BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR SLOWLY WE ROT/PEST ZINE

Answered by Hugin 2014.  Questions by Sónia Fonseca Interview for Slowly We Rot Pest Zine 2014

You have been involved in many projects ever since 1994. Why do you keep on ending projects and starting new ones? Is it because the principles and ideas change?

It’s true that in the earlier days I started and ended quite a few projects, but it’s a really long time ago now since I started any new projects or felled like I had to put some to rest. I haven’t done that the last many years. With that said there were several reasons for doing this though. Some of the projects were never meant to be continuing projects, some of them where unsatisfying to play in, some of them just faded away, and some of them where specific concept bands like SANSÂGER where the lyrics and everything else only focus on the history and myths of the island of Bornholm, or like GWATH and ESSOUPI where there was a strong concept bound to it also

Blodarv’s image is a black feathered bird… why have you chosen this symbol?

The black feathered bird you speak of is a raven. It is used as a symbol of BLODARV for more than one reason, for the symbol of the raven means many things. First of all it represents “Hugin” which again symbolize “Thought/s” wisdom intelligence, over-natural powers and the ability to fly between worlds. It’s the bird of the living and the dead, it brings stories from the land of the dead to the land of the living and from the land of the living to the land of the dead. But we use it in various ways in BLODARV and each way has layers of meaning and symbolism. When (just to give another example) we use it on the “banner/flag”, it refers to the first original Danish flag –and the world oldest. This flag from the past was originally called by 4 names. “Ravnefanen” (meaning:the raven banner) or “Danebroge” (meaning: Mark of the Danes)or “hrafnsmerki” (Meaning:The Raven mark) or finally simply “Ravnen”(Meaning “the raven”). It was once well known and feared throughout the most of the world as a united mark of the Vikings, and a symbol of Denmark going into war. The original” Raven” banner itself was a Blood-red cloth with 2 black ravens embroidered on it (one on each side). It was triangular with a rounded outside edge where there hang a series of black taps// tassels. The raven on each side was representing the 2 ravens of Odin: “Hugin” & “Munin” and the intent of the flag were to strike fear in ones enemies by the invoking of the power of Odin. When speaking about the “Raven” it was said:”when the raven spread its wings, great victory is predicted for the Danes” (and victory was its main purpose, since the original flag was mostly used in war times during battles, and not in times of peace.) Enemies of the Danish Viking’s called it “the raven of doom”.. 

Back in February 2012, you released the DVD "A Doorway Between Worlds Chapter 1" which features eight videos from your official youtube channel and a live recording from the show at Club Brutal, in Aarhus Denmark. How was it accepted by the fans? .Do you have plans of a chapter 2?

Yes it was released in February 2012 mainly because there were a lot of fans asking us if we couldn’t release some of our youtube videos on a DVD/ Video CD. It was never supposed to be seen as a pro “BLODARV DVD” meaning that it just contains videos from our youtube channel, and was particularly made for those fans that are weary of trying to watch our videos on YouTube at the mercy of the vagaries of their internet connections and with poor sound quality. The Video CD contains videos for tracks from ours albums “Soulcollector”, “Linaria Amlech”, “Civitas Diaboli” and the newly released “Gâst”, and as you mentioned a live recording from the show at Club Brutal, in Aarhus Denmark, filmed in December 2012. The response from the fans was really good, but many asked for some more live material, so when we did some video-recordings of our support show to CARPATHIAN FOREST the year after & filmed 7 tracks from the Island LIVE ceremony that took place on the island of Bornholm in 2013 we decided to release a chapter 2 of “A doorway between worlds”. So it’s not something we have plans of, it’s something we have actually already done.

A little over a year ago, on 12th December 2012, you released “Gâst” on Self Mutilation. It contains 8 tracks in a total that overruns 45 min. It’s full of blasphemous poetry in both Danish and English. This release set the bar very high for the upcoming release… how are you planning on surpassing this one?

