In good tradition we welcome you to the DARK ESSENCE LABEL NIGHT at BLÅ. Dark Essence Records is a Norwegian record label featuring some of the best metal bands in today's scene. Again they have put together a line-up of some of the most exiting bands on their label for their label night during Inferno Metal Festival 2017. We are proud to have Dark Essence joining us again and bringing the following bands: MADDER MORTEM, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR and SULPHUR!
Formed in 1993, and, having started out with a doom metal sound, Madder Mortem became one of the earliest bands from the contemporary Norwegian metal scene to break away from set genre boundaries. With each of its releases Madder Mortem continued to develop, seamlessly transitioning into an experimental progressive metal band with a unique sense of groove and contrasting arrangements. Madder Mortem's music, with its hauntingly beautiful vocals by Agnete M. Kirkevaag, is atmospheric and melodic, with a very definite progressive leaning. But at the same time the band can show an underlying aggression that gives their sound a harder, more driven edge than one might expect. Aside from Agnete, Madder Mortem's five-member lineup includes BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums.
Hail Spirit Noir, whose lineup is composed of Haris (Katavasia, Transcending Bizarre?) on synths, Theoharis (Transcending Bizarre?, Rex Mundi) on guitars and vocals, and J Demia (Blackdrawn, Dol Ammad, Warderum, Transcending Bizarre?) on bass and acoustic guitars, was formed in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2010. Whilst Hail Spirit Noir describe their sound as "retro, yet modern", No Clean Singing had a much fuller take on what the band is all about: "The infernally creative music of Hail Spirit Noir has always been very hard to pin down. In attempting to describe their strange hybrid of music you could fumble around with combinations of words that include “black metal”, “psychedelic”, “progressive”, “occult”, and “retro-rock” in an attempt to describe the sonic potions they have brewed, but an all encompassing description remains elusive. There is a dark animating spirit and an ingenious intelligence behind the songs, but no two of them sound quite alike".
Formed in 2000 with current and former members of bands such as Gorgoroth, Enslaved, Aeturnus and Vulture Industries; Sulphur is a force to be reckoned with. Starting out originally as Taakeriket, which was essentially a Black Metal band, Sulphur now follows a direction that straddles the line between death and black metal, spiced up with a progressive mindset. Now, with a lineup that includes Thomas Skinlo Høyven on Vocals, Øyvind Madsen on guitars, keys and programming, Vegard Hovland on bass, Erik Hæggernes on drums and guitarist Martin Lynn Ytrøy, and with two hugely successful albums released on Dark Essence Records, Sulphur are proving that not only are the crowd pleasers in the studio, but also on the stage.