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“Klokker Tramp," a track taken from “Von Rov Shelter," the new album from Norwegian black metallers Slagmaur, is now streaming on the band’s MySpace page. “Von Rov Shelter," which means “Lair of the Beast” in Norwegian, was released this month on Osmose Productions.
Norwegian Black Metallers Slagmaur, who recently inked a 3-album deal with Osmose to re-release their earlier albums “Svin” and “Skrekk Lich Kunstler”, as well as their new album “Von Rov Shelter”, have today released the front cover artwork for “Von Rov Shelter."
The band issued the following statement about the artwork:
"The entire artwork for the album is the work of photographer and graphic artist Tine Marie Lund Kristensen and artist Robert Hoyem, and is based on a concept Slagmaur’s founder, General Gribbsphiiser. The front cover is a representation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper”, and the set itself took three weeks to build and light in order to capture the feel of the original as faithfully as possible.
"There, however, the similarity ends, with the figures of Christ and the Apostles being replaced by band members, friends and fictional characters in the guise of various satanic characters, and biblical or historical figures. THORNS’ Snorre W Ruch takes on the role of Cain, Åtselgribb is Judas Iscariot, Freddy Krueger is Nero, Bzilla is Legion, Krush is Belial, General Gribbsphiiser and Lilith are themselves.
“Von Rov Shelter”, which is already receiving critical praise from pre-release listenings, is expected to be released on Osmose later this year, whilst “Svin” and “Skrekk Lich Kunstler” will be released shortly."
Osmose productions has signed Norwegian Black Metallers Slagmaur for a two album deal that will see the re-release of two of the band's earlier albums: "Svin" and "Skrekk Lich Kunstler."
Commenting on the signing, Patricia Thomas, the UK-based manager of the notoriously reclusive band, who come from a remote part of Norway and who prefer to remain detached from the Black Metal scene, confirmed that the band had been approached by several labels in respect of their back catalogue: "The band have always been adamant that they themselves retain complete control over every aspect of their output. Osmose was able to appreciate the benefits of allowing SLAGMAUR to continue working in a way that has proved to be very successful so far, and both band and label felt comfortable with each other".
"Osmose added: "This is a very unique and original band, both in terms of music and personalities. SLAGMAUR is one of the darkest Black Metal bands to emerge from Norway for some considerable time, and their whole attitude and approach to their music makes them very interesting to work with to say the least!" More...
"Skrekk Lich Kunstler", the new album from Norwegian black metallers SLAGMAUR, has been released on the band's own Nekk Brekk label after a series of events that have made everyone involved in the release wonder if it might actually be cursed. The group's manager commented: "All kinds of things seemed to happen during the recording of this album. Some were amusing, some were irritating, and some were strange to say the least, particularly as this has been an intensely personal album for General Gribbsphiiser, much more so than any of the others the band has produced. He set out to express his beliefs through music, and when those beliefs are as extreme as his, and when you are the perfectionist that he is, it is by no means an easy task, and there is a usually a price to pay, as any serious musician will tell you. Let's just say that the making of 'Skrekk Lich Kunstler' took its toll on all of us in one way or another."
Regarding the decision to release the CD through the band's own label rather than Black Hate Productions, the manager explained, "It started off with a disagreement between the band and Black Hate, with Black Hate having some concerns over, amongst other things, the rather unorthodox view of the creation theory expressed by General Gribbsphiiser in the album. Once that was sorted out, Black Hate was hit with year-end budgetary issues, which meant the release would have had to be delayed until next year. Rather than wait we decided to release it on Nekk Brekk instead. Fortunately our relationship with Black Hate is excellent, and we were able to use their original slot at the pressing plant, together with their distribution, so that at least was one less thing to worry about." More...
SLAGMAUR, one of the most original and mysterious of Norway's recent crop of black metallers, have released their latest album, "Svin", on Germany's Black Hate Records. "Svin", previously released as a demo, forms the first part of the "Three Protocols of Fosen Trilogy", and marks its completion. The other two parts are "Skrekk", released in 2006, and "Domfeldt", which includes a track from APTORIAN DEMON's Ghash, released earlier this year.
No one knows much about the identity of the band which, aside from its creator General Gribbsphiiser, includes Lt. Wardr on drums and Aatselgribb on vocals, and the only photos to have been made public have the members bewigged and heavily disguised. Rarely do they give interviews although they have been known to get a little heated with each other in the studio, and wreak a certain amount of havoc. The music has been described as "twisted and sinister" and defies categorizing. The band purposefully arranges the sound in a distorted audio environment, layer upon layer, in order to challenge the listener to separate the different elements that Gribbsphiiser imbeds into the compositions - the differing moods of the listener bringing different elements to the fore.
"Svin" comes in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, in a six-panel digipack and an eight-page color booklet, with Norwegian artist Robert Høyem having produced all the artwork. The first copies ordered will come with a special "church burning" matchbox as a tribute to the origins of black metal, the sound of which the band all grew up with and most admires.
Tracks from the new album, and as well as from others, can be heard on the band's web site at www.slagmaur.co
Norwegian black metallers SLAGMAUR have inked a deal with Germany's Black Hate Productions.
Commented the band: "After a long period of searching for the right label,
SLAGMAUR has finally setteled down with the offer given by Black Hate. The offers have been numerous, but none of them could meet the demands set by SLAGMAUR.
"We in SLAGMAUR feel that Black Hate is the right label for us, mainly because of Black Hate's dedication to the underground and ideological views."
SLAGMAUR's first release through Black Hate will be the "Svin" demo, which launched the "Three Protocols of Fosen" trilogy. The "Svin" CD and vinyl will be released in Europe and USA next month. SLAGMAUR's own label, Nekk Brekk Records, will distribute the release in Norway. More...