THE DEATHTRIP – Deep Drone Master

The Deathtrip - Deep Drone MasterA pure underground gem was released in late 2014 that is mandatory for all Norwegian black metal devotees.  Yup, an all-star cast brings THE DEATHTRIP to light: Host (AKA Paul Groundswell, THINE guitarist and GM of Peaceville Records), the return of Aldrahn (DODHEIMSGARD, THORNS) from a long hiatus, and THORNS mastermind Snorre Ruch as producer.

On their debut full-length, Deep Drone Master, THE DEATHTRIP carry the spirit, sound, and sense of mysterious aura of early 90’s Norwegian black metal.  The influences are apparent yet this is not some retro-rehash job.  Deep Drone Master is not only musically relevant for the present time, it’s better than most of the other extreme metal releases that have come out in recent years.  The album also serves the great purpose of being the next best thing until the next THORNS album is eventually released.

Deep Drone Master is well-rounded while also being direct and catchy.  Whether they blast through blazing melodies or hypnotize with mid-tempos, the dark, cold atmosphere is omnipresent.  Riffs are brilliantly repeated for long periods of time to create this feeling of swirling chaos (i.e. “Cosmic Verdict“).

Longtime fans will find much enjoyment in not only hearing Aldrahn‘s voice again but hearing him at the top of his game.  His distinct vocal style and delivery on Deep Drone Master are simply powerful.

It took years and years for the band to release this, their first full length, so if there’s any justice in life, THE DEATHTRIP will have their second album out soon.  Mandatory. (Svart Records)

DØDHEIMSGARD Set to Return with A Umbra Omega this March

Norwegian black metal pioneers, DØDHEIMSGARD, has completed work on its fifth album, titled A Umbra Omega, which is set for release on March 17 via Peaceville Records.

The most exciting news surrounding the album is that original co-founding member, Aldrahn (THORNSTHE DEATHTRIP) has returned to the band.

A Umbra Omega is DHG‘s first album since 2007’s Supervillain Outcast, and undoubtedly marks the band’s most challenging work to date; twisted, technical, sprawling epics and an inverted outlook on existence from the depths of band mastermind/writer/producer, Vicotnik, with similarities drawn to previous classic DHG works such as 666 International and Satanic Art. A raw and organic production permeates the album courtesy of Vicotnik himself, with the album mastered at Strype Audio in Oslo by Tom Kvålsvoll.

NIDINGR – Greatest of Deceivers

To further prove that Norwegian black metal is far from dead, NIDINGR take a big leap in progress with their sophomore record, Greatest of Deceivers.  The band’s last one, Wolf-Father, was undoubtedly very good but it did not necessarily break new ground.

With Greatest of Deceivers, NIDINGR take a more avant garde Norwegian black metal approach.  There are plenty of tempo changes, eerie atmospheres, unsettling shifts, and plenty of dissonance.  The band never allow the listener to get too comfortable or complacent as the songs constantly shift around.  Naturally, recent DODHEIMSGARD and MAYHEM releases may be points of reference for this record.  Additionally, a good comparison to NIDINGR‘s progression is SATYRICON‘s Rebel Extravaganza as nothing is straight forward and simple.

The guitar/bass duo of Teloch (MAYHEM, UMORAL) and Blargh (DODHEIMSGARD) offer their most ambitious riffing yet. Refreshingly, NIDINGR break new ground in this department as the record crawls, blasts, charges, and stomps about.  It should also be mentioned that bass plays a role in the record.

Clean guitars ring out alongside raging guitars/bass as vocalist El.Cpt.Estrella Grasa conjures the spells.  Drumgod Hellhammer is not part of the record but Øyvind Myrvoll does more than a good job.  Øyvind‘s drums are mixed to give it a very natural sound.  Fans will be happy to know that ULVER‘s Trickster G AKA Garm AKA Kris Rygg makes another excellent appearance.

