NIDINGR – Wolf-Father

Despite the fact that Norway is no longer the “big” thing in metal does not mean that the nation is lacking in a new generation of black metal bands. With a five year hiatus between their debut release, Sorrow Infinite and Darkness, and their brand new album, Wolf-Father, NIDINGR has quickly gained ground in the hierarchy of new Norwegian black metal bands. Wolf-Father is distinctly and proudly Norwegian with its high frequency raging guitars, precise blast beats, and black feel. However, do not mistake NIDINGR for sounding old or derivative as they manage to give a fresh take on the famous Norwegian black metal sound.

Teloch (1349, ORCUSTUS, GORGOROTH) and Blargh (DØDHEIMSGARD) dish out the catchy, and, often, simple riffs that are not too far removed from bands such as 1349, DØDHEIMSGARD, and THORNS. The guitars in particular have a sweet resonance, and the perfect tone that you want for this type of metal. Vocalist Cpt. Estrella Grasa’s shouts and proclamations are reminiscent of Aldrahn (THORNS, ex-DØDHEIMSGARD) in a good way. Drumgod Hellhammer lays down his usual top-notch performance that, at times, seems too easy for him to run through. “Baldrs Draumar” explores a different vibe with its doomy section featuring ULVER’s Garm on vocals.

Wolf-Father is a very consistent in tone, style, and approach. On one hand, this characteristic holds the album back from really breaking out into greatness. On the other hand, being consistently good with no discernable drop off is a compelling reason to listen to it. The next release from NIDINGR should be even better. (Jester Records)

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).

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)

VED BUENS ENDE Calls it Quits Again

Norwegian avant garde band, VED BUENS ENDE, has called it a day once again after recently announcing their reformation. Here is official word from the band:

“Dear VBE freaks…

“I’m afraid we have given false hope to you all.

VED BUENS ENDE is no more. It’s dead and buried for good.

After a while of rehersing and writing new material, it became apparent that Vikotnic and myself have grown apart musically. Our styles have developed in different directions through the years passed since Written in Waters. The songs we wrote together for what was to become the new album became mediocre, and the songs we made each on our own became just too different. It would have become a very schizophrenic album if we’d continue, and none of us would have been happy with the outcome.

“As most of you probably know, Vikotnic‘s band DHG (DØDHEIMSGARD) is out with a new album. Supervillain Outcast is getting the attention it deserves, and will be a great success. So that’s were he’ll direct his focus from now on. Vikotnic will have his hands full for sure.

“As for myself, I am finished writing the material for the next VIRUS album. It will contain much of the material meant for what was to become the next VED BUENS ENDE record that I wrote.

VIRUS is very much in the same vein as VBE. The same style and genre, at least in regards to the experimental parts of what we did back in the Written in Waters days. It’s almost like a continuation of VBE.

“On VIRUS‘ debut album, Carheart, we fooled around with many different sorts of atmospheres. This time around it will become darker all the way through. And more fluent. The music kinda floats. A black flux. But we’ll for sure keep that absurd twist that became our trademark through our debut album.

“For those of you who know the Carheart album, one can compare the new stuff with the title track, ‘Road‘, ‘Hustler‘ and ‘Be Elevator‘. But of course, it’ll be a new album, so…

“The lineup in VIRUS will be the same as on the debut. Plenum on bass, Einar Esso on drums, and myself on vocals and guitars.

“We’ll start the recordings quite soon. I hope it’ll be finished early winter this year. Or late autumn. Maybe out in January ’08. We’re signing a deal with Season of Mist Records.

“We recorded a couple of songs (like a demo) in November last year, and we’ll post those songs as a ‘teaser’ as soon as we have mixed them.

“This VBE MySpace site will slowly mutate into being a VIRUS site. It won’t happen until we’re on a roll and the album release is approaching. In the meanwhile, you can check out our current site dedicated to the Carheart album on www.myspace.com/czral. There are a couple of songs from the album there, check it out! Anyway, the album is obtainable through Jester Records, web only: http://www.jester-records.com/shop.php or you can download it, of course. I’m down with that, I’m not Lars Ulrich.

“I`ll update this blog as soon as something happens.

“Next time boys, next time.

“Czral-Michael”

DHG (DØDHEIMSGARD) to Drop Supervillian Outcast on April 17th

Norway’s DHG (formerly DØDHEIMSGARD) will release their long-awaited fourth full-length album, Supervillain Outcast, on April 17th in North America through Moonfog/The End Records. The follow-up to 1999’s critically acclaimed 666 International, is described as “a sonically-charged rollercoaster ride of avant-garde chaos and intense black metal drive and atmosphere.”

The album track listing is as follows:
01: “Dushman
02: “Vendetta Assassin
03: “The Snuff Dreams Are Made Of
04: “Hororizon
05: “Foe X Foe
06: “Secret Identity
07: “The Vile Delinquents
08: “Unaltered Beast
09: “Apocalypticism
10: “Chrome Balaclava
11: “Ghostforce Soul Constrictor
12: “All Is Not Self
13: “Supervillain Serum
14: “Cellar Door
15: “21st Century Devil

The band have posted “Vendetta Assassin” for listening on the band’s official MySpace page.  Also on their MySpace page are some exclusive photos from a recent live show in Halmstad, Sweden.
DHG‘s current line-up is:
Vicotnik (Mr. Fixit)- guitars
Thrawn – guitars
Kvohst – vocals
Clandestine – bass
D’Arn – drums
Jormundgand – FX/synth