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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
Format:
  • Digipak CD (Bonus Tracks)
  • Digital Download
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
Format:
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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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Artist: Octohawk
Title: Animist
Catalog no.: 20.0035
Format:
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Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Sludgy, Proggy, and Groovy Heavy Metal
Country: Norway
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An animist perceives all things - animals, plants, rocks, rivers, oceans, and mountains - as animated, and it all comes to life in Octohawk’s debut album. 
With Animist, the Norwegian 5-piece denotes not a single creed or doctrine but a diverse otherworldly landscape of progressive, melodic, and abrasive music. Filled with thundering beats, heavy riffs, ripping vocals, and entrancing soundscapes, Animist represents the shapeless nature of real chaos. 
The album, comprised of 10 crushing tracks, is an eventful experience. Rich in content and surprises, this album will delight all fans of sludgy, proggy, and groovy heavy metal.
Detached from all boundaries, Animist soars through many metal genres - seamlessly from powerful to ethereal and back with dual momentum. 
With their debut album Animist, Octohawk lays down a solid foundation for their musical universe.

Produced by Octohawk.
Mixed and mastered by Kjetil Ottersen at Vektor Facilities.
Drums recorded by Christian Paulsen & Roy André Berget.
Music and Lyrics by Octohawk.
Design by Stian Svorkmo.

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Weather the Storm   7:30
2.   Eyes Glowing Red   5:13
3.   Iconoclast   8:01
4.   Origin   5:20
5.   Ferocious   5:06
6.   By the Root   5:32
7.   Redemption   2:20
8.   Reanimate   8:03
9.   Skyward   7:05
10.   Ancestor   8:45

 

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: Clive Nolan
Title: Song of the Wildlands
Catalog no.: 20.0030
Format:
  • Earbook (2 CDs, DVD, and Blu-ray)
    Limited Gatefold Blood Red Double LP (300 pcs.)
  • Limited Gatefold Underwater Cavern Green Double LP (300 pcs.)
  • Gatefold Double LP
  • Digipak CD
  • Digital Download
Release date: 01.09.2021
Genre: Progressive Rock
Country: United Kingdom
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“Song of the Wildlands” is an album with a grand and epic sound.
 
The final recording was made with the contribution of a vast number of musicians, including 4 soloists: Ryan Morgan (baritone), Christina Booth (Alto), Natalie Barnett (alto) and Gemma Ashley (soprano); rock musicians playing guitars, bass, keyboard, drums; traditional instrumentalists on violin, horn, oboe, key harp, psalmodikon, lyre, and many others.
 
Finally, a 200-voice choir singing in Anglo-Saxon (Old English), recorded all over the world during the lockdown in spring 2020. The initial idea was to see if such an experiment was even possible, but it soon turned into a huge international project and resulted in a powerful choral sound forming the backbone of the whole album.
 
The lyrics sung by the choir were translated into Old English by a historical consultant specializing in the culture of medieval England, Christopher Monk.
 
The album will be released in spring 2021 by the Norwegian label Crime Records with the collaboration of We Låve Rock Music.

The Earbook is a vinyl-size hardback book containing four discs:

  • CD 1: The original album “Song of the Wildlands
  • CD 2: Special Instrumental version of “Song of the Wildlands”, plus bonus: The Narration performed by Ross Andrews.
  • DVD/Blu-ray: The Making of “Song of the Wildlands” – Feature Documentary by Neil Monaghan.

Inside the book, you will find a sumptuous compendium of amazing artwork by David Wyatt, photographs, English and Old-English lyrics, and numerous details about the project. 

