The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, 'Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided).
With over two decades of Black Metal under their belts, Ragnarok are no strangers to live appearances, and both they, and their fans, are always ready for more. And to this end, the veteran Norwegians have inked a European booking deal with Massive Music.
"Live shows, and the opportunity they give us to connect directly with our fans is something we all really enjoy, and it adds a whole new dimension to the music", commented Ragnarok's founder Jontho Panthera. "We are therefore delighted to be able to announce that we will joining forces with Massive Music as regards European booking. Massive have a huge amount of experience, and some formidable bands on their roster, and we are very excited about the possibilities this cooperation could bring. We very much look forward to working together, and to bringing Ragnarok to a stage near you!"
A video for the track " Dominance and Submission" from Ragnarok's eighth full-length album “Psychopathology” can be seen at https://youtu.be/KGGck_iqy3E
The entire album can be heard on BandCamp at https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/psychopathology
With the release of their second full-length album, "Egocidal Path", on Dark Essence Records, a month away, the 3rd Attempt have released a video of a track from the album. The video, by Lukas Jaszak, for the track "I'll Do It Now" can be seen at https://youtu.be/Ca0WwsIq0cs
Commenting on the track itself, guitarist / bassist Tchort had this to say:
"Musically this song differs from anything we did on the first album, or, indeed, on "Egocidal Path" itself for that matter. It's melodic but old school, and contains some breaks that are perhaps a bit untraditional as regards Black Metal as I know it. And knowing that the lyrics are actually very deep emotions and personal experience made flesh, so to speak, the impact this has on the melody and the depth of feeling expressed in the vocals is that much stronger".
It is the strength of the emotions expressed in the lyrics that surprised video maker Jaszak and affected the way in which he approached the making of the video, as he explains:
"I like to work at night, but that proved impossible with this particular song with its seemingly simple, self-explanatory lyrics. But they grow on you without you realizing and before you know it, you're thinking about ending it all. I know it sounds naive, but try listening to this on repeat, at night, with the words flashing on the screen - on and on.
"I tried to make this video as simple as the message itself, whilst portraying the feelings of chaos and desperation that consume the main character. We definitely did not want to get too literal with the subject here, and we chose to ignore the blood and razors and all the usual worn out clichés, and focus instead on emotional chaos. Although suicide may seem like an easy way out for most, I feel instead that it is a horrifying vortex of tangled emotions, and both the song and the video show this".
Given the intensity that both Tchort and Jaszak picked up on in both Ødemark's lyrics and his performance, the vocalist reveals the anguish behind the song:
"When I first heard the music for "I'll Do It Now" played in the studio, I felt that the atmosphere surrounding it was the perfect environment in which to talk about how, at the age of 12, I made a serious attempt at killing myself for the second time. I could have just described the scene and been obvious about it, but the music awakened something in me and I decided instead to write about what went on in my head, without resorting to any poetic artifice, artistic pretensions or judgment whatsoever. I therefore chose to regress to that particular moment in my life, something which, incidentally, was much harder to do than I had expected, and write the lyrics using the thoughts exactly as they went through my mind.
" I had to open myself up to being as vulnerable as possible in order to once again become that child who had decided to take his own life, and to write down his thoughts with total honesty. Some of it might sound clichéd, or even naive and childish, but I needed to keep the truth undistorted in order to create the purest, most honest piece of art possible, and align that honesty with my vision of what Black Metal should be"
Formed by former Carpathian Forest guitarists Tchort (Green Carnation) and BloodPervertor (Opus Forgotten), the duo recruited Ødemark on vocals and Tybalt (Fortid, Den Saakaldte) on drums and released the band's debut album "Born in Thorns" on Dark Essence Records in 2015. As Tchort recently explained, that album still had some of the remnants of the Carpathian Forest era, whilst "Egocidal Path", on the other hand, was written with a fresh approach, resulting in an in-your-face album that is much tighter and much more aggressive, with Ødemark's lyrics and vocal range dragging the listener kicking and screaming into his own skewed universe.
With artwork by the Brazilian artist Rafael Tavares, tracklisting for "Egocidal Path" is as follows:
Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 1st December in CD, Digital and LP formats, "Egocidal Path" is now available to pre-order from the following:
All formats: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Norwegian melodic and groovy death metal combo Mecalimb have signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their new album "XIII".
