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HELHEIM – LIVE IN KINDERGARTEN
Helheim is finaly out with their follow-up to the critically acclaimed “The Journeys and Experiences of Death”. Their sixth album is titled “Kaoskult” and contains 9 tracks of dark viking metal. To mark the release, the band made an exclusive acoustic live appearance in Klosteret kindergarten in their hometown of Bergen. Here they also taught the children about the ways of the old Norse beliefs.
They played for the oldest kids in the kindergarten, and the response was fantastic! The kids were introduced to several stories from Norse Mythology by Odin himself (greatly impersonated by Rolf Royce of Hellhikers who did guest vocalist for the event). Helheim have a genuine wish to spread the knowledge of Norse Mythology, and there is no better place to start than with the young children.
Hrymr was able to explain the reason for this event into a single sentence: "We need to let Metal and Odin catch the kids before Jesus does!".
For photos and links to videos of the event check www.helheim.com
HELHEIM – A SPECIAL GIG
Helheim have of course not forgotten about the older kids who like a good beer to their live music. Thus Helheim will host a release party at Hinsides in Bergen on Friday 30’Th of May. This will be a special concert involving guest vocalists Rolf Royce (Hellhikers) and Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Vulture industries/Black Hole Generator), who also appear on the record Kaoskult.
DARK ESSENCE RECORDS GOES DIGITAL
Dark Essence and Karisma Records have entered into cooperation with Arts Pages for the digital distribution of both labels full respective catalogues. This means all our titles will be available on iTunes, Play Digital, CDON, Rhapsody and many other platforms upon release. Our whole back catalogue is out at this time.
Vulture Industries endorsements
Tor Helge Gjengedal, drummer for Norwegian avant-garde industrialists VULTURE INDUSTRIES has signed an endorsement deal with Masterwork Cymbals. Commented the drummer: “I’m more than happy to be endorsed by Masterwork Cymbals, they have an exciting assortment and I’m very much looking forward to playing on them. All drummers know how expensive it is to play our chosen instrument, and it really feels good to know that a cracked cymbal doesn’t mean I’m going to be broke for the next month. A big thanks to Masterwork for giving me the opportunity to work with them. Now I can use the money for dope and prostitutes instead!”
Bergen-based VULTURE INDUSTRIES recently finished a tour with label-mates HELHEIM, and German Black Metallers DARK FORTRESS, and are currently looking to tour again, covering the countries that they couldn’t get to the first time around. Vocalist and producer Bjornar Nilsen admitted to having signed for another, and somewhat unusual endorsement deal in which the band, known for appearing on stage in dapper suits and ties, will have their clothing hand made by a local tailor; “It’s something we’re very grateful for, the touring, and the fast food (not to mention the beer) was playing havoc with the fit of our current stage outfits”.
Tracks from Vulture Industries album “The Dystopia Journals” can be heard on the band’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/vultureindustries.
the batallion confirmed for festivals
Our old-school thrashers, The Batallion, consisting of past and present members of Old Funeral, Borknagar, Taake, Grimfist and Bömbers, have been booked for several European festivals this summer and are ready to spread their gospels of masculinity to the masses.
Confirmed dates are:
10.05.08 Festung Open Air – GER
01.08.08 Lost Weekend Festival – NOR
24.08.08 LA FERME DU ROCK FESTIVAL – FRA
For updates check: www.myspace.com/thebatallion666
TAAKE ON MINI-TOUR IN HOLLAND
Taake will be doing a mini-tour through Holland this coming June. Support-bands on the tour are Cirith Gorgor, Winter of Sin
The dates are as follows:
06.06.08 De Azijnfabriek – Roermond, HOL
07.06.08 Romein – Leeuwarden – HOL
08.06.08 De Kade – Zaandam – HOL Check out: www.myspace.com/tnbmtaake
ISCARIAH GUEST APPEARS FOR ATOMIZER
Check out the guest appearance by Iscariah on the track "Hail Hail to the Hangman" by Aussie cult band Atomizer exclusively on myspace: www.myspace.com/atomizer666
Jason Healey from Atomizer in turn contributed on the Dead To This World album “First Strike For Spiritual Renewance” where he wrote lyrics for two songs.
