Having recently announced the much-anticipated new album from SLEGEST, Dark Essence Records have revealed a first glimpse into the kind of no-nonsense Heavy Rock that fans have come to expect from the band, and that which, on their latest full-length “Avstand”, is there in spades.
The first dip into the album comes, in fact, in the form of both a single, and a video for the opening track “Innsikt”, which is a heavy, huge, straight forward, and frankly unstoppable piece that was written during the winter of 2021 in the midst of the sublime wilderness of Western Norway. As the band explains:
The universal truths that life and the world is built upon, can best be discovered and described via the language of fine arts, not via the rational language of science and mathematics nor the Christian perspective for that matter. “Innsikt” means insight. This one is for following the natural, untamed and instinctive life force, and for not suppressing it. Play loud!
The single “Innsikt” can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at link.darkessencerecords.no/Slegest_Innsikt
Whilst the video by Håvard Nesbø can be seen here:
Inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, “Avstand”, the band’s fourth full-length album, is unmistakably SLEGEST doing what SLEGEST does best, but this time they have upped the tempo a bit, giving a freshness and originality to their hard-hitting heavy metal sound which is imbued with Black Metal and classic 70’s and 80’s heavy rock.
With artwork by Tom Korsvold, “Avstand” was mixed by Herbrand Larsen at the Conclave & Earshot Studio and mastered by Iver Sandøy at the Duper/Solslottet Studio, both in Bergen. Tracklisting is as follows:
2. Evigheit på Evigheit
3. Forløysning og Rus
6. Er det deg Livet?
7. Til det Største som Finst
8. Oh Baby (Status Quo cover)
SLEGEST was originally formed by Ese back in 2010 as a solo project and didn’t become a full recording and live band until 2013. Today’s lineup comprises Ese on guitar and vocals, Sør on guitars, Hövard on bass, and the newly announced drummer Chris, who had previous experience playing live with the band, and whose arrival meant that “Avstand” would be the first album on which Ese did not play drums himself.
With the band raring to go and bring its latest work to a live audience, a first series of dates has been announced which will see SLEGEST and KAMPFAR in the new year in.
Routing is as follows:
Fri 20: Rockeeller / John Dee / Centrum Scene, Oslo
Sat 21: Verkstedhallen & Lobbyen, Trondheim
Fri 03: Ovenpaa, Kopervik
Sat 04: Hulen, Bergen