Thomas Steen-Larsen

Thomas Steen-Larsen

 
Be sure to check out the epic story of the Viking hero Beowulf, told by the music by the legendary Clive Nolan, performed by great musicians, four lead singers, and a massive Anglo-Saxon choir.
 
The 32-pages CD Earbook (2 CDs, DVD, and Blu-ray) and Digipak CDs are shipping now. Unfortunately, there's been an additional slight delay for the LP-editions. Hopefully, those will be shipped by next week.
 
Check this link on how you can get your copy!
 
 
 

The epic third and final chapter of Legends of Valley Doom by Marius Danielsen is released today!

Check this link on how to listen by your favorite method.

Friday, 04 June 2021 10:00

4 albums and then some out today!

We're not releasing only 1 album today, but 4 albums at once. One from Octohawk and three from Ask the Slave. And to top it all you could get all 3 albums from Ask the Slave in a box-set.

Octohawk releases their debut album, Animist. An album filled with 10 songs full of sludgy, proggy, and groovy heavy metal.

From Ask the Slave you will get their brand new progressive metal with WTF!?-factor album God Things Bad People. Also available now are the re-releases of their two first albums Kiss Your Chora (Remixed & Remastered) and The Order of Things (Remastered). Both containing bonus tracks.

All albums are available as Digipak CDs, Digital Downloads, and streaming on all major streaming services.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:25

Postponements

It is with a heavy heart (no pun intended), we have to announce yet again postponements for some of our projects.

All postponements are once again due to production problems at the production facilities related to the Covid19-pandemic.

We are as sick and tired of this virus and the problem it causes as any of you. But the health of the production staff is and will always be the main focus.
That said, we have also taken necessary measures to avoid this ever happening again for upcoming future projects.

The postponements apply to these two projects:


Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom  - Part 3 - Gatefold Double LP

Unfortunately, the LPs have been delayed. We hoped to have them ready for the release date, but due to both a problem with the test press that set us back a few weeks and the extended production time due to the Covid19-pandemic, it was unfortunately impossible.

At the moment, we don't have an exact date for delivery, but we will update you as soon as we know.

We will compensate the ones affected by this with a code for a digital download of the album. The code will be sent to you on the day of the release.

The CD orders will start shipping by the end of this week.

 

Clive Nolan - Song of the Wildlands

We are sorry to announce that the whole release will be postponed. This is due to extended production times for both the CD Earbook and the two editions of the Gatefold Double LP.

In co-operation with We Låve Rock Music and Clive Nolan, we have decided on a new release date set for September 1st.

The reason for such a lengthy postponement is mainly to avoid a release date during the summer break and maybe yet another unforeseen delay.

The good news is that we will also produce a Digipak CD version of the album due to many requests by you. This will be added to preorder very soon.

 

 


We are genuinely sorry for all the inconvenience this causes.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and support of all our artists. We appreciate it.

All the best,

Crime Records

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 18:35

Ask the Slave - 'Box-set'

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
BUY:  Buy physical edition
  Buy digital downloads of the albums (Bonus Tracks not included)

 

 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
BUY:  Buy physical edition
  Buy digital download

 

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:
  • Digipak CD (Bonus Tracks)
  • Digital Download
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
BUY:  Buy physical edition
  Buy digital download

 

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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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 17:54

Ask the Slave - 'Good Things Bad People'

Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: Good Thing Bad People
Catalog no.: 20.0033
Format:
  • Digipak CD
  • Digital Download
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
BUY:  Buy physical edition
  Buy digital download

 

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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Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:42

Octohawk - 'Animist'

Artist: Octohawk
Title: Animist
Catalog no.: 20.0035
Format:
  • Digipak CD
  • Digital Download
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Sludgy, Proggy, and Groovy Heavy Metal
Country: Norway
BUY:  Buy physical editions
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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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Thursday, 28 January 2021 15:08

CMM and CRIME RECORDS partners up!

CMM and Norwegian Cult Label CRIME RECORDS:
New Partnership Walked by Faith in Fairness towards Artists

CMM GmbH, known for working with big names in the music biz as well as for caring for independent artists from all around the globe with their Service for Artist Owned Labels (SAOL), has now entered a partnership with the Norwegian independent label Crime Records AS. Kicking off with the kaleidoscopic all-star concept Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom and the grand finale of his epic trilogy in February, the like-minded companies will join forces to help extraordinary artists with nurturing their own self-sustainability.

Founded back in 2013 by amongst others Martin Steene (Iron Fire), Crime Records’ primary focus lies on fairness towards their artists, explicitly refraining from practices such as oppressive contracts. The label’s A&R team is known for their ability to find inventively outstanding approaches to rock and metal and therefore re-shaping particularly the progressive flanks throughout these genres. In recent years, Crime Records’ honest modesty and clear vision have gained the interest of renowned cult artists such as prog mastermind Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon) and multi-instrumentalist Asgeir Mickelson (Veil of Secrets, ex-Borknagar++), who have already signed up. And with a passion for music, they're not afraid to take on art-projects such as the debut from critically acclaimed Vitam Aeternam.

CMM Head Of Promo Sonja about the new cooperation: “After 2020, looking at this new year packed with exciting releases by a line-up of perky artists gets us thrilled!”. Thomas Steen-Larsen, CEO of Crime Records, adds: "We're really looking forward to getting this new partnership (rockin' and) rolling! It became clear to us quite early that the passion, vision, and general vibe presented to us was something we could connect to. So we're excited to be able to present our upcoming projects with CMM in our corner."

 

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