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Artist: Octohawk
Title: Determinist
Catalog no.: 23.0045
Format:
  • Digipak CD
  • Gatefold LP - Limited Edition
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Release date: 07.06.2024
Genre: Sludgy, Proggy, and Groovy Heavy Metal
Country: Norway
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Determinist is Norway's progressive sludge masters Octohawk's sequel to their highly acclaimed debut album Animist. The album will hit fans of The Ocean, Mastodon, and Igorr right in the face.
With expanded diversity, heavier and more of the good stuff – Just the right kind of heavy!

The new album takes the listener out of the prehistoric world from Animist and into the current and future era of determinism: Humanity has left the world of mysteries, wonders, and chance. In a reality where all is calculated, analyzed, and predetermined, humans thrive on scientific progress, but at what cost? If everything is certain, humans have deprived themselves of the illusion of free will and the wonders of life.

Octohawk's sophomore album, Determinist, is a synopsis of the deterministic era, from the humble experimental beginnings to the complete coalescence with ever-flowing information. Each of the seven tracks represents the significant stages in this endeavor, from man on the ground to being a part of the eternal stream.

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Arcane Dawn   7:43
2.   Quantum Age   6:03
3.   Decode   8:04
4.   Momentum   6:21
5.   Earthrise   1:42
6.   Beyond Tomorrow   5:23
7.   Gateways   5:03

 

Line up:

David Jøndahl Hjellum   Drums
Christian Schei   Guitar
Stian Svorkmo   Vocal and Guitar
Steffen Overaa   Synth and Vocal
Espen Geitsund   Bass

 

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Artist: Profane Burial
Title: My Plateau
Catalog no.: 22.0041
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Release date: 01.03.2024
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Norway
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Profane Burial presents an atmospheric, dismal, and grim journey through unsanctified cinematic black metal, a sub-genre of black metal often featuring atmospheric and symphonic elements, drawing inspiration from film scores and other forms of orchestral music.

My Plateau is very intense and has a more extreme approach than the debut. It leans even further towards Black Metal, not only due to the high-pitched vocals but also because of the significant use of traditional tremolo guitars. The songs are quite intricate and progressive in both tempo and time signatures.

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   My Plateau   5:46
2.   Moribund   6:01
3.   Fragments of Dirge   5:15
4.   Righteous Indoctrination   6:59
5.   Disambiguate Eradication   4:50
6.   Horror Code   6:47

Line up:

Kjetil Ytterhus   Vocal & keys
André Aaslie   Guitar, bass & keys
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow   Drums

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Artist: Imaginaerium
Title: The Rise of Medici
Catalog no.: 22.0042
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Release date: 20.03.2023
Genre: Symphonic Rock Opera
Country: UK & France
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With this unique concept album, The Rise of Medici, Imaginaerium sets its rules in the prog-rock metal world through one of the major episodes in the life of Cosimo and Contessina De’ Medici.

An epic symphonic renaissance-inspired Rock Opera featuring Clive Nolan (Arena & Pendragon), Eric Bouillette (Nine Skies, The Room), Andy Sears (ex Twelfth Night), and Laura Piazzai (Caamora).

With the pre-release selling out and garnering excellent reviews, The Rise of Medici has already been considered one of the best albums of 2022. 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Festina Lente   2:29
2.   Duty of Love   4:45
3.   House of Dreams   4:11
4.   The Tide Will Change   5:08
5.   Never Close Your Eyes   2:26
6.   Glass Throne   4:40
7.   Treachery   6:16
8.   Fall From Grace   2:55
9.   Will I Never Return?   5:23
10.   Fortunes Reverse   6:10
11.   Return of Medici   5:19
12.   Legacy   4:37

Credits:

Clive Nolan   Composition, arrangements, lyrics, keyboards, drum recording, vocals (Rinaldo)
Eric Bouillette   Composition, arrangements, keyboards, violin, mandolin
Laura Piazzai   Vocals (Contessina)
Andy Sears   Vocals (Cosimo)
Elena Vladyuk   Vocals (Lucrezia)
Marc Spencer   Backing vocals (Monks)
Scott Higham   Drums
Bernard Hery   Bass
Isabella Cambini   Harp
     
Karl Groom   Drum set and editing
Alexandre Lamia   Mixing and mastering
     
Kim Ouzo   Front cover painting
Steve Anderson   Design and artwork

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Artist: Omnia Moritur
Title: Ex Inferis
Catalog no.: 21.0037
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Release date: 10.06.2022
Genre: Death Metal
Country: Norway & Sweden
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Death - the inevitable end of all things living. Since the dawn of time, humans have asked what lies beyond its veil, alas to no avail. It has been a fathomless source of creative inspiration within all aesthetic practices and will continue until the end.

