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20-09-2017 - Enslaved speak about the “E” recording process in new album trailer

On October 13th, black avantgarde Norwegians ENSLAVED will unleash their 14th album »E« taking the band to fresh and more progressive shores.

Today they unveil the third album trailer, in which guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjørnson guides you through the recording studio where »E« was created, while singer and bassist Grutle Kjellson explains the band’s working relationship with co-producer Iver Sandøy. Watch the trailer here:

Grutle comments: “The whole recording process took about 3 or 4 weeks. The album is produced like usual by Iver Sandøy, Ivar and myself. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street studio in Sweden and this was the 4th time that he did the mix for us and we’re really satisfied about the result – top notch work this time too, buddy!”

Soon the band will unveil another excerpt of their upcoming album, but in case you missed the stunning music video of the 10 minute epic single ‘Storm Son’ animated by Josh Graham [SOUNDGARDEN, NEUROSIS] you can watch it here!

Or see the album trailers here:
Trailer 1 – about the album title
Trailer 2 – about the new band member Håkon Vinje

15-09-2017 - Shawn James re-issues are now available!

Shawn James reissues of "On the Shoulders of Giants", "The Gospel according to Shawn James" (Shawn James & The Shapeshifters) and "The Bear" (Shawn James & The Shapeshifters) CDs and LPs are now available in Europe and digital worldwide!

The re-issues, featuring a reworked layout design and CD digipacks can now be ordered in Shawn James’ European webstore alongside other brand new items!

 

All three albums are available for purchase and streaming worldwide:

Europe / World:

On The Shoulders of Giants

iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

The Gospel According to Shawn James & The Shapeshifters

iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

The Bear

iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

 North America:

On The Shoulders of Giants

The Gospel According to Shawn James & The Shapeshifters

iTunes
Spotify

The Bear

iTunes
Spotify

15-09-2017 - Myrkur ‘Mareridt’ is out today!

Renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, MYRKUR new album 'Mareridt' is out today on Relapse Records!

Myrkur (Amalie Bruun) comments:

“My new album ‘Mareridt’ is OUT! I am so excited and proud to share it with all of you and I want to thank you for your continuous support in here. Many people were involved in making this record come to life and I am grateful for the hard work that was put into it.”

You can order and stream Myrkur ‘Mareridt’, out on Relapse Records now here:

Physical

Digital:
http://radi.al/Mareridt 
iTunes / Apple Music
Amazon
Spotify

Mareridt
MYRKUR
Relapse Records
September 15, 2017

1. Mareridt
2.  Måneblôt
3. The Serpent
4. Crown
5. Elleskudt
6. De Tre Piker 
7. Funeral (featuring Chelsea Wolfe)
8. Ulvinde
9. Gladiatrix
10. Kætteren
11. Børnehjem
12. Death of Days *
13. Kvindelil * (featuring Chelsea Wolfe)
14. Løven *
15. Himlen blev sort *
16. Två Konungabarn *

*(Digital / Deluxe 2xLP Bonus Track)

05-09-2017 - Enslaved discuss finding new keyboarder and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje

On October 13th, true avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will herald a new era of their career and melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme metal on their highly anticipated new album "E".

After discussing the seemingly simplistic album title in a previous trailer, the band now unveils a second album trailer. In this clip, singer and lyricist Grutle Kjellson discusses finding their new keyboarder and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje, after the departure of their long-time friend Herbrand Larsen.

You can now pre-order the physical editions of the album here:
Europe/World
North America
Norway
http://nuclearblast.com/enslaved-e

Or get the digital version and stream new track ‘Storm Son’ via this link:
http://nblast.de/EnslavedDigital

24-08-2017 - Enslaved unveils first album trailer for “E” and announce collaboration with BMG Publishing

On October 13th, true avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will unleash their highly anticipated studio album »E« and herald a new era of their career.

The band’s 14th opus melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme metal and epic musical landscapes; and today, the band unveils the first album trailer.

 

 

Watch as vocalist, bassist and lyricist Grutle Kjellson explains the choice of the seemingly simplistic album title:

ENSLAVED are also pleased to announce a collaboration with BMG Publishing for their upcoming release.

“We are very happy to be joining BMG Publishing!”, states the band. “To be part of such an eclectic roster including GHOST, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many others will help us spread our wings further on many levels. We are very much looking forward to this corporation.”

From left to right: Simon Füllemann (AISA), ENSLAVED’s Ivar, Emi Horikawa & Luis Alvarenga (AISA)

 

24-08-2017 - MYRKUR Interprets Traditional Nordic Folk Song “De Tre Piker”

Renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, MYRKUR, unveils her interpretation of traditional Nordic Folk song, "De Tre Piker" today.

