Norway’s SLEGEST, whose unmistakable, swaggering, heavy rock sound is filled with infectious riffs, distinctive melodies, and vocals that owe their provenance to Black Metal, are set to release their second full-length album “Vidsyn” on Dark Essence Records on the 4th of November, have today revealed a video for the opening track from the album, which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/itzR9V1JgN8
Founder and frontman Ese, who assures us that the video is “best enjoyed loud”, gives us an insight into the track: “I fortida sitt lys” is the opening track of “Vidsyn” and is somewhat of a punk number, or at least the closest you’ll get to it in the cold vein of Slegest, since groove and heaviness are the centre of it all. We think the vibe, the visuals, and the atmosphere of both the location for the shoot and the finished video complements the music and the feel not just of this song, but of the whole album.
” The concept behind the video was the brainchild of Håvard Nesbø, who also produced the video, on a budget, it has to be said, based on pure idealism and a case of home brewed lager. Filming took place in a valley in Leikanger, at the site of an old mountain barn that is long-abandoned by time. Like the song itself, the theme of the video can be placed within the context of the past – at the intersection of “the now” and the ever present whiff of olden times”.
Recorded at the Conclave & Earshot and the Systrond Studios, “Vidsyn” was jointly produced by Ese, and Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), who also mixed the album. Mastering is by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED). Guesting on the album is Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED). The cover art is once again rooted in the art of Nikolai Astrup with design is by Tom Korsvold and drawing is by Lars Hellebø. Tracklisting is as follows:
1. I fortida sitt lys
2. Som i eit endelikt
4. komfortabelt nommen midtvekes
6. The Reanimator
7. Inn i uvissao
8. Tenn den gamle varde
SLEGEST lineup of Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums, will celebrate the release of “Vidsyn” with show at Krøsset in Oslo on the 12th November, where they will be joined by Sweden’s ALFAHANNE. With the reputation that both bands have as high-energy and totally captivating performers, the event promises to be pretty special.
The band will then hit the road in December of this year , jointing SHINING’s 20th Anniversary tour, which also features Dark Essence label mates TAAKE, with whom the band has previously toured. The prospect of sharing a stage with Niklas Kvarforth and Hoest, widely acknowledged to be two of the most accomplished and exciting front men in extreme metal, would seem daunting to most bands, but judging from the reviews SLEGEST has received for its live performances, and from the number of fans the has picked up following those performances, this is a band that is more than able to hold its own against the two titans.
Routing for the tour with SHINING and TAAKE as follows:
02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec: Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec: Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec: Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT
“Vidsyn” will be released in CD and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from is now available to pre-order https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/vidsyn/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format , as well as at https://slegest.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.
“Løyndom”, the debut full-length album from SLEGEST can be heard at http://slegest.bandcamp.com/album/l-yndom