Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

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Wed, Sep 30 2015: SKUGGSJA

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of SKUGGSJÁ. The Norwegian band consisting of members from ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA represents another gem in the label's treasure chest. These acclaimed musical masterminds will release their debut album early 2016.

SKUGGSJÁ comment:

"When we were asked to write a joined convert piece by the Eidsivablot festival for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, we both immediately saw the outline of something massive and important.

"Our performance confirmed that this project should live on, develop and thrive. During 2015 we have performed the piece once more at the Roadburn festival, and have also discreetly slipped in and out of studios around Norway to record what is to become our debut album.

"We are extremely proud of what we will present on this album; and are delighted to be working with the professionals at Season of Mist. It has been quite a journey already for the two of us, but this where it really begins. We have created something that is bigger than its individual parts. Now we are excited to see what the world makes out of our creation!"

All things good,
Ivar & Einar


SKUGGSJÁ was conceived as a commissioned musical work written by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. The arrangement was performed by ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA as a concert piece in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution at the Eidsivablot festival in Eidsvoll, Norway on September 13th, 2014.

The growing desire to present SKUGGSJÁ to a broader audience has ultimately led Bjørnson and Selvik to record their work in its entirety. The album will be released early 2016. Details regarding this debut release will follow soon.

SKUGGSJÁ translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language. By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, SKUGGSJÁ tells the history of Norway and reflects relevant aspects from the past into the present day. In light of they reflect on themselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation, a wide variety of Norway’s and Scandinavia’s oldest instruments as well as poetry in Norse and Norwegian, SKUGGSJÁ is a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.


Ivar Bjørnson: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Einar Selvik: vocals, taglharpa, Kravik-lyre, goat-horn, birch-bark lure, bone-flute, percussion, electronics

Contributing musicians
Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED): vocals
Lindy-Fay Hella (WARDRUNA): vocals
Eilif Gundersen (WARDRUNA live): birch bark lure
Olav L. Mjelva (WARDRUNA live): Harding fiddle
Cato Bekkevold (ENSLAVED): drums

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Wed, Sep 30 2015: ABBATH

Upcoming release: "Count The Dead"

Release date: Fri, Dec 11 2015, US Fri, Dec 11 2015

ABBATH, consisting of frontman Abbath (vocals and guitar), bassist King, and new drummer Creature, are unleashing a video for a live recording of "Fenrir Hunts". The iconic Norwegian black metal legends have also announced a limited 7" vinyl single titled "Count the Dead" to be released on the 11th of December this year!

The clip "ABBATH - Fenrir Hunts (Live, September 2015)" is exclusively being premiered by the official media partners listed below:

Heavy (AU)
Spark (CZ)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Rockzone (ES)
Inferno (FI)
VS-Webzine (FR)
Rockoverdose (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Andfari (IS)
Metalitalia (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Loud (PT)
Darkside (RU)
Close-Up (SE)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Blabbermouth (US)

ABBATH state: "We have performed 'Fenrir Hunts' live since our debut concert at Tuska Festival in Finland. This led to the decision to record a few live songs properly. With the aid of a camera team, we have recorded three tracks in a live setting at the beginning of September. Along with 'Fenrir Hunts', which you can see today, there will be two cover versions coming up soon. Now, here is 'Fenrir Hunts', the first glimpse from our upcoming debut album!"

Video details:
Recorded & Mixed by Jamie Ward
Director: Fraser West
Camera: David Wilson Clarke, Nick Lee Shield
Edit: Wetheconspirators

As mentioned above, ABBATH have announced the release of the first 7" vinyl single taken from the Norwegian legends' forthcoming debut album, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release. The A-side features the track "Count the Dead" and the B-side presents a cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Riding on the Wind". "Count the Dead" will be released on the 11th of December this year and comes in two versions, which are both limited to 500 copies worldwide and exclusively available for pre-order through the Season of Mist shop.

The artwork for "Count the Dead" can be viewed below.



  1. Count The Dead
  2. Riding On the Wind (Judas Priest cover)

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Wed, Sep 30 2015: KYLESA

Latest release: "Exhausting Fire"

Release date: Fri, Oct 02 2015, US Fri, Oct 02 2015

KYLESA are streaming their forthcoming album in full. 'Exhausting Fire' has been scheduled for worldwide release this Friday, October 2nd. The eclectic and unique Savannah rockers are premiering their highly anticipated full-length exclusively via the official media partners below:

Spark (CZ)
Noisey (DE)
Rockzone (ES)
Soundi (FI)
New Noise (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Andfari (IS)
Metalitalia (IT)
3voor12 (NL)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Loud (PT)
Close4-Up (SE)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Noisey (US)

The album can be ordered in several CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist shop.

