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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE SET TO TOUR JAPAN

Having just celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a show in their home town of Bergen, Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will make a welcome return to Japan where they are set to play four dates in July.  Supporting TAAKE on the tour will be BLOODSHOT DAWN from the UK,  and REMISSION and SEPTIK PIGGERY from Australia.  Routing is as follows:

26 July:  Soma, Osaka,
27 July:  Imaike 3 Star, Nagoya
28 July:  Cyclone, Tokyo,
29 July:  Cyclone, Tokyo

TAAKE’s “Helnorsk Svartmetall ” sound, honed to perfection by TAAKE’s iconic frontman and founder Hoest, has been keeping the spirit of Norwegian Black Metal alive for a quarter of a century, both in the studio and on the stage, whilst never  allowing the icy, dangerous edge, much beloved by Black Metal fans, to stagnate.

Hoest’s  powerful presence, which dominates any stage on which he sets foot, coupled with a live lineup of experienced and highly skilled musicians, and an  extensive back catalogue to draw from, has always ensured that  TAAKE’s performances are an experience that is guaranteed to enthral.

TAAKE’s seventh full-length album “Kong Vinter” was  released on Dark Essence Records at the end of 2017 and is available,  along with the band’s other releasesn and exclusive merchandise,  from the following, as well as all the usual retailers:

Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com/
EU Webshop: www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial  or on their website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

 

 

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES

Regardless of whether they take place in an intimate club setting, or large festival arenas, TAAKE’s shows, like TAAKE’s albums, have, over the years,  garnered high praise from fans and critics alike, and, with last year’s visa woes behind them, and all band members having received their delayed visas, the band will be bringing their ” Helnorsk Svartmetall ” to the US once again for a series of 17 dates in March and April of this year.

Supporting TAAKE on the tour will be Seattle’s KING DUDE. Routing for the tour, which includes one date in Canada, is as follows.

03/24 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
03/25 Boston, MA – Middle East
03/26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
03/27 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
03/28 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
03/29 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
03/30 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
03/31 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
04/01 Denver, CO – Globe Hall
04/03 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music (no King Dude)
04/05 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
04/06 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
04/07 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
04/08 Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
04/09 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
04/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/11 Vancouver, BC – Red Room

One of the most iconic bands on the Norwegian Black Metal scene, TAAKE’s seventh full-length album “Kong Vinter”, released on Dark Essence Records at the end of 2017,   further cemented the reputation of its enigmatic founder and frontman, Hoest, as one of those rare artists who manage to keep alive the old Norwegian spirit of Black Metal, in what has nowadays become a multi faceted, and fractured,  genre.  And, not only does he succeed in keeping the original genre alive, he also manages to breathe fresh life into it, with the introduction of new, and sometimes surprising, elements into the band’s music, whilst at the same time ensuring that it never loses that icy, dangerous, edge.

With a live lineup of skilled, and highly experienced musicians, TAAKE is  a force to be reckoned with on the live circuit.   Hoest’s charismatic persona and powerful presence dominate the stage, and his high octane performances,  combined with an  extensive back catalogue from which to draw the band’s set, means that TAAKE’s shows are not just unique, but also varied.

“Kong Vinter”  and other TAAKE releases and merchandise are available from all the usual retailers as well as from the folllowing:

Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com/
EU Webshop: www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial  or on their website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

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TAAKE DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

With the release of TAAKE’s “Kong Vinter” less than three weeks away, Dark Essence Records have today debuted a track from what will be the seventh full-length album from one of Norway’s Black Metal elite. The track ” Inntrenger” can be heard below as well as at the following:

Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com/album/kong-vinter
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/taake-inntrenger
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XIkWr8cCHspvC9ovxoAuV

 

You could never mistake “Kong Vinter” for anyone’s work other than that of founder and frontman Hoest,  whose body of work,  which spans over two decades, coupled with his magnetic stage presence, has made  him into an icon for Black Metal fans the world-over.  As is usual with TAAKE,  there has been a three year break between albums,  and, once again playing all the instruments himself, Hoest has produced  an album which, whilst losing none of the atmosphere that makes TAAKE so recognizable, still manages to surprise with its underlying nasty groove that can, at times, have an almost devilish playfulness about it. It is deceptively familiar to the ear, yet it is unpredictable. It is progressive, and yet straight  forward.  And of course there are always some elements of  rock’n’roll, the Devil’s music itself.

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 24th November, “Kong Vinter” was recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  With a running time of 55 minutes and with photography by Christopher Zibell and artwork by Tom Korsvold of Coverart,  track listing is as follows:

  1. Sverdets Vei
  2. Inntrenger
  3. Huset i Havet
  4. Havet i Huset
  5. Jernhaand
  6. Maanebrent
  7. Fra Bjoergegrend mot Glemselen
  8. On Top (De Press cover, bonus track on the vinyl edition)

 

TAAKE will be appearing at the “Kong Vinter” Release Party at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 1st December.  Also appearing will be Dark Essence Records label-mates HELHEIM, along with ASAGRAUM.

