“Swedish black metal band Valkyrja emerge from the rubble of what was their most recent studio recording experience. Guitarist and now reluctantly crowned frontman Simon Wizén reflects over the recent months’ chaos and calamity.”
– by Niklas Göransson
Back in the North and finally got access to all my music and proper speakers:) Metal overload and looking so much forward to Gefle Metal Festival this weekend!!
The clip is from the epic NAGLFAR gig at Party.San 2012. Me and Marika guest appearing in the background in the end of the song.
I don´t listen to all my music on Spotify but lots of it (also the ones I´ve got as physical copies) because most of the stuff I do is computer based so I´m kinda stuck with it most parts of the day. Then the endless online playlists become really convenient:))
I´ve got some playlists above all which I´m listening to for about 90% of the time and I can share them with you also:) But this is obviously the Top 101 (not in a specific order) from the last years. 9 ½ hours pure joy (almost xD) GRÁ and ARCHGOAT being the top artists. Enjoy!:))
The feeling when something unexpected and very very nice happens:) I have a lots of love for Norway and the people I know there so now I´m taking a moment to give some thanks and promoting the great guys at Norwegian Rat clothing company who just sent me some really great gifts!! Not just one, but two of their awesome limited edition jackets (the Halvdan Svarte GAAHL´S WYRD one and also the Naglfar edition) and a couple of bags and patches.
All in superb quality and I just LOVE all the details: rat buttons, a paw print here and there, embroideries, inside prints from great Norwegian tattoo artists like Jannicke Wiese-Hansen of Nidhogg Tattoo studio in Bergen (she was also the organizer of the legendary Blekkmetal event in November 2015. N.R. still got some of the festival t-shirts in stock! ) and Dagfinn Bjelland of Karma Tattoo in Haugesund :D
I took some pics to show you (below).
Huge thanks to Thomas, Sølve & Trond! And I think that I have Kirsti R. to thank aswell;))?
“From the east comes Hrym | with shield held high; In giant-wrath | does the serpent writhe; O’er the waves he twists, | and the tawny eagle Gnaws corpses screaming; | Naglfar is loose” – Völuspá 50 –
Finally FINALLY I´ve got myself a new tag/logo. Made by my very awesome and talented friend Urban Skytt. He´s mainly this great guitar player (GENERAL SURGERY, REGURGITATE, ex-NASUM,ex-CREMATORY, ex-CRUCIFYRE) but have also made some killer logos for DARK FUNERAL, MASSGRAV, CRUCIFYRE etc and also some really cool album art.
I wanted something simple and old school and got this wooonderful piece with CC vibes. Totally love it!! Hail Urban!!
I´m still using the old one ´til I´m done with the pics i´ve got lying around but changing on the next new ones.
The past week has been almost all about the fire in a club during a metal gig in Bucharest, where 27 people died on location and about 180 ended up in the hospital. I´ve been to Romania many times for gigs, festivals and just because and I love the country and my Romanian metal head friends who are the kindest, most generous people ever. Like the metal community all over the world, they are family. And now they need help! This is far from over and it will be so expensive for both the victims and their families so donations are very much needed. If you can help, you have the information below.
“Dear friends from abroad, following the devastating incident that took place on the 30th of October in Club Colectiv, Bucharest, we have been working with Fundatia Estuar, raising funds to help the people involved. They have opened EUR, USD and PayPal accounts, and all the donations will go to the people that were hurt in the accident.
Thank you all for your support!” #ImpreunaRezistam#Colectiv
UNIVERSAL MUSIC ROMANIA:
“Because people are in deep need, Universal Music Romania will donate all its royalties following the sales of the albums “Mantras of War” by Goodbye to Gravity and “Ce simti” by Up To Eleven, to the victims of the tragedy from Club Colectiv.