Digital 17th November 2017
US 17th November 2017
(Aural Music Group)
Cd 08th December 2017
Japan 28th February 2018
(Wormholedeath Japan/Disk Union Music Distribution)
Mecalimb was formed in 2005, when a group of friends in Fredrikstad, Norway, decided to start a metal band, in the vein of bands such as Pantera and In Flames, groove oriented metal with melodic elements. Ole Olsen (guitar) were the main songwriter at the time, and the only member left of the original lineup today. After some gigs in Oslo and demo recordings in 2006, the line-up changed when the bass player and drummer quit the band. During 2006-2007, Dag Kopperud (bass) and Marius Pettersen (drums) joined. Things started to escalate with the band, and in 2008, the first album was recorded, “Mechanical Recipe”, followed by a video release of the song “Still Alive”.
Mecalimb got airtime on Norwegian radio broadcast (P3) and played several gigs, up until 2010. At the start of 2010, the original vocalist, Raymond Gammelsrud, and second guitarist Torben Svendsen, quit the band. A new vocalist was hired in March 2010, Kenneth Liljegren. After the summer of 2010, the band signed with Rising Records (London) to produce a second album, which came out in early 2011, “Bound To Fall”. The band hired Robin Larsen as a second guitarist. In addition to more gigs in Norway, including support for Jorn (ex-Masterplan), the band got to play at Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria, in late 2011, and also a support gig with Susperia. In 2012, Kenneth Liljegren left the band, and Mecalimb once again needed to change vocalist.
In came Stephan Hay, and the band started to change into a more thrashy/melodic death metal influenced style. After this, there were a long hiatus/writing phase up until December 2013, when local thrash legends, Witchhammer, did a split gig with Mecalimb in Sarpsborg. At the concert, because of health reasons, Tom Angel replaced Robin Larsen on lead guitar. Tom Angel then replaced Robin as a full-time member in early 2013. The band recorded “Chaos EP” in March 2013, released at Oak Metal Festival in August the same year, playing with bands such as Witchhammer and Circus Maximus.
More gigs in Norway followed, until the start of 2015, when Stephan Hay left the band. After some months, Robert Arntsen from Gothenburg, Sweden, joined the band. A new writing process started, and during the summer, the band started recording the third album, “XIII”, followed by several concerts with bands such as Tankard, Entrails, Enslaved, Triosphere, Mindtech etc. In the fall of 2016, black metal legends Ragnarok brought Mecalimb as support on their “Psychopathology” Europe tour, playing in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Mecalimb is currently in the writing process of a new album release.
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Portugal's Dark Metal pioneers in Moonspell are set to release their brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled '1755', on November 3rd 2017 with Napalm Records.
The band's 13rd studio record will not only outclass all standards you have ever heard from your favourite Portuguese before, sung in their native language it's the musical version of the year of horror when a giant earthquake wrecked Moonspell's home town Lisbon. This album is a dark adventure, breathtaking and completely earthshaking!
Moonspell's '1755', coming as CD digipak, digital download & LP gatefold editions, is now available to pre-order HERE!
For the first time ever, Moonspell recorded their new album in Portuguese only, but there will be one bonus track appearing in Spanish, and today the band has released this stunning version for the song 'Desastre'! Dive into the brand new tunes by the masters of dark art and check out Moonspell's upcoming album - bonus track right HERE!
Says vocalist and creative spirit Fernando Ribeiro:
"Desastre is a homage to all our Spanish-speaking fans around the world. In the late 18th century, in our streets a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese was spoken and guess what that’s exactly what we do here! This song is about how the earthquake took Lisbon by surprise and how we are nothing but a a human leave left alone to break when a strong winds blows. Enjoy Desastre, gracias y saludos!“
In support of Moonspell's upcoming release, the band will be heavily hitting the road this year, while kicking off in Portugal and Spain first, followed by an extensive tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in early 2018! Make sure to catch the masters of dark art live on the following dates:
30.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
31.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
01.11.17 PT - Porto / Hard Club (Special album release show)
with special guests Bizarra Locomotiva and Norunda:
03.11.17 ES - Santiago / Malatesta
04.11.17 ES - Bilbao / Santana 27
05.11.17 ES - Valencia / Rock City
06.11.17 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
07.11.17 ES - Zaragoza / CC Delicias
08.11.17 ES - Madrid / Sala Caracol
09.11.17 PT - Arcos De Valdevez / Casa das Artes ( special theatre show! )
10.11.17 PT – Aveiro / Teatro Aveirense ( special theatre show! )
12.11.17 PT - Castelo Brnaco / Cine Teatro Avenida ( special theatre show! )
07.12.17 PT – Loulé / Cineteatro Louletano ( special theatre show! )
