Dark Essence Records will kick off 2023 with the release of “Avstand”, the fourth full-length album from Norwegian Heavy Rockers SLEGEST, and, whilst fans are waiting for the 20th January so that they can get their hands on it, the label has today released a new single from the album, together with an accompanying video.
“Forløysning og Rus” is the track that has been chosen, and its title and content have a particular significance for the band, as they explain:
“Forløysning og Rus” means “redemption and intoxication”, two important components in SLEGEST. The song bursts with energy and nasty riffs, and can easily be played at maximum volume.
The single “Forløysning og Rus” can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at
Whilst the video, which was filmed by Håvard Nesbø and is shot at an abandoned farm and an old house of worship in the band’s hometown of Leikanger, can be seen here:
Formed in 2010 by guitarist and vocalist Ese, SLEGEST started life as a solo project and it wasn’t until 2013 that it evolved into a recording and live band. Aside from Ese, today’s lineup comprises Sør on guitars, Hövard on bass, and the newly announced drummer Chris, In fact, it is the arrival of Chris, whose previous experience playing live with the band has stood him in good stead, has proved to be significant for SLEGEST in that “Avstand” is the first album on which Ese does not play drums himself.
Known for their no-nonsense, head banging heavy rock, “Avstand” marks a change to SLEGEST’s hard-hitting heavy metal sound. It is still very much SLEGEST, with its trademark Black Metal and Classic 70’s and 80’s heavy rock overtones, but this time the band has chosen to freshen things up by upping the tempo a bit.
Inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, “Avstand” was mixed by Herbrand Larsen at the Conclave & Earshot Studio, and mastered by Iver Sandøy at the Duper/Solslottet Studio, both in Bergen. With artwork by Tom Korsvold, “Avstand” 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)
“Avstand” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from
darkessence.indiemerch.com (US webshop)
SLEGEST are set to join KAMPFAR on a series of dates in Norway during January and February. 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