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THE 3RD ATTEMPT ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Leaving a long-established, and very successful, band in order to scratch the creative itch and get out of a rut is always a gamble, but it’s a gamble that veteran musicians and former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION) and BloodPervertor (OPUS FORGOTTEN) had no qualms in taking, and, with the second album from the 3RD ATTEMPT, they have proved that they were right to do so.

Titled “Egocidal Path”, and set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 1st December, the 3RD ATTEMPT’s sophomore offering not only builds on the foundation laid by its predecessor, it also leaves it far behind.  There’s still Thrash, there’s still Black’n’Roll, and there’s no doubting the presence of that Black Metal vibe.  But there’s a whole lot more besides, because “Egocidal Path” exudes the confidence that comes from a band whose members have gelled and know that they have succeeded in creating something loud, energetic and brash, intermingled with subtle touches that surprise. It has a variety that keeps it fresh and interesting, and showcases  the undoubted skills and experience of each and every one of its members.

Talking about the album, Tchort had this to say:

“With “Egocidal Path” we take a huge leap towards the true sound and identity of the 3RD ATTEMPT. While our debut album “Born in Thorns” represented the CARPATHIAN FOREST era of our song writing, “Egocidal Path” is a newly written album that is more aggressive, tighter and in-your-face.  It also showcases the fantastic drumming skills of Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) and the vocal range and creativity of Ødemark, allowing the listener to slip into his personal universe of wrath, ego, human spite and the glory of self-destruction.

“Let us accompany you on the path to Hell!”

With artwork by the Brazilian artist Rafael Tavares, “Egocidal Path” will be available in CD, Digital and LP formats.  Tracklisting as follows:

  1. Blood, Dope and Black N Roll
  2. Into the Light
  3. Reflections about Knives
  4. Egocide
  5. I’ll do it now
  6. The Diciples
  7. Black Metal Alchemist
  8. The Oath

Fans will also be able to see much more of the  3RD ATTEMPT live on stage as the band has just signed an exclusive UK and European booking deal with the UK’s Eradication Booking Agency.

More information about the band  can be found on their  official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial or on the band’s website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/

The official lyric video for the track “Sons of Winter” from the 3rd ATTEMPT’s debut full-length album “Born in Thorns” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/7gi324EJa6M

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TAAKE REVEALS DETAILS OF SEVENTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Taake - Kong Vinter digipak

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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ATROX DEBUTS VIDEO OF TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Atrox - Monocle CD

With *Monocle”, their first album for over a decade set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 8th September, ATROX have today debuted the opening track from the album in the form of a video by Snorre Hovdal of Dispenser Media.

According to the band, Hovdal was chosen because of his previous work with two of the band members on their DRONTHEIM project, and he was given the song with the brief that it should be dark. More than satisfied with the result, ATROX felt that ” that’s what happens when small boys play with rocks…witches come in many sizes”. The video is currently streaming exclusively at the following:

Lords of Metal (Netherlands): http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/626
Eternal Terror (Norway): https://eternal-terror.com/articles/index.php?id=1829&type=A
Ultraje (Portugal): http://ultraje.pt/atrox-mass/
Legacy (Germany): http://www.legacy.de/exklusives/803-exklusive-video-premiere-atrox-mass.html
Spark Rock Magazine (czech republic): http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/industrialove-atrox-se-vraci-po-9-letech
Rock Tribune (Belgium): https://www.facebook.com/RockTribune/

About the track itself, the band had this to say: “The reason for us picking “Mass” for a video was due to the energy and structure of the song – which is aggressive and straight to the point. It also represents the album well, giving you a vibe about what it’s all about; a darker side of us and how we’re observing the world around us”.

Today’s ATROX lineup comprises Rune Folgerø on Vocals, viNd on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Tor Arne Helgesen on Drums and Erik Paulsen on Bass, and with “Monocle” the band is back stronger than ever. The sound has been fine-tuned so that what was once an atmospheric mix of Death and Doom Metal has become much more progressive, experimental and industrial. It is an album that shows a darker side to the band, with more epic and atmospheric elements than before. Consolidating the unique ATROX sound within the album are catchy and upbeat sections.

Artwork for “Monocle” is by Rune Folgerø and Erik Paulsen. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Mass
2. Vacuum
3. Heat
4. Finger
5. Suicide Days
6. For We Are Many
7. Movie
8. Target

“Monocle” will be released in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/ and https://atrox.bandcamp.com

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

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS REVEAL DETAILS OF UPCOMING ALBUM FROM FIVE THE HIEROPHANT

Five the Hierophant

Dark Essence Records have set the 22nd September as the release date for “Over Phlegethon”, the debut full-length album from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT, who recently signed to the Norwegian label, known for its uncanny ability to sniff out promising new talent to add to its roster of established and iconic bands.

With “Over Phlegethon”, the UK Trio have brought the full weight of their ritualistic soundscapes to bear. It is a dark and devastating album, imbued with Psychedelic Black Metal, Jazz, Post Metal and Ambient, all of which, combined with the band’s trademark heavy riffs, drone-like atmospheres and a Black Metal intensity, reveal a sound and atmosphere that is unique to FIVE THE HIEROPHANT.

This uniqueness if further emphasized by the unusual array of instruments used by the band, whose lineup is composed of Chris on drums, temple bells, djembe, shakers and gong, Mitch on bass and effects, and महाकाली on guitars, bowed guitars, rag-dung, violin and grand piano noise.

“Over Phlegethon” was recorded and mixed at Scream Studios in London. The cover art for the album is a painting entitled “Dust Lickers” by Odd Nerdrum. Track listing is as follows:

1. Queen over Phlegethon
2. Vampire
3. Seafarer
4. Der Geist der stets Verneint
5. Sepulchre
6. Omen Tree

More information about FIVE THE HIEROPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://youtu.be/FbEYxnqlULs

The video for the track “Witch’s Tale” from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s self-titled EP can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FbEYxnqlULs

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM FROM ATROX

Dark Essence Records have today announced details of the upcoming album from one of their latest signings, ATROX. Set for release on the 8th September, and titled “Monocle”, this will be the sixth full-length studio album from the veteran Norwegians.

With “Monocle”, the first album from the band since 2008’s “Binocular”, ATROX are back stronger than ever, having fine tuned their sound so that what was once an atmospheric mix of Death and Doom Metal has become much more progressive, experimental and industrial. It is an album that shows a darker side to the band, with more epic and atmospheric elements than before. Consolidating the unique ATROX sound within the album are catchy and upbeat sections.

Artwork for “Monocle” is by Rune Folgerø and Erik Paulsen. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Mass
2. Vacuum
3. Heat
4. Finger
5. Suicide Days
6. For We Are Many
7. Movie
8. Target

Today’s ATROX lineup comprises Rune Folgerø on Vocals, viNd on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Tor Arne Helgesen on Drums and Erik Paulsen on Bass, and they recently had some very interesting things to say about “Monocle”:

“Monocle” is our darkest album so far. During the process of creating and recording it we explored, and were exposed to, our darker selves, and what we encountered during this process almost killed us. It left us in a dystopian vacuum and all worn out, but with one hell of a piece of music to present to the world.

“Musically speaking “Monocle” contains poisons that’ll blind you, and poisons that’ll open your eyes.

As William Gibson says in his novel “Neuromancer“: “The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.”

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

The time-lapse video of Finnmark and North Troms (Norway), photographed and edited by Randulf Valle and using ATROX’s Den Store Hvite Stillhet / The Great White Silence as a soundtrack can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/awDolWWpcJM

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS INKS DEAL WITH FIVE THE HIEROPHANT

Dark Essence Records have inked a deal with the UK trio FIVE THE HIEROPHANT, whose instrumental music is composed of ritualistic soundscapes fused with Psychedelic Black Metal, Jazz, Post Metal and Ambient.

The band’s debut album, slated for release later this year, will be the follow up to the 2015 self-titled EP “Five the Hierophant”, which was released on Witching Hours Productions. Work has been progressing well on the, as yet, untitled album, with the drum tracks having been laid down already.

FIVE THE HIEROPHANT, whose lineup comprises Chris on drums, temple bells, djembe, shakers and gong, Mitch on bass and effects, and महाकाली on guitars, bowed guitars, rag-dung, violin and grand piano noise, had this to say about their upcoming collaboration with Dark Essence Records:

“It is with happiness and great pride that we can announce that FIVE THE HIEROPHANT is about to embark on a journey that we hope will take us far, far, out. And you’re coming with us. We have joined forces with good people of Karisma / Dark Essence records from Bergen, and are heading towards murky waters over Phlegethon like there’s no tomorrow”.

More information about FIVE THE HIEROPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fivethehierophant/

The video for the track “Witch’s Tale” from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s self-titled EP can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FbEYxnqlULs

The “Five the Hierophant” EP can be heard below and at https://witchinghourproductions.bandcamp.com/album/five-the-hierophant

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THE 3RD ATTEMPT BEGIN WORK ON SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM. FIRST STUDIO PHOTOS RELEASED

With their debut album “Born in Thorns” having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records in the Autumn of 2015, Norwegian Black Metallers THE 3rd ATTEMPT entered the Strand Studio in Oslo on the 26th May to begin work on their sophomore full-length album, with a view to it being released towards the end of the year.

THE 3rd ATTEMPT was formed by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (APOSTASY, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex NEONGOD), who, feeling they had become stale in their roles, quit the iconic band and decided to form a project that would once again ignite their enthusiasm and creativity. Vocalist Ødemark (ex-MIDNATTSVREDE, ex-NECROCAVE) joined the lineup following online auditions that saw him beat a plethora of both experienced and new vocalists from all over the world for the role. Drummer Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) whose performance as a live session drummer for THE 3rd ATTEMPT impressed everyone, was quickly added to the lineup on a permanent basis.

