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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS DEBUT TRACK AND ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR UPCOMING ALBUM FROM BLACK-FOLK METALLERS GALAR

1Dark Essence Records have announced March 16th as the release date for “De gjenlevende”, the new album from Norwegian Black-Folk Metallers GALAR. The album, which will be the band’s 3rd full-length, was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studio in Bergen with producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen handling the recording and mixing , whilst the mastering is by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen. Artwork for the album is by Robert Høyem of graphic designers Overhaus. The track “Tusen kall til solsang ny” from “De gjenlevende”, has been debuted today and can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial/sets/til-alle-heimsens-endar

Joining the lineup for the album is Phobos (AETERNUS, GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) who was once again drafted in to handle the drums, as well as several session musicians including both a string quintet and a horn quartet – unusual elements that are ideally suited to the epic nature of the six-track concept album. Track listing for “De gjenlevende”, which is sung entirely in Norwegian, but which is accompanied by an explanatory booklet in English, as follows:

1. De gjenlevende
2. Natt … og taust et forglemt liv
3. Bøkens hymne
4. Ljós
5. Gjeternes tunge steg
6. Tusen kall til solsang ny

Whilst “De gjenlevende” loses nothing of the epic grandeur that fans have come to expect from the band, this time GALAR also delve further into their harsher and more extreme sound alongside their trademark symphonic elements. As the band’s lyricist Jorge Blutaar recently explained, the concept for “De gjenlevende” is inspired by Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies. “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”.

GALAR’s founders M. Kristiansen (screams, guitars and bass) and A. B. Lauritzen (clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano) recently announced that they had expanded the band’s lineup to include drummer Tomas Myklebust (ex-EMANCER, live session drums with VULTURE INDUSTRIES and VRIED), and have also added live session member Pól Nolsøe Jespersen on lead guitars. The first time the new lineup will hit the stage will be at Inferno Festival in Oslo on the 1st of April at the Dark Essence Records label night at Blå, alongside label-mates TAAKE, KRAKOW and MOMENTUM.

More information about GALAR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.galar.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial

“De gjenlevende” is available to pre order from DARK ESSENCE RECORDS at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/galar-de-gjennlevende or direct from GALAR at http://galar.bigcartel.com/product/de-gjenlevende

Five tracks from GALAR, including “Tusen kall til solsang ny” from “De gjenlevende”, can be heard here:

GALAR PLAYER by GALAR

Fan-filmed footage of GALAR performing the track “Ingen Siger Vart Vunnin” at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in 2011 can be seen here:

The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be found here:

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Galar Website: http://www.galar.no/
Galar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
Galar SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial
Galar YouTube: www.youtube.com/galarofficial
Galar Webshop: http://galar.bigcartel.com/
Galar MySpace: www.myspace.com/galarmetal
Band Contact & Booking: galarmetal@gmail.com
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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ALFAHANNE BEGINS WORK ON NEW ALBUM AND HINTS AT WHAT TO EXPECT

IMG_20130730_113128Sweden’s self-styled Alfapokalyptic Rockers ALFAHANNE, whose debut full-length album was released earlier this year on Dark Essence Records, are back in the studio preparing for their next album. With guest vocalists like TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth and HELHEIM’s V’gandr on their debut “Alfapokalyps” – names that make most fans of extreme metal sit up and take notice – many are wondering what the band will pull out of its bag for its follow up, so guitarist Fredrik Sööberg took time out from working on the new material to give a hint about what to expect.

“ALFHANNE has never been a band that does things the way others do them. So when it comes to the process of recording a follow up album to “Alfapokalypse” we do it our way, regardless of expectations. We do not record demos or pre-productions. We just jam the shit out of our equipment until we have a song we feel we can perform properly on an album. Then we record it. As with “Alfapokalyps” we record the material live and most often it is the first take that ends up on the album. We believe that if we can’t get it right straight away, who are we to call ourselves musicians?

“ALFAHANNE is not about perfection and order. Quite the opposite. We are about emotions and chaos. The process of writing new material is as always quite easy for us. After releasing our first album we had so much inspiration left in us that we just kept going. Always inspired by the darkness that lies within the depth of humanity and the rotten illusion of our society. The songs just pop up like a big middle finger in the face of the world.

“As I write this, August has come to a close and we are about halfway through the recording, which, again as with “Alfapokalyps”, we are doing on our own, in our own Dödskult Studio, and we will continue the recording process during this fall/winter when we are not busy playing live. We can also reveal that our new album will have guest appearances by vocalists who we find suitable for our particular style of music, which we call Alfapokalyptic rock. As far as the sound is concerned we just have one thing to say: ALFAHANNE is always ALFAHANNE and we will always have our own distinctive sound. One thing we can safely say, however, is that this album will for sure be the best album released since “Alfapokalyps”.”

ALFAHANNE can claim a lineup of musicians that have been on the Black Metal scene since the early ’90’s in bands such as VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT, and Pehr Skioldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass have proved well-able to win over audiences wherever they have played, which includes a series of festival appearances during 2014. Formed in 2010, ALFAHANNE’s sound is a high energy mix of Black Metal, Classic Rock and Punk, a sound that was interesting enough to convince SHINING to join the band on the 2013 7″ split “Grym” release, after which, ALFAHANNE joined the formidable roster of Norway’s Dark Essence Records.

Upcoming appearances confirmed for ALFAHANNE as follows:
12 Sept, John Dee, Oslo (supporting VULTURE INDUSTRIES)
27 Sept, Morkaste Smaland Festival, Metropol, Hultsfred, Sweden
07 Nov, On the Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
08 Nov, Dog’s Home, Tampere, Finland
19-21 Feb, Blastfest, Bergen, Norway (exact running order TBA)
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England

More information about ALFAHANNE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

Several tracks from ALFAHANNE, including tracks featuring TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, can be heard here:

Fan-filmed video of ALFAHANNE performing the track “Indiehora” from their 2014 album “Alfapokalypse”, live on stage with HELHEIM’s V’gandr can be seen here:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

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HEAVY ALTERNATIVE ROCKERS KRAKOW RELEASE UPDATE AND PHOTOS FROM RECORDING SESSIONS FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

DSC_5284PR_zps62f7daabNorway’s KRAKOW have been hard at work in Bergen’s Duper Studio on what will be the band’s third full-length album, and have issued the following update on the progress, as well as dropping just a little hint of what fans can expect from the new release, which will appear once again on Dark Essence Records:

“Ok, so it’s time for a new Krakow album, the third installment in our series of creative ways to hammer music out of the mountains themselves. Like all our previous recordings, this has been a journey, never easy, but always thrilling.

The process of writing this album started just after we released “diin”. Many other events happened in that period too, like finding our drummer, having a meltdown after a Christmas binge party in a Parisian parking garage, almost getting into fist fights during a malt whiskey extravaganza on Stord Island, having our instruments stolen and then brought back to us during the next night’s show, and writing a lot of new riffs and songs, some of which have already disappeared into the great unknown. Which might be a good thing in some cases, though a few gems might have been lost along the way.

Anyway, towards the end of last year we recorded 10 demos which we brought with us to the amazing Duper Studio with Iver Sandøy, once again positioned behind the desk. The approach this time was in some ways different than during the diin sessions. We still record everything live as a band, but we wanted a bit more definition, less distortion, cleaner drums, more focus on the songs and melodies that lived within the compositions. The music is still dark, melodic and mysterious, but this time with a different angle.

During the sessions we almost killed Kjartan’s Mesa Mark III with a steel reverb and Space Echo, used the smallest acoustic guitar on this side of Equator, and recorded accordion, broken chair, surf guitar, cassette player guitar, singing though a piano and open windows during a storm, just to name a few. The whole recording session ended with a lot of red wine and 18 minutes of pure dark drone.

We still don’t know which songs that are going end up on the album, but the mixing is almost done and we are starting to get very excited. Stay tuned for album details, cover art and tour dates!

– Krakow”

Formed in the fall of 2005, KRAKOW is a band that is difficult to pin to any particular genre, fitting equally well into the Metal / Experimental / Ambient categories, and with a lineup that consists of very skilled and experienced musicians. Today’s lineup consists of Kjartan Grønhaug (HAVARIKOMMISJONEN) on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, frontman and bassist Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, VITHR) and drummer Ask Ty Ulvhedin Arctander (KAMPFAR.

KRAKOW will perform a set at the Garage, Bergen, on Friday 29th August during the Beyond the Gates Festival.

Photos of the studio sessions can be seen on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/krakowband

More information about KRAKOW can be found on the band’s website at http://www.krakowofficial.com/

Six tracks from KRAKOW can be heard here:

Fan-filmed footage of KRAKOW performing the track “Termination of Origin” from the “Diin” album can be seen here:

The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be found at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com 
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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BLACK-FOLK METALLERS GALAR REVEAL DETAILS AND ARTWORK OF UPCOMING ALBUM

bilde_litenDark Essence Records have today revealed details, including the artwork and track-listing, for “De gjenlevende”, the upcoming album from Norwegian Black-Folk Metallers GALAR. Mixed and recorded at Bergen’s Conclave and Earshot Studio by producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen, “De gjenlevende” (The Bereaved) is a follow up to 2010’s “Til Alle Heimsens Endar”, and will be GALAR’s third-full length album. Artwork for the album is by Robert Høyem of graphic designers Overhaus.

“De gjenlevende” sees GALAR’s founders M. Kristiansen (screams, guitars and bass) and A. B. Lauritzen (clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano) and drummer Phobos (AETERNUS, GRAVDAL, MALSAIN), joined by several session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet which fit in with the epic nature of the material, both musical and lyrical, that has been created for the six-track, concept album. Entirely written in Norwegian, the track entitled “Ljós” will be an instrumental, whilst the other tracks are longer, and more epic than previous work by the band.

