MORK RELEASE DEN SVEVENDE FESTNING

SIX TRACKS OF RAW AND ATMOSPHERIC NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL, FEATURING EXCLUSIVE STUDIO AND LIVE MATERIAL

LIMITED-EDITION VINYL EP – OUT NOW

A.1. Den Svevende Festning [04:47]
A.2. Ormtunge [05:43]
A.3. Fodt Til A Herske (Med Strykere) [06:30]
B.1. Arv (live) [05:54]
B.2. Det Siste Gode I Meg (live) [05:14]
B.3. Svartmalt (live) [04:19]

150 hand numbered copies exclusively available through Mork’s store

The forthcoming Den Svevende Festning vinyl EP features six tracks and over 32 minutes of raw and atmospheric Norwegian black metal, most notably containing exclusive and unreleased material recorded during the Katedralen album sessions, in the shape of the title track (also the theme for the cover image, an old drawing of Fredriksten Fortress in Eriksen’s home-town of Halden), and ‘Ormtunge’. Side A is completed by the alternate arrangement of the track ‘Født Til Å Herske’, previously only available digitally. Side B contains a selection of live tracks from Mork’s recent shows, featuring a series of tracks from the Katedralen opus.

Thomas Eriksen comments “Seems we got a tradition going by now, with an EP between each album.  I can get use to that! I like the format which allows us to do something a bit different and play around with the material, with albums we obviously need to be more strict.

This time I had a couple tracks left over from the Katedralen sessions. The title track “Den Svevende Festning” was always one that I liked and was actually only cut due to the album length. It’s fitting having its own EP dedicated to it. “Den Svevende Festning” is a tribute to my hometown of Halden with its majestical  Fredriksten Fortress which hovers above the city in the skyline. It’s powerful and a good cannonball in the face!”

Fresh from destroying the stage with their debut appearance, at this years Wacken Festival – check the band’s performance of “På Tvers Av Tidene” which featured on their 2019 album Det Svarte Juv – the band are on the road again on their Latin America Tour.

LIVE DATES

 2022

Latin America Tour 2022 w/ Skeletal Remains & Soul Burn

23/09/22 – Northern Deception, Kristiansand, Norway

24/09/22 – Aladdin Scene, Halden, Norway

29/09/22 – Spetakkel Festivalen, Larvik, Norway

08/10/22 – Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

2023

06/04/23 – Inferno Metal Festival, Oslo, Norway

30/04/23 – Walpurgisnacht Festival, Berlin, Germany

With more to be announced soon!

Don’t forget to check out all the episodes of Thomas Erikson’s podcast on YouTube.

MORK – KATEDRALEN – out now
Their fifth album of Black Metal Supremacy features guest appearances from members of Darkthrone, Kampfar & Skepticism 

Katedralen tracklisting

  1. Dodsmarsjen [04:57]
  2. Svartmalt [04:19]
  3. Arv [05:26]
  4. Evig Intens Smerte [06:58]
  5. Det Siste Gode I Meg [05:11]
  6. Fodt Til A Herske [06:33]
  7. Lysbaereren [05:10]
  8. De Fortapte Sjelers Katedral [09:28]

Following on mercilessly from 2020’s aptly titled ‘Pesta’ EP, Norwegian act Mork resumes its ascension through the ranks of the Scandinavian black metal scene with the fifth chapter, Katedralen, venturing ever further from the more primal early Darkthrone-based foundations, while still fundamentally keeping the grim flame of the old school in its DNA.

Katedralen is undoubtedly Mork’s most accomplished work to date, pushing new creative frontiers with a more dynamic approach to the song composition and an expanded breadth to the riffs and melodies, weaving a new masterpiece, the result, is a true personal work of intense spiritual catharsis from main-man Thomas Eriksen, he explains “The path I have walked from the first album up to this current day has been much needed for me to really find myself and what Mork is. The album has everything I want in an album, grooves, harshness, grandiosity, sadness, beauty and power. No rules, other than to respond to what comes out of my mind and soul while creating.”

The concept behind the album title Erikson continues, “‘Katedralen’ (cathedral) is actually an old one I’ve had laying around since the early days of Mork. I always had a vision of a vast desolate cold and dead land and a gigantic cathedral where lost souls are kept for all eternity. I remember fantasizing it being a concept EP, I suppose much like ‘Det Svarte Juv’ was envisioned back in the day. However, that one did not end up as a concept album. ‘Katedralen’ is not a concept album either, but I see now that all the tracks tie neatly together after all. In the end all the lost souls ends up at the base of the massive cathedral.

‘Katedralen’ was performed, recorded by Eriksen at Likkjelleren Studio and mixed by both him and Freddy Holm at Kleiva Studio, with mastering once more carried out by Jack Control at Enormous Door (Darkthrone). The album also notably includes guest appearances from Nocturno Culto of labelmates Darkthrone, Dolk of fellow countrymen Kampfar, & finally Eero Pöyry of doom masters Skepticism.

Thomas expands on the significance of the special guests “To be able to include Eero Pöyry on the album is a big deal for me. As it ties it all together with me discovering the darker and more extreme depths of metal back in the beginning. At the same time I found Black Metal, I also stumbled into Funeral Doom, which also made an lasting impression on me. I will never forget the overwhelming feeling of emptiness and hopelessness I got when listening to Skepticism for the first time. Since my vision of “Katedralen” has to do with large and vast desolation and feelings, it is absolutely perfect having Eero putting his touch on this piece of my personal history and creation. I am forever thankful. 

I have to say it is a great honor to include yet again my good friend Nocturno Culto. The track we picked is just as fist-in-the-face enough to suit his contribution perfectly. It’s become our duet of pessimistic black metal purity. Great man and a total legend.

When Dolk and I got together to figure out which track to consider, I didn’t know really what to expect, since I’ve never worked with the man. I do know his great skills in Kampfar, obviously. But when he got down with it and did his thing on «Født Til Å Herske», I was convinced instantly. His parts made the song. Genius. “ 

The suitably stark artwork once again appears courtesy of revered French artist David Thiérrée.

Katedralen is undoubtedly their most accomplished work to date, pushing new creative frontiers with a more dynamic approach to the song composition and an expanded breadth to the riffs and melodies, weaving a new masterpiece, that has been received to great acclaim by worldwide media and fans alike.

‚a powerful album’ Metal Hammer (DE)

‘this is their best album yet’ 9/10 – Ave Noctum

‘Mork’s latest is a must listen’  9/10 – Metal Trenches

‘this album contains real black metal gems’ 4.5/5 – Metallian

‘Without a doubt this album is essential listening’ Metal Talk

‘if you’re after some classic, unpretentious Norwegian black metal, it’ll hit the spot’ The Quietus

‘Mork delivers us their best album, and probably one of the best black metal albums of the last few years!’ 4.5/5 All Rock

I truly could not recommend this more’9/10 Metal Temple

“Katedralen is a powerful  devastating  masterpiece!.” 9/10 – La Grosse Radio

Mork was created by Thomas Eriksen in 2004 & was primarily a side-project from inception until the debut album, ‘Isebakke’, in 2013. Since then the band has rightly earned their accolade as one of the top Norwegian black metal acts of recent years, receiving strong endorsements from their peers.

Katedralen is available on CD, gatefold black vinyl LP and digitally, through to order HERE