 

“Kong Vinter” will be released in  Digipak CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, with the Vinyl available in black, transparent and white versions. All are double 180 gram LPs in gatefold cover. Transparent and white are limited to 1000 each.  “Kong Vinter”  is now available to pre-order from the following:

Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com/
EU Webshop: www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s official on Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial  or on thei website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

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TAAKE REVEALS DETAILS OF SEVENTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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Nestled within the looming embrace of seven mountains,  the rugged, rain-swept coastline of Bjoergvin has spawned many extreme bands and musicians over the years, but none quite as iconic as TAAKE and its formidable founder Hoest, who is now back with a seventh full-length album.  Titled “Kong Vinter”  (King Winter), the album is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 24th November in Digipak CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, with the Vinyl available in black, transparent and white versions. All are double 180 gram LPs in gatefold cover. Transparent and white are limited to 1000 each.

Over the years Hoest has steered his creation with unerring accuracy through the mire of Black Metal.  He has avoided the pitfalls of either stagnation or over-experimentation, and remained true to the spirit of the traditional Black Metal genre, whilst at the same time breathing fresh life into it.

True to form Hoest has spent three years working on “Kong Vinter”,  ensuring that the album is imbued with the unique Taake sound, whilst at the same time taking it even further.  It  is deceptively familiar to the ear, yet it is unpredictable as it winds its way sinuously through a soundscape that only a mother could love.  A soundscape underscored by a nasty groove, that at times can seem devilishly playful.

The result is an album that is both progressive and straight forward, with a touch of the devil’s own music – rock’n’roll , making it unmistakably Taake.  It is, in fact, an illustration as to why,  for over two decades,  Hoest has succeeded in remaining relevant and at the forefront of the genre.

“Kong Vinter”, on which Hoest plays all the instruments himself,  was recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  With a running time of 55 minutes, photography by Christopher Zibell, and album artwork by Tom Korsvold of Coverart,  track listing is as follows:

  1. Sverdets Vei
  2. Inntrenger
  3. Huset i Havet
  4. Havet i Huset
  5. Jernhaand
  6. Maanebrent
  7. Fra Bjoergegrend mot Glemselen
  8. On Top (De Press cover, bonus track on the vinyl edition)

“Kong Vinter” is now available to pre-order from the following:
Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com/
EU Webshop: www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen  at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

 

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE TO BE JOINED BY GOST AND LABEL-MATES HELHEIM ON UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR. ADDITIONAL DATES ADDED

Norse Black Metallers HELHEIM are set to join Dark Essence Records label-mates TAAKE for a number of dates on the iconic band’s upcoming North American tour. Whilst HELHEIM will not be joining the tour until the 27th May, GosT is set to be the main support on all but three of the dates.

Routing as follows:
20 May: El Corazon, Seattle, WA (not Helheim)
21 May: Star Theater, Portland, OR (not Helheim)
23 May: The Independent, San Francisco, CA (not Helheim)
24 May: The Regent, Los Angeles, CA (not Helheim)
26 May: Brick by Brick, San Diego, CA (not Helheim or GosT)
27 May: Club Red, Mesa, AZ (not GosT)
28 May: Sister Bar, Albuquerque, NM (not GosT)
29 May: The Roxy, Denver, CO
31 May: Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
01 June: Reggies, Chicago, IL
02 June: Agora, Cleveland, OH
03 June: The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI
04 June: Velvet Underground. Toronto, ON
05 June: Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
06 June: L’Anti Bar & Spectacles, Quebec City, QC
07 June: Théâtre Fairmount, Montreal, QC
08 June: The Middle East, Boston, MA
09 June: The Foundry, Philadelphia, PA
10 June: Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY

With his exciting stage presence and formidable writing skills, founder and frontman Hoest has made sure that, whilst remaining true to TAAKE’s Black Metal roots, he has never allowed the band to become formulaic or mired in the past. His approach has always been to bring something new and original, and, at times, totally unexpected, to TAAKE’s signature Helnorsk Svartmetall sound. Which has led the band, and Hoest himself, to be regarded as one of the most respected band and artists in the Norwegian Black Metal scene.
More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

TAAKE’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://taake.bandcamp.com

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

Dark Essence Records label-mates HELHEIM, whose vocalist/bassist V’gandr also happens to play in TAAKE, has been acknowledged for over two decades as a Norse Black Metal band in the truest sense, eschewing the “comic book” aspects that plague so many of the bands claiming to belong in that genre. Through their music and lyrics HELHEIM explore the darker aspects of the North-European pre-Christian culture, and bring a modern interpretation that captures the spirit of the Norse heritage in ways that have eluded both to researchers and archaeologists. The band’s ninth full-length album “landawarijaR” was released at the beginning of the year, once again to considerable critical acclaim.

More information about HELHEIM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.helheim.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway

HELHEIM’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://helheim.bandcamp.com

The official video for the track “Baklengs mot intet” from HELHEIM’s 2017 album “landawarijaR” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/kRiimctYXiQ

The USA’s GOST, is, in founder Baalberith’s own words “Directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness, which many people do not believe exists. The power of the Devil. The power of Satan. The power of Baalberith”. LIttle is known about mask-wearing Baalberith, but his music, which has been described by the zine Spin as “bridging extreme metal with the more synthetic tones of darkwave, dance, and classic horror soundtracks”, makes an interesting addition to the lineup. GOST’s sophomore full-length “Sans Paradisi” was released on Blood Music in 2016

More information about GOST can be found at https://www.facebook.com/gost1980s/

GOST’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/non-paradisi

The official video for “Maleficarum” from GOST’s 2016 album “Non Paradisi” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/PWzYY4PQcpc

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

True to their word Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE are set to return to North America to play some parts of the country they didn’t reach on their first US tour in 2016, as well as re-visit some locations.

