Svalbard’s Serena Cherry Shares New Song “Labyrinthian” From Her Noctule Project

Svalbard’s Serena Cherry has shared a new song, titled “Labyrinthian,” from her Noctule project. This track is from her new album, “Wretched Abyss,” which will be released on May 28. Cherry commented:

“‘Labyrinthian‘ is a song about my favorite dungeon in ‘The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim,‘. It is an ode to the ancient Nordic ruin that was originally built by a dragon cult as a temple to the dragons. I love the haunting atmosphere in this dungeon, and the surprising twists and turns of the quest where you follow the group of ghostly mages through the dungeon. With this song I tried to capture the rich history of Laybrinthian, within the context of the overarching glory and sorrows of Winterhold. The intertwining guitar leads and the clean choral singing in this track are some of my proudest musical moments I’ve ever composed. The climax of the song is a musical illustration of the rising to the challenge to defeat Morokei and obtain the Staff of Magnus.”

[via Decibel]

Svalbard Premiere “Silent Restraint” Music Video, Announce UK Tour

Svalbard have premiered a new video for their song “Silent Restraint.” The clip features fan-submitted footage and it can be seen below. The track is from the band’s latest album “When I Die, Will I Get Better?.”

Guitarist Liam Phelan told Kerrang! the following:

“Whilst putting these clips together I realised that, to me, this video represents positivity and togetherness in a time when we’ve never been further apart.

The juxtaposition between the lyrics to the song and the clips that we were sent are a perfect metaphor for the situation we currently all find ourselves in. Thanks to everyone who contributed. I had a lot of fun putting it together.”

With this news, the band have also announced a UK tour:

11/20 Birmingham, UK – Asylum 2
11/21 Nottingham, UK – Bodega
11/22 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
11/23 Manchester, UK – YES
11/24 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
11/25 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
11/26 Bournemouth, UK – The Anvil
11/27 London, UK – The Dome
12/18 Bristol, UK – The Exchange

Svalbard’s Serena Cherry Shares Music Video For “Wretched Abyss” From Her Noctule Project

Svalbard’s Serena Cherry will be releasing the debut album from her Noctule project, “Wretched Abyss,” on May 28. You can find a video for the effort’s title track below:

Cherry told Revolver the following about the song and video:

“‘Wretched Abyss‘ is a song about Hermaeus Mora — who is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory in ‘Skyrim‘. He often appears in a Lovecraftian form of tentacles in the game, this imagery combined with his unsettling psychological questline is what inspired me to write this song.

The video was shot at The Gryphon, which is Bristol’s best heavy metal pub and venue. We filled the live room with smoke and candles to create that ethereal vibe. The video was filmed by David Gregory and James Morgan of Cineoteric Films.”

“Wretched Abyss” Track Listing:

01. “Elven Sword”
02. “Labyrinthian”
03. “Wretched Abyss”
04. “Evenaar”
05. “Winterhold”
06. “Deathbell Harvest”
07. “Unrelenting Force”
08. “Become Ethereal”

Svalbard Seeking Fan Footage For “Silent Restraint” Music Video

Svalbard are currently seeking fan footage that they can use in their upcoming video for “Silent Restraint.” The band said the following about that:

“Want to be in the new video for ‘Silent Restraint’? Please send footage of dancing, miming, pets and pals to svalbardvid@gmail.com. Please film in landscape if using phone camera. Deadline: Sunday Feb 7th.”

The Ocean Postpone European/UK Tour With pg.lost, Hypno5e, & Svalbard

The Ocean have postponed their European/UK tour with pg.lost, Hypno5e, and Svalbard due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in June/July 2021.

