Dimmu Borgir frontman, ex-Gorgoroth bassist join forces in Ov HellOut of Norway's biggest and darkest metal bands rises Ov Hell. This group of Satan's all-stars has been sharpening their teeth in some of black metal's most influential bands for many years. Known as key figures in bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Gorgoroth, Shagrath and King have come together to bring forward a new chapter in Norwegian black metal history. Ov Hell will carry on in the same tradition for which King and Shagrath are known, but the collaboration between the two will mark a new era for them both.
Frost, Ice Dale and Teloch have been recruited for the first full-length release. The album, whcih is due in early 2010 via Indie Recordings, will contain all of the power and blast beats worthy of their evil pedigrees. Expect an assault on all false gods and hypocrisy that is of this world today.
"The first Ov Hell release will contain music I've worked on in my Gorgoroth and God Seed years," says King. "It's been a little hell to actually see this music form into a band, so the name of the band is quite suitable. Through the first song I got from Shagrath, I knew that he would be the perfect man to join forces with. He has strong individual qualities and a strong will to power. I am very positive that when we finish up this album it will be an album that won't sound like anything we have done before, and with a quality that won't stand back from anything presented in black metal earlier!"
"With both of our demanding music careers and other projects, timing was not on our side," adds Shagrath. "After last year's Inferno festival, King and I yet again joined forces to brainstorm our need to collaborate our passion for dark art. Over the course of the past year, King sent me demo ideas that were so inspiring it made me put my skeptic feelings aside. I wasn't sure if I wanted to have another black metal project but my unquenchable thirst to explore my darkest beast launched the birth Ov Hell. The majestic Ov Hell has become a band that reflects our roots, raw, ugly, arrogantly blasphemous with uncompromising truth from two influential Norwegian musicians needing to express our primitive side, straight out Ov Hell."
Two new tracks, "Devil's Harlot" and "Ghosting", from the yet-untitled upcoming album, has been uploaded to the band's MySpace page.
Ov Hell studio lineup:
* Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir, Chrome Division) - Vocals
* King (God Seed, Gorgoroth, Jotunspor, I, Sahg, Audrey Horne) - Bass
* Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne, Trinacria, Demonaz) - Guitar
* Frost (Satyricon, 1349) - Drums
* Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349, Umoral) - Guitar