Ten songs for the new album have been completed, and the drum tracks have already been recorded by Tybalt, who had this to say about what fans could expect from the new material: ” There’s a lot more going on than on the last album, and it’s much faster. We are definitely beginning to forge something that is truly our own. It’s dark, it’s filthy and it’s mofo rock n roll”.

Ødemark, who writes the lyrics for the band gave, an insight into the subject matter: “The new album is about self destruction from an introspective point of view (inside-out), and is not so much about suicide as it is about the need to seek pain, both mental and emotional, in order to develop as a person. Song by song, a new destructive facet of life is seen, systematically deconstructing each aspect of the human ego. It’s about evolving through real suffering, and accepting the fact that you are insignificant. Basically it illustrates how little I care about you. So, in a nutshell, it’s just about the truth”

More information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial or on their website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com

A video for the track “Sons of Winter” from the 3rd ATTEMPT’s album ” Born in Thorns” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/MUSsV_Ng-4M

“Born in Thorns” can be heard below and on Bandcamp at http://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/album/born-in-thorns

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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 SARKOM REVEAL VIDEO AHEAD OF SPECIAL SHOW FOR INFERNO FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

Norwegian Black Metallers SARKOM, whose fourth full-length album “Anti-Cosmic Art” was released on Dark Essence Records at the end of last year, have today revealed a video of a track from the album. Produced and directed by Andreas Luggen Martinussen , Edited by Kolbjørn Voll Hjelmerud and with music and lyrics by SARKOM founder and frontman E. Unsgaard, the video for the track “Seen through the eyes of a pedophile priest” can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/fBsh5tKBrhg

Dealing, without a doubt, about a controversial subject, Unsgaard had this to say about the track itself and the video:

“I got the idea for this song after seeing the documentary “Deliver Us From Evil”. Pedophilia is something most people despise and don’t want to talk about, but it’s a deadly serious theme as these predators actually live amongst us. I did some research and the lyrics are based on how I would interpret the mind and thoughts of a pedophile. As for the video itself, it turned out pretty much as I had envisioned it, and I am very satisfied with the result. More so because it gave us the chance to work with a professional team with extensive experience gained in TV production. They also seemed to enjoy doing something different as working on this kind of music/video project was something new to them. I mean, the last TV production they worked on was “Paradise Hotel”…

SARKOM is set to appear at Inferno Festival in Oslo for the Dark Essence Label night which will take place at Blå on Wednesday 12th April. For their appearance the band will play a special set which will include songs that have rarely, or never, been played live. Additionally, the set will feature a guest appearance from BEASTCRAFT’s Sorath Northgrove.
Other Dark Essence Records bands scheduled for the event are SLEGEST, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR and SULPHUR.

SARKOM will also be appearing at the Dark Easter Metal Meeting in Munich, Germany, on the 15th April.

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

Dark Essence Records released SARKOM’s third full-length album “Doomsday Elite” in both CD and Digital formats in 2013, followed by the release of the band’s two earlier albums – 2006’s “Aggravation of Mind” and 2008’s “Bestial Supremacy” in Digital format. All three albums are available from, and can be heard at, https://sarkom.bandcamp.com

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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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NORWEGIAN POST ROCKERS KRAKOW RELEASE LIVE ALBUM

When KRAKOW announced that they would be performing a special show for their Dark Essence Records Label Night appearance at 2016’s Blastfest, nobody was really sure what the Post Rockers would pull out of the bag, including the band themselves, other than that it would involve an augmented lineup.

What transpired was a set that included lasers, electronics and two drum kits, with KRAKOW’s lineup of Kjartan Grønhaug on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, GAAHLS WYRD, GRAVDAL) on vocals and bass and Ask Ty Arctander (KAMPFAR, HADES ALMIGHTY) on drums and vocals, being joined on stage by the band’s producer, and some-time session drummer, Iver Sandøy on keys and drums, Cato Olaisen, who drummed on the ‘diin’ album, and Rune Hals, on drums, whilst Ask moved between drums and vocals.

The set that this augmented line-up went on to perform, consisted of only 4 songs selected from the band’s three full-length albums “Monolith”, “diin” and “Amaran”. One of the tracks, “vitriol”, had never been performed live before, whilst the remaining three took on a whole different aspect, close to their true expression, but with new nuances and added shading, bending and distorting in ways that even KRAKOW itself did not know ahead of time.

So successful was the event that KRAKOW and Dark Essence Records have now decided to release the session in digital format. Titled, appropriately enough, “Alive” and with artwork by Thomas Hooper, track listing is as follows:

1. Monolith
2. Vitriol
3. Of Earth
4. Mound

Set for release on the 24th March, “Alive” is now available to pre-order from https://krakow.bandcamp.com/album/alive

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

More music from KRAKOW can be heard on the band’s BandCamp page at https://krakow.bandcamp.com

The Official Video for the track “Luminauts” from KRAKOW’s “Amaran” album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/LhgvJpo8_SI

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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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BLACK METALLERS LUCIFER’S CHILD POST NEW VIDEO

Fans and festival goers who were hoping to see LUCIFER’s CHILD in Bergen at the cancelled Blastfest can at least get a taste of what they are missing with the new video for the track “Hors de Combat”, from the band’s debut full-length album “The Wiccan”, which was released on Dark Essence Records in the autumn of 2015.

Filmed live in the studio, and a perfect illustration of the kind of powerful performance with which LUCIFER’s CHILD have been thrilling fans on stage, “Hors de Combat” can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/e9aIqlZ3jZU

Formed by George Emmanuel (ROTTING CHRIST, ex-CHAOSTAR) and Stathis Ridis (NIGHTFALL), LUCIFER’s CHILD’s sound is based on classic Greek Black Metal. The lineup of Emmanuel (guitars) and Stathis (bass), together with Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums, creates a sound that ranges from the heavier end of the musical spectrum to the mid-paced.

It is a sound with a purpose. One that serves as an introduction to the atmosphere surrounding the act of “Summoning”. LUCIFER’s CHILD seeks to create a unity between the spiritual ideas expressed within each song and the music itself. The band’s music does not just give an insight into how electrifying Black Metal can sound when played well, it also gives the listener a sense of spiritualistic energy.

More information about LUCIFER’S CHILD can be found on the band’s website at www.luciferschild.net or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/luciferschildmusic

Music from LUCIFER’s CHILD can be heard at http://luciferschild.bandcamp.com/

The video for the track “Lucifer’s Child” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/5SByg0K4x7c

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NEW VIDEO FROM NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS HELHEIM REVEALED

With their ninth full-length album “landwarijaR” earning huge plaudits for Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM, the band have now released a second video from the album, this time for the track “Ymr”, which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ikkKoB56JVM

Like the preceding video for the track “Baklengs mot intet”, “Ymr” was directed by Guilherme Henriques, and this time the band concentrates on live footage filmed at Inside Live & Rock Café bt Mathis Backe interspersed with film of some of the glorious scenery that surrounds HELHEIM’s home town of Bergen.

“Ymr” also has a theme running through it, one that is in contrast to that expressed in the “Baklengs mot intet”. As HELHEIM’s V’gandr explains:

“With “Ymr” Helheim explores the terrain that might result from the complete enlightenment of knowledge. The tree of life is the symbol of this path and you may wonder if this enlightenment is of a positive or of a negative energy. When the One with the one eye closes it, that is when we must open up ours and see what lies ahead. “Ymr” is the primal scream, the essence of man and to grow from there you have to climb. Whereas “Baklengs mot intet” showed no hope in its cloak of negativity, “Ymr” might kindle a tiny spark – but that’s up to the eye of the beholder or should I say, the ears of the listener.”

With music by by H’grimnir and V’gandr, lyrics by V’gandr and artwork by H’grimnir, “landawarijaR” was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED). Artists performing guest vocals on the album include William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD), Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE), Bjornar E Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and Ottorpedo.

Tracklisting for “landawarijaR” is as follows:
1. Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr

“landwarijaR” is available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, from all the usual retailers, and with related merchandise, at https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and https://helheim.bandcamp.com and from the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

HELHEIM’s next live appearance will be at Norway’s Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, in April

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

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NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS HELHEIM STREAM FULL ALBUM AHEAD OF RELEASE DATE

HELEHIEM’s much anticipated ninth full-length album “landawarijaR” is set to hit the streets on the 20th January on Dark Essence Records, but fans don’t need to wait until then to hear it, as the album is streaming in its entirety ahead of its release date at the following locations:

Kaaoszine, FIN:
http://kaaoszine.fi/viikinkimetallia-norjan-vuonoilta-helheimin-uusi-albumi-kaaoszinen-ensisoitossa/
Metal.de, DE:
http://www.metal.de/specials/helheim-albumpremiere-landawarijar-201199/
The Cult Never Dies, UK:
http://www.cultneverdies.com/p/events.html
Lords of Metal, NL:
http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/513
Friedhof Magazine, ESP:
http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/helheim-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nuevo-album-landawarijar
Musick Magazine, PL:
http://www.musickmagazine.pl/archiwa/6115
No Clean Singing, US:
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/01/17/an-ncs-album-premiere-and-a-review-helheim-landawarijar/
La Grosse Radio, FR:
http://www.lagrosseradio.com
Ultraje, PT:
http://ultraje.pt (from Wednesday)

Music for the seven-track album is by H’grimnir and V’gandr with lyrics by V’gandr. It was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, where it was produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED). Artists performing guest vocals on the “landawarijaR” include William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD), Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE), Bjornar E Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and Ottorpedo.

