Swedish Viking black metal-tinged act KING OF ASGARD are set to release their third album "Karg" July 18th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit HERE to watch the video clip for "The Runes Of Hel".
The video was once again directed by Rickard Moneus. Comments
the band: "'The Runes of Hel' was shot at the location of Vadstena Castle,
inside one out of four circular cannon turrets. Vadstena Castle is a former
Royal Castle and fortress built by King Gustav I of Sweden (Gustav Vasa) in
1545. Vadstena being the city where both Karl and Jonas were born and forged.
Somewhat the perfect place for a video to be shot. Thus, one night in May, the
key to the city of Vadstena was lent to King of Asgard. A long and late evening,
in authentic setting with history's rugged wing beats embracing. Breathing the
past and standing on undisturbed soil among ghouls and phantoms. A location
harsh, barren and cold as carved for the finalization of "The Runes of Hel"! As
in customary and traditional arrangement Rickard Monéus (1897.se), our true companion in arms, handled the photography
and the completion of this piece. Assisted by our fellow thrall Petter
Fredriksson. Lean back and soak yourselves, as we present to thee; 'The Runes of
Feel free to stream the 2nd single "Remnant of the
"Karg" is the third album of
KING OF ASGARD, following "Fi'mbulvintr", which was released in
2010 and "…to North" in 2012. "Karg" has again been
recorded with Andy LaRocque at the infamous Sonic Train Studios. Comments Jonas
Albrektsson and Karl Beckman: "After well over a year of intensive writing,
we finally reached the point where everything is put into finish. When countless
hours of hard work and careful consideration has been completed. This
completion, being our third album which at an early stage was titled to "Karg",
in English, "Barren". A word which later on came to form the atmosphere of the
whole album and a sense that meanders through more or less all the material.
It's darker, it is harsher and more stripped down than our previous releases.
More mature, precise and well thought out. A challenge both for us as well as
for the observer. Lyrically, we have come closer to our own immediate
surrounding and ancestral heritage, based on old legends and tales from our home
region, a tribute to our fair and historical countryside. Yet again everything
was recorded and mixed in Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque at the helm
assisted by Olof Berggren. Even in the phase of recording we used the word Karg
as a guideline… and thus, it is upon thee!"
The band's two previous,
critically acclaimed albums are available worldwide on Metal Blade Records.
Listen to the band on iTunes and Spotify to hear what Terrorizer Magazine called "intense
blackened folk metal".
"Karg" track listing:
Runes of Hel
02. The Trickster
03. Highland Rebellion
04. Remnant of
06. The Heritage Throne
09. Total Destruction (Bonus Track)
Karl Beckman - Guitar, Vocals
Jonas Albrektsson - Bass
G Tängmark - Guitar
Karsten Larsson - Drums