Norwegian band, Shevils, dropped their single “Shivers” on August 21st, 2014. The 4-piece hardcore group packs a lot of shredding and smashing into “Shivers,” with gnarly riffs, thrashing drums, and gang vocals taking over the chorus. Shevils isn’t kidding around with this one, try listening to this song without singing along to the gang vocals, I dare you.

Norwegian music was once infamous mainly for its Christianity baiting black metal scene but, while that scene is still producing some explosive bands, it seems like the Norwegian punk scene is also producing some fairly nasty bands. One of those groups, Shevils, have been knocking around since about 2011 and Lost In Tarturus is their latest slab of snotty punk issued towards the tail end of 2013.

Enslaved have always been one of those bands that I was never able to get into no matter how hard I tried. Every time a new release dropped I would read glowing reviews that slobbered over how great the band was. Every time I would read those reviews, I would think I must’ve missed something the last time around. I would then listen to the album, get bored and promptly wonder what the hell was so great about the band.

Posthum is a metal band from Nannestad, Norway that formed in 2004. After they met, the three members began rehearsing and writing and soon recorded a demo that was released in 2005. After said demo, Posthum would begin work on its debut full-length album and continue to do so diligently for about three years. The record was eventually released in April 2009 and it received great reviews from the underground press.

Norwegian atmospheric metal duo Posthum have just released a second single from their September 25th (September 21st – Europe) release Lights Out. The track, “Red,” can be streamed exclusively through the Indie Recordings SoundCloud – listen below! While you’re there, you can also check out their first single “Scarecrow” as well.

For many, Ihsahn could easily be considered one of the most important metal musicians of the past 20 years. Yes it may sound like an overstatement, but the Norwegian’s groundbreaking work with Emperor, Peccatum, or on his previous formidable solo albums, is undeniable proof of his immense musical talents. His latest effort Emerita (his fourth under the “Ihsahn” moniker) only confirms that his desire to keep contributing to the advance of extreme music is as fervent and urgent as it was two decades ago. This is not a formulaic or “by the book” metal album, and although there’s a plethora of elements taken from traditional genres, this is foremost an avant-garde venture.

After last year’s highly debated revisionist compilation From The Depths Of Darkness, Norway’s most controversial vocalist/multi-instrumentalist and Burzum mastermind, Varg Vikernes, returns with a new 11-track collection titled Umskiptar (Metamorphoses). This is probably the best studio effort he has produced since his 2009’s infamous prison release. All the trademarks of the often-imitated-but-never-equaled sound of this old school experimental Black Metal institution are very present. Yet, everything somehow feels refreshing thanks to higher production values and more emphasis on recitative clean vocals.