With artwork by H’grimnir, tracklisting for “landawarijaR” is as follows:
1. Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr

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Just as HELHEIM’s “raunijaR” followed in the same vein as its predecessor “Asgards Fall”, “landawarijaR” continues where “Heidindomr” ended. Through the songs, and the two videos that will also appear, Helheim are continuing their exploration and modern interpretation of the darker aspects of the North-European, pre-Christian , in order to capture the spirit of the Norse heritage in ways that have eluded both to researchers and archaeologists.

One of the above-mentioned videos, for the track ‘Baklengs mot intet’, was recently revealed and will be followed at a later date by “Ymr”. Produced and directed by Guilherme Henriques, the video for ‘Baklengs mot intet’ is a visual illustration of the inner battle, the bottomless despair, and endless futility experienced by a Walker of the Way. It can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/kRiimctYXiQ

“landwarijaR” is available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and is available to pre-order, along with related merchandise, at https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and https://helheim.bandcamp.com as well as at the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com.

HELHEIM’s next live appearance will be at Norway’s Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, in April

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

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NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS HELHEIM RELEASE VIDEO OF TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM are launching the year by giving fans the first taste of their upcoming ninth full-length album “landawarijaR” which is scheduled release on Dark Essence Records on the 20th January. The band has revealed the first of two videos by Guilherme Henriques, which illustrate tracks from the album. The first video is for the track “Baklengs mot intet”, and this will be followed by “Ymr”, which will be revealed at a later date.

The video for “Baklengs mot intet” stars Helheim. Fernando Leiras, Pedro Roquette and Marina Oliveira, and was directed by Guilherme Henriques . First Assistant on the project was Catarina Rocha and lights by Kirsti Rosseland. Makeup by Joana da Silva and Florisa Nogueira. Special thanks go to Cine-Teatro António Lamoso, Inside Live & Rock Café, Mathis Backe. It can be seen at the following:

Metal Hammer Germany, DE
http://www.metal-hammer.de/helheim-seht-das-video-zu-baklengs-mot-intet-in-der-premiere-751555/
Metalfan.ro, RO
http://www.metalfan.ro/en/stiri-rock/norwegian-group-helheim-releases-new-video-16218.html
Kaaoszine.fi, FI
http://kaaoszine.fi/viikinkimetallin-pioneerin-helheimin-uusi-musiikkivideo-kaaoszinen-ensinaytossa
Zero Tolerance UK
http://www.ztmag.com/blog/news/zt-uk-premiere-new-video-from-helheim/
Lords of Metal NL
http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/508
LeEstadea ESP
http://www.laestadea.com/2017/01/premiere-helheim-y-el-video-de-baklengs-mot-intet/
Radio Metal FR
http://www.radiometal.com/article/avant-premiere-helheim-album-landawarijar-clip-video-chanson-baklengs-mot-intet,240221
Musick Magazine POL
http://www.musickmagazine.pl/archiwa/6106
Ultraje PT
http://ultraje.pt/helheim-baklengs/
Metal Italia IT
https://metalitalia.com/articolo/helheim-guarda-il-video-di-baklengs-mot-intet-in-anteprima-su-metalitalia-com/
Spark Rock Magazine CZ
http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/helheim-tezka-filozoficka-temata-v-norstine
Decibel Magazine, US
http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2017/1/5/d608g7iesg3heeqxdwgupj68hn4lod
Slam Magazine, AT
http://www.slam-zine.de/php/exklusive_videopremiere_bei_slam_baklengs_mot_intet_von_helheim,13584,41986.html

Talking about the ideas behind the two videos, HELHEIM had this to say:

“The videos, “Baklengs mot intet” and “Ymr”, give the best illustration of the concept behind the new Helheim project, “landawarijaR”. Whilst the theme of “Ymr” is about defining yourself through Norse arts and works -making the metaphorical climb of Yggdrasil in other words, the theme of “Baklengs mot Intet” describes the inner battle, the bottomless despair and endless futility experienced by a Walker of the Way. “Ymr”, therefore, describes the ascent and the letting go from the top, whilst “Baklengs mot intet” describes the fall and its possible implications.

“Through these songs Helheim are continuing their exploration and modern interpretation of the darker aspects of the North-European pre-Christian culture, capturing the spirit of the Norse heritage in ways that have eluded both to researchers and archaeologists”.

“Baklengs mot intet” itself is also available as a digi single on iTunes HERE, on Tidal HERE, and on Spotify HERE and is available for immediate download for anyone pre-ordering either the CD or LP version of “landawarijaR” from https://helheim.bandcamp.com

Olympus mountains in April, Greece
Olympus mountains in April, Greece

With music by by H’grimnir and V’gandr, lyrics by V’gandr and artwork by H’grimnir, “landawarijaR” was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED). Artists performing guest vocals on the album include William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD), Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE), Bjornar E Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and Ottorpedo.

Tracklisting for “landawarijaR” is as follows:
1. Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr

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“landwarijaR” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and is now available to pre-order, along with related merchandise, at https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and https://helheim.bandcamp.com as well as at the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com.

A series of stills from the video shoot by the photographer Mathis Backe of Yggdrasil Photo (http://yggdrasilphoto.net ), and featuring HELHEIM’s lineup of Vgandr on bass and vocals, Hgrimnir on rhythm guitar and vocals, Noralf on rhythm and lead guitar and Hrymr on drums and programming , were recently published, and can be seen on HELHEIM’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway

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
Nine tracks covering 20 years of HELHEIM’s history can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial/sets/helheim-player

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NORWEGIAN EXPERIMENTAL POST METALLERS KRAKOW STREAM VIDEO OF THEIR BLASTFEST SHOW

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At the beginning of 2016 Norwegian Experimental Post Metallers KRAKOW announced that their appearance at the Dark Essence Records Label Night, which was held on the 19th February in their home town of Bergen, during Blastfest, would comprise a special show involving additional musicians on stage and a special set.

As the band explained at the time, a KRAKOW show is something that “changes constantly, the fluctuations of the music dictating the here and now, each performance with its own set of sounds, patterns and emotions”. The idea of adding some new elements into the mix for that particular show was something that greatly appealed to the band, and the Norwegian photographers Jarle Hovda Moe, Roy Bjørge and Kristoffer Øen were on hand to film the whole event. The resulting video, titled “alive” and consisting of the songs “Monolith”, “Vitriol”, “Of Earth” and “Mound” has now been made public by music streaming service Tidal HERE

KRAKOW’s lineup of Kjartan Grønhaug on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, GAAHLS WYRD, GRAVDAL) on vocals and bass and Ask Ty Arctander (KAMPFAR, HADES ALMIGHTY) on drums and vocals, were joined on stage by the band’s producer, and some-time session drummer, Iver Sandøy on keys and drums, Cato Olaisen, who drummed on the ‘diin’ album, Rune Hals on drums, whilst Ask moved between drums and vocals.

The set that this augmented line-up went on to perform, consisted of only 4 songs selected from the band’s three full-length albums “Monolith”, “diin” and “Amaran”. One of the tracks, “vitriol”, had never been performed live before, whilst the remaining three took on a whole different aspect, close to their true expression, but with new nuances and added shading, bending and distorting in ways that even KRAKOW itself did not know ahead of time.

To complement the video, KRAKOW have also put together a playlist for Tidal which they feel captures some of the band´s musical influences, and of which they say: “Describing KRAKOW the band has proven a futile endeavour for many, as the territory covered in their musical landscapes is vast and often not what it initially makes itself out to be. It is therefore not without surprise that a playlist of their influences covers the complete era of recorded music and that it does not merely point to a series of like-for-like musical pieces, instead reflecting the ugliness meeting the mild beauty, the chaotic meeting the tranquil, or the melodic meeting the static. And more importantly, it shows some of the shades of faded colour in between these outposts, thus hinting at the true life vibrating through the music of KRAKOW”.

The KRAKOW playlist can also be heard at Tidal and include:

Motorpsycho – vortex surfer
Talk talk – the rainbow
Ulver – providence
Neurosis – locust star
Thåstrøm – beväpna dig med vingar (live från circus)
Iron Maiden – The Red And The Black
Tides From Nebula – White Gardens
Guns N Roses – Estranged
Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
Bruce Dickinson – Kill Devil Hill
Deftones – Beware
Yob – Nothing to win
Blood brothers – Crimes
Pink Floyd – Hey You
High on Fire – Blessed Black Wings
Son House – Death Letter Blues
Scott Walker – Psoriatic
Die Antwoord – Fok Julle Naaiers
Steve Von Till – Snake Song
16 Horsepower – For Heaven’s Sake (‘Hoarse’ live album version)

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

More music from KRAKOW can be heard on the band’s BandCamp page at https://krakow.bandcamp.com

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BLACK HOLE GENERATOR REVEALS NEW VIDEO

BLACK HOLE GENERTOR, the project of VULTURE INDUSTRIES frontman Bjornar E. Nilsen, has today debuted a video for the track “Moloch” from the band’s new album “A Requiem for Terra” which was released on Dark Essence Records last month. It can be seen at:

Spark Rock Magazine, Czech Republic

Never Mind the Hype, Netherlands

Metal Hammer, UK
TBA

Metal Hammer, DE

Imperiumi, Finland
TBA

Ultraje, PT

Friedhof Magazine, ESP

No Clean Singing, US

Radio Metal, FR (including interview)

Metalfan, Romania

The video is by the renowned Romanian artist and designer Costin Chioreanu, with whom Nilsen has a long-standing working relationship not only in terms of album artwork, but also videos and live performance. Commenting on the video Nilsen said:

“I find the video to be a disturbing piece. Costin Chioreanu has dived into the abyss of our collective consciousness and has emerged with images of our destruction. The joint annihilation of all life. Future generations sacrificed upon the altar of Moloch. A massacre of innocents from beyond the womb in the hope that we will be blessed with earthly pleasures in return”.

