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Crest of Darkness

Formed: 1993
From: Gjøvik, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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Crest Of Darkness Posts Lyric Video

Norwegian black metal band Crest Of Darkness has released a lyric video for the track "From the Dead," taken from sixth full-length album "In the Presence of Death." Check it out below.

Aside from preparing to hit the stage again, Crest Of Darkness is also working on new material for the band's next album. Further details are forthcoming.

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Sterbhaus To Support Shining On Tour

Stockholm-based blackened thrash quartet Sterbhaus recently returned from a three week European tour in support of Vader and Melechesh promoting the new album "Angels for Breakfast ...And God for Lunch."

Now Sterbhaus has been confirmed to support Swedish outfit Shining, together with Crest of Darkness, for the "Razors Over Europe" tour that kicks off November 22nd in Berlin and wraps up December 8th in Scotland. More...

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Crest Of Darkness Releases New Music Video

Norwegian Black Metallers Crest of Darkness, whose sixth full-length album “In the Presence of Death” is scheduled for release on My Kingdom Music on February 25th, have posted a new video online. Check out "Demon Child" below.

The video was produced and directed by MONITORmedia, using a special video mix of the track. Photography was handled by Anders Børrensen and Levent Ultanur, while editing was done by Øivind Kristiansen.

“Demon Child” uses live footage of the band, which features the lineup of founder and front man Ingar Amlien on vocals and bass, Rebo on lead guitars, Kjetil Hektoen (SJODOGG) on drums, and Kjell Arne Hubred on rhythm guitars. Hubred left the band due to family and other commitments shortly after “In the Presence of Death” was finished and has since been replaced by Djevekult guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim. More...

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Crest Of Darkness Streaming New Track

Norwegian black/death metal act Crest of Darkness is streaming the new track "From the Dead." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "In the Presence of Death," the band's sixth full length album, which is scheduled for release on February 25, 2013 via My Kingdom Music. A trailer for the album is available here.

The track listing for "In the Presence of Death" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. In the Presence of Darkness
3. Demon Child
4. Redemption
5. The Priest from Hell
6. Welcome to My Funeral
7. Womb of the Wolf
8. Vampire Dreams
9. From the Dead
10. The Day Before She Died

Check out "From the Dead" here: More...

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Crest Of Darkness Posts New Album Trailer

Norwegian extreme act Crest of Darkness, who have resurfaced after six years, posted a preview clip for the band's new LP "In The Presence Of Death." The album will be released via My Kingdom Music on February 25, 2013.

The track listing for "In The Presence Of Death" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. In The Presence Of Death
3. Demon Child
4. Redemption
5. The Priest From Hell
6. Welcome To My Funeral
7. Womb Of The Wolf
8. Vampire Dreams
9. From The Dead
10. The Day Before She Died

Check out the trailer here: More...

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Crest Of Darkness Reveals New Album Details

After 18 years, one EP, and five full-length albums, the Norwegian masters in Crest of Darkness are back with their most extreme and intense release so far. The ten-track album, titled "In the Presence of Death," is set for release via My Kingdom Music on the 25th of February, 2013. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. In The Presence Of Death
3. Demon Child
4. Redemption
5. The Priest From Hell
6. Welcome To My Funeral
7. Womb Of The Wolf
8. Vampire Dreams
9. From The Dead
10. The Day Before She Died More...

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Crest Of Darkness Announces Quorthon Tribute

Crest of Darkness founder and frontman Ingar Amlien, together with drummer Kjetil Hektoen, will join members of Legiones, Enthral, and The Embraced in a specially formed band called Sythanagon Winged to perform five songs by the late Thomas “Quorthon” Forsberg, founder of Bathroy and one of the pioneers of the first wave of black and pagan/viking metal.

The event, which is billed as “Blood, Fire and Death – In Memory of Quorthon,” will take place on Saturday November 17th at the Fru Lundgreen in Trondheim, Norway. In Addition to Sythanagon Winged, other bands taking part include Chton, Cleaver, Law of the Horseman, and A Sorcery Written in Blood.

