Norwegian blackened death metallers FESTER have risen from their grave to unleash the fury that is “A Celebration Of Death”. The band’s first collection of new material in 17 years is a whirlwind of dark musical flavors mixing black, death, thrash, heavy metal and jazz. Guitarist/vocalist Bjorn “Tiger” Mathisen states, “FESTER has never made music to please a certain crowd and this dark anthem really proves that darkness and death can come in many different disguises.”
“A Celebration Of Death” is due in mid-March through Abyss Records.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Rites of Ceres
02. The Black Tower
03. March of Death
04. I’ll Hunt You Down
06. Jeg Spytter På Deg
07. Last Day of Battle Pt. I
08. Last Day of Battle Pt. II
09. A Face for a Funeral (bonus)
10. Rites of Mortiis (Remix of Ceres by Mortiis)
The song “Rites of Ceres” is currently streaming at the band’s MySpace page.
In addition to core members Jon Bakker (bass), Thomas Andersen (vocals) and Bjorn “Tiger” Mathisen (guitar/vocals), “A Celebration Of Death” features Audun Kleive (session drums), Raymond Pellicer (additional guitars, programming and synth), Eivind Aarseth (additional guitars), Guido Saint Roch (guest vocals on “Metalized”) and Mortiis (Dark Converter). The cover for “A Celebration Of Death” was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, SODOM, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS). The rest of the layout was handled by Joce of Industrie Chimere Noire (PORTAL, GHÄST, TOTAL HOLOCAUST). The CD release will include a 16-page booklet. Flooga Records will be issuing a vinyl version of the album with laminated gatefold and heavy inner sleeve. Total Holocaust Records will release a limited-edition cassette version (100 copies only) with alternate, hand-drawn cover and artwork.