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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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SLEGEST DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Slegest - Vidsyn
Photo by Håvard Nesbø
Photo by Håvard Nesbø

Dark Essence Records have debuted a track from “Vidsyn”, the sophomore full-length album from Norway’s SLEGEST. The track, titled “Wolf” is streaming exclusively on the following:

Friedhof Magazine- ESP
http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/slegest-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nuevo-sencillo-wolf

Metal Hammer – NO
TBA

Ultraje – PT
http://ultraje.pt/slegest-wolf/

Musick Magazine – PL
TBA

Lords of Metal – NL
http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/457

Legacy Magazine – DE
http://www.legacy.de/exklusives/item/34175-exklusive-song-premiere-slegest-wolf

Kronos Mortus – HUN
http://www.kronosmortus.com/?p=81173

No Clean Singing – US
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/10/12/an-ncs-premiere-slegest-wolf/

Rock Hard – IT
http://rockharditaly.com/slegest-anteprima-nuovo-album/

Zero Tolerance – GB
TBA

La Grosse Radio – FR
http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/actu-metal/p16145-un-titre-en-exclu-du-nouveau-slegest.html

Spark Rock Magazine – CZ

http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/black%E2%80%99n%E2%80%99rollova-boure-z-norska-slegest

Slam Magazine – AUT
http://www.slam-zine.de/php/exklusive_songpremiere_bei_slam_wolf_von_slegest,13584,41325.html

The choice of “Wolf” as the first track from the album to be debuted is explained by founder and frontman Ese: “Wolf was one of the first songs that surfaced when I started writing material for “Vidsyn”. It’s adrenalin-charged and with its loping time signature and riffs this track circles in on its prey like the Canis Lupus itself”.

SLEGEST’s sound owes as much to Black Metal as it does to Heavy Metal, and bands like BLACK SABBATH. There is a distinct swagger and confidence to the band, the kind that lies at the heart of all things Metal, and SLEGESTS use of superb guitar riffing and great melodies make it stand out from the usual speed merchants.

“Vidsyn”, which features a guest appearance by ENSLAVED’s Grutle Kjellson, was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot and Systrond Studios, and was jointly produced by Ese and Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), who also mixed the album. Mastering is by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).

The cover of “Vidsyn” once again has its roots in the art of Nikolai Astrup. The drawing is by Lars Hellebø and the design by Tom Korsvold. Tracklisting as follows

1. I Fortida Sitt Lys
2. Som I Eit Endelikt
3. Du
4. Komfortabelt Nommen Midtvekes
5. Wolf
6. The Reanimator
7. Inn I Uvissao
8. Tenn Den Gamle Varde

Slegest - Vidsyn CD

SLEGEST will launch “Vidsyn” with a show at Krøsset in Oslo, on the 12th November, where they will be joined by ALFAHANNE, and, given the dynamism and sheer entertainment value of the two bands, this will be an evening to remember.

In December of this year the band will join SHINING’s 20th Anniversary tour, which also features Dark Essence label mates TAAKE, for a series of European dates. The prospect of sharing a stage with Niklas Kvarforth and Hoest, widely acknowledged to be two of the most accomplished and exciting front men in extreme metal, would seem daunting to most bands, but judging from the reviews SLEGEST has received for its live performances, and from the number of fans the lineup of Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums, has picked up following those performances, this is a band that is more than able to hold its own against the two titans.

Routing for the tour with SHINING and TAAKE 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

“Vidsyn” will be released in CD and Digital formats on the 4th November is now available to pre-order from is now available to pre-order https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/vidsyn/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format , as well as at https://slegest.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

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

“Løyndom”, the debut full-length album from SLEGEST can be heard at http://slegest.bandcamp.com/album/l-yndom

The official video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”, the opening track from the album “Løyndom”, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CHdUCDbyB5g

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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.