Jorge Blutaar, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies. “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”. Fans worried about not understanding the Norwegian lyrics need have no concerns, as the album comes with an explanatory booklet.

Track listing for “De gjenlevende”, whose estimated date of release is the 20th October, is as follows:

1. De gjenlevende
2. Natt … og taust et forglemt liv
3. Bøkens hymne
4. Ljós
5. Gjeternes tunge steg
6. Tusen kall til solsang ny

GALAR recently recruited drummer Tomas Myklebust (ex-EMANCER, live session drums with VULTURE INDUSTRIES and VRIED), and he joins Kristiansen and Lauritzen as a full-time member of the band.

More information about GALAR can be found on the band’s website at www.galar.no or on Facebook.

Four tracks from GALAR can be heard here:

GALAR PLAYER by GALAR

Fan-filmed footage of GALAR performing the track “Ingen Siger Vart Vunnin” at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in 2011 can be seen here:

The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be found at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Galar Website: http://www.galar.no/
Galar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
Galar SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial
Galar YouTube: www.youtube.com/galarofficial
Galar Webshop: http://galar.bigcartel.com/
Galar MySpace: www.myspace.com/galarmetal
Band Contact & Booking: galarmetal@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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BLACK FOLK METALLERS COR SCORPII SET DATE TO BEGIN RECORDING SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

corscorpii_picAfter keeping fans waiting for four years, Norwegian Black Folk Metallers COR SCORPII have set the date of the 17th July on which to begin recording their sophomore full-length album. As with their previous release “Monument” the album will be recorded and mixed by Børge Finstad at his Toproom Studio (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, TRISTANIA, ARCTURUS etc).

So far the band have released very little information about the album, which has a working title of “Ruin”, other than to say that they expect to have it finished by the autumn of this year and that it will be released on Dark Essence Records. They have, however, posted a pre-production teaser of what will eventually turn into a 9 -10 minute epic track, as an indication on what fans can expect. The teaser can be heard on the band’s official YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/T1bDm6I6lVw

COR SCORPII was formed in 2004 by WINDIR/ULCUS keyboard player Gaute Refsnes following the tragic death of WINDIR’s Terje “Valfar” Bakken. With a lineup that includes Thomas Øvstedal on vocals, Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Erlend Nybø on lead guitars, Rune Sjøthun on rhythm guitars, Inge Jonny Lomheim on bass and Ole “Vargon” Nordsve on drums, COR SCORPII’s music blends melody with aggression, and black metal vocals with strong folk metal feel that has made the Bergen band so popular with fans of the extreme genres.

It has just been confirmed that COR SCORPII will be joining DARK ESSENCE RECORDS label-mates TAAKE at next year’s Karmøygeddon Metal Festival, and more information about COR SCORPII can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii

The pre-production video teaser for the upcoming COR SCORPII album can be heard here:

Several tracks from COR SCORPII can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud Page here:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.corscorpii.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/cor-scorpii
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOLdDwZmVK7ieTq4NpABlWg
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS RENEWS CONTRACT WITH HADES ALMIGHTY

HADES Live 2013 (4)Although the band’s recorded output has lain virtually dormant since 2004 when Dark Essence Record re-released their 2001 classic “The Pulse of Decay”, things are definitely starting to stir in the HADES ALMIGHTY recording front, so much so, in fact, that Dark Essence have renewed their contract and are planning to release a new album from the legendary Norwegians.

Formed in 1992 by guitarist Jorn (DOMINANZ, ex-OLD FUNERAL, ex-IMMORTAL, ex-AMPUTATION), and drummer Remi, HADES ALMIGHTY became a fully functioning band with the arrival of Janto on Bass and vocals, and Nagel on guitar and the release of their first demo “Alone Walkyng”. A series of further releases followed, but it was the appearance of “Pulse of Decay” that really catapulted HADES ALMIGHTY to the forefront of the Black Metal genre, by demonstrating their ability to convey the real darkness that lies within human passion.

With today’s lineup of Janto, Jorn and Remi, HADES ALMIGHTY have proved time and time again in the live arena that they are a force to be reckoned with, and that they rightly deserve to be called “the heaviest Black Metal three-piece in the world”. With another two of the band’s albums “…Again Shall Be” & ” Dawn Of The Dying Sun”, being released on CD and vinyl in 2010, calls from fans for new material have been increasing, and with work on a new album progressing well, it looks like those calls will, at long last, be answered.

More information about HADES ALMIGHTY can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HADESHORDEN

The official video for the track “Submission Equals Suicide” from HADES ALMIGHTY’s album “The Pulse of Decay” can be seen here:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HADESHORDEN
Website: http://www.hades-almighty.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALFAHANNE ALBUM

Alfahanne loggaWith ALFAHANNE’s first full-length album “Alfapokalyps” set for release in less than a month, DARK ESSENCE RECORDS have today debuted the track “Såld På Mörkret” from the album. “Alfapokalyps” was mastered by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studio and includes guest appearances from SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth and HELHEIM’s V’gandr, as well as TAAKE’s Hoest, who features on the newly debuted track “Såld På Mörkret” which can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/alfahanne-s-ld-p-m-rkret

Formed in Sweden in 2010 ALFAHANNE’s lineup includes musicians who have been on the Black Metal Scene since the early ‘90’s in bands such as VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT, and who have come together to play what they call ”Alfapocalyptic Rock”. Playing a mixture of Black Metal, Classic Rock and Punk with some Goth influences, ALFAHANNE’s first release was the “Grym” split 7” with Sweden’s SHINING in 2013.

ALFAHANNE’s current lineup includes Pehr Skioldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass, and the band’s next live appearance will be on the 16th of April at the DARK ESSENCE RECORDS Club Night at the Inferno Festival in Oslo. ALFAHANNE is also set to appear at the Tons of Rock Festival alongside SABATON, SEPULTURA and SOILWORK in June.

“Alfapokalyps”, will hit the streets on the 10th of February in both CD and vinyl versions, and is already available to pre-order from http://shop.karismarecords.no/.
Tracklisting as follows:

1. Bättre Dar – guest vocals from Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING)
2. Ormar Af Satan
3. Såld På Mörkret – guest vocals from Hoest (TAAKE)
4. Dödskult
5. Rocken Dör
6. Syndarnas Flod
7. Alfa Hordes
8. Indiehora – guest vocals from V’gandr (HELHEIM, TAAKE)
9. Där Drömmarna Dör
10. Alla Ska Mé

More information about ALFAHANNE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

“Såld På Mörkret” a track from ALFAHANNE’s upcoming debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps”, featuring TAAKE’s Hoest can be heard here:

ALFAHANNE – Såld På Mörkret by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Booking: oldschoolconsulting@gmail.com

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS REVEALS TRACK LISTING AND ARTWORK FOR UPCOMING ALBUM FROM ALFAHANNE

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS has announced details of “Alfapokalyps”, the upcoming album from Swedish rockers ALFAHANNE. The ten-track album will be the debut full-length release from ALFAHANNE, a name that is relatively new on the scene compared to some of the label’s more venerable artists, yet it is a band that has managed to tempt the likes of TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, and HELHEIM’s V’gandr to make guest appearances on “Alfapokalyps”.
Set to hit the streets on the 10th of February, “Alfapokalyps” was mixed by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studio. Artwork is by Mikael Skoog.

Track listing as follows:

1. Bättre Dar – guest vocals from Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING)
2. Ormar Af Satan
3. Såld På Mörkret – guest vocals from Hoest (TAAKE)
4. Dödskult
5. Rocken Dör
6. Syndarnas Flod
7. Alfa Hordes
8. Indiehora – guest vocals from V’gandr (HELHEIM, TAAKE)
9. Där Drömmarna Dör
10. Alla Ska Mé

Formed in 2010, ALFAHANNE’s debut release came in 2013 with the release of the “Grym” split 7” with Sweden’s SHINING. ALFAHANNE plays what its members describe as ”Alfapocalyptic Rock”, which mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, all topped off with some Goth influences. It is music that is both powerful and beautiful whilst at the same time is ugly, and about which the band says: “When you are into it you don´t feel pleasure and you don´t feel pain but you definitely FEEL”. Whilst ALFAHANNE might be a fairly new name to a lot of people, the band’s members, which include Pehr Skioldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass, have been around the Black Metal scene since the early ‘90’s, playing in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT.

ALFAHANNE’s next live appearance will be on the 16th of April at the DARK ESSENCE RECORDS Club Night at the Inferno Festival in Oslo. They are also set to appear at the Tons of Rock Festival alongside SABATON, SEPULTURA and SOILWORK in June.

More information about ALFAHANNE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

”Dödsmaskinen” an original demo track from ALFAHANNE and featuring Niklas Kvarforth can be heard here:

Alfahanne – Dödsmaskinen(feat. Niklas Kvarforth)(demo) by alfahanne

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Booking and Press: sooberg@live.com

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FIRST TWO FULL-LENGTH ALBUMS FROM NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS SARKOM RELEASED DIGITALLY ON DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

Having released SARKOM’s third full-length album “Doomsday Elite” earlier this month, DARK ESSENCE RECORDS have today, the 28th October, released the band’s two earlier albums – 2006’s “Aggravation of Mind” and 2008’s “Bestial Supremacy”. Originally released on the now defunct Twilight Vertrieb label, both albums are now almost impossible to get hold of, and will initially be available digitally, before an eventual release in CD format at an as yet unspecified date. Both will come with revised artwork, and are available from all the usual digital retailers as well as direct from Dark Essence Records at http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords.

