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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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SARKE‘s third album, “Aruagint”, is available for streaming in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. Released on September 20 via Indie Recordings, the CD was once again recorded at H-10 Productions studios in Oslo with producer Lars Erik Westby.

Says they band: “Our music is inspired by the great ’70s rock bands, ’80s speed metal bands and ’90s black metal bands. Put this together with the creative mind of the band and your get pure dark rock music sounding is clear, raw and honest.”

Originally a one-man band, SARKE today consists of founder Thomas “Sarke” Bergli (KHOLD, TULUS, ex-OLD MAN’S CHILD), Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE), Steinar Gundersen (SATYRICON, SPIRAL ARCHITECT), Anders Hunstad (EL CACO, AUTOPULVER) and Asgeir Mickelson (SPIRAL ARCHITECT, ex-BORKNAGAR).

Their previous releases, “Vorunah” (2009) and “Oldarhian” (2011), both received critical acclaim for their mesmerizing sounds taking the listener on a journey through dark and soothing soundscapes inspired by legends like MAYHEM, SLAYER, DARKTHRONE, CELTIC FROST, BLACK SABBATH, CANDLEMASS, DEATH, MOTÖRHEAD and KREATOR.

“Aruagint” features nine tracks of “pure death rock madness.” It combines metal, death, black and punk music, but wrapped in a ’70s rock veil.

“Aruagint” track listing:

01. Jaunt Of The Obsessed
02. Jodau Aura
03. Ugly
04. Strange Pungent Odyssey
05. Walls Of Ru
06. Salvation
07. Skeleton Sand
08. Icon Usurper
09. Rabid Hunger

SARKE is:

Asgeir Mickelson – Drums
Steinar Gundersen – Guitar
Nocturno Culto – Vocals
Anders Hunstad – Keyboards
Sarke – Bass



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Norwegian black metal act Gehenna is streaming the new track “The Decision.” The song appears on the upcoming new release “Unravel,” which is set to drop October 11th via Indie Recordings. “Unravel” marks the first release in eight years for the band and the studio debut of members: guitarist Skinndød, who joined in 2011, and drummer Slátrarinn, who joined in 2012. The track list for “Unravel” is: 1.

The post New Song “The Decision” Streaming From Gehenna appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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Norwegian psychedelic quartet SAHG, which specializes in doom-infused ’70s rock, will release their new album, “Delusions Of Grandeur”, on October 25 via Indie Recordings.

“Delusions Of Grandeur” track listing:

01. Slip Off The Edge Of The Universe
02. Blizzardborne
03. Firechild
04. Walls Of Delusion
05. Ether
06. Then Wakens The Beast
07. Odium Delirium
08. Sleeper’s Gate To The Galaxy

The song “Slip Off The Edge Of The Universe” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

“Delusions Of Grandeur” is a concept record “about a person, whose delusions of grandeur escalate to the level where they consume him completely,” explains SAHG’s Olav Iversen (vocals, guitar). “From becoming increasingly psychopathic and dominant, he loses touch with everyone around him and isolates into his own imaginary, psychotic world, where he becomes the almighty ruler of the universe. As he stands on the highest peak of his domain and beholds all that he has conquered, he suddenly slips off the edge and floats away, weightless. Helpless and stripped of all power, he drifts further into the open space, until he disappears into the darkness. It’s an album about how desire for power and property can distort and destroy who we are.”

SAHG‘s new CD was recorded at Duper studio in Bergen, Norway.

SAHG‘s third album, “Sahg III”, came out on August 30, 2010 through Indie.

SAHG is:

Olav Iversen – Vocals/Guitar
Tony Vetaas – Bass
Thomas Tofthagen – Guitar
Thomas Lønnheim – Drums



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The fifth part of a new video interview with frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON can be seen below.

SATYRICON‘s new, self-titled studio album was released on September 9 in Norway via Indie Recordings, and in the rest of Europe through Roadrunner Records. The CD, which will be made available on September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, was produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and was recorded in Norway, and mixed by Adam Kasper. The effort features a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer best known as the vocalist of the rock band MADRUGADA.

“Satyricon” track listing:

01. Voice Of Shadows
02. Tro Og Kraft
03. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
04. Nocturnal Flare
05. Phoenix
06. Walker Upon The Wind
07. Nekrohaven
08. Ageless Northern Spirit
09. The Infinity Of Time And Space
10. Natt

Limited-edition CD digipack bonus tracks:

11. Phoenix (Recording Session Mix)
12. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix)
13. Natt (Wet Mix)

Comments Satyr: “We are back! Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this.

“Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move.

“Naming this record ‘Satyricon’ was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever.

