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Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Mysterious Gamer Dude on Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:23 pm

Nordic Mission has just announced the re-relase of Antestor's "Kongsblod"! I know that this is just Return of the Black Death with a different cover and name, but this is the uncensored version with original album art and lyrics!



Here is the link to their Facebook post: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2024276320946259&id=102690563104854

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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Hardcore Christian on Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:36 pm

Mysterious ExGamer Dude wrote:Nordic Mission has just announced the re-relase of Antestor's "Kongsblod"! I know that this is just Return of the Black Death with a different cover and name, but this is the uncensored version with original album art and lyrics!
Haven't bought any of Antestor's early stuff

So someone enlighten me, why was it censored in the first place?
Just because of the culture there at the time? or something else?
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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by mothy on Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:12 pm

Basically the label was criticized becasue they were releasing a Christian album and they recived hatemail from satanist's for doing so.

from Wikipedia:

Afterwards, the incident has caused some debates because it is rare that a Christian black metal band gets signed to a secular label. Previously only Horde's release of Hellig Usvart in 1994 on Nuclear Blast is a similar known case.[3] In December 1998, the drummer Armoth said in an interview with the Art for the Ears webzine that they sent the CD and a short biography for Cacophonous Records and that Cacophonous Records just wanted to sign Antestor because of the music, which was exactly what the band wanted to do.[2] Some time later, in a 2000 interview with the Finnish The Christian Underground Zine issue 4, the fanzine's interviewer asked Antestor: "However, you had a record deal with Cacophonous Records (ex-Cradle of Filth, Bal-Sagoth). What kind of experiences did you get from that?" The band replied: "Pretty bad, actually. I can not say they did anything else than released the album. No money, no royalties, nothing."[5] The interviewer also asked: "Did the record company set any demands concerning your image?" Antestor replied: "Nothing like that. They just said that it is not recommendable for us to announce exactly everywhere that we are a Christian band, and they censored the words 'Lord' and 'Jesus' from our lyrics. We ourselves removed a few texts because we did not want to provoke unnecessarily."[5]

Later, some strong rumors in the metal scene claimed, that Antestor was immediately dropped after Cacophonous found out their conviction.[6] In an interview Antestor stated that their record deal with Cacophonous was still valid in 2000. They also noted that the record label did not keep contact with the band, and later Antestor began working with Endtime Productions.[5] In the 1998 interview, Svein Sander said that Cacophonous told Antestor that the label had gone bankrupt.[2] Ronny Hansen, who joined Antestor as a vocalist in 2000, questioned the "bankrupt" claim in another interview:
“ The story with Cacophonous is that they really hate the Christian scene. They want to destroy it. Antestor has not earned a single dime from their album due to the so called 'bankrupt' of Cacophonous. I don't know what Cacophonous is up to, and how they are going to get away with it... The thing about Cacophonous is that Antestor did not tell them that they are Christians. When they saw the lyrics, they realized it and edited out most of the Christianity in them. The lyrics of almost all songs of The Return Of The Black Death is edited and chopped off. I think that Cacophonous did not know until Antestor had a contract. ”
— Ronny Hansen on the Cacophonous controversy in Art for the Ears webzine, 2000.
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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Hardcore Christian on Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:30 pm

So they wrote this album, it was censored upon release, and how is The Return any different then the uncensored version? If The Return is the same album, is the only difference the art work? Or is The Return, this just re-recorded
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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by mothy on Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:32 pm

Hardcore Christian wrote:So they wrote this album, it was censored upon release, and how is The Return any different then the uncensored version? If The Return is the same album, is the only difference the art work? Or is The Return, this just re-recorded

Im not exactly sure but the lyrics as they were sung might have been changed/edited
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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by elManique on Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:53 am

Those skis are probably culturally-appropriate but they make the cover look like a parody to me.
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Post by stevegarveyfan on Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:18 am

I really love that cover art!
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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Kerrick on Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:05 am

Yeah the cover art is awesome!  Does anyone know the story behind it?  I believe the Norwegians were being invaded so two brave men took the king and skied to safety somewhere but I don't remember fully...

I am very curious about what was changed between this one and Return...  Is it the same recording?

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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Haugtussen on Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:25 am


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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Hardcore Christian on Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:25 am

That's really cool!

Oh and welcome random Nordic fact man! Razz
(EDIT: I see you have been here for two years but congrats on the first post)
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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Haugtussen on Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:52 pm

I'll continue to be random...

Pre-orders are up:
https://www.nordicmission.net

From Facebook in answer to your question: 
"There has been done some adjustments to enhance the listening experience on LP. But otherwise it´s the same."

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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by 1620 on Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:38 pm

Also available at visionofgodrecords.com

CD

Vinyl

Preordered the vinyl, myself.

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Re: Antestor: Kongsblod Re-Release!

Post by Mysterious Gamer Dude on Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:22 pm

It's also a re-release of the original Kongsblod, which was not censored. So that's different.
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