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ME AND THAT MAN представи видеото „Confession“ с участието на Niklas Kvarforth

ME AND THAT MAN на Nergal представи ново официално видео към песента “Confession”, в която участва Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING). Тя е част от албума „New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol 1“ (Napalm Records).

Първоначално ME AND THAT MAN е солов проект на Adam Nergal Darski (BEHEMOTH). През 2017 г. излиза дебютният албум „Songs of Love and Death“, а от 2018 г., след някои промени в състава, групата е готова за концерти и турнета.

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Me And That Man; Photo Credit: Grzegorz-Gołębiowski


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THE SARCOPHAGUS с нов албум

THE SARCOPHAGUS – една от първите Black Metal банди в Турция е формирана през 1996 г. от Burak Sümer. В началото на 1997 г. те издават първото си демо “Pagan Storm”, което е последвано от EP-то “Infernal Hordes of The Ancient Times”. Двете издания са брилянтен образец класическия мелодичен Black Metal. В този период групата свири активно на концерти и фестивали.

The Sarcophagus

The Sarcophagus

През 2009 г. Niklas Kvarforth от SHINING и Ozan Yıldırım от RAVEN WOODS се присъединяват към THE SARCOPHAGUS и групата подписва с Osmose Productions за издаването на 7-инчовото EP “Hate Cult” и дебютния албум “Towards The Eternal Chaos”. Новият стил леко се различава от ранния мелодичен Black Metal. С участието на Niklas Kvarforth стилът на групата става по-агресивен. И двете издания получават много позитивна обратна връзка от публиката и критиците.

Няколко години след това Niklas решава да прекрати участието си в странични проекти извън SHINING. След това решение към бандата се присъединява Morkbeast от руската Black Metal група TODESTRIEBE като нов вокалист и след седем дълги години THE SARCOPHAGUS през 2016 г. записват новия си албум, озаглавен “Beyond This World’s Illusion”,  който съдържа 9 парчета. Издател е руският лейбъл Satanath Records.

01. Reign Of Chaos
02. Ain Sof
03. Dymadiel
04. The Profanity Rites
05. Sapremia Of Earthly Creatures
06. Triumphant Divine Terror
07. Armoured Death
08. Flaming Key To Divine Wisdom
09. Apocalyptic Beast

Преиздават пет албума на SHINING на касети

Деветият дългосвирещ албум на шведите SHINING, озаглавен “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”, ще излезе на 20 април 2015 г. чрез Season of Mist. Обаче шведите постигнаха споразумение с друг френски лейбъл, Never Dead Productions, които ще издадат пет дългосвирещи албума на групата на касетъчен формат. Всеки албум ще бъде с ограничен тираж от 100 броя и ще включва значка-капачка, нашивка или стикер в зависимост от конкретното заглавие.

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Албумите на SHINING, включително предстоящия “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”, които ще бъдат издадени на касети са:

I Within Deep Dark Chambers
II Livets Ändhållplats
V Halmstad
VI Klagopsalmer
IX Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends

Shining

Shining

Засега групата е потвърдила поредица от концерти:

02 April, Messe des Morts Festival, Montreal, Canada
30 April, SWR Barroselas Festival, Barroselas, Portugal
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

Неотдавна бе заснето ново видео в подкрепа на предстоящото издание, режисьор отново бе Martin Strandberg.  Единствените известни детайли около видеото са, че SHINING са го заснели в Хелсенки (Финландия) и Белград (Сърбия).

Shining

© and All Rights Reserved Assi Viljanen

Последното издание на SHINING бе “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”,  което излезе през 2013 г. чрез Dark Essence Records и включва гост-вокали от Black Metal сцената: Atilla Csihar (MAYHEM, TORMENTOR),  Maniac (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM), Gaahl (GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, TRELLDOM, ex-GORGOROTH), Famine (PESTE NOIRE) и Pehr (ALFAHANNE). В интервюто за The Other Side Niklas Kvarforth разказва подробно за него.

Вижте фотогалерията от концерта на групата в Букурещ на 3 октомври 2014 г.

