Gjennom meg går ingen til hvile
Gjennom meg går ingen til hvile from January 21st 2022 was released in loving memory of those we have lost, and cemented Stein Akslen's departure from traditional Norwegian black metal. Six years in the making, with lyrics dating back all the way to 2003, Gjennom meg går ingen til hvile was an extremely ambitious project and a highly successful behemoth of an album.
The goals for the album was huge, and Stein included several session musicians to bring forth his complex vision, for the first time including instruments such as cello, strings, piano and saxophone, and collaborating with different vocalists with diverse styles such as opera, clean vocals, throatsinging and a choir.
Due to the graphic nature of the artwork the album was hard to promote, and even reviews got taken down from social media. The artwork on Spotify is the censored version, but the original version is available to purchase on Minneriket's bandcamp.
Full line-up consists of:
Misstiq: Additional compositions, keys
Māra Lisenko: Vocals
Christina Rotondo: Vocals
Niklas Kveldulfsson of Æra: Drums
Maria Kosma: Bass
Margarita Chernova: Strings
Norlene Olmedo: Cello
Kim Fleuchaus: Flute
Thomas Englmann: Saxophone
Jenny Modeman: Additional vocals
C80: Additional keys
V: Additional vocals
Temu: Additional vocals
Elsewhere choir: Choir
Front cover photography by Eivind Nilsen of Clean Shot Photography
Front cover model Lise Marie Sommerstad
Black heart artwork for CD version and limited edition t-shirts by Alan Forbes (Offspring, AFI)
The album was mixed by Stein Akslen and mastered by Niklas Kveldulfsson.
In addition to this Stein did a lot of field-recordings out in nature, going to extreme lengths to get the sounds he wanted for the album. Rumours say he even auto-tuned an owl.
For the single Hjemlengsel Stein collaborated with Valhallartworks for the hugely atmospheric music video shot in the majestic landscapes of Iceland.