The lineup on both “Aggravation of Mind”, which was SARKOM’s debut album, and the sophomore album “Bestial Conspiracy”, comprises Unsgaard on vocals, Sagstad on guitars and bass, and Renton on drums. “Passion for Suicide” from the “Aggravation of the Mind” album and “Inferior Bleeding” from “Bestial Supremacy” can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records. Track listing for the albums as follows:

AGGRAVATION OF MIND
1. Bloodstains on the Horns
2. Embraced You Shall Be
3. Alpha – Omega
4. The Chosen One
5. Aggravation of Mind’s Syndrome
6. Inside the Memories
7. Passion for Suicide
8. Cryptic Void

BESTIAL SUPREMACY (2008)
1. Inferior Bleeding
2. I Call Your Name
3. Bestial Supremacy
4. Infected
5. Parallel to a Wall of Fire
6. Symbolic Revulsion
7. Artificial
8. Revival of Torment
9. Crushing the Retrospective Dominions
10. Finalizing Sovereignty

The digital release of SARKOM’s earlier albums hot on the heels for the band’s current output provides an interesting way to chart the band’s progression over the years, especially for the newer fans that have so far been unable to get hold of the original releases, and more so for a band that, according to frontman and founder Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING), refuses to stick to a formula just because it has proven successful, but continues to push the boundaries.

SARKOM was recently the first band to be confirmed to appear at next year’s Hammerslag Festival in February. More information about SARKOM can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sarkom

“Passion for Suicide” from the “Aggravation of the Mind” album and “Inferior Bleeding” from “Bestial Supremancy”, as well as two tracks from SARKOM’s new full-length album “Doomsday Elite” can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/sarkom/ or here:

SARKOM by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

The official video for “Inferior Bleeding” from SARKOM’s “Bestial Supremacy” can be seen at http://youtu.be/YJIVbBw_cnM or here:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Sarkom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
Sarkom Website: http://www.sarkomsect.com/
Sarkom MySpace: https://myspace.com/sarkom
Band Contact: e.unsgaard@gmail.com

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KARISMA RECORDS DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM FROM PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG

“The Greatest Show on Earth” the title track from the new album from Prog Rockers AIRBAG has been previewed today by Karisma Records. Set for release on the 4th of November, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will be available as a standard jewel case CD and a limited edition vinyl replica style CD, as well as a double vinyl gatefold in both black and limited edition white version. The album will also be available digitally. The track can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/airbag-the-greatest-show-on

A band known for its musical craftsmanship, AIRBAG’s third full-length album has taken 18 months of painstaking work to ensure that the quality of the work surpasses what went before. Whilst “The Greatest Show on Earth” shows an edgier side to the band with the inclusion of some heavier passages, the trademark AIRBAG sound is still very much intact. With “The Greatest Show on Earth” Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass), create a sonic experience that ranges from massive walls of sound, to ambient textures and soulful soundscapes to explore the growing sense of alienation and distrust that the individual feels when confronted by society and authority, whilst at the same time being manipulated and misled into believing that each person is in control of their self-absorbed lives.

Full track listing for “The Greatest Show on Earth”, which comes in at around 50 minutes and was engineered and co-produced by Vegard Sleipnes, is as follows and can be pre-ordered from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/airbag:

1. Surveillance (part 1)
2. Redemption
3. Silence Grows
4. Call Me Back
5. The Greatest Show on Earth
6. Surveillance (part 2-3)

AIRBAG’s next live appearance will be at the release show for “The Greatest Show on Earth” at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway on the 30th October. More information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website http://www.airbagsound.com

A video teaser for “The Greatest Show on Earth” can be seen on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/21aX1UuuZK0 or here:

Three tracks from AIRBAG including “The Greatest Show On Earth” can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/airbag-on-karisma-records or here:

AIRBAG ON KARISMA RECORDS by Karisma Records

A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour last year can be seen at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA or here:

Tracks from all of Karisma Records releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/karisma-records or here:

KARISMA RECORDS by Karisma Records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Airbag/21137836128
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen, jt@airbagsound.com

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DARK METALLERS AETERNUS STREAM SECOND TRACK FROM LATEST ALBUM

With their latest album “…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth” receiving high praise from reviewers, Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS are streaming a second track from what is their seventh full-length album on their SoundCloud page. The track “Spurcitias” can be heard here http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway/aeternus-spurcitias

“…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth” was released earlier this year on Dark Essence Records, and was produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) at the Conclave and Earshot studios in Bergen. All music for the album is by AETERNUS, whilst the concept and lyrics are by the band’s former bassist V’gandr (TAAKE, HELHEIM). Artwork for the ten-track album is by Timo Ketola, known for his work with bands such as for DEATHSPELL OMEGA, ASPHYX, DISSECTION MARDUK, WATAIN and OPETH amongst others. The first pressing includes AETERNUS’ 1995 “Dark Sorcery” EP as a bonus and is available directly from the label at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/aeternus.

AETERNUS was one of the original pioneers of what these days is called Dark Metal, and which, in AETERNUS’s case, combines features from both Black and Death Metal, together with occasional melodic interludes and superlative guitar playing. The band’s current line up includes guitarist and frontman Ares, who originally founded the band in 1993, Specter (ex-GRAVDAL) on guitars, Eld (KRAKOW) on bass and Phobos (GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) on drums. More information about AETNERNUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

Fan-filmed footage of AETERNUS at the Hub & Huey Festival in May 2012 can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO4gc7CLpy0

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AeternusNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/aeternusnor
Booking: info@theflamingarts.eu
Band Contact and Booking (Norway): areslives@hotmail.com

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS STREAMS SECOND TRACK FROM LATEST ALBUM FROM NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS SARKOM

With SARKOM’s new album “Doomsday Elite” out today, Monday October 14, DARK ESSENCE RECORDS are streaming a second track from the album on the label’s SoundCloud page. “Doomsday Elite”, which is SARKOM’s third full-length album, features guest appearances from Psy Coma (THE KOVENANT), Haan (SVARTTJERN), Nachtgarm (NEGATOR), Thrawn (PARADIGMA, ex DØDHEIMSGARD, ex NOCTURNAL BREED) and V. Larsen. The track “Predators in Disguise” can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sarkom-predators-in-disguise

The lineup on “Doomsday Elite” includes the band’s two core members – founder and frontman Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING) on vocals and Sgt V (SVARTTJERN) on bass. URGEHAL’s Uruz performs drums for the album, whilst guitars are handled by former members Sagstad and Strönen. Former drummer and co-founder Renton is on effects. “Doomsday Elite” is mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio and artwork is by MK. “Perv”. Tracklisting for the eight-track album, as follows:

1. Doomsday Elite
2. I Utakt Med Gud
3. No Loose Ends
4. Inside a Haunted Chapel
5. Predators in Disguise
6. Solemn Disorder ‘til Human Extinction
7. Cosmic Intellect
8. Stigma

More information about SARKOM can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sarkom

“Predators in Disguise” and the title track “Doomsday Elite” can be heard here:

SARKOM by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

The official video for “Inferior Bleeding” from SARKOM’s “Bestial Supremacy” album can be seen here:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Sarkom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
Sarkom Website: http://www.sarkomsect.com/
Sarkom MySpace: https://myspace.com/sarkom
Band Contact: e.unsgaard@gmail.com

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SLEGEST DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO

With just over a week to go before the release of “Løyndom”, the debut album from Norway’s SLEGEST, the band has released a music video for the opening track of the album “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”. The video, produced by Håvard Nesbø and Ørjan Talle, features the band’s newly formed live-lineup, which includes founder Ese (ex-VREID) on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums. The video is being debuted by Metal Hammer Norway and can be seen at http://metal-hammer.no/premiere-slegest-video/2950/

SLEGEST, formed in 2010 by former VREID guitarist Ese originally as a solo studio project, plays a mix of classic Heavy Rock combined with old-school black metal vocals. The band’s first release, a self-titled EP, appeared in 2012, after which SLEGEST inked a deal with Dark Essence Records for the release of the debut full-length album. “Løyndom” was recorded partly in Ese’s own Systrond Studio and partly at the Conclave and Earshot Studio with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen and was mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen. The artwork for “Løyndom” includes drawings by Jan Magne Vigdal and design by Tom Korsvold. Tracklisting for “Løyndom”, which is set to hit the streets on the 7th October as follows:

1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength

More information about SLEGEST can be found at http://www.slegest.no/

Five tracks from SLEGEST can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/slegest/sets/slegest-slegest-ep or here:

Slegest – Slegest (EP) by Slegest

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases, including SLEGEST, can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Slegest Contact: slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING SLEGEST ALBUM

With a release date for SLEGEST’s debut full-length album “Løyndom” set for the 7th October, Dark Essence Records has today previewed a track from what will be the debut album from former VREID guitarist Ese. “Ho Som Haustar Aleine” is the opening track from “Løyndom” and can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/slegest-ho-som-haustar-aleine

Recorded partly in Ese’s own Systrond Studio and partly at the Conclave and Earshot Studio with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen, and mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen, “Løyndom” (Secret), is a mix of classic heavy rock and old school black metal that has an distinctly down and dirty, and addictively catchy, groove running through it. Track listing for “Løyndom” as follows:

1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength

When Ese formed SLEGEST in 2010 following his departure from VREID, where he played on four albums, his original intention was that it should be a solo project, and, indeed, apart from a guest solo by former VREID band-mate Sture, Ese plays all the instruments himself on “Løyndom”. However, it soon became clear to everyone who heard the album that SLEGEST was a live band waiting to happen, and a live line-up has now been put together, which, apart from Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, consists of Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums.

SLEGEST is also busy putting the finishing touches to a music video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”. Produced by Håvard Nesbø and Ørjan Talle, the video will premiere before the release of “Løyndom”.

