Thyrfing has signed a world-wide deal with Austrian record label Noiseart Records for the upcoming, seventh full-length album to be released in the spring of 2013.
The album – the first Thyrfing release since 2008’s “Hels vite” – will be recorded and mixed during late summer and autumn 2012. At the same time the band has signed an agreement with concert & artist agency Rock The Nation for their future live performances.
The following quote was taken from the band’s official Facebook page:
We are really looking forward to this new co-operation and truly believes that Noiseart Records and Rock The Nation is the right channel for bringing our music to the public and fans in the future.
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Ensiferum have given us their first update from the studio. The following message was posted on their official Facebook page this morning:
Greetings from Petrax studios! Yesterday we set up everything and today we start to record drums and bass. We gonna record them old school -style at the same time to get better groove. We gonna keep posting stuff to our Mobile Twilight Tavern and we are also keeping a weekly studio diary which can seen at Spinefarm’s Youtube channel.
The Mobile Twilight Tavern app is available from Ensiferum’s official website – it’s available for a variety of operating systems, including Android and iPhone and is free to download. (Note: I now have this app and it’s ace!)
I know, I know – I’m rubbish. I’ve somehow managed to miss Freebie of the Week by two days… Whoops! Still, good things come to those who wait and this one’s a corker!
In case you’re not familiar with the concept of “Freebie of the Week”, here’s a brief explanation… Each week I go on a little hunt through the vast wastelands of the Internet in search of FREE and LEGAL downloads. So, all of the downloads featured here will be obtainable through trustworthy means… and they’ll be guilt-free. For example, I will only ever feature music available from official band websites, profiles (such as MySpace, Reverbnation or Facebook) and Last.fm (or equivalent).
Somebody (I can’t remember who at the moment) posted something about Fenris on Facebook a couple of months ago and I decided to check them out. Upon downloading some tracks (which you also have the opportunity to download below), I decided that I rather liked the band… I have since purchased albums and merch… Yes, folks, they are THAT GOOD!
- Download “Ordeal” (taken from “Ordeal”) here
- Download “Suffering Predestined” (taken from “Ordeal”) here
- Download “The Blood Opens Gateways” (taken from “Offerings to the Hunger”) here
- Download “Fier Is De Wind” (taken from “Offerings to the Hunger”) here
- Download “Words Of The Ascended” (taken from “Words Of The Ascended”) here
Originally formed in 1997, Fenris has a 14 year history of combining thunderous viking metal with scorching black metal. At times blindingly fast, sometimes atmospheric, but always melodic and dynamic. With strong roots in Nordic and Germanic mythology, and some of the lyrics in their mother tongue, the mood set is that of ancient peoples, their hopes and beliefs and their wars and hardships. To date, two albums have been released: ‘Offerings to the Hunger’ (2001) and ‘Ordeal’ (2005), the last of which was an unsigned release.
Bas – guitars
Jan-Willem – guitars
Gilbert – vocals
AntiKriss – bass
Rick – drums
SÒLSTAFIR recently joined the impressive collection of bands on Season of Mist’s roster. The Icelanders’ new album is entitled “Svartir Sandar” and will come as a 2-disc set.
Disc 1 “Andvari”:
01 Ljós í Stormi
03 Þín Orð
04 Sjúki Skugginn
Disc 2 “Gola”:
05 Svartir Sandar
“Svartir Sandar” has been scheduled for an October 14th release (October 18th in North America) and will be available as a collector’s edition limited to 500 copies, including the following items:
- “Svartir Sandar” on double CD in Digipak
- T-shirt or Girly with front and back print
- 4 frosted shot glasses printed with art taken from “Svartir Sandar”
- Black ice cube tray with SOLSTAFIR logo and customized ice cubes
This box set will be released a couple weeks after October 14th but will be available for pre-order on Season of Mist’s e-shop soon.
Ok, first of all, I have no idea how to pronounce “Heiðindómr ok mótgangr”, so please don’t ask me to!
I’m not sure if you’re anything like me, but I tend to go through stages with music. I’ll spend a few months being completely obsessed with one of metal’s sub-genres, before taking a turn and becoming completely obsessed with another for the next few months. These phases tend to go in cycles and I’m currently on a Black / Folk / Viking / Pagan / Heathen Metal kick… which means that “Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” couldn’t have come at a better time
“Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” is a dark, cinematic piece of work that leaves you wanting more. While it does follow on quite nicely from “Kaoskult” and “Asgards Fall” (the MCD that was released recently), it’s also a very different entity. Helheim have created a more foreboding and almost bleak atmosphere this time around and this really helps to separate this release from the rest of their work.
As you would imagine, there are highlights a-plenty on this album (although, since it’s rather dark, should I call them ‘lowlights’?) and they come at you right from the very first track. “Viten Og Mot” does a superb job at opening the album, but it really starts to shine towards the end when the clean vocals come in. Were those goosebumps running up and down my spine? Yes, I believe they were! There’s something about the way the whole track builds up and then reaches its climax that draws that kind of emotive response from me. It truly is a shockingly impressive track.
“Dualitet Og Ulver” makes me want to take a walk through some ancient Norwegian forests and maybe live in the wilderness for a while. It seems to appeal to the most primal version of me. Also, that lead guitar makes me very happy. So it’ll be a happy walk through the wilderness. “Viten Og Mot (Stolthet)” has a slow, methodical pace. It’s full of undisclosed intent. It’s like an animal stalking its prey – waiting for that opportune moment to strike. If this was a movie, I’d be sitting on the edge of my seat. “Madr” feels relatively chilled and surreal. Listening to this track is a very relaxing experience.
“Viten Og Mot (Arvakenhet)” lets us roam further into Helheim’s world, enabling us to face a multitude of different musical twists and turns. I’ve found that this song (and this album in general) has served to be a fantastic soundtrack for the novel I’m currently reading – Adam Nevill’s “The Ritual”. Basically (and consider this a warning… there’s spoilers here), men go into a forest and one by one get offed by a mysterious creature. You could quite easily imagine this album providing the musical accompaniment for such a task.
The vocals in “Element” sound tormented and once again appeal to my most primitive level. This track, like most of Helheim’s work, has something wild about it. While the band create music that is clearly well thought through and planned to some degree, it still feels like it came together of its own accord. It’s a natural entity, rather than a man-made structure. You can imagine it taking an unpredicted turn at any point and that’s what I love about this sort of stuff.
“Naudr” contains a somewhat menacing and violent aspect and paves the way quite nicely for “Viten Og Mot (Bevissthet)”. For me, this track appears to be the most accessible from the album. So, if you know of someone who hasn’t listened to Helheim yet – get them to listen to this track for a good indication of what to expect. It’s strong, powerful and enthralling from start to finish. It weaves through tempos and takes you deeper into Helheim’s domain. A future classic? Quite possibly.
The album closes with “Helheim VIII” – an acoustic and traditional sounding piece that ends this little voyage incredibly well.
All in all, this is an outstanding release!