Tour Dates:

06/01 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz (no Svalbard)
06/02 Colmar, FRA – Grillen (no Svalbard)
06/03 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof (no Svalbard)
06/04 Paris, FRA – La Machine
06/05 Nantes, FRA – Ferrailleur
06/06 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
06/07 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
06/08 Lisbon, POR – Lav
06/09 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
06/10 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
06/11 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
06/12 Lyon, FRA – CCO
06/13 Fribourg, SWI – Fri-Son
06/14 Lucerne, SWI – Sedel
06/15 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
06/16 Prague, CZE – Nova Chelmnice
06/17 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – Metalgate (no Svalbard and pg.lost)
06/18 Berlin, GER – SO36
06/19 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset (no Svalbard)
06/20 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
06/22 Munich, GER – Backstage
06/23 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
06/24 Essen, GER – Zeche Carl
06/25 Osnabruck, GER – Kleiene Freiheit
06/26 Cologne, GER – Gebaude 9
06/27 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
06/28 Utrecht, NET – De Helling
06/29 Brussels, BEL – Botanique
06/30 Brighton, UK – Patterns
07/01 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
07/02 London, UK – 229
07/03 Newark, UK – Tech Fest (no Svalbard)
07/04 Glasgow, UK – Slay
07/05 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
07/06 Lille, FRA – Maison Folie Beaulieu (no Svalbard)
07/07 Karlsruhe, GER – Jubez (no Svalbard)
07/09 Nurnberg, Z-Bau (no Svalbard and pg.lost)

The Ocean commented:

“As most of you might have guessed, we regretfully have to announce that our January tour can not go forward as planned due to the current pandemic.

However, it is with great pleasure that we can announce that we will be going out with the same package in June, and we have added a bunch of extra dates to the run!

All tickets for January will remain valid for June, all new shows will be on sale by Monday.

We can’t wait for this, and we are hopeful that by June some sort of normalcy will have returned that will allow shows to go forward in Europe. Vaccinations are to begin in Germany on January 5th, hopefully similar in most other European countries. We are fully aware however that this will finally depend on a number of things falling into place, and if we should have to postpone again, then we will.

Can’t wait to see you all out there next year!”

Svalbard Find New Label Home

Svalbard have confirmed that Church Road Records will now be handlining the UK release of their new album “When I Die, Will I Get Better?” (out September 25). This news comes after the band parted ways with Holy Roar Records due to the rape, etc. allegations against the label’s founder Alex Fitzpatrick. Fitpatrick denied the accusations, but many artists and employees have now distanced themselves from the label, including manager Justine Jones (Employed To Serve), who has since launched Church Road Records.

Svalbard commented:

“We are very happy to announce that we will now release “When I Die, Will I Get Better?” via Church Road Records – the new venture of former Holy Roar label manager, Justine Jones.

The release date remains 25th September and pre-orders are now available from svalbard.bandcamp.com and https://linktr.ee/churchroadrecords

Translation Loss Records will release the album in North America and Tokyo Jupiter Records will release the album in Japan, neither label having any affiliation to Holy Roar so all aspects of their release remain unchanged.

We are fortunate to have worked with Justine for many years, her passion, dedication and label knowledge has been instrumental in our growth as a band. She’s a person in the music industry who genuinely cares. We are proud to be releasing this record on Church Road Records.

Justine is doing everything she can to keep the release on track, however please be patient if minor delays occur along the way or if things continue to appear online under the Holy Roar label during the transition period – we will keep everyone informed via our socials of all developments.

We will be donating a portion of each record sale through Church Road to RapeCrisis England & Wales. We have chosen to support this charity as their centres, helplines and campaign for change against sexual assault are so desperately needed.
Thank you for being understanding, supportive and patient – and to Justine and Sammy at Church Road Records for all their hard work ensuring our album still gets released.

(In the interest of complete transparency, the stock that Through Love Rec, EVIL GREED and ourselves are selling was manufactured by Holy Roar and purchased from the label at cost price but will have the logo stickered over. If we did not use this stock we would have to delay the album until next year, the already pressed CDs and LPs would have to be destroyed which would be terrible for the environment and could have ended up costing us thousands of pounds. We hope you agree that this is the best course of action to help us move forward without hindrance.)”

