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1349 Master the Darkness on First Single “Shadow Point”

Born from the frost-bitten landscapes of Norway, 1349 return to claim the throne of black metal supremacy with their blistering lead single, Shadow Point. This infernal offering, carved from the seething heart of their upcoming album The Wolf and The King, is proof of their unwavering dedication to the genre’s darkest depths.

Shadow Point revisits the infernal pathways 1349 has traversed, enhancing the aural ferocity with unrelenting groove and complex, headbanging riffs that echo the haunting chills of the abyss. This track captures the raw, unfiltered sound that has defined the band’s legacy – a sonic onslaught that commands respect and fear.

The Wolf and The King is a monument of black metal mastery, an eight-track odyssey recorded at Amper Tone in Oslo and New Constellation R.M.P. in Orlando, produced and mixed by the relentless duo Ravn and Jarrett Pritchard. This album does more than just push boundaries; it shatters them, exploring themes of transformation through destruction, liberation, and mind expansion.

Each track is a portal into realms where shadows reign, and chaos is the only order. From the menacing grooves of The God Devourer to the cataclysmic landscapes of Fatalist, every song is imbued with apocalyptic elegance. The previously released Ash of Ages‘ merges thrash influences with black metal intensity, while Inferior Pathways forms an indomitable backbone of unforgiving riffage and demonic rhythms.
Ash of Ages can still be ordered on a 12″ vinyl: https://redirect.season-of-mist.com/1349AshofAges

Prepare for the aural assault – Shadow Point is just the beginning. Embrace the void and succumb to the relentless fury of 1349‘s blackened artistry.

Watch the hellish music video for Shadow Point, directed by Claudio Marino, on the Season of Mist YouTube channel now: https://youtu.be/zOvnBpRIwfs

The Wolf and The King is out October 4th via Season of Mist.

➤ Pre-order & Pre-save: https://orcd.co/1349thewolfandtheking

In a union that promises to reshape the contours of black metal, Norwegian titans 1349 will be joining forces with the revered Kampfar for the highly anticipated 1349 & Kampfar – 2024 EU Co-Headline Tour. A ceremonial gathering of black metal’s most fervent apostles, ready to spread the gospel of Aural Hellfire and pagan might across Europe.

1349 & Kampfar Co-Headline – 2024 EU Tour:
01 October: Leipzig, DE @ Anker
02 October: Berlin, DE @ SO36
03 October: Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
04 October: Gothenburg, SE @ Filmstudion
05 October: Stockholm, SE @ Kolletkivet Livet
07 October: Helsinki, FI @ Aaniwalli
08 October: Tallinn, EE @ Helitehas
09 October: Riga, LV @ Melna Piektdiena
10 October: Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
11 October: Kraków, PL @ Kamienna 12
12 October: Vienna, AT @ Vienna Metal Meeting
13 October: Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
15 October: Prague, CZ @ Futurum
16 October: Munich, DE @ Backstage
17 October: Milano, IT @ Slaughter Club
18 October: Colmar, FR @ Le Grillen
19 October: Aarburg, CH @ Musigburg
20 October: Oignies, FR @ Tyrant Fest
22 October: Weiher, DE @ Live Music Hall
23 October: Paris, FR @ Le Petit Bain
24 October: Bochum, DE @ Zeche
25 October: Amstelveen, NL @ P60
26 October: Maastricht, NL @ Samhain Festival

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Tracklist
1. The God Devourer (5:10)
2. Ash of Ages (5:27) [LISTEN]
3. Shadow Point (3:40) [WATCH]
4. Inferior Pathways (4:28)
5. Inner Portal (5:08)
6. The Vessel and The Storm (5:15)
7. Obscura (3:44)
8. Fatalist (5:51)
Total runtime: 39:01

Country: Norway
Genre: Black Metal

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Photo by © Henrik Sander

1349 is not like other bands. It’s not a group of friends who decided to make music together. 1349 is a band formed with a unified vision and specific purpose: To maintain the legacy of black metal.

“I didn’t like the direction that black metal took in the mid part of the ’90s,” 1349 vocalist and mastermind Ravn recalls. “It started losing everything that I liked about black metal—the grimness, the eeriness, the primal emotions that captivated me and brought me into that sphere. You had all these synthesizer-based bands dressing up in pirate shirts and looking like goths. It ruined something that I truly hold close to my heart.”

