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2 weeks ago

Madder Mortem
A big thanks to Steve Peck for this piece! Check out his blog too, Steve has such a broad range of musical interests, and writes really well about it, too. 🤘International Women’s Day: In celebration, I can’t think of a more appropriate musical artist to recognize than Agnete Mangnes Kirkevaag, lead singer for Norwegian avant-garde Metal band Madder Mortem. Aside from her incredible musical talents, Kirkevaag has shown great personal resolve and serves well as a role model for women in music. Fiercely forging her own individualistic path, Agnete has overcome numerous obstacles based on the stereotypes of what a female “should be." In the male-dominated genre of Heavy Metal, you’re either cast as a bodacious sex object, or a pencil-thin forest fairy, dressed in flowing gowns. As documented in the Madder Mortem film “Howl of the Underdogs,” Kirkevaag has faced her personal demons with a rare openness and honesty. Above all, she just freakin’ kicks-ass, and to me, is one of the greatest (Metal) singers of all-time, whether they be female, male, or something furrier!It’s also uncommon for an artist and band to keep getting better and better when they’re 25+ years into a career. At a time when other contemporaries try to relive past glories or rest on their laurels, Kirkevaag and Madder Mortem continue to challenge themselves with their restless creativity, growing artistically. Over the years, her voice has grown more sumptuous, becoming richer in tone and control. Agnete possesses an incredible range, full of drama and emotion, as she seamlessly moves from warm, sensual caresses to bloodcurdling screams. Kirkevaag’s voice and melodies get stuck in your head, serving as the perfect foil for the band who churns out dissonant, down-tuned riffs and chaos. Although her lyrics can be quite dark, a strong, empathetic survivor instinct is also prevalent.Since Madder Mortem’s music is so diverse and uncompromising, it’s proven impossible to put them in a genre defining box. The Metal universe is rampant with labels and self-imposed expectations, and Madder Mortem has struggled to get their music heard. This gives Kirkevaag and band a fighting edge, even though they’ve already forged a rich musical legacy. Taken in a different context, this reminds me of many strong women I know!Included in the comments below is the video to “Far from Home,” from their 2018 album “Marrow.” I think it serves as a great example of what I’ve been talking about. On another note, the animation is brilliant, and shouldn’t be missed.#internationalwomensday #agnetemangneskirkevaag #maddermortem #norwegianmetal #hickorynotes ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Madder Mortem
Agnete and BP’s beloved dad Jakob Kirkevaag passed away Sunday Feb 19th. “Dad was a fierce supporter of Madder Mortem all the way from the start. The Misty Sleep demo wouldn’t have been possible without his financial contribution, and he picked up the CDs and drove 6 hours to deliver them in time for our very first release party. In the same spirit, up through the years he was our driver, host, cook, dishwasher, banker, spokesperson, driver, photographer and fan, but most of all, an unwavering support and inspiration.Our next album, “Old Eyes, New Heart”, will feature two of dad’s paintings as the cover art. This was planned a while ago, but unfortunately, he didn’t live long enough to see the finished release. We know he was very proud to let his art be the visual side of our music, and we think it’s a great way to honour a remarkable human being. He was kind and generous, and always chose to stand by the underdogs. We hope we can go on to live our lives without him in a way that would make him proud. Agnete & BP”Jakob's art: kirkevaag.no/ Photo: Ann-Helén Moen Nannestad Photography ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Madder Mortem
From our recent Tromsø gig. ❤️🤘 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Madder Mortem
Heading back home after a wonderful time in Tromsø. Thank you so much to @dreamslain_metal_band and @wearetoblameofficial for a great gig night yesterday @samfunnetdrivAnd a special shout-out to Igor and Anna for making all this happen! We know how much work goes into the planning and logistics that makes an event like this happen - hats off to you! ❤️🤘#maddermortem #maddermortemlive #dreamslain #wearetoblame #tromsø#progressivemetal ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Madder Mortem
Arrived at Studentsamfunnet Driv, getting ready for tonight's gig with Dreamslain and We Are To Blame. Tickets and event:Madder Mortem (NO), We Are To Blame (SE) og Dreamslain (NO) ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Madder Mortem
Fredag 9. desember er det klart for progfest på Studentsamfunnet Driv i Tromsø! Vi gleder oss til å spille med Dreamslain og We Are To Blame - sees der?DARK ESSENCE RECORDS ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Madder Mortem
Guitarist Anders Langberg playing with his new band tonight in Oslo, check it out!NorskI kveld er det duket for fet progressiv musikk på Uhørt i Oslo! Scenen klargjøres om ikke alt for lenge! Vi spiller sammen med eminente Delvoid ! Kom å ta en pils, nyt livet og fyll ørene med utfordrende taktarter og toner! Vi ses i kveld!Døra åpner kl 19.00Vi går på scenen kl 20.00 (presis)EnglishTonight is the night! Awesome progressive music live at uhørt, Oslo! The stage will transform in just a few hours!Playing together with the eminent Delvoid! Come have a beer, enjoy life and fill your ears with odd time signatures and challenging tonality! See you tonight!Doors: 19.00Egoista: 20.00 (sharp!)Billetter/Tickets:tikkio.com/tickets/32319-delvoid#egoistaofficial#egoista#egoistaband#delvoid#progrock#postrock#uhørt#oslo ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

Madder Mortem
Thanks, Kenneth! We're in good company here!Kenneth Brastad · Playlist · 30 songs ... See MoreSee Less
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