Omnia Moritur is a Norwegian/Swedish band that delves into the most bottomless pits of darkness and death, blending traditional orchestrations with ripping death metal, polyrhythmic and somber elements of doom into something you have never experienced before. The lyrics explore the concepts of dying, madness, despair, questioning deities, and evoking the horrors and monsters of the mind.

Ex Inferis is the band's debut album. It contains seven pieces that will guide the listener on the journey through the dark, ominous, and disturbing landscapes that Omnia Moritur visualizes. This is not an album for the faint of heart, so beware.

Produced by Omnia Moritur.
Mixed and mastered by Göran Setitus at Stemcellar Studio, Sundsbruk Sweden.
All music and lyrics by Omnia Moritur.
Album layout by Thomas Angell.

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Incursio   7:07
2.   Quietus   6:46
3.   Ex Inferis   9:48
4.   Sacrilegium   6:59
5.   Archangel   4:59
6.   Oblivion   7:36
7.   Omnipotence   6:02

Line up:

Göran Setitus   Vocals
Thomas Angell   Guitar
Kjetil Ytterhus   Piano & Orchestration
André Aaslie   Bass, Piano & Orchestration
Kim Larsen   Session drums

 

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Artist: Vitam Aeternam
Title: Revelations of the Mother Harlot
Catalogno.: 20.0026
Format:
  • Limited CD Digipak (500)
  • Limited Gatefold LP (500)(Will become available later)
  • Digital Download
Release date: 13.05.2022 - Digital / 01.06.2022 - CD Digipak
Genre: Gothic Metal
Country: Norway
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A modern journey across the syncretic pantheon.

Strung together in a biblical, capricious structure, Revelations of the Mother Harlot reworks the themes of divinity, eternal renovation, and personal accountability through the optics of a decaying, technoistic society that’s fixed in its old destructive ways. It explores the mysteries embedded within Nature: our one true Mother, giver, and taker of all life.

Curated with quotes, metaphors, personal insights, and allegories, ROTMH aids its convoluted telling by recurring archetypal figures who provide landmarks across this death/rebirth narrative terrain.

In an attempt to revise the religious vestiges lurking inside my own source code, the Roman Catholic Church’s main influence was excreted throughout the whole aesthetic, themes, sonorities, and language employed. As a result, its bittersweet ambiance filled the air with visions of sickness, fear, hope, horror, ecstasy, longing, and despair, serving not only as a way to sublimate such complex states of mind but also as a call for self-examination, growth, and evolution.

The divine feminine awakens: One new race is finally born!

-Râhoola, 2021

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:   CD:   LP:
1.   Veil of Isis   2:41   CD1-1   A1
2.   Redemption   6:40   CD1-2   A2
3.   Sick & Pious   0:51   CD1-3   A3
4.   Bardo Thodol   7:00   CD1-4   A4
5.   Promethea    0:52   CD1-5   B1 
6.   Finis Gloriae Mundi   2:15   CD1-6    B2 

 

Line up:

Jake Rosenberg   Keyboards, Piano, Programming & Sampling
Râhoola   Vox, Choir, Keyboards, Piano, Orch., Sound Design, Additional Guitars & Bass
André Aaslie   Piano, Orchestration, Moog, Mellotron & Additional Guitars

 

REVELATIONS OF THE MOTHER HARLOT:
Music by VITAM AETERNAM
Concept & Lyrics by Râhoola

