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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!

28-06-2017 - MYRKUR Unveils “Måneblôt”

Debut single from forthcoming album 'Mareridt' - Out September 15 via Relapse Records, plus announces European Tour w/ Solstafir

Renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, MYRKUR, ascends with ‘Mareridt’s debut single today. “Måneblôt” is a tale which portrays a nightmare engaging a woman, girl, animal, violence, sun and fire worship and the pagan ritual, Blót,” MYRKUR explains.

‘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.

“I wanted to make an album that I always needed to exist but never did,” she explains. “So, I wrote it myself.”

MYRKUR found herself plagued by insufferable nightmares and sleep paralysis. “I was in one of the worst times of my life,” she recalls. “I was afraid to sleep.”  She reluctantly lived in her subconscious and tried all the movements that would normally center her: being in nature, swimming, sitting outside and carving wood, but nothing changed.

“You know how they say that when you have been through trauma or abuse, you tend to recreate the situation in an attempt to take ownership of it?” she says. “I think I was doing that. I was trying to solve things [in my nightmares] that I could not solve in real life. Things I could not run away from.”

MYRKUR knew she had to start listening. She stopped trying to shove the nightmares away, and embraced them. She kept a notebook by her bed and documented everything from the recurring symbols, archetypes and animals that crawled around her head. She obsessed over Nordic fairy tales, mythology and folklore. She pulled meaning from Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid to verses from the Bible, and connected these stories to the spiritual solace she found outside her house. Once the songs started coming, they didn’t stop. MYRKUR would bring a small, string instrument into the forest to write. “It’s very giving,” she says. “Your environment becomes part of the song, and the songwriting. I just love that. Nature changed this record.” She was manic, writing any moment she was awake, expelling the subliminal material like an exorcism.

“This record is very connected to my true self, without an ego or persona,” MYRKUR says. “I am interested in human spirit, when it goes beyond the layers. When I get to that place, I feel invincible.”

‘Mareridt’ was recorded between Copenhagen and Seattle with producer, Randall Dunn (Earth, Marissa Nadler, Sun O))), Boris). Like a marriage of King Diamond’s ‘Them’ with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Mareridt’ is a carefully composed concept freed from genre. It flows between English and Danish, from guttural growls charged with testosterone, to emotive feminine hymns and Kulning. 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. Lyrically, MYRKUR hatches open the folklore of her Nordic heritage, applying the ancient fables to her personal piety. ‘Mareridt’ toys with juxtaposition and finds life between theoretical opposites. Timeless, triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, ‘Mareridt’ is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.

Relapse offers an exclusive, one time pressing deluxe 2LP on red inside clear with blue splatter and custom MYRKUR logo etching on side D; limited to 900.  The deluxe version also features alternate cover art painted by Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum and contains core album on LP 1 plus 5 bonus tracks on LP 2 (not available on CD or single LP versions).

Pre-order ‘Mareridt’ now via Relapse.com.


Photo: Daria Endresen

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)

MYRKUR LIVE DATES:

NORTH AMERICA

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


EUROPE

July 21: Katowice (PL) – Metal Hammer Festival
July 22: Sheffield (UK) – Tramlines Festival
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

23-06-2017 - BardSpec “Hydrogen” and IIVII “Invasion” are out today!

Ambient project by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) is released today on By Norse Music and Josh Graham (ex- A Storm Of Light, Red Sparowes, Neurosis) Dark Electro IIVII "Invasion" is out on Consouling Sounds.

Available as:

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 the album now here:

Europe/World 
North America
Digital
Bandcamp


Available as:

CD Digipack
White LP
Digital

Order here:
http://resonantiivii.com/invasion/

15-06-2017 - MYRKUR’s New Album ‘Mareridt’ Coming September 15 via Relapse

Myrkur unveils the album trailer for upcoming 'Mareridt' and announces first headlining North American Show, August 17 at Saint Vitus in NYC!

Mareridt’ (translation: Nightmare) is the highly anticipated sophomore full-length from renowned Danish composer and multi-instrumentalist MYRKUR. Recorded between Copenhagen and Seattle with producer Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Earth, Sunn O))), Boris, Wolves In The Throne Room), ‘Mareridt‘ 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 compositions that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty. Today MYRKUR gives us a glimpse behind the scenes and of what is to come this fall in the album trailer for ‘Mareridt’.


Photo: Daria Endresen

Further taking MYRKUR to new artistic heights are lyrics in multiple languages and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call).  MYRKUR was recently captured at home in Copenhagen playing Scandinavian Folk on her nyckelharpa. Check out the video here on Facebook (now at almost 10 million plays) or YouTube .

‘Mareridt’ is a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates MYRKUR as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time. In August she will perform her first ever North American headlining show in NYC at Saint Vitus before heading to this year’s Psycho Las Vegas Festival. Tickets and more info are available here and stay tuned for more details to come on ‘Mareridt’.

