NettleCarrier is freezing cold, satanic black metal at its best. It’s true, it’s Norwegian. StarringT. Ciekals (Djevel, Ljå), Mannevond (Koldbrann, Urgehal) and Dirge Rep (Gehenna,nGorgoroth, Enslaved), this band has a great future ahead. The 7” vinyl “To Strangle The HeronOf Heaven”, released in 2007, was an eye opener for the underground scene and NettleCarrier is now ready to release their self-titled debut album September 21st 2012. ”Not even nine minutes, but it might be one of the best black metal releases for several years, at least from the Fjordlands. Should there be any full-length under way, it is safe to say that my expectations would be set quite high.” - Avantgarde-metal.com
NettleCarrier was formed in 2004 when T. Ciekals, at the time member of the band “Ljå”, moved to Oslo and teamed up with Mannevond from the infamous “Koldbrann”. “I had been in contact with Mannevond a few years back and we were both fans of each others bands.” – T. Ciekals. In 2002, Ljå and Koldbrann released a split, which marked the beginning of an
eight year long journey. They had a burning desire to create a black metal band that did not sound like any other band, but with an older and more sinister sound. However, due to obligations to other bands and projects the plans developed slowly and almost stopped for a while. When Vold joined the band on drums things changed and the speed picked up for a
short while. This resulted in the 7” vinyl "To Strangle The Hero Of Heaven" released by ”Sathanas In Gloriam Productions”. Shortly after, Vold left the band. When Mannevond started Urgehal and T. Ciekals formed ”Djevel, NettleCarrier was put on ice for almost three years. “I left Ljå in 2007 to focus on Djevel and Mannevond was busy with Urgehal, but NettleCarrier wasn’t dead, only buried for a while. – T. Ciekals. After the Djevel album was released, T. Ciekals was finally able to focus on NettleCarrier again. In 2010, Dirge Rep joined the band on drums and they made the decision to record a full-length album. “"I liked the 7" and I also wrote the lyrics for the songs, so i was more than willing to join the band when i was asked"– Dirge Rep. Without the possibility of rehearsing together, as the band was based both in Oslo and Stavanger, NettleCarrier went in Caliban Studios with Ruben Willem as producer to record the album without ever being in the same room together. “I just sent the demoes of the songs to Dirge and Mannevond and I was certain that there would be no problem to just meet up in the studio and record the songs. Dirge Rep, being an extremely talented drummer, did all the songs in 10 hours without ever rehearsing. That’s possession for you!” - T. Ciekals.
“Nettlecarrier is poised to carry on the proud tradition of obscure and evil black metal originating from the Norwegian icy wilderness. One thing the listener is certain of when they are finished listening to Nettlecarrier's music is that it truly does "nourish the soil where evil grows.”" – Nocturnalcult.com The name NettleCarrier means spreader of death and the self-titled album contains seven crushing tracks of pitch black, satanic black metal. The extremely talented artist Truls Espedal made the cover art for the album. NettleCarrier’s self-titled debut is out via Indie Recordings September 21st 2012.