with CRADLE OF FILTH:
18.01.18 CZ Prague, Roxy
19.01.18 CZ Ostrava, Garage
20.01.18 SK Bratislava, MMC
21.01.18 HU Budapest, A38
23.01.18 PL Krakow, Kwadrat
24.01.18 PL Warsaw, Progresja
25.01.18 PL Gdansk, B90
27.01.18 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
28.01.18 DE Berlin, C-Club
29.01.18 DE Hamburg, Grünspan
30.01.18 DE Bremen, Schlachthof
01.02.18 NL Tilburg, 013
02.02.18 NL Haarlem, Patronaat
03.02.18 DE Osnabrück, Hyde Park
04.02.18 DE Cologne, Essigfabrik
06.02.18 DE Bochum, Zeche
07.02.18 DE Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.02.18 DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
09.02.18 DE Saarbrücken, Garage
10.02.18 CH Pratteln, Z7
12.02.18 IT Milano, Live Club
13.02.18 IT Bologna, Zona Roveri
14.02.18 FR St. Etienne, Le Fil
15.02.18 ES Barcelona, Salamandra 1
16.02.18 ES Madrid, Mon Live (former Penelope)
18.02.18 FR Limoges, CC John Lennon
19.02.18 FR Paris, La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
20.02.18 FR Lille, Le Metaphone
21.02.18 FR Besancon, La Rodia
23.02.18 DE Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
24.02.18 DE Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
25.02.18 AT Dornbirn, Conrad Sohms
26.02.18 AT Wien, Simm City
27.02.18 DE München, Backstage Werk
01.03.18 BE Antwerp,Trix
02.03.18 DE Flensburg, Roxy
03.03.18 DK Odense, Posten
04.03.18 NO Oslo, Vulkan Arena
05.03.18 SE Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
With the recent release of their ninth studio album, 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep', black metal groundbreakers Satyricon have proven they still lead the way in extreme music. Today they unveil a brand new video for the track 'To your brethren in the dark'. Check it out HERE!
Speaking about the new video, frontman and band visionary, Satyr shares his thoughts:-
"I wanted 'To your brethren in the dark' to be a director’s interpretation of the song, rather than a band performance type of thing. Seeing what we do through the eyes of another artist is always interesting to me and just like the song, the video has become a little bit of a journey on it's own. 'To your brethren in the dark' is definitely one of the flagship songs on the record. It is about emotion, our nature, the spirits, the autumn, the sombre and rainy days, those who we lost and the ones who we have not met yet. You could say it is a tribute to the sorrow in man and to the drama of the nature we surround ourselves with. A song for the dark towers of the past and those who will rise in the future. Pass the torch to your brethren in the dark."
'Deep Calleth Upon Deep' was released on 22nd September via Napalm Records and has been critically lauded by both fans and media, with the band appearing on numerous magazine covers across the globe. The album is available in digital edition, CD digipak and gatefold vinyl. Pick up your chosen format HERE!
Norwegian Stoner masters Kal-El release new video from their highly acclaimed album “Astrodoomeda”.
“Code of the Ancient” can be seen at this address: https://youtu.be/QzuZ93oMf_Y
Kal-El “Astrodoomeda” is out now via Argonauta Records and available here: http://bit.ly/2rnCGhq.
The band will perform at Into The Void Fest 2017, as part of a stellar line-up headlined by Candlemass, God Is An Astronaut and Saint Vitus. Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/211079935971154
Osmose Productions have today announced the signing of Norway's Sjukdom. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's highly anticipated second album, Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer, which shall see release early next year.
Natt and Avsky established Sjukdom in September 2011. After having one record under their belt, the pace changed for a faster, more in-your-face style of black metal. This was a change that the whole band was into, and the result came out brutal. With war as a main theme, the music fits the lyrics very well. The music may have changed a bit since the first record, but you can clearly hear that this is Sjukdom. Accompanied by Aske (former member) from Sweden, the forthcoming Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer turned out to be just the way they wanted.
Release date, cover art, and tracklisting for Sjukdom's Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer to be announced shortly. In the meantime, hear "Naervaer," the first track to be revealed from Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer at Osmose's official YouTube channel HERE.
Norwegian black metal enigmas Urarv premiere the new track "Red Circle" at web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Aurum, set for international release on September 22nd via Svart Records. Hear Urarv's "Red Circle" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Northern trees sometimes bear strange fruit. Arising from the shadow of mental institutions and personal secret corners comes Urarv ("Ancient Heritage"), the new project spearheaded by avant-metal stalwart Björn Aldrahn Dencker of DHG and The Deathtrip and Thorns fame. "The ideas and visions for Urarv started actually back in 2003 during a stay that I had at the local mental institution where I live," comments Aldrahn. "It began dawning on me one evening as I was locked out on to the perimeter of the facilities to have a stroll."
