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Formed: 1999
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Gothminister News

Below is our complete Gothminister news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Gothminister Hides From "The Sun"

Gothminister Bjørn Alexander Brem has returned with the new album "The Other Side," which drops on October 13th via AFM Records. Check out the new single/video clip "The Sun" in the player at the bottom.

"The Other Side" was produced, mixed and mastered by Henning Verlage (Unheilig, Eisbrecher) and exceeds even his highest expectations. Powerful metal riffs march relentlessly arm in arm with huge orchestras and heavenly choirs.

The Master himself reveals an astonishing range of vocal-art: from the deepest Gothic-dungeons up to the higher spheres of steaming Rock.

"The Other Side" is about spiritualistic seances and supernatural experiences. And again, Gothminister find it in the dark and unknown, where the greatest inspiration lies from within the motto Happiness In Darkness, as he sings in the opening track “Ich will alles” (I want everything):
“Cause I have darkness on my mind - It is the sign of the times.”

The track listing for "The Other Side" is:

1. Ich Will Alles
2. The Sun
3. Der Fliegende Mann
4. Aegir
5. Red Christ
6. We Are The Ones Who Rule The World
7. All This Time
8. Day Of Reckoning
9. Taking Over
10. Somewhere In Time More...

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Gothminister Posts New Music Video

Gothminister posted a new music video for the track "Someone Is After Me." The video is the second for the latest LP "Utopia" - "Horrorshow" can be seen at this location. The album is available as a CD and a limited edition CD, which includes a bonus concert/movie DVD.

The concept of "Utopia' was inspired by Bjørn Alexander Brem's life and nightmares (lawyer by day/Gothminister by night). Check out "Someone Is After Me":

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More Bands Added To The Eindhoven Metal Meeting

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be taking place this December 12th - 14th, with full details available at the festival's website here.

Several new bands have now been announced, including Napalm Death, Carpathian Forest, Gothminister, Aborym, and the Monolith Deathcult. Check out the announcement clip below.


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Gothminister Posts New Music Video

Gothminister posted a new music video for the track "Horrowshow." The track appears on the forthcoming release "Utopia," which is scheduled to drop on May 16th via AFM Records. The album will be released as CD and a limited edition CD, which includes a bonus concert/movie-DVD.

The track listing for "Utopia" is as follows:

1. The New Beginning
2. Someone Is After Me
3. Utopia
4. March
5. Horrorshow
6. Nightmare
7. Afterlife
8. Helldemon
9. All Alone
10. Purgatory
11. Eternal
12. Raise The Dead
13. Boogeyman

Check out "Horrorshow" here: More...

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Gothminister Reveals "Utopia" Details

AFM Records has checked in with the following announcement about the release of a new album from Gothminsiter:

"When Gothminister releases new album 'Utopia' on May 17th, the fans will get a lot more than just a new piece of work by one of Norway’s premiere metal acts: the concept of 'Utopia' gives insight to the schizophrenic world of band leader Bjørn Alexander Brem: working as a lawyer at daytime, Brem’s second personality, the Gothminister, takes over at nighttime. 'Utopia' will be released as CD and ltd. CD incl. a bonus concert/movie-DVD."

The track listing is as follows:

01. The New Beginning
02. Someone Is After Me
03. Utopia
04. March
05. Horrorshow
06. Nightmare
07. Afterlife
08. Helldemon
09. All Alone
10. Purgatory
11. Eternal
12. Raise The Dead
13. Boogeyman More...

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Trail of Tears Announces European Tour Dates

Norway's Trail of Tears has announced a European tour, entitled the "Darkness, Bloodstains, and Accidents European Tour," with GOTHMINISTER and MAGENTA. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

22.11 - GAGARIN205, Athens, Greece.
23.11 - The Underworld, London, UK.
25.11 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland.
28.11 - Stuttgart, Live Club, Germany.
29.11 - Columbia Club , Berlin, Germany.
01.12 - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark.
11.12 - Glassheim, Jevnaker, Norway
12.12 - John Dee, Oslo, Norway

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Magenta's "Art and Accidents" To Get US Release

Described as The Human League meets Sisters of Mercy, dark eclectic band Magenta's latest album, "Art and Accidents," will finally see a North American release on April 10 via Vendlus Music.

Fronted by vocalist Vilde Lockert, MAGENTA was formed in Norway in the summer of 1995 by Anders Odden, whose experience includes stints with bands such as APOPTYGMA BERZERK and CADAVER, as well as recording for SATYRICON, live guitarist with CELTIC FROST and guesting with MINISTRY. Over the years, the band has released a series of albums and singles, as well as a video with MORTIIS, and the current lineup was completed by guitarist Daniel Hill in 2006. Hill’s arrival signalled the start of a new dynamism and creativity for the band, which has culminated in the release of “Art And Accidents” on the All This And Music Too label on February 9.

