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DARKENHÖLD Medieval Black Metal from France

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Jun 11, 2011 9:01 AM ET #1 (permalink)


Let me introduce the band DARKENHÖLD, they have released a first opus « A Passage To The Towers » at the beginning of this year under Ancestrale Production (http://ancestraleproduction.free.fr/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=290&language=en&osCsid=1ae26897bb04823513e9c13326889c6b), inspired by Middle Ages and ancient tales, they expect to pleased the amateurs of old stones. The opus goes through ten chapters establishing a manifesto of certain art forgotten in Black-Metal loan of melodious darkness and by dreamlike atmospheres. The opus is realized in the caves of studios Drudenhaus and Cox in Hell, whereas the artwork was chiselled in the workshop of Metalex.

Trailer can be heard here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tuwfd3OHPfE


1. A Passage... (Overture) 01:44

2. Ghouls and the Tower 04:08

3. Marble Bestiary 05:46

4. Citadel of Obsidian Slumber 04:49

5. Chains of the Wyvern Shelter 03:49

6. In the Crystal Cavern (Interlude) 01:27

7. Cleaving the Ethereal Waves 03:49

8. Crimson Legions 05:45

9. Darkenhöld 05:08

10. Sorcery 03:57

Line-up :

Aldébaran : Guitars, Bass, Keyboards & Choirs

Cervantes : Lyrics & Vocals

Aboth : Drums & Percussions

Aleevok : Live Bass

Anthony : Live Guitar

Some reviews :

- Forbidden Magazine : "With A Passage To The Towers, French trio Darkenhold have constructed an unyielding black metal monster, forging their own blade of devastation. Blazing with both melody and chaotic sensibilities, the record is a victorious testament to the band’s ability and a sign of where they are headed…straight to the towers!!"

- Metal Archives (85%) : « It’s a gréât pleasure to listen through and I do hope there’s not enough backlash against such a strain as this that i twill be ignored. Autothrall »

- Selection in La Horde noire webzine

- Season Of Mist : "Et si la relève d'EMPEROR était française ? C'est ce que laisse penser DARKENHÖLD qui, avec cet album, nous transporte littéralement 15 ans en arrière, à l'époque ou le Black Metal Atmosphérique était au sommet... Un véritable voyage, des ambiances magiques, une réalisation impeccable, un son aux petits oignons, un concept original, DARKENHÖLD est ce qui se fait de mieux en terme de BM un poil rétro certes mais foutrement percutant. BUY OR DIE ! Black Mass"

- Thrashocore (9/10) :

"Car ce nouveau groupe français vient de sortir un album de cette trempe-là, un album intemporel, qui ne prendra pas une ride avec le temps et sera toujours aussi excellent dans dix ou quinze ans, quand la mode sera au black metal disco ou au black metal tecktonik. A Passage To The Towers est donc sans problème mon album de black metal de l'année en ces temps où la concurrence se fait rare, mais il est bien plus que ça, il est le black metal tel qu'il fût, mais surtout le black metal tel qu'il aurait du rester : inventif, riche et intelligent. Von_Yaourt"

(This post was last edited on June 11, 2011 at 9:03 AM ET.)

Jul 2, 2011 7:24 AM ET #2 (permalink)

DARKENHÖLD propose a version of "For All Tid" originally from DIMMU BORGIR first album.
The band also prepare the second album to be released in 2012. Before, DARKENHÖLD will release a mini album with AORLHAC, YSENGRIN & OSSUAIRE named "La Maisnie Du Maufe - A Tribute To Medieval Ages".
Then, the combo will be part of the tribute album to ENSLAVED (Pictonian Records).

"For All Tid" cover : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdLUZ_1EglI

Nov 20, 2011 5:56 AM ET #3 (permalink)

DARKENHÖLD appears in a 4 way split split with AORLHAC, OSSUAIRE & YSENGRIN, to be released on december MMXI, coproduction between ANCESTRALE PROD (Fra), DE PROFUNDIS (Fra), and TILL YOU FUKKIN BLOOD (Pol).
Each band propose a new track and an original interlude.

The trailer of the french crusade can be heard here :


Jan 16, 2012 9:42 AM ET #4 (permalink)

Out now :
AP07 - Split MCD AORLHAC / DARKENHÖLD / OSSUAIRE / YSENGRIN : "La Maisniee du Maufe - A Tribute to the Dark Ages" - 7 € - (3 trade points)


Co-production with Till You Fukkin Bleed and De Profundis, the alliance of four french Black / Death bands around medieval themes
Seven exclusives tracks for 31 minutes.

- AORLHAC - 1. L'Oeil du Choucas (intro) + 2. Les charognards et la Catin
- DARKENHÖLD - 3. Eclarci den la vieil forest (Sarabande) (intro) + 4. Eerie Plain at Dawn
- OSSUAIRE - 5. L'Exorde et l'Ossuaire
- YSENGRIN - 6. La Procession Noire + 7. Herege (outro)

(This post was last edited on January 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM ET.)

Sep 10, 2012 5:43 PM ET #5 (permalink)

Darkenhöld is about to release its second album "Echoes from the Stone Keeper" on Those Opposed Records.
You can listen to the trailer here :


Sep 28, 2012 12:08 AM ET #6 (permalink)

une réalisation impeccable, un son aux petits oignons, un concept original, DARKENHÖLD est ce qui se fait de mieux en terme de BM un poil rétro certes mais foutrement percutant. BUY OR DIE ! Black Mass"


Nov 6, 2012 4:54 AM ET #7 (permalink)

The song title : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmXd6wqdhBQ&feature=relmfu

And "Mesnie Hellequin". To be released November 16th ! :


(This post was last edited on November 6, 2012 at 4:55 AM ET.)

Nov 27, 2012 5:58 AM ET #8 (permalink)

DARKENHÖLD (Epic/Atmospheric Black Metal - France) has released its new album "Echoes From The Stone Keeper" under Those Opposed Records these days. The opus was mixed in the Cryptic Studio and the mastering was done by NKS (AORLHAC). It is available on the band page http://www.facebook.com/Darkenhold

Here is the track-listing :

Subterranean Corridor
Under The Sign Of Arcanum
Wyvern Solitude Chant
Echoes from the Stone Keeper
March of the Sylvan Beasts
Mesnie Hellequin
Chasm of Asylake
Nightfall and the Fire Doom
Castle Ruins Anthem

The covert art was realized by Claudine Vrac whereas the layout was done by Retrographix.


You can listen to "March Of The Sylvan Beasts" here :


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