Ragnarok set to release new album in October

The anticipated new album from Norwegian black metallers Ragnarok will be released on October 30th in Europe and UK and November 6th in North America through Agonia Records. Cover artwork, tracklist, and album overview are available below.

Malediction is the title of Ragnarok‘sbrand-new album (Anyone who mistakes it for Sarah Jezebel Deva’s EP will lose major kvltness). When it comes to Norwegian black metal, Ragnarok is one of the outstanding examples of what integrity and perseverance can bring to the genre. Since their inception at the beginning of 1994, the band has outlasted a multitude of variations and trends within the metal community that sought to influence the black metal genre. Eschewing avant-garde, nu-metal, and even hardcore influences, the band remained true to themselves and to the traditions of black metal, whilst at the same time growing as writers and performers and refusing to become stale. Today, after 18 years in the business, Ragnarok still play black metal in the classic style and continue to significantly increase their fanbase, having become internationally recognised exponents of the genre, with six albums and high-profile festivals and tours under their belts. With this seventh full-length album, the groupdeliver the best there is in terms of dark and aggressive music. Ragnarok does not need to re-invent the wheel – they just improve it.

was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Devo of Marduk‘s fame at Endarker Studios.
The new album will be available as jewelcase CD, digital download, and limited vinyl with exclusive bonus track. First 100 copies will be available on handnumbered brown vinyl. It can be pre-ordered here.

Full-scale European, US, and South American tours are planned for late 2012 and early 2013, including festival appearances. The band has already confirmed to play at Metal Legacy Festival (Saturday 27 October – Stromstad, Sweden) and to headline Messe des Morts Festival(Saturday 24 November – Montreal, Canada; first North American appearance of the band). More news to be announced shortly.

Malediction tracklist:

1. Blood of Saints

2. Demon in my View

3. Necromantic Summoning Ritual

4. Divide et Impera

5. (Dolce et Decorum est) Pro Patria Mori

6. Dystocratic

7. Iron Cross – Posthumous

8. The Elevenfold Seal

9. Fade Into Obscurity

10. Sword of Damocles

11. Retribution**

**exclusive vinyl bonus track

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