More information about SLEGEST can be found at http://www.slegest.no/

Ho Som Haustar Aleine” from “Løyndom” and can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/slegest-ho-som-haustar-aleine or here:

SLEGEST – Ho Som Haustar Aleine by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

Five tracks from SLEGEST can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/slegest/sets/slegest-slegest-ep or here:

Slegest – Slegest (EP) by Slegest

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Slegest Contact: slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS PREVIEWS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM FROM BLACK METALLERS SARKOM

Sarkom - Doomsday Elite CD

The title track from SARKOM’s upcoming album “Doomsday Elite” has been debuted today by Dark Essence Records. With the album set for release on the 15th October, “Doomsday Elite” includes guest appearances from Psy Coma (THE KOVENANT), Haan (SVARTTJERN), Nachtgarm (NEGATOR), Thrawn (PARADIGMA, ex DØDHEIMSGARD, ex NOCTURNAL BREED) and V. Larsen, and was mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio. Artwork for the eight-track album, which will appear in both CD and vinyl versions, is by MK. “Perv”. The track, “Doomsday Elite”, can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sarkom-doomsday-elite

The lineup on “Doomsday Elite”, which will be SARKOM’s third full-length album, includes the band’s two core members – founder and frontman Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING) on vocals and Sgt V (SVARTTJERN) on bass, as well as former guitarists Sagstad and Strönen, and former drummer and co-founder Renton, on effects. URGEHAL’s Uruz was brought in to record drums for the album. Track listing on “Doomsday Elite” as follows:

1. Doomsday Elite
2. I Utakt Med Gud
3. No Loose Ends
4. Inside a Haunted Chapel
5. Predators in Disguise
6. Solemn Disorder ‘til Human Extinction
7. Cosmic Intellect
8. Stigma

Unsgaard is firm in his assertion that SARKOM has never been a band content to acquiesce to the calls from certain sections of today’s generation of Black Metal fans who seem to think that conforming to an imaginary set of rules is a requirement for bands. “Like the originators of the genre, SARKOM keeps developing and stretching its boundaries. We don’t want to find ourselves repeating a formula just because it has proved successful. “Doomsday Elite” is not “Bestial Supremacy” part II, and with four songwriters all from different backgrounds, it is definitely an album that crosses the barriers”.

More information about SARKOM can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sarkom

“Doomsday Elite” the title track from the upcoming album can be heard here:

SARKOM – Doomsday Elite by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

The official video for “Inferior Bleeding” from SARKOM’s “Bestial Supremacy” can be seen here:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or embedded using the following code:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Sarkom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
Sarkom Website: http://www.sarkomsect.com/
Sarkom MySpace: https://myspace.com/sarkom
Band Contact: e.unsgaard@gmail.com

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TRACK LISTING AND ARTWORK REVEALED FOR UPCOMING ALBUM FROM PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG

Karisma Records have revealed more details of the upcoming album from Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG. Titled “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the six-track album comes in at just over 50 minutes and will be available as a standard jewel case CD and a limited edition vinyl replica style CD, as well as a double vinyl gatefold in both black and limited edition white version. The album will also be available digitally. Full track listing for “The Greatest Show on Earth” which will be released on the 4th of November, as follows:

1. Surveillance (part 1)
2. Redemption
3. Silence Grows
4. Call Me Back
5. The Greatest Show on Eart
6. Surveillance (part 2-3)

“The Greatest Show on Earth” sees AIRBAG continue to pull the listener into their world and bring out in them a range of emotions by creating cinematic pictures with their use of atmospheric sounds. AIRBAG’s lyrics explore the growing sense of alienation and distrust that the individual feels when confronted by society and authority, whilst at the same time being manipulated and misled into believing that everyone is in control of their self-absorbed lives. This is an exploration that is accompanied by a sonic experience that ranges from massive walls of sound, to ambient textures and soulful soundscapes.

A follow up to 2009’s ‘Identity’ and 2011’s ‘All Rights Removed’, both also released on Karisma Records, it has taken 18 months of painstaking work on the part of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass), together with engineer and co-producer Vegard Sleipnes, to perfect the sound on the band’s third full-length album. There is a rougher edge to “The Greatest Show on Earth” and some heavier parts than their previous releases would suggest, but the classic AIRBAG sound is still present, and the quality and musical craftsmanship that marks the band’s work are very much in evidence, bringing this new release to a whole new level.

More information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website http://www.airbagsound.com

A video teaser for “The Greatest Show on Earth” can be seen here:

Two tracks from AIRBAG’s first two releases can be heard here:

AIRBAG ON KARISMA RECORDS by Karisma Records

A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour last year can be seen here:

Tracks from all of Karisma Records releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/karisma-records or here:

KARISMA RECORDS by Karisma Records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Airbag/21137836128
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen, jt@airbagsound.com

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BLACK-FOLK METALLERS GALAR ISSUE ALBUM UPDATE AND STUDIO VIDEO

Having signed with Dark Essence Records for a further two albums, Norwegian Black-Folk Metallers GALAR have been ensconced in Bergen’s Conclave and Earshot Studios with Producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) working on the bands third full-length album which will be titled “De Gjenlevende” (The Bereaved) and which is set for release in early 2014. Drummer Phobos (AETERNUS, GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) has now finished laying down the drum tracks and the band will take a short break from the studio until October. A video from the drum sessions can be seen on GALAR’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/bbNDHGFtoiY

A follow up to 2010’s “Til Alle Heimsens Endar”, the lineup on the album will once again include GALAR’s two core members of M. Kristiansen on screams, guitars and bass and A. B. Lauritzen on clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano, with Phobos on drums. They will be joined by a series of session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet in keeping with the epic material the band has produced for the album both musically and lyrically. Consisting of six tracks, one of which will be an instrumental, “De Gjenlevende” is a concept album and, according to GALAR, the songs will be longer, and more epic, than previously. Written entirely in Norwegian, “De Gjenlevende” will come with an explanatory booklet.

Jorge Scholz, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies. “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”.

More information about GALAR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.galar.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial

Four tracks from GALAR can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial/sets/til-alle-heimsens-endar or here:

GALAR PLAYER by GALAR

The video of the drum sessions from “De Gjenlevende” can be seen at http://youtu.be/bbNDHGFtoiY or here:

Fan-filmed footage of GALAR performing the track “Ingen Siger Vart Vunnin” at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in 2011 can be seen at http://youtu.be/sETwf9PwNlc or here:

The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be found at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Galar Website: http://www.galar.no/
Galar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
Galar SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial
Galar YouTube: www.youtube.com/galarofficial
Galar Webshop: http://galar.bigcartel.com/
Galar MySpace: www.myspace.com/galarmetal
Band Contact & Booking: galarmetal@gmail.com
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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NIKLAS KVARFORTH’S SHINING TO HEADLINE RAZORS OVER EUROPE 2013 TOUR

Sweden’s SHINING is set to headline the “Razors Over Europe 2013 Tour” (a nod in the direction of the band’s 2007 tour “Razors Across Europe” with URGHEAL) which will take place over 17 dates during November and December of this year. Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS, who, like management roster-mates SHINING, will be touring with a new album, and Swedish Thrashers STERBHAUS, are set to support the tour which is presented by Catapult Promotion. Routing confirmed so far for the “Razors Over Europe 2013 Tour” as follows:

NOVEMBER
22 – Tiyatrom, Berlin, Germany
23 – Skullcrusher, Dresden, Germany
24 – Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
25 – Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
26 – Freak Out Club, Bologna, Italy
27 – TBA, Switzerland
28 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
29 – Secret Place, Montpellier, France
30 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
DECEMBER
01 – Effenaar, Eindhoven
02 – Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
03 – Electrowerkz, London, England
04 – Lomax, Liverpool, England
05 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
06 – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Eire
07 – TBA, UK
08 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland

SHINING is a band that needs no introduction, particularly to fans of Black Metal and DSBM, for whom NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s unruly child has been a yardstick for superb musicianship, skilled writing, and a complete disregard for the artificial rules placed on the genres by a generation of fans who only became aware of Black Metal long after the band was formed back in 1996. Never a band to stick to a repetitive formula when playing live, SHINING’s performances are emotionally charged and “of the moment”, with audiences always wondering what to expect next from one of the scene’s most dynamic frontmen. SHINING has a new full-length album, “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, due out on Dark Essence Records on the 23rd September, which features guest vocals from some of the elite of Black Metal including ATTILA CSIHAR (MAYHEM, TORMENTOR), MANIAC (SKITLIV, EX MAYHEM), GAAHL (GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, TRELLDOM, EX GORGOROTH),FAMINE (PESTE NOIRE) and PEHR LARSSON (ALFAHANNE, a track from which can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/shining-selvdestruktivitetens. More information about SHINING can be found at www.shiningasylum.com

Nine tracks from SHINING can be heard at here:
SHINING by SHINING OFFICIAL

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen here:

PRESS NOTE
Shining is available for interview throughout the tour. Please contact patriciathomas@btinternet.com to arrange.

SHINING
Shining Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Niklas Kvarforth Website: www.kvarforth.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

CATAPULT PROMOTION
Contact: micha@catapult-promotion.com

Live photo: © and All Rights Reserved holymayhem.com

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SLEGEST ANNOUNCES LIVE LINE UP. NEW MUSIC VIDEO IN THE WORKS.

With a new album about to be released, SLEGEST founder and frontman Ese has put together a live lineup to take what was initially a solo project onto the stage. “As soon as the album was announced I was being asked if the band would ever play live” says the former VREID guitarist, “and as it happens, the time felt right to take the next step in SLEGEST’s development. Once I had everyone on board, the thought of playing live again felt really good. It’s one of the greatest satisfactions there is when you play music, and honestly we can’t wait to get up there on stage”. Aside from Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, SLEGEST’s live line up includes Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on bass and Fjøsne on drums.

SLEGEST are also working on a music video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine” the opening track on the band’s upcoming album “Løyndom”. The video is being produced by Håvard Nesbø and Ørjan Talle, and, according to Ese, the budget is 1 case of Hansa beer and 1 litre of Mackmyra Brukswhisky! The video will premiere in September.