Of all the tracks on “A Requiem for Terra”, “Moloch” happens to be Nilsen’s favourite, and one which he recently described as acting as the centerpiece for the entire album. It also features a guest appearance from TAAKE and ORKAN guitarist Gjermund Fredheim.

“A Requiem for Terra” is the long-awaited debut full-length album from BLACK HOLE GENERATOR. It follows on from the band’s first ever release, the “Black Karma” MCD, and was ten long years in the making due to Nilsens commitments not only to VULTURE INDUSTRIES, but also to his career as one of Norway’s most successful producers, working with bands such as TAAKE and HELHEIM, as well as being one of the people behind the Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records labels.

It is an album that has delighted many guitar fans with guitarist Arve Isdal (ENSLAVED, AUDREY HORNE) being joined on the album by the previously-mentioned Gjermund Fredheim, who guests on three of the tracks, and Dag Terje Andersen, who provides additional guitars. Artwork for “A Requiem for Terra” is also by Costin Chioreanu, tracklisting is as follows:

1. A Requiem for Terra
2. Titan
3. Moloch
4. Beneath a Chemical Sky
5. Emerging Pantheon
6. Earth Eater
7. Spiritual Blight

Black Hole Generator - A Requiem for Terra CD

“A Requiem for Terra” is available in CD and Vinyl formats from all the usual retailers and from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format and Vinyl formats, as well as at https://blackholegenerator.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

More information about BLACK HOLE GENERATOR can be found at https://www.facebook.com/blackholegeneratorofficial/

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS SARKOM STREAM NEW ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY AHEAD OF RELEASE DATE

Sarkom - Anti-Cosmic Art

“Anti-Cosmic Art”, the new album from veteran Norwegian Black Metallers SARKOM is streaming in its entirety ahead of its 2nd December release date on Dark Essence Records. The album can be heard exclusively on No Clean Singing at http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/11/30/an-ncs-album-premiere-and-a-review-sarkom-anti-cosmic-art/

The seven-track album was originally intended to mark the band’s tenth anniversary, but was unavoidably delayed due to a series of personal and technical difficulties. “Anti-Cosmic Art” displays the versatility of the Norwegian veterans, ranging, as it does, from Old School Black Metal to more experimental tracks. It is brutally catchy, largely guitar-driven, and the whole is imbued with the crushingly dark sound that SARKOM has made its own.

SARKOM’s choice of guest artists for “Anti-Cosmic Art” is a clear indication of how unafraid the band is to step out of their comfort zone, with appearances from the likes of SHINING’s Peter Huss, Ronni Le Tekrø from TNT and ROQUEFIRE and TROLLFEST’s Sagstad who all contribute to give the album a guitar-driven sound, whilst ALFAHANNE frontman Pehr Skjoldhammer’s distinctive vocals add a completely different dimension to the track “Come, dear Cancer”.

W ith artwork by Spectrvm Lvsitani, tracklisting for “Anti-Cosmic Art” is as follows:

1. Previous associates, now as targets for the gun
2. Mind-abscess
3. Ruiners of our family tree
4. Seen through the eyes of a paedophile priest
5. Come, dear cancer
6. Black metal necrophilia
7. Sodomy and lust (Sodom cover).

SARKOM bassist Sgt V will be doing a DJ turn at Kniven in Oslo on the 2nd December, where he will play the whole of “Anti-Cosmic Art” to mark its release.

Confirmed upcoming shows for SARKOM:

2016
03 Dec: Good Omens, Trondheim, Norway
17 Dec: Revolver, Oslo, Norway
2017
15 Apr: Dark Easter Metal Meeting, Munich, Germany

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

“Anti-Cosmic Art”, is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 2nd December, and it is now available to pre-order, together with related merchandise from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/sarkom/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format , as well as at https://sarkom.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

The official video for “Inferior Bleeding” from SARKOM’s “Bestial Supremacy” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ElFc73Vmy5Y

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DETAILS OF UPCOMING ALBUM FROM NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS HELHEIM REVEALED

Helheim - landawarijaR

Dark Essence Records have announced that the 20th January has been set for the release of “landawarijaR” the much-anticipated ninth full-length album from Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM.

“landawarijaR” will contain seven tracks, all of which bear the hallmarks of HELHEIM’s traditional Norse heritage. A Heritage of which they are rightly proud and to which they have remained true, eschewing the temptation to turn themselves into the Viking parodies that so many bands have espoused. With “landawarijaR” HELHEIM use their lyrics to express the need to include the Norse Heritage into modern life by emphasising the importance, mystery and never-changing wonder of the Runes.

Just as HELHEIM’s “raunijaR” followed in the same vein as its predecessor “Asgards Fall”, “landawarijaR” continues where “Heidindomr” ended. All four albums incorporate the use of Timpani and Horns, and the new album also has a number of artists performing guest vocals including William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD), Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE), Bjornar E Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and Ottorpedo.

With music by by H’grimnir and V’gandr, lyrics by V’gandr and artwork by H’grimnir, “landawarijaR” was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).
Tracklisting for “landawarijaR” is as follows:

1. Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr

HELHEIM recently announced that two songs from the album were being turned into videos by Guilherme Henriques, who is both producing and directing the videos. ‘Ymr’ and ‘Baklengs mot intet’ are the songs that been chosen because, as the band explained, they are “neatly intertwined into a dualism which Guillherme will portray”. The videos are expected to be debuted in the run-up to the release of “landawarijaR”.

A series of stills from the video shoot by the photographer Mathis Backe of Yggdrasil Photo (http://yggdrasilphoto.net ), and featuring HELHEIM’s lineup of Vgandr on bass and vocals, Hgrimnir on rhythm guitar and vocals, Noralf on rhythm and lead guitar and Hrymr on drums and programming , were recently published, and can be seen on HELHEIM’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway

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

The official video of the track “Dualitet og Ulver” which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, from HELHEIM’s ”Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” album can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA

Nine tracks covering 20 years of HELHEIM’s history can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial/sets/helheim-player

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS SARKOM REVEAL SECOND TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Sarkom - Anti-Cosmic Art

December can’t come fast enough for the legions of SARKOM fans who have been waiting for the release of the band’s fourth full-length album “Anti-Cosmic Art”. Having previously given us a taste from the album, Dark Essence Records is now ready with a second track to whet everyone’s appetite further. The track, “Previous associates, now as targets for the gun” can be heard streaming on YouTube at the following links:

Zero Tolerance Magazine
http://www.ztmag.com/blog/news/sarkom-premiere-new-track-with-zt/
Ultraje
http://ultraje.pt/sarkom-previous-associates/
No Clean Singing
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/11/17/an-ncs-video-premiere-sarkom-previous-associates-now-as-targets-for-the-gun/
Friedhof Magazine
http://www.friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/sarkom-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-previous-associates-now-targets-gun
Metal.de
http://www.metal.de/news/sarkom-anti-cosmic-art-neuer-song-196954/
Shoot Me Again Webzine
http://www.shootmeagain.com/readnews/50237_exclusivitesmaunsecondextraitduprochainalbumdesarkomenecoute
La Grosse Radio
http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/actu-metal/p16577-un-titre-en-exclu-du-nouveau-sarkom.html
Spark Magazine
http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/norsti-blackeri-sarkom-nabizeji-k-poslechu-novy-song

Veterans of the Norwegian Black Metal scene, SARKOM are known for their crushingly dark sound, and with the brutally catchy “Anti-Cosmic Art” album, the band produce more of the same, but this time they also show that far from being afraid to step out of their comfort zone, they happily embrace the idea and take their listeners on a journey that ranges from Old School Black Metal through to more experimental tracks.

Even the choice of guest artists indicates how versatile the band’s music can be, with appearances from the likes of SHINING’s Peter Huss, Ronni Le Tekrø from TNT and ROQUEFIRE and TROLLFEST’s Sagstad who all contribute to give “Anti-Cosmic Art” a guitar-driven sound, as well as ALFAHANNE frontman Pehr Skjoldhammer whose distinctive vocals add a completely different dimension to the track “Come, dear Cancer”.

