DARK ESSENCE RECORDS invites you to attend our annual listening session where we present our fall 2015 album releases. As always our listening session take place as a part of the official program during the Beyond the Gates Festival taking place during the last weekend of August in Bergen Norway.
We will be presenting tracks from the upcoming albums from ALFAHANNE, ORKAN, 3rd ATTEMPT and LUCIFER’S CHILD and more. And most likely more good stuff too!
The listening session is open for all – not just the festival audience at Beyond the Gates.
Hope to see you there!
Where: Garage, Bergen, Norway
When: Saturday 29. August 2015 @14:00
What: Listen to new metal albums from Dark Essence Records
How much: FREE!
One of the newest DARK ESSENCE RECORDS signings is Greece’s LUCIFER’s CHILD. This is a newly formed band, but is made up of distinguished musicians – George Emmanuel of ROTTING CHRIST and former CHAOSTAR member, and Stathis Ridis of NIGHTFALL – so you should make a note of this band name is sooner rather than later.
The band’s debut album “The Wiccan” was recorded during the summer of 2014 in Esoteron Music Studio in Athens, and is due for release early fall on Dark Essence Records.
Check out the studio diaries parts 1-3 from the recording period:
Fast becoming one of the go-to labels for the Progressive side of music, Karisma Records has today added another string to their bow by signing Norwegian Prog Rockers RENDEZVOUS POINT. The band will kick off their collaboration with Karisma Records with the release of a single titled “Wasteland”, together with a music video, towards the latter part of May, to be followed by their debut full-length album in August.
Hailing from the southern part of the country, RENDEZVOUS POINT’s musicians met when they were all studying music at the University of Agder. Winning the title of the most promising band in Southern Norway in 2012, RENDEZVOUS POINT went on to perform at a concert with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. The band produces music that is heavy and complex, with epic arrangements, and glorious melodies sung by Gjermund Hansen, who many will recognise through his appearance on the Norwegian edition of The Voice.
Although relatively new as a band, RENDEZVOUS POINT consists of musicians that have a wide-ranging experience in projects that cover a variety of musical genres. As well as Hansen, the lineup consists of Petter Hallaråker on guitar (ICS VORTEX, SOLEFALD), Nicolai Tangen Svennæs on keyboard (EMILIE NICOLAS), Gunn-Hilde Erstad on bass and Baard Kolstad on drums. As well as being a member of bands such as LEPROUS, BORKNAGAR, ICS VORTEX, ABBATH, GOD SEED, drummer Kolstad won the Roland V-Drums World Championship in California in 2012.
RENDEZVOUS POINT are set to embark on a 29-date European tour in the Autumn with LEPROUS and SPHERE in support of the new album release. Routing for the tour as follows:
25/09: Garage, Bergen (NO)
02/10: Forbraendingen, Copenhagen (DK)
03/10: Euroblast Festival, Cologne (DE)
04/10: Progpower Europe, Baarlo (NL)
05/10: Le Divan Du Monde , Paris (FR)
06/10: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes (FR)
08/10: RCA Club, Lisbon (PT)
09/10: Caracol, Madrid (ES)
10/10: Garaje , Murcia (ES)
11/10: Apolo 2, Barcelona (ES)
12/10: Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (FR)
13/10: Garage, London (UK)
14/10: Ruby Lounge , Manchester (UK)
15/10: The Fleece, Bristol (UK)
16/10: Jan Hertog, Maasmechelen (BE)
17/10: Substage , Karlsruhe (DE)
18/10: Backstage Club, Munich (DE)
19/10: Legend Club, Milan (IT)
20/10: Kiff, Aarau (CH)
22/10: Rockstadt , Brasov (RO)
24/10: Majestic Club, Bratislava (SK)
25/10: Nova Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
26/10: Progresja , Warsaw (PL)
27/10: Rockcafe , Riga (LV)
28/10: Nosturi , Helsinki (FI)
30/10: Bryggarsalen , Stockholm (SE)
31/10: John Dee, Oslo (NO)
More information about RENDEZVOUS POINT can be found on the band’s Facebook page
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;
Dark Essence Records proudly presents a new album from Norwegian Black/ Folk metallers GALAR. Release date 16.3.2015
With the release of “Til alle heimsens endar” in 2010, the Bergen based Norwegian Black / Folk metal band GALAR received a lot of good response, which also ended up in their first live appearances. The core duo consisting of M. Kristiansen and A. B. Lauritzen have since worked steadily with their 3rd opus, “DE GJENLEVENDE”.
