"Klokker Tramp", a track taken from "Von Rov Shelter", the new album from Norwegian black metallers SLAGMAUR, is now streaming on the band's MySpace page.
"Von Rov Shelter", which means "Lair of the Beast" in Norwegian, was released this month on Osmose Productions. The CD was composed using much the same techniques as those used by 18th-century composers, but with standard rock instruments mingling with the more classical instrument such as cellos and double basses, which SLAGMAUR's mastermind, General Gribbsphiiser, learned to play especially for the album.
"Von Rov Shelter" was produced by Gribbsphiiser and Snorre W. Ruch of THORNS, and includes lyrics by Thomas B Whitaker, an inmate on death row at the Polunsky Unit, in Livingstone, Texas, and guest vocals from Krush and the late Steingrim (KAOSRITUAL, CELESTIAL BLOODSHED, SELVHAT), who was recently killed in a shooting accident.
Aside from Gribbsphiiser, SLAGMAUR's lineup includes Åtselgribb on vocals and bass and Wardr on drums, and is probably one of the most reclusive bands in Norway's black metal scene. The band is known for producing a complex, sinister, multi-layered sound filled with menace, that reveals different aspects at each hearing, and whose atmosphere can change depending on the mood of the listener.
The artwork for the album is by photographer and graphic artist Tine Marie Lund Kristensen and artist Robert Hoyem, and is based on a concept by General Gribbsphiiser. The front cover is a representation of Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper", and the set itself took three weeks to build and light in order to capture the feel of the original as faithfully as possible. The figures of Christ and the Apostles are represented by band members, friends and even fictional characters, in the guise of various satanic, biblical or historical figures. THORNS' Snorre W Ruch takes on the role of Cain, Åtselgribb is Judas Iscariot, Freddy Krueger is Nero, Bzilla is Legion, Krush is Belial, General Gribbsphiiser and Lilith are themselves.