Regarding the new album, KYLESA vocalist/guitarist Phil Cope comments: "'Exhausting Fire' is an album we really put our hearts on our sleeves for. We’ve always done that, but emotionally, it’s probably the most honest and raw album we’ve ever done.”

“No band sounds like us and we don’t sound like any other band", guitarist / vocalist Laura Pleasants continues. "After all these years of experimenting with different styles and sounds, we’ve really developed our own thing and I can faithfully say that we sound like us. With this album, we’ve successfully made a record that incorporates all the elements we’ve always played with into a record that works on its own.”

The artwork for 'Exhausting Fire' was designed by their regular artist Shaun Beaudry and can be seen below.



  1. Crusher
  2. Inward Debate
  3. Moving Day
  4. Lost And Confused
  5. Shaping The Southern Sky
  6. Falling
  7. Night Drive
  8. Blood Moon
  9. Growing Roots
  10. Out Of My Mind

KYLESA have already embarked on an extensive tour through North America. A list of all remaining shows can be viewed below.


06 Oct 15 Saint Petersburg, FL (US) State Theatre
07 Oct 15 Miami, FL (US) Grand Central
08 Oct 15 Orlando, FL (US) The Social
09 Oct 15 Savannah, GA (US) Jinx
10 Oct 15 Asheville, NC (US) New Mountain
13 Oct 15 Columbus, OH (US) The Basement
14 Oct 15 Grand Rapids, MI (US) Pyramid Scheme
16 Oct 15 Cleveland, OH (US) Grog Shop
17 Oct 15 Pittsburgh, PA (US) Altar Bar
19 Oct 15 Boston, MA (US) Brighton Music Hall
20 Oct 15 Philadelphia, PA (US) Underground Arts
23 Oct 15 Richmond, VA (US) The Broaberry
24 Oct 15 Washington, DC (US) Rock and Roll Hotel
25 Oct 15 Atlanta, GA (US) The Drunken Unicorn

06 Nov 15 Pomona, CA (US) The Glass House
07 Nov 15 Los Angeles, CA (US) The Fonda Theatre
08 Nov 15 San Francisco, CA (US) The Fillmore
10 Nov 15 San Diego, CA (US) The Irenic
11 Nov 15 Boise, ID (US) Neurolux Lounge
13 Nov 15 Austin, TX (US) Red 7
14 Nov 15 Houston, TX (US) Warehouse Live
15 Nov 15 Dallas, TX (US) The Prophet Bar
17 Nov 15 Colorado Springs, CO (US) Black Sheep
18 Nov 15 Denver, CO (US) The Summit Music Hall
19 Nov 15 Salt Lake City, UT (US) The Complex
20 Nov 15 Boise, ID (US) Neurolux
21 Nov 15 Portland, OR (US) Hawthorne Theatre
22 Nov 15 Seattle, WA (US) The Crocodile
26 Nov 15 Salt Lake City, UT (US) The Complex

More dates and overseas tours are in the planning and will be announced in due time.

Join KYLESA on Facebook and pre-order 'Exhausting Fire' now at the Season of Mist shop!

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Wed, Sep 30 2015: KEN MODE

Latest release: "Success"

Release date: Mon, Jun 15 2015, US Tue, Jun 16 2015

Canadian post-hardcore outfit KEN mode have premiered a new video for the track "These Tight Jeans". The clip, written, produced and directed by Jim Agapito and featuring frontman Jesse Matthewson fighting for real is exclusively streaming at Noisey and its associated sub-section Fightland.

The video features KEN mode front man Jesse Matthewson engaging in real Muay Thai combat, shot at the Canadian Fighting Center. Winnipeg's most popular Martial Arts Training gym, specializes in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts under the supervision of the world renowned kickboxer Giuseppe DeNatale. Guest contributions on this clip come from vocalist Jill Clapham and kick-boxer Jon Henderson.


Regarding the video, KEN mode vocalist and guitarist Jesse Matthewson comments:

"With our "These Tight Jeans" clip we got to pay tribute to our, and director Jim Agapito's, love for martial arts and see me get my ass kicked for real in a video. Shot live in my home gym, the Canadian Fighting Center, in Winnipeg, it drives home the positive sentiments of martial arts training as a perfect combination with the sentiments of the lyrics, discipline, training, and action as a natural anti-depressant."