“Løyndom” (Secret) will be the band’s debut full-length album, and is set for release on Dark Essence records in the autumn. Mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen and recorded partly in Ese’s own Systrond Studio and partly at the Conclave and Earshot Studio with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen, the artwork “Løyndom” includes drawings by Jan Magne Vigdal and design by Tom Korsvold. Track listing on the 8-track album, which is a perfect showcase for Ese’s special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal is as follows:

1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength

More information about SLEGEST can be found at http://www.slegest.no/

Five tracks from SLEGEST can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/slegest/sets/slegest-slegest-ep or here:

Slegest – Slegest (EP) by Slegest

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Slegest Contact: slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords

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SWEDEN’S SHINING DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

A track from “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, the upcoming album from Sweden’s SHINING due to be released on Dark Essence Records, has been debuted today. Featuring songs dating back to the band’s “Livets Ändhållplats” and “Angst” era, “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” is a rare foray for the band, in that all the vocals on all the tracks, bar-one, are performed by vocalists specially chosen by SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth, with some being sung in the native languages of the guests taking part. “Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie” the fourth track on the six-track album features Gaahl (GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, TRELLDOM, EX GORGOROTH ) on vocals and is currently being streamed by Metal Hammer, together with an interview with Niklas Kvarforth. It can be heard at http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-shining-swegaahl-track-and-interview/

The tracks on “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” are in their original pre-production format, to which have been added newly recorded bass and guitars, as well as keyboards by Lars Fredrik Fröslie (ANGST SKVADRON, WOBBLER, ASMEGIN), whose sound is a realtively new addition to SHINING’s releases, not having been used before the band’s sixth album. Track listing and featured vocalists as follows:

1. Terres Des Anonymes featuring FAMINE of PESTE NOIRE
2. Szabadulj Meg Önmagadtól featuring ATTILA CSIHAR of MAYHEM, TORMENTOR
3. Ett Liv Utan Mening featuring PEHR LARSSON of ALFAHANNE
4. Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie featuring GAAHL of GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, TRELLDOM, EX GORGOROTH
5. Black Industrial Misery featuring MANIAC of SKITLIV, EX MAYHEM
6. Through Corridors Of Oppression featuring KVARFORTH himself

“8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” will hit the streets on the 23rd September, and will be available both in CD and limited edition black or white 12” vinyl versions, with liner notes by Niklas Kvarforth. Artwork for the album is by Michal Pawlowski (miszaa.tumblr.com). All three versions are now available to pre-order from Dark Essence Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/shining.

More information about SHINING can be found on the band’s website at: www.shiningasylum.com and DARK ESSENCE RECORDS at http://www.darkessencerecords.no/

Nine tracks from SHINING can be heard here:

SHINING by SHINING OFFICIAL

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen at here:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Shining Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Niklas Kvarforth Website: www.kvarforth.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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SWEDEN’S ALFAHANNE JOINS DARK ESSENCE RECORDS ROSTER

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS has announced that it has inked a deal with Swedish rockers ALFAHANNE – a considerable achievement for the relatively young band as it takes its place amongst the well established, and in some cases legendary names that feature in the Norwegian label’s roster. All the more so when you consider that ALFAHANNE have been able to attract the services of TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, and HELHEIM’s V’gandr as guest artist on what will be the band’s debut full-length album which is set to hit the streets in January of next year.

Formed in 2010, ALFAHANNE’s debut release came in 2013 with the appearance of the “Grym” split 7” with Sweden’s SHINING. Playing what the band calls “Alfapocalyptic Rock”, which mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, and topped off with some Goth influences, ALFAHANNE has created a style of music that is powerful and beautiful, yet ugly at the same time, and about which the band says: “When you are into it you don´t feel pleasure and you don´t feel pain but you definitely FEEL”.

Although ALFAHANNE itself might be a fairly new name to a lot of people, the band’s members, which include Pehr Skioldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass, have been around the Black Metal scene since the early ‘90’s, playing in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT. Skioldhammer in fact is one of the featured guest vocalists on the upcoming release from Niklas Kvarforth’s SHINING “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, which will be released on Dark Essence Records on the 23 September.

Commenting on the upcoming album and their collaboration with Dark Essence Records ALFAHANNE said: “The Mayan’s got it wrong about 2012, but we’re pretty sure we’ll be proved right when we say that the “Alfapocalypse” will happen in 2014 when the new album hits the streets. With ALFHANNE there is one way in and no way out”.

More information about ALFAHANNE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

”Dödsmaskinen” an original demo track from ALFAHANNE and featuring Niklas Kvarforth can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne on embedded or here:

Alfahanne – Dödsmaskinen(feat. Niklas Kvarforth)(demo) by alfahanne

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Booking and Press: sooberg@live.com

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS REVEALS TRACK LIST AND ARTWORK FOR SLEGEST DEBUT ALBUM

Dark Essence Records has revealed more details about the debut album from SLEGEST, the solo project of former VREID guitarist Ese. Set for release later this year, the eight-track album will be titled “Løyndom” (Secret) and was recorded partly in Ese’s own Systrond Studio and partly at the Conclave and Earshot Studio with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen. The album is mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen. Track listing for “Løyndom” as follows:
1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength

SLEGEST was born in 2010, following Ese’s departure from VREID, where he played guitar on four of the iconic band’s albums. Drawing his inspiration from BLACK SABBATH, Ese’s use of harsh vocals to create a special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal was used to great effect on the band’s first release, the self-titled SLEGEST EP which appeared in 2012. One year later Ese has developed SLEGEST’s sound further, honing it to achieve a result that is both dark and sinister, whilst at the same time losing none of the dirtiness that can be heard in the unmistakable catchy groove that weaves its way through the music.

Whilst SLEGEST started life as solo project, with Ese handling vocals and playing all the instruments on “Løyndom”, apart from a guest solo by former VREID band-mate Sture, it became apparent very quickly to everyone who heard the album that the potential for taking SLEGEST further and turning it into a live band was unmistakable and to ignore it would be insanity. As a result a live line-up has been put together and will be seen at festivals in the near future.

More information about SLEGEST can be found at http://www.slegest.no/

Five tracks from SLEGEST can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/slegest/sets/slegest-slegest-ep or here:

Slegest – Slegest (EP) by Slegest

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Slegest Contact: slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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SWEDEN’S SHINING ANNOUNCES TRACK LISTING AND GUEST PERFORMERS ON UPCOMING ALBUM

The long-awaited details about which vocalists would be featuring on “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”, the new album from Sweden’s SHINING, have been announced today, and not unsurprisingly Niklas Kvarforth has chosen some of the most iconic frontmen from the Extreme Metal genre, as well as a some perhaps surprising choices, to take part in the project. Track listing on “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” and featured vocalists as follows:

1. Terres Des Anonymes featuring FAMINE of PESTE NOIRE
2. Szabadulj Meg Önmagadtól featuring ATTILA CSIHAR of MAYHEM, TORMENTOR
3. Ett Liv Utan Mening featuring PEHR LARSSON of ALFAHANNE
4. Selvdestruktivitetens Emissarie featuring GAAHL of GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, EX GORGOROTH
5. Black Industrial Misery featuring MANIAC of SKITLIV, EX MAYHEM
6. Through Corridors Of Oppression featuring KVARFORTH himself

The six songs on “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” date back to SHINING’s “Livets Ändhållplats” and “Angst” era and are in their original pre-production form, with the addition of newly recorded bass and guitars as well as Lars Fredrik Fröslie on keyboards (ANGST SKVADRON, WOBBLER, ASMEGIN), which the band didn’t start using until their sixth album. Set for release on DARK ESSENCE RECORDS on the 23rd September “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” will be available both in CD and limited edition black or white 12” vinyl versions, with liner notes by Niklas Kvarforth. All three versions are now available to pre-order from Dark Essence Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/shining.

SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth has wanted to do this project for many years now, and he allowed all the vocalists free reign to interpret the songs as they wished and also to sing in their own native languages. Something that Dark Essence’s Martin Kvam feels fits right in with the label’s ethos of mixing tradition with innovation. “With “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” SHINING has really encapsulated what we enjoy doing most as a label, looking back as it does to an earlier period, but with a completely fresh approach and different interpretation of what have now become classics in the field of Extreme Metal. SHINING fans are certainly not going to be disappointed when they hear what this album has to offer.”

More information about SHINING can be found on the band’s website at: www.shiningasylum.com and DARK ESSENCE RECORDS at http://www.darkessencerecords.no/

Nine tracks from SHINING can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining or here:
SHINING by SHINING OFFICIAL

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen here:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Shining Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Niklas Kvarforth Website: www.kvarforth.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG OFFER SNEAK PREVIEW OF TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Having recently signed a new deal with Karisma Records for two more albums, Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a sneak preview from their upcoming album. Although this is an early mix and not the finished product and will therefore only be streaming temporarily, the track, ‘Redemption’, is a clear indication that Airbag is moving in a slightly edgier direction, with harder hitting compositions and thought-provoking lyrics. ‘Redemption’ can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/airbag-redemption-early-mix until the end of August.

‘Redemption’ will be the opening track from the band’s new album, “The Greatest Show on Earth”, which is set for release on the 25th of October this year. Since the release of 2009’s debut album “Identity”, AIRBAG has gained itself a substantial world-wide following. The band’s last album, “All Rights Removed”, which appeared in 2011, was hailed by critics and fans alike and was awarded no less than six “Album of the Year” titles. AIRBAG has also developed into a solid live act appearing at several major festivals and venues, including supporting MARILLION on their Scandinavian mini-tour and playing at the ‘Night of the Prog’ festival in Loreley, Germany.

AIRBAG’s lineup includes Asle Tostrup on lead vocals, Bjørn Riis on guitars and vocals, Jørgen Hagen on keyboards, Henrik Fossum on drums and Anders Hovdan on bass. More information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website at www.airbagsound.com

Three tracks from AIRBAG, including the preview track ‘Redemption’ can be heard here:

AIRBAG ON KARISMA RECORDS by Karisma Records

The official video of AIRBAG playing “Homesick (Part I)” live in Oslo can be seen here:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Airbag/21137836128
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen, jt@airbagsound.com

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS AND NIKLAS KVARFORTH’S SHINING GET TOGETHER FOR SPECIAL RELEASE

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS is set to release an album with different SHINING songs that hark back to an earlier era for the band. Rather than simply re-issue the original tracks, SHINING has decided not only to re-record the songs, but re-record them using a number of different vocalists. The album, which will be available in both CD and LP versions will be titled “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” and will appear in September of this year.

