, and otherwise an absolutely free rein. The result is his unique interpretation of the song and the feeling, and when we first saw it, we were all tearing up. Costin gave the song another dimension, and we are so grateful to him for expanding our music into the visual realm".
As an album, the eleven-track "Marrow" is complex, covering a wide variety of genres and sounds that range from moments of folk / prog to avant-garde. From delicate ballads to harsh metal, it is more doomy than its predecessor "Red in Tooth and Claw", as well as being at times both heavier, and catchier. It is, according to the band "about sticking to the essence of yourself. Your ideas, your thoughts, your values".
"Marrow" comes in CD Digipak, Digital and Limited Edition transparent green vinyl and is available from all the usual sellers, or can be ordered from the following:
All formats: https://maddermortem.bandcamp.com
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webstore: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
The Nordic Epic Metal masters Sirenia are going to return to the European stages again. In November, Morten Veland and his bandmates are heading South for an headlining tour. Supported by their fellow Norwegians, Triosphere, Sirenia will bring their epic melancholic symbiosis of orchestral opuses and raw heavy metal sounds to the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy. Don’t miss the chance to see them on the road.
On this tour, Sirenia will play tracks from their brand new album, called Arcane Astral Aeons, scheduled for release by the end of October 2018. Be amongst the first to listen to this brand new opus live! Today, we are proud to unveil the album cover.
Band leader Morten Veland about the artwork and the album:
“We are very pleased to present the artwork for our new album Arcane Astral Aeons. Once more we have worked with designer Gyula Havancsák to create an artwork that renders and adorns the heart and soul of our music. The album was recorded in Audio Avenue Studios (Norway), and Sound Suite Studios (France), while the mixing and mastering took place in Hansen Studios (Denmark) with mixing engineer Jacob Hansen. This album is something unique to us as it is the first one we have made together with our fans, everyone who have supported our pledge campaign has directly contributed to the funding of the album and to make it what it has turned out to be. We are very proud of what we have achieved together and we're very eager to share it with you, hoping that you all will find it as special as we do."
Sirenia on tour:
04.11.18 UK – London / The Dome
05.11.18 FR – Paris / La Boule Noire
06.11.18 FR – Nantes / Ferailleur
08.11.18 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz 2
09.11.18 ES – Madrid / Mon Live
10.11.18 PT – Lisbon / RCA Club
14.11.18 CH – Musigburg / Aarburg
15.11.18 CH – St-Maurice / Le Manoir Pub
16.11.18 IT – Bologna / Alchemica Club
17.11.18 IT – Milan / Legend Club
more dates to be announced soon!
Morten Veland about the upcoming tour:
"We are excited to announce the first tour dates in support of our upcoming album to be released the 26th of October. We will return to some countries we have not been to for some time. We intend to announce further dates later on, covering more countries and territories. Stay tuned for more news and we are looking forward to see you on the road again soon."
Norwegian melodic death metallers Art Of Deception released their new album ‘Path of Trees’, on June 22nd, via Rob Mules Records.
‘Path of Trees’ is available and streaming at:
Sound cloud: https://soundcloud.com/artofdeception-music/sets/path-of-trees
Physical LP/CD/Merch: Contact: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArtofDeceptionofficial
Art Of Deception web page will be up soon!
Norwegians Art Of Deception – formed in 2012 – is a melodic death metal band with thrash and progressive influences. Their live show can be described as energetic and full of crazy ass wind-milling. Since 2012 they have played countless headliner shows, support shows and festivals including the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and opening for Nile & Terrorizer on the first part of the ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed Part III’ tour. Other bands they have shared stage with is Kvelertak, Entombed A.D., Blood Red Throne amongst others. The band released their new album, entitled “Path of Trees”, on June 22nd, 2018, via Rob Mules Records.
Norwegian melodic death metallers Art Of Deception will release their forthcoming album ‘Path of Trees’, on June 22nd, via Rob Mules Records. The band has unleashed an official music video for the song "Dark Psychosis", watch it here: https://youtu.be/kocvhLMT2zw
Also check out the album teaser and commentary, here: https://youtu.be/M9KEDAA9xa0
The album will be available on LP, CD and on all digital stores. Art work by Gustavo Sazes.
