Bright & Black release first single/video ‘Nidhugg’, unveiling a first glimpse of the project where symphony orchestra meets metal!

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A symphony orchestra. Composers from the world of metal. A wild conductor. A truly unique soloist. Attitude and talent. This is: BRIGHT & BLACK

Metal music and orchestral music, two worlds existing in parallel, finally clash and a sound not yet heard is born. In an unprecedented move, the world of metal will fuse with the world of the orchestra by having writers all rooted in the metal scene compose directly for the orchestra giving them a completely new set of colors to create a new set of sounds. With a bang.

At the core of Bright & Black is the music. Contributors are Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica), Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth), Erik Danielsson (Watain), Nico Elgstrand (Entombed AD), Tomas Haake/ Dick Lövgren (Meshuggah), Jacob Hellner and Kristjan Järvi.

Bright & Black released the first song “Nidhugg”, composed by Fredrik Åkesson, arranged by Nico Elgstrand and Jacob Hellner, taken from “The Album”, due to be released on January 26th, 2024.

“It’s quite overwhelming when you hear a symphony orchestra perform your music.
With a stellar production and arrangement. The goal with Nidhugg was to create something dark and epic. It’s been interesting and inspiring all the way. Sincerely hope you will enjoy Nidhugg. “, says Fredrik Åkesson.

Listen, stream and download “Nidhugg” here:
Watch the visualizer video here: 

The full-scale Dolby Atmos album production of the project was recorded with an orchestra of 65 players in the fall 2022 at the Estonian National Radio studio in Tallinn. Produced by Jacob Hellner. Performed by Baltic Sea Philharmonic. Conducted by Kristjan Järvi. Orchestrations by Jonny Abraham. Additional recordings took place at Urban Sound, Oslo, the postproduction and mix took place at Big Island Sound in Stockholm.

Watch the teaser for the documentary here: 

“The Album” is available as Digipack CD and on Vinyl and is featuring the following songs:

Tracklist (01:05:36):
1.         Nidhugg (08:43)
2.         Bloodgrind (04:31)
3.         Can’t Explain This (04:41)
4.         Collateral Damage (09:35)
5.         The Secret (07:53)
6.         Mounts of Misfortune (05:42)
7.         Armies of the Preposterous (05:19)
8.         A World of Strange (04:23)
9.         From Dust and Mud (01:32)
10.       And Flesh And Blood (03:02)
11.       Midnite Son (05:17)
12.       End of All 04:51)

More info about the pre-order for “The Album” is following soon!

Music can be magical. And the magic of music is never greater than the experience of a live performance. Kristjan Järvi and Baltic Sea Philharmonic have aroused audiences across Europe for years with a totally fresh approach to how an orchestra performs. No sheet music and everybody standing up makes it a very dynamic, organic and different experience. And with Eicca Toppinen as front man a Bright & Black show will be something out of the normal, both for an orchestral audience as well as the metal crowd. 

Bright & Black will be performing live in 2024 on the following dates:
07.03.2024 (EST) Tallinn – Alexela Concert Hall
08.03.2024 (SWE) Stockholm – Filadelfia Convention Center  
11.03.2024 (GER) Berlin – Berlin Philharmonie
14.03.2024 (HKG) Hong Kong  – Hong Kong Arts Festival

Ticket sale starts on Friday, November 17th, 2023!

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