Special Guests:
Bor Zuljan (Devil Doll) – Guitar on "Sick & Pious" and "Promethea"
Janez Hace (Devil Doll) – Bass on "Sick & Pious," "Bardo Thodol," "Promethea"
Alasdair Dunn (Ashenspire) – Drums on "Redemption" and "Promethea"
Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen (Vulture Industries) – Back Vox on "Sick & Pious" and "Bardo Thodol"
Einar Solberg (Leprous) – Vox on "Fins Gloriae Mundi"
Hasard (Les Chants du Hasard) – Additional Orchestration on "Promethea"
Raphael Weinroth-Browne (Musk Ox, Leprous) – Cello on "Sick & Pious," "Bardo Thodol," and "Promethea"
Diego Tejeida (ex-Haken) – Additional Keyboards & Sound Design on "Bardo Thodol"
Michael Bridge – Accordion on "Sick & Pious"
Naoka Ohbayashi (Francesco Carta) – Back Vox on "Bardo Thodol"
Liselotte Hegt (DIAL) – Back Vox on "Promethea"
Tjodalv (Ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Old Man's Child, Susperia Abyssic) – BM Drums on "Promethea"
Anders Faret Haave (Images At Twilight, ex-Blood Red Throne) – BM Drums on "Promethea"

Production credits:
Recorded between December 2019 and February 2021 in the following studios:
KVLTe Fish Studios - U.S. CIRCO DENSO - México
VLSADAH STUDIO - Norway

Pre-Mixed by Râhoola at CIRCO DENSO (Mexico)
Final Mix by Charles A. Leal & Râhoola at Psicofonía Studio (Mexico)
Mastered for CD by Charles A. Leal at Psicofonía Studio (Mexico)
Mastered for Vinyl by Kjetil Ottersen at Vektor Facilities (Norway)
Art-Concept & Lettering (Lyrics) by Râhoola
Design and Art Direction NU Studio in collaboration with Alan Ixba

 

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Artist: Infidus
Title: Endless Greed
Catalog no.: 21.0038
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Release date: 22.04.2022
Genre: Progressive Metal, Grunge
Country: Norway
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Endless greed – the pitfall of humanity? Once, a necessity for survival and a primal trait coded into our genes. Today, it seems more like a toxic trait for humanity as a whole. Something ugly that must be curbed and hidden in the closet. A trait that feeds into the tragedy of commons.

Infidus – the Norwegian/Swedish 5-piece – captures some dark messages with their debut album Endless Greed. However, the musical landscape is diverse with heavy riff passages and catchy melody lines, and you will find a bold blend of classic rock and modern progressive metal.

The album consists of 7 songs that will wake you up through a powerful vocal backed by tight and groovy riff sections. "The animal" behind the drums manages the art of combining both groove and some intricate odd beats and polyrhythms.

Endless Greed is a delicious meat bone – hard and tasty.

Produced by Infidus.
Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, Gothenburg (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At the Gates, Bring me the Horizon, Dream Evil).
Album Artwork by Ella A Rogne.

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Infidus   4:45
2.   Locomotive   3:54
3.   Mind Rape   6:13
4.   The Tragedy   4:14
5.   Endless Greed   4:50
6.   Beyond the Plimsoll Mark   4:09
7.   Multiply & Die   5:21

Line up:

Øyvind Hetland   Guitar / Vocals
Kenneth Andresen   Guitar / Vocals
Trond Lund   Drums
Øyvind Østensen   Bass
Mikael Willy Wilhelmsson   Vocals

 

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Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: Box-set
Catalog no.: 20.0034
Format:
  • Box-set containing:
    * Special Booklet
    * 3 Digipak CDs
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
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 All albums by Ask the Slave in a nice box-set with a special booklet.

Contents:

CDs:
1.   Kiss Your Chora (Remixed & Remastered - Bonus Tracks)
2.   The Order of Things (Remastered - Bonus Tracks)
3.   Good Things Bad People

  

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Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: Kiss Your Chora [Remixed & Remastered]
Catalog no.: 20.0031
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Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
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In a DIY effort, Ask the Slave's debut, Kiss Your Chora, was recorded by the members themselves in their very own Studio Chora and released independently on CDR in a limited amount of 100 copies. Now, some 14 years later, through Norwegian cult label Crime Records, this long-out-of-print oddity will be made available again and this time on international ground. The album has been remixed and remastered, containing two bonus tracks.