We never do anything half hearted and never release something we are not satisfied with our self. How high the banner is sat is not something that we think about, as we always strive to create albums that 100 percent lives up to the ideas and plans we have for it, and when we are satisfied the rest doesn’t matter.  Some may think “Gâst” is one of our best albums, others may think it’s one of the worst, and it’s the same with the new tracks, some will see all their splendor, and for them those tracks will be the best we have ever done, while others may feel different and prefer other tracks/albums instead. It all doesn’t matter, the albums are as they are and shouldn’t be any other way. We create honest Black Metal from deep inside and without any filters. The outcome will become what it becomes.

Your label Self Mutilation Services from Mexico was recommended to you by B.G Black Hate. Why are they the right label for you?

Because they are very dedicated to what they do and they give us the total freedom we need for our art.

“Flamekeeper” 7” VINYL & “Flamekeeper” Ceremonial Box Edition will be out in the spring of 2014 on SELF MUTILATION SERVICES. The 7” EP will be limited to 500 units and the Box edition limited to only 50 units! Why do you limit these releases so much? 50 units will fly away on the first day of its release. Do you believe it will help you achieve a cult status?

It has nothing to do with getting cult status or not, the reason for the diehard edition is limited as low as 50 units are because of what is included in the box. The 50 black candles Included (1 in each box) are the 50 candles that was used in the flamekeeper ceremony, during which the goat bones amulets were also crafted. And as I’ve mentioned before, in the official press release It´s about giving the fans something unique and personal together with the album beside the music, like it was done in the early years of the Black Metal Underground. The goat bones comes from “Hammeren” on Bornholm where we recorded the “I blaek og blod” Video. The bones were tied together to an inverted cross and used in the ceremony. This inverted cross also features on the regular cover for “flamekeeper” 7” EP. Later during the end of the ceremony the bones were made into 50 amulets -one for each black candle burning during the ceremony- and therefore 50 became the number of boxes we could release for the fans including 1 piece of each of the original ceremony material. As for the regular edition being limited to 500 copies, it’s simply because that’s what Self Mutilation can afford to release. Vinyl releases are very expensive to produce for the record companies and the profit is close to zero these days, so we are just glad that we have the opportunity to release vinyl as one of the first bands on Self Mutilation Services, and even though 550 vinyl’s doesn’t sound like much, you will be amazed by how few people actually buys vinyl these days. We have had the Flamekeeper EP up for pre-ordering on the official BLODARV store for 2 months now and I can tell you that the copies available for pre-ordering has not been sold out yet, so there is still plenty of opportunity to pre-order it from the shop if you want to be sure to get your hands on it, plus we will of course save some copies that will not go on sale before the actual release day.

To something else. Has the line-up change helped the band in any way?

I believe you refer to our newest joined member Fjorgynn which joined us 3 years ago taking over the drums from Ynleborgaz. And Yes, Fjorgynn fitted right in from the first rehearsal. He definitely gives BLODARV that final touch with his abilities of spanning over both great atmospheric drum play and really evil aggressive drums, and most important of all as I have said before- that flow you can’t explain. With Fjorgynn on the drums we have become an even stronger unit both music-wise and as a horde. We have already had many hours of rehearsing, planning, discussing, sharing ideas, reaching goals and setting new, sharing visions, sharing thoughts, travelled under shitty conditions and much more, which has had its affect in forming the band to the strong unit it has become today. Good, great, bad and worse times, we have been through it all, and all this has of cause strengthened the band in every possible way.

According to you, the lyrics of BLODARV explore death, micro and macro cosmos, the forces of nature, the power of the universe and all the energies that cling to it. It is hateful blasphemous poetry filled with dark visions, possessive muses, and soul-seeking demons. Will it continue to be so? What will be the main topic / message behind the new EP?