“We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album and this tour is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”

Speaking to AOL‘s Noisecreep at this year’s Inferno festival, Satyr stated about SATYRICON‘s new album: “To me, it sounds very authentic, it’s organic-sounding. And in this digital age where music is mostly played through computers, a lot of that analog vibe gets lost in translation when you play music through medias like that, but I still wanna do it because there’s nothing quite like it. To me, it just makes everything sound the way it’s supposed to sound — it’s dynamical; the music is alive, it’s not overly compressed, the levels are not pushed. So, musically speaking, it’s a very atmospheric record… This record is full of life. There are a lot of surprises here, but I think it’s gonna be a record that’s gonna help the black metal movement perhaps find a new way for the future.”

Interview part 5:

Interview part 4:

Interview part 3:

Interview part 2:

Interview part 1:

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After the release of the “Goat Skull Crown” single , Obliteration has announced new album “Black Death Horizon” is due out November 8th in Norway and November 11th internationally via Indie Recordings.

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To coincide with the release of their self-titled, eighth studio album, Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON played a very special, exclusive show this past Sunday night (September 8) at at Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway, where they were joined by the 55-strong Norwegian National Opera Chorus as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

Commented SATYRICON frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven: “SATYRICON excels as a band, the bigger the platform is. In Norway, there is no greater stage than the main hall of our new Opera House. There is nowhere better suited to provide the dynamics, power and authenticity to such an occasion than the Opera Choir and SATYRICON. To us, there is no better way to celebrate with our fans that we are back with our first album in five years.”

Check out photos from the show at Artist Pictures Blog. More video footage is available below.

SATYRICON new, self-titled studio album was released on September 9 in Norway via Indie Recordings, and in the rest of Europe through Roadrunner Records. The CD, which will be made available on September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, was produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and was recorded in Norway, and mixed by Adam Kasper. The effort features a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer best known as the vocalist of the rock band MADRUGADA.

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Cult Of Luna in prole position

Recorded behind a veil of secrecy that would make David Bowie raise an eyebrow, Sweden’s seminal artrockers Cult Of Luna have announced that a sequel to January’s staggering, Metropolis movie-inspired Vertikal opus, cunningly titled Vertikal II, is due out on September 20 via Indie Recordings.

Even more expansive than the full-length, and featuring a remix of the track Vicarious Redemption by Godflesh founder Justin K Broadrick, Vertikal II is mindbending musical magic unfolding in real time. Hammer sent the intrepid Daniel Cairns to mediate with mainman Johannes Persson as they discussed the art of discovery, the power of perseverance and more!

The EP came out of nowhere seemingly. It was a nice surprise, considering how these days people know about albums months beforehand, and all the leaks that happen. How did you keep it a secret for so long?

“I think the most important thing is that we didn’t talk about it outside of the band. Even the label wasn’t aware of it. We had talked about different alternatives with the label, but we weren’t sure what to do, until we started letting them know our plans closer to the delivery of the masters, and they were very open to the idea. They enjoyed it, and were very supportive.”

It was kind of reminiscent of the pre-internet days, when you’d go rifling through independent record stores to look for new stuff from a band you liked, when you didn’t have the internet to tell you when something had come out.

“Yeah, that needs to come back! I mean I remember when I was a kid, I was reading through catalogues and I’d order bands and records from the cool names, and I was waiting for months before I got them. I remember also when you didn’t really know when bands you liked were releasing albums, and all of a sudden a new album came out and you’d wait weeks ‘til you got that. All that definitely makes you appreciate music much more, I honestly think that. There are advantages with how they do things nowadays, with Spotify and that, but we are getting spoiled as a whole. We don’t appreciate music as much as we used to.”

Back then, you’d be more likely to work at an album, even if you didn’t get into it initially, as you’d invested time and money into getting it. The way everything works now, people are less inclined to invest a lot of time into a piece of music that doesn’t initially click, aren’t they?

“Exactly, I was thinking that.  Back then, you didn’t have a choice. You had your vinyl or your CD, and you’d paid good money. That forces you to appreciate it on another level. I remember one album from the hardcore band Warsaw that I tried and I tried and I tried to get into and I couldn’t, but I tried you know? You really used to sit down and listen. Now everything is in the background. I had a similar experience with OK Computer by Radiohead. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t a big fan. It wasn’t until a few years after that I really got it. It’s a masterpiece.”

Interesting you should mention that, there are definite parallels between what you do and they do.

“I would guess that we wouldn’t sound the way we do without Radiohead in one way or another. It’s not a huge influence but I’m a big fan of the band. It’s good when a band listens to more than just metal. You can hear when a band just listens to metal, because they just sound like Carcass or something. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but that’s the reality, though.”

Obviously you wrote Vertikal II in the same sessions. What was the general philosophy going into the writing of the record?

