SATYRICON Signs With Napalm Records To Release “Live At The Opera” DVD

February 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Norwegian Black Metal legends SATYRICON have signed a worldwide deal with Austrian metal label Napalm Records for release of their upcoming DVD “Live At The Opera”.

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Mastermind Satyr comments about the story behind “Live At The Opera”:

The whole thing started with us doing one song, “To The Mountains” a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it.

We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination. If you look at songs like “Die By My Hand”, it`s pretty obvious we`ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider. For example, “K.I.N.G.” is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever – and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it`s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward.

For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique – of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I`m not going toturn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets.When you hear or or watch this recording you should feel like you’re there.

This is not “Satyricon – Best Of from the Opera”, this is a show! The perfect parts need to go in there, but also the parts that are not so perfect. That`s the nature of it, that`s the real deal. It’s not a live album. It’s a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band.”

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“Live At The Opera” is set to be released in Europe on May 1st and on May 5th 2015 in North America via Napalm Records. This upcoming release will contain the full performance DVD and double CD of this exclusive and very special concert by the legendary Satyricon.

Watch a preview of “Live At The Opera” below:

To celebrate their upcoming DVD release, SATYRICON will be hitting the road for an extensive European tour. Catch them live on the following dates:

21.02.2015 NOR – Bergen / Blastfest
04.04.2015 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
05.04.2015 FR – Oignies / Le Metaphone
06.04.2015 FR – Paris / La Machine
07.04.2015 UK – Manchester / Sound Control
08.04.2015 UK – London / Scala
10.04.2015 BEL – Durbuy / Durbuy Rock Festival
11.04.2015 GER – Bochum / Matrix
12.04.2015 GER – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
13.04.2015 CZ – Prag / Akropolis
15.04.2015 GER – Munich / Bachstage Halle
16.04.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7
17.04.2015 FR – Montbéliard / Impetus Festival
18.04.2015 IT – Pordenone / Deposito Giordano
19.04.2015 AT – Vienna / Szene
21.04.2015 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
22.04.2015 GER – Berlin / SO36
23.04.2015 GER – Leipzig / Werk 2
24.04.2015 GER – Hamburg / Markthalle
25.04.2015 SE – Malmö / KB
26.04.2015 SE – Stockholm / Nalen
19.06.2015 FR – Clisson / Hellfest

For More Info Visit:
http://www.satyricon.no
http://www.facebook.com/SatyriconOfficial
http://www.twitter.com/Satyricon
http://www.napalmrecords.com
http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

SIRENIA Unveil Details of the Upcoming Album “The Seventh Life Path”

February 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Source: Metal Shock Finland

When SIRENIA mastermind Morten Veland starts composing, one thing is for sure: the Norwegian pours his heart and soul into a brand new escapist masterpiece! SIRENIA invite the listener on a cinematic journey with their new album The Seventh Life Path, to be released via Napalm Records.  This breathtaking new album is comfortably nestled in between gothic metal and symphonic grandeur.
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The Seventh Life Path is a must-have for all lovers of the female fronted genre – and for everyone looking to leave their gray daily routine behind and replace it with remarkable and unforgettable melodies. Find the album artwork, track listing & release dates below:
Release Dates:
G/A/S/Europe/AUS: 24.04.2015
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: 27.04.2015
SE/ESP: 29.04.2015
USA/CAN: 28.04.2015
The Seventh Life Path Track Listing:
1.   Seti
2.   Serpent
3.   Once My Light
4.   Elixir
5.   Sons Of The North
6.   Earendel
7.   Concealed Disdain
8.   Insania
9.   Contemptuous Quitus
10. The Silver Eye
11. Tragedienne
12. Tragica (Tragedienne Spanish Version – Bonus Track)

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An Interview With MYRKGRAV: “Where I Begin and Where the Music Ends Has Turned Out To Be Quite the Conundrum!”

February 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

For those who haven´t heard the name MYRKGRAV, this one-man folk metal project founded in 2003 by Lars Jensen in Norway. The band is heavily concept-based, with lyrical and visual themes rooted in folklore and local history from Lars’ homelands, Ringerike and its surroundings. Myrkgrav relies strongly on Norwegian folk music (including the use of traditional instruments) in its sound, while retaining a distinct extreme metal basis, such as to aspire towards bringing folk and metal together like it’s the most natural thing in the world.

After reviewing Myrkgrav´s latest single “Vonde auer”, I had to conduct an interview about it.All in all, there was a lot to be discussed regarding the project´s sound, the album and the mainman behind the project, Lars Jensen.

