MANNGARD Enter Studio to Begin Work on Sophomore Album

MANNGARD entered Lydriket (The SoundREICH) today in order to start recording their sophomore album, title TBA. The band will update their MySpace site with studio reports and pictures from the sessions along the way.

The band states: “In the years that have passed since we originally released Circling Buzzards,” we’ve all been busy in the metal field, it not necessarily keeping MANNGARD in the public eye at all times.”

Vocalist Olav Iversen has seen major exposure and massive gigging activity with his doom outfit SAHG, also featuring members of AUDREY HORNE and GORGOROTH. Guitarist Olav Kristiseter has made his Norwegian debut as a novelist with “Blodlenka” (The Bloodchain), a morbid tale of Norwegian backwood monstrosity, largely based on the lyrical themes from Circling Buzzards, as well as appearing on the JAZKAMER album METAL MUSIC MACHINE, alongside Ivar Bjørnson and Iver Sandoy. Drummer Iver Sandoy has seen his services being utilized by ENSLAVED (the Terje Vigen movie project), more JAZKAMER recordings and gigs around Europe, and is now also a member of TRINACRIA, the new band featuring Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson and Arve “Ice Dale” Isdal of ENSLAVED, Hild Sofie Tafjord and Maja Ratkje of FE:MAIL and Espen Lien (SLUT MACHINE, BARBIE BONES).

While staying busy with other projects, MANNGARD have kept writing new material and fine tuning it in rehearsals. Their considerable collective energy is now focused on the recording of the new MANNGARD album, which promises to be even more massive, twisted and evil than the debut.

I – Between Two Worlds

After waiting four years after IMMORTAL‘s last album, mainman Abbath breaks his silence with his new solo project, I. I can loosely be described as IMMORTAL sans blast beats and ice cold atmospheres, with classic heavy metal and Viking-era BATHORY throughout. It’s obvious that Abbath had a fun time creating his most diverse album yet alongside friends, King ov Hell (SAGH), Ice Dale (ENSLAVED), and Armaggeda (ex-IMMORTAL). Opening track, “The Storm I Ride,” shows Abbath singing like Lemmy Kilmeister (as he did in his MOTORHEAD cover band) over classic metal riffs. “Warriors” and “Between Two Worlds” are more in tune with latter day, mid-tempo IMMORTAL and the battle marches of BATHORY. Abbath even gives his best Quorthon imitation on these two songs. The remainder of Between Two Worlds sound like IMMORTAL b-sides mixed in with classic metal riffs. There is plenty to get into on this album and it’s sure to please IMMORTAL fans, particularly fans of their most recent albums. But we all know that Between Two Worlds serves to satisfy the cravings of fans before IMMORTAL finally returns from retirement. (Nuclear Blast Records)