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Friday, December 30, 2016
NEWS: Vike Tare
Feed the Flames
release date: September 2nd, 2016
label: Einheit Produktionen
The melodic extreme metal band Vike Tare (Germany) balances the intensity and speed of black metal with big hooks filled with melody and melancholy. They like to provide a sense of melody that does not sound too cheerful, although it is a memorable characteristic of the sound. Vike Tare's "pagan black metal" means quality and attention to the songwriting. They can play fast, but they prefer to use speed only in certain places. Instead, they focus on songs that can grab the listener's attention, and of course, big melodies.
OFFICIAL: Hailing from Frisia / North Germany, Vike Tare unleash their new album “Feed the Flames”, which will be released by Einheit Produktionen on September 2nd 2016. The album title, the artwork as well as the band's name are linked to the old pagan custom Biikebrennen, an annual celebration held on February 21st in North Frisia.
Maritime topics are an important element of the band's lyrics. Thus, the new album includes three topic-related interpretations of German ballads, written by Otto Ernst (“Die späte Rückkehr – Die Geschichte von Nis Randers”), Detlev von Liliencron (“Trutz, Blanke Hans!”) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (“Der Fischer”).
Vike Tare was founded at the Frisian North Sea coast in 2003. One year later the band autonomously recorded their debut “The Tide of Revelation”, which was released in 2005. After numerous concerts in northern Germany, the band was put on hold in 2008 due to time constraints. At this point, material for a second album had already been almost completed. In 2013, the band reunited to finalize and record the yet unreleased songs at NordVrost-Studios. The result was Vike Tare's second and final album “Feed the Flames”, which will be released by Einheit Produktionen on September 2, 2016.
The title of the album as well as the band's name are linked to the old pagan custom Biikebrennen, an annual celebration held on February 21 in North Frisia. In present day, its original purpose cannot be determined. The expulsion of evil spirits, protection of the seeds on the fields or fishermen's and whalers’ pleas for safe passage on the sea might be possible interpretations. During the celebration, bundles of straw or straw dolls (so called Petermännchen) are burned in a fire (Biike). The term “Petermännchen” probably refers to the Pope's Petrine office and the associated Christian faith. Originally the burning of these straw dolls possibly confirmed the rejection of Christianity. Linked to this, the exclamation “Vike Tare” (or “Wedge zehre!”) is handed down. It is addressed to Weda (one of the two Frisian war gods, often equated with Wotan / Odin), who is thereby asked to accept the fiery sacrifice.
Vike Tare describe their music as Frisian Pagan Black Metal which is influenced by the rather melodic approach of Black-/Death-Metal as played by Swedish bands such as Sacramentum, Dawn or Mörk Gryning in the second half of the 1990s. Maritime topics are an important element of the band's lyrics. Thus, the new album “Feed the Flames” will include three topic-related interpretations of German ballads, written by Otto Ernst (“Die Späte Rückkehr – Die Geschichte von Nis Randers”), Detlev von Liliencron (“Trutz, Blanke Hans!”) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (“Der Fischer”).