The albums can be bought in physical format from music stores* and from getmusic.ro
Miluta shooting the crowd at the Rockstadt Extreme Fest in Rasnov August this year
Donations can also be made for individual persons who are in hospital fighting to survive and to get better. I don´t have the information of all of them but all the info should be found on the net (see the links above). Still I need to share the donation information for the great photographer, metalhead and a personal friend, Miluta Flueras who was at the venue, survived but is in hospital with a long way to recovery. https://www.facebook.com/miluta7
“You all know Miluta Flueras, right? He is the one always there, next to the stage. Then you see him rushing all over the place, shooting frames, angles, shadows, colors, shapes. You lose him in the crowd just to see him again next to the stage and back again.”
“Miluta needs my help, your help, right now; he needs help from each and every one who has ever met him, from each and every one who has just learnt about his condition. Any donation helps. Solidarity saves lives, so let’s turn now his Little Planet into a Big Planet!
Please transfer your donation to Ana-Maria Gavrila’s account, RO12UGBI0000762002799RON, GARANTI BANK S.A, DrumulTaberei – Bucharest branch, SWIFT CODE UGBIROBU (for international transfers).”
The street metal crazies Mr. Violence, Rob Stringburner, Charley Knuckleduster and Hellcop of GEHENNAH were in Stockholm to record the new album. I visited them in the studio and took some pics. Tobias from ENFORCER was there also and helped me to try out some blue lights I was planning to experiment with. We ran out of time so in the end we were in hurry to get the indoor pics done. They had found a couple of really cool locations close by for the outdoor shots and we also got more time for those. Awfully nice bunch of guys:)) The album will be released on Metal Blade Records later this year. Their nex gig will be at Party.san in Germany (Friday 7/8 13.30 on Mainstage!!)
Can´t wait for these two! To Party.san I´ve been many times and I love it to death! It always feels like home with friends and other good people, awesome bands and waffles and beer! There´s also great coffee to be found (my No.1 survival drink!). Hoping for a fantastic gig from HELLISH CROSSFIRE because they are totally awesome! They had such bad luck with gear (the airline fucked up so they had to borrow stuff!!) and also a LOT of technical difficulties on the set when they played in Stockholm for a couple of years ago. I´ve seen them before and that´s one brilliant live band! And I´m finally going to see THE RUINS OF BEVERAST!! This year representing Sweden: VANHELGD, BLOODBATH, GEHENNAH, DEGIAL & MORBUS CHRON.
Just hoping for great weather!:D http://www.party-san.de
I missed Mörkaste Småland last year but this year I won´t! Have only heard good things and the line up has so many highlights!! They also added a kick off party the evening before. So excited!!:D http://morkastesmaland.se
“Malign unveils new song, line-up and webpage on the summer solstice. Official statement from the band:
Lo and behold! On this day we have chosen to unleash upon thee the titletrack from our forthcoming 10’EP “A Sun To Scorch” Music and words available now at our newly launched webpage: http://www.malignofficial.com“
Måste vänta med fredagens Undergången bilder tills jag gjort klart bilderna för CURSED 13. Borde vara klar snart så kanske redan ikväll får jag upp några på FB. Fyllde på lite NECROPHOBIC bilder också från fotodagen förra året. Finns HÄR
Missade TRIBULATION giget i torsdags, insåg att jag kommer inte att vara i stan när DEATH IN JUNE kommer tillbaks i maj och säkert nått till bakslag som jag inte kommer ihåg just nu.
Men det händer bra saker närmsta framtiden. KARJALAN SISSIT på playlistan…GO Pesonen!!! The King of Gloom and Misery! Ge mig en livespelning när som helst!
Had a good time and some great company with CURSED 13 guys and the fantastic staff at Br. Olssons Garlic & Shots. Took some pics for the upcoming album and we stayed afterwards for some food and beers. If you´re an out-of-towner, The B.O. is THE place to go!! Everyone goes there:) For a reason! So don´t miss it next time in Stockholm.
CURSED 13 are basically the same guys as in GRÁ and it´s still black, but kinda different black. Check them out (a couple of videos below!!)!!
The guys in the band are in studio right now recording drums for the new album! Yesterday my friend Erik Tormentor came by with son and had this old newspaper from June 1993:) An interview with DESULTORY before they left for an European tour.