Listen to Norway's always-interesting "99 Minutes" podcast series is back with a new episode for the start of autumn: http://www.listento.no/mic.nsf/doc/art2012082811011524584573
Kvelertak is currently at Godcity Studios in Massachusetts recording a new album with engineer/Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. Expect an early 2013 release.
Norwegian indierockers Simon Says No! are calling it quits with one last EP of previously unreleased material called "For the last time" and a couple of farewell gigs in Bergen and Oslo on September 29 and October 11 respectively.
The first batch of acts have been confirmed for the 2012 edition of the Spanish Nordic arts + music fest Dias Nordicos in late September have been confirmed and they include Turboweekend, Kúra, Hanna Kolstø, Husky Rescue and Lilla Sällskapet. Full details: http://www.diasnordicos.com/
"Pretty nights" is the latest video from Norwegian shoegazers Maribel.
Without getting into their politics¹, I have to say that I just don't like Death in June. But I do like hearing people cover them. They are just one of those rare acts whose works are almost always improved upon by others and Årabrot's take on "The honour of silence" adds a crucial, austere heaviness that the original lacks. They take it a step further too, adding a 7-minute reprisal on the end of their new EP "Mæsscr", stretching it out into an endless parade of droning drums and wordless refrains. Go see them in UK next week, I'm sure it'll be killer:
08/25 – - Fat Out Fest, Manchester
08/26 - The Shakespear, Sheffield
08/28 - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
08/29 - The Black Heart, London
¹ see this blog for a detailed examination of DiJ's fascist/fence-sitting tendencies, along with many other neofolk/noise/black metal/provocateur artists
"Where is my moon?" is the brand new single from ex-Madrugada frontman Sivert Høyem and it's also the title of his upcoming solo EP, due out September 7. Go see him on tour this fall: http://siverthoyem.com/tour/
Norwegian label/booking agency (Philco Fiction, Tomorrow We Move to Hawaii) has split off a new company called to house their heavier artists such as Benea Reach and Jeroan Drive. Check the new website: http://karatrecords.no/
Due out September 21 via , the new album "The blue hour" from Rhys Marsh and the Autumn Ghost.
Norwegian indie act Highasakite seems to be getting a lot of post-Øya buzz despite their culturally insensitive/offensive/appropriating stagewear and Paste is one of the many on board. Head over there to read more praise and to stream their new "Indian summer" EP: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2012/08/album-stream-highasakite---indian-summer-ep.html
Live footage of Håkon Kornstad Tenor Battle live at the Øya Festival -- always worth checking out.
The Quietus is offering up a preview of Årabrot's excellent new EP "Mæsscr": http://thequietus.com/articles/09505-new-arabrot-maesscr-fysisk-format-releases
Årabrot is a rare example of an act in a somewhat limiting genre (noiserock) who continues to reinvent and expand their already impressive sound. No long do they sound like _____ or _____, they only sound like Årabrot.
New from Norwegian artist Sandra Kolstad. Look for her new album "(Nothing lasts) Forever" to be released on September 28 via .
Norwegian DIY/hardcore label is calling it quits: http://www.nakkeskudd.com/