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Cor Scorpii

Formed: 2004
From: Sogndal, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Cor Scorpii News

Below is our complete Cor Scorpii 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.

Cor Scorpii To Record New Album

After keeping fans waiting for too many years, The Norwegian black/folk metallers in Cor Scorpii have announced they will enter the studio on July 17th. As with previous release “Monument,” the album will be recorded and mixed by Børge Finstad at his Toproom Studio.

So far the band has released very little information about the album, which has a working title of “Ruin,” other than to say that Cor Scorpii expects to have it finished by the Autumn of this year and that it will be released on Dark Essence Records. A pre-production teaser can be found below.

The band was formed in 2004 by Windir/Ulcus keyboard player Gaute Refsnes following the death of Windir's Terje “Valfar” Bakken. Cor Scorpii was also covered in our look at underground symphonic black metal bands.

With a lineup that includes Thomas Øvstedal on vocals, Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Erlend Nybøon lead guitars, Rune Sjøthun on rhythm guitars, Inge Jonny Lomheim on bass and Ole “Vargon” Nordsve on drums, Cor Scorpii’s music blends melody with aggression, and black metal vocals with strong folk metal feel. More...

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Unearthing The Symphonic Black Metal Underground

Continuing our ongoing coverage of black metal history month, it’s time to dive into three more underground acts that don’t have as large a following as the biggest names in the scene, but are still among the best the genre has to offer. Last week we highlighted three misanthropic black metal bands, and now it’s time to check out groups that take the sound in a different direction.

Pipe organs, keyboards, violins, a grandiose style; all these and more are typical of this breed of metal, in which screeches from hell and fast paced guitars meet beautiful heights of orchestral symphonies. From the mildly melodic to the completely symphonic, these three bands show that injecting non-metal elements doesn’t have to detract from the darkness.

Cor Scorpii

Hailing from black metal ground zero (that mythical land and metal Mecca otherwise known as Norway) and featuring Windir keyboardist Gaute Refsnes, Cor Scorpii has the requisite pedigree to grab the attention of genre fans. Unlike with the other two bands covered this week, Cor Scorpii’s keyboards are tempered and held on a fairly tight leash, letting the guitar tone drive the music. This tasteful restraint results in a sound that is melodic and highly atmospheric without getting overbearingly symphonic. The end product has a swelling and epic quality that is surprising considering the presence of the extremely harsh vocals and dark feeling. Even with the melodic bent the band’s music still tends to be properly dark and chilling, as any black metal release should.

So far Cor Scorpii’s fans have had to be content with only a single proper album, but – praise be to the dark one! – the band officially began the recording process for a sophomore album and follow-up to the debut full-length “Monument” earlier this month. Keep up with Cor Scorpii’s latest activity via Facebook or get a taste of the band’s mix of the extreme and the melodic through the songs below.

“Ei Fane Svart”
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Cor Scorpii Announces New Guitarist

Norwegian metallers Cor Scorpii parted ways with their guitarist Stian Bakketeig earlier this year. The band has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"We are pleased to present Erlend Nybø as the new lead guitarist in Cor Scorpii. Erlend, also hailing from the depths of the mighty Sognefjord, is well known to the band both on a musical and personal level, and we're looking forward to work with him in the time to come.

"The highly skilled guitarist has experience from bands such as Silent Vanquish, Fallen and Norwegian doom metal pioneers Funeral, and will bring a new dimension to the band. After keeping a low profile for a while, Cor Scorpii is now fully focusing on rehearsing a new live set and making material for the second album."

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Cor Scorpii Parts With Guitarist

Norwegian metallers Cor Scorpii have issued the following statement about parting ways with their guitarist Stian Bakketeig:

"Guitarist Stian Bakketeig has parted ways with Cor Scorpii due to a lack of time and conflicting schedules after joining Vreid. The band would like to thank him for his contributions, and we wish him all the best for the future. We hope to announce a new lead guitarist shortly."

Cor Scorpii have also announced that Dark Essence Records will be re-releasing their debut album "Monument" on March 1st 2010. The re-released album will also include a remastered version of the band's "Attergangar" demo.

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Cor Scorpii Signs To Dark Essence Records

Norwegian viking/black metal band Cor Scorpii has signed to Dark Essence Records. The band was formed in late 2004 by former Windir/Ulcus keyboard player Gaute Refsnes, and released their debut album "Monument" on Descent Productions last year. Dark Essence Records will be re-releasing "Monument" with the "Attergangar" demo this winter.

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Initial Bands, Dates Announced For Ragnarok Fest

The 2009 RAGNARÖK VI FESTIVAL is set to take place on Aril 17 and 18 in Stadthalle Lichtenfels (Oberfranken), Germany. The band announced so far are:

ADORNED BROOD
ALESTORM (UK)
ALKONOST (RUS)
ANDRAS
COR SCORPII (NOR)
DARK FORTRESS
DORNENREICH (AUT) – "Metal Show"
DRAUGNIM (FIN)
EINHERJER (NOR) – Reunion
FALCHION (FIN)
FEJD (SWE)
FINSTERFORST
FJOERGYN – "Jahreszeiten"-Release-Show
IRRBLOSS (SWE)
KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI (FIN)
KORPIKLAANI (FIN)
MANEGARM (SWE)
MELECHESH (NL)
METSATÖLL (EST)
MIDNATTSOL
SARKOM (NOR)
THYRFING (SWE)
TYR (FO)
YGGDRASIL (SWE)

For more information about the festival, check out their website at ragnaroek-festival.com.

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Cor Scorpii Complete Work On Debut Album

Norwegian extreme metal band COR SCORPII has completed work on its debut album, "Monument", due in late February via Descent Productions. The CD was recorded and mixed at TopRoom studio (BORKNAGAR, MAYHEM, TRISTANIA) by Borge Finstad and it was mastered by at Tailor Maid Productions (DIMMU BORGIR, KATATONIA, DARK TRANQUILLITY).

"Monument" track listing:

01. Ei fane svart
02. Endesong
03. I, the damned
04. Our fate, our curse
05. Helvetesfossen
06. Oske og innsikt
07. Kjettar
08. Bragder i stein More...

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Cor Scorpii Sign To Descent Productions

Descent Productions has announced the signing of Norwegian extreme metal band COR SCORPII.

COR SCORPII is a new band formed by WINDIR keyboard player Gaute Refsnes. After ULCUS and WINDIR joined forces, Refsnes continued making music with a somewhat different approach, resulting in plans of a project of his own. However it wasn`t until the tragic death of WINDIR founder Terje "Valfar" Bakken and the following farewell concert, that COR SCORPII arose with a complete line-up

The band currently consists of five members. Gaute Refsnes, Stian Bakketeig (lead guiter) and Jorn Holen (also in Vreid) have been part of Windir and Ulcus, while Rune Sjøthun (rythm guitar) and Inge Jonny Lomheim (bass) have been a part of the local metal scene for a long time. The line-up is completed by the hellish screams and presence of Thomas S. Øvstedal.

Musically, COR SCORPII incorporate different styles with emphasis on melodies and aggression. The music has some influences from both classical and folk music, combined with the atmospheres of Norwegian extreme metal. The lyrical concept deals with the darker sides of existence and the human mind.

At the moment the band is working on material for their debut album, the release is planned for early 2007.

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