MYRKUR LIVE DATES:

June 22: Halden, NO – Tons of Rock 2017
June 24: Copenhagen, DK – Copenhell
June 25: Bucharest, RO – Metalhead Meeting
July 21: Katowice, PL – Metal Hammer Festival
July 22: Sheffield, UK – Tramlines Festival
August 17: Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
August 18: Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas
October 26: Stockholm, SE – Close-Up Baten Cruise
November 4: Leeds, UK – Damnation Festival

MYRKUR OFFICIAL WEBSITE
MYRKUR ON FACEBOOK
MYRKUR ON BANDCAMP
MYRKUR ON INSTAGRAM
MYRKUR ON ITUNES

12-06-2017 - Enslaved – More UK shows with Opeth added!

Enslaved just announced that the following UK shows with Opeth in November have been added!

15.11 – Manchester – O2 Ritz
16.11 – Glasgow – Barrowlands
17.11 – Belfast – Limelight*
18.11 – Dublin – Academy*
19.11 – Nottingham – Rock City
21.11 – Bristol – O2 Academy
22.11 – Birmingham – O2 Institute

Tickets go on sale Friday 16th June at 9am GMT.
*Currently on-sale HERE

22-05-2017 - AISA – NEWS BULLETIN MAY 2017

News from our artists and labels rosters and new exclusive merch in our clients webstores: welcome to the AISA's May 2017 News Bulletin!

AISA Merch and Webshops solutions News

We are happy to announce the launch of the first Myrkur Official European and North American Webstores featuring a whole new range of exclusive items! Visit Myrkur official webstores here: Europe / North America


AISA Artist Management and Consulting News

Enslaved first official live record Roadburn Live, a split release between By Norse Music and Burning World Records, recorded at Roadburn Festival 2015 is now available on Black 2LP, CD Digipack and Digital! You can order the album and bundles here:
Europe – North America – Amazon.com (NA) // Digital:  Enslaved Bandcamp – Europe – iTunes (NA) – Apple Music (NA) – Amazon.com (NA)

Hugsjá, a crash of waves from the Norse era! New work by Einar Selvik (Wardruna) and Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) features at the Bergen International Festival. Selvik and Bjørnson’s new collaborative endeavours Nordvegen and Hugsjá combine indigenous and contemporary music with Norse and Norwegian poetry, accompanied by instruments from the Stone Age up to the present day. The collaboration is a further development of their successful performance Skuggsjá. The concert series Nordvegen – ‘the way to the North’ – refers to the ancient shipping route connecting Norway to the rest of world for some 3000 years.

The concert series takes place in four venues – Ullensvang (May 25th), Bekkjarvik (May 27th), Os (May 28th) and Moster (June 5th) – along the west coast of Norway (see map). Hugsjá will be performed in Grieghallen (Bergen) on May 31st.

Watch the Nordvegen video teaser HERE


AISA Distribution and Label Management News

Mongolian folk metallers Tengger Cavalry just released a new video for the track Cursed, from their upcoming album Die On My Ride, out June 2nd on M-Theory! Check out the premiere via Metal Hammer UK!

Vancouver Metal veterans BISON have unveiled Tantrum, the first single from their upcoming album You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient, set for release in Europe on June 23rd followed by a North American release on July 7th on Pelagic Records. Check out Tantrum here!

LLNN and WOVOKA will release their Marks/Traces split on June 16th in Europe and July 14th in North America via Pelagic Records. Check out LLNN‘s video clip for opening track The Guardian, premiered on The Sludgelord!


AISA Artists on Tour

We are very happy to announce that Enslaved and Myrkur, two artists from our Management roster are taking part in the prestigious and Europe’s first Metal cruise! Close-up Båten 21 will take place on October 26-27th and tickets can be purchased here!

16-05-2017 - MYRKUR Reveals New Album Title “Mareridt” Coming This Fall

Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, MYRKUR unveils her forthcoming album title "Mareridt", out this fall on Relapse!

It is the follow up to her masterful debut M, released back in 2015 to overwhelming critical acclaim. Mareridt was produced between Seattle and Copenhagen by Randall Dunn who is known for his work with Marissa Nadler, Earth, Sunn O))), Boris, Wolves In The Throne Room and more.

 Mareridt includes special guests (to be announced) and an array of special instruments including violin, mandola, folk drums, Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call) and the nyckelharpa (a Swedish key harp).  MYRKUR was recently captured at home in Copenhagen playing Scandinavian Folk on her nyckelharpa which she explains “is almost like a violin with buttons” and that the ancient traditional device as “not easy to get a hold of.” 

Check out the video here on Facebook (now over 4 million plays) or YouTube and stay tuned for more info on Mareridt!

