CMM and Norwegian Cult Label CRIME RECORDS:
Sometimes you hear something that grabs your attention straight away. Something different. But at the same time, something familiar, something you feel at home with straight away. And the only thing you are quite sure of is that you have to explore it some more. And more.
That was the first impression when I checked out a link sent to us one night. An unknown band for me, but the music was so intriguing and done in such an effortless and playful way. And without any boundaries. After hearing the music a handful of times that night, I just had to reach out to them to get more information. And maybe some more music to dig into.
Now, as I write this and listen to their music once more four months later, I'm still drawn into their musical landscape, moving from heavy, sometimes chaotic, progressive metal to melodic pop ballads via storytelling soundscapes fitting a motion picture.
Please let us introduce you to the Icelandic ensemble Ask the Slave!
In collaboration with We Låve Rock Music, we will release their third full-length album, "Good Things Bad People", in the spring of 2021.
Crime Records will also re-release Ask the Slave's two first albums in remastered versions with bonus tracks.
All albums will be presented in detail later on. So will the rigid collector's box...
Ask the Slave:
"We are extremely happy to announce that we have signed a deal with Crime Records from Norway. Rooting in metal but recently branching out to other, more ill-explained territories, Crime Records is an independent label run by true music lovers who understand and appreciate good, innovative music and offer great support, honesty, and respect to their artists. Needless to say, we are very proud to be part of this family."
Welcome to the family!
And we can't get out of this Covid 19-situation soon enough, so we can meet up, grab a beer together (you may leave the fish!), and get to experience you live on stage. Cheers!
The album is now available on CD Digipak, for streaming on all major streaming services, and as Digital Download on Bandcamp. The LP will be tentatively available in January 2021.
The CD will come as an 8-panel digipak. The first print of the LP will be gatefold, colored “galaxy effect” vinyl, exclusive signed photo, large poster, and strictly limited to only 300 copies. In addition, a digital download is included if the LP is bought at the Crime Records webshop. When this limited print is sold out, the LP will be available as a standard gatefold with black vinyl.
DEAD POETRY contains 8 songs, 48 minutes.
VIBEKE STENE is known as the singer of Tristania, 1997-2007. With VEIL OF SECRETS, STENE has composed the majority of lyrics and vocals.
ASGEIR MICKELSON is known for having played drums in Borknagar, SARKE, Ihsahn -Official- Spiral Architect, Vintersorg,
Abyssic, Testament, and others. With VEIL OF SECRETS, MICKELSON has written all music and recorded drums, guitars, and bass.
Growling vocals on the album were done by ERLING MALM (Endolith, Articulus). Violin was done by SAREETA (Ram-Zet, ex-Ásmegin).
DEAD POETRY is produced by Vibeke Stene and Asgeir Mickelson, mixed at Toproom Studio by Børge Finstad, and mastered at dUb Studio by Endre Kirkesola.
Overall I would definitely recommend this album to anyone. It’s something so different and encapturing, like watching a movie in the form of music. When it ended I just wanted more, I didn’t want to leave the world I had been surrounded with. I believe this is an album I could go back and listen to time and time again, and each time find something new and exciting within, whether that be discovering a new piece of the story or the intricate music. I have completely fallen in love with this project.
- The Independent Voice Ezine (5/5)
`The Self Aware Frequency’ is a must-have for Devil Doll fans and I also challenge fans of experimental, progressive, and theatrical rock and metal to dive into this.
- Headbangers Lifestyle