VESTINDIEN might not be a band that is immediately recognisable to most music fans, but that’s about to change, because the Bergen-based band has just been snapped up by Dark Essence Records.
Formed in 2009, VESTINDIEN’s first, and up to now, only, release, was 2011’s debut EP “We are the Lords of Hellfire”, which delivered classic 90’s hardcore, with a heavy metal twist. But only one year after its release, and despite having built up a solid following eager to experience the band’s frenetic live shows, VESTINDIEN called it a day.
Absolute silence followed for the next seven years, until, in 2019, some of the band members got together and decided that VESTINDIEN needed to make music again. And make music is exactly what the band’s current lineup of Torjus Slettnosk on vocals, Simon Skøien on guitars, Karl Johan Johannessen on drums and Pål Eirik Veseth on bass did, demonstrating a more introverted and less aggressive approach to their art.
It was at this point that Dark Essence entered the picture, as Slettsnok explains:
Dark Essence was the only label we contacted when the album was finished. It was important to us that the label be based in Bergen, with people we trust. The only other option would have been to do it ourselves.
We were of course very happy when they felt the same way as we do about our music and we are looking forward to collaboration with the very good people of Dark Essence.
More information about VESTINDIEN can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Vestindien/