Yes, the new EP once again allows the listener to get a glimpse into the dark universe of BLODARV in which we lead the listeners through a world filled with powerful demons, powers and energies. A journey that goes through their own mind into -and through- the dark universe that is BLODARV. As announced in the press release the tracks on “Flamekeeper” salutes the power of the ancient flame, the fire that feeds us and the fire that eats us. It’s about putting demons into art & protecting the old, but that’s all I’ll tell for now, because the lyrics and the music speaks for themselves. Both have many layers, and many stories to tell. How the listeners experience this journey and what they take with them depends on the individual, and is not something we can, or will, control. There isn’t just one “true” way to experience, feel or understand our lyrics because as I said they hold many layers. The tracks and the lyrics have their own life now and what people take with them after hearing it will be for them to answer

You are responsible for all the layouts and covers… why have you decided to do this yourself? Don’t you trust it in the hands of other artists? Will you also do it for future releases?

Yes I think I will always do the layout, cover and artwork designs for Blodarv, I cant imagine it any other way, the shortest path from an idea in my mind to the final physical product goes through my own hands, and I always find it easier to craft things myself in appose to explaining others how I want it to be. It’s really not a trust issue, I am an creative artist myself, so just like a painter that has never considered asking another painter to paint his personal visions, I have never considered to get an artist to do our covers or layouts, I have too much to express myself, and I like doing these things. Our covers will always be much more than “pictures and words in a nice layout” it’s a part of the entire experience of the album, and there are many links and symbolic features crafted into our covers where you can find an extra layer to the album, certain links and even hidden stories if you seek deep enough. There’s a meaning and a thought behind all our layouts.

Satinae Ma is the female witch that sings both live and in the studio. What’s your opinion of women in metal? What does she add to the band?

Satinae Ma who does the female vocal parts makes it possible to add an extra layer to the music and the complete experience of the lyrics. She constantly evolves on her vocal, always willing to experiment with it in various directions, and  is fantastic at sinking in to the lyrics, catch the emotions and mood of the lyric, and still add it her own perspective. in many ways she completes the circle. Just as Every other member she fills a certain space in which where there would be silence and emptiness if not. As for my opinion of woman in Black Metal I believe the same as I do with men in Black Metal. Some belong there, some doesn’t. It all depends on what you have to bring to the table and what you hold in your mind and soul, not what gender you belong to.

Do you believe Facebook can actually help you spread the word/message of Blodarv? You have reached over 15000 likes already. How important are fans for you?

We have an extreme strong connection to many of our fans, a connection that goes way beyond most bands relations to their fans, so they mean a lot. And yes there is no doubt that facebook and the fans in there helps spread the universe of BLODARV. There are so many people, bands, bookers, venues etc on social media’s such as facebook these days. And after having our old website closed and crashed and closed again, we decided to give a fuck about it until we can find a prober host for it, and instead we post all our news on the official BLODARV FB page. And yes we are a growing horde, and we don’t use those “Boosted” post or paid for “get more likes” thing, so everyone in there are actually real fans and followers, and not some fake number with loads of fake profiles as followers as you see many places these days after FB decided to get the terrible idea of letting people buy themselves likes and fans.

In a day and age in which many BM bands are leaving corpsepaint behind, Blodarv still use it. What does corpsepaint represent for the band?

Several things..We have always used it and always will.  Personally I have used basically the same corpse-paint the last 20 years and it has become like a ritualistic thing. It’s always there when we stand face to face with the demons and the energies of the great beyond, this is the face that fits our souls and who we are, like a portrait of our mind and deepest most inner self.

On live shows, apart from corpse paint, all band members use ripped clothes. Does that represent something in particular?

It represents the journey we have gone through, the long and dark labyrinths with thorns and obstacles that shreds you on the outside and strengthens you on the inside. We never clean any of our stage cloth, which we have used since 2007, and it smells of blood, sweat spit vomit sickness flames and energies.

You have some die-hard fans who have tattooed symbols of Blodarv in their skin. How does this make you feel?

