Norway’s MANIMALISM Announce First Full-Length After 22 Years

Norwegian post-black metal band, MANIMALISM, is returning from a long hiatus to release their first full-length album, Manimalism.

After releasing two demos in the mid-nineties as TAARENES VAARMANIMALISM went quiet; or so it seemed on the outside. Composed between 1993 and 1999, this album—apparently cursed from birth—has since been hovering in a near-completed form burdened by a constant barrage of breakdowns, line-up changes, and recording difficulties. Slithering from silence is the crew of renown artist/designer Kim Sølve, Bjeima (YUREI, ex-VIRUS), Petter ‘Plenum’ Berntsen (VIRUS), Member 01 (THE CONSORTIUM), and Joachim Svebo.

First up is the single “Demons in Tuxedos,” the opening track from their first demo from 1996:

Manimalism is being released on black and gold 12 inch vinyl by Adversum, the label that gave you YUREI, I LEFT THE PLANET, ALFA OBSCURA, and STAGNANT WATERS.

VIRUS Complete Recording New Album; Will Release Independently

Norway’s VIRUS, led by Carl-Michael Eide (a.k.a. Czral of VED BUENS ENDE and Aggressor of AURA NOIR, DØDHEIMSGARD) and Einar “Esso” Sjursø (BEYOND DAWN), have posted an update regarding their new album and label situation.

“As previously announced on Myspace, VIRUS have parted ways with Season Of Mist and will take care of the release of our third album ourselves. We are just about to start mixing the album and are looking at a late (preferably November) 2010 release.

“However, since we no longer have a label contributing to the studio costs (SOM covered some, but not all, of the studio costs of The Black Flux), we have decided to let you, our fans be ‘a part’ of completing this album.

“As of now, you can pre-order the upcoming album The Agent That Shapes The Desert on vinyl, cd and as a special ‘fan package’ including a cd, a signed and hand numbered LP, a limited EP and a T-shirt. We have not set a release date in stone yet, due to the simple fact that it all depends on economy. The more pre-orders we get, the quicker we will be able to complete and print the album.

“This release will be a co-release between Virulent Music (our own label) and Duplicate Records (Einz‘ label) which will help with distribution and promotion. This means we basically do everything ourselves, with only some studio support from a few trust funds. We basically have to cover everything else (additional studio time, mastering, printing and promoting the album) ourselves.

“Thus, we hope as many of you will grab this opportunity to become our ‘benefactors’ so to speak, and order the cd, the vinyl or the special package. More details on the product follows below.

“Trust us, this is the album of our careers. Thanks for your support!”

Pre-order The Agent that Shapes the Desert here: http://www.duplicate-records.com/viruspreorder.htm

VIRUS to Unleash New Album, The Black Flux

Norwegian avant-garde metal trio VIRUS will be releasing their long-awaited new album, The Black Flux, on November 10th through Season of Mist.  The follow-up to 2003′s twisted post-rock debut, Carheart, is said to encompass the same unique style of experimental rock/metal.

After the debut, VIRUS went off the radar for several years, not least because of songwriter/vocalist/drummer Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide‘s 2005 accident, falling five stories and making a two year-recovery.

The Black Flux was produced by Bård Ingebrigtsen at Amper Tone Studios (ENSLAVED, AURA NOIR) and features guitarist, Petter “Plenum” Berntsen (AUDIOPAIN), and drummer Einar “Einz” Sjursø (BEYOND DAWN, INFERNÖ, LAMENTED SOULS).

Album track listing is as follows:

1. “Stalkers of the Drift
2. “As Virulent as You
3. “Lost Peacocks
4. “The Black Flux
5. “Intermission: The Ocean Highway
6. “Inward Bound
7. “Archives
8. “Shame Eclipse
9. “Strange Calm

Check out the band’s MySpace page to preview two tracks from the new album: http://www.myspace.com/czral

VIRUS Post Rough Cut of New Song

Norway’s VIRUS, masterminded by Czral (a.k.a. Carl-Michael Eide, VED BUENS ENDE, DØDHEIMSGARD), have posted a rough-cut of a new song on their MySpace page. Czral talks about the track:

“We’ve just posted a new song. It’s a rough-mix WITHOUT BASS. Just like ‘Lost Peacocks‘, we’ve chosen to post it without bass. The reason for this, is that the bass is such a big element in VIRUS, and we want all of you to still hear something new when the album finally is out.

“‘Stalkers of the Drift‘, is the name of this baby. Not as massive as ‘Lost Peacocks‘. A different structure altogether. Slow and sad in the beginning, and building up towards a nice climax in the end. Lyrics are written together with Amniotic Sac, a lost girl from the dead city of Bolton, England. We’ve posted the lyrics as a bulletin to all our friends.

“Well, we’re still in the studio. Recording vocals. The bass is being done, as we speak, at Plenum‘s place. All by himself. Then, of course, we’ll have the mixing, the details, some guitars, and baking. Lots of baking. In spite of all this, we still hope The Black Flux is gonna be out spring-time, even though the time-noose is tightening quite a bit.

“PS: listening to this song more than twice might cause eczema.”

Stalkers of the Drift” lyrics:

Feral aeroplanes, stalkers of the drift
You float inside the hollow waves
Like sleepwalkers on the ocean highway
See the blind cavalry, in their concave masks,
All lined up to fowl the beaches
Dead faces painted in the sands

They mimic themselves, hiding in the wastelands
Empty figures on the crests of the dunes
The desert sculptures
Paying homage to the wounds

With broken limbs they dance
The snakes and their proud owners
On parade out in the iron rain
The sun retreats as the caves drink the rivers

The feral aeroplanes (fuelled on black milk)
Chasing the winds
Upon the ocean highway
Gliding on raw silk
Cheered by broken clapping hands

Listen to the track here.

Demo Version of New VIRUS Song, “Lost Peacocks,” Now Online

Norway’s VIRUS have uploaded a demo version of a new song, “Lost Peacocks,” online here. The demo track does not have bass and is unmixed. The song will appear in its final form on the band’s upcoming album, The Black Flux, via Jester Records.

VIRUS is composed of Carl-Michael Eide aka Czral (VED BUENS ENDE), Petter “Plenum” Berntsen (AUDIOPAIN), and Einar “Esso” Sjursø (BEYOND DAWN).

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)

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”