The band has steadfastly refused to be stereotyped and likes to work outside of the conventional genre definitions, using elements that include rock, pop, metal, trip hop, electro, techno, industrial, new wave, gothic, acoustic, psychedelic, trance and film music. Odden best summed it up his creation like this: “MAGENTA is my playground where I can be as diverse and melodic as I want. Not being tied to any particular genre definition means we don’t have to restrict ourselves too narrowly, and allows us all to make the kind of music we feel like making at any given time. We all have a lot of musical experience in many genres, and as individuals we work with amazingly diverse types of artists, both in the studio and live, and each of us brings something a bit unique to the mix.”

“Art and Accidents” includes guest appearances by GOTHMINISTER, Jonas Groth and Stu Manx from GLUECIFER, and Angel and Geir from APOPTYGMA BERZERK, and is complemented by the release of two specially commissioned videos by Sandra Jensen for the track “Darkest Dream.”

Here is the “Art And Accidents” track listing: More...

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Dope Stars Inc. Plans Double Feature EP

Dope stars Inc.'s new EP "Criminal Intents / Morning Star," produced, recorded and mixed by Victor Love at Subsound Studio during the new album sessions, will feature 2 tracks from the upcoming album and 2 additional exclusive tracks among a massive load of remixes by bands such as Kmfdm, Mortiis, Gothminister, Spiritual Front among the others. The EP also feature a cover version of "Jasmine and Rose" by Clan Of Xymox recorded in the early days and never released before and the original demo version of "Vyperpunk."

The album will be released in Italy as a digipack 2p, out April 20th on Subsound Records.

Here is the tracklisting of the double feature EP: More...

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Samael Announce European Dates

Switzerland's SAMAEL has scheduled the following dates:

April 11 - SoundDock 14 - Dietikon, Switzerland
April 12 - Waterfront - Rotterdam, Holland
April 13 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
April 14 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
April 15 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
April 16 - Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
April 17 - Loch Ness - Cracow, Poland
April 18 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
April 19 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
April 20 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
April 22 - Centre Culturele - Eloyes, France
April 23 - Underworld - London, England
April 24 - Locomotive - Paris, France
April 25 - Kelder - Amersfoort, Holland
April 26 - Olympic - Nantes, France

Support at all shows will come from GOTHMINISTER, except on the Swiss date, where thrash/doom veterans EXCRUCIATION will be SAMAEL's special guests.

SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul", was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Mortiis Schedule Warm-Up Shows In Norway

Mortiis has scheduled two shows in the band’s native Norway to warm up for their upcoming UK tour.

Mortiis will play Det Akademiske Kvarter in Bergen on March 31 and Garage in Oslo on April 10. Mortiis will headline both shows. The band will also play later this month at Club Epsilon, Borås, Sweden, and again in Asker, Norway, following the completion of the UK tour.

Mortiis’ UK tour with Gothminister and Deadfilmstar begins on April 19 in Nottingham, UK (see dates below), to coincide with the deluxe re-mastered reissues of the early works “Født til A Herske,’ “Crypt of the Wizard,” and “The Stargate.”

Tour dates are as follow:

03/24/06 Fri. Club Epsilon, Borås, Sweden
03/31/06 Fri. Det Akademiske Kvarter, Bergen, Norway
04/10/06 Mon. Garage, Oslo, Norway
04/19/06 Wed. Rock City, Nottingham, UK
04/20/06 Thu. Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
04/21/06 Fri. Cathouse, Glasgow, Scotland
04/22/06 Sat. Rios, Bradford, UK
04/23/06 Sun. Agincourt Rock Venue, Camberly, UK
04/24/06 Mon. TJ’s, Newport, UK
04/25/06 Tue. Barfly, Liverpool, UK
04/27/06 Thu. Waterfront, Norwich, UK
04/28/06 Fri. Corporation, Sheffield, UK
04/29/06 Sat. Underworld, London, UK
04/30/06 Sun. Satans Hollow, Manchester, UK
05/12/06 Fri. Club 3, Asker, Norway

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Mortiis To Team Up With Gothminister

MORTIIS and GOTHMINISTER will be teaming up for a U.K. tour beginning in late April. Support at the shows will come from DEADFILMSTARS. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Apr. 19 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Apr. 20 - Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller
Apr. 21 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
Apr. 22 - Bradford, UK @ Rios
Apr. 23 - Camberley, UK @ Agincourt Rock Venue
Apr. 25 - Liverpool, UK @ Barfly
Apr. 27 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Apr. 28 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Apr. 29 - London, UK @ Underworld
Apr. 30 - Manchester, UK @ Satans Hollow

Prior to the GOTHMINISTER tour, MORTIIS will play a headlining show at Club Epsilon/Tragarn in Borås, Sweden on March 24. Opening the show will be ASHES & RAIN.

MORTIIS will release his first homeland single on March 6 when a special version of "Decadent and Desperate" is issued. "Decadent and Desperate" comes in three formats, all including exclusive non-album tracks. Both 7" versions feature artwork including two poster sleeves and the CD contains one post-"Grudge" song "Underdog".

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Tristania Post Audio Samples

Norwegian Gothic metallers TRISTANIA have posted some audio samples from their upcoming album "Ashes", due early next year through SPV Records. Check them out here.

Also, Tristania will tour Norway in early March 2005. Supporting act will be Gothminister. Some 8-10 selected cities will be visited by the bands, with exact dates and venues to be published soon.

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