Деветият албум на SHINING излиза на 20 април

Деветият дългосвирещ албум на шведите SHINING, озаглавен “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”, ще излезе на 20 април 2015 г. чрез Season of Mist.

Niklas Kvarforth, основател и фронтмен на SHINING, коментира: „За пръв път съм изключително доволен от това, как един албум се случва и вярвам че наличието на мръсотия и безкомпромисна тнъмнина е по-важно отвсякога.  Това не само ще ни докара нова фенска маса, която да се „наслади“ на мачкането, но и ще ни върне тези фенове, които спряха да слушат SHINING след нашия пети албум, отново ще бъдат заразени с това, което липсваше… като атмосферата на старото“.

Shining

Shining

Неотдавна бе заснето ново видео в подкрепа на предстоящото издание, режисьор отново бе Martin Strandberg.  Единствените известни детайли около видеото са, че SHINING са го заснели в Хелсенки (Финландия) и Белград (Сърбия).

Shining

© and All Rights Reserved Assi Viljanen

Също така, групата обнови официалния си сайт, като възложи поддръжката и актуализацията му на японската дизайнерска компания Ogino Design.

Shining

© and All Rights Reserved Assi Viljanen

Последното издание на SHINING бе “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”,  което излезе през 2013 г. чрез Dark Essence Records и включва гост-вокали от Black Metal сцената: Atilla Csihar (MAYHEM, TORMENTOR),  Maniac (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM), Gaahl (GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, TRELLDOM, ex-GORGOROTH), Famine (PESTE NOIRE) и Pehr (ALFAHANNE). В интервюто за The Other Side Niklas Kvarforth разказва подробно за него.

Вижте фотогалерията от концерта на групата в Букурещ на 3 октомври 2014 г.

SHINING показаха снимки от снимачната площадка на новия им клип

Шведите SHINING показаха снимки от снимачната площадка, където снимат ново видео, което ще бъде към парче от слеващия им, девети поред дългосвирещ албум, който е предвиден да излезе през пролетта чрез Season of Mist. Снимките, дело на фотографа Assi Viljanen, са качени във фейсбук профила на групата.

Shining

© and All Rights Reserved Assi Viljanen

Единствените известни детайли около видеото са, че SHINING са го заснели в Хелсенки (Финландия) и Белград (Сърбия), както и че е режисирано от  Martin Strandberg.  Същият режисьор е правил клиповете за “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” и “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” от седмия албум на бандата “VII / Född Förlorare”, в момента работи и над документален филм за тях.

Shining

© and All Rights Reserved Assi Viljanen

Коментирайки процеса на заснемане, Niklas Kvarforth, основател и фронтмен на SHINING, отсича:  Martin е работил по наши видео клипове и преди, този ще бъде  нещо различно в сравнение с предходните“.

Последното издание на SHINING бе “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”,  което излезе през 2013 г. чрез Dark Essence Records и включва гост-вокали от Black Metal сцената: Atilla Csihar (MAYHEM, TORMENTOR),  Maniac (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM), Gaahl (GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, TRELLDOM, ex-GORGOROTH), Famine (PESTE NOIRE) и Pehr (ALFAHANNE). В интервюто за The Other Side Niklas Kvarforth разказва подробно за него.

Вижте фотогалерията от концерта на групата в Букурещ на 3 октомври 2014 г.

SUCHTHAUS показаха ново видео, Hellhammer вече е постоянен барабанист на групата

„I Have Decided to Follow Jesus“ е новото видео на норвежците SUCHTHAUS – група, сформирана от скулптора Spacebrain. В клипа участват дъщерята на Spacebrain и нейния приятел, заедно с Petter Pogo, басист на една от най-популярните поп групи в Норвегия – JOKKE AND VALENTINERNE, също така членовете на SUCHTHAUS: Fruen и  Ingvar, разбира се и самият Spacebrain.  Снимките са направени в коридора на къщата на Spacebrain в Осло, като идеята е да бъде показана клаустрофобията и смущаващия образ на религията.

