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Monday, January 19, 2015

Norwegian black metallers Crest Of Darkness reveal artwork and details of upcoming release


With six full-length albums under their belts, Norwegian black metallers Crest Of Darkness have decided that their next release will be an EP, echoing their very first release back in 1996, but demonstrating how very far the band has come since then. The four-track EP, titled "Evil Messiah", will be released in both in Digipack CD and 12" vinyl formats on My Kingdom music on the 23rd February. One of the tracks is a cover version of Alice Cooper's "Sick Things", the perfect choice for a band who excels at creating an evil, malignant, atmosphere. Artwork for the album is by Morten Hansen.

Track listing for "Evil Messiah" as follows:
1. Evil Messiah
2. Armageddon
3. Abandoned by God
4. Sick Things (Alice Cooper cover)

"Evil Messiah" will also be the first time that Crest Of Darkness' new lineup records together, with former Pale Forest drummer Bernhard joining the lineup of founder, frontman and bassist Ingar Amlien (Roquefire, Conception, Amlien's Inferno) and guitarist Rebo. Guesting on the "Evil Messiah" is Kristian Wentzel on keyboards. The EP was mixed and partly recorded at the MLP Studios and partly in Rebo's own studio studio in Gjøvik .

Crest Of Darkness are set to play three Norwegian dates in February, the first being on the 13th at the Felix Pub and Scene in Lillehammer. On the 14th the band will play two shows at the Kultursenter in Gjøvik where the early show, starting at 18:00, will be open to all ages, something that is quite rare in Norway, a country with strict age restrictions at its venues. This will then be followed by a show for audiences aged 18 and upwards at 21:00.

Crest Of Darkness are also set to make their first ever UK appearance at the Black Hart in Camden, London, on the 7th March, on a bill that includes Acherontas, Thaw, Mord'a'stigmata and Towers Of Flesh.

A rehearsal video featuring snippets of the material from "Evil Messiah" was recently released on the band's YouTube channel and can be seen here.


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