Taake PR

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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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 ORKAN DEBUT TRACK FEATURING TAAKE’S HOEST AND ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

DARK ESSENCE - ORKAN
DARK ESSENCE – ORKAN

On the eve of the release of their sophomore full-length album “Livlaus”, Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN have debuted a second track from the album. The track “Uforgjengeleg” features TAAKE frontman and founder Hoest on guest vocals. It can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/orkan-uforgjengeleg-featuring-taakes-hoest

“Livlaus”, which is out on Dark Essence Records on the 11th September, is a concept album that takes as its subject the efforts of a lost soul to find peace in the Kingdom of the Dead, and was inspired by the forests and sulphur mines that surround Stord, the hometown of drummer Rune Nesse. With a much darker and uncompromising feel than its predecessor “Crimson Canvas”, “Livlaus” was recorded live in the studio, with vocals added later, to create an album filled with atmospheric melodies, haunting vocals and intense blast beats.

The seven-track album was mixed by Iver Sandoy at the Solslottet Studio and mixed by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen. Aside from Hoest, “Livlaus” also features a guest appearance from TAAKE bassist V’gandr (HELHEIM). Artwork is by Tom Korsvold. Track listing as follows:

1. Fanden På Veggen
2. Brende Bruer, Svart Metall
3. Livlaus del 1: Evig
4. Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal
5. Livlaus del 3: Tusen Sjeler
6. Uforgjengeleg
7. Skodde

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ORKAN was originally founded in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse, and the lineup was completed with the addition of former GRIMNORTH bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE). It is this lineup that will join the upcoming TAAKE European tour along with Dark Essence Records label-mates KRAKOW and the 3RD ATTEMP, as well as DOMINANZ. Routing as follows:

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

Prkan PR2

Fan-filmed footage of ORKAN playing the track “Deus Vicit” from their debut album “Crimson Canvas”, at CCO in Lyon during their tour with TAAKE and HELHEIM in 2013 can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/farFAII2D-g

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Orkan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORKANMETAL
Orkan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrkanOfficial
Band Contact and Booking: orkanband@gmail.com
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records G+: google.com/+DarkessencerecordsNo
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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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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ALFAHANNE DEBUTS TRACK FEATURING KVELERTAK FRONTMAN FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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The 11th September will see the release on Dark Essence Records of ALFAHANNE’s sophomore full-length album “Blod Eld Alfa”, and today the label has debuted one of the nine tracks from the album. The track, “Skallerormsgift”, which actually received its first ever public airing on BBC Radio One last week, features KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik on guest vocals and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/alfahanne-skallerormsgift-featuring-kvelertaks-erlend-hjelvik

Well known both on stage and in the studio for their brand of high energy Black Metal laced with Punk and Classic Rock, ALFAHANNE is a band that, since its inception in 2010, has managed to attract high profile musicians to guest with them not only on their releases but also live. TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth all featured on the debut album “Alfapokalyps”, whilst on the new album, as well as Hjelvik, Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT and Nattfursth from SORHIN add their distinctive styles and voices to the release. Also making a return appearance is SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, with whom ALFAHANNE has a history of collaboration.

Mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen at Bergen’s Earshot Studios, and with artwork by Trine Grimm Lothe, “Blod Eld Alfa” features ALFAHANNE’s trademark sound, a sound that is full of the swagger and attitude that makes the band such a success both in the studio and on the stage.

Track listing for “Blod Eld Alfa” is as follows:

1. Alfa Kropp Alfa Blod (with Nattfursth)
2. Besatt
3. Skallerormsgift (with Erlend Hjelvik)
4. Vänd Inte Ryggen Till
5. Blodad Tand
6. Hora (Tills Du Dör) / Huora Kuolemaansa (with Spellgoth)
7. Arkeologen
8. Berserk
9. Slutdestination Eskilstuna (with Niklas Kvarforth)

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With a lineup of musicians who have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT, ALFAHANNE was formed in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 2010 and features Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass.
Confirmed upcoming live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen, Malmo, Sweden

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

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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 below and at at http://youtu.be/ZUZpioeW_Gk

