2022 is soon to be history, and a fun year to look back at, for our label.
We are now 2 years in the making of a long-held dream of mine come true. Whispering Voice Records AS has become a company that is viable on it’s own, and we will start focusing on the next step of the dream, which is Whispering Voice Studios, and getting that up and running.
The label started 2022 by joining the Ifpi Norway family, which houses 23 members. Internationally Ifpi has 8000 members divided on 70 countries. This gave us some great tools to work with and gave us an even better overview of the result from our campaigns. At the end of the year we also saw the start of Music Nest Norway, which we joined as soon as applications were opened,
We also signed more artists in 2022, resulting in several digital and physical releases.
The first band out this year was the band Snøstorm. The duo residing in Norway and Bulgaria made a killer album called ‘Tales of the end’.
Tales of the end
Tales od the End was released 29th of april, and consisting of 7 tracks with lyrics in either Norwegian or English, the album was released both digitally and physically as a digipak.
The track ‘Slava Ukraine’ featured several languages, and the lyrics was written in English, Norwegian and Ukrainian, in honor of the Ukrainian people fighting against their oppressors
Mellom bakkar og berg
Snøstorm also released a digital singel, a cover of the anthem ‘Mellom bakkar og berg’ from the Norwegian poem ‘Nordmannen’ (the Norwegian in English). A lyric-video was released on the labels YouTube, which was filmed and produced by Whispering Voice Studios.
2022 was also the year we signed the Norwegian newcomers ‘Nidhög’, who released their debut-ep ‘Fjord’. These talented guys wanted to put some of the old second wave Norwegian black metal back into play, and with the ep being produced by none other than Tom Kvålsvoll from Kvalsonic lab, the guys did just that. The band is working on their second release, and a lyric-video is also in the works
The last release of 2022 was ‘Vandari’ by the polish band Cortege. The 12-track death-metal album was released late November, both digitally and physically. Vandari is the bands third full-length album
The band also recently released a musicvideo, featuring the track ‘Filth‘ from the Vandari-album.
Least, but not last, 2022 was also the year we finally got ‘Into the realm of the Occult’ by Arvas back on to the streaming-services. After many years of missing, it is now finally back and available. The album was originally released in 2013, and after striking a deal at the end of 2021, the label finally got ownership of the album, and made sure it got released online.
We’ve also supported the extreme version of the Norwegian metal-festival Northern Deception Metal Festival, which was held in September in Kristiansand. The festival featured band as Mork, Gehenna, Nordjevel and Crest of Darkness, and many other great bands.
So what’s in store for the label in 2023?
We allready have a new signing in place, and there are also more albums to come, from new artists and artists that are allready in our rooster.
Arvas recorded a singel in 2022 that we hopefully will see the result of in 2023, but we will start of the new year with the release of a new artist.
In 2022 we saw what was the beginning of a brand new studio; Whispering Voice Studios. We will have a bigger focus on production in 2023, making the studio more live and buzzing.
We will also see the a brand new wepshop coming up in the early 2023, with loads of merch from all our artists, and also some cool metal-stuff in general.
We will continue to support Northern Deception Metal Festival, and hopefully we will see even more people in front of the stage.
So for now, we wish you all a happy new year, and hope you also follow us in 2023