Iscariah also recently announced the full and permanent Dead To This World line-up:
Iscariah – Supreme Necromancer of the Apocalypse
Kvitrafn – Drums of War
Divra Xul – 6 stringed Genocide of Infernal Slaughter
Thurzur – Black God of Infamous Circle
Check out Dead To This World on myspace:
RAVENCULT ON TOUR WITH KRISIUN AND ROTTING CHRIST
RAVENCULT will embark on the Summer Rituals 2008 tour, opening for KRISIUN and ROTTING CHRIST. The tour schedule is as follows:
18.06.2008 (GER) Crailsheim / Eiche
22.06.2008 (SP) Meliana / Durango
23.06.2008 (SP) Almeria / Sala Genesis
24.06.2008 (SP) Sevilla / Sala Q
25.06.2008 (POR) Porto / Porto Rio
26.06.2008 (SP) Vigo / Fabrica de Chocolate
27.06.2008 (SP) Santander / Artmusic
For more info check: www.myspace.com/ravencultbm
helheim – kaoskult
The sixth album from one of Norway’s oldest and most revered viking metal bands, Helheim, offers a new side to the band. You have never heard Helheim so epic, dark and diverse before, and the band has progressed a lot since the celebrated album, “The Journeys And The Experiences Of Death” from 2006.
Musically, this time Helheim focuses more on the monumental and epic versus speed and brutality. You can also expect more progressive and experimental part s this time, and the return of former member Lindheim is contributing on keyboards. There’s also guest vocals from Marius Lynghjem (Corvine), Royce (HellHikers) and Bjørnar Nilsen (Vulture Industries) who also produced the album.
"Kaoskult" describes the energy and force that lies behind the Northern creation. It describes everything from the vast emptiness to the creative energy through different uses of symbols. The band has also returned to Norwegian lyrics again, which really sets the atmosphere on the album.
“Kaoskult” is the definite epic masterpiece from Helheim!
Release date: 21.04.08
5/6 Scream Magazine 8/10 Sweden Rock Magazine
4/5 Kerrang! 8/10 Terrorizer Magazine
the batallion – stronghold of men
All right! The Batallion was founded in Bergen, Norway in the summer of 2006. All members are well established metalhead musicians who have played in some of the most legendary bands from Norway, like Old Funeral, Grimfist, Taake, Borknagar, Bombers etc. The reason for starting The Batallion was the pure hunger for the spirit of the old metal feel. They possess the guts, the rebellion and the authenticity it takes to perform this music.
In December of 2006 they had 4 tracks ready and entered Conclave Studio in Bergen to record their debut EP. After considering offers from a few labels, they decided to release it under their own label, Masculin Records. It resulted in being booked at the Hole In The Sky Festival and the Inferno Festival. The Batallion entered Conclave Studio with producer Bart Schlagermeister (Bjørnar E. Nilsen) again in November 2007, and proceeded to record their first full length album. The quality of the material lead to a record contract with the Bergen based label Dark Essence Records.
The album is entitled "Stronghold Of Men" and contains 11 tracks of no compromise shredding toughness! The Batallion means business. Once you've experienced them, there is no return. This is the real deal. BEWARE THE ATTACK!!!
Release date: 21.04.08
8/10 Sweden Rock Magazine
5/6 Scream Magazine
8/10 Metal Hammer UK
PANCHRYSIA – DEATHCULT SALVATION
3’rd album from this Belgian black metal band.
Recorded at Endarker Studio (Sweden) and features guest vocals from Mortuus (Marduk/Funeral Mist). This is black metal at its blackest!
Release date: 24.03.08
8/10 Northern Metal
TAAKE – SVARTEKUNST
Strictly limited 7" with tracks from one of Taake's rare concerts in their hometown Bergen. Featuring 3 classic tracks and one Darkthrone cover. Get it from our webshop now!
Release date: 03.03.08
10.05.08 – ger Festung Open Air
01.08.08 – nor Lost Weekend Festival
24.08.08 – fra LA FERME DU ROCK FESTIVAL
Dead to This World
28.08.08 – NOR HOLE IN THE SKY
30.o5.08 NOR Bergen @ Hinsides
13.06.08 NOR Bergen @ 1880
07.02.09 NOR Oslo @ Club Maiden
18.06.08 GER Crailsheim / Eiche
22.06.08 SP Meliana / Durango
23.06.08 SP Almeria / Sala Genesis
24.06.08 SP Sevilla / Sala Q
25.06.08 POR Porto / Porto Rio
26.06.08 SP Vigo / Fabrica de Chocolate
27.06.08 SP Santander / Artmusic
06.06.08 HOL De Azijnfabriek – Roermond, HOL
07.06.08 HOL Romein – Leeuwarden – HOL
08.06.08 HOL De Kade – Zaandam – HOL