With artwork by Spectrvm Lvsitani, tracklisting for “Anti-Cosmic Art” is as follows:

1. Previous associates, now as targets for the gun
2. Mind-abscess
3. Ruiners of our family tree
4. Seen through the eyes of a paedophile priest
5. Come, dear cancer
6. Black metal necrophilia
7. Sodomy and lust (Sodom cover)

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To mark the release of “Anti-Cosmic Art” SARKOM will play the following two Norwegian dates:

03 Dec: Good Omens, Trondheim
17 Dec: Revolver, Oslo

“Anti-Cosmic Art”, is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 2nd December, and it is now available to pre-order, together with related merchandise from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/sarkom/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format , as well as at https://sarkom.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

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

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BLACK HOLE GENERATOR REVEALS SECOND TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALUM

With four days remaining to the release of BLACK HOLE GENERATOR’s “A Requiem for Terra” Dark Essence Records have revealed a second track from the album. Their choice of track this time is “Moloch”, and it can be heard streaming at the following

Spark Rock Magazine
http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/black-hole-generator-zverejnuji-dalsi-pisen

Friedhof Magazine
http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/black-hole-generator-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nuevo-sencillo-moloch

Metalitalia.com
http://metalitalia.com/articolo/black-hole-generator-guarda-il-video-di-moloch-in-anteprima-su-metalitalia-com/

Slam
http://www.slam-zine.de/php/exklusive_songpremiere_bei_slam_moloch_von_black_hole_generator,13584,41569.html

Ultraje
http://ultraje.pt/black-hole-generator-moloch/

Metal Hammer Norway
http://www.metalhammer.no/?p=7417

Hammer World
http://hammerworld.hu/2016/11/14/black-hole-generator-norveg-black-metal-dalpremier-moloch/

Decibel Magazine
http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/11/14/track-premiere-black-hole-generator-moloch

BLACK HOLE GENERATOR’s creator Bjornar E. Nilsen had this to say about the track “Moloch was one of the first tracks that was finalized for the album. It is one of my personal favourites from “A Requiem for Terra” and it acts as the centerpiece for the album. It embodies the album’s bleak atmosphere which spans most of its dynamic range. Starting off as a mesmerizing hymn to the deity Moloch, it is broken up by frantic, furious parts tearing everyone from their mantric slumbers. On this track I was lucky to get Gjermund from TAAKE and ORKAN on board on lead guitars, and his contribution really shines on this one!”

It’s been ten years since the appearance of BLACK HOLE GENERATOR’S debut release, the “Black Karma” MCD, and given Nilsen’s standing not only as VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ frontman, well known for his idiosyncratic vocals and eccentric stage performances, but also as one of Norway’s most successful producers, working with bands such as TAAKE and HELHEIM, as well as one of the people behind the Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records labels, the delay is hardly surprising.

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“A Requiem for Terra”, will delight many guitar fans with guitarist Arve Isdal (ENSLAVED, AUDREY HORNE) being joined on the album by the previously-mentioned Gjermund Fredheim, who guests on three of the tracks, and Dag Terje Andersen, who provides additional guitars. Artwork for “A Requiem for Terra” is by the Romanian artist and designer Costin Chioreanu, tracklisting is as follows:

1. A Requiem for Terra
2. Titan
3. Moloch
4. Beneath a Chemical Sky
5. Emerging Pantheon
6. Earth Eater
7. Spiritual Blight

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“A Requiem for Terra” is set to hit the streets on the 18th November and is now available to pre-order from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format and Vinyl formats, as well as at https://blackholegenerator.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

More information about BLACK HOLE GENERATOR can be found at https://www.facebook.com/blackholegeneratorofficial/

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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS SARKOM DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM FEATURING SHINING’S PETER HUSS

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With the release of “Anti Cosmic Art”, the fourth full-length album from Norwegian Black Metallers SARKOM, a month away, Dark Essence Records have today debuted a track from the album.

Titled “Mind-abscess”, one of the track’s features is a striking guitar interlude performed by three separate guitarists. The first guitar part is performed by Thrawn, the second by SHINING’s Peter Huss, and the third by Galaaen.

The track can be heard below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/iufba_KbMH4

as well as on Bandcamp at http://sarkom.bandcamp.com/album/anti-cosmic-art

As well as Peter Huss, the seven-track album also features guest appearances from ALFAHANNE’s Pehr Skjoldhammer, and guitar virtuosos Ronni Le Tekrø (TNT, ROQUEFIRE) and former SARKOM member Sagstad (TROLLFEST).

Set to hit the streets on the 2nd December, and with artwork by Spectrvm Lvsitani, tracklisting for “Anti-Cosmic Art” is as follows:

1. Previous associates, now as targets for the gun
2. Mind-abscess
3. Ruiners of our family tree
4. Seen through the eyes of a paedophile priest
5. Come, dear cancer
6. Black metal necrophilia
7. Sodomy and lust (Sodom cover)

Originally intended to mark the band’s tenth anniversary, but unavoidably delayed due to a series of personal and technical difficulties, “Anti-Cosmic Art” displays the versatility of the Norwegian veterans, ranging, as it does, from Old School Black Metal to more experimental tracks. It is brutally catchy, largely guitar-driven, and the whole is imbued with the crushingly dark sound that SARKOM has made its own.

To mark the release of “Anti-Cosmic Art” SARKOM will play the following two Norwegian dates:

03 Dec: Good Omens, Trondheim
17 Dec: Revolver, Oslo

“Anti-Cosmic Art”, together with related merchandise, is now available to to pre-order from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/sarkom/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format , as well as at https://sarkom.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

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

The official video for “Inferior Bleeding” from SARKOM’s “Bestial Supremacy” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ElFc73Vmy5Y

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NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS HELHEIM COMPLETE WORK ON NEW ALBUM & POST STILLS FROM UPCOMING VIDEO

Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM have completed work on what will be the band’s ninth full-length album, which is set for release on Dark Essence Records in January 2017. In the run-up to the release of the album, which will be titled “landawarijaR”, the band will be releasing two videos of tracks from the album, the first of which will appear in November.

Whilst no information about the album is available yet, HELHEIM have confirmed that the tracks being used for the videos are ‘Ymr’ and ‘Baklengs mot intet’, two songs which, as the band explained “are neatly intertwined into a dualism that will be portrayed visually by Guilherme Henriques, who is both producing and directing the videos”.

As a little taste of what fans can expect from the videos, HELHEIM have published a series of stills from the video shoot by the photographer Mathis Backe of Yggdrasil Photo (http://yggdrasilphoto.net ), and these can be seen on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway

Bergen-based HELHEIM not only has the distinction of being one on Norway’s oldest Viking bands, it is also one of the bands that has always been true to its Norse heritage. The band’s lineup of Vgandr on bass and vocals, Hgrimnir on rhythm guitar and vocals, Noralf on rhythm and lead guitar and Hrymr on drums and programming, incorporates the local myths and folklore into the subject matter of the band’s songs, and frequently make use of traditional instruments. HELHEIM’s live performances use special effects that emphasize and enhance the themes that wind their way through the band’s music.

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

The official video of the track “Dualitet og Ulver”, which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, from HELHEIM’s ”Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” album can be seen at http://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA

Nine tracks covering 20 years of HELHEIM’s history can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial/sets/helheim-player

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SLEGEST REVEALS VIDEO FOR TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Norway’s SLEGEST, whose unmistakable, swaggering, heavy rock sound is filled with infectious riffs, distinctive melodies, and vocals that owe their provenance to Black Metal, are set to release their second full-length album “Vidsyn” on Dark Essence Records on the 4th of November, have today revealed a video for the opening track from the album, which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/itzR9V1JgN8

Founder and frontman Ese, who assures us that the video is “best enjoyed loud”, gives us an insight into the track: “I fortida sitt lys” is the opening track of “Vidsyn” and is somewhat of a punk number, or at least the closest you’ll get to it in the cold vein of Slegest, since groove and heaviness are the centre of it all. We think the vibe, the visuals, and the atmosphere of both the location for the shoot and the finished video complements the music and the feel not just of this song, but of the whole album.

” The concept behind the video was the brainchild of Håvard Nesbø, who also produced the video, on a budget, it has to be said, based on pure idealism and a case of home brewed lager. Filming took place in a valley in Leikanger, at the site of an old mountain barn that is long-abandoned by time. Like the song itself, the theme of the video can be placed within the context of the past – at the intersection of “the now” and the ever present whiff of olden times”.

Recorded at the Conclave & Earshot and the Systrond Studios, “Vidsyn” 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). Guesting on the album is Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED). The cover art is once again rooted in the art of Nikolai Astrup with design is by Tom Korsvold and drawing is by Lars Hellebø. Tracklisting is 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 lineup of Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums, will celebrate the release of “Vidsyn” with show at Krøsset in Oslo on the 12th November, where they will be joined by Sweden’s ALFAHANNE. With the reputation that both bands have as high-energy and totally captivating performers, the event promises to be pretty special.

The band will then hit the road in December of this year , jointing SHINING’s 20th Anniversary tour, which also features Dark Essence label mates TAAKE, with whom the band has previously toured. 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 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

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“Vidsyn” will be released in CD and Digital formats and 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

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PSYCHEDELIC PROG BLACK METALLERS HAIL SPIRIT NOIR STREAM NEW ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY AHEAD OF RELEASE DATE

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“Mayhem in Blue” the third full-length album from psychedelic Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR is streaming in its entirely four days ahead of its release date on Dark Essence Records. The album can be heard on Bandcamp, as well as at No Clean Singing and Metal Hammer Greece.

Streaming links as follows:

BandCamp
http://hailspiritnoir.bandcamp.com/album/mayhem-in-blue

No Clean Singing
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/10/26/an-ncs-album-premiere-hail-spirit-noir-mayhem-in-blue/

Metal Hammer Greece
http://www.metalhammer.gr/news/item/32859-hail-spirit-noir-album-mayhem-in-blue

Mixed by Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and mastered by Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc) and with artwork by Olia Pishchanska, tracklisting on “Mayhem in Blue” is as follows:

1. I Mean You Harm
2. Mayhem in Blue
3. Riders to Utopia
4. Lost in Satan’s Charms
5. The Cannibal Tribe Came from the Sea
6. How to Fly in Blackness

Formed in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2010, and describing their music as “psychoprog black metal” whose sound is “retro, yet modern”, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup includes Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars.