Routing as follows:

20 May: El Corazon, Seattle, WA
21 May: Star Theater, Portland, OR
23 May: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
24 May: The Regent, Los Angeles, CA
26 May: Brick by Brick, San Diego, CA
27 May: Club Red, Mesa, AZ
29 May: The Roxy, Denver, CO
31 May: Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
01 June: Reggies, Chicago, IL
02 June: Agora, Cleveland, OH
03 June: The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI
04 June: Velvet Underground. Toronto, ON
05 June: Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
06 June: L’Anti Bar & Spectacles, Quebec City, QC
07 June: Théâtre Fairmount, Montreal, QC
08 June: The Middle East, Boston, MA
09 June: The Foundry, Philadelphia, PA
10 June: Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY

More information regarding supports will be issued in April

With their signature Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, TAAKE have always stayed true to their Black Metal roots , but the band’s iconic founder and frontman, Hoest, has refused to allow himself to get bogged down in the formulaic writing that plagues so many bands in the genre today – bands both old and new. His approach has always been one of trying something new, and original, even if it’s something totally unexpected, and it is this that has kept TAAKE at the top of their game for over two decades.

With his formidable stage presence, Hoest has acquired a quasi-legendary status amongst fans, and the band’s return to the US will hopefully give more of TAAKE’s followers a chance to see one of Norway’s most admired and influential Black Metal bands.

Aside from the US tour, TAAKE will play four dates in the UK in April, and has already been confirmed for various festival appearances over the coming year.
More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

TAAKE’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://taake.bandcamp.com

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

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TAAKE ANNOUNCES UK DATES WITH FEN AND DE PROFUNDIS

With their appearance in London at the end of last year having sold out almost immediately, Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have announced that they will return to the UK to play the following four dates in April alongside UK favourites FEN and DE PROFUNDIS. Due to other upcoming commitments FEN are unable to do the London show and will be replaced by WINTERFYLLETH

Thu 6 April, The Exchange, Bristol
Fri 7 April, The Dome, London (Winterfylleth will be filling in for Fen at this show)
Sat 8 April, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Sun 9 April, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

With over two decades of experience, both in the studio and on the stage, TAAKE, or more precisely, the band’s formidable founder and frontman Hoest, has acquired almost legendary status. Never abandoning the origins of Norwegian Black Metal, Hoest still manages to innovate and surprise fans the world-over, and, in a long-lasting collaboration with Dark Essence Records, consistently produces albums that are considered to be classics in their genre.

Hoest’s powerful persona and mesmerising stage presence makes TAAKE much sought after on the live circuit, with 2017 already gearing up to be as busy as the previous year. As well as the four UK dates have already been confirmed for various festival appearances over the coming year.

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

TAAKE’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://taake.bandcamp.com

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

Formed in early 2006 with the goal of producing Atmospheric Black Metal that incorporates elements of post-rock, FEN have, since then, found themselves at the vanguard of a resurgent UK Black Metal scene. With an EP, four full length albums, several splits and compilations, two European tours and numerous appearances at prestigious festivals under their belts, FEN’s fifth full-length album “Winter”, which is set for release on Aural Music on the 17th March, is the band’s most ambitious, and yet most fundamental expression, yet. FEN recently debuted a track from the album, on the strength of which two limited edition versions of “Winter” are already close to being sold out more than a month before release date. The track “I (Pathway)” can be heard below and at https://fenuk.bandcamp.com/album/winter

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

FEN’s music can be heard on BandCamp at https://fenuk.bandcamp.com

The official video for the track “Menhir – Supplicant” from FENs 2014 album “Carrion Skies” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/MqDGA1DqF0U

DE PROFUNDIS started life in 2005 playing a haunting blend of Doom and Death metal, but, by 2010, whilst still retaining the sombre, melodic atmosphere the band’s sound became much more progressive in nature. Now, after years of honing their art, the sound of DE PROFUNDIS has been streamlined into concise, technical cacophonies that fuse ferocious Blackened Death metal with ethereal progressive overtones. DE PROFUNDIS’ extensive stage experience guarantees that this tour will be one too good to miss.

More information about DE PROFUNDIS can be found at https://www.facebook.com/deprofundistheband/ and on the band’s website at http://deprofundistheband.com

DE PROFUNDIS’ music can be heard at https://deprofundis.bandcamp.com

The official video for the track “All Consuming” from DE PROFUNDIS’ 2015 album “Kingdom of the Blind” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/EmDCf8PfaGE

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ADDITIONAL DATES ADDED TO THE SHINING TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY TOUR WITH TAAKE. SLEGEST JOINS TOUR

Ester Segarra

The final routing for the joint SHINING/TAAKE European tour set to take place this winter has been confirmed, with four additional dates being added. The tour is part of a series of live appearances to mark the 20th Anniversary of NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING. Joining these two titans of the stage on the tour will be TAAKE’s Dark Essence Records label-mates SLEGEST.

Routing as follows:

02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec: Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec: Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec: Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT

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The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots. Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh by expanded and experimenting, sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship. Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most dynamic live performers today.

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Whilst the name SLEGEST is perhaps not as familiar to fans as SHINING and TAAKE, the band has been earning rave reviews both for their studio output and for their live performances, earning them an ever-increasing fan base. In the wake of his departure from VREID, where he played guitar on four of the iconic band’s albums, Ese formed SLEGEST in 2010, and the band has since then perfected a special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal that is both dark and sinister, whilst being propelled along by a down and dirty groove that is immediate and catchy. The band’s second full-length album will be released in November on Dark Essence Records.

