Norwegian extreme metal veterans KEEP OF KALESSIN have set "Reptilian" as the title of their new album, due in early 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
A video teaser for the CD can be viewed below.
KEEP OF KALESSIN is competing in the national Eurovision Song Contest called "Melodi Grand Prix". The band will perform a song called "The Dragontower", which was originally written for the group's next album but had to be shortened from 5:20 minutes to 3:00 minutes for the performance. The full, unedited track will, of course, appear on the upcoming KEEP OF KALESSIN CD.
Commented mainman Obsidian C. (real name: Arnt Grønbech): "We're excited to have been picked out from about 1,000 Norwegian contributors to Melodi Grand Prix 2010. The feedback on the song is amazing so far and we hope that we can have a chance to be the first-ever extreme metal band in the norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final."
KEEP OF KALESSIN will compete in the first of three initial finals that will air on NRK1 in Norway on January 8, 2010. Viewers will be able to vote via SMS for their favorite artist. The top two artists chosen via SMS will directly go to the national final held at the Spektrum, Oslo on February 6, 2010. The third- and fourth-place artists will get another new chance to compete in a new TV show called "The Last Chance" where the top 2 artists will also go the final.
There are 21 participating artists and eight finalists. The winner of the final in February will be the one to represent Norway at the international Eurovision Song Contest 2010.
Unfortunately, the voting in Norway can only be done by Norwegian cell phones. Foreign fans can watch the show live via the www.nrk.no webcast.
KEEP OF KALESSIN's last album, "Kolossus", was released in June 2008. The CD was made available via Indie Recordings and was licensed to Nuclear Blast for the following territories: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and rest of the world outside Europe (except Australia and Russia).