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:   CD:   LP:
1.   The Story Begins   3:05   CD1-1   A1
2.   There's a Threat   4:53   CD1-2   A2
3.   Crossing the Ocean   4:28   CD1-3   A3
4.   Beowulf's Promise   3:23   CD1-4   A4
5.   Grendel Attacks   4:21   CD1-5   A5
6.   Celebration   2:14   CD1-6    B1
7.   The Hag's Revenge   2:49   CD1-7    B2
8.   Journey   3:17   CD1-8    B3
9.   Underwater Cavern   3:50   CD1-9   B4
10.   Rewards   6:07   CD1-10   B5
11.   Beowulf, the King   4:00   CD1-11   C1
12.   Dragon Fire   4:58   CD1-12   C2
13.   The Warrior Dies   2:42   CD1-13   C3
14.   Funeral Pyre   5:15   CD1-14   C4
15.   The Story Ends   1:38   CD1-15   C5
    The Narration   11:20       D1
    Journey [Instrumental]   3:18       D2
    Celebration [Instrumental]   2:16       D3

 

Line up: 

Clive Nolan   Orchestration, keyboards, and programming
Vicki Swan   Nyckelharpa
Mark Westwood   Electric Guitar
Stig Andre Clason   Acoustic Guitar
Arnfinn Isaksen   Bass Guitar
Scott Higham   Drums
Geir Johansen   Extra Percussion
Birgitte Njå   Lur
Morten Clason   Flute
Ross Andrews   Narrator
Ryan Morgan   Vocals – Beowulf
Christina Booth   Vocals – Tyra
Gemma Ashley   Vocals – Solveig
Natalie Barnett   Vocals – Freja
Ensemble Anonym   Plainchant
The "Wildland Warriors Choir"   Choir

  

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Artist: Marius Danielsen
Title: Legend of Valley Doom - Part 3
Catalog no.: 20.0029
Format: CD, Double Gatefold LP, and Digital Download
Release date: 07.05.2020
Genre: Epic Power Metal
Country: Norway
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The story of Valley Doom continues, and the epic conclusion to the trilogy will soon be in your possession. Legend of Valley Doom Part 3 comes out on May 7th, 2021. Available on CD, Double Gatefold LP, and digital formats.

Follow our heroes’ journey as they search for magic weapons, battle foul beasts, and discover new lands. Only when the Seven Ancient Artefacts are united they will have the power to bring down the Dark Lord and end his reign of terror. Will the people of Valley Doom ever find peace? A dangerous road of sorrow and pain lies ahead.

“Darkened days and darkened nights.
A world in terror, no end in sight
The Ancient God still showed some light.
In these darkened days and darkened nights.”

 

Tracklist:

Track:       Duration:   CD:   LP:
1   Seven Ancient Artefacts   05:35   CD1-1   A1  
2   Journey To the North   04:12   CD1-2   A2  
3   The Ballad of Arnoth the Wild   06:06   CD1-3   A3  
4   Mines of Eloroth   05:28   CD1-4   A4  
5   Battle for Eloroth   03:52   CD1-5   B1  
6   March Into the Storm   06:18   CD1-6   B2  
7   Bane of Lord Cremortius   08:46   CD1-7   B3  
8   The Sarlinian Bow   08:28   CD1-8   C1  
9   Deep in the Mountain   06:55   CD1-9   C2  
10   Tomb of the Fallen Kings   06:31   CD1-10   D1  
11   Stars Will Light the Way   05:01   CD1-11   D2  
12   For Our King and for Our Land   09:09   CD1-12   D3  
    Playing time:   01:16:21          

 

Musicians:

Vocals:   John Rhys-Davies   Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones
    Ralf Scheepers   Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray
    Olaf Hayer   Luca Turilli, Symphonity
    Herbie Langhans   Avantasia, ex-Seventh Avenue, Firewind
    Daniel Heiman   ex-Lost Horizon
    Alessandro Conti   LT’s Rhapsody, Trick or Treat
    Tommy Johansson   Sabaton, Majestica
    Alessio Garavello   ex-Power Quest, A New Tomorrow
    Tim “Ripper” Owens   ex-Judas Priest
    Jonas Heidgert   Dragonland
    Mathias Blad   Falconer
    Elisa Martin   ex-Dark Moor, ex-Fairyland
    Bernt Fjellestad   Guardians of Time
    Marco Pastorino   Temperance, ex-Secret Sphere
    Melissa Bonny   Ad Infinitum, Rage of Light
    Raphael Mendes    
    Arnaud Ménard   Alkemyst
    Mikael Holst   Timeless Miracle
    John Yelland   Judicator
    Brandon Bordman   The Grand Myth
    George Tsalikis    
    Peter Danielsen   Darkest Sins, Eunomia
    Anniken Rasmussen   Darkest Sins
    Marius Danielsen   Darkest Sins
         