MYRKUR OFFICIAL WEBSITE
MYRKUR ON FACEBOOK
MYRKUR ON BANDCAMP
MYRKUR ON INSTAGRAM
MYRKUR ON ITUNES

05-05-2017 - Shawn James announces US and EU Tour Dates!

Shawn James​ just announced tour dates in support of his doom-blues solo album titled "On The Shoulders of Giants" starting tomorrow!

Out now, the album was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis in 2016. He will tour both as an acoustic one-man band and also with his fully electric metal-folk band, The Shapeshifters. Check out his tour dates and don’t miss him if you are around! More info and tickets on www.shawnjamesmusic.com/tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SHAWN JAMES SOLO U.S. TOUR DATES:
5/06 – Reggie’s Rock Club for Moonrunners Festival in Chicago, IL
5/07 – Mike O’Donnells Irish Pub in Franklin Park, IL
5/09 – Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA
5/10 – Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, NY
5/11 – Hill Country Live in Washington D.C.
5/12 – Rhumba Cafe in Columbus, OH
5/13 – Southgate House in Newport, KY
5/14 – The Burl in Lexington, KY
5/15 -Taps Live in Indianapolis, IN
5/16 – Lamascos in Evansville, IN
5/17 – The Bootleg in St. Louis, MO
5/19 – George’s Majestic in Fayetteville, AK

SHAWN JAMES & THE SHAPESHIFTERS U.S. TOUR DATES:
5/27 – Westport Tavern for Westport Roots Festival in Kansas 5/28 – Marty’s Tavern in Sioux City, IA
5/29 – J-Rod’s Rock Shop in Kearney, NE
5/30 – Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO
5/31 – Moon Room in Denver, CO
6/01 – Hodis Half Note in Fort Collins, CO
6/02 – Zebra Cocktail Lounge in Bozeman, MO
6/03 – Inlander’s Volume Music Festival in Mead, WA
6/04 -TBA
6/05 – Funhouse in Seattle, WA
6/06 – Dante’s in Portland, OR
6/07 – Johnny B’s in Medford, OR
6/08 – Shea’s Tavern in Reno, NV
6/09 – Thee Parkside in San Francisco, CA
6/10 – Viper Room West in Hollywood, CA
6/11 – Private Show in San Bernardino, CA
6/12 – Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
6/13 – Green Room in Flagstaff, AZ
6/14 – Yucca Tap Room in Tempe, AZ
6/15 – Lowbrow Palace in El Paso, TX
6/16 – Bamm Festival in Cloudcroft, NM
6/17 – Barleycorn’s in Wichita, KS
6/19 – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill in Dallas, TX
6/20 – Limelight in San Antonio, TX
6/21 – The Deadhorse in San Angelo, TX
6/22 – Swan Dive at Austin, TX
6/23 – Leftwoods in Amarillo, TX
6/24 – The Fur Shop in Tulsa, OK
9/17 at Muddy Roots Music at Cookeville, TN Louisville, KY

SHAWN JAMES & THE SHAPESHIFTERS EU TOUR DATES:
6/28 – Antibes (FR), Off Nuits Carrée (Soloshow)
7/01 – Tielt (BE), Winge, Pirate Farm Fest
7/02 – Meppel (NL), Sunday Roots Festival
7/06 – Kiel (DE), Schaubude
7/14 – Madrid (ES), Garage Sound Fest
7/15 – Barcelona (ES), Razmatazz 3
7/21 – Südwinsen (DE), Südwinsen Festival
7/23 – Geislingen (DE), Tag der Jugend
7/25 – Basel (CH), L’Unique Food Truck Festival
7/26 – Luzern (CH), Blueballs Festival
8/01 – Berlin (DE), Privatclub
8/06 – Stuttgart (DE), U & D Festival
8/08 – Bamberg (DE), Tucher Blues & Jazzfestival
8/12 – Oberstdorf (DE), Gruben Grooves
8/13 – Eschwege (DE), Open Flair Festival
… more shows TBA soon!

02-05-2017 - BardSpec new track “Bone” premiered on Metal Hammer UK!

A new track from BardSpec, the Ambient project of Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved, Skuggsjá) and Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) share new track "Bone" from debut album "Hydrogen"!

Today we are pleased to share a new insight into BardSpec debut album Hydrogen, to be released June 23rd on By Norse Music! Listen to the new track “Bone” premiered on Metal Hammer UK HERE

Bone” in Ivar’s words is “a song that is a meditation upon the concepts of strength and endurance, in the micro and the macro. How evolution has made us upright and made to be on the move – and how hard it can be to adapt those features into the realms of our psyche – so that we can undergo the mental evolution that is dormant within us.

Pre-order “Hydrogen” limited CD, LP and shirt here:
Europe/World
North America
Digital