Well you don’t get a tattoo of any kind unless it means something really important to you and have given it thoughts before you decided to go through both pain and money-cost to get it because it. So naturally it makes me feel very, very proud and heard. More than I can explain actually because it’s an incredible dedicated thing to do, and when you see another person that has a symbol inked that represents Blodarv -a mark that will follow them forever,- it makes me and everyone else in the circle –as I said- very proud.

Were you educated to believe in any kind of religion or did your upbringing teach you about religion’s ignorance and hypocrisy?

Life, experiences, seeking insight inside, seeking truth of the outside, and using natural intelligence to question all that was laid in front of me taught me about religions ignorance and hypocrisy.. I have never been educated to believe in any kind of religion, never been forced to go to church or stuff like that, but like all in Denmark I grew up in a country where Christianity has become the main religion, and where many believe that “the country is build upon Christian values” So I saw and felled the hypocrisy and started putting question marks to religions, existence and the so called “truth” at a very early age, and as long as I can remember I have philosophized over life, death, existence and everything in between, and never taken the first answer as the one truth, but seeking alternative ways of thinking. The power of the soul and the mind, connecting with, and seeking insight into these powers, into life and death itself, and many other things has played an important role in my path to concluding that I don’t believe in any of the established religions of today, in fact, I despise them. I am a curious soul with a hunger for wisdom; I hail my old ancestors and my Blood-inherited abilities to see beyond life and this world’s borders. To be able to feel, see, and hear things that only a few can. I have my own moral standards and ethics, and my own view upon life, death and existence. I’ve build them on knowledge, insight, visions, and own experiences as I’ve mentioned, plus those of my respected ancestors. I don’t believe in “Gods” in the sense of which Gods are defined by humanity today, but I believe in energies and the powers of the universe. In the creative force of the Nebulas and earth’s nature, the power of the human-mind, the great cosmos, and the dark matter that surrounds us with its all time presence.

You moved on your own at a very early age. What “sacrifices” have you done in order to be where you are today? (Obviously you had bills to pay and had to renounce to some stuff that you wanted because of that!)

You have done your research well. I have always put my art above anything else. You must be willing to sacrifice all if that’s what it takes to be able to reach your goals. And no, the art of BLODARV is not created on polished floors. Since I was 15 and moved on my own I have had to spend all the money I could on equipment, recordings etc being able to create and bring my art to life, and so it has been ever since, because I’ve never wanted to make compromises when it comes to my art, which of course results in lots of compromises on other things, such as having money for food, bills, going to concerts, visiting friends, and all that social stuff. But I am not complaining, it has never been a big problem as I have always been a bit misanthropic and don’t mind not having many friends, as long as I got the right ones. I get by with a few tight friends, my demons and my art, and has done so since I was 15 years old.

Do you believe being independent from such an early age has been highly important in the way you decided to live your life and your beliefs in general?

More the other way around..The way I lived my life and my beliefs, did that I became independent at a very early age.

Denmark is not very famous for its Black metal bands… are there any worth mentioning?

Well I live very isolated with my art here on the island of Bornholm, so there is probably a lot of bands and stuff happening that I am not the first one to hear about, but I enjoy bands like DENIAL OF GOD, the now departed FEIKN, NORTT and old stuff like that, plus my band brothers own projects SEPULCHRAL CRIES (pestilens) & FJORSVARTNIR (Fjorgynn).

Final message to Pest readers please!

If some of the readers got curious about BLODARV and want to know more You can find more info the following places. Official Website : www.blodarv.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv Webshop: http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com Record label: www.selfmutilationservices.com Booking: stafahugin@hotmail.com  

BLODARV INTERVIEW FOR RAW WAR MAGAZINE 2013

Answered by Hugin 2013 interview-raw-war-magazine-2013

HAILS and thanks for doing this interview! First of i just got to ask you how your experience was to be supporting Carpathian Forest at Loppen in Copenhagen? And how did you hook up with them in the first place? Was it the one and only gig with them or was/is there more shows in the pipeline?