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The band will celebrate the release of “Mayhem in Blue” with two shows in Greece, alongside Norwegian Pioneering Experimental Rockers VIRUS. You can catch them at the Kyttaro Live Club in Athens on the 28th October, and the Eight Ball Live Stage in their home town of Thessaloniki on the 29th October.

“Mayhem in Blue” will be released in both CD and Digital format on the 28th October, followed by the vinyl version on the 16th December. Pre-orders for the CD and vinyl formats are now available from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com , as well as at https://hailspiritnoir.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

More information about HAIL SPIRIT NOIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/

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PSYCHEDELIC PROG BLACK METALLERS HAIL SPIRIT NOIR TAKE TO YOUTUBE AND BANDCAMP TO REVEAL SECOND TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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In exactly one week today Dark Essence Records will release the long-awaited third full-length album from Psychedelic Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, and, having already debuted one track from the album, fans are being treated to a second track from “Mayhem in Blue”.

The track, which is, in fact, the title track “Mayhem in Blue” can be heard below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/bkGWgH2DqGY and on Bandcamp at https://hailspiritnoir.bandcamp.com/album/mayhem-in-blue

Mixed by by Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and mastered Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc), “Mayhem in Blue” will hit the streets on the 28th October in CD and Digital formats, whilst the 12″ Vinyl edition will be available from the 16 December. In the meantime “Mayhem in Blue” is available to pre-order in CD and vinyl formats from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com , as well as at https://hailspiritnoir.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

With artwork by Olia Pishchanska, tracklisting on “Mayhem in Blue” is as follows:

1. I Mean You Harm
2. Mayhem in Blue
3. Riders to Utopia
4. Lost in Satan’s Charms
5. The Cannibal Tribe Came from the Sea
6. How to Fly in Blackness

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Formed in Thesaloniki, Greece, in 2010, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup is composed of Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars. Commenting recently on the new album, the band had this to say:
“It’s been two and a half years since the release of our last album, and with “Mayhem In Blue” we have set out to express our more aggressive side, without sacrificing any of the psychedelic melodies that are an integral part of what we like to call HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’ s “weird black sound”. If anything, in fact, the sound is more enticing and trippy than ever”.

To celebrate the release of “Mayhem in Blue” HAIL SPIRIT NOIR have scheduled two shows in Greece, which will see them play alongside Norwegian Pioneering Experimental Rockers VIRUS. The shows will take place at the Kyttaro Live Club in Athens on the 28th October, and the Eight Ball Live Stage in the band’s home town of Thessaloniki on the 29th October.

More information about HAIL SPIRIT NOIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/

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BLACK HOLE GENERATOR DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Black Hole Generator - A Requiem for Terra

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“A Requiem for Terra”, the title track from BLACK HOLE GENERATOR’s upcoming album, is the first taste of the new material that patient fans are getting after waiting for ten years since the band’s debut release. The track is being steamed exclusively on the following:

Metal.de:
http://www.metal.de/news/metal-de-praesentiert-a-requiem-for-terra-von-black-hole-generator-195411/

Friedhof Magazine- ESP:
http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/black-hole-generator-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nueva-cancion-requiem-terra

Metal Hammer – NO:
http://www.metalhammer.no/?p=6836

Spark Rock Magazine – CZ:
http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/desetilete-cekani-je-u-konce-black-hole-generator-vydavaji-novou-desku

No Clean Singing – US:
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/10/19/an-ncs-premiere-black-hole-generator-a-requiem-for-terra/

La Grosse Radio – FR:
http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/actu-metal/p16241-un-titre-du-nouveau-black-hole-generator-en-exclu.html

Ultraje – PT:
http://ultraje.pt/black-hole-generator-requiem-terra/

Rock Hard – IT:
http://rockharditaly.com/black-hole-generator-anteprima-nuovo-album

Lords of Metal – NL:
https://www.facebook.com/lordsofmetal/

HAMMERWORLD – HU:
TBC

BLACK HOLE GENERATOR is the brainchild of VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen, who also happens to be a prolific producer and one of the people behind the highly successful Norwegian labels Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records. For “A Requiem for Terra” Nilssen has chosen to use bleak aural landscapes to depict a desolate world, as well as melodies that call to mind the frantic torrent of the abyss, the whole being topped off by his distinctive vocal style.

However, anyone expecting Nilsen to limit himself to the avant-garde tones set b y VULTURE INDUSTRIES will be surprised to find an album that ranges from the doom laden opening title track, to the mesmerizing riffing on the video single “Moloch”, via the catchy “Beneath a Chemical Sky” to the fierce “Emerging Pantheon”. Indeed, “A Requiem for Terra” is chock-full of superb metal riffing from special guests Arve Isdal (ENSLAVED, AUDREY HORNE) on guitars, Gjermund Fredheim (TAAKE, ORKAN) who performs lead guitars on three of the tracks, and Dag Terje Andersen who provides additional guitars.

About the debut track itself, Nilsen has this to say: “”Even though it is a quite dynamic track, in my eyes this song represent the more heavy and atmospherical side of this record. It was the first track I finished for the album and it has been with me for years now. I actually wrote two and a half VULTURE INDUSTRIES albums in between demoing and releasing this track. Considering that I still find it an enjoyable listen, I hope others will also find it worthwhile.”

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Set to hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on the 18th November in Europe and the 25th November in North America, in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and with artwork by the Romanian artist and designer Costin Chioreanu, tracklisting on “A Requiem for Terra” is as follows:

1. A Requiem for Terra
2. Titan
3. Moloch
4. Beneath a Chemical Sky
5. Emerging Pantheon
6. Earth Eater
7. Spiritual Blight

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“A Requiem for Terra” is now available to pre-order from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com in CD format and Vinyl formats, as well as at https://blackholegenerator.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

More information about BLACK HOLE GENERATOR can be found at https://www.facebook.com/blackholegeneratorofficial/

The official video for the title track from BLACK HOLE GENERATOR’s “Black Karma” MCD can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FonKkiDOFN4

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ATROX INKS DEAL WITH DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

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Norway’s Dark Essence Records have added another string to their rapidly growing bow by inking a deal with Norwegian veterans ATROX, and are set to release the band’s fifth full length album “Monocle” on a date as yet to be announced.

Commenting on joining Dark Essence’s roster, and giving fans an insight into what they should expect from the result of ATROX’s return to the studio after an eight year break, the band had this to say:

“It’s finally happening, the moment we all have been waiting for, the moment when all the hard work finally pays off… We’re proud to announce that we have joined forces with Dark Essence Records, and together we will release our next album “Monocle”.

“Monocle” is our darkest album so far. During the process of creating and recording it we explored, and were exposed to, our darker selves, and what we encountered during this process almost killed us. It left us in a dystopian vacuum and all worn out, but with one hell of a piece of music to present to the world.

“Musically speaking “Monocle” contains poisons that’ll blind you, and poisons that’ll open your eyes.
As William Gibson says in his novel “Neuromancer“: “The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.”

Formed in Trondheim, Norway, in 1988 the band was originally called Suffocation, but for obvious reasons the name was changed to ATROX in 1990. Having spent their first years playing an atmospheric mix of Death and Doom Metal, recording demos and honing their live skills, ATROX’s first release was the 1996 7” “Silence of Echoes”, which was followed by a further four full length albums and numerous live appearances including several tours and festivals.

Today’s lineup of Rune Folgerø on Vocals, viNd on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Tor Arne Helgesen on Drums and Erik Paulsen on Bass plays what they like to call “Schizo” Metal, which differs from their original sound, being more melodic and with an experimental/avant-garde edge.

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

The time-lapse video of Finnmark and North Troms (Norway), photographed and edited by Randulf Valle and using ATROX’s Den Store Hvite Stillhet / The Great White Silence as a soundtrack can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/awDolWWpcJM

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STORMING NEW VIDEO FROM ALTERNATIVE METALLERS MADDER MORTEM MAKES ITS DEBUT

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Having recently debuted the opening track from their upcoming release “Red In Tooth and Claw”, Norway’s MADDER MORTEM have revealed yet another track from the album, this time in the form of a video by Truls Aagedal.

“Fallow Season” perfectly illustrates the different shades that MADDER MORTEM can infuse into their music. With its heavy riffing and the band’s classic metal stance it is easy to assume the track is going to be the epitome of heavy metal, but the sudden arrival on the sceneof Agnete M. Kirkevaag with her expressive, and impressive, vocals , comes almost as a shock, and gives a whole new perspective to the track.

The video for “Fallow Season” is currently streaming exclusively at the following:

Metal.de
http://www.metal.de/news/metal-de-praesentiert-premiere-des-neuen-video-zu-fallow-season-von-madder-mortem-195124/

Friedhof Magazine- ESP
http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/madder-mortem-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nuevo-video-fallow-season

HAMMERWORLD – HU
http://hammerworld.hu/2016/10/17/madder-mortem-dal-es-klippremier-a-norveg-csapattol-fallow-season/

Metalitalia – IT
http://metalitalia.com/articolo/madder-mortem-guarda-il-video-di-fallow-season-in-anteprima-su-metalitalia-com/

Ultraje – PT
http://ultraje.pt/madder-mortem-fallow-season/

Lords of Metal – NL
www.facebook.com/lordsofmetal/

Spark Rock Magazine – CZ
TBA

Dark Essence Records will release “Red In Tooth And Claw” in CD and Digital formats on the 28th October, to be followed by the vinyl edition on the 9th December, and the album is now available to pre-order in CD and vinyl formats from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/madder-mortem/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com , as well as at https://maddermortem.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

With artwork by Christian Ruud, tracklisting for “Red In Tooth and Claw” is as follows:

1. Blood on the sand
2. If I could
3. Fallow season
4. Pitfalls
5. All the giants are dead
6. Returning to the end of the world
7. Parasites
8. Stones for eyes
9. The whole where your heart belongs
10. Underdogs

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Aside from Agnete of vocals, MADDER MORTEM’s lineup includes BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums, and “Red In Tooth And Claw” sees the band release their sixth full-length album a whole seven years after their previous album “Eight Ways”, first appeared. The original quirkiness much loved by followers of the band is still there, but this time there are also plenty of catchy melodies and a selection of tracks that vary from doom-laden melodies to hard-hitting riffs.
MADDER MORTEM will be celebrating the release of “Red In Tooth And Claw” with a concert at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 22 December.