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More information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com
More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial and on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/
More information about SLEGEST can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/slegest/ and on the band’s website at http://www.slegest.no/

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE TAAKE’S CLASSIC “…DOEDSKVAD” ALBUM ON VINYL

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With the vinyl version long-sold out and much in demand from fans, Dark Essence Records are set to re-release TAAKE’s “…Doedskvad” in LP format. The cover art for the LP differs from the original Dark Essence release, and is the one that was used for the limited edition splatter vinyl that was available on Perverted Taste, and which also sold out and is no longer available.

First released in 2005, and acknowledged by many to be a Black Metal masterpiece, “…Doedskvad” forms the final part of TAAKE’s classic Trilogy, which includes the “Nattestid” and “Bjoergvin” albums. It was recorded at the legendary Grieghallen Studios, with guest appearances from Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST), NORDAVIND (ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST) and Taipan (ORCUSTUS).

The new vinyl edition will hit the streets on the 16th September and is available to pre-order now from http://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/doedskvad-2/ or http://taake.bandcamp.com/album/doedskvad , as well as from the Dark Essence Records North American webshop at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/item/41647

Tracklisting for “…Doedskvad” as follows:

1. Hordalands Doedskvad part I
2. Hordalands Doedskvad part II
3. Hordalands Doedskvad part III
4. Hordalands Doedskvad part IV
5. Hordalands Doedskvad part V
6. Hordalands Doedskvad part VI
7. Hordalands Doedskvad part VII

Founded by Hoest, one of the most the most respected frontment in the genre, TAAKE’s Helnorsk Svartmetall sound remains true to the traditions of Norwegian Black Metal, but never allows itself to become stale, introducing fresh, and often musically controversial , ideas with each album. The use of a banjo on the track “Myr” on the band’s 2011 album “Noregs Vaapen, for example, initially caused consternation amongst some of the diehard Black Metal fans, but is now acknowledged as an eccentric stroke of genius, and is one of the most anticipated songs at TAAKE concerts.

Following a string of festival appearances this summer, and with two North American tours behind them, TAAKE will hit the road in Europe during December for a series of dates with Niklas Kvarforth’s SHINING. With these two dynamic and high profile frontmen taking to the stage on the same bill, the tour is understandably much anticipated by fans. Dates will be announced shortly.

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

“…Doedskvad” can be heard on BandCamp at http://taake.bandcamp.com/album/doedskvad

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

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

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SHINING TO HIT THE ROAD WITH TAAKE AS PART OF 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR EVENTS

As part of a series of live appearances to mark the band’s 20th Anniversary, NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING will hit the road in December along with Norwegian Black Metal titans TAAKE.

Full details of the tour are not yet available, but confirmed routing so far is as follows:

02 Dec: TBA, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
08 Dec: Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec: Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec, Backstage, Munich, DE

More dates will be announced shortly.

The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots. Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh by expanding and experimenting, sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship. Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most exciting and dynamic live performers today.

More information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial and on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE AUTUMN TOUR DATES

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Iconic Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will set out on a fifteen date European tour which will see the band play in Finland, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands.

Three Dark Essence Records label-mates will also be joining the lineup – KRAKOW and ORKAN (whose lineup includes TAAKE guitarist Gjermund) will join for various dates, whilst the 3RD ATTEMPT (the new project from former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor) will make special guest appearances in Paris and London and on the two Spanish dates. Bergen’s Extreme Metallers DOMINANZ will join the tour for six of the dates.

Routing and lineup for the Stridens Hus 2015 tour as follows:

25 Sep: TAAKE – Ääniwalli – Helsinki (FIN)
26 Sep: TAAKE – Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred (SE)
29 Sep TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – From Hell, Erfurt (DE)
30 Sep: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Viper Room, Wien (AT)
01 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Gala Hala, Ljubljana (SLO)
02 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Alchemica Club, Bologna (IT)
03 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Circolo Colony, Brescia (IT)
04 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Altherax, Nice (FR)
05 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + THE 3’RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN – Razz 3, Barcelona (ES)
06 Oct: TAAKE + THE 3’RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Caracol, Madrid (ES)
07 Oct: TAAKE + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – UBU, Rennes (FR)
08 Oct: TAAKE + THE 3’RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Glazart, Paris (FR)
09 Oct: TAAKE + THE 3’RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Underworld, London (UK)
10 Oct: TAAKE + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Neushoorn, Leeuwarden (NL)
11 Oct: TAAKE + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Luxor, Arnhem (NL)

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TAAKE is one of the rare Black Metal bands that has continued to innovate and evolve over the years, without losing any of its original Norwegian Black Metal roots. Hoest’s unique brand of Helnorsk Svartmetall translates perfectly to the live stage where the founder and frontman is acknowledged as one of the most dynamic and mesmerising performers around. The current tour is in support of the band’s sixth full-length album “Stridens Hus”, which was released on Dark Essence Records at the end of last year.

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

Eight tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

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Big One-Week Record Sale

Spring sale

For one week only Dark Essence Records and sister-label Karisma Records will hold a big record sale with up to 80% discount on CDs, LPs and merch. Check out metal album titles from Taake, Aeternus, Hades Almighty, Shining (Swe), Galar, Alfahanne, Slegest, Sarkom, Helheim, Kraków and more via links below;

Link to the Big One-Week Record Sale

Webshop: http://www.karismarecords.bigcartel.com

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE SET TO EMBARK ON THEIR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases new EP from TAAKE called 'Kulde'.