Guitars:   Richard Fortus   Guns N’ Roses
    Jennifer Batten   Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck
    Arjen Lucassen   Ayreon
    Ronni Le Tekrø   TNT
    Tommy Johansson   Sabaton, Majestica
    Bill Hudson   Doro, NorthTale
    Jimmy Hedlund   Falconer
    Timo Somers   Delain
    Dushan Petrossi   Magic Kingdom, Iron Mask
    Samuel Lundström   Veonity
    Christian Münzer   Eternity’s End
    Tim Hansen   Induction
    Fredrik E. Enochson   Palantír
    Robin Malm   Vanquisher
    Daniel Carpenter   Celestivl
    Sigurd Kårstad   Darkest Sins
    Ketil Strand    
    Marius Danielsen   Darkest Sins
         
Bass:   Bjørn Helge Lervåg   Horizon Project
         
Keyboards:   Derek Sherinian   ex-Dream Theater, Kiss, Alice Cooper
    Peter Danielsen   Darkest Sins, Eunomia
         
Narration:   John Rhys-Davies   Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones
    Roger Watson    
         
Drums:   Ludvig Pedersen   Darkest Sins
         
Choirs:   Marco Pastorino   Temperance, ex-Secret Sphere
    Ty Christian   Lords of the Trident
    Marius Danielsen   Darkest Sins
    Peter Danielsen   Darkest Sins, Eunomia

 

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Artist: Veil of Secrets
Title: Dead Poetry
Catalogno.: 20.0027
Format:
  • Digipak CD
  • Limited Gatefold Dark Galaxy LP (300)
  • Digital Download
Release date: 30.11.2020
Genre: Doom Metal
Country: Norway
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Veil of Secrets is a new band formed by Vibeke Stene and Asgeir Mickelson.

Their debut album Dead Poetry marks Stene’s return to the scene after leaving Tristania in 2007 and Mickelson’s first outlet as the main songwriter.

Vibeke Stene is known as the singer of Tristania, 1997-2007. With Veil of Secrets, she has composed the majority of lyrics and vocals.

Asgeir Mickelson is known for having played drums in Borknagar, Sarke, Ihsahn, Spiral Architect, Vintersorg, Testament, and others. With Veil of Secrets, he has written all music and recorded drums, guitars, and bass.

Growling vocals on the album were done by Erling Malm (Endolith, Articulus) who will also play guitar live. 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.

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:   CD:   LP:
1.   The Last Attempt   5:24   CD1-1   A1
2.   Sear the Fallen   6:50   CD1-2   A2
3.   Remorseful Heart   5:27   CD1-3   A3
4.   The Lie of Her Prosperity   6:19   CD1-4   A4
5.   Fey   6:32   CD1-5   B1
6.   Bryd   4:27   CD1-6    B2
7.   Meson   7:02   CD1-7    B3
8.   Entirety   6:21   CD1-8    B4

 

Line up: 

Vibeke Stene   Vocals
Asgeir Mickelson   Drums, Guitars, Bass
Erling Malm   Growling Vocals
Sareeta   Violin

  

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Artist: Vitam Aeternam
Title: The Self-Aware Frequency
Catalogno.: 20.0026
Format:
  • Limited CD Mediabook (500)
  • Limited Gatefold Gold LP (300)
  • Limited Gatefold Silver LP (300)
  • Digital Download
Release date: 23.10.2020
Genre: Gothic Metal
Country: Norway
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The promise of Eternal Life has been the crucial subject in which numerous religions and spiritual beliefs have based their foundations on. For the idea of non-existence is as troubling and inconceivable for humans as infinite itself, on the other hand, the thought of interminably experiencing more from a reality we are so accustomed to brings comfort to more than one soul. Innocence is bliss, and being forever shields us from turning our eyes to the dreadful horror of the unknown, the black pit of nothingness, the void. But it's within its contemplation that lies the secret knowledge.

