With their debut album “Born in Thorns” having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records in the Autumn of 2015,  Norwegian Black Metallers THE 3rd ATTEMPT entered the Strand Studio in Oslo on the 26th May to begin work on their sophomore full-length album, with a view to it being released towards the end of the year.

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THE 3rd ATTEMPT was formed by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (APOSTASY, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex NEONGOD), who, feeling they had become stale in their roles, quit the iconic band and decided to form a project that would once again ignite their enthusiasm and creativity.  Vocalist Ødemark (ex-MIDNATTSVREDE, ex-NECROCAVE) joined the lineup  following online auditions that saw him beat a plethora of both experienced and new vocalists from all over the world for the role.  Drummer Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) whose performance as a live session drummer for THE 3rd ATTEMPT impressed everyone, was quickly added to the lineup on a permanent basis.

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BloodPervertor, Tybalt, Tchort

Ten songs for the new album have been completed, and the drum tracks have already been recorded by Tybalt, who had this to say about what fans could expect from the new material: ” There’s a lot more going on than on the last album, and it’s much faster.  We are definitely beginning to forge something that is truly our own.  It’s dark, it’s filthy and it’s mofo rock n roll”.

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Ødemark, who writes the lyrics for the band gave, an insight into the subject matter: “The new album is about self destruction from an introspective point of view (inside-out), and is not so much about suicide as it is about the need to seek pain, both mental and emotional, in order to develop as a person.   Song by song, a new destructive facet of life is seen, systematically deconstructing each aspect of the human ego.  It’s about evolving through real suffering, and accepting the fact that you are insignificant.  Basically it illustrates how little I care about you.  So, in a nutshell, it’s just about the truth”

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Tybalt & Ødemark

More information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at

A video for the track “Sons of Winter” from the 3rd ATTEMPT’s album ” Born in Thorns” can be seen below and at

“Born in Thorns” can be heard below and on Bandcamp at



Ødemark  came down for a weekend to prepare and record his vocals, and we recorded ten tracks in total.

A different studio location was chosen to record vocals, which were completed in two days with our producer Endre Kirkesola at the helm as always.

After we’d completed recording the vocals we figured we had a good excuse for a  bit of a party which included Kristine from Dark Essence Records.  We played samples from the album, discussed a release schedule, and of course, celebrated with a drink or two.

So there it all is.  The album is recorded and now we have to go through the technical process of mixing and mastering before it’s ready.  It shouldn’t be too much longer before Dark Essence Records and the band can reveal more details about the album and let you hear something from the finished product.  But, without giving too much away about how the album is sounding, below are some videos from the vocal recording sessions, where you can see for yourselves what vocalists have to put their voices through to get the sound just as they want it – it definitely isn’t as easy as just standing in front of the mic and singing once everyone else has done their bit.


Ødemark, Tchort and BloodPervertor Discussing Tactics

After the drums were down on tape, we took a short break from recording so that the producer Endre could do a rough drum mix.

Tchort and BloodPervertor

A guitar and bass studio was rigged and tested at Tchort`s house and Tchort recorded his guitars there, while Bloodpervertor recorded his guitars at Endres house.

Producer Endre and Guitarist BloodPervertor

Bass was later recorded at Tchort’s after his return from DJ`ing at Incineration Fest in London

Below you can see a couple of short videos shot during BloodPervertors sessions


Things are really starting to move forward  now for THE 3rd ATTEMPT and we entered the Sanden Studio in Kristiansand  on the 17th April.  We thought we’d share some of Tchort’s photos with you as well as three short videos so that you can get a taste of how things are being done.

The studio has a highly professional pro tools setup and the first thing we did was upload the click track files which we had recorded at home, ready to begin laying down the drum tracks.

One of the great things about the Sanden Studio is that it has a HUGE room for the drums.  Exactly what we wanted, because a big room means a BIG drum sound.

With us in the studio is Endre Kirkesola, who is producing and engineering our debut full-length album.  He’s not only our studio engineer, but also our live sound engineer and someone we have known and worked with for many years, so we know just how good he is. Here he is below on the right with our drummer Tybalt.

Three out of the ten songs had never been played, or even rehearsed before, by the band but Tybalt nailed it right from the off.

We managed to record all ten  tracks in 14 hours over a two-day period.  Vocalist Kaahrl even found time to work on some chord ideas for the grand piano to be used on his song contribution to the album.

The drums are undergoing a rough mix as we speak to prepare for the guitar and bass recordings which will start later this week.  The drums are actually being mixed down to a stereo track to be exported to the home studio of Tchort where the guitars and bass will be recorded.

Our next studio report will cover the recording of the guitars and bass, and in the meantime enjoy some videos of Tybalt at work on the drum recordings.

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