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INTERVIEW: Northward (Norway/Netherlands)


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Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Lofstad

Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

 

NORTHWARD, is the hard rock project from well-renowned musicians Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind), who will be releasing their debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018 through Nuclear Blast.

The project sees a step away from both musicians normal style and approach and is a very diverse album. It was during the ‘All Star Jam’ at Progpower USA Festival in 2007, when current Nightwish singer Floor Jansen and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad first performed together on stage for some cover songs. Their mutual love for hard rock bought them together and they composed an album quickly after in 2008 but due to their other music commitments that album was put on hold until now, with the release being ten year’s later after it was first made. Floor seized the opportunity to get the project back on track in 2017 when Nightwish took a break and luckily it was time, so 2018 will finally see the release of their anticipated musical side project Northward.

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NORTHWARD – release lyric video for ‘Get What You Give


NORTHWARD, the hard rock project from masterminds Floor Jansen and Jorn Viggo Lofstad, will release its debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018. After recently releasing their first single ‘While Love Died’, the duo unleash their second powerful single ‘Get What You Give’ today, including a lyric video. Continue reading NORTHWARD – release lyric video for ‘Get What You Give

Desertfest, Antwerp October 12-14, 2018 Preview


Desertfest, Antwerp 2018 Preview

12-14 October, Trix, Antwerp, Belgium — The time and place to be for one of the greatest doom, psychedelic, sludge, stoner and heavy rock highlights of the year.

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VREID Premiere Third Track “One Hundred Years” From Upcoming Album “Lifehunger”


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Vreid photo by: Havard Nesbo

Norwegian Black ‘N’ Rollers VREID premiere third track “One Hundred Years” from their anticipated  upcoming album  “Lifehunger” .

“Lifehunger” is set to release on September 28, 2018 via Season Of Mist and you can pre-order it here: http://smarturl.it/VreidLifehunger

Stream “One Hundred Years” below,

VREID comment: 

Soon we can finally unleash «Lifehunger». We are so damn satisfied and proud of this album, and thank you for the fantastic response for the 2 first singles. There are much more to come, the album have a lot of variations with instrumentals, a very different track in «Hello Darkness» with Addi from Solstafir on guest vocals and some brutal stuff of course. But now we present you what I think is one of the absolute highlights of the album. The song «One hundred years» is one of these songs that you do in you’re career where you feel that every puzzle matches, and everything just ads up. Its hard do describe it, and frankly the magic of music can never described so I wont even try. I have had this feeling a few times before with songs such as «Pitch Black» and «Solverv» to name a few, and this is the feeling I always chase as a composer. Lyrically this songs is completley inspired by the words and the myth of the spectacular Knut Hamsun. Some things are eternally.   

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FESTIVAL REPORT: BRUTAL ASSAULT AUG 8-11 (CZ) DAY 3


Photography & Report by Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

DAY 3 – FRIDAY

Friday had a pretty busy schedule for me. Czech band Cuttered Flesh started early at half past ten with their sledge hammer hard death metal and they surely enjoyed being at Brutal Assault as much as we did. In the early afternoon, death metal squad from California appeared at one of the main stages. Sadistic Intent spat some good old school death metal at us. Rick Cortez, the guitarist was the main star of this band for me. His leather armor which resembled the time of 80’s and 90’s with the combination of B.C. Rich Warlock which was very popular instrument for metal players that era and although it looks weird it is very comfortable to play. A few hours after, another death metal band was showing us their horns. Guys from Polish Hate were very good with the delivery of black and death metal combination. For some time, blacked death metal from this country has its similar sound as some kind of a trademark. The same could be said about another band Azarath, where mighty drummer of Behemoth, Inferno, dwells as well. But again, at the later hour at the Metalgate tent… Music was, of course, real delicacy.

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The best of the day and for me personally of the festival has been waiting for the prime time that night . Behemoth was the main band I was there for and even while waiting near bars for about two hours to keep a decent spot (far from perfect anyways) was damned annoying, as my photopass into the photo pit was given only for few chosen bands, it could be described still as a worthy turn. I am very glad for my height in cases like this. Music wise, the songs from the Satanist album were, in my opinion, the strongest of the performance. The set was interleaved with other old ones as well as the new ones from upcoming album I Loved You At Your Darkest. Those songs were Wolves Ov Siberia and God=Dog. The presentation was really flawless. Nergal acted like some hellish little imp on amphetamine, with great attitude and with voice from (anti)gods. The stage presence was strong, heavy and dark but was not overdone or fake. The show also contained many fire geysers with musicians near them, including some blood and masks at the end as well for O Father, O Satan, O Sun. As I said, top band, top music, top performance. As with Myrkur’s case, Behemoth shall get additional space and bigger exclusive gallery.

I mentioned light of bands like Marduk or Carpathian Forest before. After heretics from Poland, it was Carpathian Forest’s turn. Besides the impenetrable wall of blue and red light CF was actually entertaining by themselves as the frontman is really little funny guy and does not give a damn about anything. When he came up full of energy, probably with the help of some booze or coke or both, and presented the bands with words: “We are Carpathian Forest and we play rock ‘n’ roll, oh Jesus Christ!” I just had to laugh, almost dropping on my knees which made methink about another funny black metal character who does not take it too seriously – Abbath. Yeah, that was a great moment. As I love very dark stuff, this approach makes my other half happy. 🙂

The Friday was closed for me by Slovakian cocktail of heavy metal mixed with slight black metal scent – Malokarpatan. Those guys know how to play and how to deliver energy from themselves to the crowd. Also maybe because of a bottle of wine which ended up empty in the singer’s throat by the end of the concert. Music was rich and old school. Thrashy rhytm drums, thrills on guitars and heavy metal or rock solo parts are what makes this band very, very interesting. Playing at the Metalgate tent very late night, it was hard to see anything, but the music was great and I highly suggest it to anyone who likes metal which is not very modern or djenty…

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