Archive for Early Norwegian black metal scene

Mayhem reveal tracklist and artwork for new album Esoteric Warfare

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Seven long years have passed since the legendary Norwegian black metal kings Mayhem released their fourth and latest album Ordo ad Chao. In the year of the band’s 30th anniversary, the single most notorious and important band in the history of black metal returns with ten venomous and vicious tracks in the form of their new album Esoteric Warfare that are true to the Norwegians’ immense legacy as kings of the underground.

Esoteric Warfare will be released via Season of Mist on 23rd May this year. The album will be available in many different formats including a limited edition vinyl collector’s box through the Season of Mist e-shop. The tracklist and album artwork can be seen down below.

The tracklist for Esoteric Warfare is as follows:

1. Watcher
2. Psywar
3. Trinity
4. Pandaemon
5. Mylab
6. Six Seconds
7. Throne Of Time
8. Corpse Of Care
9. Posthuman
10. Aion Suntalia

In related news, Mayhem have also announced a headlining European tour which will take place in May and will celebrate the 30 years of the band’s reign over the Norwegian black metal scene. Tour dates are as follow:

14th May – Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
16th May – Bochum (DE) Matrix
17th May – Köln (DE) Essigfabrik
18th May – Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
20th May – Bruxelles (BE) AB
21st May – London (GB) Electric Ballroom
22nd May – Paris (FR) Le Divan du Monde
23rd May – Winterthur (CH) Gaswerk
24th May – Milan (IT) Factory
26th May – Bratislava (SK) Randal
27th May – München (DE) Backstage Club
28th May – Berlin (DE) C-Club
29th May – Warsaw (PL) Proxima
30th May – Plzen (CZ) Metalfest Open Air Festival
31st May – København (DK) Pumpehuset

Additional festival shows have also been published:

28th Jun – Lausanne (CH) Les Docks (Inferno Festival Swiss Edition)
8th Aug – Øya (NO) Tøyenparken (Øya Festival)

Mayhem online:

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Gehenna announced for Temples Festival

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Gehenna have been confirmed to make an appearance at Temples Festival in Bristol in 2014, where they’ll join a host of bands that include headliners Electric Wizard and Neurosis. The festival will take place at Motion in Bristol over the weekend of 2nd – 4th May.

Bands confirmed already are:

Anaal Nathrakh
A Storm of Light
Blood Ceremony
Dragged Into Sunlight
Electric Wizard
Satan’s Satyrs
The Secret
Vitamin X

Tickets are on sale now at £85 for the whole weekend and £38.50 for day tickets. You can purchase them this location.

Gehenna have also just released their 8th record, Unravel. The uncompromising masterpiece is produced by Gehenna, and is the first new album release since 2005. The record carries the spirit from WW and twists it to confront a more post-apocalyptic era – rather than the ragnarok of the bourgeoisie, the individual, and the failings of western society – Gehenna faces 21st century existence head on. There is no remorse, no compromise – there is only perfect hate.

Gehenna online:


Svikt – I Elendighetens Selskap [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 18th October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Svikt
Album: I Elendighetens Selskap
Release year: 2011
Genre: Black Metal


Svikt (Norwegian for “impairment”) are a virtually new band within the Norwegian Black Metal scene. “I Elendighetens Selskap” (Roughly translated as “Of misery company”) is their debut album.

The first track of the album is Morkne Røtter (Loosely translated as “decayed roots”). Straight away, there is a strong hint of influences from the Norwegian black metal scene of the early 90s. The guitars have a raw, unpolished sound whilst the vocals are guttural and grim. The drums aren’t particularly impressive but they do keep up with the guitar and bass easily enough. Following straight after is the more barbaric sounding “Maktesløs” (“Powerless”). There is a heavy emphasis on the use of cymbals – An odd thing to combine with the savage riffs being cruelly executed on the guitar and bass. The vocals are reminiscent of early Dimmu Borgir, Gorgoroth and Immortal. The lighter guitar section in the second half of the track comes as an unwelcome change, ruining completely the adrenaline that the track had got flowing.

”Nattfall” (“Nights fall”) begins in a similar vein as “Maktesløs”. The drums, however, are more technical with an added touch of cymbal overkill and blast beats. The guitar sections have a very rough edge mixed with a dirty sound. It’s certainly one of the more better parts of the album. “Vi knekker sammen” (We are cracking up”) has the feeling of a Satyricon track for some unknown reason with a near enough copy-cat sound of the previous track. The fifth song of the album comes next, entitled “Lemlestet fordumssyn” (“Mutilated ancient vision”) ripping through with a much heavier element than the last four tracks. The guitars seem to have taken on a more gut-wrenching sounding while the drums are more fierce, violent and demonic in their playing. The vocals sound blasphemous as well, adding that special black metal element to the song.

”Gråbein I Fåreklær” (“Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”) comes in with a weak introduction. The guitar riffs can’t seem to choose between heavy or melodic and poorly attempting to fuse the both. The vocals sound strained to an extent – Truly disappointing as they sounded great on the previous tracks. The guitars come back stronger later on in the track, fortunately – Even if they do overpower the drums several times. The second to last song on the album is none other than “A misteg in the wind” (“A Step In The Wind”). The introduction feels like a Gorgoroth track from the “Pentagram” album of ‘94. The drums are truly aggressive, virtually dominating the entire song but they are overused heavily. The album finishes with “La tonene tale” (“Let your voices note”). The introduction is soft like a Nickleback track until the distortion of the guitars booms out of the speakers. The drums seem to be filling places they shouldn’t be played in at all but the guitars have some truly strong parts on the track. One key thing about the track is the lack of vocals.

”I Elendighetens Selskap” isn’t anything special. The crude sound quality places emphasis on the band’s old school Norsk svart metall sound but the album sounds like any old black metal album. The drums are heavily overused which doesn’t do any justice for the band or the album. If Svikt want to get somewhere then they’ll have to up their game and try bring something new to their music rather than repeat what was done in the ‘90s.


Nico Davidson

All translations of the song titles are loose translations and should not be taken as the literal or correct translations.