Despite a history spanning over two decades, iconic Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have never previously toured in North America, but that is about to change with the band set to headline their first ever tour of the continent in June of this year. Joining them on the thirteen-date tour will be US bands WOLVHAMMER for the whole tour, and YOUNG AND IN THE WAY for selected dates. Routing as follows:

With Wolvhammer
14 June, Brighton Music Hall , Allston, MA
15 June, Théâtre Plaza Montreal, QC
16 June, Hard Luck, Toronto, ON
17 June, The Loft, Lansing, MI
18 June, The Foundry, Lakewood, OH
19 June, Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
20 June, Cobra Lounge, Chicago, IL
21 June Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
With Wolvhammer and Young And In The Way
22 June, Fubar, St Louis, MO
23 June, Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
24 June, New Mountain, Asheville, NC
25 June, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
26 June, Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

With their signature Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, which succeeds in staying true to its Black Metal roots , whilst at the same time providing a freshness and originality that is all too often lacking today, TAAKE has risen to iconic status not only in Norway, but world-wide. Founder Hoest has proved time and again that his reputation as one of the best frontmen around is more than well-deserved.

“Stridens Hus”, the band’s sixth-full length, was released on Dark Essence Records at the end of last year, and in the same year TAAKE also released the four-track “Kulde” MCD on Svartekunst Produksjoner and limited to 700 copies.

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

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Eight tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no

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TAAKE TO HEADLINE THE DARK ESSENCE RECORDS LABEL NIGHT AT INFERNO FESTIVAL IN A LINEUP THAT INCLUDES GALAR, KRAKOW AND MOMENTUM

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS will once again be showcasing some of its bands at Inferno Festival this year, with a lineup that includes TAAKE, GALAR, KRAKOW and MOMENTUM – all bands who have recently released new albums on what is one of Norway’s most respected and growing labels. The event will take place on Wednesday the 1st of April at Blå in Oslo, Norway.

For fans of Norwegian Black Metal TAAKE needs no introduction. After more than two decades of writing and performing his Helnorsk Svartmetall, frontman and founder Hoest still produces music which, whilst staying true to its roots, manages to remain fresh, original and relevant in a genre that is sadly lacking in all three attributes these days. The band released its sixth full-length album “Stridens hus” in December of last year, and proved once again that Hoest has lost none of his intensity and unpredictability, either in the studio or on the stage.

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

With their third full-length album “De gjenlevende” barely over a week old, GALAR is a Black-Folk Metal band that is not scared to use non-traditional metal instruments including both a string quintet and a horn quartet. These unusual elements are ideally suited to the epic nature of the six-track concept album and to the band’s music in general. 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. Inferno Festival will be the first time fans will get a chance to see the new lineup on stage.

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

Formed in Bergen, Norway in the fall of of 2005, and their third full-length album “amaran” released in February of this year, KRAKOW’s lineup of highly skilled and experienced musicians consists of Kjartan Grønhaug on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, VITHR) on vocals and bass, and Ask Ty Arctander (KAMPFAR) on drums. The Experimental Post Rockers will be back on the Blå stage with their dark, melodic and mysterious music, perfectly performed with the band’s usual intensity and dynamism.

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

Making their DARK ESSENCE RECORDS debut at Inferno this year will be one of the label’s more recent signings, Icelandic Progressive Doom Metallers MOMENTUM, whose sophomore full length album “The Freak is Alive” was also released in February. MOMENTUM’s blend of atmospheric Post-Rock is reminiscent of Isis and Cult of Luna, with a Neurosis-esque level of bone-crushing heaviness interspersed with soft vocals and relaxed clean passages. The band’s lineup consists of frontman Holaf, the man responsible for both MOMENTUM’s lyrics and artwork, on vocals, bass and sitar, Ingvar Sæmundsson on guitar and vocals, Kristján Einar Guðmundsson on drums, and Sigurður Árni Jónsson on guitar and vocals.

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

Tracks from TAAKE, GALAR, KRAKOW and MOMENTUM can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/inferno-festival-2015-with

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DARK ESSENCE LABELNIGHT @ INFERNO FESTIVAL 2015

Inferno Festival 2015

It has become tradition for Dark Essence Records to host a labelnight at Blå during the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, Norway. The next Dark Essence Records labelnight is now scheduled to take place on April 1st 2015.

For the Dark Essence Records labelnight we will be bring with us Norwegian black metal band TAAKE, doomish progressive stoner metal band KRAKOW, the melodic folk black metal band GALAR and Iceland the progressive metal band MOMENTUM!

We hope that you’ll come and join us at Blå if you are in Oslo Easter 2015!

Read more at the Inferno Festival’s webpage; http://www.infernofestival.net/no/festival/news.aspx

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TAAKE’s NEW ALBUM ‘STRIDENS HUS’ OUT TODAY

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS proudly presents TAAKE’s sixth full-lenght studioalbum ‘Stridens Hus’

“Stridens hus” takes the unique Taake sound and develops it further. Still true to the spirit of the old Norwegian Black Metal, Hoest breathes new life into the genre by introducing different elements that ensure the sound remains fresh and relevant. Some parts are more groove and rock orientated, whilst some have a distinctly punk attitude. However, this is still unmistakably Taake and, as always, we’re treated to a varied album with intense, unique and unpredictable dynamics.