“When we got into writing the album Vertikal, we went into it thinking this was going to be the album that defines us as a band, and we were very mindful of making the best album we’ve ever done. There was a lot of creative output that came out in one go. We actually had the idea of making a double album, but double albums are hard, as it’s hard to maintain a consistent quality. We thought screw it, let’s do one album, and then release the other songs soon after, to show they’re part of the same thing, and that Vertikal II was a continuation. Justin Broadrick’s remix wasn’t a part initially.”

How did he get involved?

“The plan was just to release the three songs, but then the label asked us if we wanted to do a remix. To be honest, I don’t like remixes. Very often I think they are a waste of time. I never listen to remixes really. I’ve tried, but can’t get into them. They kept insisting, and we said no for ages because we’re a bit of a hard band to work with, but in the end I was like ‘OK, let’s give them it’ and we asked them to get Justin. He’s one of the few people I’d trust with a remix. They asked which song and in spite I said let’s give then the hardest one [the 20-minute Vicarious Redemption]! He totally reconstructed the whole thing. It’s an amazing way of doing a remix. I can listen to the song as if it’s not written by us, which I think is high praise of a remix.”

Vertikal and Vertikal II are still heavy, but there’s a more layered, atmospheric and progressive sound. Has the songwriting progress changed?

“It’s hard for me to comment on the way we write songs. It’s the same person that’s looking through my eyes as the one that wrote the songs on the first two albums, but things change, as do your tastes. It shows our momentum and how we grow I think. The person grows and changes but the method stays the same.”

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Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas recently conducted an interview with Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.

SATYRICON‘s new, self-titled studio album was released on September 9 in Norway via Indie Recordings, and in the rest of Europe through Roadrunner Records. The CD, which will be made available on September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, was produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and was recorded in Norway, and mixed by Adam Kasper. The effort features a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer best known as the vocalist of the rock band MADRUGADA.

“Satyricon” track listing:

01. Voice Of Shadows
02. Tro Og Kraft
03. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
04. Nocturnal Flare
05. Phoenix
06. Walker Upon The Wind
07. Nekrohaven
08. Ageless Northern Spirit
09. The Infinity Of Time And Space
10. Natt

Limited-edition CD digipack bonus tracks:

11. Phoenix (Recording Session Mix)
12. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix)
13. Natt (Wet Mix)

Comments Satyr: “We are back! Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this.

“Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move.

“Naming this record ‘Satyricon’ was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever.

“We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album and this tour is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”

Speaking to AOL‘s Noisecreep at this year’s Inferno festival, Satyr stated about SATYRICON‘s new album: “To me, it sounds very authentic, it’s organic-sounding. And in this digital age where music is mostly played through computers, a lot of that analog vibe gets lost in translation when you play music through medias like that, but I still wanna do it because there’s nothing quite like it. To me, it just makes everything sound the way it’s supposed to sound — it’s dynamical; the music is alive, it’s not overly compressed, the levels are not pushed. So, musically speaking, it’s a very atmospheric record… This record is full of life. There are a lot of surprises here, but I think it’s gonna be a record that’s gonna help the black metal movement perhaps find a new way for the future.”

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The fourth part of a new video interview with frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON can be seen below.

SATYRICON‘s new, self-titled studio album was released on September 9 in Norway via Indie Recordings, and in the rest of Europe through Roadrunner Records. The CD, which will be made available on September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, was produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and was recorded in Norway, and mixed by Adam Kasper. The effort features a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer best known as the vocalist of the rock band MADRUGADA.

“Satyricon” track listing:

01. Voice Of Shadows
02. Tro Og Kraft
03. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
04. Nocturnal Flare
05. Phoenix
06. Walker Upon The Wind
07. Nekrohaven
08. Ageless Northern Spirit
09. The Infinity Of Time And Space
10. Natt

Limited-edition CD digipack bonus tracks:

11. Phoenix (Recording Session Mix)
12. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix)
13. Natt (Wet Mix)

The song “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

Comments Satyr: “We are back! Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this.

“Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move.

“Naming this record ‘Satyricon’ was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever.

“We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album and this tour is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”

Speaking to AOL‘s Noisecreep at this year’s Inferno festival, Satyr stated about SATYRICON‘s new album: “To me, it sounds very authentic, it’s organic-sounding. And in this digital age where music is mostly played through computers, a lot of that analog vibe gets lost in translation when you play music through medias like that, but I still wanna do it because there’s nothing quite like it. To me, it just makes everything sound the way it’s supposed to sound — it’s dynamical; the music is alive, it’s not overly compressed, the levels are not pushed. So, musically speaking, it’s a very atmospheric record… This record is full of life. There are a lot of surprises here, but I think it’s gonna be a record that’s gonna help the black metal movement perhaps find a new way for the future.”

Interview part 4:

Interview part 3:

Interview part 2:

Interview part 1:

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