Commenting on the idea behind the album, SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth had this to say: “Some of you may remember that five years ago we revealed that we had plans to re-record our debut album and then have six different vocalists doing their own interpretations of the songs instead of merely having them singing on the already set paradigms. You may also be aware that recently we have been working extremely hard to reclaim our birthright by releasing older bootlegs through our web-shop in an effort to put an end to this fucking bootlegging bullshit that has been infecting our aura for as long as we’ve been around. So we thought that since the new SHINING full-length album is still in the making now would be the right time to combine a bit of both those projects.

“8 ½ – Febedrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” consist of six songs from the “Livets Ändhållplats” and “Angst” era in their original pre-production versions, with newly recorded bass and guitars on top and the malevolent brilliance of Lars Fredrik Fröslie’s keyboard magic, which sadly we didn’t start using until the sixth album. Six vocalists whom we all find both inspiring and “otherworldly” have blessed the album with their madness, some of them even in their native languages. At first, my initial thought was that it might turn out a bit too strange. But after hearing some of our classic songs in French, Hungarian and Norwegian I am certain the whole concept will please not only our loyal fan-base but even the contemptuous ones as well”.

Martin Kvam of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS, one of Norway’s leading Extreme Metal labels said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Niklas Kvarforth on this special SHINING release. DARK ESSENCE RECORDS have always aimed to work with both innovation and tradition in the extreme metal genre, and this release is a perfect example of that. “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd” looks back, but at the same time, it also brings new life and new elements to these classic songs.”

More information about SHINING can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com.

Nine tracks from SHINING can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining or embedded using the following code:

SHINING by SHINING OFFICIAL

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw or embedded using the following code:

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records or embedded using the following code:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Shining Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Niklas Kvarforth Website: www.kvarforth.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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SLEGEST INKS DEAL WITH DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

SLEGEST, the solo project of former VREID guitarist Ese, has inked a deal with Dark Essence Records for the release of the band’s debut full length album. No release date has yet been set, but it is anticipated that the album will appear world-wide towards the end of 2013.

Formed in 2010, it was the intention of Ese to create Black Sabbath inspired music with harsh vocals. An idea he took further, developing SLEGEST into the entity it is today with its rock-orientated sound distinguished by a distinctive Black Metal edge. SLEGEST’s first release was the self-titled 2012 EP, which appeared as both a digital release and as a 7” vinyl on Ese’s own label Systrond Recordings. Work on writing new material for the as yet untitled debut full-length album began in 2012, and the drum tracks have already been laid down at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, Norway.

Whilst many maintain that solo projects can be limiting, Ese sees things very differently. As SLEGEST’s man (and only) man explains: “When you have to play every instrument yourself it does impose certain limitations on what you can, and cannot, do. But I have always had a very definite vision as to how I want SLEGEST to sound, and these limitations are very positive for the fulfilment of that vision”.

More information about SLEGEST can be found at http://www.slegest.no/

Five tracks from SLEGEST can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page here:
Slegest – Slegest (EP) by Slegest

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Slegest Photos by Ørjan Talle and Håvard Nesbø
Slegest Contact: slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS FIELDS A TOTAL OF SEVEN BANDS AT THIS YEAR’S INFERNO FESTIVAL

Bergen-based DARK ESSENCE RECORDS, the Norwegian label whose roster features not only some of the most respected and long- standing Black and Extreme Metal artists in the business, but also some of the most talented upcoming bands, showcases no less than seven of its bands at this year’s Inferno Festival. One of Europe’s foremost music festivals Inferno takes place annually in Oslo, and this year runs for four days from the 27th to the 30th March http://www.infernofestival.net

Opening night of the festival, which is effectively the club night, sees four of the bands appearing at Blå. Post Rockers KRAKOW (http://www.krakowofficial.com/), whose critically acclaimed sophomore album “diin” was release in Autumn of last year, kick off the evening at 21:00, followed by Melodic Extreme Metallers COR SCORPII (http://www.corscorpii.net/), who are currently working on their next album. Third band on will be VULTURE INDUSTRIES (http://www.vulture-industries.net/ ), a band whose skilled interpretation of avant-garde extreme metal, coupled with the highly theatrical and manic performance of frontman Bjornar Nilsen, makes for a fascinating live show. Topping the bill will be HELHEIM (http://helheim.com/ ) one of the original Norwegian Viking Metal bands who celebrate their historical roots both in their music and in the visual effects used in their live performances, and who have been together for over twenty years. Information about how to get to Blå can be found at http://www.blaaoslo.no/

Thursday 28th sees another band celebrate its twentieth anniversary when TAAKE headlines on the Rockefeller stage at 23:00. TAAKE frontman HOEST will also be holding a signing session at 15:00 in the Shadowland record store (http://www.shadowland.no/), Torggata 36 (200 meters from the Rockefeller). Formed in 1993, TAAKE’s contribution to the Norwegian Black Metal Scene has been considerable; with founder Hoest remaining true to his Black Metal roots, whilst still being able to breathe life and originality into the genre even after twenty years. The band recently released “Gravkamre, Kroner og Troner” (Tombs, Crowns and Thrones), a double Anniversary CD which feature exclusive new tracks as well as rare and previously unreleased material, alternative versions of previously released tracks and recordings that have, until now, only been available on vinyl. More information about TAAKE at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

AETERNUS will hit the Rockeffeler stage on Friday 29th at 19:45, a few days in advance of the release of “…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth”, the band’s seventh full-length album. Founded in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares, AETERNUS has re-emerged seven years after the release of their last album “Hexaeon” with a new line up that comprises Ares on guitars and vocals, Phobos (GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) on drums and Specter on guitars. One of the pioneers of what the band calls “Dark Metal”, AETERNUS’ sound combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes. More information about AETERNUS can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

Saturday 30th, the last day of the festival, also sees the last of the DARK ESSENCE RECORDS bands to appear. HADES ALMIGHTY will play on the Rockefeller Stage at 19:45, and incidentally they were one of the bands who performed at the very first Inferno Festival in 2001. Apart from the occasional live appearance from the trio of Janto on Bass and Lead Vocals, Jorn on Guitars and Synth and Remi on Drums and vocals, things have been relatively quiet since the re-release in 2004 of their 2001 classic “The Pulse of Decay”, but the band has been busy behind the scenes working on the next album. More information about HADES ALMIGHTY can be found at http://www.hades-almighty.com/

Tracks from all the releases of the above bands on DARK ESSENCE RECORDS can be heard on SoundCloud at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records-bands-at or embedded using the following code:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS BANDS AT INFERNO FESTIVAL 2013 by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

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KARISMA RECORDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR SEVEN IMPALE EP

“Beginning/Relieve”, the first release on Karisma Records from the label’s latest signing SEVEN IMPALE, is set to appear world-wide on the 5th April. The five-track EP will be released digitally, and serves as an appetiser for SEVEN IMPALE’s debut full-length album, which the band will shortly begin recording at the Duper Studios in Bergen. Iver Sandøy, who produced KRAKOW’s “diin” and co-produced ENSLAVED’s “Riitiir”, will be at the helm. The title track from “Beginning/Relieve” was recently debuted on Karisma Record’s SoundCloud page and can be heard at at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/seven-impale-begining-relieve

Formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, SEVEN IMPALE’s relatively young lineup consists of Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards. What sets the band apart from many of the new arrivals on the scene is the diversity of musical disciplines that the members bring with them. From classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz and rock to electronic, SEVEN IMPALE have fused all their experience and influences and created a sound that is uniquely theirs. From the hard-hitting “Blind To All” to the progressive and jazzy “What Am I Sane For?” and the softer “Measure 15”, “Beginning/Relieve” shows some of the many sides of the band and is the perfect introduction for the great things fans can expect from them.

Track listing for “Beginning/Relieve” as follows:
1. Mind Riot
2. Blind to All
3. Beginning/Relieve
4. Measure 15
5. What am I Sane For?

More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

Tracks from Karisma Records releases, including SEVEN IMPALE’s “Beginning/Relieve” can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

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BLACK-FOLK METALLERS GALAR BEGIN WORK ON NEXT ALBUM

Following on from their 2010 sophomore album “Til Alle Heimsens Endar” Norwegian Black-Folk Metallers GALAR have signed with DARK ESSENCE RECORDS for the release of a further two albums. Like its predecessor, the band’s third studio album, which will be titled “De Gjenlevende” (The Bereaved), will be concept album written entirely in Norwegian, and will include notes explaining both the overall concept as well as each individual lyric.

“De Gjenlevende” will consist of six songs, one of which will be an instrumental, which promise to be even longer, and more epic, than GALAR’s previous material. As well as the band’s two core members of M. Kristiansen on screams, guitars and bass and A. B. Lauritzen on clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano, the line up on the album will once again include Phobos (GRAVDAL, AETERNUS, MALSAIN) on drums, and will feature a series of session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet in keeping with the epic material. Plans are in place to enter the Conclave and Earshot studios in the autumn with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) at the helm.

Jorge Scholz, the band’s lyricist, explains the idea behind the album: “De Gjenlevende” will be, once again, a thoroughly crafted concept album. Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. In its portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation, which is as old as the history of mankind itself, “De Gjenlevende” draws its ideas and inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies”.