To answer your first question first, It was great to play with Carpathian Forest, really cool guys both on and offstage so yeah we had a good time,  And then I got to hear and see “Mask of the slave” “Knokkelman” and other equally great tracks of Carpathian Forest live for the first time which I really enjoyed.  It was a small stage with an intense atmosphere where there are less than a meter between the band and the audience and you can look the fans directly in the eyes, which always is something special and which both Carpathian and we enjoyed. As for how the whole event came to life, it was our manager Patricia Thomas -which manage both Carpathian Forest and Blodarv- that contacted me because there was a chance that CF could come to Denmark on their way to -Kings of black metal festival- in Germany, and I was asked if I could get in contact with Tchort and maybe help arrange it. So I spoke back n forth with Tchort from CF over email, and to make a long story short, I contacted some of the venues that I knew would be able to pull this off, and as you know it ended up with a show at LOPPEN on Christania Copenhagen which was all good. A one-timer so far though, we haven’t planned out any other shows together, but who knows, it’s hard to predict the future right’. Tell a bit about the DVD "A Doorway Between Worlds Chapter 1" you released back in february, 2012 and by the "chapter 1" you seem to have nasty plans for the future as well? Yes it was released because there were a lot of fans asking us if we couldn’t release some of our youtube videos on a DVD/ Video CD. It was never supposed to be seen as a pro “BLODARV DVD” meaning that it just contains videos from our youtube channel, and was made for those fans who are weary of trying to watch our videos on YouTube, at the mercy of the vagaries of their internet connections and with poor sound quality. The Video CD contains videos for tracks from our albums “Soulcollector”, “Linaria Amlech”, “Civitas Diaboli” and the newly released “Gâst” as well as a live recording from the show at Club Brutal, in Aarhus Denmark, filmed in December of last year. In all, eight Video’s from our official youtube channel. Its DVD player and PC compatible and is limited to 666 hand-numbered copies, and is available exclusively through the BLODARV STORE at http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com for a fair price of 10 euro. And yes, there will be a “Chapter 2” released sometime in the future.

Your last full album "Gâst" that you released last year was a mighty record with a lot of bleak, harsh but grand emotions, very well made through out. By your own words what does that album mean for you & describe its essence.

Thank you, yes Gâst was released on the 12 of December 2012 on Self Mutilation Services. It contains 8 tracks in all, which is a little more than 45 min in total. Every album of BLODARV means something special to me, and Gâst of course also has a personal meaning to me just like all previous releases. It’s the essence of my mind, my most inner demons, thoughts, visions and beliefs. It explores life philosophies and life and death itself, the forces of nature, the power of the universe and all the energies that cling to it. It’s full of blasphemous poetry in both Danish and English. Powerful songs, dark visions, possessive muses, soul-seeking demons, haunted and haunting souls, tragic destinies and chilling dreams. In other words, a glimpse into the dark universe of BLODARV

4. Is there new work in process? Blodarv seem to be in good condition now with this current strong line-up.

Yes indeed we are in the best condition ever, and right now the first seeds for the next spell are being put in the ground. Right now it’s mainly just riffs and ideas about the tracks that are getting sorted in my mind and we haven’t begun writing complete tracks down yet or recording. The next months we will focus a lot on our Live ceremonies, improving the show in every way we can, but we are always in a constant creative circle in BLODARV so there will also be worked a bit on new material for the next album these following months I believe.

5. How would you describe todays BM activity in Denmark?

Not the worst, not the best. I think we are going towards a better period. There are some good bands rising in DK over the last few years. Some seems to have real potential, and Black Metal is beginning -after going through some pretty bad times- to pull crowds again here in Denmark. When this is said I live very isolated with my art here on the island of Bornholm, so there is probably a lot of bands and stuff happening that I am not the first one to hear about.

