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Askrinn Starts Working on a New Full-Length Album!

20/SEP/2015 - News - 168 comments

Over the last months, we have been discussing a lot about what we would do next (since we finalized our Bathory cover track - release date TBA), and what would be our artistic approach of the following Askrinn album.

The mediaeval Scandinavian litterature is incredibly rich, so we had a lot of possible themes and topics to be discussed. But among that ocean of possibilities, we had to choose a direction and keep sailing in a way that would be meaningful for the Askrinn entity.

Today, we have taken the final decision regarding the subject of our next opus. Here are some pieces of information.

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Hjørleifsljóð Debut Album Sold Out !

21/JUN/2015 - News - 4 comments

It went faster than I had initially expected. I just did my last sale, and the packet is sitting on my desk ready to be shipped to the Australian fan who ordered it.

Today, almost exactly seven months after the release of Hjørleifsljóð, we are proud to announce that our debut full-length album is now SOLD OUT !

Here are some thoughts about this event.

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Askrinn Is Not a One-Man Band Anymore : Introducing a New Drummer !

01/MAY/2015 - News - 14 comments

Over the last weeks or months, I have been referring several times to other musicians joining me, be it on this blog or in my newsletters - but always in a quite elusive manner as I did not want to claim things before they actually happen.

However, today is a major day for the Askrinn project as I have decided to stop working solo and integrate a real drummer in the band.

Here is who it is, and why I decided to change the line-up.

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Finally Republished : An Interview I Did for SEER back in October

18/APR/2015 - News - 3 comments

A month or so before releasing my latest album Hjørleifsljóð, back in 2014, I had been interviewed by the webzine SEER Promotions, which was sharing very inspiring artistic creations and was also asking some pretty interesting questions.

Unfortunately, this website is now defunct as Kat, its owner, decided to focus on other things. With her agreement, I am reproducing here the content of this interview, which I think is giving quite a lot of in-depth information about Askrinn as well as about the various motivations behind my music.

Just take a minute to see if you already knew all of this about Askrinn...

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A New Acoustic Instrument for Askrinn

06/MAR/2015 - News - 4 comments

Back when I recorded my debut album, I was using an acoustic guitar I had borrowed from a friend (thank you Ochy!). Where I was, the instruments I had seen in the shops were not really exciting, and the perspective to bring it back to my country during my return trip was not thrilling either.

That borrowed guitar quickly became a major composition tool for me, as it allowed me to focus more on the melodies I was writing instead of being distracted by the distortion sound. It was also essential in several of the songs, as I really enjoy acoustic intros or breaks.

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Askrinn to Cover Bathory in an Upcoming Tribute Compilation

03/MAR/2015 - News - 103 comments

Bathory has since the beginning been one of the various influences of Askrinn's music. Quorthon's music definitely has an earthly and sincere vibe that I can only but respect and relate to.

Therefore, when Marc Hoyland (Heathen Deity, Ethereal Forest) contacted me back in December to propose me to participate to a Bathory tribute compilation, I immediately accepted.

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Let us praise the Askrinn fans !

06/FEB/2015 - News - 6 comments

As a first post for 2015, and while I have been working hard on an adaptation/cover of a track composed by a famous metal one-man band (you have already heard about it if you have subscribed to my newsletter, actually), I decided it was time to bring the Askrinn fans (you!) more to the fore.

Indeed, as the first CD edition of my new album is almost sold out in only three months, I thought it was more than time to put you a little bit "in the light". So here is what I did.

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New Album Hjørleifsljóð Out Now ! (CD and Free Download)

14/NOV/2014 - News - 1 comment

Today, the 14th of November 2014, is a major day in the already two years old history of Askrinn.

Today, I am proud to announce the release of the first Askrinn full-length album, entitled Hjørleifsljóð, a pagan black metal opus filled with Old Norse lyrics and mediaeval content. It is now available as both a limited CD edition and as a free download (keep reading to know why).

I am highly excited to hear all of your feedbacks on those sounds, and I hope they will match the very positive reviews the album has received so far.

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Stream a New Track off the Upcoming Album Hjørleifsljóð

24/OCT/2014 - News - 2 comments

Time is running fast. Probably many of you are already aware of the big thing happening on November 14th. In exactly three weeks.

However, although you have probably already watched the video trailer I shared a bunch of days ago, I voluntarily gave you little black metal sounds to listen from the new album, Hjørleifsljóð.

But today I would like to have your point of view (if you have a minute).

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Naturmacht Productions to distribute the new Askrinn album

11/OCT/2014 - News - 6 comments

Being myself a CD Collector and a huge fan of the underground metal scene, I have a lot of respect for labels who release great music and focus on quality over quantity.

So I was pleasantly surprised when, about three weeks ago, I received a message from Robert, the owner of Naturmacht Productions, with a proposal to distribute my CDs of the new Askrinn album to be released in mid-November.

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New Askrinn album release date revealed, preorders opened! (video trailer)

01/OCT/2014 - News - 3 comments

The year 2014 has been an incredibly busy one for Askrinn, focused on the preparation of the new album, Hjørleifsljóð. Finally, after an intensive recording and mixing period, time has come for me to share with you the release date chosen for this disc.

Moreover, along with this major news for Askrinn, I have decided to open the preorders for the CD version, allowing you to reserve one of the limited first edition copies.

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60 of them arrived last week!

11/SEP/2014 - News - 4 comments

The pressing factory was very efficient and professional, and I ended up receiving the CDs of the new album barely one week after I had submitted them the artwork and audio tracks. And it is definitely looking great!

So here are some details about what is going to happen now - and how long you should still wait before listening to the Askrinn pagan black metal sounds.

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Hjørleifsljóð artwork revealed, album ready to be pressed

30/AUG/2014 - News - 4 comments

Things are getting faster. The album design is finalized, the final mix is done. In other words, many things are happening right now, in order to get the CD pressed.

So I have decided to share with you some fresh information. In particular, I have decided to reveal the full artwork of the physical edition of this new opus. But also a few other important news.

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It took me 20 months. Now it is finished.

19/AUG/2014 - News - 3 comments

Big news for today. I've been rather silent during the past month, except maybe on Twitter. Even worse, I did not send the August newsletter.

But that was on purpose.

I was completely focused on mixing and mastering (if you're not familiar with those terms, read : optimizing the sound of the recording) the new album, Hjørleifsljóð. I did not want to waste your time with half-interesting news about something not yet finished.

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Mixing has started!

14/JUL/2014 - News - 1 comment

Mixing has started for Hjorleifsljod.

As I finished recording all the instruments and screams in June, I am now working on mixing the new album. Basically it means adjusting the level and position of each recorded sound in order to optimize the perception of each sound.

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