Several tracks from ALFAHANNE, including tracks featuring TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/alfahanne/sets/alfahanne

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
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

DARK ESSENCE - ORKAN
DARK ESSENCE – ORKAN

Formed in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse, and with a lineup that now includes former GRIMNORTH bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE), Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN are set to release a new full-length album, which will be titled “Livlaus”, on Dark Essence Records on the 11th September. As a taste of what to expect from an album that includes guest appearances from TAAKE’s Hoest and HELHEIM’s V’gandr, the track “Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal” has been debuted on the label’s SoundCloud page and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/orkan-livlaus-del-2-dodens-dal

Unlike ORKAN’s debut full-length “Crimson Canvas”, which was, according to the band, “a self-financed, thrashy album”, “Livlaus” has a much darker, uncompromising feel, with atmospheric melodies, haunting vocals and intense blastbeats. The concept of the album was inspired by the forests and sulphur mines found around Drummer Rune Nesse’s hometown of Stord, on the west coast of Norway, and deals with a lost soul trying to find peace in the Kingdom of the Dead.

With a Black Metal sound that features elements of Thrash and other Extreme genres, the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio and no editing was carried out on the basic tracks. Vocals and effects were added later. Artwork for “Livlaus”, which will be the band’s sophomore full-length album, is by Tom Korsvold , and track listing is as follows:

1. Fanden På Veggen
2. Brende Bruer, Svart Metall
3. Livlaus del 1: Evig
4. Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal
5. Livlaus del 3: Tusen Sjeler
6. Uforgjengeleg
7. Skodde

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

Fan-filmed footage of ORKAN playing the track “Deus Vicit” from their debut album “Crimson Canvas”, at CCO in Lyon during their tour with TAAKE and HELHEIM in 2013 can be seen below and at

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Orkan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORKANMETAL
Orkan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrkanOfficial
Band Contact and Booking: orkanband@gmail.com
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records G+: google.com/+DarkessencerecordsNo
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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With a release date set for the 11th September, Dark Essence Records have revealed details for the upcoming sophomore full-length album from Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN. Titled “Livlaus”, the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio, with no editing of the basic tracks, whilst vocals and effects were added later. Hoest (TAAKE) and V’gandr (HELHEIM) perform guest vocals on two of the tracks.

“Livlaus” promises to be an uncompromising album, whose Black Metal influenced sound features elements from Thrash and other Extreme genres, and creates atmospheric melodies with haunting vocals and intense blastbeats. With Norwegian lyrics, the whole album is loosely based on the concept of a lost soul trying to find peace in the Kingdom of the Dead, and was inspired by the forests and old sulphur mines in the area around drummer Rune Nesse’s hometown of Stord, on the west coast of Norway.

Artwork for the album is by Tom Korsvold and track listing on “Livlaus” as follows:

1. Fanden På Veggen
2. Brende Bruer, Svart Metall
3. Livlaus del 1: Evig
4. Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal
5. Livlaus del 3: Tusen Sjeler
6. Uforgjengeleg
7. Skodde

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ORKAN’s four-man lineup was formed in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse, joined by former GRIMNORTH bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE) to complete the line-up. ORKAN’s debut full-length album “Crimson Canvas”, which the band themselves describe as a ” self-financed, thrashy album” appeared in 2012, and is far removed from the much darker direction taken on “Livlaus”.

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

Fan-filmed footage of ORKAN playing the track “Deus Vicit” from their debut album “Crimson Canvas”, at CCO in Lyon during their tour with TAAKE and HELHEIM in 2013 can be seen below and at

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Orkan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORKANMETAL
Orkan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrkanOfficial
Band Contact and Booking: orkanband@gmail.com
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records G+: google.com/+DarkessencerecordsNo
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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ALFAHANNE AND DARK ESSENCE RECORDS ANNOUNCE COMPETITION IN RUN-UP TO ALBUM RELEASE

When details of ALFAHANNE’s debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps” were revealed prior to the album’s release on Dark Essence Records early last year, many were surprised to find that the Swedish band, who at that time were relatively unknown, had managed to attract guest appearances from artists such as TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, and HELHEIM’s V’gandr. But 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 their reputation for high octane live shows and their self-styled Alfapokalyptic Rock, which is a high energy mix of Black Metal, Classic Rock and Punk, has since garnered them a legion of new fans throughout the world and proved to be more than enough to win the respect of other established musicians.