6. How would you describe todays Denmark with one word?

I wouldn’t, because I can’t. 7. How does Blodarvs plans for the rest of this year look like? It’s hard to predict an entire year, but next show will be a headlining act on June 28 here on the island of Bornholm were we will set up a special show as we´ve done the past years. When we play here on the island we can bring as much stage stuff as we like because we are not limited to what can fit in the van, as we are when we travel, so we will make a very special stage for this show and we have also made a longer set-list than at previous shows, which will be a perfect blend of old and new tracks. We also got some other shows in mind but it’s to early to say more about those.  Beside from that we have a video on the drawing board –if everything goes as planned- at the end of June 2013. And then as I mentioned before we are slowly sinking into the next album. How did you come in contact with your label Self Mutilation Services (Mexico)? Did they have a better contract etc then Northern Silence Productions (Germany) where you were on before? Actually it was a question of not compromising our art, and release through a label that could appreciate the art for what it was, not for what it could be. Yes, we were on NORTHERN SILENCE as you correctly state, where we released the “soulcollector..The thousand years tale” gatefold LP + CD, and also the “Linaria Amlech” CD. But with the new stuff we started to create after that, there suddenly wasn’t the big enthusiasm around from Northern Silence, and in general we had too many different views on to many different things concerning BLODARV, and as I said we never compromise on our artistic freedom which is the most important thing for us when it comes to being signed. Long story short, we broke with Northern Silence, got them to send our master CD and cover-layout back, and paid northern silence the money they had given us to record the album back to them. This way the master and the layout was ours again, and we needed a new company to release it through, so we send out a few mails to various labels that we knew we could work with explaining the situation. We got offers from half of them, some better than other, but ended up with making a deal with Self Mutilation Services, recommended by B.G Black Hate and we have been very satisfied with that. They might not be the biggest label, but they are dedicated to what they do and they give us the freedom we need for our art.

Any last words? 

Thanks for the interview, and a big fucking hail to all those who walks with us through the fire!! Official Website : www.blodarv.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv Webshop: http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com Record label: www.selfmutilationservices.com Booking: stafahugin@hotmail.com

NEW BLODARV FULL LENGTH ALBUM IN PROGRESS!

New full length album blodarv BLODARVs front man Hugin has been brewing on new tracks and lyrics ever since the band finished the recordings of the Flamekeeper vinyl that was relased by Self Mutilation Services last year, and everyone in the band is right now working intensely and with great eager on the upcoming album that once more will send the fans and followers into a journey down new paths in the illuminating darkness of BLODARVs demonical universe. Concerning the upcoming album Hugin says: “Already after the first 80 hours in the studio, I can honestly say that the new full length will be some of the best we’ve ever made! It will take you down the memory lane to the early and mid 90´s when Black Metal was Black Metal, filled with heart and soul and strong original ideas, unpolluted by the masses and the halfhearted acts that followed the scene in the many years after. This album will open your mind again, leave you breathless and nostalgic, make the hair in the back of your neck stands up, and you’ll remember why you started listening to Black Metal in the first place” *Further details about the upcoming album will be revealed later this year here on the official BLODARV website Additional BLODARV information: Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv Webshop: http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com Record label: www.selfmutilationservices.com For Interviews & booking, contact BLODARV: stafahugin@hotmail.com

OUT NOW- BLODARV/SILVA NIGRA RE-RELEASE

The 14 year old (2002) BLODARV / SILVA NIGRA Split CD. Re-released by OBSCURE CHAOS DISTRO in 2015.

Re-released in a special version with new cover art and a different end track. Limited to 1000 copies.