Once again, Hoest plays all the instruments himself, but this time the Taake live band has contributed to the recording, alongside producer and DARK ESSENCE’s own Bjørnar E. Nilsen.

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HOW TO ORDER

To purchase this album as physical product from webshop (creditcard/ Paypal): Click here

Listen to or stream the album in your preferred digital music service by clicking here:

DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/TAAKE_StridensHus

DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/TAAKE_Kulde

Dark Essence Records releases Taake's Stridens Hus
Dark Essence Records releases Taake’s Stridens Hus
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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE MEXICAN AND COLOMBIAN TOUR DATES

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Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have announced that they will play a series of dates in both Colombia and Mexico in the new year. The tour will start on the 10th January and routing is as follows:

COLOMBIA
Jan 10: Teatro La Mama, Bogota,
Jan 11: Barnaby Jones, Medellin
MEXICO (with RAGNELL)
Jan 14: Kalipso Bar, Guadalajara
Jan 15: Bunker Sala de Conciertos, San Luis Potosi
Jan 16: Plaza Mascarones , Puebla
Jan 17: Billar Billys, Mexico City
Jan 18: La Cadena del Rock, Leon

With “Stridens Hus”, the band’s sixth-full length set for release on the 8th December, TAAKE will be holding a Release Party at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 5th of December which will also feature performances from fellow Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA and Dark Essence label-mates ALFAHANNE. ALFAHANNE’s debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps”, includes guest appearances from Hoest himself, as well as from TAAKE’s bass player V’gandr.

“Stridens hus” is recorded and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen. As with all TAAKE albums, frontman and founder Hoest plays all the instruments himself, with a few more or less prominent guests. Album artwork from a photo by Nekrographie. Track Listing as follows:

1. Gamle Norig
2. Orm
3. Det fins en Prins
4. Stank
5. En Sang til Sand om Ildebrann
6. Kongsgaard bestaar
7. Vinger

TAAKE, whose Helnorsk Svartmetall sound has elevated them to iconic status not only on the Norwegian Black Metal scene, but world-wide, also recently released a four-track MCD on Svartekunst Produksjoner. Entitled “Kulde” and limited to 700 copies, “Kulde” contains guest appearances from CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn and VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjornar E. Nilsen.

The band is so far confirmed for the following appearances in 2015

23 Jan: Hulen, Bergen , NO
01 May: Karmøygeddon Festival, Koppervik, NO
25 Jul, Stonehenge Festival, Steenwijk, NL
14 Aug, Rockstadt Extreme Fest, Rasnov RO

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS RELEASES NEW TAAKE EP ‘KULDE’

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases new EP from TAAKE called 'Kulde'.

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS RELEASES NEW TAAKE EP “KULDE”

As a warm-up to the upcoming Taake fullenght studioalbum “Stridens Hus” – DARK ESSENCE RECORDS is happy to release a new TAAKE EP. The EP is called “KULDE” (English: Cold). It contains exclusive new material from Taake and a cover of The Cure.

You can listen to Kulde in the digital music service of your choice via this link:



DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/TAAKE_Kulde




The EP is also released physically in a limited edition (700 copies only!). You can order a copy autographed by Hoest
here


New EP 'Kulde' released in digital format by Dark Essence Records Photo by Nekrographie
New EP ‘Kulde’ released in digital format by Dark Essence Records Photo by Nekrographie
New EP from TAAKE 'Kulde' released  on DARK ESSENCE RECORDS Photo by Stig Pallesen - StiPa Photography
New EP from TAAKE ‘Kulde’ released on DARK ESSENCE RECORDS
Photo by Stig Pallesen – StiPa Photography

KULDE – Track list:

1. DET FINS EN PRINS
(From the upcoming full length album)
2. STRIDENS HUS
(New track exclusive for this release)
3. COLD
(The Cure cover, featuring Vrangsinn on vocals)
4. MANNDAUDSVINTER
(Re-recorded track from the 1995 demo tape)

The EP is also released physically in a limited edition (700 copies only!). You can order a copy autographed by Hoest here: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/product/taake-kulde-digipak-mcd

TAAKE  'STRIDENS HUS' Cover. Upcoming release by Dark Essence Records
TAAKE ‘STRIDENS HUS’ Cover. Upcoming release by Dark Essence Records
Dark Essence Records
Dark Essence Records

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DETAILS OF NEW TAAKE ALBUM REVEALED AND NEW TRACK DEBUTED

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases new EP from TAAKE called 'Kulde'.

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With the traditional three year wait between TAAKE albums now over, Dark Essence Records has today announced the first details of what will be the iconic Norwegian band’s sixth full-length album. Titled “Stridens hus”, the seven-track album is set for release on the 8th December world-wide, with the exception of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the album will appear on the 12th of the month . The label has also debuted the track “Det fins en Prins” from “Stridens hus” and it can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/taake-det-fins-en-prins

“Stridens hus” is recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen. As with all TAAKE albums, frontman and founder Hoest plays all the instruments himself, but this time members of the TAAKE live band have also contributed to the recording. Album artwork from a photo by Nekrographie. Track Listing as follows:

1. Gamle Norig
2. Orm
3. Det fins en Prins
4. Stank
5. En Sang til Sand om Ildebrann
6. Kongsgaard bestaar
7. Vinger

With a career spanning over two decades, Hoest has always remained faithful to his trademark Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, but he has never allowed the grass to grow under his feet, and, with each release, he has breathed new life into an often stale and derivative genre; his unique and innovative twists ensuring that Black Metal still remains fresh and relevant today. And “Stridens hus” is no exception. Parts of the album demonstrate a groove and rock sound, whilst others dsiplay a distinctly punk attitude. But the whole is without a doubt unmistakably Hoest’s TAAKE: varied, intense, unique and unpredictable.