There is more than enough to digest and understand about Greatest of Deceivers, and that’s precisely its biggest strength.  Props to NIDINGR for taking a big leap forward and expanding their world.  No formulas, no gimmicks.  Just Norwegian black metal for 2012.  (Indie Recordings)

Details Announced for NIDINGR’s New Album, Greatest of Deceivers

Norwegian black metal band, NIDINGR, will unleash their new full-length, Greatest of Deceivers, in North America on November 20th. The follow up to Wolf Father features present and past members of bands such as MAYHEM, GORGOROTH, DHG (DØDHEIMSGARD), 1349 and GOD SEED, among others.

NIDINGR recorded G.O.D. in Crystal Canyon Studios in Oslo, home to a host of prominent Norwegian acts including cult experimentalists ULVER, to accomplish a unique ‘70s, vintage style production. The sound they’ve created is a wholly organic, warm, unedited and un-triggered production that further emphasizes the great musicianship caught on tape. Greatest Of Deceivers was produced by guitarist Teloch, mixed by Anders Møller (KITCHIE KITCHIE KI ME O, EUROBOYS, 120 DAYS, TURBONEGRO, etc.) and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios.

Collaboration Between ZWEIZZ, Joey Hopkins to Recieve Release Through Jester Records

ZWEIZZ, the experimental project of FLEURETY/ex-DØDHEIMSGARD member Svein Egil Hatlevik (aka Hologram, Magic/Logic), has confirmed the release of his collaboration with the late Joey Hopkins simply titled, Zweizz & Joey Hopkins. Jester Records will be releasing the album in November.

Hatlevik issued the following message:

“I am happy to announce that the first and only album by ZWEIZZ & Joey Hopkins will be released through Jester Records in 2010.

“I met Joey Hopkins through the social networking site Myspace. We initiated a cooperation in 2007 that lasted until Joey’s untimely death in December 2008.

“By then we had made eleven song sketches. I only spoke with him on the telephone once, and we were discussing meeting IRL, but somehow we didn’t feel like there was any hurry. Then suddenly he was gone.

“I have tried to make an album that both his mother and the rest of his family can remember him by – as well as being a statement that lives up to my somewhat idiosyncratic artistic standards. And of course, I can just assume that Joey would have approved of the songs in their respective final states. It can be difficult to kill the darlings of a friend who has already went onwards.

“I hope I have succeeded in making this an album that he would have liked, and I want to share this music with as many people as possible to celebrate the memory of the immense talent of Joey Hopkins. It has been an honour to work with you.

“Some words to describe the musick: Electronic, hectic like a can of worms, some pop surfaces, distorted, melodic most of the time, some black metal influences, some IDM influences. IT’S LIKE A GOLEM.”

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. “Eternal Puberty” – feat. Ingrid Berge
2. “dWill to dPower / Tomorrow
3. “Black Strobes” – feat. Torgny Knutson Amdam
4. “Bimbo Rimjob
5. “Porcelain Dolls in the Bath
6. “The Goat” – feat. Kristoffer Rygg
7. “Armies of General Nonsense
8. “Smash, Politics, Gag
9. “How We Ate The Flesh” – feat. Ingrid Berge
10. “No Clue” – feat. Czral
11. “Compulsar Massive” – feat. Kim Sølve

Hatlevik assures an additional remix by UPLAND and hints at the likelihood of additional material.

Visit ZWEIZZ at http://zweizz.blogspot.com/.

CODE to Release New Album this Spring

Avantgarde black metal band, CODE, are set to release a new album, Resplendent Grotesque, on Tabu Records this spring (date TBD).  The band, featuring guitarist Aort, bassist Vicotnik (DHG), vocalist Kvohst (DHG), and drummer Adrian Erlandsson (CRADLE OF FILTH, AT THE GATES), will be making a live appearance at the forthcoming Inferno festival in Norway on April 11th.

