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Friday, July 8, 2016
Dark Essence Records
Release: 27 May 2016
"Sognametal" is the name that this Norwegian band gives to its melodic black metal music. Find out more about them and listen to the album at the link below.
OFFICIAL INFORMATION: It’s been a long wait since Norway’s MISTUR made its mark on the world with their critically acclaimed debut, Attende. Fortunately, the wait has not been in vain. The band’s latest full-length, In Memoriam, sees MISTUR return with a masterpiece fielding long and layered arrangements, clever melodies and progressive elements mixed with its signature brand of “Sognametal.” MISTUR was forged in Sogndal, Norway by Espen Bakketeig and Andre Raunehaug, and joined shortly thereafter by Stian Bakketeig (Vreid, ex-Windir, ex-Cor Scorpii). Following just one demo, they landed a deal with Einheit Produktionen, who would release the band’s critically-adored Attende debut in. Apart from some festival shows and a tour however, the band fell dormant for a short time, before the work on the follow up album started.
With new vocalist Oliver Øien and new drummer Tomas Myklebust, MISTUR is back and more potent than ever bevore. In Memoriam was captured in Conclave and Earshot Studios as well as the band’s private studio, produced by MISTUR mainman Espen Bakketeig, and mixed by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Black Hole Generator, Vulture Industries). With In Memoriam, MISTUR brings new elements into the “Sognametal” style without loosing its unique core. The album is a must for all fans of Windir, but will certainly appeal to fans Amon Amarth, Insomnium, and Månegarm.
In a 4/5 review, Sputnik Music elaborates, “the ’bigger is better,’ or in this case, the ‘grandeur is grander, attitude has been taken into account in more ways than just one with MISTUR's latest… Every motif, every change of direction, every placement, all points towards a larger image. The unknown, impending doom induced by MISTUR's ruinous forays is magnificent. It may not extend its arms into the realms of pure ingenuity, but In Memoriam is 2016's Brobdingnagian king.” In an 8/10 rating, Soundscape Magazine concurs, “In Memoriam is a great album, and one you’ll keep wanting to come back to. A highly recommended listen, particularly for those who are fans of Windir,” while Eternal Terror notes in a near-perfect 5.5/6 verdict, “The dark vocals are superb, while the clean version adds to the national-romantic feel of the music, add flawless sound and production and MISTUR is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and a serious contender to album of the year.” Adds No Clean Singing of the track “Distant Peaks,” specifically, “The song really does sound like the majestic soundtrack to a mythic saga — it’s panoramic, sweepingly powerful, and warlike, and the guitar and keyboard hooks are sharp as scalpels. When the storming pace slows, the music becomes heart-aching, but no less compelling. The tale told in the lyrics fires the blood, too.”
OFFICIAL BIO: MISTUR is a Norwegian black metal band hailing from the mighty fjords and mountains of Sogndal. The sound is a mixture of melodies, atmosphere and raw black metal. The lyrics are written in norwegian and the themes are viking related. The band has existed since the summer 2005, when the demo "SKODDEFJELLET" was released. "SKODDEFJELLET" received great reviews in magazines and sites like heavymetal.no, Scream and Vampire magazine. Alltogether it sold about 800 copies in Norway and abroad. Many of the reviews are available on this website. You'll also find quite a few interviews. In September 2006 MISTUR also participated on the metalsampler Metalmessage Vol.III, with the title track from the demo "SKODDEFJELLET". The coverart was done by Kris Verwimp and the CD is sold out.
It all started as a metal project by Espen Bakketeig and Andre Raunehaug. Seeing the opportunity to do live shows, the band increased to a full line-up. Among the members in MISTUR, you will find lead guitarist Strom from the legendary black metal band WINDIR. The lineup: Oliver F. Øien on screams, Espen Bakketeig on synth and clean vocal, Stian Bakketeig on lead guitar, Andre Raunehaug on rythm guitar and clean vocal, Ole Hartvigsen on bass and Kenneth Mellum on drums.
Mistur did some great live shows in 2007, at a packed club Maiden in Oslo and at the Stoy festival in Sogndal. Mistur headlined also Fresn festival 07 in Fresvik. In September 2008 MISTUR recorded the full-length debut album in the famous AKKERHAUGEN STUDIO just outside Notodden, Norway. The album is produced by MISTUR and Thorbjorn Akkerhaugen and it is mastered by Peter in De Betu at Tailor Maid, Sweden. It is a full produced masterpiece containing 7 songs with a raw black metal sound. Thorbjorn Akkerhaugen has produced albums for bands such as EMPEROR, ZYKLON and WINDIR. The Belgian coverartist Kris Verwimp has created an exclusive oil painting for the album. He has done artwork for bands such as THYRFING and OLD MANS CHILD.
Kris Verwimp's masterpiece is a viking motive painted in oil. The landscape is taken from the place Kaupanger in Sogndal, on the vestside of Norway. The fjord with the viking ships is the famous fjord called SOGNEFJORDEN. This is the place where MISTUR originally come from. "ATTENDE" was release in cooperation with the German label EINHEIT PRODUKTIONEN the 29th of August 2009, and has sold more than 2000 copies so far. The album has recived great reviews and many of the them can be read on the bands website. The first show after the release found place in Sogndal. MISTUR played at the INFERNO FESTIVAL 2010, and KARMØYGEDDON 2010, and a European Tour with Vreid and Carach Angren in 2012.