[via The PRP]

Svalbard: “Our Upcoming New Album Will Not Be Released On Holy Roar Records”

Svalbard have issued another statement regarding the rape, sexual assault, etc. allegations against Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick. The band were planning to release their new album, “When I Die, Will I Get Better?,” through the label on September 25, but have now severed ties with them completey. The group said the following:

“We have severed all ties with Holy Roar Records. Our thoughts are with the victims. We are sending all our support and solidarity to those who have suffered. Our upcoming new album will not be released on Holy Roar Records. We are in the process of figuring out what we can do. Please bare with us as we try to find a solution.”

Holy Roar Records Founder Alex Fitzpatrick Accused Of Rape, Sexual Assault, Etc.

Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick has been accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and more. Some of the disturbing accusations can be found on Instagram and Twitter. In the wake of the allegations, various employees, including Employed To Serve‘s Justine Jones, and bands have left the label.

The former employees issued the following statement:

“We have spent the last 24 hours in horror of the allegations that have been made against Alex Fitzpatrick, the owner of Holy Roar.

The extremely serious allegations are against everything that myself, Sam, Wil and our bands – stand for.

We, the labels employees, are resigning from working with Holy Roar effective immediately.

We are sorry for the long silence, it was a lot for us to process with our bands and personally we found out the same time as the public.

Alex will be making his own statement in due course.

Justine, Sam & Wil.”

You can also find statements from multiple bands below:

Rolo Tomassi:

“In light of the allegations about Alex Fitzpatrick, we have ended out relationship with him and Holy Roar as a label, effective immediately. We have zero tolerance for abusive behaviour and stand in solidarity with those that have come forward.”

Svalbard:

“We have been made aware of serious allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick of Holy Roar Records. We stand with survivors and we always will. It takes so much courage to speak out, we are sending all of our support to those affected. We are currently figuring out our next steps, and will update this when we are able.”

Respire:

“We’ve become aware of the serious allegations placed against Alex Fitzpatrick. Like the many other bands on our new label, we are beside ourselves. These stories are coming from members of our own DIY community. They deserve to be heard.

We demand to see restorative justice for those involved, and have called for a process of accountability from Alex. We will continue to have conversations as a band, and with other bands on the label about what we can do to collectively further this cause and stand in solidarity with survivors.”

Palm Reader:

“Palm Reader are aware of the recent allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick.

Abusive behaviour is not to be tolerated under any circumstances and is something we as a band and individuals take very seriously.

We are currently in conversation with our team on how to move forward.”

[via The PRP]

Svalbard Premiere “Listen To Someone” Video

Svalbard have premiered a new video for their new song “Listen To Someone.“ This track is from the band’s new album “When I Die, Will I Get Better?,“ which will be released on September 25.

Serena Cherry commented:

“This song is about how we need to do so more than simply encourage people who suffer from depression to ‘talk to someone.’ There’s a lot of well-meaning discussions about mental illness online, and whilst I appreciate that talking about mental illness helps reduce the stigma that depression is a weakness; I do take issue with this catchphrase: “Speak to someone.”

It’s a common sentiment expressed in mental health discourse – people want to make it known that sufferers can speak to them if they’re feeling down, which is a clearly a kind and caring act. However, I would much rather the emphasis was placed on listening to someone. ‘If you want to talk about the most difficult, darkest aspects of your mental health – I will listen without judgement.’

Something like that is an improvement. You can feel the shift in sentiment; and as someone who has struggled with depression – someone offering to listen to me is far more reassuring than someone instructing me to talk to them. When a person urges someone with depression to speak about it, it places the onus on the mentally ill to reach out – which is actually a really difficult thing for a depressed or anxious person to do.

Also, if someone does choose to confide about the darkest depths of their depression to you, you need to be truly prepared to listen. This means: not getting impatient or frustrated with the person for being unable to be “cheered up.” Not wincing at the topic of suicide.

Not alienating mentally ill people with dramatic reactions to their words. It’s all very well and good to encourage people to speak to someone, but people also need to be prepared to listen to the mentally ill without making judgement.”

[via Revolver]