Order directly from Blodarv at the official Blodarv shop

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Track list:

BLODARV –DEAMONIS

  1. Thousand Wounds On My Body
  2. Power Of A Soul
  3. Under Satans Vinger
  4. Langt Vaek Fra Livet
  5. Those Who Speak In Minds

SILVA NIGRA –SYMBOL OF HATE

  1. Intro (Tisícileté Ozvêny Podzemních Zivlu)
  2. Symbol Nenávisti
  3. Zeme Nikoho
  4. Zlatý Úsvit
  5. Zaniklá Ríse Prastarého Impéria
  6. Outro ( Skalní Hrozba)

BLODARV FLAMEKEEPER EP

BLODARV “FLAMEKEEPER” RELEASED ON HALLOWEENS NIGHT ON 7” VINYL & BOX EDITION!! Blodarv Albums i kassevis   “FLAMEKEEPER” 7” EP Limited to 500 copies “FLAMEKEEPER” “CEREMONIAL BOX” Edition Limited to 50 units From the illuminating darkness, the demons speaks again! The long awaited BLODARV “Flamekeeper” vinyl was released on Halloween night this Saturday October 31. 2015 on Self Mutilation Services As fans and followers knows, nothing is done half-hearted in BLODARV and this new release is no different. Its in all ways a unique release, and the diehard edition especially, coming with some very special extras included that you surely haven’t received with any album before. Beside from being the first album release with newest BLODARV member Fjorgynn on drums, the “Flamekeeper” 7” EP is also be the first vinyl release from the band in 10 years! The Ep is as stated above, released in a regular version limited to 500 copies & a diehard “Cermonial box” limited to only 50 units on SELF MUTILATION SERVICES.  “Flamekeeper” itself, is a release that is very personal to Hugin, who wants it to be a very special hail to the fans, some of whom have been following for more than twenty years, since the release of the “Misanthropia/Misanthropia demo” back in 1994 which marked the first step planted on a journey that with time would become BLODARV as we know it today. To this end, the frontman has gone to great lengths to hand craft some of the contents in the box edition himself, and has ensured that the label sourced a high quality wooden box that will be a collector’s item for years to come. “Ten times of candles five, ancient flame stay tonight, with fire, air, blood and stones, a piece of your strength I put in these bones!”
Concerning the Flamekeeper EP Hugin says : “We have a strong connection to our fans and followers, that’s why I crafted the fifty amulets out of the goat bones, and why I choose to put one in each of the limited box sets together with one of the candles used in the ceremony for the most diehard fans... The new tracks on “Flamekeeper” salutes the power of the ancient flame, the fire that feeds us and the fire that eats us. Its about putting demons into art, protecting the old, and once again send the listener into the dark demon filled universe of BLODARV. It´s about creating great Black Metal and also give the fans something unique and personal together with the album beside the music, like it was done in the early years of the Black Metal Underground. Its a hail to lust and blasphemy, to powerful energies, to the moon and the beast of the night, to the powers we got inside, to the nights where the flame burns bright, where souls and demons and worlds unite, it’s a hail to the power with a thousand names, a hail to the power of the ancient flame. For thousands of  nights in its illuminating darkness “.
Box set includes:
  • EP box – A carved wooden box  for storing all the objects included
  • Flamekeeper 7" EP – In black vinyl
  • EP cover - same as regular version of ”Flamekeeper” limited to 500 units
  • Back Patch- 23 cm embroidered
  • Sticker – 9 x 9 cm
  • 2 Lyric/photo sheets – one photo sheet and one lyric sheet
  • Necklace/amulet- Crafted from goat bones From the island of Bornholm (The bones that also features on EP cover). Necklaces are numbered by hand on back of necklace
  • Black candle- from the ceremony during which the necklaces/amulets was crafted
  • Black jewelry bag- for necklace/amulet
  • Guitar pick – 0,73mm with” Flamekeeper“print and BLODARV Logo (two-side print)

“Flamekeeper” 7 EP (Regular Ed.) includes: Cover, Lyric-sheet and EP in black vinyl. Both versions of “flamekeeper” can be ordered from the official BLODARV Shop and Self mutilation Services www.blodarvshop.bigcartel.com  & www.selfmutilationservices.com
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