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Monday, 28 December 2020 21:35

Octohawk

 

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Monday, 28 December 2020 21:34

Ask the Slave

 

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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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Sunday, 01 November 2020 23:54

Veil of Secrets

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, Stene 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, Mickelson has written all music and recorded drums, guitars, and bass. In live situations, he will handle drums.

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, Trollfest, etc), who will also join on live shows. The live line-up will be completed with another guitarist and bassist. This constellation is “the band”, but the creative core is Stene & Mickelson who will also represent Veil of Secrets in photos and all promotion.

The fundament of Veil of Secrets is to make music from the heart – and the belief that honest music is the only way to really captivate and move the listener. It is pure doom metal, still with a niche of its own.

 

Members:

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

 

Discography:

Dead Poetry   Album   2020    Buy physical editions.    Buy digital downloads.
The Last Attempt   Single   2020        Buy digital downloads.

 

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Thursday, 03 September 2020 23:28

Vitam Aeternam

 

Vitam Aeternam is an experimental musical project formed by entities known as Jake Rosenberg (Desperate Machines, In Progress), Râhoola (A Flying Fish, ex-Inferzenal), and André Aaslie (Funeral, Profane Burial, Images At Twilight, Abyssic, Gromth, Woodwindz, and Omnia Moritur). It's through chance and shared musical values that such entities were able to create an original album full of complex, emotional, dramatic, haunting, melodic, intense, and cinematic music. An honest work from the subconscious depths, and a prodigious offspring of our interconnected digital zeitgeist.

 

Line up:

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

 

Discography:

The Self-Aware Frequency   Album   2020    Buy physical editions.    Buy digital downloads.
Human   Single   2020        Buy digital downloads.

 

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 20:58

Infringement

 

 

Infringement is a progressive rock band based in Oslo. The band came together on a cold November evening in 2015, when Stig André Clason, Kristoffer Utby, and Hans Andreas Brandal all met for the first time, to drink whiskey and discuss the idea of forming a new band.

In Springtime 2016, Espen Larsen joined the band on bass, and the band had decided to write a concept album, Transition. Released in May of 2017, it follows the development of a local society through the last couple of centuries. Focusing on one family across different generations, seen through the eyes of an anthropomorphic house.

To complete the lineup, Bård Thorstensen joined the band for the live shows and hasn't left since.

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.

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.

 

Line up:

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

 

Discography:

Alienism   Album   2019    Buy physical edition.    Buy digital download.
Transition   Album   2017    Buy physical edition.    

 

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:28

Secret Chapter

 

At the end of the year 2017, we decided to gather this crazy collection of good friends and musicians who all share the same passion for powerful music. After years in various bands and projects, we finally had the time and effort to work and create a group together.

We decided to call this band SECRET CHAPTER!

As the year 2018 went by, many hours were spent to rewrite, record, produce and finalize old songs that were mostly written but now has brand new and exciting clothes.

We decided to name our first album, “CHAPTER ONE”!

Working together with Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) at Sonic Train Studios, who did a fantastic job co-producing, mixing and mastering for us, we couldn’t be happier with the result!

At this point, we are stoked, excited, and looking forward to showing you what’s within the secret chapter!

 

Line up:

Ole Aleksander Wagenius   Vocals
Jon Aarseth   Guitars
Magnus Johansen   Keyboards
Stian Stensrud   Bass Guitar
Ronny Rocken Arntzen   Drums

 

Discography:

Chapter One   2019    Buy physical edition.    Buy digital download at Bandcamp or CD Baby.
Baptized in Ecstasy   2019        Buy digital download at Bandcamp or CD Baby
Blaze   2019        Buy digital download at Bandcamp or CD Baby

 

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Monday, 05 June 2017 19:02

Vanora

Vanora is a synergy of five talented young musicians springing out of Oslo, Norway. With their debut full-length album Momentum hitting the shelves on September 1st, 2017, Vanora will expose the world to its own inventive take on the metal music style. Blending razor-sharp guitar riffing with big synthesizers, sung vocals, screamed vocals and more, this quintet might just be your thing- and if you anyway are a fan of modern metal (i.e. TesseracT, Meshuggah, The Contortionist etc.), you should definitely check them out!

 

Line up:

Konrad Sandvik   Vocals
André Sørensen   Guitar
Christopher Glommen   Guitar
Steffen Johansen   Bass Guitar
Elias Pellicer   Drums

 

Discography:

Momentum   2017    Digipack CD    Digital Download
Origin   2014    EP (CD)

 

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:53

Critical Solution

Critical Solution is a Norwegian Horror Thrash band ready to release their new concept album Barbara the Witch. This will be Critical Solutions’ 3rd effort since 2013.

The band has toured Europe with bands like W.A.S.P, Marduk, Diamond Head to name a few, and is known for its theatrical themed shows. 

Described by some as the child of King Diamond and Testament with influences from Alice Cooper, Arthur Brown etc., the band is also known for having impressive guests on their albums with Michael Denner/Hank Shermann, Andy La Rocque, Arthur Brown, and Whit Crane etc. 

 

Line up:

Christer Slettebø   Vocals/Guitar
Egil Mydland   Drums
Eimund Grøsfjell   Bass Guitar
Bjørnar Grøsfjell   Guitar

 

Discography:

Barbara the Witch   2017    Digipack CD    Digital Download
Sleepwalker   2015    CD
The Death Lament   2014   EP (CD)
Evil Never Dies   2013    CD
Evidence of Things Unseen   2011    EP (CD)

 

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Saturday, 14 May 2016 00:19

Art of Deception

Out from the infamous west coast of Norway, a young and energetic band emerges: Art of Deception.

They started out practicing original material from day one. The band competed in a contest and got to the national finals in 2013. Meanwhile, they played numerous gigs in 2013 which included Rock Mot Rus’ Rockemønstring and Marked for Musikk 2013. The band also supported Oathbreaker for their gig at Grottene in Stavanger, Norway.

In the fall of 2013, they built a home studio and recorded their first EP and released it by their self. Kraken’s Awakening from this EP got chosen as the song of the week by a national radio station (ukas urørt).

In 2014 they supported Kvelertak and Entombed at Folken, Stavanger (Norway) and they won the crowds favorite award in Sandnes Sparebanks music award.

In 2015 they have been playing both domestic and abroad. In August they supported Toxic Holocaust at Garage in Bergen, Norway.

 

Line up:

Sindre Wathne Johnsen   Guitar/Vocals
Marius Ofstad   Guitar/Vocals
Einar Petersen   Drums
Patrick Ivan Rørheim   Bass

 

Discography:

Shattered Delusions   2016    CD    Digital Download
Killing   2016        Digital Download (Single)
Art of Deception   2013   EP (CD)

 

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