So, here it is! The fun and interesting e-mail interview with Mr. Jensen! Enjoy!

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Hello and greetings from Germany!

Firstly, thanks for taking time for this interview and congratulations on the release of the new single. How has the reaction been so far?

No, thank you!  The feedback so far has been very positive, although fans and critics alike are getting antsy for a full-length record instead of these small, independent releases Myrkgrav has put out over the course of the last few years – which I can certainly understand. What makes me very happy is that many zines that don’t normally do reviews of singles have made an exception and reviewed Vonde auer despite normal practice. I’ll take that as a huge compliment!

Oh and funny story, for the first time in Myrkgrav history I got a truly horrible review, by a person who had absolutely nothing positive to say about the new release and only compared it to the debut album. 2/10 score, fuck yeah!

 

How did you come up with the idea of a single and what was the idea behind Vonde auer? Especially when I compare this single to “Sjuguttmyra” (2013), this single has more of a natural approach. Was this intentional?

As the years go by, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to bridge the gap between the sound of Myrkgrav on the debut album Trollskau, Skrømt og Kølabrenning and what the project sounds like today, especially with no full-length releases after the debut. The Sjuguttmyra EP was definitely one step on the way towards incorporating more folk music in Myrkgrav, and Vonde auer is simply an extension of that idea.

There is also the discourse on whether releasing music in album format fits into the cultural mindset of people today, as our attention spans are getting shorter and most people prefer to get into a little at the time instead of sitting down for 45 minutes and listening to a full-length release. Don’t get me wrong, there will definitely be a second Myrkgrav album, but I have to admit it’s much more enjoyable to focus entirely on shorter releases when making them as well. You can put more work into the details because the workload isn’t as immense, which in my opinion makes for a higher standard in terms of overall quality of the whole “package”, so to say.

Not to mention, it’s common practice to release a single shortly before a new full-length album, right? ;)

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What does “Vonde auer” mean and what does the song tell?

As with most Myrkgrav lyrics, titles and content rarely translate well without having the cultural context explained. “Vonde auer” literally means “evil eyes”, which is what some sorcerers and conjurers were said to be in possession of in Nordic folklore. Basically what this meant was that the person with the evil eye had the power to inflict harm upon those who wronged them, and that is exactly what happens in the lyric of Vonde auer. A poor farmer quarrels with a Finnish woman who has the evil eye, and thus falls ill. The situation isn’t resolved before the farmer’s wife visits a (good) conjurer who tells her what to do to lift the Finnish woman’s spell and how to avoid it happening again. Basic Nordic folklore!

 

What is the story behind the album cover? It looks simple yet really interesting and beautiful.

The idea was to make a cover with a contemporary layout and design, while drawing on the traditional roots that is the core of everything Myrkgrav. One of Norway’s most famous late illustrators was Kjell Aukrust, and the illustrations on and in the cover is in a similar style as Aukrust’s many renderings of Norwegian agricultural life. I stumbled upon Erich Frey Illustration “by accident” a couple of years ago, when Frey had done a sketch of a picture of me he saw on reddit. Best advertisement he could’ve done for himself, keeping in mind that I was looking for exactly his style of artistry for cover art illustrations. The drawing on the front cover itself is a scene from the Vonde auer lyrics, which I have to say is impressive for being done by an American in the 21st century with little concept of what clothing and architecture in nineteenth century Norway is supposed to look like. Nailed it.

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In the song, a very special instrument called the ‘Hardanger fiddle’ is played by Olav Mjelva, which is really captivating! How did you collaborate with Olav and can you tell me a bit more about this instrument?

The Hardanger fiddle or Hardingfele is Norway’s national instrument, which is a highly decorated fiddle with 5-10 sympathetic understrings that ring together with the 4 strings being played by the bow; which creates a very unique tone that makes Norwegian folk songs stand out in regards to sound. Olav is a renowned professional musician who is very active with his own solo project and other bands, and is often featured on TV and such back in Norway, but I somehow managed to snag him before his career took off a few years back – seeing the potential in combining metal with more genuine folk music than many other folk metal bands were doing at the time. We’ve been working together ever since, and he already recorded all the Hardanger fiddle parts for the upcoming album in 2010. I can’t think of a more professional musician really, all I had to do was give him the instrumental songs and lay down some ideas as to what I wanted things to sound like, and he mostly came up with perfect phrasings on the first try for every damn song. He wrote the Vonde auer traditional version in about one hour the day after he came back from a tour in Scotland with his other band!

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Speaking of folk instruments; I have an interesting question. What is your favorite folk instrument; which folk instrument captivates you musically?

