Mar 072019
 

 

In April 2016 we premiered the self-titled debut EP of a Norwegian black metal band named Gjendød, released by Darker Than Black Records. The following year we premiered a stream of the duo’s first album, Nedstigning, which was released by Hellthrasher Productions and Darker Than Black. And now we’re re-joining Gjendød again for another release, a new album named Krigsdøger, which Hellthrasher will present on March 9th (CD and digitally — it was released on tape by Darker Than Black last October) — but which you will have a chance to hear in its entirety right now.

When I heard the band’s debut EP my first impression was that if we could plug the energy of those tracks into electrical grids, we could decommission vast numbers of power plants — though we wouldn’t do much to reduce global warming, because the songs were hot as hell. I found it terrifying and hallucinatory, ingeniously conceived and expertly performed. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

 

Last April we premiered the self-titled debut EP of a Norwegian band named Gjendød, released by Darker Than Black Records, and now it’s our pleasure to premiere a stream of this duo’s first album. Entitled Nedstigning, it will be released on CD by Hellthrasher Productions on February 24th, with tape and vinyl editions to follow from Darker Than Black.

The album is dramatic, ice-cold, and beguiling, equal parts majestic and morbid, incinerating and depressive. While it’s a devoted embracing of Nordic black metal traditions, it provides changing shades of frost-bitten intensity while never relenting in its exposition of a pitch-black hopelessness. Continue reading »

Apr 082016
 

Gjendød-Demo 2016

 

Last weekend I came across a pair of songs from a forthcoming self-titled EP by a mysterious Norwegian black metal band named Gjendød, and the songs were so immediately gripping that I wasted no time throwing them your way in one of our Shades of Black posts. One thing led to another, and now I’m very happy to bring you a streaming premiere of the entire EP.

I still don’t know anything more about the band than I did last weekend. They prefer to keep their identities secret and let the music speak for itself — and it does that quite powerfully. Continue reading »

Apr 032016
 

Gjendød-Demo 2016

 

This is Part 1 of a collection of very good new music in the orbit of black metal that I encountered over the last week. Once again, I found a lot to like — so much that I decided to divide the collection into two parts — but I hope you’ll find time to at least sample the music from each band; only two of them have previously been covered at this site. I’ve arranged the music in alphabetical order by band name, continuing into Part 2 later today.

GJENDØD

Apart from the music in the two songs embedded below, the only thing I know about Gjendød is that the band is from Norway and that sometime “soon” the Polish label Hellthrasher Productions intends to release what appears to be the band’s first demo on CD (with a tape version coming from Darker Than Black Records).

The songs you can now stream are two of the four listed on the Bandcamp player for the demo — “Evig svart røyk” and “Menneskeavl”. If we could plug the energy of these songs into electrical grids, we could decommission vast numbers of power plants — though we wouldn’t do much to reduce global warming, because these tracks are hot as hell. Continue reading »