After our European tour with Opeth, we are ready for more live action! The tour following our new album, MEMENTO MORI, makes its way to Norway Rock Festival with a show displaying Sahg's powerful, dark energy, and a performance packed with doomy heavy metal highlights from all our five albums. Expect a band that will perform as if life depends on it. Because you never know – that might just be the case.
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Watch the new lyric video for Blood Of Oceans, from our new album Memento Mori. This is the first Sahg song ever to feature Norwegian lyrics. Blood Of Oceans was co-written by Wardruna frontman and original Sahg drummer, Einar Selvik.
"Blood Of Oceans is inspired by the history and tradition of living on the stormy western coast of Norway, where all the members of Sahg hail from. The ruthless conditions here makes the ocean the dominant force of nature, which has huge impact on the lives of those who live as its nearest neighbors – in good ways, and in bad. The ocean giveth and the ocean taketh away. It has a god-like role in these people's lives, similar to how the old Norsemen related to nature. Former band member Einar Selvik also shares this background. He has grown to become one of the most prominent artists and composers in norse-inspired music, and we are very pleased that he wanted to contribute, and lift the song to new heights."
– Olav Iversen, Sahg
The song was co-written by Wardruna frontman and original Sahg drummer, Einar Selvik, who also contributed on the recording. His trademark sound is clearly present, with pagan inspired vocals and the use of old Norse instruments like the Tagelharp – well known from his work with Norse powerhouse Wardruna.
Einar Selvik explains:
“It was an instant match for me, and Olav's lyrical concept for the song was very inspiring and made it easy to work with. It's a killer song, and after hearing the whole album I have to say that I am really impressed with how the group continue to grow, evolve and continue to make interesting music of high quality after all these years."
Both the band and Einar hail from the stormy west coast of Norway, where the powers of the ocean create much life, but also demand sacrifices.
We are very honored and excited to join as direct support act to Opeth, on their upcoming European tour! We consider Opeth as one of the true greats of progressive metal, who has been in the front of renewing the metal genre over the last couple of decades. They have been a huge influence on Sahg for years, therefore this will surely be a unique experience for us and the best possible opportunity to present Sahg and our new record, MEMENTO MORI, to the great rock and metal audience of Europe - so bring on this tour!!
MEMENTO MORI EUROPEAN TOUR 2016
Oct 28 - Bambi Galore, Hamburg, DE*
Oct 29 - Vortex Surfer, Siegen, DE*
Oct 30 - Dutch Doom Days, Rotterdam, NL*
Oct 31 - Trauma Marburg, Marburg, DE*
Nov 01 - Rockhouse, Salzburg, AT*
Nov 02 - DasBACH, Vienna, AT*
Nov 03 - Backstage, Munchen, DE*
Nov 04 - Generator Festival , Karlsruhe, DE*
Nov 05 - Leafmeal Festival, Dortmund, DE*
Nov 06 - Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, NO**
Nov 07 - DR Konserthuset, Copenhagen, DK**
Nov 08 - Docks, Hamburg, DE**
Nov 10 - Arena, Vienna, AT**
Nov 11 - LKA Longhorn Stuttgart, DE**
Nov 12 - Theaterfabrik Munich, DE**
Nov 13 - Volkshaus, Zurich, CH**
Nov 14 - Alcatraz, Milan, IT**
Nov 16 - E-werk, Cologne, DE**
Nov 17 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BE**
Nov 18 - 013, Tilburg, NL**
Dec 16 - Docile, Hamar, NO*
*Sahg & Jess And The Ancient Ones w/Powder for Pigeons
**Opeth – special guest: Sahg
It's finally out! The new album 'MEMENTO MORI'!
"Insanely good album that confirms their position as one of the pillars of Norwegian hard rock/metal."
- Metal Hammer Norway (9/10)
We are proud and very excited about finally releasing MEMENTO MORI to the world. It has been a long, hard journey into the dark and back to create this album, and now it is finally here. Press play, turn up loud, and enjoy!
Our new album, MEMENTO + MORI, is pre-premiering now – check out the links below and stream the whole album!
Order the album here!
Digital album preorder:
Black Unicorn is the new single and music video, from the upcoming album Memento Mori, out Sep 23.
The video was directed by Benjamin Langeland and produced by Flimmer Film.
“During the making of Memento Mori, Black Unicorn stood out as a single and opening track of the album. The idea was to introduce the album with an eerie atmosphere and unsettling tension that you would instantly tap into and want to explore further. From the uncomfortable relief of the chorus, the song twists and turns into something quite different than I hope many would expect. Black Unicorn is a call for caution against radicalism in general. All ideologies end up murdering the innocent when taken too far. This is truly one of our all-time stand-out tracks, that we will bring with us into the future.
