“The lyrics of ‘Fallow Season’ deal with how greed and religion, as driving forces behind humanity’s self-destructive behavior, are speeding our progress towards an apocalypse. The song suggests that perhaps this is what is needed: a cataclysm that will reduce our current civilization to rubble, and let nature reclaim some territory.” — Agnete M. Kirkevaag, MADDER MORTEM
Red In Tooth And Claw is the sixth full-length studio offering from Norwegian avant metal collective, MADDER MORTEM. Set for release next week via Dark Essence Records the majestic, ten-track production – their first in seven long years – was captured by guitarist BP M. Kirkevaag, mastered by Peter In de Betou and comes shrouded in the artwork of Christian Ruud (Tristania, Frantic Bleep).
As a precursor to its release, today Revolver Magazine is pleased to unveil the visual accompaniment to latest single, “Fallow Season.”
Vocalist Agnete M. Kirkevaag elaborates, “‘Fallow Season’ was recorded at an abandoned sawmill in our home town. This mill was once a large plant, the pride of the small local community, but was decommissioned in 1996. In the twenty-years that have passed, nature has started to reclaim the plant, and its buildings have been left to decay. The lyrics of ‘Fallow Season’ deal with how greed and religion, as driving forces behind humanity’s self-destructive behavior, are speeding our progress towards an apocalypse. The song suggests that perhaps this is what is needed: a cataclysm that will reduce our current civilization to rubble, and let nature reclaim some territory. Perhaps what we need is such a fallow season to rethink our priorities.”
View “Fallow Season” at THIS LOCATION.
You can also hear “Blood On The Sand,” still streaming at No Clean Singing, RIGHT HERE.
And if you missed it, check out the album teaser HERE.
Red In Tooth And Claw will be released on October 28th in CD and digital formats, with the vinyl edition hitting streets on December 6th. For preorders visit THIS LOCATION. For digital purchases, go HERE.
Formed in 1993, and having started out with a more doom-oriented sound, MADDER MORTEM became one of the earliest bands from the contemporary Norwegian metal scene to break away from set genre boundaries. With each release, MADDER MORTEM continued to develop, seamlessly transitioning into an experimental progressive metal band with a unique sense of groove and contrasting arrangements.
With a lineup comprised of Agnete M. Kirkevaag on vocals, BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar and vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass, and Mads Solås on drums, and with seven years between the release of the band’s last album Eight Ways and this year’s Red In Tooth And Claw, the band still maintains the trademark MADDER MORTEM sound. Still so heavily defined by Kirkevaag’s massive vocals that range from tender whispers to violent screams, Red In Tooth And Claw retains all of the band’s quirkiness, and gives it a catchy boost, with songs shifting between doomy melodies and hard-hitting riffs.