London By Norse – ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA 4 Day Norwegian Cultural Festival

17 – 20 MARCH

London By Norse

A series of concerts including: ENSLAVED (playing 3 separate gigs over three nights each covering separate periods of the bands history!), WARDRUNA, SKUGGSJA, HELHEIM, VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BARDSPEC.

Also featuring a workshop by Einar Selvik (‘the thoughts and tools behind Wardruna), an art exhibition by Gaahl, key note and talks.

Of Frost And Fire represents the quintessence of Enslaved roots. From the legendary Hordanes Land with its soundtrack-esque musical long players, via the vast geomythological canvases painted on Vikingligr Veldi, the revolutionary Frost that lifted us out of the strict underground and finally the odd pair – Eld, which pointed forward to a progressive future, and Blodhemn, where we had a last blowout of Black Metal-tempos and inspiration. For anyone curious about where such an eclectic band like Enslaved came from, this will be a first-hand guided tour through the primeval landscapes that shaped us.
From The Runic Depths will explain the unlikely yet logical transition from then until now. From the nightmarish flirt with death and black on Mardraum, the spaced-out balancing act that is Monumension, the milestone and futuristic beacon Below The Lights, the second break for the band Isa and finally the refined prog-vs-extreme monument Ruun.
19. MARCH 2016 – SKUGGSJÁ, ENSLAVED, WARDRUNA + Kristian “Gaahl” Espedal exhibition @ The Coronet

Full program with times here.

Here are the flyers for each night:

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Enslaved play their third night under the ‘Enslaved 25’ banner marking the 25th anniversary of this iconic artist. Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson says: “Spinning Wheel Ritual is where the band wields together the dark roots with the psychedelic fabrics of the newer days – bringing to the surface the true potential of our songwriting and musical abilities. The focus is the same as it has always been – to bring to life our personal vision of whatever ‘good and meaningful music’ means to us, to create a vessel for atmosphere, deep association and simple enjoyment of music.

Wardruna is a Norwegian music group founded by Einar Kvitrafn Selvik. Wardruna uses the oldest of Nordic instruments and poetic metres as well as lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue. In the ensuing years the group have spent a lot of time on adapting their music to a live format and establishing a live band. This resulting in a handful of very special concerts, one of the being at London By Norse in March 2016.

Skuggsjá is a musical piece written by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. Arranged to be performed by Enslaved and Wardruna and was originally initiated as a commissioned concert piece for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and premiered in September 2014 at the Eidsivablot festival, Eidsvoll where the constitution was written. Shortly after its debut Skuggsjá was announced as one of the headliner acts of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival 2015. The growing desire to present Skuggsjá to a broader audience has ultimately led the Bjørnson and Selvik to record the piece in its entirety. There will be an album in March 2016 and details regarding its release will follow soon.
Skuggsjá translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language, and the piece not only contextualizes harder music’s role in the democracy in Norway in 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies harder music’s position as Norway`s most important cultural export.


New Barshasketh T-Shirt Available Soon

Barshasketh T-Shirt 2013

New BARSHASKETH t-shirt design available soon (a detail from this killer design above). These will be available first from the band at their London gig, September 6th.

We will have a limited number available at the distro from that weekend.

Friday, 6 September 2013
The Unicorn, Camden, London
227 Camden Road, NW1 9AA London

BARSHASKETH set scheduled for 8pm

This is a free gig.

[Updated] Emit to Perform Live in London – August 4 2012 – Support from T.O.M.B. Member


4th August, 2012
£5 Entry, Doors 8pm, Live acts promptly 8.30 till 11, DJs till later

Ryan’s Bar
181 Stoke Newington Church St, London, N16 0UL
Google Map


Emit (Hammemit) will appear live for the first time in London on August 4th! The performance will be improvised by Unknown I, who is joined for this event by Antinomian (Subvertio Deus) as second guitarist.

Panther Modern‘s B.Z. (also part of recent T.O.M.B. recordings) is flying in from the US to spread black noise darkness!

Details are still being finalised, this post will be updated with a venue and other support acts as they are confirmed.

Ghast announced for October mini-tour

GHAST have been announced as part of a UK mini-tour this October. Full details below. The mini-tour falls between dates in Norwich, Newport and Edinburgh. Support the band and catch them at one of the following dates:

21 September – The Marquee, Norwich
1 October – Gifford Arms, Wolverhampton

UK Mini-tour with: Skaldic Curse, Primitive Graven Image, Throes

8 October – The Unicorn, London – Doors: 8pm, FREE entry
9 October – The Asylum 2, Birmingham – Doors: 7.30pm, £5 entry + Towers of Flesh
10 October – The Croft (front room), Bristol – Doors: 6.30pm, £5 entry + Rosicrucian

15 October – Le Pub, Newport, Wales
24 October – Bannermans, Edinburgh, Scotland

These dates coincide with the release of Ghast’s new record – Terrible Cemetery – which should be ready and available during September. So you can order from us or from the band at the gig!

You can see footage from previous gigs in the Video section.

Ghast London Gig Reviewed In Terrorizer

Ghast’s September 19th gig was recently reviewed in Terrorizer magazine. Full review below. Photos from the gig here.

Swansea’s doom-tinged black metal outfit Ghast bring an appropriately ominous air to the evening’s proceedings, and their utterly engaging mix of Darkthrone meets hypnotic Blut Aus Nord speed and moments of ‘Monotheist’ Celtic Frost and Burning Witch’s twisted doom is completely mesmerising from start to finish. Like a grotesque demon that’s clawed it’s way up from the bowels of hell, its huge form blocking all light and leaving you no choice but to stare in fear and awe at its hideous and commanding visage. Band of the night by a large margin, and proof if ever needed that you really don’t need to go very far (Wales in this case) to find utterly essential UKBM.


GHAST upcoming gigs, new interview, new audio.

The new Zero Tolerance hit the news stands this week, featuring Hateful Abandon interview and full band interview with Ghast.

22nd March. Manchester,  Cancelfest featuring 12 bands including Fen, Waco Jesus, Ghast, Winterfylleth, Wodensthrone, Insurrection, Infant Bile & more (due to political reasons some bands have been pulled from the line-up, due to police pressure I believe, check press.)

24th March. Newport, Meze Lounge, with Brabazon & more.

8th May. Llanelli, The Masons, with Tor Marrock & more.

21st June. Newport, Le Pub, with Thou & Moloch

19th Sept, London, Purple Turtle, with Besatt, Daemonolith & Permafrost.

New Ghast EP to be released this year through Todestrieb Records.