Samples from Resplendent Grotesque will be posted on the band’s MySpace page:
http://www.myspace.com/codeblackmetal

Kvost Announces Departure from DHG

Vocalist Kvost has announced his departure from DHG (formerly DØDHEIMSGARD). His statement reads as follows:

“After a pretty tough month and some deep contemplation, I have decided to call it a day and check out of the DØDHEIMSGARD asylum. The reasons for my departure are personal and I’d like them to stay that way. My work in DHG and on Supervillain [Outcast] has been a labour of love but, unfortunately, love, as Bukowski once said, can often be ‘like trying to carry a full garbage can on your back over a rushing river of piss.’ I can only thank the rest of the band, especially Vicotnik and the fans, for their total support and dedication and for some of the best years of my life. As a fan of the band since I was young, I will continue to support DHG and I hope that you will do the same.”

FLEURETY: New Tracks Recorded for Upcoming EP

Norways’ FLEURETY have completed recording two new tracks, “The Animal of the City” and “Summon the Beasts“, to be released as a forthcoming 7″ EP. It’s the band’s first new material to be properly recorded since 1998.

The lineup for this EP consists of guests Ayna B. Johansen (who also performed on the Last-Minute Lies EP) on vocals and Andreas Barsleth (THE WHITE TIGER PREPADE, EN) on drums, as well as the usual suspects, Alexander Nordgaren on guitars/bass and Svein Egil Hatlevik (ZWEIZZ, ex-DØDHEIMSGARD/DHG) on vocals.

The new songs were recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios (TURBONEGRO, EUROBOYS, SCUM) with the assistance of Tore Ylwisaker (ULVER).

ZWEIZZ – The Yawn of a New Age

Svein Egil Hatlevik has been destroying minds for years in acclaimed Norwegian bands, FLEURETY and DHG. Now he has decided to take it to the next level with his one man band and his first full-length release, The Yawn of a New Age. This is not for pimple-face teenagers looking to dress up like their infamous Norwegian black metal heroes of years past. However, the album is for those looking for darkness but in a different form, specifically noise/electronic music. There’s a sinister vibe running throughout and there’s a seriously twisted way that Svein Egil Hatlevik is able to invocate all kinds of off the wall vibes and feelings within his music as well as in the listener. Whether it be eerie combinations of sounds panning back and forth, beeping in and out, white noise blasting at unexpected intervals, or layers of seemingly incongruous parts, you will feel what ZWEISS has for you. There is even an interpretation/cover of IMMORTAL’s “Blacker Than Darkness” as well as a guest appearance by fellow Norwegian black metal alumni, Czral, on “Your System Sucks.” ZWEISS is clearly not for everybody, especially metal fans who strictly stick to more “conventional” music. However, once you accept the challenge and enter the world of The Yawn of a New Age, there’s a mindfuck that awaits. (Vendlus Records)

DHG – Supervillian Outcast

DHG have been mostly absent for eight long years when they released the exceptionally bizarre 666 International album under their former moniker DODHEIMSGARD. Their new album, Supervillian Outcast, is both a step forward and a step back, so to speak. The Norwegian avantgarde metallers continue to fuse experimental, electronic, and industrial influences but with their caustic, progressive black metal attack of old. “Vendetta Assassin” blasts away in the raw yet in-your-face, guitar-driven style of their Satanic Art Mini-CD/EP. On the flip-side is “Apocalypticism,” which captures the more industrial/electronic side of the band with a more repetitive and near-danceable feel while still retaining 100% of the band’s black metal bite. Also, “All is Not Self” is comfortably genre-bending like anything on 666 International. In between are other delicious tracks, like “The Snuff Dreams are Made Of,” “Unaltered Beast,” and the epic “21st Century Devil” that meld all influences. Fans of the band will instantly appreciate their unwavering artistic vision…especially despite a largely different line-up featuring only original guitarist/vocalist Vicotnik (a.k.a. Mr. Fixit) and drummer Czral (a.k.a. Carl-Michael Eide). When the former DODHEIMSGARD put out their last album, black metal was arguably at its peak. Now eight-years later, the landscape is entirely different. Crafting yet another future-proof album in Supervillian Outcast (despite less-than-optimal production values) is a landmark feat. (The End Records)