Her third single from upcoming album ‘Mareridt’ includes a stunning, lulling vocal performance alongside nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), shaman drums and guitar.

On ‘Mareridt’ (translation: Nightmare), MYRKUR explores deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with 11 songs that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty. The conceptual masterpiece includes lyrics in multiple languages, an unforgettable collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call).

Like a marriage of King Diamond’s ‘Them’ with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’,‘Mareridt’ is a carefully composed concept freed from genre – a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates MYRKUR as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time. The compositions sweep into one another like a soundtrack designed to guide the listener through emotional turmoil.  Timeless, triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, ‘Mareridt’ is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.

Mareridt
MYRKUR
Relapse Records
September 15, 2017
Pre-order: Digital Physical

1. Mareridt 
2.  Måneblôt
 3. The Serpent 
4. Crown 
5. Elleskudt 
6. De Tre Piker 
7. Funeral (featuring Chelsea Wolfe) 
8. Ulvinde  
9. Gladiatrix  
10. Kætteren 
11. Børnehjem 
12. Death of Days *
13. Kvindelil * (featuring Chelsea Wolfe)
14. Løven * 
15. Himlen blev sort *
16. Två Konungabarn *

*(Digital / Deluxe 2xLP Bonus Track)

 

11-08-2017 - Enslaved “Storm Son” – New Single and Video Premiere

True avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will release their epic new studio album »E« on October 13th, 2017 and with this 14th full-length record, the virtuosi herald a new chapter in the band's history.

To provide a first taster of what’s to come, the band now unveils their debut music video for the 10 minute long single ‘Storm Son’ that melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme metal and a folky atmosphere. The music video was designed by Josh Graham, who previously worked with SOUNDGARDEN and NEUROSIS among others, and delivered a truly spectacular piece of animated art that you can watch here:

Watch it on Youtube

“‘Storm Son’ deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is,” explains songwriter and guitarist Ivar“Everything we do and create are imitations of nature; as we evolved from nature, that is how it must be – yet modern man thinks he and she is independent of nature, that we somehow are so superior that we do not have to take nature into consideration other than as a backdrop for shitty movies. Or festivals. Losing touch with nature is basically to lose touch with being human.”

You can now preorder the physical editions of the album here:
http://aisamerch.de/enslaved/en/
https://enslaved.aisamerch.com/
http://www.enslaved.merch.no/
http://nuclearblast.com/enslaved-e

Or get the digital version and stream the new track ‘Storm Son’ via this link:
http://nblast.de/EnslavedDigital

“E” Tracklist: 
01. Storm Son (10:54)
02. The River’s Mouth (5:12)
03. Sacred Horse (8:12)
04. Axis Of The Worlds (7:49)
05. Feathers Of Eolh (8:06)
06. Hiindsiight (9:32)
Bonus tracks available on the digipak:
07. Djupet (7:39)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover) (4:44)

07-08-2017 - Enslaved announces new album “E” release date and launch of pre-orders!

True avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED have announced the release of their epic new studio album for October 13th, 2017.

This 14th full-length masterpiece sets the musical mind-twisters free from genre boundaries and offers an unprecedented mix of prog, extreme metal and shoegaze on 8 tracks with a playing time of more than an hour. Elegantly titled »E«, the album was once again written by the unholy alliance of guitarist Ivar Bjørnson (music, lyrics) and singer/bassist Grutle Kjellson (lyrics) and marks the introduction of their new keyboard master and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje. Mixed and mastered at the Fascination Street Studios by the renowed Jens Bogren, »E« heralds a new era for ENSLAVED. Its cover artwork was once again hand-painted by the Norwegian artist Truls Espedal. As support for their brave sound journey, the quintet brought several guest musicians on board for the songs ‘Hiindsiight‘ and ‘Feathers Of Eolh’, including WARDRUNA‘s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, flutist Daniel Mage and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster.

Mastermind Ivar explains about the title »E«:
“The concept of the album lies in both it’s meaning as a letter in the latin alphabet, and it’s runic reference: the rune “Ehwaz”, that is depicted as an “M” when drawn as rune (just to make sure it gets really confusing) – the runes are drawn to look like what they literally mean. Ehwaz (pronounced and used as what’s known as “E”, but drawn as an “M”) looks like and means “Horse”. Which is closely linked to its esoteric meaning; which is “trust” and “co-operation”. One of mankinds oldest and deepest pairings/collaborations with any “outside” entities is with the horse. When they were first tamed and utilised there must have arisen the notion of some esoteric link between the two; now we could move swiftly, escape faster and even eat and drink from the animal (both horse milk and horse blood), and of course show off and brag before our enemies and peers with the most spectacular horses.
So, no, it is not about horses! It is about the symbioses that surrounds us; which are vital to our existence, to our development – on all scales: man and vessel (for instance horse, yes), a person and its significant other, child and parent, musician and instrument, chaos and order, subconscious and conscious, Oden and Sleipnir – wisdom and communication. There are many levels and variations of this concept on the album; the duality of man and nature, present and past personalities within one self, the conscious fear and the subconscious drive. And other symbiosis.”