More information about MADDER MORTEM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.maddermortem.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567

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VULTURE INDUSTRIES AND SULPHUR ANNOUNCE “THE TOWER FALLS” TOUR DATES

Avant-garde metallers VULTURE INDUSTRIES and fellow Norwegian Experimental Black/Death Metallers SULPHUR have banded together to perform a series of dates later this month. Going by the name of “The Tower Falls Tour”, a reference to VULTURE INDUSTRIES last album “The Tower”, the tour will kick off with both bands appearing at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in the Czech Republic, before moving on to Germany, Hungary and Romania for six further shows. Routing as follows:

21 Oct: Phantoms Of Pilsen, Pilsen (CZ)
22 Oct: Festung, Bitterfeld (DE)
27 Oct: Supersonic, Budapest (HUN)
28 Oct: Casa de Cultura Studentilor, Craiove (RO)
29 Oct: Club Fabrica, Bucharest (RO)
30 Oct: Rock ‘N’ Iasi, Iasi (RO)
31 Oct: Daos Club, Timisoara, (RO)

With over a decade’s worth of live appearances, superb technical skills, and one of the most eccentric frontmen around in the shape of Bjørnar E. Nilsen, VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ highly theatrical on-stage performances never fail to earn the band scores of new followers wherever they play. Add to that three critically acclaimed albums and a series of collaborations in the fields of performance art and video, and you get a band that is always exciting and always has a surprise or two in store for their audience.

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More information about VULTURE INDUSTRIES can be found on the band’s website at http://www.vulture-industries.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries/

A video of VULTURE INDUSTRIES performing at the Kilkim Žaibu Festival can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/qYkD6yZatu4

With a lineup that includes current and former members of bands such as GORGOROTH, ENSLAVED, AETERNUS and VULTURE INDUSTRIES there is little doubt that SULPHUR has a pedigree that will ensure that fans coming to see the band live on stage will not be disappointed. “Omens of Doom”, SULPHUR’s second full-length album was released on Dark Essence Records earlier this year, and has garnered universal praise from fans and critics alike.

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

Fan-filmed footage of SULPHUR performing at Karmoygeddon Arctic Festival can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/StQt-ZBipYQ

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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

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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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DETAILS OF FOURTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM FROM NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS SARKOM REVEALED

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Dark Essence Records have announced the details of the new album from veteran Norwegian Black Metallers SARKOM, which is set to hit the streets on the 2nd December.
Titled “Anti-Cosmic Art” the seven-track album was originally intended to mark the band’s tenth anniversary, but was delayed due to a combination of personal and technical difficulties that often beset bands and skew carefully laid release plans. Which, as it happens, worked out for the best, because it gave the band time to rethink, and produce an album that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that SARKOM is a long way from being a “one trick pony”, as is often the case on the Black Metal scene.

Featuring guest appearances from ALFAHANNE’s Pehr Skjoldhammer, and guitar virtuosos Ronni Le Tekrø (TNT, ROQUEFIRE) and Peter Huss (SHINING), as well as former SARKOM member Sagstad (TROLLFEST), and with artwork by Spectrvm Lvsitani, tracklisting for “Anti-Cosmic Art” is as follows:

1. Previous associates, now as targets for the gun
2. Mind-abscess
3. Ruiners of our family tree
4. Seen through the eyes of a paedophile priest
5. Come, dear cancer
6. Black metal necrophilia
7. Sodomy and lust (Sodom cover)

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Founder and frontman Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING), Sgt V (ex SVARTTJERN) on bass, Thrawn (ex DØDHEIMSGARD) on guitar and Defest (SVARTHAUEG) on drums, have made full use of the unique, crushingly dark sound that is SARKOM’s trademark, and have come up with an album that ranges from icy, Old School Black Metal , to more experimental tracks. Brutally catchy, guitar-driven, and featuring blast beats from hell, “Anti-Cosmic Art” demonstrates perfectly that SARKOM have no problems stepping out of their comfort zone, or of appealing to a wider audience.

To mark the release of “Anti-Cosmic Art” SARKOM will play the following two Norwegian dates:

03 Dec: Good Omens, Trondheim
17 Dec: Revolver, Oslo

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

Dark Essence Records released SARKOM’s third full-length album “Doomsday Elite” in both CD and Digital formats in 2013, followed by the release of the band’s two earlier albums – 2006’s “Aggravation of Mind” and 2008’s “Bestial Supremacy” in Digital format. All three albums are available from, and can be heard at, https://sarkom.bandcamp.com

The official video for “Inferior Bleeding” from SARKOM’s “Bestial Supremacy” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ElFc73Vmy5Y

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ALTERNATIVE METALLERS MADDER MORTEM DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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With under a month to go before MADDER MORTEM’s “Red In Tooth And Claw” hits the streets, Dark Essence Records have debuted the opening track “Blood on the sand” which can be heard streaming at the following:

Metal Hammer – UK
http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-10-10/listen-to-a-breathtaking-new-track-from-norways-madder-mortem

Metal Hammer – NO
http://www.metalhammer.no/?p=6763

Metal Hammer – GR
http://www.metalhammer.gr/news/item/32739-madder-mortem

Ultraje – PT
http://ultraje.pt/madder-mortem-blood-sand/

Friedhof Magazine – ESP
http://www.friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/madder-mortem-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nueva-cancion-blood-sand

Musick Magazine – PL
http://www.musickmagazine.pl/archiwa/5945#more-5945

Legacy Magazine – DE
http://www.legacy.de/ exklusives/item/34174- exklusive-song-premiere- madder-mortem-blood-on-the- sand

No Clean Singing – US
http://www.nocleansinging.com/ 2016/10/10/an-ncs-premiere- madder-mortem-blood-on-the- sand/

Rock Hard – IT
http://rockharditaly.com/madder-mortem-anteprima-nuovo-brano/

La Grosse Radio – FR
http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/actu-metal/p16123-un-titre-en-exclu-du-nouveau-madder-mortem.html

“Red In Tooth And Claw” is the sixth full-length album from MADDER MORTEM, a band who has broken away from established genre boundaries, to develop an experimental progressive sound, epitomised by Agnete M. Kirkevaag’s extensive vocal range that can express itself in the most tender of whispers or the harshest of screams. Undoubtely, the seven years between the release of the band’s previous album “Eight Ways”, and “Red In Tooth And Claw”, have seen MADDER MORTEM’s quirkiness remain intact, whilst the addition of catchy elements and interesting shifts between doomy melodies and hard-hitting riffs have added a new dimension to the band’s sound. Aside from Agnete of vocals, MADDER MORTEM’s lineup includes BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums.

The ten-track album will first be released in CD and Digital formats on the 28th October, to be followed by the vinyl edition on the 9th December.

With artwork by Christian Ruud, tracklisting for “Red In Tooth and Claw” is as follows:

1. Blood on the sand
2. If I could
3. Fallow season
4. Pitfalls
5. All the giants are dead
6. Returning to the end of the world
7. Parasites
8. Stones for eyes
9. The whole where your heart belongs
10. Underdogs

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MADDER MORTEM will be celebrating the release of “Red In Tooth And Claw” with a concert at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 22 December.

More information about MADDER MORTEM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.maddermortem.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567
“Red In Tooth And Claw” is now available to pre-order in CD and vinyl formats from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/madder-mortem/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com , as well as at https://maddermortem.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

The video for the track “Armour” from MADDER MORTEM’s album “Eight Ways” can be seen at https://youtu.be/0J0jzOy57jg, whilst the video for the track “Where Dream And Day Collide” from the same album can be seen at https://youtu.be/yFesoRSuo0o

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BLACK HOLE GENERATOR ALBUM DETAILS AND ARTWORK REVEALED

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Fans of BLACK HOLE GENERATOR have had a long wait since the release of the band’s “Black Karma” MCD – ten years in fact! But now the wait is over, with the band’s much anticipated debut full-length album “A Requiem for Terra” set to hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on the 18th November in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats.

BLACK HOLE GENERATOR is the project of VULTURE INDUSTRIES front man Bjørnar E. Nilsen, and, given his work schedule, it is hardly surprising that a new album has been so long in the making. Not only has Nilsen been kept busy with the ever-increasingly successful VULTURE INDUSTRIES, he is also one of Norway’s most noted producers, working with bands such as TAAKE and HELHEIM, as well as owning Bergen’s Conclave and Earshot Studios with ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal. Not to mention the fact that he is one of the people behind the burgeoning success of the Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records labels.

So what exactly can we expect from “A Requiem for Terra”? Aside from Nilsens’ distinctive and highly charged vocals, “Requiem for Terra” contains enough stand-out riffing to satisfy the souls of any guitar aficionados, with Arve Isdal (ENSLAVED, AUDREY HORNE) on guitars, Gjermund Fredheim (TAAKE, ORKAN) performing lead guitars on three of the tracks, and additional guitars by Dag Terje Andersen.