TAAKE is currently in the middle of the Kulde Tour which will end on the 26th October. Other confirmed upcoming shows as follows:

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22 Oct: Barrak Music Club, Ostrava, CZ
23 Oct: F-Haus, Jena, DE
24 Oct: Phantoms of Pilsen Festival, Pilsen, CZ
25 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice, PL
26 Oct: Progresja, Warsaw, PL
14 Nov: Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival, Helsinki, FI
05 Dec: John Dee, Oslo, NO
2015
14 -18 Jan, Mexico, details TBA
23 Jan: Hulen, Bergen , NO
01 May: Karmøygeddon Festival, Koppervik, NO
25 Jul, Stonehenge Festival, Steenwijk, NL
14 Aug, Rockstadt Extreme Fest, Rasnov RO

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

Photo by Stig Pallesen - StiPa Photography
Photo by Stig Pallesen – StiPa Photography

Eight tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

TAAKE by TAAKE (OFFICIAL)

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noreg’s Vaapen” can be seen below.

Photo by Nekrographie
Photo by Nekrographie
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TAAKE ANNOUNCES OCTOBER TOUR DATES

TaakeTourPosterPR Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE are set to embark on a headlining tour in October of this year. The eleven date tour will span four countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Supporting TAAKE on all the dates will be VALKYRJA and NOCTEM.

Routing, for what will be called the Kulde Tour, as follows:

16 Oct: Luka, Lodz, PL
17 Oct: Pod Minoga, Poznan, PL
18 Oct: Baroeg, Rotterdam, NL
19 Oct: Iduna, Drachten, NL
20 Oct: Helvete, Oberhausen, DE
21 Oct: Firlej, Wroclaw, PL
22 Oct: Barrak Music Club, Ostrava, CZ
23 Oct: F-Haus, Jena, DE
24 Oct: Phantoms of Pilsen Festival, Pilsen, CZ
25 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice, PL
26 Oct: Progresja, Warsaw, PL

Additionally, on the 4th of October TAAKE will headline at Norwegian Hellcamp, a first of its kind festival whose lineup features some of the top Norwegian bands at the extreme end of the spectrum. Norwegian Hellcamp will take place at the Stadthalle in Schweinfurt, Germany, and also appearing alongside TAAKE will be VULTURE INDUSTRIES, RAGNAROK, SARKOM, ENDEZZMA, SLAGMAUR, AURA NOIR and DEN SAAKALDTE.

Dark Essence Records recently announced that TAAKE would be releasing a new album later this year, and further information will be available shortly. From feedback received from the recent listening session the label held at the Beyond the Gates Festival in Bergen, where a few tracks from the album were played, it is clear that even after over twenty years TAAKE’s iconic frontman and founder Hoest continues to bring freshness and originality to the scene with his unique brand of Helnorsk Svartmetall.

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

Eight tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

TAAKE by TAAKE (OFFICIAL)

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

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS TO HOST LISTENING SESSION AT BEYOND THE GATES FESTIVAL FEATURING UPCOMING ALBUMS FROM TAAKE, GALAR, KRAKOW AND MOMENTUM

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS will host a listening session at Bergen’s Beyond the Gates Festival 2014 where attendees will have the opportunity to be the first people to hear tracks from the upcoming albums from TAAKE, GALAR, KRAKOW, and the label’s new signing MOMENTUM. The session will take place at the Garage, Bergen, on Saturday 30th August from 14:00 – 16:00.

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Additionally, KRAKOW will hit the stage at the Garage at 18:00 on Friday 29th to perform a set.

Commenting on the event, DARK ESSENCE’s Martin Kvam said: “Beyond the Gates is the ideal setting for us to showcase what fans can expect from these great bands over the coming months. Most people are already aware that we have new albums from GALAR, KRAKOW and MOMENTUM in our release schedule, but we haven’t announced anything at all about the new TAAKE, so knowing that this one is coming up should be a welcome surprise for their fans. We’re all very much looking forward to hearing everyone’s reaction to what they are going to be listening to on Saturday”.

More information about DARK ESSENCE RECORDS and their bands can be found at www.darkessencerecords.no

Details about the Beyond the Gates festival which runs for three days from Thursday the 28th to Saturday 30th August, and which this year features performances from bands such as PRIMORDIAL, NIFLHEIM and INQUISITION amongst others, can be found at https://www.facebook.com/beyondthegatesbergen

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Taake: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Galar: https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
Krakow: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Momentum: https://www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.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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HELHEIM’s V’GANDR TO MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE AT THE DARK ESSENCE RECORDS INFERNO FESTIVAL EVENT

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS plans to make their annual Inferno Festival event a little different this year when they join forces with sister label KARISMA RECORDS to showcase two of their bands each at Blå on Wednesday 16th April. “We are always conscious of the fact that while many of Dark Essence’s artists such as TAAKE tour frequently, and fans in Europe have a good chance of seeing them live, the Karisma artists tend to tour much less, so we thought that this year we would open up the event to give their fans a chance to see some of them, and introduce them to Dark Essence’s fans at the same time”, commented the label’s Martin Kvam.

