DZSTRKRFT – Disaster Craft

DZSTRKRFT - Disaster CraftFollowing in the footsteps of extreme metallers who went on to explore the electronic-based side of the music universe (i.e. Justin Broadrick with TECHNO ANIMAL, ULVER, Tom G. Warrior with APOLLYON SUN, and Svein Egil Hatlevik (FLEURETY/ex-DODHEIMSGARD) with ZWEISS), roycifer (AKA Royce Hsu) of the defunct Los Angeles black metal band SANCTUS explores these realms with DZSTRKRFT.

Pulling from various electronic dimensions, such as breakbeats and dub, the Disaster Craft EP offers different looks in each song. The backbone is the (programmed) percussion, which fills both channels with the perfect array of ear candy. And of course, the black metal spirit tenet of atmosphere is omnipresent.

The title track sounds like something that would be blasted in a nightclub in the futuristic classic, Bladerunner. Second track, “Machines, Tapes, Electronics/Morrison Dub,” switches to a mellower but no less percussive gear. A sample of Jim Morrison describing the future of music graces the track as the main guitar riffs echoes in and out. “Craft Work (Contra Break)” gets heavy and darker with low end bass rumbling through its cyclical rhythms.

The absolute gem of the EP is closing track, “Audible.” Sleek in its darkness and absolutely emotive, the track glides through the night with a build and flow that is perfect. Have ULVER give it a listen and they’d wish they wrote it. Bloody great song.

With DZSTRKRFT‘s best release to date (three total within one year), the future only holds great things.

P.S. Disaster Craft is available for free download.

(self released)

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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.

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FLEURETY Release New Limited Edition 7″; First Release Since 2000

Norway’s FLEURETY have just issued their first release since 2000’s eclectic Department of Apocalyptic Affairs in a vinyl 7″ titled Ingentes Atque Decorii Vexilliferi Apokalypsis.

The songs featured on Ingentes Atque Decorii Vexilliferi Apokalypsis are re-recordings of material from the early nineties. The song “Descent into Darkness” was first featured on FLEURETY‘s first and only demo, Black Snow (1993). As this song did not fit in with the rest of the material on the debut album, it was never properly recorded until now. This new recording features guest drummer Hellhammer and guest bassist Necrobutcher, both well known from the legendary MAYHEM. Vocals are performed by Runhild Gammelsæter, also known from bands such as THORR’S HAMMER, KHLYST and SUNN O))).

The second song, “Absence“, is a remake of a track recorded exclusively for the compilation album Blackend Vol. 1 (1995). This recording also features the bass work of Plenum (VIRUS, AUDIOPAIN) and the drum work of Bjeima (DELIRIUM BOUND, SWARMS).

Both songs show the more traditional metal side of FLEURETY, with an old school grimness not heard from the band since the A Darker Shade of Evil 7″ EP (1994). But there are also indulgent leaps into disco noise territory!

Ingentes Atque Decorii Vexilliferi Apokalypsis is limited to 666 copies. The cover artwork has been made by Trine & Kim Design Studio. The record is pressed on heavy duty white vinyl and includes a sticker in the sleve.

This release is the first in a series of new FLEURETY recordings only available on vinyl. The next release Summon the Beasts–the first with brand new FLEURETY material since 2000–can be expected in early 2010.

Ingentes Atque Decorii Vexilliferi Apokalypsis is being released by Aesthetic Death Records. Email them at [email protected] for ordering details.

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)

FLEURETY Re-Record Two Early Tracks for 7″ Release

Norway’s FLEURETY have re-record two early songs, “Descent into Darkness” (from the 1993 demo, Black Snow) and “Absence” (originally released on the 1995 compilation album, Blackend). Runhild Gammelsæter (KHLYST, THOR’S HAMMER, SUNN 0)))) will be laying down vocals for the former track.

The line up for “Descent into Darkness” is:
Runhild Gammelsæter – vocals
Alexander Nordgaren – guitars
Necrobutcher – bass
Hellhammer – drums
Svein Egil Hatlevik – bypasser

The line up for “Absence” is:
Alexander Nordgaren – guitars
Svein Egil Hatlevik – vocals
Bjørge Eide Martinsen – drums
Plenum – bass

The 7″ will be released through Duplicate Records.