It’s got to be the willow flute. It’s such a simple design, and keeping in mind that you can make one for yourself in early spring that will only last a week or two before it dries out, it resembles the sound of spring itself for me. It’s got this uniquely airy, wooden tone to it that brings me back to simpler days – both in terms of it being an instrument I heard a lot of when I was younger, and because it’s featured in traditional Norwegian music. Listen to Fejd’s Vid Jore Å at the 03:20 mark and you’ll see what I mean.

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You are also studying besides music. How do you keep the balance between studies and the project?

My studies and Myrkgrav pretty much fall in line perfectly, in the sense that I study folkloristics at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. From my own personal prior research in the area combined with the new knowledge I gather from studying the field at the university, both give something to each other instead of cancel each other out. I know from firsthand experience that combining work and time-consuming hobbies such as music can be the worst inspiration killer ever, but I must admit that I find my studies only contribute positively to everything that is Myrkgrav. Besides, I don’t really work with Myrkgrav all that often anyway – although I certainly spend way more time with the project now than when I had a full-time job that sucked the very essence and life out of me, haha.

 

As a folk metal project, what do you think about today’s folk metal genre? Are there any folk metal bands or projects that you find interesting?

To be honest, I haven’t kept track of what’s new in the scene. There are a few bands that I listen to, such as Fejd, Dunderbeist (hardly folk metal) and Glittertind (now more like Mumford & Sons), but I have to admit that the genre doesn’t hold that much appeal for me personally. That was also one of the reasons why I founded Myrkgrav; in order to make the music that I wanted to hear – as it is with most musicians. One thing I will absolutely never understand the appeal of, is all the party folk metal. It’s hardly any folk in it at all, and a lot of bands seem to spend more time singing about partying and actually partying than composing decent music. Maybe I’m just getting old, but what the hell.

 

Myrkgrav has been formed initally as a ‘black metal’ project but with the previous and also with the latest single, we see a different style. How did this ‘change of style’ evolve?

I’ve gotta be honest, and the reason why Myrkgrav started as a black metal band is because I didn’t yet have the knowledge and musical ability to write more melodically complex music with folk music incorporated in it. I’ve always strived to evolve the project’s sound towards the latter, and that happened only after the debut album was released really. Trollskau was written by a 17 year-old idealist, and it definitely sounds as such too. Not to criticize the past, but personally I think I’ve come a long way since then in terms of musicianship and such.

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Myrkgrav was formed in 2003 and you are still active all these years with a good fanbase. Do you have any wish/wishes for the project that you want to fulfill in the upcoming years?

Mostly I just want to finish the sophomore full-length album, after working on it on and off for almost eight years. As my musical preferences have shifted significantly, it would be a great to be able to get some closure and move on from the past in order to open doors to new soundscapes and musical realms. Whether or not that will be anything in line with Myrkgrav that will be easy to get into for old fans, I guess time will tell. Either way it always sounds peculiarly Lars-y, where I begin and where the music ends has turned out to be quite the conundrum!

 

Any last words to say to your fans?

I would simply like to say thank you to all the fans for the continued support throughout the years! Without a record label backing you up it’s pretty difficult getting the word out in terms of new releases and such, so I would simply encourage fans to help me do the dirty work and spread the message of Myrkgrav still being alive and well! Also, the second album is coming – I promise!

 

Special thanks to : Lars Jensen and Markus Eck!

More info:

Myrkgrav Official

Myrkgrav Facebook

 

KORPIKLAANI Reveal Cover Artwork Of The New Album “Noita”

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

In anticipation of their upcoming new record, Finnish folk metal superstars KORPIKLAANI now reveal the cover artwork of »Noita«.
Artwork was done by Jan Yrlund, from Darkgrove Design who has created all the Korpiklaani covers in recent years and once again has come up with another masterpiece.

You can pre-order your copy of »Noita«, which will be out May 01 (EU), May 04 (UK) and May 05 (US) via Nuclear Blast, at the following link:http://smarturl.it/KORPIKLAANI-NoitaNB

»Noita« has been recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording and mixing again. It will also be the first KORPIKLAANI-album to feature the new accordion player Sami Perttula, who has added another dimension in the folk arrangements along with fiddler Tuomas Rounakari.

In March, KORPIKLAANI will be headlining the Paganfest extended shows and will additionally play a run of European festival later this year.