Commenting on the Quorthon Tribute event, Crest of Darkness' Amlien stated: “It’s a huge honour to be part of a tribute to an incredible musician. One who has influenced and inspired, and will continue to influence and inspire, generations of other musicians. It’s no exaggeration to say that many of today’s bands would probably not be around without him. Kjetil and I have been rehearsing hard with the rest of the guys and we are ready and very much looking forward to performing the Bathory songs and do them the justice they deserve.”

You can also check out our "lost" interview with Quorthon from 1997 over at this location. More...

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Crest Of Darkness Announces New Album

The first details of the latest album from Norwegian black metal act Crest of Darkness have just been revealed. Crest of Darkness will release a new ten track album titled "In The Presence of Death" on February 11th, 2013 via My Kingdom Music.

According to a press release, the album "promises to be the most complete, extreme and dark album the band has ever recorded." Recently the band also announced the addition of Djevelkult guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim (aka Dødsherre Xarim).

Jan replaces the outgoing Kjell Arne Hubred, a seven year veteran with the band who was leaving to devote more time to his young family, which, according to frontman Ingar Amlien, was entirely understandable given that the band had plans to increase activity with the upcoming release of the album.

Solheim, he went on to say, has “brought a renewed sense of enthusiasm and purpose to the band, and as far as I’m concerned Crest of Darkness is sounding better and stronger than ever.”

Aside from Amlien on bass and vocals and Solheim on guitars, Crest of Darkness’ current lineup includes Rebo on guitars and Kjetil Hektoen on drums.

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Crest Of Darkness Announces Lineup Change

Norwegian black metallers Crest of Darkness announced a change in lineup that sees the departure of Kjell Arne Hubred after a seven year stint with the band. His replacement will be Djevelkult guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim. Founder and frontman Ingar Amlien commented on the departure:

"It’s sad to be saying goodbye to Kjell Arne after all this time, but he has a young family and with Crest of Darkness intending to work harder than ever, it was too difficult for him to devote the amount of time to the band that would be needed, and that’s something we understand. We’ve been very lucky in finding Jan Fredrik to replace him. He’s young, talented, highly motivated and has plenty of ambition. We’ve rehearsed with him several times and it was obvious that he knew Crest of Darkness' music long before he joined us.

"With the release of our new album imminent, he has brought a renewed sense of enthusiasm and purpose to the band, and as far as I’m concerned we’re sounding better and stronger than ever."

The band's latest release was the 2007 LP "Give Us the Power to Do Your Evil."

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Crest Of Darkness Issues Recording Update

Norwegian metallers Crest of Darkness have issued the following recording update:

"Pre-prod for 2 tracks finally mixed......

"....and we're very satisfied with the outcome of these recordings. As mentioned earlier, we might put a new track on this site later on. We're positive that all of you who have followed Crest of Darkness will definitely enjoy with what we're up to these days. And if you're not, we sure are And that's what counts anyway!

"Some gigs in other countries are also in the state of planning, but in this business you can never be certain with will happen in the end. Thanks for your support!

"HAIL SATAN!!"

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Crest Of Darkness Prepares To Record New Album

Norwegian black metal band Crest Of Darkness has issued the following statement about preparing to record a new album:

"After a long period of songwriting and rehearsals Crest of Darkness are slowly getting ready to enter the studio again. In April/May they'll do some pre-recordings with the purpose to test out some of their new material. During the summer and autumn Crest of Darkness will play a few concerts, and the band will probably play some of their new songs during these gigs. In the next step Crest of Darkness will make the final recordings for the next album!!! We'll of course keep you updated here on their official website!!"

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Crest of Darkness Announce Norwegian Dates

Norwegian black metallers CREST OF DARKNESS have scheduled the following dates:

Jun. 22 - Gjøvik, NOR - Gjøvik Gård
Aug. 18 - Søre Osen, NOR - Paviljongen
Oct. 12 -Oslo, NOR - Maiden

CREST OF DARKNESS will release its fifth full-length album, "Give Us the Power to Do Your Evil", on October 12 via My Kingdom Music. The CD was recorded with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE) at the Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy. More...

