“My new single is here. “SVARTMALT”!! This is a rocking black metal track! I’m shutting all the doors, boarding up all the windows and painting it all black! That’s pretty much a direct translation from the song’s Norwegian theme. When Nocturno Culto & I got together in the studio to figure out which of the tracks would fit him best, this one struck hard, it’s a primitive and balls out rocker, we knew this was the one – it had to be “Svartmalt”. The world seems to have gone to shit, so why not paint it black on top. Ugh!” comments Thomas Eriksen.
Katedralen, the band’s 5th album, sees the band pushing new creative frontiers with a more dynamic approach to the song composition and an expanded breadth to the riffs and melodies, weaving a new masterpiece, the result, is a true personal work of intense spiritual catharsis from main-man Thomas Eriksen. The concept behind the album title, Eriksen explains, “‘Katedralen’ (cathedral) is actually an old one I’ve had laying around since the early days of Mork. I always had a vision of a vast desolate cold and dead land and a gigantic cathedral where lost souls are kept for all eternity. I remember fantasizing it being a concept EP, I suppose much like ‘Det Svarte Juv’ was envisioned back in the day. However, that one did not end up as a concept album. ‘Katedralen’ is not a concept album either, but I see now that all the tracks tie neatly together after all. In the end all the lost souls end up at the base of the massive cathedral.
‘Katedralen’ was performed and recorded by Eriksen at Likkjelleren Studio; mixed by both him and Freddy Holm at Kleiva Studio and with mastering once more carried out by Jack Control at Enormous Door (Darkthrone). The album also notably includes guest appearances from Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Dolk(Kampfar), & Eero Pöyry of funeral doom masters Skepticism.
The suitably stark artwork once again appears courtesy of revered French artist David Thiérrée. Since their creation in 2004, Mork has rightly earned their accolade as one of the top Norwegian black metal acts of recent years, receiving strong endorsements from their peers.
Katedralen will be released on CD, gatefold black vinyl LP and digitally (pre-orders receive “Arv” & “Svartmalt” as instant downloads), through Peaceville on 5th March and is available to pre-order HERE (https://mork.lnk.to/Katedralen)
The band have announced they will be supporting the new release with live shows & festival performances where they are possible. Confirmed currently:
6th March Norway, Oslo – Rockefeller – album launch show – tickets on sale here: https://www.ticketmaster.no/event/652149
29-31st July Germany – Wacken Open Air Festival