General Gribbsphiiser, founder of Norwegian black metallers SLAGMAUR, is offering up the artwork to the band's new six-track full-length album, which the band has been working on for three years. Titled Thill Smitts Terror, the album is expected to be completed in the spring for release later this year.
Says the band, "Each picture that are connected to the release of Thill Smitts Terror is limited to 20 items each picture. On their last album, Von Rov Shelter, each picture was sold with frame and was gone in few days. So if you are a collector of rare art you better hurry up!"
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Thill Smitts Terror will continue where Von Rov Shelter left off, delving more and more deeply into the disturbing world that Slagmaur conjures up by combining modern and classical instruments with children’s nursery rhymes and fairy tales. It is a world where classically constructed melodies blend seamlessly with aggressive black metal to create a nightmare scenario straight from the pit of hell.
A pre-production version of 'Drummer Of Tedworth', a track from the album can be heard below:
Mysterious and secretive, Slagmaur was formed in the remote reaches of North Western Norway, in 2006. The band have never revealed their true identities, always appearing heavily costumed and disguised. Nor have they ever revealed how they create the sinister music that invades the listeners mind with layer upon layer of sound, revealing a different facet each time depending on the listener’s current mood.
Thill Smitts Terror sees Gribbsphiiser himself take on vocal vocal duties following the death of Steingrim and the departure of Åtselgribb. Wardr (drums, keys) has also left the band to pursue other projects, but remains an honorary member, and is replaced by Dominaus Kracker who hails from the band’s home island of Fosen, and had previously contributed to Von Rov Shelter and worked on the production side of Mare. Guest appearances by musicians from Fosen and Nidaros will also be featured.