More information about GALAR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.galar.no/

Four tracks from GALAR can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial/sets/til-alle-heimsens-endar

Fan-filmed footage of GALAR performing the track “Ingen Siger Vart Vunnin” at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in 2012 can be seen at http://youtu.be/sETwf9PwNlc or here:

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Website: http://www.galar.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial
MySpace: www.myspace.com/galarmetal
Band Contact & Booking: galarmetal@gmail.com

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AETERNUS DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING SEVENTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS have today debuted a track from the upcoming album from Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS. The ten-track album, titled “…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth”, is set to hit the streets on the on the 22nd March in Norway and 1st April world-wide. “Ruin and Resurrect” the newly debuted track, can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/aeternus-ruin-and-resurrect

“…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth”, which will be the band’s seventh full-length release, was produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) at the Conclave and Earshot studios in Bergen. All music is by AETERNUS, concept and lyrics by HELHEIM’s V’gandr. The first pressing will include AETERNUS’ 1995 “Dark Sorcery” EP as a bonus. Track listing for “…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth” as follows:

1: There Will Be None
2: …And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth
3: Spurcitias
4: Ruin And Resurrect
5: The Confusion Of Tongues
6: Hubris
7: Reap What You Saw
8: Saligia
9: The Hand That Severs The Bonds Of Creation
10: The Spirit Of Illumination

AETERNUS’ line up is formed of guitarist and frontman Ares, who originally founded the band in Bergen in 1993, and Phobos (GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) on drums and Specter on guitars. One of the pioneers of what the band calls “Dark Metal”, AETERNUS’ sound combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes.

AETERNUS’ next live appearance will be at this year’s Inferno Festival in Oslo on the 29th March. More information about AETERNUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases, including the newly debuted AETERNUS track. It can be found here:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS by DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

Twelve tracks from AETERNUS and can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway/sets/aeternus or embedded using the following code:
AETERNUS by AeternusNorway

Fan-filmed footage of AETERNUS at the Hub & Huey Festival in May 2012 can be seen here:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AeternusNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway
Band Contact and Booking: areslives@hotmail.com

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DETAILS AND ARTWORK FOR UPCOMING AETERNUS ALBUM REVEALED

Aeternus - ...and the seventh his soul detesteth CD

Details of “…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth”, the new album from Dark Metallers AETERNUS, have just been revealed. The ten-track album, which will be the band’s seventh full-length release, will first appear as a limited edition which will include AETERNUS’ classic 1995 debut EP “Dark Sorcery” as a bonus, and is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 18th March world-wide (except for Norway, Germany, Austria and Sweden where the album will appear on the 22nd March).

Formed in Bergen, Norway in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares, AETERNUS has re-emerged seven years after the release of their last album “Hexaeon” with a new line up that comprises Ares on guitars and vocals, Phobos (GRAVDAL, MALSAIN) on drums and Specter on guitars. One of the pioneers of what the band calls “Dark Metal”, AETERNUS’ sound combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes.

“…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth” was produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) at the Conclave and Earshot studios in Bergen. All music is by AETERNUS, concept and lyrics by HELHEIM’s V’gandr. Artwork is by Timo Ketola, known for his work with bands such as for DEATHSPELL OMEGA, ASPHYX, DISSECTION MARDUK, WATAIN and OPETH amongst others, band photos by Christine Ristesund. The bonus EP, “Dark Sorcery”, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Cato Langnes at Hindu Lyd in 1995 and produced by Aeternus. Lineup on “Dark Sorcery” is Ares on guitars and vocals, Erik (Vrolok) on drums and Ørjan on bass. All music and lyrics by Ares.

Track listing for “…And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth” as follows:

1: There Will Be None
2: …And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth
3: Spurcitias
4: Ruin And Resurrect
5: The Confusion Of Tongues
6: Hubris
7: Reap What You Saw
8: Saligia
9: The Hand That Severs The Bonds Of Creation
10: The Spirit Of Illumination

“Dark Sorcery” (Bonus)
1. Black Dust
2. Victory
3. Raven and Blood
4. Nordlys (Instrumental)

More information about AETERNUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

Twelve tracks from AETERNUS and can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway/sets/aeternus or embedded using the following code:

AETERNUS by AeternusNorway

Fan-filmed footage of AETERNUS at the Hub & Huey Festival in May 2012 can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO4gc7CLpy0 or embedded using the following code:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AeternusNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/aeternusnor

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TAAKE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL

Having started the band way back in 1993, main man Hoest will celebrate 20 years of staying true to his musical identity by releasing a 20-song, 2 CD collection of TAAKE rarities. The anniversary album will be released on Dark Essence Records on the 1st of March in Norway and the 4th of March world-wide to coincide with a planned European tour which will herald the start of a year celebrating TAAKE’s unique contribution to Norwegian Black Metal.

Titled “Gravkamre, Kroner og Troner” (Burial Chambers, Crowns and Thrones), the release will not only feature exclusive new tracks, but also rare and previously unreleased material as well as alternative versions and recordings that have, until now, only been available on vinyl. “Et Pust av Oeyne”, a track from the album, has been debuted on the TAAKE SoundCloud page and can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/taake-et-pust-av-oeyne

Track listing for “Gravkamre, Kroner og Troner” as follows:

DISC 1:
1. Et Pust av Oeyne
2. Hov var Stein (Exclusive new track)
3. Nordbundet (Featuring Niklas Kvarforth & Nocturno Culto)
4. Motpol
5. Hordalands Doedskvad 1
6. Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik 4
7. Nattestid ser Porten vid 1 (“Kveld” 12″ EP 2011)
8. I am The Black Wizards (“Noregs Vaapen” LP bonus track 2011)
9. Die When You Die (“Swine of Hades” MCD 2011)
10. A lost forgotten Sad Spirit (“Taake” LP Bonus track 2009)

DISC 2:
11. Voldtekt
12. Eismalsott
13. Tykjes Fele
14. Over Fjell og gjennom Torner (“Svartekunst” 7″ EP 2007)
15. Voldtekt
16. Death Trap (“Dra til Helvete” 10″ EP 2006)
17. Lamb (“A Norwegian HAIL to VON” 7″ EP 2005)
18. Hennes kalde Skamlepper (“Lagnonector” 10″ EP 2005)
19. Der Todesking (“Nordens Doedsengel” 10″ EP 2004)
20. Nattestid ser Porten vid 1 (Pre-mix 1997)

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

Six tracks from TAAKE, including “Et Pust av Oeyne” from “Gravkamre, Kroner og Troner” can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/taake-et-pust-av-oeyne or embedded using the following code:
TAAKE – Et Pust av Oeyne by TAAKE (OFFICIAL)

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noreg’s Vaapen” can be seen at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q or embedded using the following code:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com

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KARISMA RECORDS SIGNS PROG ROCKERS SEVEN IMPALE. NEW TRACK DEBUTED

Norway’s KARISMA RECORDS have announced the signing of the Prog Rock band SEVEN IMPALE. The first release from the band will be a five-track digital EP entitled “Beginning/Relieve” which will appear in February 2013. The title track from “Beginning/Relieve” has been debuted on the label’s SoundCloud page and can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/seven-impale-begining-relieve

Track listing for “Beginning/Relieve” as follows:
1. Mind Riot
2. Blind to All
3. Beginning/Relieve
4. Measure 15
5. What am I Sane For?

SEVEN IMPALE was formed in Bergen, Norway, in 2010 and the six-man, relatively young lineup consists of Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards. With all the members coming from a range of disciplines including classical orchestra, big band, metal, jazz, rock and electronic music, recording the EP has been a long process for the band, as they have sought to combine all their experiences and influences and refine them into a unique, mesmerizing and exciting sound.

SEVEN IMPALE will enter the Duper Studio in Bergen in early 2013 to begin recording their debut full-length album with Iver Sandøy who produced KRAKOW’s “diin” and co-produced ENSLAVED’s “Riitiir”. More information about the band can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

The title track from “Beginning/Relieve” can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/seven-impale-begining-relieve or here:
SEVEN IMPALE – Beginning/Relieve by Karisma Records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sevenimpale
NRK: http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/SevenImpale/default.aspx

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Krakow does well in Metal Hammer Norway’s best of 2012 poll

We’re really surprised and proud of the best of 2012 poll in Metal Hammer Norway. The staff at Metal Hammer Norway has gone through their favourite releases in 2012, and Krakow’s 2nd album, “diin”, ended up on 3rd place. So, a big thank you to Metal Hammer Norway for this!

You can check out the complete lists here.

An interview was also conducted with the band:

Also, the band got a mention in the magazine’s “Band’s to watch in 2013” article, where Metal Hammer Norway suggests that Krakow’s sound would fit the National Opera House in Oslo. Well, to see Krakow play there, would be totally mindblowing!!

Thanks again for this Metal Hammer Norway, and we do hope that other magazines has some of the same sentiments towards Krakow and their album “diin”!

Get your copy of “diin” here!

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Rattenfänger album “Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum” is out now!

Earlier this autumn, Dark Essence Records, announced proudly the signing of Ukrainian band Rattenfänger! Now, the debut album “Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum” is finally out.

The band is a new project from the musicians behind cult acts like Drudkh, Old Silver Key, Blood of Kingu, Dark Ages and more, but Rattenfänger is a different beast entirely.

The debut album, entitled “Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum”, is a masterpiece of old-school death metal. Rattenfänger’s sound is pitch black and bone crushingly brutal. It is Death Metal in its original form – and it is devastating. Inevitably there will be nuances from the members other projects, and comparisons can also be made with bands such as Celtic Frost, early Darkthrone, Asphyx, Winter, Bolt Thrower and Nihilist amongst others, but Rattenfänger, is the epitome of old-school death metal and the album has its own, very distinctive, sound.

The name Rattenfänger is taken from the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin (Rattenfänger von Hameln), who was hired by the townsfolk of Hameln, Germany, to rid the town of the rats that had overrun it. Unfortunately he is deceived and cheated of his payment, and he exacts a dreadful revenge on the citizens. The lyrics are in Latin, written in style of medieval poets, thinkers and troubadours/minstrels.

