Latest news: Tue, Apr 04 2017, ZHRINE
ZHRINE have announced a string of festival and headline performances in support of their latest release 'Unortheta'. This includes shortly upcoming shows at the highly prestigious Inferno, Oslo (NO) and Roadburn, Tilburg (NL) festivals in April.
On this leg, the Icelanders will be joined by countrymen and label mates AUÐN and in Norway also by KONTINUUM.
13 Apr 17 Reykjavík (IS) Hard Rock Café
14 Apr 17 Göteborg (SE) Belsepub
15 Apr 17 Oslo (NO) John Dee (Inferno Festival)
21 Apr 17 Tilburg (NL) Het Patronaat (Roadburn Festival 2017)
23 Apr 17 London (UK) The Unicorn Camden Live (+Auðn)
09 Jun 17 Torino (IT) Daevacian
10 Jun 17 Venezia (IT) Death over Venice
11 Jun 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Pinyó
16 Jun 17 Abtenau (AT) House of the Holy
07 Jul 17 Neskaupstaður (IS) Eistnaflug Festival (exact date tba)
10 Aug 17 Fortress Josefov (CZ) Brutal Assault
On further news, Tumi Snær Gíslason, who recently replaced long-time collaborator Stefán Ari Stefánsson in ZHRINE released a quite literally dark drum play-through of the track "Empire" via Sickdrummer Magazine, which can be viewed here!
ZHRINE will be touring in support of their highly acclaimed album 'Unortheta'. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below.
'Unortheta' can still be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.
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ZHRINE are part of an extreme musical phenomenon rising from the Kópavogur area of Iceland's capital Reykjavik. Although the name is new, the band is not. Starting out under the GONE POSTAL moniker in 2007, they embraced a dark death metal approach at first. Easily winning the 2012 Wacken Metal Battle at home, the Icelanders scored very high at the famous festival itself in front of an international jury.
Darkness comes natural to the high north and black is very much present in the image of Iceland's landscapes, where volcanic ash covers large stretches of land. Winter is long and harsh with a biting cold that seeps deep into the bones. Yet it would be too simplistic to just blame nature and the surroundings on the currently fast rising black metal scene of this fiery land situated literally on the edge of the Americas and Europe.
Bands from the polar circle are making their appearance at prestigious festivals such as the Inferno in Oslo, Norway or Roadburn in the Netherlands and the impact is beginning to be felt. As often with somewhat isolated scenes developing a distinguishable handwriting, the particular darkness emerging from Iceland is drawing heavily on the French sonic pioneers DEATHSPELL OMEGA. Yet the circle encompassing groups like SVARTIDAUÐI, MISÞYRMING, SINMARA, and of course ZHRINE translates those influences into their own musical language and each group stands for an individual expression, which can be clearly distinguished from the others.
When they were still known as GONE POSTAL, the band decided to bury this name alongside their old songs in a final memorable performance at the much talked about Eistnaflug Festival. Instead the Icelanders felt the need to continue further on a path already taken. Their music has with time turned darker, more atmospheric, and filled with bleak despair. Out of this metamorphosis ZHRINE finally came into being.
Their debut album 'Unortheta' is now more than proving that the band made the right choices. This amazing piece of a newly formulated expression of black and death metal, sludge as well as other heavy and dark ingredients has all the chances to be regarded as one of the cornerstones of the burgeoning Icelandic scene. We can confidently claim that ZHRINE will be worth your time.
|Þorbjörn Steingrímsson||Guitar and vocals|
|Ævar Örn Sigurðsson||Bass|
|Tumi Snær Gíslason||Drums|
Releases Season of Mist
|Fri, Jun 09 2017||IT||Torino||Daevacian|
|Sat, Jun 10 2017||IT||Venezia||Death over Venice|
|Sun, Jun 11 2017||HU||Budapest||Dürer Pinyó|
|Fri, Jun 16 2017||AT||Abtenau||House of the Holy|
|Fri, Jul 07 2017||IS||Neskaupstaður||Eistnaflug Festival||Exact date tba|
|Thu, Aug 10 2017||CZ||Fortress Josefov||Brutal Assault|