Групата работи над предстоящия си албум „Motorbrain“, от където е песента. Според музикантите това ще бъде „чист метъл“. Барабаните са записани от Hellhammer (MAYHEM), който досега бе сесиен музикант, но вече е постоянен член на състава, който включва още:  Spacebrain (вокали и бас), другият основател Fruen (вокали и китари),  Ingvar (китари) и AD/HD (бас).  В момента тече мастерингът на „Motorbrain“, който става със съдействието на Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING). Издател ще бъде Rollabigone (собствения лейбъл на SUCHTHAUS), датата предстои да бъде обявена.

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Фотогалерия: SHINING в Букурещ на 3 октомври

SHINING в Румъния.

Фотограф: Йосиф Милчов ©

3 октомври 2014 г., клуб Colectiv, Букурещ

SHINING са в студиото, ще свирят на 3 октомври в Букурещ

Шведите SHINING са в Sonic Train Studios, където записват деветия си дългосвирещ албум. Можете да видите няколко фотоса от там…

Niklas Kvarforth и компания ще изнесат концерт в Club Colectiv в румънската столица Букурещ на 3 октомври. Билетът струва само 45 леи (около 23 лева).

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Шведските апокалиптични рокери ALFAHANNE работят по нов материал

Шведите ALFAHANNE, които определят стила си като Alfapokalyptic Rock, след издаването на дебютния си албум по-рано тази година чрез Dark Essence Records, отново са на линия в студиото, за да подготвят материала за новото си издание. Гост-вокалите на Hoest (TAAKE), Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING) и V’gandr (HELHEIM) в техния дебют „Alfapokalyps“ ще накарат повечето фенове на екстремния метъл да го забележат. Сега китаристът Fredrik Sööberg отделя време за да работи по новия материал на групата.

Alfahanne

Alfahanne

Формирана в Швеция през 2010 г., съставът на ALFAHANNE включва музиканти, които са на Black Metal сцената от началото на 90-те, в банди като VINTERLAND и ранните MAZE OF TORMENT, които се събират заедно, за да свирят музика, която те наричат „Alfapocalyptic Rock“. Свирейки смесица от Black Metal, Classic Rock и Punk с някои Goth влияния, ALFAHANNE издават през 2013 г. “Grym”, сплит 7” плоча с шведите SHINING.

Alfahanne

Alfahanne

Днешният състав на ALFAHANNE включва Pehr Skioldhammer (вокали и китари), Fredrik Sööberg (китари), Niklas Åström (барабани) и Jimmy Wiberg (бас).

Бандата ще направи няколко концерта:

12 Sept, John Dee, Oslo (supporting VULTURE INDUSTRIES)
27 Sept, Morkaste Smaland Festival, Metropol, Hultsfred, Sweden
07 Nov, On the Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
08 Nov, Dog’s Home, Tampere, Finland
19-21 Feb, Blastfest, Bergen, Norway (exact running order TBA)
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England

Няколко парчета на ALFAHANNE, включително тези с Hoest (TAAKE), Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING) и V’gandr (HELHEIM) могат да бъдат чути:

Niklas Kvarforth: I cannot for the love of Lucifer understand how someone can even dare to touch the darkness without sincerity within their hearts

Hi, Niklas! Congratulations for the crushing “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”! How did you arrive at this album?

Thank you. 8 ½ is in no way a new album. About ten years ago, the original pre-recordings for III were bootlegged by a German company, however, they used very plain versions made as demos for Hellhammer before entering the studio. I have been annoyed that these fuckers have managed to cash in on my lifework, and more so, extremely pissed that these versions have been as widely spread as they have. So, since we had some time to spare, we recorded bass and keys on top of the already existing tracks and finally teamed up with Dark Essence Records to release them in a way that was more genuine and more interesting.

How did you choose the guest-vocalists who take part in five of the songs?

In 2008 we had actually planned to re-record our debut album and have six different vocalists making their own interpretations of the songs. However, this did not happen as we recorded the sixth and seventh album instead during that session. Back when that idea was being toyed around with, all six were already on board on the project. Now, a few years later one of them had to be replaced as we have somewhat come to disagree on certain things over the years. And the sixth one, Trondr Nefas, unfortunately died, so instead I chose to include the “Through Corridors Of Oppression” track we recorded during the III session and which never was released in a proper way, apart from on a split 7” with Finnish Dolorian.