Pre-order the ‘Path of Trees’ LP today! Go here! http://www.tigernet.no/item/152897--art-of-deception--path-of-trees--vinyl
Norway's Art Of Deception – formed in 2012 – is a melodic death metal band with thrash and progressive influences. Their live show can be described as energetic and full of crazy ass windmilling. Since 2012 they have played countless headliner shows, support shows and festivals including the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and opening for Nile & Terrorizer on the first part of the ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed Part III’ tour. Other bands they have shared stage with is Kvelertak, Entombed A.D., Blood Red Throne amongst others. The band is set to release their new album, entitled “Path of Trees”, on June 22nd, 2018.
Norwegian melodic death metallers Art Of Deception are set to release their forthcoming album ‘Path of Trees’, on June 22nd, via Rob Mules Records. Today the band unleashes the album teaser and commentary, watch it here:
The album will be available on LP, CD and on all digital stores. Art work by Gustavo Sazes.
Pre-order the ‘Path of Trees’ LP today! Go here! www.tigernet.no/item/152897--art-of-deception--path-of-trees--vinyl
Norway's Art Of Deception formed in 2012 and are a melodic death metal band with thrash and progressive influences. Their live show can be described as energetic and full of crazy ass wind-milling. Since 2012 they have played countless headliner shows, support shows and festivals including the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and opening for Nile & Terrorizer on the first part of the ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed Part III’ tour. Other bands they have shared stage with is Kvelertak, Entombed A.D., Blood Red Throne amongst others. The band is set to release their new album, entitled “Path of Trees”, on June 22nd, 2018. Watch the outstanding lyric video for the first single ‘Lysjakt’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plDwxd4ts7o
Norwegian black metallers Djevelkult stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Når Avgrunnen Åpnes, at Decibel magazine's website. A work of traditional black metal savagery that nevertheless retains a timeless freshness, Når Avgrunnen Åpnes ushers forth Djevelkult's long-awaited return after their bold 'n' brash debut album, 2014's I Djevelens Tegn. Set for international release on May 25th via Saturnal Records, hear Djvelkult's Når Avgrunnen Åpnes in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Gjøvik, Djevelkult is a Norwegian black metal cult brought out of void in 2009 by Dødsherre Xarim, with a vision of darkness and chaos, and to spread a message of blasphemy against man and God. Xarim first started with a different set of members than the current line-up, but due to differences, imprisonments, and other situations, the lineup for the first year went into oblivion. Xarim then got together with the drummer Ond of Liktjern in 2010, and thus work of the evil chants started.
With Xarim and Ond as the primary lineup, Djevelkult recorded and released the demo Skapt av Helvetesild in the summer of 2011. At the same time, Beleth joined in band, and shortly after, Skabb did, as well. With the line-up now a four-piece, Djevelkult then wrote and recorded their debut album, I Djevelens Tegn, which was subsequently released by Morbid Shrine Productions in September 2014.
Ond left the cult in the summer 2014 due personal reasons and T.K. joined in as a live session drummer for the upcoming tour together with Kirkebrann. The next year was focused on playing at various festivals and concerts before Djevelkult entered a studio again. Xarim, Skabb, and Beleth started the recording of the guitars of the second full-length in the winter of 2014/15 at Gravkors Studios, and during the summer, the guitars and bass were completed. The year passed by and the studio sessions were set on a short break, for the band to focus on the IXXI tour of 2016 and festivals around the summer.
Former drummer Ond then decided to return to the band again, and Djevelkult bid farewell to their session drummer T.K. in the late summer of 2016. Then the band started to record the drums at the beginning of 2017 in the Kirkebrann studio, followed up by the recording of the vocals. Thus titled Når Avgrunnen Åpnes ("As the Abyss Opens" in English), recording for the second album was completed in the summer of 2017. Kark of Dødsengel handled the album's mixing and mastering the album.