In 1997, Ravn formed 1349 and recruited bassist Seidemann and, now former, guitarist Tjalve to help him pursue the vision of recapturing the original spirit of black metal. The longstanding lineup of Ravn, Seidemann, guitarist Archaon, and drummer Frost (also of Satyricon) has been in place since 2001. “I found people that felt the same way as me,” Ravn says of his bandmates. “We wanted to bring back the trademark of Norwegian black metal, as it was presented in the early 90s. Every time we release an album, that’s the inspiration and the backdrop.”

The Wolf and the King is the latest sortie in that crusade.1349’s eighth album sees the Oslo-based band harnessing the primordial energy of black metal’s decade-defining second wave and channeling it through ancient mysteries and the relentless global chaos of the 2020s.

The album title comes from a classic alchemical allegory: A wolf devours a king. Then the wolf is devoured by flames, and a new king rises from the ashes. “When I first heard about alchemy when I was young, it was people turning metal into gold,” Ravn says. “Further down the road, through various literatures and magical practices, I realized that what you’re turning into gold is metaphorical. It’s about personal development, basically. You want to be the best you can be, and that’s what we try to do as well. We try to top ourselves, to kill our egos in order to grow as persons. If you don’t do that, you will die. You will not rise from the ashes.”

Lead single “Ash of Ages” combines thrash with extreme metal flourishes and a proper doomsday theme. “The song is based on a story I read about a layer of ash that covered the Earth 12,000 years ago,” Ravn explains. “This layer of ash comes from a meteorite that struck the Earth during the Ice Age. It melted a lot of the ice, which is where the Great Flood came from. The Great Flood is in the Bible, but it was written about in every ancient culture. The theory is that it washed away a lot of other ancient cultures that held a higher intelligence level than those that were found after the flood. So, it possibly set human civilization back many thousands of years.”

Released as a one-sided maxi-12” with a flipside etching by Jordan Barlow—who did all the artwork for The Wolf and the King (as well as the band’s 2019 album, The Infernal Pathway)—“Ash of Ages” is also a warning to check your ego. “To think that you’re important, that you’re anything but an ant down there, is futile,” Ravn points out. “In the end, everything will be washed away, and nothing will be left.”

“Shadow Point” comes complete with a video and revisits the sonic domain of The Infernal Pathway with a classic headbanger groove. “This one references the Star of Algol, or ‘the Demon Star,’” Ravn offers. “It’s actually two stars that revolve around each other, and the small one is devouring the big one. Human beings have seen this star from early ages, and it has had many names over the years. It’s a known part of the magical world, so I wanted to include it in a song.”

Shot through with menace and a snaky groove, album opener “The God Devourer” will also have a video. “The lyrics are based on the alchemical principle of devouring all that you feel is in your way of becoming a better human,” Ravn says. “It sets the ominous tone for the whole album.”

Recorded at Amper Tone in Oslo, Norway, and New Constellation R.M.P. in Orlando, Florida, The Wolf and the King was produced and mixed by Ravn and Jarrett Pritchard (Eulogy, Pulchra Morte), the band’s long-standing sonic wizard who also worked on their previous two albums. The lyrics were written by the band’s longtime wordsmith, Svartalv, who has been working with 1349 for twenty years.

Jordan Barlow’s elaborate artwork for The Wolf and the King reflects the album’s chronological position in 1349’s discography. “This is our eighth album, and the artwork and lyrics are filled with references to this number of infinity,” Ravn explains. “You can basically go on a quest finding references to the number in the artwork.”

All told, The Wolf and the King is the exalted output of the joint force that is 1349. “We all work together to make the best black metal possible every time we release an album,” Ravn says. “This is our common goal. We’re a band on a mission.”

Line-up
Archaon – Guitars
Frost – Drums
Ravn – Vocals
Seidemann – Bass

Recording Studio
Amper Tone (Oslo, Norway) & NEW CONSTELLATION R.M.P. (Orlando, USA)

Production Credits
Produced by Jarrett Prichard & Ravn
Mixed by Jaerrett Prichard & Ravn at NEW CONSTELLATION R.M.P.
Mastered by Jaerrett Prichard at NEW CONSTELLATION R.M.P.

Biography
J. Bennett

Cover Art
Jordan Barlow

Pre-order & Pre-save:https://orcd.co/1349thewolfandtheking

Links/Follow Artist:
Official Website: http://www.legion1349.com/
Bandcamp: http://1349som.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1349official
Instagram: http://instagram.com/1349official
Twitter: http://twitter.com/1349official
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/1349auralhellfire
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/150xbiJGnTy1tSBZ9EFKnT
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/10673
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/1349/79664050
TIDAL: https://tidal.com/browse/artist/22185
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/1349/e/B001LHI2SI/

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