Blood Command announce new vocalist Nikki Brumen, stream first single A Villain's Monologue

When two awesome artists collide: former Pagan singer Nikki Brumen has joined Blood Command! Hear the first single from their new chapter now.

Blood Command announce new vocalist Nikki Brumen, stream first single A Villain's Monologue
Emily Carter

Absolutely ace news alert: following Pagan's split last year, former vocalist Nikki Brumen has been announced as the new singer of Blood Command.

And to celebrate the start of this next chapter for the band, Blood Command have unveiled new single and video A Villain's Monologue (out now via Hassle Records), with Yngve Andersen calling the new era "tougher, tighter and more melodic than ever before".

"This is also a great introduction for Pagan fans who may not have heard of Blood Command, as A Villain's Monologue really showcases the ferocity of Nikki's vocals but also combines the deathpop sound that Blood Command is known for," Yngve says. "This song is a taste of what's to come.

"A Villain's Monologue was written in response to someone projecting their insecurities onto me. At the time of writing this track, I was invested in supporting someone close to me – I could see they were chasing their dreams and I wanted the best for them. Over time, however, I came to the sad realisation that the support was not reciprocated. This person who I thought I could trust was not showing me the same support that I had shown them, and as a result, were projecting. When I showed Nikki the song, she had been through an incredibly similar situation so we both knew this was the perfect introduction to the rebirth of Blood Command."

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Nikki continues: "A decade ago, I travelled from my home country of Australia to Norway. I chose to fly all the way to the other side of the world because of my obsession at the time with the Norwegian black metal scene. I left, however, with a new obsession: Bergen. The moment I arrived in this city, I knew there was something special about it. To this day, it is my favourite place I have been.

"I used this trip and the Norwegian black metal scene as creative inspiration for my band Pagan, who played our last show in February 2020. Not long after we had split up, I got the offer to join Blood Command. I had actually been introduced to Blood Command’s Cult Drugs a couple of years earlier and fell in love with them instantly. In a weird way, they reminded me of a more pop version on Pagan. The strangest thing about this situation though was that I was being asked to join a band from Bergen. The stars had aligned.

"I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to front a band that I love and that I feel such connection with. I will sing every note from my heart, I will scream every word from my gut, I will write every lyric from my soul together with the band and I will never let you down. We are all in this together now."

Watch the video for A Villain's Monologue below:

And see Blood Command supporting Kvelertak at the following dates next year:

January 2022

13 Energimølla Kongsberg, Norway
14 Union Scene Drammen, Norway
15 Verket Scene Moss, Norway
20 Parkbiografen Skien, Norway
21 Artilleriverkstedet Horten, Norway
22 KICK Scene Kristiansand, Norway
27 Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway

February 2022

2 Røkeriet, USF Verftet Bergen, Norway
3 Terminalen Ålesund, Norway
4 Samfundet Trondheim, Norway
5 Samfundet Trondheim, Norway
8 MeetFactory Prague, Czech Republic
10 Szene Wien Vienna, Austria
11 Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Switzerland
12 Werk, Backstage Munich, Germany
13 Kulturzentrum Schlachthof Wiesbaden, Germany
14 Patronaat Haarlem, Netherlands
16 TRIX Borgerhout, Belgium
18 Islington Assembly Hall London, UK
19 Manchester Academy 2 Manchester, UK
22 FVTVR Paris, France
23 LE METRONUM Toulouse, France
25 Mon Madrid Madrid, Spain
26 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona, Spain
27 Kafe Antzokia Bilbao, Spain

March 2022

1 Ninkasi Gerland KAO Lyon, France
2 Club Vaudeville Lindau, Germany
3 Matrix Bochum, Germany
5 VoxHall Aarhus, Denmark
7 Pustervik Gothenburg, Sweden
8 Kulturbolaget Malmö, Sweden
9 Debaser Strand Stockholm, Sweden
11 Tavastia Klubi Helsinki, Finland
12 Klubi Tampere, Finland
13 Lutakko Jyväskylä, Finland

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