KEN mode have already kicked off their massive headlining North American tour sponsored by PopMatters, New Noise Magazine, and Exclaim! The tour rages under the motto "Huge Success" and klicks ass in support of their current album 'Success'. The Winnipeg power-trio will be regionally joined by CONDUCT, FUCK THE FACTS, CHILD BITE, LIFE IN A VACUUM, WE ARE HEX, and LO PAN as well as featuring the comedy ramblings of Garrett Jamieson. Please see below for a full list of remaining shows.


30 Sep 15 Tallahassee, FL (US) Liberty Bar (+Child Bite)
01 Oct 15 Miami, FL (US) Churchill's (+Child Bite)
02 Oct 15 Orlando, FL (US) Will's Pub (+Child Bite)
03 Oct 15 Atlanta, GA (US) 529 (+Child Bite)
04 Oct 15 Johnson City, TN (US) The Hideaway (+Child Bite)
06 Oct 15 Chapel Hill, NC (US) Local 506 (+Child Bite)
07 Oct 15 Richmond, VA (US) Strange Matter (+Child Bite)
08 Oct 15 Philadelphia, PA (US) Kung Fu Necktie (+Child Bite)
09 Oct 15 Brooklyn, NY (US) The Acheron (+Child Bite)
10 Oct 15 Rochester, NY (US) Bug Jar (+Child Bite +Life in Vacuum)
11 Oct 15 Boston, MA (US) Mid East Upstairs (+Life in Vacuum)
13 Oct 15 St. John, NB (CA) Pub Down Under (+Life in Vacuum)
14 Oct 15 Halifax, NS (CA) GCA' Pub (+Life in Vacuum)
15 Oct 15 Fredericton, NB (CA) Capital Complex (+Life in Vacuum +Fuck the Facts)
16 Oct 15 Quebec City, QC (CA) L'Anti (+Life in Vacuum)
17 Oct 15 Montreal, QC (CA) Turbo HaCA (+Life in Vacuum)
18 Oct 15 Sherbrooke, QC (CA) Le Murdoch (+Life in Vacuum)
19 Oct 15 Ottawa, ON (CA) HoCAe of Targ (+Life in Vacuum)
20 Oct 15 Kingston, ON (CA) The Mansion (+Life in Vacuum)
21 Oct 15 Toronto, ON (CA) Smiling Buddha (+Life in Vacuum)
22 Oct 15 Hamilton, ON (CA) Absinthe (+Life in Vacuum)
23 Oct 15 London, ON (CA) Call the Office (+Life in Vacuum)
24 Oct 15 Windsor, ON (CA) Dominion HoCAe (+Life in Vacuum)
25 Oct 15 Detroit, MI (US) PJ's Lager House (+We Are Hex)
26 Oct 15 Cleveland, OH (US) Now That's Class (+We Are Hex)
27 Oct 15 Pittsburg, PA (US) Mr. Roboto Project (+We Are Hex)
28 Oct 15 Columbus, OH (US) Ace of Cups (+We Are Hex +Lo-Pan)
29 Oct 15 Indianapolis, IN (US) Joyful Noise (+We Are Hex +Lo-Pan)
30 Oct 15 Columbia, MO (US) Social Room (+Lo-Pan)
31 Oct 15 St. Louis, MO (US) The Demo (+Lo-Pan)
01 Nov 15 Chicago, IL (US) Cobra Lounge (+Lo-Pan)
02 Nov 15 Dubuque, IA (US) The Lift (+Lo-Pan)
03 Nov 15 Milwaukee, WI (US) The Cactus Club (+Lo-Pan)
04 Nov 15 Madison, WI (US) Dragon Fly Lounge (+Lo-Pan)
05 Nov 15 Sioux Falls, SD (US) Total Drag (+Lo-Pan)
06 Nov 15 Minneapolis, MN (US) TBA (+Lo-Pan)
07 Nov 15 Winnipeg, MB (CA) the Windsor (+Conduct)

The Canadian power trio comments on 'Success': "Some of you are going to love this, some of you are going to hate it. This is a time warp for us, back to a simpler time; to when we were 15 and excited to be listening to NIRVANA, COP SHOOT COP, THE VSS, DRIVE LIKE JEHU, and CIRCUS LUPUS - and NOT fitting in with anyone we knew. This is the record we as a band needed to make, and as an artist, it is the most proud I am of any piece of art I have been a part of making, both sonically and visually. People will file these things where they want, so pigeon-hole away."