Built upon a foundation of cold 'n' filthy riffing laced with an atmosphere that's both desperate and triumphant, Djevelkult's Når Avgrunnen Åpnes is some of the purest Norwegian black metal you will be able to find in modern times. The passion bleeds through every performance here; the ensuing songs stick in the listener's head without relying on saccharine catchiness. But as with everything in the band's restless ways, Djevelkult here chose to shape the new album with additional inspiration from guest artists: Draug of Kirkebrann sang and wrote the lyrics of "Vredeskvad"; Invisius of Blodhemn played the drums and sang and wrote the lyrics of "An Evil Unheard Of"; Ånneland played the second solo on "Apocalypse (Hellspawn)"; and Kleven plays additional guitar on "En Ny Tid."
With more touring and live performances slated for later in the year, Når Avgrunnen Åpnes marks a momentous moment for Djevelkult. True Norwegian black metal is undead! Hear all the proof for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Preorder info can be found HERE.
Oslo based metallers I, The Betrayer recently unveiled their new clip for latest single “Boaster”! Created by Andy Pilkington (Very Metal Art) the song was premiered exclusively on Overdrive.ie!
Vocalist Chris Wiborg had this to say on the song:
"The everlasting quest to prove one's worth shapes the life choices that we make. We lead life not by virtue but by the means to receive recognition for one's often meaningless accomplishments. Be it in vain or not, humility is cast aside and humans fall victim to boasting."
You can view the video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpgsrvGo1vQ
I, the Betrayer is made up of five guys from altogether different musical backgrounds brought together by their love of metal, and random chance, to create music which encompasses every part of their collective vision. Influenced by all kinds of styles, from blues and progressive rock to death metal, they have managed to carve their own identity within the genre.
Amongst the heavy metal chugging and pounding drums, you can expect to hear soaring vocal melodies leading to guttural lows, progressive inspired leads on top of driving metal progressions and contemplative clean passages exploding into a forceful and commanding song.
As a band, they’ve worked for two years to produce this debut EP. Though highs and lows and difficult schedules they have toiled to make what they agree best represents them as musicians and artists alike.
Nordic symphonic metal masters Midnattsol have just released the official lyric video for the title track of their upcoming new album “The Aftermath” which will be released on May 25th via Napalm Records.
Midnattsol now has true full sister power featuring Liv Kristine and Carmen Elise! The name "Espenæs“ rightfully makes a lot of people swoon – as both sisters have been a vital part of a magnitude of gothic / symphonic / folk metal milestones. Until this point a supergroup involving both sisters sharing microphone duties was only the stuff only dreams were made of. Now it is a reality!
The band comments on the track:
“As a huge thank you for waiting for us all these years, here is another song for you before the release of our new album! It contains a message that we want to reach out with; What do you think it is?”
“The Aftermath” relies much more heavily on folk influences lending atmospheric density to the melancholic symphonic metal compositions. A sumptuous and sensual affair and a shimmering highlight in the discography of this German / Norwegian team! Enjoy the brand new video HERE!
Norwegian melodic death metallers Art Of Deception have today unleashed their outstanding lyric video for the first single ‘Lysjakt’, taken from their forthcoming album ‘Path of Trees’, set to be released in June 2018 via Rob Mules Records. The lyric video was mixed and mastered by Martin Skar Berger.
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/plDwxd4ts7o
‘Lysjakt’ is an insanely hard driven and cool metal track from their forthcoming album. If you haven’t listened to Art Of Deception yet, now is the time! Something is in the air, something big is about to happen – great things are expected of these lads from Stavanger, Norway!
Norway's Art Of Deception – formed in 2012 – is a melodic death metal band with thrash and progressive influences. Their live show can be described as energetic and full of crazy ass wind-milling. Since 2012 they have played countless headliner shows, support shows and festivals including the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and opening for Nile & Terrorizer on the first part of the ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed Part III’ tour. Other bands they have shared stage with is Kvelertak, Entombed A.D., Blood Red Throne amongst others. The band is set to release their new album, entitled “Path of Trees”, in June 2018. Watch the official video of ‘Killing’ from the debut album ‘Shattered Delusions’: https://youtu.be/8_KkfhiR-5M
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