We’re continuing our summer sale campaign and this week we’ll focus on our Black Metal bands.
Back in the early 90’s, some characters in the Black Metal scene managed to put Bergen and the genre on the musical map, and there was a lot of focus, both from the national and international press, around the Black Metal genre, Bergen and Norway. You know what we talk about, so let’s not dwell on that stuff. What’s interesting here is the music, and there were some really great bands that came out of both Bergen and of course Norway in general (too many names to mention). The people behind the bands and the people behind Dark Essence Records, were friends before the label started and we used to hang out at the gigs, the Hole in the Sky festival (now Beyond the Gates) and of course at the Garage music pub. It’s quite fitting that the Dark Essence office is in the same building as the now closed down Garage, and now we usually meet at the Apollon record bar across the street.
Taake is of course the biggest band on Dark Essence Records, and undoubtedly the most known band too. Taake was one of the first bands we signed to Dark Essence Records, together with Hades Almighty and Nidigr, and they helped us kick start the label. So, we’re pleased to have many of the Taake cds, vinyl, box set and merchandise in this campaign. Another early signing to the label was the then young Bergen band Malsain, featuring among others Phobos (Aeternus, Gravdal, Gorgoroth live ++) on drums. We did two albums with Malsain, and their 2nd album is available here. A later signing was The 3rd Attempt, a band consisting of both the original Carpathian Forest guitarists. Other newer Norwegian bands in the genre we’ve worked with was Sarkom where we did their 3rd and 4th album, and then we recently signed the Oslo band Acârash. We just released their 2nd album, so only their debut is available in this campaign. Greece has had a similar Black Metal tradition to Norway, and we’ve worked with a couple of Greek bands, like the debut from Ravencult (that album is sold out) and the the debut from band Lucifer’s Child, a band consisting of ex-Rotting Christ and Nightfall members. Other non-Norwegian bands was the first album from the British band Skaldic Curse (a band introduced to us by Hoest of Taake), featuring Fen members, and recently we released the 4th album by Italian band Darkend. Let’s backtrack a bit to Taake, since we’ve done the two latest albums with the band Orkan. This band is the brainchild of Gjermund Fredheim, live guitarist and banjo hero for Taake. Also, Orkan’s drummer is also the live drummer for Taake, so there’re quite a strong connection here. And last but not least, even though they’re strictly not Black Metal, we look at first Helheim album, “Jormundgand”, as a Black Metal classic and includes this one here.