The third studio album from one of the
premiere Norwegian Black Metal acts of
recent times, featuring guest appearances
from Dimmu Borgir and 1349 members.
Mork was created by Thomas Eriksen in the town of Halden in Norway
during 2004. Mork was primarily a side-project for Eriksen from inception
until the debut album release 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.
Eremittens Dal is Mork's third album, and stands as a tribute to the spirit
of old-school Norwegian black metal. The album is primarily inspired by the
works of Darkthrone & Burzum, complete with raw production & ice-cold
riffs, but with its own dynamic and atmospheric twist; stepping effortlessly
between the ferocious and the melancholy. The album covers themes
of hate, death, seclusion and misanthropy, both lyrically and in the way
that a one-man-band makes music in solitude, perfectly fitting of the title,
translated as 'Valley of the Hermit'. The suitably grim pencil cover art comes
courtesy of Jannicke Wiese-Hansen, who famously made artwork for early
Burzum and Satyricon releases.
Having featured guest vocals from none other than Darkthrone's Nocturno
Culto on their previous album, Eremittens Dal includes special guest
appearances from Dimmu Borgir's Silenoz who contributes vocals on two
tracks, plus additional bass parts from 1349's Seidemann. Eremittens
Dal was recorded at Rottehullet Studio in Halden, Norway. It was mixed
by Freddy Holm at Kleiva Studio & mastered at Enormous Door in the US
(Darkthrone's The Underground Resistance & Arctic Thunder).
This edition of Eremittens Dal will be released CD presented in a digipack
packaging complete with a 16-page booklet, and on 180g heavyweight vinyl
presented in a single package.
Though Mork is essentially a solo-project, a full live line-up has been
established, where the band has already played throughout Europe and
parts of North America, plus famously a recent show in Izmir, Turkey,
following in the footsteps of the legendary Mayhem.