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Resident Rock Star conducted an interview with Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metallers ENSLAVED, on February 11 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. You can now watch the chat below.

ENSLAVED‘s twelfth studio album, “RIITIIR”, sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

ENSLAVED‘s previous album, “Axioma Ethica Odini”, opened with 1,400 units back in September 2010 to debut at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.

“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard,” ENSLAVED‘s Ivar Bjørnson said. “It is easy because it sounds like ENSLAVED, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”

ENSLAVED‘s previous two CDs — “Vertebrae” (2008) and “Axioma Ethica Odini” (2010) — were released via Indie Recordings in Europe and Nuclear Blast in North America.

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Metal Tank Records is proud to announce the signing of the Slovenian thrash metal machine Thraw. The band is currently in an early phase of pre-production for a first full-length creation. The album will be recorded in the coming months, and according to a press release, fans can expect a composition of “fast riffing, crushing sound, technical dual-leads and atomic speed.”

Thraw comments: “If you like the aggression, complexity and brutality of Dark Angel, Sadus, Razor etc., combined with the sense of melody, put into limelight by Forbidden and alike, then Thraw will surely become one of your favorite acts to bang your head on.”

Below you can hear the remastered song “Injecting Hate,” originally released back in 2008.

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Today, Stagnant Waters reveals the first track “Algae,” taken from the forthcoming self-titled debut (reviewed here) set for worldwide release on October 29th through Adversum. Give the song a listen in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

“A French-Norwegian entity, Stagnant Waters’ self-titled debut is an awe-inspiring album of mutant music. Firmly rooted in extreme metal, Stagnant Waters present a highly radioactive mix of scathing guitars, otherworldly electronics, Dadaistic improvisation, uncompromising complexity, and unnatural tempos.

“Comprised of Norwegian vocalist Svein Egil ‘Zweizz’ Hatlevik (Fleurety, Umoral, ex-DHG/Dødheimsgard), drummer/electronics operator/clarinetist Aymeric Thomas (Pryapisme), and guitarist/bassist Camillle Giraudeau (Dreams of the Drowned, Smohalla), Stagnant Waters has recorded a spontaneous, experimental, and energetic album, a maximalistic, hedonistic, and animalistic celebration of unfettered creativity.”

STAGNANT WATERS – Algae (2012) by HVNrecordings

The album’s track listing is:

1. Algae
2. CCAEP UHANRN NHON TAT
3. Of salt and water
4. Castles
5. Concrete
6. Bandaged in suicide notes
7. Axolotl
8. From the breaking neck to infinity

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A French-Norwegian entity, Stagnant Waters will release a new self-titled album through Adversum on October 29th. A track off the album, titled “Of Salt and Water,” can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

“Stagnant Waters present a highly radioactive mix of scathing guitars, otherworldly electronics, Dadaistic improvisation, uncompromising complexity, and unnatural tempos. Comprised of Norwegian vocalist Svein Egil ‘Zweizz’ Hatlevik (Fleurety, Umoral, ex-DHG/Dødheimsgard), drummer/electronics operator/clarinetist Aymeric Thomas (Pryapisme), and guitarist/bassist Camillle Giraudeau (Dreams of the Drowned, Smohalla), Stagnant Waters has recorded a spontaneous, experimental, and energetic album, a maximalistic, hedonistic, and animalistic celebration of unfettered creativity.”

The album’s track listing is:

1. Algae
2. CCAEP UHANRN NHON TAT
3. Of salt and water
4. Castles
5. Concrete
6. Bandaged in suicide notes
7. Axolotl
8. From the breaking neck to infinity

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Conspiranoia has posted the band’s entnire new “Spiritual Complexity” EP online for streaming and free download. You can listen to the songs in the player below, and the band commented:

“Greetings! Spiritual Complexity ep is now up in high quality mp3’s (320 kbps) to stream and download for free via soundcloud (no login is required for stream/download). Artwork image by Apolonis at Deviant Art used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Unfortunately at the moment there are no current plans to release hard copies of the EP, so the whole thing we be done digitally for free. Enjoy and spread the word! Cheers!”

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Conspiranoia has posted another song online from the band’s “Spiritual Complexity” EP. Check out the track “Hope (What Matters?)” in the player below, and the band also commented:

“This is the 6th and last song off of the Spiritual Complexity EP. The title is ‘Hope (What Matters?)’ and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. For lyrics, info and credits please check the video description on youtube. A post with the entire EP in high quality free mp3’s and a youtube playlist of Spiritual Complexity will follow soon. Thank you very much for your invaluable support.”

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Greece’s Conspiranoia has now uploaded another new track from the band’s upcoming EP. Listen to a teaser for the track “False Euphoria” in the player below. The song comes from the band’s new EP “Spiritual Complexity.”

You can also check out the previously posted full track “Momentum Built On Fear” at this location.

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After posting the first two songs “Singularity” and “The Unconditional Amusement” off the “Spiritual Complexity” EP, Italian act Conspiranoia is now streaming another track from the release. Check out the song “Momentum Built on Fear” in the player below.

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Greek act Conspiranoia has posted a clip online featuring both the intro song “Singularity” and the following track “The Unconditional Amusement,” which are both taken from the band’s first EP entitled “Spiritual Complexity.”

The EP was recorded and produced by the band earlier this year. To hear more from Conspiranoia, head over to the band’s Facebook profile here.

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Norway’s In Vain (not to be confused with the Spanish act of the same name) has released a new music video for the song ”Dark Prophets, Black Hearts” from last album ”Mantra.” The video is available for viewing after the jump. Indie Recordings also commented on the band:

“In Vain was formed by J. Haaland and A. Frigstad back in 2003, however the band first saw action during the summer of 2004 when recording their first release. The highly critically acclaimed ‘Will the Sun Ever Rise’ was a three-track EP of unrelenting atmosphere, aggression and complexity. The release was embraced by metal heads and journalists alike. When their debut album ‘The Latter Rain’ was released in 2007, the metal world didn’t know what hit them.

“With their latest album ‘Mantra’ with brutal passages, progressive guitar riffs, beautiful melodies and a diverse use of vocal styles, the album continues the progression from ‘The Latter Rain.’ In Vain took a step up amongst the heavyweights of the genre. This album proves that the band is in it for the long haul. It is safe to say that this is the best In Vain-album to date.”

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