At first, Urarv was going to be a folkish song-oriented solo-project exclusively, but as time went by, those thoughts proved themselves to be much too dysfunctional, and in the end, it would take several years until it all began taking shape properly. It wasn't until the summer of 2013, however, when enough material for a full-length album was ready. From thereon, Aldrahn sought out for fellow musicians to join his escapade of sonar expedition and relinquishment of artistic restraints. He was lucky enough to find two excellent creatures to do the drums and bass. Patricia and Sturt joined in with great enthusiasm and conviction when rehearsals began taking place later that year.
While Urarv recognizes the ancient heritage of Norwegian black metal, it also tramples across limitations. At the core of the project lies the idea of experimentation with various unorthodox tunings and curious sounds. "We want to tap into uncharted territories to see what lies hidden under the rocks and dead horses and beneath the cold vastness of uncertainty," says Aldrahn. "We're travelling to remote regions of metal music and mental space with this music. Although our message is one of emotional putrefaction, we want to help listeners find a way through the black hole."
In the meantime, hear the new track "Red Circle" - as well as read an extensive interview with Aldrahn - exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. The previously revealed "Broken Wand" can be heard at Svart's Soundcloud HERE.
True avant-garde Norwegians Enslaved have announced the release of their epic new studio album for October 13th 2017. This 14th full-length masterpiece sets the musical mind-twisters free from genre boundaries and offers an unprecedented mix of prog, extreme metal and shoegaze on 8 tracks with a playing time of more than an hour. Elegantly titled ‘E’, the album was once again written by the unholy alliance of guitarist Ivar Bjørnson (music, lyrics) and singer/bassist Grutle Kjellson (lyrics) and marks the introduction of their new keyboard master and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje. Mixed and mastered at the Fascination Street Studios by the renowned Jens Bogren, ‘E’ heralds a new era for Enslaved. Its cover artwork was once again hand-painted by the Norwegian artist Truls Espedal. As support for their brave sound journey, the quintet brought several guest musicians on board for the songs 'Hiindsiight' and 'Feathers Of Eolh', including Warduna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, flutist Daniel Mage and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster.
You can now pre-order physical editions of the album here:
Limited Edition Brown or NB Anniversary Green Vinyl, Limited Edition Digipack CD + Tote bag (all inc signed insert)
Limited Edition Digipack CD (inc signed insert)
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Etched Vinyl (inc signed insert)
Or the digital version here:
Digital Album via iTunes
Enslaved recently announced that they will supporting label mates Opeth on their autumn UK and Ireland tour dates, as well as playing a headline show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall plus a string of headline European tour dates. Their upcoming UK and EU tour dates read as follows:
10th Nov – (DE) Hamburg - Logo
11th Nov – (DE) Berlin - Nuke
12th Nov – (DE) Cologne - Underground
13th Nov – (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli de Helling
15th Nov – Manchester - O2 Ritz *Nov 16th – Glasgow - Barrowlands *
17th Nov – Belfast - Limelight *
18th Nov – Dublin - Academy *
19th Nov – Nottingham - Rock City *
21st Nov – Bristol - O2 Academy *
22nd Nov – Birmingham - O2 Institute *
24th Nov – London - Islington Assembly Hall
25th Nov – (FR) Paris - Trabendo
26th Nov – (BE) Vosselaar - Biebob
28th Nov – (FR) Rezé - Barakason
29th Nov – (FR) Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne
30th Nov – (FR) Brescia - Circolo Colony
1st Dec – (CH) Pratteln - Z7
2nd Dec – (DE) Frankfurt - Das Bett
3rd Dec – (CZ) Prague - Chelmnice
16th Dec – (RU) Moscow - Volta
17th Dec – (RU) St. Petersburg - Club Val
Enslaved will also be playing some exclusive release shows in Norway, where you can meet the band at the merch stand and receive two unique gig posters for free:
12th Oct (Norway) Oslo - Blå
13th Oct (Norway) Bergen – Garage
You can also see Enslaved at the following festival shows:
13th Aug (BE) Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
24th Aug (NO) Bergen - Beyond the Gates
25th Aug (NO) Moss - Festivalen Sin
16th Sept (BR) Sao Paulo - Overload Music Fest
28th Sept (CAN) Quebec – Nordicq Festival
26TH Oct (SWE) Stockholm - Close-Up Baten 21
1st-5th Feb 2018 (US) Miami – 70,000 Tons Of Metal
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