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Preorder starts now for the new album by progressive rock legend Clive Nolan, known for his role in bands such as Arena and Pendragon.
 
The album is based on one of the epics of Old English literature entitled “Beowulf”, a tale of grandeur and heroic deeds, about a Scandinavian warrior fighting the world of evil.
 
Song of the Wildlands will be released in 2021 in collaboration with We Låve Rock Music and comes in two formats: a double vinyl and an Earbook.
 
The vinyl comes as a Limited Blood Red and regular black edition, both with a booklet.
 
The Earbook is a vinyl-size hardback book containing four discs: the album, a special instrumental version of the album, and a documentary on DVD and Blu-ray formats.
 
Inside the Earbook and the booklet for the LP, you will find amazing artwork by David Wyatt, photographs, English and Old English lyrics, and many other details about the project.
 
Song of the Wildlands has gathered a vast number of artists, including four soloists, an international 200 voice choir, and a rock band, resulting in a highly impressive musical and visual experience.
 
There is also an option to get your name in the booklet. The last chance for this is by the end of January 17th, 2021.
 
To preorder Clive Nolan’s Song of the Wildlands Earbook or vinyl, or have your name printed in the album, visit our online store here: https://shop.crimerecords.no

 
Monday, 28 December 2020 21:35

Octohawk

 

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Monday, 28 December 2020 21:34

Ask the Slave

 

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Sunday, 20 December 2020 18:00

New Signing!

Crime Records are excited to announce the signing of the new Norwegian act OCTOHAWK.
 
We had most of our plans laid down for the coming year when we were introduced to this excellent gang of lads by a friend of ours. The clear message we received was: You better check out this band! And so we did.
 
Firstly, getting their promo package told us immediately that we had to do with a creative and productive band.
Listening to their music put our headbanging genes to the test. And watching their video turned our evil grins on our faces into big smiles.
We think their unique take on the combination of Sludge, Prog, Stoner, and Doom is something that will get many a music lover excited, and being the cool guys that they are, what's not to like!
 
Octohawk:
"It's official; we have struck a deal with Crime Records! We had one meeting with these fabulous people, and it was love at first sight. This collaboration is the perfect team for our upcoming debut album ANIMIST! We have now signed the deal, and the spoil is imminent! The first single from ANIMIST will be released soon, and we are primed and ready to give you some new heavy shit!"
More information about the full-length debut album "Animist" will come in the coming weeks. It will be made available on a Digipak CD, Digital Download, and on all Major Streaming services in the spring of 2021.
 
 

 
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 March 19th, 2021. Available on CD, Double Gatefold LP, and digital formats.
 
Preorder physical editions here: https://shop.crimerecords.no
And digital download here: https://mariusdanielsen.bandcamp.com/
 
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.”

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 16:00

CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION!

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!

Monday, 28 December 2020 20:37

Clive Nolan - 'Song of the Wildlands'

Artist: Clive Nolan
Title: Song of the Wildlands
Catalog no.: 20.0030
Format:
  • Earbook (2 CDs, DVD, and Blu-ray)
    Gatefold Double LP
  • Limited Gatefold Blood Red Double LP (200)
  • Digital Download
Release date: 14.05.2021
Genre: Progressive Rock
Country: United Kingdom
BUY:  Buy physical editions.
   

 

“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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Monday, 28 December 2020 20:13

Clive Nolan

 

Clive Nolan is a British musician, composer, and producer who has played a prominent role in the recent development of progressive and symphonic rock.

Born in Gloucestershire, he was a pupil at Wycliffe College and King's School, Gloucester. He completed his B. Mus and M. Mus degrees at London University where he studied composition, orchestration, and conducting. He has been the regular keyboard player in Pendragon (1986–present), Shadowland (1992–present), Strangers on a Train (1993–1994), Arena (1995–present), and Caamora (2006–present) as well as writing music and lyrics for Arena, Shadowland, Caamora and numerous other projects.

Nolan is the founder member of The Caamora Theatre Company formed to produce and perform the musicals of Clive Nolan. The premiere of 'She' took place in Katowice Wyspianski Theatre in Poland in October 2007. Subsequently, full theatrical performances of 'She' were performed in January 2010 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, followed by the eight-man 'She in Concert' variation in Holland in September 2011. In February 2012 theatrical version of 'She' debuted in the UK in Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre. Recently, the revived theatre shows were performed at the Cheltenham Playhouse in September 2015 during the anniversary event, "The Fire and the Quest" and again in Cheltenham in 2016. 'She in Concert" was also performed in Germany in 2015 and Holland in 2016. 

He was voted Best Keyboard Player by Classic Rock Society in the years: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2010 the Bolivian government awarded him with the title of Honorary Visitor to Santa Cruz, Bolivia for his theatre work in the city of Santa Cruz. In 2013 he was awarded the Polish MLWZ "Golden Lexicon Award" for Outstanding Achievements in Music for his musical 'Alchemy'.

Nolan released his second musical 'Alchemy', with a libretto based on the composer's original story, early in 2013. In February 2013 the live show was recorded for the DVD at the famous Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland. The full theatrical shows of 'Alchemy' were performed by the Caamora Theatre Company at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre in September 2013. In 2013 and 2014 the concert version of 'Alchemy' headlined musical and theatre events in the UK and Holland. In August 2014 'Alchemy' was performed over a week at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the London Off-West End. In November 2014, 'Alchemy' returned in a concert version to be performed in Reichenbach, Germany. The musical was once more performed at the Cheltenham Playhouse as part of "The Fire and the Quest" festival in 2015, and during "The Fire and the Quest 2" in 2017.

In 2016 the Norwegian branch of Caamora was formed from the initiative of the founder members of 'Hurum Prog', Morten L. Clason, and Ingar Diskerud. Caamora Norway "Alchemy" shows featuring Clive Nolan and the all-Norwegian cast were performed in Norway in 2017. The Show in the Høytorp Fort in Mysen will be released on DVD.

In October 2016 Clive performed a series of concerts in Uruguay and Norway accompanied by the best opera and musical theatre artists. The Norwegian show 'An Evening with Clive Nolan and Friends' was released on DVD in 2017.

Clive's third musical 'King's Ransom' was released on CD and premiered on stage at the Cheltenham Playhouse in September 2017. Live DVD will be released in the near future.

In 2018 Clive signed both ‘Alchemy' and ‘King’s Ransom’ to a film company with a view to bringing these musicals to the silver screen. "The Professor King Chronicles" is planned to be released in cinemas in 2020 and 2021.

Clive is currently working on his new project "Song of the Wildlands".

 

Discography:

Song of the Wildlands   Album   2021    Buy physical editions.    

 

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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: 19.03.2020
Genre: Epic Power Metal
Country: Norway
BUY: Buy CD and Double Gatefold LP!
  Buy Digital Download!

 

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 March 19th, 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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Monday, 30 November 2020 10:43

Veil of Secrets - “Dead Poetry” out now!

VEIL OF SECRETSDEAD POETRY is out now!

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.
1. “The Last Attempt” 5.24
2. “Sear The Fallen” 6.50
3. “Remorseful Heart” 5.27
4. “The Lie Of Her Prosperity” 6.19
5. “Fey” 6.32
6. “Bryd” 4.27
7. “Meson” 7.02
8. “Entirety” 6.21 

 

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.

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