“De Gjenlevende” was again recorded at Concleave & Earshot Studio with DARK ESSENCE RECORDS’ own Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Drummer Phobos (Aeternus, Gravdal) has again been recruited for the recording, joined by several session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet which fit in with the epic nature of the material.
De Gjenlevende is a six-track, concept album. Jorge Blutaar, the band’s lyricist, explains the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies; “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself“.
Once again, Galar offers an epic and monumental album, that also sees the band exploring a bit more harsher and extreme sound without losing their special symphonic elements.
Stream or download “De Gjenlevende” in your preferred digital music service:
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!
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.
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:
The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS release section is now up to date with all album releases – right up to the new Taake EP ‘Kulde’. In about ten day’s time we will update this section again with the new fullength TAAKE album ‘Stridens hus’.
The release section gives you a quick overview of album name, artist, release date, cover, album formats, link to our webshop to check out the album in physical formats, and link to the album in the digital music service of your own choice. All-in-all it’s a great overview and easy access to our catalogue so head on over and check it out!
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:
The EP is also released physically in a limited edition (700 copies only!). You can order a copy autographed by Hoest here
KULDE – Track list:
1. DET FINS EN PRINS
(From the upcoming full length album)
2. STRIDENS HUS
(New track exclusive for this release)
(The Cure cover, featuring Vrangsinn on vocals)
(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
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.
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
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Dark Essence Records have inked a two-album deal with Black Metallers SARKOM and will release the band’s third full length album, titled “Doomsday Elite”, later this year. Track listing for “Doomsday Elite” as follows:
1. Doomsday Elite
2. I Utakt Med Gud
3. No Loose Ends
4. Inside a Haunted Chapel
5. Predators in Disguise
6. Solemn Disorder ‘til Human Extinction
7. Cosmic Intellect
Formed in 2003 in Oslo, Norway, by frontman Erik Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING) and then-drummer Eirik Renton (ex-URGEHAL), SARKOM, whose core members comprise Unsgaard on vocals and Sgt. V. (SVARTTJERN) on bass, will shortly present a new live lineup, ready for the release of “Doomsday Elite”, something Unsgaard is feeling very positive about. “Regarding our collaboration with Dark Essence Records”, the frontman said, “we are very much looking forward to working with everyone at the label. I’ve heard a lot of positive things, and hopefully they are in the right position to take SARKOM one step further on this journey of ours!”
Commenting on the new album and SARKOM’s place in the Black Metal scene, Unsgaard went on to say:
“It is said that black metal is about individuality and not following trends. I am not saying that SARKOM is a Black Metal band, but it sure is extreme enough and most likely that is how we will be categorised. Personally I don’t mind what label people tag us with, but with this album I can say that we have gone beyond the borders of what is accepted within the “scene”, at least the scene as defined by those who see themselves as “true”. According to the trend nowadays, which has absolutely nothing to do with what Black Metal is actually about, we should probably have played either old school heavy/prog or occult trash/black metal to gain maximum publicity. But fuck that. We do what we want and that’s exactly how it should be. We also have no intention of repeating ourselves and it is my hope, and intention, that SARKOM will keep developing in the future, in one way or the other. I am sure that some SARKOM fans are expecting another “Bestial Supremacy” and they will be surprised by “Doomsday Elite”. With four songwriters from different backgrounds this is, and is meant to be, an album without boundaries. Hopefully you will like it, but if not, you can always listen to Skyforger or something”.
More information about SARKOM can be found on the band’s Facebook page
The official video for “Inferior Bleeding” from SARKOM’s “Bestial Supremacy”