Norwegian black/thrash metal outfit The Konsortium (Mayhem, ex-Enslaved, et al) have announced the release of their sophomore full-length album. The upcoming effort, which follows the band’s 2011 self-titled debut, will be titled Rogaland and will be released on June 1 (Europe) and June 8 (North America) via Agonia Records. Mixed and mastered by Gomez at Orgone Studios (Paradise Lost, Ulver, Grave Pleasures, Primordial) and produced by F.G. Fugelli, the new record will feature eight new tracks and special guest appearances by Cpt. Estrella Grasa (Nidingr) on the tracks “Skogen” and “Arv”. Founder and mastermind Fredrik G. Fugell said the following of the new record:
“This album has been a long time coming,…The process has been tedious and time-consuming, but in the end it has definitely been worth it. Everything clicked and fell into place; from vision to finished product, each and everyone involved has delivered their best. I feel confident that we’ve managed to define and refine the material in such a way that we ended up capturing the essence of what the album tries to convey: the timeless battle and coexistence between man and nature; the old magic and the bond that is lost in a modern and controlled world, void of spirituality. ‘Rogaland’ is a strong affirmation of roots, and a damn well executed one, at that”.
Drummer Dirge Rep adds:
“It’s the most technical and demanding album of my somewhat 25 years under Black Metal. I am extremely grateful for the honor of performing under The Konsortium and dedicated myself in entirety to the excellence of the work, its will and its energy”.
The album’s track listing can be seen below.