Oct 102016



(Our old friend KevinP has been absent from our pages for an extended hiatus. What brought him back? He’s about to tell you….)

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE: Madder Mortem is one of those clean-singing bands we talk about here because they are just so damn worthy of it. Vocalist Agnete M. Kirkevaag may have some of the most tender whispers, but that’s balanced out with violent screams.

Back on June 11, 2015, we featured a 176-second teaser clip of the new album, Red in Tooth and Claw. And now, FINALLY, we have a release date: October 28, 2016. The first single and lead track to that album, “Blood on the Sand“, is available for your listening pleasure below.


Photo by Ann-Helén Moen Nannestad


Always a band that has seemed to skirt genre classification, this track will continue them down that path while also sounding very Madder Mortem-esque. I’m not going to say much about it and will let you go in fresh to make your own judgments. But to the ending wails of “WAIT FOR ME, WAIT FOR ME”, yes, Ms. Kirkevaag, I’ve been waiting 7 years and I’m pleased you have returned.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for my interview with BP M. Kirkevaag (guitarist) and Agnete M. Kirkevaag and an exclusive stream of the entire album prior to its release date.


Red in Tooth and Claw was recorded and produced by BP M. Kirkevaag and mastered by Peter In de Betou. The album art was created by Christian Ruud. It will be released by Dark Essence Records on October 28. The track list is below, followed by ouir premiere of “Blood on the Sand“. To pre-order the album, go here:

Madder Mortem webshop:

Madder Mortem Bandcamp:


1. Blood on the sand
2. If I could
3. Fallow season
4. Pitfalls
5. All the giants are dead
6. Returning to the end of the world
7. Parasites
8. Stones for eyes
9. The whole where your heart belongs
10. Underdogs



  1. Thanks this was much needed, makes my day, waiting indeed.

  2. I’m really loving this track! Can’t wait for the album! Thanks for posting, I’m now going to be listening to ‘Eight Ways’ on the drive to work!

  3. Fucking awesome! I’ve been waiting for this! Thanks!

  4. Wow, this is really great and really unexpected. Nice find!

  5. If you like this track you’ll enjoy the full length 🙂

  6. Been a fan since I saw them open for Opeth so many years ago…. “Flesh is grass” must be one of the darkest songs ever written. And this new one features their trademark mad tempo changes…

  7. Thank you for this! Never heard of them before, but it was really, really awesome. That ending…

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