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Niklas Kvarforth – Shining

Attila Csihar and Maniac bring quite a “Mayhem” sound to the songs in which they participate…Was the contribution of famous vocalists a major motive, or rather a colourful addition?

I have known all these people with the exception of Famine for a very long time and have worked with these individuals on other projects throughout the years, and obviously they are fantastic artists, thus, the choices were not based on if they are “famous” or not, but rather whether they are good or not. The reason I combined the old idea of the re-recording of the debut with these songs was simply to make something completely different this time around. Although, I do not sense that much Mayhemic spirit just because of Maniac and Attila, and for the latter I would draw parallels to Plasma Pool and Tormentor rather than Mayhem.

Was there a curious story you can think of during the recordings?

Not really. It was more than a decade ago I recorded the original guitars and drums so the passage of time has, in a way, shed some darkness over the whole process. And as for the vocalist’s own separate recordings, I choose not to be present, because my opinion would have interfered with their respective work.

Once the album is out, do you plan to shoot a video for some of the songs?

No.

If there will be such a video, do you plan to invite some of the album’s guest-vocalists?

Niklas Kvarforth – Shining

Niklas Kvarforth – Shining

If we were to record a video, which we won’t, obviously the vocalist performing would have to be there. Are you conceiving tours?! Concerts?

Shining have gone through a lot of negativity recently, and so have I, on a personal level, so till now we have only performed six or seven festivals gigs during 2013. However, we did agree to a smaller club-tour throughout Europe in November. It will be interesting definitely having the new line-up tearing the world apart non-stop for a couple of weeks.

I had the chance to see you live (2009 in Germany with Satyricon), and I can note your shocking (for some) behaviour on stage. Is this you in real life, or is it a scenic act?

Of course it is me. I am not interested in playing a role merely to give a few idiots something to talk about. If I had been doing this for 17 years based on nothing but shock-value the band would have died a long time ago, which we can see happening to bands who do just that. See, as an artist, you have to ”give” something genuine, otherwise your true colours would eventually be revealed. Yet, I do not really see what you, or someone else for that matter, would consider shocking with our shows.

What about the passionate kiss mouth-to-mouth with your bassist? In fact, a contributor to our webzine also saw you in London, same tour, and had a chance to ask you the same… She recalls you maintaining your hetero-sexuality (while mentiong your then-bassist was gay), but also hinting to a few spicy details about sexual fetishes… If this isn’t too intrusive or off-limits, we’d be curious to hear whatever you care to share on sexuality…

Your contributor, did I fuck her?

(No, but I offered you strap-on play. – the contributor)

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„But, those kisses happened but have nothing to do with my own sexual identity. I did those rather to strengthen the presence of discomfort and hatred within the band on stage.“

No, seriously, the bassist you are referring to, Andreas Larsen, who is bi-sexual and a fucking maggot who should be raped for the shit he pulled in the end. Unfortunately, this is a story whose details I cannot share out of respect to another member. But, those kisses happened but have nothing to do with my own sexual identity. I did those rather to strengthen the presence of discomfort and hatred within the band on stage. It worked for me at least. As for my sexual preferences that seemed to intrigue your colleague, I believe these are more or less known the past 5-6 years. Nothing special, just that I love women’s feet and legs clothed in nylon stockings and six inch heels. Occasionally drinking from the female vaults too… If you are truly interested to know more about these things I suggest you check out the coming issue of SKIN MAGAZINE where I am revealing possibly too much on the subject. However, as you get older, this interest somewhat decreases. Hopefully in the end one reaches the point where carnal pleasures are totally out of the question.

Do you find today’s black metal scene as free/exciting as it should be, or claims to be, in this respect or any other? What are your thoughts on being “true” to your stage persona, or the relation of life and art?

My art is my life, my religion and my needs all tied together, for both good and bad. I do not give the slightest fuck about any scene though, as I have myself and a few brothers and sisters in my life, which honestly, is more than enough. And I have never been either interested in, nor felt any need to “belong” to any community or whatever floats other idiots boats.