Enslaved “E” Webstore Exclusive – Limited LP and new merch available for pre-order NOW!

Europe/World
North America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The pre-order starts today and you can now get your hands on the physical editions of the album here:
http://nblast.de/EnslavedE

Or pre-order the digital version here:
http://nblast.de/EnslavedDigital

“E” Track list:
01. Storm Son (10:54)
02. The River’s Mouth (5:12)
03. Sacred Horse (8:12)
04. Axis Of The Worlds (7:49)
05. Feathers Of Eolh (8:06)
06. Hiindsiight (9:32)
Bonus tracks available on the digipak:
07. Djupet (7:39)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover) (4:44)

Stay tuned for the first single and video ‘Storm Son’ to be unveiled this Friday!

27-07-2017 - MYRKUR Debuts New Video “Ulvinde”

Plus 'Mareridt' Coming September 15 via Relapse Records // Special Performances at Brooklyn's Rough Trade + St. Vitus

MYRKUR’s stunning new video “Ulvinde”, directed by Mats Ek, beautifully captures her longing for a place in nature, in peace, away from the ‘real’ world – a world that she explains “often feels I cannot and was never meant to function in.” Inner and outer demons all come to life in breathtaking footage captured across Norwegian landscapes and scenery.

“Ulvinde” debuted via NPR today describing MYRKUR’s delivery “full of sustaining notes that subtly decay, is reminiscent of choral music – with all the ritualism, religiosity and awe it entails.” It is the second single from MYRKUR’s impending album ‘Mareridt’ coming September 15 on Relapse. “Ulvinde” features Amalie Bruun on violin, guitar, piano, Wolves In The Throne Room’s Aaron Weaver on drums, alongside Andreas Lynge and William Hayes on guitars plus choir singers Veslemøy Heyerdahl and Ida Sandberg Motzfelt.

MYRKUR’s is renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Amalie Bruun. Her sophomore album ‘Mareridt’ (translation: Nightmare) is a rich juxtaposition of the dark and the light; the moon and the mother earth; the witch and the saint. MYRKUR explores deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with 11 tracks that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty.

Further taking MYRKUR to new artistic heights are lyrics in multiple languages, an unforgettable collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call). ‘Mareridt’ is a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates MYRKUR as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time.

Like a marriage of King Diamond’s ‘Them’ with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Mareridt’ is a carefully composed concept freed from genre. The compositions sweep into one another like a soundtrack designed to guide the listener through emotional turmoil. One minute the songs are fighting back, the next lulling you to submission. Timeless, triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, ‘Mareridt’ is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.

MYRKUR is:

Amalie Bruun – all instruments and composition.


Photo: Daria Endresen

Mareridt
MYRKUR
Relapse Records
September 15, 2017
Pre-order: Digital Physical

MYRKUR LIVE DATES:

NORTH AMERICA

August 14: Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
August 17: Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
August 18: Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

EUROPE
October 26: Stockholm (SE) – Close-Up Baten Cruise
November 4: Leeds (UK) – Damnation Festival
November 17 – London (UK) – Heaven #
November 18 – Leeuwarden (NL) – Neushoorn #
November 19 – Lille (FR) – Maison Folie Beaulieu #
November 20 – Paris (FR) – Alhambra #
November 21 – Rennes (FR) – Antipode MJC #
November 23 – Bilbao (ES) – Santana27 #
November 24 – Madrid (ES) – Caracol #
November 25 – Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz2 #
November 27 – Milan (IT) – Circolo Magnolia #
November 29 – Munich (DE) – Theaterfabrik #
November 30 – Salzburg (AT) – Rockhouse #
December 1 – Bologna (IT) – Locomotiv #
December 7 – Budapest (HU) – A38 #
December 8 – Vienna (AT) – Arena #
December 11 – Prague (CZ) – Roxy #
December 12 – Berlin (DE) – Heimathafen #
December 13 – Cologne (DE) – Kantine #
December 15 – Rotterdam (NL) – maasSilo #
December 16 – Brussels (BE) – VK #
December 18 – Copenhagen (DK) – Pumpehuset #
December 20 – Stockholm (SE) – Debaser Strand #

# – w/ Solstafir

05-07-2017 - AISA – NEWS BULLETIN JULY 2017

July 5th, 2017 (Brooklyn, NY - Zurich, CH - Bergen, NO)

Wardruna and AISA Nordics join forces for a further collaboration in the US territories

Wardruna is one is the most original, interesting and fastest growing artists on the international alternative scene, doing sold out shows all over Europe. Wardruna have done highly successful festival appearances in North America over the last few years; the time has now come to focus more on Vinland. AISA Nordics is extremely honored to be Wardruna’s partner in these upcoming North American endeavours; assisting with management and production services.