So far, the reviews has been very good:
Rock Hard:
RATTENFÄNGER
Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum
Dark Essence/Soulfood (42:00)
Keine Angst! RATTENFÄNGER ist kein neues Mittelalterprojekt sondern steht für infernalischen Old School (Doom) Death Metal à la Winter oder den langsamen Stücken von Asphyx mit durchgehend lateinischen (!) Texten. Zwar nerven die eintönigen Growls und die zu simplen Schlagzeugarrangements mit der Zeit ein wenig, aber grundsätzlich ist das Debüt des ukrainische Allstarprojekts (aus u. a. Musikern von Drudkh) ein blutiges Leckerli für alle Death Metal Zombies, die den Blast Beat-Holocaust der letzten beiden Jahrzehnte überlebt haben. Alle, die ihren Death Metal primitiv, roh und vor allem auch atmosphärisch wollen, können hier nichts falsch machen. Und auch so mancher Funeral Doom-Fans wird an RATTENFÄNGER Gefallen finden. Reinhören!
8 Punkte, Bruder Cle

83/100 – Zware Metalen
12/15 – Twilight Magazin
8/10 – Metal Glory
8/10 – Metal.tm
8/10 – Xtreem Music
4/5 – Muziek.nl

Get your copy here!

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KRAKOW TO SUPPORT ENSLAVED ON UPCOMING TOUR

Post-rockers KRAKOW have been confirmed to support ENSLAVED on their upcoming Norwegian tour which will take place in October of this year.  The two bands are no strangers to each other, both hailing from Bergen and both having toured together for seven weeks during the “Vertebrae” tour of 2008.  ENSLAVED frontman Grutle Kjellson also makes a guest appearance on KRAKOW’s upcoming album “diin”, about which he had this to say:  “It was a great honour for me when KRAKOW asked me to do some guest vocals for them.  From not being that much more than “thirteenth out of a dozen” bands only a few years back, they have grown to be one of the most interesting new bands in the whole metal scene! Hard work, desire to make great music, and the fact that they don’t give a shit about “genre rules” and such, have made them the Avantgarde metal monster they are today. These guys are no copycats, they are the real deal! Watch out for Krakow”.  The connection between the two bands was further cemented recently, when KRAKOW covered the track “Center” on the recently released album “Önd – A tribute to Enslaved”.

 

 

Norwegian tour dates as follows:
04.10 Trondheim – Blæst
05.10 Oslo – John Dee
06.10 Hamar – Gregers
25.10 Stavanger – Folken
26.10 Kristiansand – Kick
02.11 Stord – Arena
03.11 Haugesund – Høvleriet

KRAKOW’s sophomore album “diin” is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 14th September, and the band recently released a video teaser with a taster of all nine tracks which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kU00Vv7n7A.  Cover art for “diin” is by Thomas Hooper, the renowned Brooklyn-based American tattoo artist, painter and designer.  The entire album will be previewed at the upcoming Beyond the Gates Festival which will take place in Bergen from the 23 – 25 August, with a listening session taking place at The Garage at 13:00 on the 25th, followed by a live appearance by the band later that evening.

 

Formed in 2005 by Frode Kilvik on bass and vocals , Kjartan Grønhaug on guitars  and René Misje on guitars and vocals, KRAKOW  recently announced the addition of KAMPFAR and MONDVOLLAND drummer Ask Ty Arctander to their line up.  More information about KRAKOW can be found on the band’s website at http://www.krakowofficial.com/

 

Six tracks from KRAKOW, including two tracks from “diin”, can be found at http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band/sets

 

The video teaser for “diin” can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kU00Vv7n7A

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com

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KRAKOW REVEAL TRACK LISTING AND VIDEO ALBUM TEASER

With their sophomore album “diin” due for release on Dark Essence Records on the 14th September, Norwegian post-rockers KRAKOW have revealed the track listing for the album and have, at the same time, released a “teaser” video offering a taster of all nine tracks. Cover art for “diin” is by Thomas Hooper, the renowned Brooklyn-based American tattoo artist, painter and designer. The video teaser can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kU00Vv7n7A.

Formed in 2005 by Frode Kilvik , Kjartan Grønhaug and René Misje the line up for the album includes Misje on guitars and vocals, Kilvik on bass and vocals, Grønhaug on guitars, and Cato Olaison on drums. Additional drums on some of the tracks are by Iver Sandøy, whilst Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED, TRINACRIA) makes a guest appearance on vocals and has this to say about his collaboration: “It was a great honour for me when KRAKOW asked me to do some guest vocals for them. From not being that much more than “thirteenth out of a dozen” bands only a few years back, they have grown to be one of the most interesting new bands in the whole metal scene! Hard work, desire to make great music, and the fact that they don’t give a shit about “genre rules” and such, have made them the Avantgarde metal monster they are today. These guys are no copycats, they are the real deal! Watch out for Krakow!” Track listing for “diin” as follows:

Hymn to the winds
Future Past
Termination of Origin
Mound
Mark of Cain
Possessed
Into the Distant sky
Omen
Sense of space

KRAKOW, whose sound ranges from dark and evocative to fast and aggressive, recently announced the addition of KAMPFAR and MONDVOLLAND drummer Ask Ty Arctander to their line up. More information about KRAKOW can be found on the band’s website.

Six tracks from KRAKOW, including two tracks from “diin”, can be heard here:

KRAKOW playlist 2012 by Krakow Official

You can check out the video teaser for “diin” here:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com

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Aeternus teams up with The Mythology Agency

Dark Metallers AETERNUS, who are currently in the studio with producer Bjornar E. Nilsen recording what will be their seventh full-length album, have joined forces with the UK based Mythology Agency who will represent the band’s booking interests world-wide outside of their home country of Norway. Mythology ‘s Mark Lewis stated: “For many years AETERNUS have been a driving force in the Norwegian underground, quite possibly one of the first (second wave) bands to understand the limitations of the term “Black Metal” whilst retaining their destructive heaviness and dark aesthetic with authenticity. This is a criminally underrated band despite having an incredible back catalogue and dedicated fans throughout the world. There can be no doubt that a re-appreciation of their work by the metal press is long overdue – and as a result this is exactly the type of band that excites me personally. With a refreshed line-up and much anticipated new album being recorded Mythology are extremely proud and excited to being working with the band. “With wisdom we walk, with might we slay!”

AETERNUS was formed in Bergen in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares and is one of the pioneers of what the band calls “Dark Metal”, which meshes the sounds of Black Metal and Death Metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes. With seven years between the release of the band’s last album “Hexaeon” and the upcoming “And the Seventh His Soul Detesteth”, which is set for release later this year on Dark Essence Records, AETERNUS re-emerged recently with a new lineup that includes GRAVDAL members Phobos on drums and Specter on guitars. Following a stunning live comeback performance at the Hub and Huey festival in the Netherlands last month Ares commented, “Talking to Mark convinced us that he understood exactly what AETERNUS was all about, and the collaboration with Mythology couldn’t have come at a better time because AETERNUS is back with a vengeance and ready not only to remind our old fans of what they have been missing, but also show a whole generation of new fans the intensity and power that AETERNUS brings to everything we do.” More information about AETERNUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

Ten tracks from AETERNUS and can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway

Fan-filmed footage of AETERNUS at the Hub & Huey Festival in May 2012 can be seen at:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AeternusNorway

SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/aeternusnor

Band Booking: info@mythology-live.com

Band Contact and Booking Norway: areslives@hotmail.com

Press & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com or post@karismarecords.no

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AETERNUS TO ENTER STUDIO TO RECORD SEVENTH ALBUM

Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS are set to enter Bergen’s Conclave and Earshot Studios in June together with producer Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) to begin recording the band’s seventh full length album. The album, to be titled “And the Seventh His Soul Detesteth”, will be released on Dark Essence Records later this year.

Formed in 1993 in Bergen, and with six full length albums under their belts, AETERNUS is one of the pioneers of what the band calls “Dark Metal”, meshing the sounds of Black Metal and Death Metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes. Of the original line up, only founder, guitarist and frontman Ares remains, but he has put together a new and formidable line up, bringing onboard drummer Phobos (GRAVDAL, GALAR, MALSAIN) and guitarist Specter (GRAVDAL, live session guitarist GALAR, VULTURE INDUSTRIES). Session live bass is handled by Skyggen (TORTORUM, DEAD TO THIS WORLD, live session guitarist GORGOROTH). The new lineup will hit the stage at the Hub and Heuy Metalfest at De Azijnfabriek in Roermond, Netherlands on the 19th May, with an exclusive set showcasing tracks from AETERNUS’ first two albums “Beyond the Wandering Moon” and “And So the Night Became”.

Commenting on the re-emergence of the band, seven years after the release of their last album “Hexaeon”, Ares, said “Time seems to just pass by without you realising. Although AETERNUS hasn’t seemed to be very active recently, I have been writing and working on new material, and we have chosen ten tracks for the new album which we have been rehearsing ready for when we enter the studio. I’m not going to say much about them except that Phobos and Specter have brought their own approach to things without losing any of the heaviness, power and intensity that people have come to expect from AETERNUS. It’s a whole new era for the band, and we can’t wait to get going”. More information about AETERNUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

Ten tracks from AETERNUS and can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AeternusNorway

SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/aeternusnor

Band Contact and Booking: areslives@hotmail.com

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Vulture Industries signs to Season Of Mist

We’re happy to see our long time comrades in Vulture Industries find a new home at Season Of Mist.

We’re proud to have released the bands 2 first albums, and now they will hopefully take a huge step up with their 3rd album.

The band has issued following statement:
“We are pleased to make known that we have sold our collective souls to the record company known as Season of Mist. We pray that our souls will be handled with care as they have long been dear to us. Still, we are sure season of mist has the musical integrity for a thriving relationship and we have pledged them the release of our next album.”