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Bathtub   3:19
2.   Great Garbo   4:04
3.   Slave   3:33
4.   They Were The Brain Police   0:50
5.   Little Red Rooster   3:06
6.   Silver Cock   1:20
7.   Some Text Missing   6:53
8.   Hugging Radiators   3:33
9.   Bulldozer   4:48
10.   Greta Garbo [Acoustic Live Radio Performance]   3:25
11.   Bathtub [Live]   4:44

 

Line up: 

Elvar Atli Ævarsson    Guitar & Vocals
Gunnar Freyr Hilmarsson   Bass
Ragnar Ólafsson   Lead Vocals & Yogurt
Valur Árni Guðmundsson   Drums & Programming

  

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Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: The Order of Things [Remastered]
Catalog no.: 20.0032
Format:
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Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
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Originally released in 2010 and only ever distributed in their native Iceland, Ask the Slave's sophomore offering, The Order of Things, will finally be available again and now overseas for the first time courtesy of Crime Records from Norway. The album has been remastered for this occasion and contains three bonus tracks, including one studio outtake.

Upon its original release, The Order of Things caused quite a stir in the Icelandic rock and metal scene. Confusing for some but rewarding for those accepting challenges, the album received heaps of praise from reviewers both locally and internationally. In attempting to pin down the album's sound, reviewers mentioned acts as diverse as Tool, Faith No More, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Sonic Youth, and Frank Zappa, all the while applauding Ask the Slave for developing their own unique way of approaching heavy rock music. 

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   The Order of Things   3:13
2.   Something Got in the Water   5:46
3.   I Fucked Up   2:43
4.   Peeling Skin   4:14
5.   For the Sake of Conversation   5:56
6.   A Place in the Forest   1:45
7.   Sleep Now   3:36
8.   Smell Yourself   2:38
9.   Zero   1:55
10.   Sleep Some More   4:54
11.   Slave   6:31
12.   The King of Prunes [Outtake]   3:15
13.   Zero [Acoustic Live Radio Performance]   1:59
14.   The Order of Things [Demo]   3:22

 

Line up: 

Elvar Atli Ævarsson    Guitar & Vocals
Engilbert Hauksson   Bass
Hinrik Þór Oliversson   Drums & Percussion
Ragnar Ólafsson   Lead Vocals
Valur Guðmundsson   Guitar

  

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Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: Good Thing Bad People
Catalog no.: 20.0033
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Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
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Dubbed by their local media as "brain-stimulating musical perverts", the original problem child of Icelandic rock, Ask the Slave, has been raising eyebrows since 2004, making music true to their credo of "wtf?!" Now, teamed up with esteemed Norwegian independent label Crime Records, and in collaboration with We Låve Rock Music, the band is ready to launch their third full-length album. The album in question, Good Things Bad People, is their first release in 11 years and their first to be distributed internationally.

Those already familiar with the group's back catalog will know better than expect a conventional rock record. In true Ask the Slave fashion, the album comprises a wide range of sounds and moods. Although presented in a coherent flow, the album manages to be at the same time heavy and dark, soft and beautiful, serious and angry, and silly. Brace yourselves for heavy riffs, grand choruses, clever guitar-interplay, haunting melodies, catchy pop hooks, twists-and-turns, odd time signatures, far-out character-play, and a healthy dose of internal band humor.

This album is released in co-operation with We Låve Rock Music.

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Catch 22   2:42
2.   Wounded Knee   6:26
3.   White Vigilante   9:09
4.   Good Things Bad People   2:56
5.   Katie Mae   6:09
6.   Slave   2:45
7.   The Beginning of the Blues   4:21
8.   Eulogy   4:09
9.   Tag, You're It!   6:18
10.   Chain Gang   4:08
11.   Catch 33   3:44

 

Line up: 

Elvar Atli Ævarsson    Guitars & Vocals
Hálfdán Árnason   Bass & Synthesizer
Ragnar Ólafsson   Piano & Lead Vocals
Skúli Gíslason   Drums & Percussion
Valur Árni Guðmundsson   Guitars & Vocals

  

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