“In The Nightside Eclipse” Transcribed Into Classical Sheet Music

Composer Martin Romberg has taken on the task of transcribing influential black metal into full classical sheet music, beginning with Emperor’s 1994 masterpiece “In the Nightside Eclipse.”

“Martin has clearly put a lot of time and effort into transferring the ‘Nightside Eclipse’ record into actual sheet music,” said original Emperor bassist Mortiis, “and it’s cool to be a small part of that.”

The 72-page score includes all instruments and chord analysis for study and performance, published by Raven Music Editions, a sheet music publisher founded in 2014 and specializing in producing scores from dark alternative and black metal music genres. The score is available at this location.

In the 20 years since the release of the album, Mortiis has gone on an eponymous journey that began as solo dark, ambient music and has since evolved into a full band playing equally dark, angry, industrial-influenced heavy music. Mortiis’ long-awaited new album “The Great Deceiver” will be available March 4th, 2016.

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Ihsahn Performs New Song “My Heart Is Of The North” Live

Following Emperor’s “In The Nightside Eclipse” 20th anniversary shows, Ihsahn announced he was getting back to work on new solo material and would be doing new live shows without his usual backing band Leprous.

One of those shows took place in Canada recently at Heavy Montreal, where Ihsahn unveiled a new track titled “My Heart Is Of The North.” Give it a listen below (thanks to Metal Injection). While there’s some odd proggy psychedelia, it sounds like this one won’t be the unlistenable overly experimental train wreck that was “Das Seelenbrechen” (reviewed here).

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Diabolus Arcanium Pays Tribute To Emperor With “I Am The Black Wizards” Cover

Indian symphonic black metal band Diabolus Arcanium is paying tribute to the legendary Emperor with a cover of “I Am The Black Wizards,” taken off the iconic “In The Nightside Eclipse” album. Give it a listen below, or pick up a digital copy of the cover track at this location.

I am the black wizards (A tribute to Emperor) by Diabolus Arcanium

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Ihsahn Working On New Material

After Emperor reunited for a run of 20th anniversary shows, Ihsahn is back working on new solo material and will apparently no longer be using the members of Leprous as his backing band. Ihsahn had this to say:

“Back on track with new music and new live shows!

“First of all, the ‘In the Nightside Eclipse’ 20th anniversary shows with Emperor have been a big priority for me in 2014 and I would like to thank everyone on stage, behind the stage and in front of the stage for making this celebration such a great experience!

“Also, a special thanks to Ibanez Guitars, Blackstar Amplification, Rotosound Music Strings and Norsk Musikk Distribusjon for all the continued support on the road!

“Now, this has not kept me entirely busy for the whole year, so since January I’ve also been writing material for the next Ihsahn album, partly interrupted by rehearsals, shows and a total rebuild of our studio.

“On the live front, several shows are all ready announced for 2015, and I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be back on stage with a new, handpicked line-up that I am confident will take my songs to a new dimension.

“On that note, I’d like to thank Leprous for a fantastic collaboration over many years!! They have been invaluable in getting my songs to the stage and we’ve had some great trips around the world. Maybe now we’ll actually get to watch each other’s shows

“That’s it from an autumn-dressed Telemark……Now, to the batcave!”

The forthcoming solo album from Ihsahn will follow last year’s “Das Seelenbrechen” (reviewed here), an experimental release that saw the musician going in a very different direction from previous albums.

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Cloak Of Altering To Release New Album “Plague Beasts”

Crucial Blast has inked a deal with Cloak of Altering for the project’s third full-length exploration into sonic depravity, “Plague Beasts.” The following press release was also issued about Cloak Of Altering:

“The name of Dutch avant-metal madman Mories — a.k.a. Maurice de Jong — runs rampant throughout the experimental tip of the black/industrial metal underground, Cloak of Altering just one of the artist’s solo and collaborative acts/monikers, joining Seirom, Aderlating, Mors Sonat, De Magia Veterum and others, most notably his notorious blackened industrial/orchestral doom outfit, Gnaw Their Tongues.

“With Cloak of Altering, a project that Mories started in 2011 as a continuation of his earlier black metal band Ophiuchus, the artist’s fascination with the early symphonic black metal of In the Nightside Eclipse-era Emperor and Arcturus’s early efforts, as well as the more fiendish and fractured forms of industrial black metal as practiced by the likes of Dødheimsgard are much more apparent, each moving deeper into stranger and more mutated realms of electronically-damaged symphonic black metal.

“With Plague Beasts — Cloak of Altering’s third album, and first for Crucial Blast — Mories delivers a ferocious affront to black metal form and structure, combining his otherworldly strain of sweeping symphonic black metal with bursts of intense electronic chaos, waves of nebulous synthesizer and spastic rhythmic violence that, at times, feels more like something you’d hear off of a Planet Mu 12”, at times resembling some twisted nightmare version of prog rock keyboard freak-outs, or vintage 16-bit game soundtracks being fused to the gristle and graveyard stink of second wave black metal.

“More than anything else from Mories, this stuff is closest in spirit to the malevolent necro-industrial and fractured drug-fueled machine-ecstasies of bands like Aborym, Blacklodge, Dodheimsgard, Mysticum, and Abigor. But as with anything that this guy is involved with, Plague Beasts seethes with a deliriously demonic atmosphere entirely its own.”

“Plague Beasts” will be set loose via digital delivery and six-panel CD digipak on April 29th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Plague Beasts
2. White Inverted Void
3. Translucent Body Deformities
4. Chaos Magician Of The Abyss
5. Ash666urA
6. Into Celestial Hell
7. Altering Forever

Plague Beasts by CLOAK OF ALTERING

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