DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN release video single
‘Syke hjerter’ taken from the forthcoming debut album “Mørkere“
DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN are now unleashing the sinister video ‘Syke hjerter‘ (“Sick Hearts”) as the third single taken from their forthcoming debut full-length “Mørkere” (“Darker”), which has been slated to darken the world on November 12. Cover art, tracklist, and further details of the first album from these Norwegian black metal veterans can be viewed below.
DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN comment: “The lyrics of ‘Sicke hjerter’, which translates as ‘Sick Hearts’, are particularly difficult in the sense that they deal with adversity in the present that is tied to both a personal and historical past.”, reveals vocalist Vicotnik. “The internal conversation in this text leans towards reverse psychology, or rather the necessity of reverse psychology. Wisdom is not solely rendered through making mistakes or having negative experiences, but also in acknowledging oneself as the person who made these mistakes and/or lived through these experiences.”
Filmed and edited by Łukasz Jaszak
DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN have been born out of friendship. Although the band consists of veterans of Norway’s black metal scene that have been or are still members of such important names as DØDHEIMSGARD, ULVER, SATYRICON, VED BUENS ENDE, and STRID that has never been their point or an end in itself. Instead their focus lies entirely on creating the music that they love and want to play.
DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN s debut full-length, “Mørkere” is a case in point. The perspective of this album has, in the true spirit of black metal, expanded into something that is bound to its roots yet at the same time reaches beyond them. Arguably, all black metal records are intrinsic commentaries on the state of its art, and “Mørkere” offers a wider view than most. It’s a measure of distance travelled, and a dialogue between the past and the present moment, where trailblazing insurgency is contoured by the emotional currents of genuine artistic honesty. Black metal is a pact. It’s the abyss that gazes also. In order for its full power to be channelled, it demands something in return. Even if DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN were conceived as a pet project, it soon started asking more of its members – a psychic offering to oil the sparks, but also a pooled vision. For the two founders, the band was initially an opportunity to reignite a passion that for them had lain dormant for two decades.
DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN started from the simplest of propositions: two old friends, Haavard Jørgensen and Kai S. ‘Cerberus’ Halvorsen, getting together over drinks and deciding to record a track together for fun. Both had deep histories in Norway’s second wave of black metal that came to infamous fruition in the early 90s. Haavard had played in the death metal band, ECZEMA, that went on to become SATYRICON, before joining a then-nascent ULVER in 1993. Kai had been a sound engineer at the S.R.F. Studio in Oslo that hosted bands such as DIMMU BORGIR, AURA NOIR, VED BUENS ENDE, and DØDHEIMSGARD, briefly joining the latter on drums for early rehearsals, before returning as bassist on their 1998 EP, “Satanic Art”.
Initially for the lyrics, the founding duo turned to Cerberus’ old friend, former bandmate and colleague at S.R.F., DØDHEIMSGARD frontman, Yusaf ‘Vicotnik’ Parvez – an artist whose continued presence in the black metal scene has proved transformational. Both the band he’d fronted since 1994 and the band he joined the same year, VED BUENS ENDE, had morphed into volatile, avant-garde entities that wrote a strand of rogue code that still lies embedded in the movement’s DNA. Joined by latest DØDHEIMSGARD recruit, NIDINGR drummer Øyvind Myrvoll, DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN set about recording the debut EP, 2019’s “Gjengangere I Hjertets Mørke”. It was in part a testimony to the scene that had defined their youth. But for all its immediacy, harboured within its lightning-rod rampages and volatile, apocalyptic-prophet diatribes, was a stew of idiosyncrasies, hints of a greater sonic scope and wracked emotional perspectives.
Although the sound of “Mørkere” is rooted in 90s black metal, that soil has proven abundantly fertile, allowing it both free, expressive rein, and a central point to navigate around, pick up momentum and veer off once more into new sonic terrain. The range of dynamics and textures throughout this album – the dramatic escalations and the discipline with which they hold to a beat; the utilising of mid-paced grooves made gripping by the conviction driving them on; and the shifts in tone proving as unforced and holistic as a weather front – are not just the mark of a band in full control of their art. They are stages of an emotional journey that is meticulously charted through scenic routes lead to most unexpectedly rewarding pastures. Even on purely sonic terms, “Mørkere” has a story to tell.
There is no fake nostalgia to be had from DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN. “Mørkere” is a contemporary Norwegian black metal album with a proud heritage that stands on its own and is more than ready to take the test of time.
[This text contains edited excerpts from an essay written by eminent UK journalist Jonathan Selzer that is printed in full in the artbook edition of “Mørkere”.]
Release date: November 12, 2021
Vicotnik – vocals
Haavard – guitars
Cerberus – bass
Myrvoll – drums
Madeleine Ossum – violin, viola
Kamilla Ræder Kvarstein – cello
Petter Stubberud Tysland – all string arrangements
Style: Norwegian Black Metal
Recorded and mixed by Matias Aaveren at Toproom Studios, Ski, Norway
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California, USA
Produced by Dold Vorde Ens Navn
Artwork and layout by Łukasz Jaszak
Album cover photo by Ann-Karin Jørung
“Mørkere” is available as a 48-page CD hardcover artbook incl. bonus track and liner notes by Vicotnik, on black vinyl LP, and as Digipak CD.