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Crest of Darkness Reveal New Album Track Listing

Norwegian black metallers CREST OF DARKNESS will release their fifth full-length album, "Give Us the Power to Do Your Evil", on October 12 via My Kingdom Music. The CD was recorded with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE) at the Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy.

Commented CREST OF DARKNESS bassist/vocalist Ingar Amlien: "I'm very happy with the recordings! We had to work very fast while we had only two weeks in the studio, but thanks to Giuseppe Orlando we made it!! It was a pleasure to work with him! I know that all the bandmembers did a great job, but without a good producer I don't believe we could have done this. Most of all I'm very happy because it's sounding very 'honest.' It's not perfect, but that was not what I wanted. This is as close as you can come to the heart of CREST OF DARKNESS." More...

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Crest of Darkness Part Ways With Guitarist

Norwegian black metallers CREST OF DARKNESS will travel to Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy on Monday (Nov. 20) to begin recording their fifth full-length album, "Give Us the Power to Do Your Evil", with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Your Demons", "Revenge Complete" and "Death and Pleasure". An early 2007 release via My Kingdom Music is expected.

In other news, CREST OF DARKNESS has announced that it has parted ways with guitarist Akke due to "personal reasons" and has replaced him with Rebo from bassist/vocalist Ingar Amlien's hometown of Gjøvik.

CREST OF DARKNESS' fourth album, "Evil Knows Evil", was released in early 2004 through My Kingdom Music. The follow-up to 2000's "Project Regenration" was recorded at MLP Studio in Gjvik, Norway with co-producer/engineer Nils H. Mhlum. Mastering took place at Outer Sound with Giuseppe Orlando.

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Nocturnal Breed Part With Painkiller Records

Norwegian metallers NOCTURNAL BREED have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We have decided to leave Painkiller Records because of major communication problems and the fact that they have broken the contract we had with them. Therefore we are now in the process of finding a new label. Also, the recording for the new album is complete and only the mix is left."

NOCTURNAL BREED are scheduled to release their follow-up to "The Tools of the Trade" (Holycaust Records), entitled "Code of Conduct", in September.

"Code of Conduct" projected track listing (in no particular order):

01. Code of Conduct
02. Fields of Rot
03. Man-Skinner
04. The Dead
05. In Sickness and in Hell
06. Behind the Front
07. Scything Harrow
08. Too Damned to Conquer
09. Iron Bitch
10. Wicked, Vicious, Violent
11. Metal Church

NOCTURNAL BREED recently announced the addition of guitarist A.E. Rattlehead (COCKROACH CLAN, CREST OF DARKNESS, HAMMERHEART) to the group's ranks. Rattlehead joins the band as the replacement for T. Thrawn (real name: Tom Kvålsvoll), who left the group last summer due to "internal conflicts."

NOCTURNAL BREED last year released a five-disc box set, entitled "The Remasters", through Painkiller Records. Limited to 1,000 copies, the set includes all of their previous releases, plus bonus tracks and demo recordings.

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The Legion Announce New Band Members

On the verge of releasing their new album 'Revocation', Swedish blasters THE LEGION announce line up changes :

" After a long search we have finally found a new vocalist for THE LEGION. He's name is Kjetil Hektoen and he's also known for his participation in Crest of Darkness and Enthral. We have already started to work on material for a third album together with Kjetil and we believe that his contribution to the band will increase the quality in our music on many levels. A big thanks goes out to all the people that has auditioned for us or sent us vocal material. Secondly, we want to announce the departure of our bassist Lars Martinsson. Lars has decided to leave the band to continue with his studies. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for all the years of dedication to the band. Kristoffer Andersson from Sargatanas Reign will be filling in for Lars as a session member."

THE LEGION now has a stable line up and will be working on live dates as soon as the opportunity comes in.

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