So much so, in fact, that the band’s sophomore full-length album, which is scheduled for release in September of this year, will include four special guests, and, in keeping with the band’s policy of being accessible to their fans through Social Media, ALFAHANNE have teamed up with DARK ESSENCE RECORDS to run a competition in the run-up to the release of the album.
“We really enjoy interacting with our fans, so we thought it would be fun to get them involved in guessing who the guests on our new album will be”, commented the band. “Over the next weeks we will be featuring one of the guests and giving you a series of clues as to who it is. Each guest is a stand-alone entry to the competition, so you have four chances of winning. The winners will receive a copy of our new album the minute it’s released , courtesy of Dark Essence Records! Here are the clues to the first guest. We thought we’d start off with a very easy one”.

1) This guest has a history of collaborations with Alfahanne, both in the studio and live.

2) This guest started his current band whilst not yet a teenager and it has been going for almost 20 years

3) This guest is credited with starting the genre that many call “Suicidal”

4) This guest’s band and Alfahanne will both be appearing at Incineration Festival in London on the 9th May

“Anyone wishing to enter should just email their guess and their name and address to our management on info@pthomasmanagement.com (use Alfahanne Competition in the Subject line) or drop us a private message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial by 24th May and we will take it from there. After we have chosen a winner, we will announce the next “Guess the Guest” t competition until we have done all four. Details of all the competitions will be posted on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

Confirmed live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, UK
26 June, Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland

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 below at https://soundcloud.com/alfahanne/sets/alfahanne

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 below and at http://youtu.be/ZUZpioeW_Gk

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
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no

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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

Taake US TourPR

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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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SIGNS NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN

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Bergen-based Dark Essence Records, one of the fastest growing and most respected Norwegian labels, have announced the signing of Black Metallers ORKAN, and are set to release the band’s sophomore full-length album “Livlaus” later this year.

ORKAN’s four-man lineup was formed in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse. Having been joined by former GRIMNORTH bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE), ORKAN released their debut full-length album “Crimson Canvas” in 2012.

Whilst “Crimson Fields” is, as described by the band, “a self-financed, thrashy album”, ORKAN have left this sound behind them and taken their musical vision in a much darker direction, taking the classic Norwegian Black Metal sound and incorporating into it influences from many other genres, to create atmospheric melodies with haunting vocals and intense blastbeats.

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

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Fan-filmed footage of ORKAN playing the track “Deus Vicit” from their debut album “Crimson Canvas”, at the Ferrailleur in Nante during their tour with TAAKE and HELHEIM in 2003 can be seen at https://youtu.be/yayROi8TnUM

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Dark Essence Records Label-Night @ Inferno Metal Festival 2015

Dark Essence Records label night - Inferno 2015
Dark Essence Records label night – Inferno 2015

The annual Dark Essence Records Label Night during the Inferno Metal Festival will take place on April 1st 2015.

Doors open at 20:00
Venue: BLÅ (Directions here)

Times for tomorrow’s shows will be as follows;

21:00 Galar
22:30 Momentum
23:30 Krakow
00:50 Taake

We look forward to celebrating Infernos 15th anniversary!

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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 NEWSLETTER

DARK ESSENCE SPECIAL OFFERS

DARK ESSENCE SPECIAL OFFERS

Sign up to receive the Dark Essence Newsletter with news on artists and albums, and some special offers just for our newsletter readers.

The Dark Essence Newsletter will be sent out a few times every year. The last edition was sent out today and is available to read here

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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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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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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