MADDER MORTEM release second single ‘The Head That Wears The Crown’

MADDER MORTEM release second single

‘The Head That Wears The Crown’

“Old Eyes, New Heart” out on January 26 via Dark Essence Records

Five years after the release of “Marrow”, MADDER MORTEM are back with their brand new album “Old Eyes, New Heart”  which will be released on January 26 via Dark Essence Records.

Whilst fans wait for its release, Dark Essence Records has today debuted the second single taken from the album.

‘The Head That Wears The Crown’ can be downloaded/streamed HERE.

MADDER MORTEM comment on the track: “‘The Head That Wears The Crown’ is a typical example of how Madder Mortem’s song writing works, combining an intensely melodic, nearly baroque verse with a down-tuned, heavy-handed riff-based refrain very suitable for banging your head. The lyrics deal with how there are some lines that will not be crossed and some things that will not be handed out for free, not even for love.

The cover artwork, which was created by Jakob Kirkevaag & Costin Chioreanu, and further album details of Old Eyes, New Heart can be found below.


1. Coming from the Dark

2. On Guard

3. Master Tongue

4. The Head that Wears the Crown [LISTEN]

5. Cold Hard Rain

6. Unity

7. Towers [WATCH VIDEO]

8. Here and Now

9. Things I’ll Never Do

10. Long Road

It has been five years since MADDER MORTEM released their seventh full-length album “Marrow”, and it has been a long, hard journey, beset by turmoil and heartbreaking loss, which culminated in the death of Jakob, father of the band’s vocalist Agnete and guitarist BP.

Jakob had always been a huge supporter of the band, and his backing was fundamental to the launch of MADDER MORTEM‘s career. Being an artist himself, Jakob had worked on two paintings for “Old Eyes, New Heart”, and, thanks to the band’s long-term collaborator artist and video producer Costin Chioreanu, who was able to adapt Jakob’s work and provide additional design, the cover art was completed. Even though Jakob didn’t live to see the finished album, he would have been immensely proud to see his art on the cover, and the album is dedicated to his memory.

“Old Eyes, New Heart” was recorded and produced by BP M. Kirkevaag, and shows MADDER MORTEM‘s lineup of Agnete M. Kirkevaag on vocals, BP M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Anders Langberg on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums embracing a multitude of directions, spanning from post-metal heaviness to soft Americana grooves and everything in between.

It is an album full of surprises. Lyrically and musically, “Old Eyes, New Heart” deals with hope, disappointment, and the ambivalence between them. It is music from old hearts and deep roots, with new eyes open to the unlimited possibilities of 12 notes, but always with the desire to write a good, honest song. Which makes it unmistakably MADDER MORTEM.

Style: Prog, Avant-Garde, Post-Metal

Line up:

Agnete M. Kirkevaag: Vocals

BP M. Kirkevaag: Guitar, vocals

Anders Langberg: Guitar

Tormod L. Moseng: Bass

Mads Solås: Drums

Recorded at Skytterhuset and Studio Omnivore on and off between May 2021 and February 2022. Engineered and mixed by BP M. Kirkevaag. Produced by BPMK & Madder Mortem. Mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid.

Cover: Jakob Kirkevaag & Costin Chioreanu