Representing Dark Essence will be two bands whose recent releases have been getting rave reviews from press and fans alike. First up will be SLEGEST, the new project from former VREID guitarist Ese, who has skilfully blended classic heavy rock and old-school black metal to produce a sound that is both dark and sinister, and with an unmistakably down and dirty catchy groove that weaves its way through the music. Originally started as a one-man project, once the debut full-length album “Løyndom” was released at the end of 2013, it quickly became clear that the demand from fans to see SLEGEST perform live was such that Ese was persuaded to form a fully functioning band. More information about SLEGEST can be found here.

The official video for the track “Ho Som Haustar Aleine” from SLEGEST’s “Løyndom” can be seen here.

Joining them will be Sweden’s ALFAHANNE, whose lineup includes members of bands such as VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT, and who have come together to play what they themselves have called ”Alfapocalyptic Rock”, a fascinating and hard-hitting mix of Black Metal, Classic Rock and Punk with some Goth influences. Their high-energy live performances have garnered them much praise. Making a guest appearance on stage with ALFAHANNE, will be HELHEIM’s V’gandr who performed vocals on one of the tracks from the band’s new album “Alfapokalyps”. It is a tribute to ALFAHANNE that they were able to attract not only V’gandr to make a guest appearance on the album, but also Dark Essence label-mates Hoest from TAAKE and Niklas Kvarforth from SHINING. More information about ALFAHANNE can be found here.

The track “Såld På Mörkret” from ALFAHANNE’s album ”Alfapocalyptic Rock” and which features TAAKE’s Hoest on guest vocals can be heard here
Making an appearance for Karisma will be two bands, representing the new and the established. Lovers of Prog Rock cannot fail to recognise the name of AIRBAG, a band known the world-over for an exquisite musical craftsmanship that enables its musicians to create a sonic experience ranging from massive walls of sound, to ambient textures and soulful soundscapes, both in the studio and on stage. The release of AIRBAG’s third full-length album “The Greatest Show on Earth” at the end of last year confirmed the band’s status in the world of prog, earning them many accolades. Inferno will be one of the very few chancesthat to catch this incredible band live this year so it is an opportunity that should not be missed. One for fans of ANATHEMA. More information about AIRBAG can be found here.

The title track from AIRBAG’s album “The Greatest Show on Earth” can be heard here.

The second of the Karisma bands is one of their latest signings, SEVEN IMPALE. The release of the digital EP “Beginning/Relieve” last year gave an indication of the multi-faceted nature of these young musicians. With its member drawn from a range of disciplines including classical orchestra, big band, metal, jazz, rock and electronic music, their sound ranges from progressive and jazzy to the softer and more melodic to the harder and edgier. They bring a freshness and enthusiasm to their live performances, and it is anticipated that their debut full-length album later this year will more than meet expectations, setting them apart from many other new arrivals on the scene. If you are a fan of Norway’s SHINING, SEVEN IMPALE is definitely a band you will want to check out. More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found here.
The title track from SEVEN IMPALE’s “Beginning/Relieve” EP can be heard here.

Scheduled performances for the Dark Essence Records / Karisma Records artists at Inferno Festival, which will take place at Blå, Brennereiven 9C, Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday 16th April as follows:

Seven Impale: 20:20
Slegest: 21:25
Alfahanne: 22:30
Airbag: 23:45

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Contact and Promo Requests: post@karismarecords.no

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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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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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NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE

With the MCD “Kveld” released in April as a taster for the band’s fifth full-length album “Noregs Vaapen”, and with the album itself hitting the streets on DARK ESSENCE RECORDS on the 20th September in Europe, and a release date set for the 1st November in the USA, TAAKE has today released a music video for a track from the album. Directed by Torgeir Ness Sundli, the video, for song “Nordbundet”, is a mix of live footage of the band interspersed with scenes of the countryside around TAAKE’s home town of Bergen, which have been filmed by founder and front man Hoest, who also produced the video. Audio production is by Bjornar E. Nilsen and the video debuts today on the website of the Norwegian Radio Station Pyro, at

“Noregs Vaapen” was a much anticipated release from the band that is now seen as one of the leaders of the Norwegian Black Metal scene. Whilst never losing TAAKE’s traditional sound and atmosphere with its icy riffs, its melodies redolent of Norway’s history, and distinctive vocals, Hoest has not hesitated to add a few twists that have taken everyone by surprise and kept the music fresh and original, including the use of the banjo on one track. The addition of guest appearances by some of Black Metal’s elite including Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE), Attila Csihar (MAYHEM), Demonaz (IMMORTAL) and Skagg (GAAHLSKAGG, DEATHCULT) as well as producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES front man Bjørnar E. Nilsen have added a further dimension to “Noregs Vaapen”.

TAAKE will celebrate the release of the album with a special live set at Det Akademiske Kvarter in Bergen on the 30th September, and will then head out for a European tour in October with fellow Bergen Blackened Metallers BYFROST and the UK’s DONN THE PHILOSOPHY. Tour itinerary, including newly confirmed dates as follows:

October
14 – The Rock, Copenhagen (DK)
15 – Die Werkstatt, Koln (DE)
16 – Baroeg, Rotterdam (NL)
17 – Gloppe, Leeuwarden (NL)
18 – Biebob, Vosselaar (BE)
19 – Underworld, London (UK)
20 – Glazart, Paris (FR)
21 – Club 45, Zug (CH)
22 – Hellraiser, Leipzig (DE)
23 – Melodka, Brno (CZ)

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website