Don’t miss the chance to see KORPIKLAANI live at the following dates:

20.03. DE Leipzig – Hellraiser
21.03. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
22.03. NL Tilburg – 013
27.03. D München – Backstage
28.03. AT Wien – Arena
29.03. D Berlin – Postbahnhof
03.04. RU St. Petersburg – Zal Ozhidaniya
04.04. RU Moscow – Volta
24.04. D Dettelbach – Franconia Festival
13.06 D Ahnsbeck – Break The Ground Open Air
19.06. FIN Nummijärvi – Nummirock Festival
20.06. BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
27.06 CZ Spalene Porici – Baseinfire Festival
15.07. HU Pécs – Rockmaraton Festival
16.07. D Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
25.07 D Gelsenkirchen – Sabaton Open Air / Noch Ein Beer
09.08. UK Derbyshire – Bloodstock Festival
28.08. D Crispendorf – Wolfszeit Festival
01.-3.10. NOR Trondheim – Trondheim Metalfest

KATATONIA Set To Release Concert Film “SANCTITUDE” on March/April 2015

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Sweden’s Katatonia are set to release their new concert film Sanctitude on 30th March UK & RoW / 31st March USA & Canada / 3rd April Germany.

In September 2013, Kscope released Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of the band’s 2012 epic Dead End Kings (originally released on Kscope’s sister label Peaceville). Dethroned & Uncrowned allowed Katatonia the opportunity to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the original songs.

Katatonia took Dethroned & Uncrowned on the road in Europe for the first time in May 2014 under the moniker ‘Unplugged & Reworked’. They presented an intimate acoustic evening, performing tracks from the album alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked. Each venue, on the tour, was carefully chosen for its unique atmosphere. They were joined on guitar & vocals by The Pineapple Thief frontman and songwriter Bruce Soord.

Sanctitude is a concert film filmed and recorded in the stunning candle-lit setting of London’s Union Chapel. The 80 minute set features 17 songs across the albums The Great Cold Distance, Viva Emptiness, Brave Murder Day, Last Fair Deal Gone Down and of course, Dead End Kings / Dethroned & Uncrowned, including fan favourite ‘Teargas’. The show closes with the sublime ‘The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here’ and a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering.

Katatonia’s Anders Nyström comments on the release

“As a band we set out on uncharted waters but while apprehensive about the journey ahead our intentions couldn’t have been more genuine to undertake this beautiful experience. Sailing this project into harbour turned out to be bliss and has ultimately enriched all the members of Katatonia.”

All audio on Sanctitude has been mixed & mastered by Bruce Soord. With artwork once more supplied by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith.

SANCTITUDE tracklisting:

DISC 1
1. In The White
2. Ambitions
3. Teargas
4. Gone
5. A Darkness Coming
6. One Year From Now
7. The Racing Heart
8. Tonight`s Music
9. Sleeper
10. Undo You
11. Lethean
12. Day
13. Idle Blood
14. Unfurl
15. Omerta
16. Evidence
17. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here

DISC 2
Concert Film (80 mins)
Documentary `Beyond The Chapel` (66 mins)

Sanctitude is set to be released in four formats:

1. Blu-ray in 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo plus ‘Beyond The Chapel’ documentary including brand new interviews with Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Also includes download code for digital audio version.

2. CD/DVD package – audio / visual set including ‘Beyond the Chapel’ documentary.

3. Double LP (incl. download code for digital audio version).

4. Digital download (audio).

THE MAN EATING TREE – Release Date and Tracklisting of “In The Absence of Light” Revealed

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Finnish dark metallers THE MAN EATING TREE are back!

The band featuring former Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta and former Poisonblack guitarist Janne Markus, has been busy with the upcoming album for a while.

According to the band, “In The Absence Of Light” will be released on March 20th. The album is a brave step forward with a bit darker and more progressive approach, yet staying true to the atmospheric sound The Man-Eating Tree has been creating in the past. Further details of the actual release will be announced closer to the date.

The track listing:

1. Breathe Emptiness
2. Flatline
3. The Heretic Pulse
4. Vermin
5. The Divided
6. Plaguewielder
7. Death Parade
8. The Vessel
9. Obsidian
10. Dead On Earth

Here is the brand new lyric video, which has been released a while back.

Spread the word, people! :D

Asatru in Iceland – Video on Next TV

February 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Melody of the Soul:

Something non-music related :)

Originally posted on Metal Gaia:

The story about Iceland getting their own temple to the Norse Gods has been making the news. Because of this, people have been becoming more curious about what Asatru is, and specifically what Asatru means for people in Iceland. This short segment on Next TV goes to Iceland and talks to the Asatru community. The video quality itself is crap and I can barely read the subtitles that show names and locations (don’t worry, the segment is in English). However it still provides interesting information about Asatru from the Icelanders who are personally involved themselves. The best way to learn about something is straight from the source.

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