"The Self-Aware Frequency", explores the mind of a cognizant being trapped within the cosmically interwoven pattern that embeds reality. The character's universe is the music itself, through which it navigates, as a sum of temporal frequencies who slowly gain consciousness, evolving across the songs, until the ultimate realization of its own undeniable truth.

The album combines elements of electronic, industrial, classical, film score, heavy metal, progressive rock, and even pop to create something unique, challenging, and engaging. Fans of forward-thinking artists such as Devil Doll, Mike Patton, Leprous, Ulver, Manes, Pain of Salvation, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Devin Townsend, Vulture Industries, and Arcturus should rejoice in the musical world illuminated throughout the album.

International guest appearances are performed by Bor Zuljan (Devil Doll), Øyvind "Mustis" Mustaparta (ex-Dimmu Borgir), Juan Manuel Flores (Cuarteto Cromano), Goran Setitus (Omnia Moritur, ex-Setherial), Alasdair Dunn (Ashenspire), Przemyslaw Kajnat (Eternal Deformity, Allone), and Lotti Wood (Woodwindz).

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:   CD:   LP:
1.   Born   2:41   CD1-1   A1
2.   Coward   6:40   CD1-2   A2
3.   Becoming   0:51   CD1-3   A3
4.   Human   7:00   CD1-4   A4
5.   Arising    0:52   CD1-5   A5 
6.   Death    2:15   CD1-6    B1 
7.   God Machine    9:33   CD1-7    B2 
8.   Transcending    1:04   CD1-8    B3 
9.   Viral Idea    4:52   CD1-9    B4 

 

Line up:

Jake Rosenberg   Keyboards, Piano, Programming, Sampling
Râhoola   Vox, Choir, Keyboards, Piano, Orchestration, Programming, and Sound Design
André Aaslie   Piano, Orchestration, Moog, Mellotron

 

Music by Vitam Aeternam
Concept & Lyrics by Râhoola

Special Guest Collaborators:
Bor Zuljan (Devil Doll) - Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Øyvind “Mustis” Mustaparta (ex-Dimmu Borgir) - Piano on “Death”
Juan Manuel Flores (Cuarteto Cromano) - Violin
Goran Setitus (Omnia Moritur, ex-Setherial), Alasdair Dunn (Ashenspire), Przemyslaw Kajnat (Eternal Deformity, Allone), and Lotti Wood (Woodwindz) - Choir on “Transcending”

Recorded between September and November 2019 in the following studios:
KVLTe Fish Studios - U.S.
CIRCO DENSO - México
VLSADAH STUDIO - Norway

Mixed by Râhoola @ CIRCO DENSO
Mastered by Charles A. Leal @ PSICOFONIA STUDIO (Monterrey, N.L. México) [CD & DIGITAL]
Mastered by Kjetil Ottersen [VINYL]

Artwork by Sué Monserrat Jacomé Lugo
Graphic Design by Râhoola

 

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Artist: Infringement
Title: Alienism
Catalogno.: 19.0025
Format:
  • Digipak CD
  • Gatefold LP
  • Limited Gatefold LP
  • Digital Download
Release date: 16.11.2019
Genre: Progressive Rock
Country: Norway
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After spending the last two years writing, fine-tuning, and recording their next album, Infringement is now ready for the next chapter. Alienism, a large sounding, intense concept album peeks into the mind of patients at the Gentmire Institute, an institution at the forefront of psychiatrical innovation. We get the insights of the commissioner of Lunacy himself, and through his journals, we enter the world of The Alienist. So let us all escape reality and seek comfort in our minds.

Infringement has been described as playing something in between neo-progressive rock and symphonic rock while flirting with various genres throughout their debut album. They touch on big groovy parts with funky rhythms, other times they clearly visit the 70s. A mix of melodious, symphonic rock with unexpected twists and progressive bar changes.

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:   CD:   LP:
1.   Disorder    7:58   CD1-1   A1
2.   Triad   10:38    CD1-2   A2
3.   Therapy   4:37    CD1-3   B1
4.   Delirium   16:57    CD1-4   B2

  

Line up:

Hans Andreas Brandal   Vocals
Stig André Clason   Guitar and Vocals
Kristoffer Utby   Drums
Bård Thorstensen   Keys
Espen Larsen   Bass

 

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