We left it in the hands of film director Benjamin Langeland and his crew at Flimmer Film to create the video for Black Unicorn. We had our initial thoughts and ideas for the aesthetic direction, but Benjamin took it his own way. And looking at how it turned out, we are very happy that he did. He turned it into a horror universe of medieval sorts, with a story that turns from dark to pitch black in the end. My daughter Stella is starring in the video, and she made daddy very proud, by giving a stellar performance.”
- Olav Iversen, Sahg
Sahg is featured on the front cover of Metal Hammer Norway Sep/Oct 2016. Interview and feature with loads of visuals inside, and a fantastic album review, stating that "Sahg has delivered a super-strong album, which confirms their position as one of the monoliths of Norwegian hard rock and metal in recent times." Score: 9/10.
Sahg heads out on the road along with Jess And The Ancient Ones and Powder For Pigeons in October and November. We look forward to get out and perform the songs from the new album – Memento Mori – along with our best from the past!
Dates and tickets:
28/10 Hamburg + Bambi Galore
29/10 Siegen + Vortex Surfer
30/10 Rotterdam + Dutch Doom Days
01/11 Salzburg + Rockhouse
02/11 Wien + DasBach
03/11 München + Backstage
04/11 Karlsruhe + Generator Festival
05/11 Dortmund + Leafmeal Festival
8 SONGS + 8 BREWS
In collaboration with Bergen's finest brewery, 7 Fjell Bryggeri, Sahg invites to a very special album pre-listening and beer tasting event at Beyond The Gates V. Along with all the songs on the upcoming Sahg album, 'Memento Mori', we will serve eight especially selected beers from 7 Fjell, one brew for each song. 8 songs + 8 brews.
Introducing the songs and the beers will be the members of Sahg and Brewmaster at 7 Fjell Bryggeri, Gahr Smith-Gahrsen.
As an extra treat, we will screen an exclusive world pre-premiere of our new video, 'Black Unicorn'!
There is only a very limited number of tickets available, so do not hesitate!
'Memento Mori' will be out Sep 23rd on Indie Recordings.
new album – Memento Mori – now available for pre-order
'MEMENTO MORI' will be out Sep 23rd on Indie Recordings.
Use the links below to pre-order!
MUSIC ONLINE U.S.
Watch the video for the new single,
Sanctimony is the perfect first single from Memento Mori, because it tells a lot about what this album is: versatile, unpredictable, relentlessly uncompromising, and very heavy. It has a disturbing darkness to it, an untamed lunacy, and a soft shimmer of light. What begins as a twisted, heavy stomper, ends up growing into a wretched monster, that clocks in at 7 minutes, 30 seconds. So, yeah, it is the perfect single.
"Hide behind a shield of religion and let it justify your evil deeds."
Mortality closes in.
Evils of fanatic religion.
21st century imperialism.
Destruction campaign against the earth.
Immortal idols pass away.
Cancer in our minds.
In our way of life.
In the veins of those we honor the most.
It is in our darkest times we realize how swiftly life can end.
We all die.
In a time when threats of religious hostility and environmental decay loom heavily over the world, we have no choice but to acknowledge the inevitability of death. Not only does it spread fear, stigma and hatred, but it also reminds us of the grasp our own mortality has on us. Death is just a heartbeat away and our fear of the unknown is apparent now more than ever. Thus the title Memento Mori (Latin: remember that you must die).
For a long while, the album title remained undecided.
“Memento Mori was one of several options that we had on note for a long time. But then Lemmy died. And Bowie died. And all of a sudden, all these rock icons disappeared, one by one. People that have made their imprint on history and influenced us musically since childhood. It made a great impression on a personal level, and started a grieving process that influenced the making of the album. Suddenly it was very clear what the album title would be. “Remember, you must die”. Even immortal legends like Bowie and Lemmy don’t live forever”, comments singer, guitarist and songwriter Olav Iversen.
Musically the album dwell in a heavier landscape than its predecessor, Delusions Of Grandeur, with metal infused heavy rock containing clear progressive elements. The voices of Olav Iversen and Tony Vetaas are more present and insistent than ever.
1. Black Unicorn
3. Take It To The Grave
4. Silence The Machines
6. (Praise The) Electric Sun
7. Travellers Of Space And Light
8. Blood Of Oceans
The new Sahg album, Memento Mori, will be out on Indie Recordings, September 23rd.
On Saturday, Feb 20th, Sahg performs at Blastfest for the second time, with what will be the first show on home turf since we opened for Iron Maiden at Koengen.
This will be our first hometown show featuring new guitarist Ole Walaunet and new drummer Mads Lilletvedt, and our first time ever to perform new material from the upcoming album, coming out later this year.
There's a first time for everything, and this time is it!