AISA Nordics announce new client Årabrot for Management worldwide

Norwegian Noise-Rock band Årabrot have been an outsider on the Norwegian music scene since their beginning in 2001. They quietly built a reputation among music fans in Europe as a daring and uncompromising live band. Today, Årabrot is one of Europe’s defining underground bands, they notably won a Grammy award for their album “The Gospel” released in February 2016. We are very happy to welcome them into the AISA family!

Årabrot website
Årabrot on Facebook 


Myrkur new album ‘Mareridt’ now available on pre-order

Pre-Order ‘Mareridt’, out September 15th on Relapse Records now HERE

Myrkur also unveiled the new single “Måneblôt”, which she describes as “A tale which portrays a nightmare engaging a woman, girl, animal, violence, sun and fire worship and the pagan ritual, Blót.” Listen to “Måneblôt” here


Wretch signs a worldwide management deal with ASIA

The new power-trio Karl Simon formed with drummer Chris Gordon and bassist Bryce Clarke rose above their circumstances to issue forth a fearsome salvo of cast-iron riffage and heartfelt traditional metal heraldry, shot through with a steely conviction instilled by the experiences of recent days. “It is a new beginning, but I am what I am. I don’t set out to write a style of music.” notes Simon, “This is what happens when I pick up a guitar”. 

Karl Simon comments on joining the AISA roster: “Wretch is thrilled to join the AISA management family; I’ve known Luis from around for years now and always thought he was the real deal, and when I saw they handled legendary acts like Enslaved I knew they were the ones.”


BardSpec released album “Hydrogen” on By Norse Music

On June 23rd, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved, Skuggsjá) and Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) Ambient project BardSpec debut album was released on By Norse Music, in the following formats:

  • 6-panel CD digipak – limited first press to 1000, including bonus track “Teeth”
  • Double gatefold LP – limited to 500 black vinyl
  • Digital format – including the bonus track “Teeth”

You can order it here:
Europe/World // North America // Digital // Bandcamp

“An elemental trip into dreamy territories…(…) It’s not all a case of total chill-out though as things do progressively temper with numbers like “Salt” peppering their Tangerine Dream origins toward swirling patterns and the most urgent techno beats of “Teeth”. – TERRORIZER

Replete with shimmering walls of old-school synths and a persistent motorik pulse that’s equal parts Kraftwerk and Neu! Unlike a lot of similarly inclined projects (…) An enthralling trip and another trump for the bearded wonder.” – 8/10 METAL HAMMER

“Is it avant-garde? Experimental? There are times when both those ideas, in music, become disconnected and extraneous to the expression and while BardSpec is different from Ivars’ other works it’s still a very cohesive score that jaunts and details a new horizon exquisitely.” – 9/10 SOUNDSCAPE MAGAZINE

“I loved the atmosphere created by Hydrogen, which sits comfortably with the best work of the electronica heavyweights referenced above. The hooks of ‘Bone’ and ‘Fire Tongue’ will stay with me for a long time and it’s an all the more intriguing listen when you consider the album’s progenitor. From creating intelligent boundary-breaking metal to uplifting ambient electronica, I can’t wait to see what Ivar Bjørnson does next.”– ECHOES AND DUST


AISA and Mayhem expand collaboration to US distribution 

Legendary Norwegian Black Metallers Mayhem are now distributed in the US via AISA, starting with the second pressing of “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive”, released on June 30th and available as:

  • 250 Gold 2×12″(140g) with B/W labels in black poly-lined bag
  • 250 CD/DVD

You can order the limited Gold LP and CD/DVD now HERE


AISA welcomes Roadburn Records / Burning World Records for distribution in the US

We are very happy to welcome Roadburn Records / Burning World Recordsas new clients for distribution in the US territories for the first time ever!


Shawn James European and North American stores now online

We had the pleasure to launch the first official Shawn James European store ever, alongside a brand new North American store. Both feature new and exclusive items, and many more to come soon! Visit the stores:
Europe
North America


The Obssessed new European webstore now online

We are happy to announce that the first official The Obsessed European store is now online, featuring brand new exclusive designs! Visit the store HERE


 SINISTRO will join Paradise Lost and Pallbearer for a European Tour starting September 27th!