The past few years have seen Norway’s TAAKE busier than ever before with numerous tours around the world and increased productivity. With its fifth studio offering, “Noregs Vaapen”, TAAKE has refined its respected black metal sound, expanding this time around to include new elements. The album is filled with Hoest‘s trademark riffs, melodies and vocals, but also embraces the unpredictable — more black ‘n’ roll grooves, ice-cold mellotrons and Southern-inspired banjo. It is, without a doubt, TAAKE‘s most diverse and unique recording to date.
Due on November 1 via Candlelight Records, “Noregs Vaapen” was produced by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (DEAD TO THIS WORLD, THE BATALLION, HELHEIM, VULTURE INDUSTRIES) and features guest appearances by Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE), Attila Csihar (MAYHEM) and Demonaz (IMMORTAL).
“Noregs Vaapen” track listing:
01. Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed
04. Du Ville Ville Vestland
07. Dei Vil Alltid Klaga Og Kyta
Formed in 1993, TAAKE has built a loyal fanbase and an even more curious press profile. The controversial episodes of band leader Hoest have resulted in several incarcerations.
The band’s previous album, simply titled “Taake”, was released in the U.S. via Century Media.