Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

Zhrine (Blackened Death)

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Biography

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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.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Þorbjörn Steingrímsson Guitar and vocals
Nökkvi Gylfason Guitar
Ævar Örn Sigurðsson Bass
Tumi Snær Gíslason Drums

Releases Season of Mist

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Unortheta

General information
: Fri, Apr 08 2016
: Fri, Apr 08 2016
: Ethereal Blackened Death
: SOM380
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, Nov 30 2018 NL Utrecht DB's +Ulsect
Sat, Dec 01 2018 NL Leeuwarden Into Darkness Festival
Sun, Dec 02 2018 NL Tilburg Little Devil +Ulsect
Mon, Dec 03 2018 BE Brussel Magasin 4 +Ulsect
Tue, Dec 04 2018 FR Paris L'Olympic Café +Ulsect
Thu, Dec 06 2018 DE Tübingen Epplehaus +Ulsect
Sat, Dec 08 2018 AT Wels Celebrare Noctum Fest +Ulsect
Sun, Dec 09 2018 AT Wien Escape +Ulsect
Mon, Dec 10 2018 DE München Feierwerk +Ulsect
Tue, Dec 11 2018 CZ Praha Underdogs +Ulsect
Wed, Dec 12 2018 DE Chemiefabrik Dresden +Ulsect
Thu, Dec 13 2018 PL Poznan U Bazyla +Ulsect
Fri, Dec 14 2018 DE Berlin De Mortem Et Diabolum +Ulsect
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