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HAAVARD - Inked A Deal With Auerbach Tonträger

Norwegian act Haavard has signed a multi-record deal with Auerbach Tonträger, a sub-label of Prophecy Productions. The project is the brainchild of mastermind and sole member Håvard Jørgensen aka Haavard alias Lemarchand of early Satyricon and Ulver fame. Haavard will release the debut album via the label later this year.

Haavard comments: "I am stoked to announce the release of my first solo album via Auerbach. The Prophecy label family stood out for me as the natural choice for both taking care of me as an artist as well as my music. Knowing their roster and reputation, I am confident that they will appreciate what I will bring to the table."

Martin Koller (Auerbach Tonträger/Prophecy Productions) adds: "It is with great pleasure that we are finally able to announce Haavard as a prominent new signing for our re-launched label Auerberbach Tonträger. I have always been fascinated by Ulver's folkish album Kveldssanger and to welcome the composing guitarist behind this masterpiece on the label feels extremely good."

Throughout the 90s, guitarist and vocalist Håvard Jørgensen was an integral part of Oslo's fast-rising black metal scene. At the beginning of this musically extremely exciting decade, Håvard joined Eczema, which had been founded by drummer Exhurtum aka Carl-Michael "Aggressor" Eide and bass player Vegard "Wargod" Tønsberg Bakke in 1990. Shortly after the guitarist had signed up, the trio decided to turn towards black metal and after the later figurehead Satyr had also joined, the four of them continued under the new name Satyricon.

Håvard Jørgensen also joined the black scene's progressive spearheads Ulver, where he remained a member from the first Rehearsal demo from 1993 until Perdition City (2001), but even after officially leaving continued to provide guest appearances on later recordings. Many consider Ulver's folkish 1996 full-length Kveldssanger as his most important early masterpiece.

Feeling somewhat disenchanted with black metal for a while, Håvard Jørgensen continued to appear in various formations and for example, contributed acoustic guitars to Myrkur's M (2015) and live album Mausoleum (2016). In 2019, he became one of the founders of the new Oslo black metal act Dold Vorde Ensd Navn together with three current and former members of Dødheimsgard.

Now the Norwegian is getting ready to return with a re-kindled passion for the darker side of music with his self-named solo-project Haavard, which picks up the loose end of the beautiful thread that Kveldsanger has left behind and adds many years of experience. Link

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