Also in 2009, you had announced a date in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, but the show was cancelled. Can you recall what happened then?

I have no idea, might have been bogus. I do know we cancelled a tour somewhere back then, but no single gigs.

Do you have any current offers from promoters to visit our country?

Unfortunately not. If anyone had come up with a good enough offer we would definitely consider it. Bulgaria, and that particular part of Europe, has always intrigued me. And to go back to your previous question about my preferred sexual fetishes, I would say that this part of the world, without a single moment of doubt, has the most beautiful women I have ever seen. There’s something about these Eastern European girls that makes me want to move there one day.

Let’s go back to “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” – what is your message there?

Message? It’s an album between two other albums and, as it hits the streets, a solid statement that we have not given up nor have any thought of ever doing that either. However, if I had my will, I would love to see the album getting our listeners to actually experience fever-dreams while awake. That would be wonderful.

If I read correctly, you re-recorded the songs in search of more authentic sound?What was different in re-recording these songs, compared to the versions included in previous releases? To elaborate on the same question, may we involve you in indirect polemics with Frost of SATYRICON (and many others for that matter), expressing a general opinion on re-recording – what would you comment on this, with regard to your new album? Was not having the technical means back then a motive?
Would you re-record a whole album; and do you think the ‘authentic spirit’ is property of the given moment back in the day, or can it be actualized?

Frost:
“I think that it’s all a bit dubious whenever bands choose to re-record old material, because an album isn’t only about the tracks that are there but it’s something about the sound and the spirit of the time when it was recorded, and the spirit of the band at that point in time. I sometimes hear bands that do splendid live renderings of old songs, and they do it tighter and even more convincing than the old days; but as a more general view I think that there must be very very specific reasons to re-record whole albums. Sometimes you feel like you have good songs, but it just didn’t turn out that well because you didn’t have the proper means to record them properly or whatever. Still it feels strange if it should be for whole albums, not for just single songs.”

That is totally wrong, these takes were already recorded as demos BEFORE we recorded the real album, so in essence, they are the original recordings, or at least the base of these. I do agree with Frost on this, however, but as I said, the circumstances surrounding these very recordings are totally different. Yet, yes, of course one should avoid re-recording a whole album in general. Because, as he says, and I totally agree, there is no way to recreate the magic that fuelled the original sessions.

Niklas Kvarforth – Shining

Niklas Kvarforth – Shining

At the end of 2012, you issued a book: “When Prozac No Longer Helps” – how was it accepted by the audience?

Strangely enough, the book sold out in a matter of weeks. That is also why we are publishing a second edition next month. Same thing as last time, but with a different cover and some additional lyrics. More importantly, we’re only selling the book through www.shininglegions.com to avoid leaches getting their filthy hands on copies and then putting them up for insane prices on eBay and such. Pre-sales are looking good, so who knows, might be a third edition someday too. Completely depends on the demand of course.

To what extent do you think psychological deviance is a factor in extreme metal?

I don’t really know what extreme metal is, but as for Black Metal the answer is obviously yes. I cannot for the love of Lucifer understand how someone can even dare to touch the darkness without sincerity within their hearts. Luckily though, the ones who try usually get burnt quickly, and leave their futile attempts behind while carrying the wounds inflicted upon them till death and beyond!

Do you envision further books?

I don’t really consider what I have already released to be a real book to be honest. It’s a collection of lyrics. I did however write a book a while back, maybe 4-5 years ago but decided not to publish once Martin Strandberg came up with the idea of the movie instead.

What are your general plans for the future?

To rebuild what many have tried to destroy the past year. Signing with a new record-label and other collaborators before entering the studio to record number nine. Then of course some touring and playing as many festivals we can to secure our place on Tellus as the band your parents warned you about.

Do you have a message to your fans in Bulgaria?

Pray that we will get there soon so that you’ll experience our horror-ridden ceremony in person! And if you are female, do remember the dress code.

Final words…

Everything can be solved with violence, and if you still are unsuccessful, you just haven’t used enough violence.

Interview by: Mrazek & Beyond The Black

August 2013

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