The artwork of 'Success', which was designed by acclaimed Winnipeg based fine artist Randy Ortizcan can be viewed below along with the tracklist.



  1. Blessed
  2. These Tight Jeans
  3. The Owl
  4. I Just Liked Fire
  5. Management Control
  6. A Passive Disaster
  7. Failing At Fun Since 1981
  8. A Catalog Of Small Disappointments
  9. Dead Actors

'Success' can be ordered in various formats directly through the Season of Mist shop.

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Wed, Sep 30 2015: BENIGHTED

Latest release: "Brutalive The Sick"

Release date: Mon, Feb 23 2015, US Tue, Feb 24 2015

BENIGHTED have announced a string of European shows in January and February 2016. The French brutalisers will be joining THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER as main support. A full list of confirmed dates can be viewed below.

BENIGHTED comment: "Europe, are you ready?! We are proud to announce to be main support on the upcoming THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Tour 2016! Come and join us for a sick party!"



14 Jan 16 Brighton (UK) The Haunt
15 Jan 16 Southampton (UK) Talking Heads
16 Jan 16 Bristol (UK) The Fleece
17 Jan 16 Nottingham (UK) Rescue Rooms
18 Jan 16 Leeds (UK) The Key Club
19 Jan 16 Glasgow (UK) The Cathouse
20 Jan 16 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
21 Jan 16 Manchester (UK) Sound Control
22 Jan 16 London (UK) The Underworld
23 Jan 16 London (UK) The Underworld
24 Jan 16 Dunkirk (FR) 4 Ecluses
25 Jan 16 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
26 Jan 16 Toulouse (FR) Connexion Live
28 Jan 16 Madrid (ES) Sala Caracol
29 Jan 16 Barcelona (ES) Sala Razzmatazz
30 Jan 16 Rillieux La Pape (FR) MJC O Totem
01 Feb 16 Winterthur (CH) Gaswerk
02 Feb 16 Graz (AT) Explosiv
03 Feb 16 Leipzig (DE) Conne Island
04 Feb 16 Hamburg (DE) Logo
05 Feb 16 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
06 Feb 16 Antwerp (BE) Biebob
07 Feb 16 Essen (DE) Turock

BENIGHTED are touring in support of their latest album 'Carnivore Sublime', which is still available from the Season of Mist shop and streaming in full here.

Artwork and tracklist are shown below.



  1. X2Y
  2. Noise
  3. Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth
  4. Collapse
  5. Experience Your Flesh
  6. Carnivore Sublime
  7. Prey
  8. Grind Wit
  9. Fritzl
  10. Collection Of Dead Portraits
  11. Slaughter Suicide
  12. Slut
  13. Asylum Cave

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Wed, Sep 30 2015: ENDSTILLE

Latest release: "Kapitulation 2013"

Release date: Fri, Nov 08 2013, US Tue, Nov 12 2013

ENDSTILLE have announced an invasion of the UK. The black German war machine will be joined by STAHLSARG and VERDELET. Their merciless campaign will begin with an assault on The Ivory Blacks in Glasgow on the 28th of October and push through until a final battle at the Exchange in Bristol on November 1st. In London only their ranks will be reinforced by EASTERN FRONT. All confirmed dates can be viewed below.


28 Oct 15 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
29 Oct 15 Brighton (UK) Sticky Mikes
30 Oct 15 London (UK) Camden Barfly (+Eastern Front)
01 Nov 15 Bristol (UK) The Exchange

04 Dec 15 Mannheim (DE) Alte Seilerei

30 Jan 16 Hamburg (DE) Klubsen (Anniversary 2016)


ENDSTILLE will furthermore perform a one off show in the Alter Seilerei in Mannheim on December 4th. And last but not least the black metal veterans will celebrate their 15th band anniversary with a special show and the support of ARROGANZ and MOMENT OF SLAVATION in Hamburg at Klubsen on the 30th of January 2016.

ENDSTILLE are touring in support of their eighth full frontal assault 'Kapitulation 2013', which is still available through the Season of Mist e-shop and can be streamed in its entirety here!

Artwork and tracklisting are as follows:



  1. Aborted
  2. The Refined Nation
  3. Reich An Jugend
  4. Sick Heil
  5. Blasphemer [bonus track]
  6. Monotonus 2013
  7. Nostalgia
  8. Stalin Note
  9. KDF 511
  10. Endstille (Abschied)

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