The seven-track album shifts between the bleak aural landscapes that depict a desolate world, and the frantic torrent of the abyss. From the doom laden opening title track, to the mesmerizing riffing of “Moloch”, via the catchy “Beneath a Chemical Sky” to the fierce “Emerging Pantheon”, “A Requiem for Terra” offers the listener a wide dynamic range.

With artwork by the Romanian artist and designer Costin Chioreanu, and the video single “Moloch”, tracklisting on “A Requiem for Terra” is as follows:

1. A Requiem for Terra
2. Titan
3. Moloch
4. Beneath a Chemical Sky
5. Emerging Pantheon
6. Earth Eater
7. Spiritual Blight

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More information about BLACK HOLE GENERATOR can be found at https://www.facebook.com/blackholegeneratorofficial/

The official video for the title track from BLACK HOLE GENERATOR’s “Black Karma” MCD can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FonKkiDOFN4

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PSYCHEDELIC PROG BLACK METALLERS HAIL SPIRIT NOIR DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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Dark Essence Records have debuted a track from “Mayhem in Blue” the new album from HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, which is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 28th October in CD and digital formats, whilst the 12″ vinyl will be available from the 16th December. The track, “I Mean You No Harm” can be heard streaming exclusively at the following:

No Clean Singing: USA
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/10/04/an-ncs-premiere-hail-spirit-noir-i-mean-you-harm/

Metal Hammer: Norway
http://www.metalhammer.no/?p=6705

Metal Hammer: UK
http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-10-04/greeces-avant-garde-metallers-hail-spirit-noir-unveil-a-mindboggling-new-track

Metal Hammer: Greece
http://www.metalhammer.gr/ news/item/32689-hail-spirit- noir-ean-you-harm

Rock Hard: Italy
http://rockharditaly.com/hail-spirit-noir-anteprima-nuovo-brano/

KaaosZine: Finland
http://kaaoszine.fi/psykedeelista-black-metallia-soittavan-hail-spirit-noirin-uusi-kappale-kuunneltavissa/

La Grosse Radio: France
http://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/actu-metal/p16051-premier-titre-extrait-de-mayhem-in-blue-de-hail-spirit-noir.html

Ultraje: Portugal
http://ultraje.pt/hail-spirit-noir-i-mean-you-harm/

Kvlt: Poland
http://kvlt.pl/newsy/hail-spirit-noir-premiera-singla-i-mean-you-harm/

Spark Magazine: Czech Republic
http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/psychedelicky-black-metal-zadny-problem

“Mayhem in Blue” is the third full-length release for Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, who started out in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2010. The band’s lineup is composed of Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars.

With artwork by Olia Pishchanska, tracklisting on “Mayhem in Blue” is as follows:

1. I Mean You Harm
2. Mayhem in Blue
3. Riders to Utopia
4. Lost in Satan’s Charms
5. The Cannibal Tribe Came from the Sea
6. How to Fly in Blackness

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The band recently gave fans an insight into what they could expect from the new album:

“It’s been two and a half years since the release of our last album, and with “Mayhem In Blue” we have set out to express our more aggressive side, without sacrificing any of the psychedelic melodies that are an integral part of what we like to call HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’ s “weird black sound”. If anything, in fact, the sound is more enticing and trippy than ever.
“Featuring the mixing talents of Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and the exceptional mastering abilities of Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc), we feel that the result is an album that elevates our signature psychoprog black metal sound to new levels”.

HAIL SPIRIT NOIR will celebrate the release of “Mayhem in Blue” with two shows in Greece, alongside Norwegian Pioneering Experimental Rockers VIRUS. You can catch them at the Kyttaro Live Club in Athens on the 28th October, and the Eight Ball Live Stage in their home town of Thessaloniki on the 29th October.

“Mayhem in Blue” is now available to pre-order in CD and vinyl formats from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com , as well as at https://hailspiritnoir.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

More information about HAIL SPIRIT NOIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/

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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DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM FROM ALTERNATIVE METALLERS MADDER MORTEM REVEALED

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Dark Essence Records has set the 28th October as the release date for the sixth full-length album from Norwegian Alternative Metallers MADDER MORTEM. Titled “Red In Tooth And Claw”, the ten-track album will first be released in CD and Digital formats, with the vinyl edition hitting the streets on the 9th December.

With artwork by Christian Ruud, tracklisting for “Red In Tooth and Claw” is as follows:

1. Blood on the sand
2. If I could
3. Fallow season
4. Pitfalls
5. All the giants are dead
6. Returning to the end of the world
7. Parasites
8. Stones for eyes
9. The whole where your heart belongs
10. Underdogs

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Formed in 1993, and, having started out with a doom metal sound, MADDER MORTEM became one of the earliest bands from the contemporary Norwegian metal scene to break away from set genre boundaries. With each of its releases MADDER MORTEM continued to develop, seamlessly transitioning into an experimental progressive metal band with a unique sense of groove and contrasting arrangements.

With a lineup comprised of Agnete M. Kirkevaag on vocals, BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums, and with seven years between the release of the band’s last album “Eight Ways” and “Red In Tooth And Claw”, the band still maintains the trademark MADDER MORTEM sound, which is so well defined by Agnete’s massive vocals that range from the most tender whispers to the most violent screams. All in all, the long-awaited album retains all of the band’s quirkiness, and gives it a catchy boost, with songs shifting between doomy melodies and hard-hitting riffs.

As a taste of what fans can expect, MADDER MORTEM have put together a teaser of some of the songs from “Red In Tooth And Claw”, which can be heard at http://www.maddermortem.com/mp3/teasers/MM_RITAC_Teaser_01.mp3

More information about MADDER MORTEM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.maddermortem.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567

The video for the track “Armour” from MADDER MORTEM’s album “Eight Ways” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/0J0jzOy57jg

Whilst the video for the track “Where Dream And Day Collide” from the same album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/yFesoRSuo0o

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS REVEALS DETAILS OF THE NEW ALBUM FROM SLEGEST

Slegest - Vidsyn
Photo by Håvard Nesbø
Photo by Håvard Nesbø

Having set the 4th November as the release date, Dark Essence Records have revealed the details of “Vidsyn”, the much-anticipated second full-length album from SLEGEST. Recorded at the Conclave & Earshot and Systrond Studios, “Vidsyn” was jointly produced by the band’s founder and frontman Ese, and Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), who also mixed the album. Mastering is by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED). Guesting on the album is Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED).

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

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SLEGEST was formed in 2010 by former VREID guitarist ESE, whose original intention was to play BLACK SABBATH inspired music paired with harsh vocals. Whilst SLEGEST undoubtedly owes much to Black Metal, there is a distinct metal swagger to the band’s music, with superb guitar riffing and plenty of melody, rather than an excess of speed.

“Vidsyn” sees SLEGEST confidently building on the sound they developed on their debut full-length “Løyndom”. As Ese explained recently:

“We will pick up where we left off with “Løyndom” – mid-paced heaviness in all its glory and filth. I have read blackened doom applied as a description to our music. But really you need to add a good dose of rock and then you might get the idea of what we are all about. There is so much to explore in our world of heavy rock and we are proud of our new songs which, to our ears – and, after all, we are the blueprint – sounds bloody brilliant. The album will of course deal with death, and, since I write all the music and spend plenty of time thinking about death, I guess it is safe to say that we are most likely onto something”.

SLEGEST will hit the road in December of this year , joinuing SHINING’s 20th Anniversary tour, which also features Dark Essence label mates TAAKE, with whom the band has previously toured. 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.

Before the start of the tour SLEGEST will launch the new album with a show at Krøsset in Oslo, 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.

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

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/

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

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

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

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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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ICELAND’S MOMENTUM REVEAL VIDEO FOR TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

With two succesful releases to their name, Iceland’s MOMENTUM are hard at at work on their next full-length album, which will once again appear on Dark Essence Records, at a date as yet to be specified. Whilst work is continuing apace, the band have been able to reveal “Dire Host”, a new track from the album, via a video which was filmed in the studio. The video can be seen below and on MOMENTUM’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/OviPlf3xiLs

“Dire Host” was recorded in June in Hveragerði, a small town about a half hour drive from Reykjavík, and the new album marks the first time that MOMENTUM will be working in the studio with Friðrik Helgason. As to what fans should expect from the album, “Dire Host” gives a pretty good idea according to the band who had this to say: “The songwriting process for a new album is going very well and we are really enjoying the direction in which we are heading. It has been, and continues to be, a new learning curve for the band to keep the music to just the three of us, but it would seem that we thrive on challenging ourselves with something different every time.

“We wanted to go and record a proper example of what the band is doing today and we feel that ‘Dire Host’ captures that quite well. If you happen to be at Eistnaflug festival next week you will be able to see this live as well as a lot more of the new material, including a special treat that we’ve been working very hard on this past month”.

MOMENTUM, whose lineup comprises Kristján on Drums, Holaf on Vocals and Bass , and Ingvar on Guitar and Vocals, is set appear not once, but twice at the Eistnaflug Festival in Iceland in July. Their first appearance will be on the Boli stage on Wednesday 6th at 17:50, whilst on Friday the 8th they hit the Brennivin stage at 22:20 for what will be a special show.

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

MOMENTUM’s first two albums “Fixation, at Rest” and “The Freak is Alive” can be heard at http://momentum.bandcamp.com

A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo

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

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PSYCHEDELIC PROG BLACK METALLERS HAIL SPIRIT NOIR ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE AND REVEAL ARTWORK FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

“Mayhem In Blue”, the new album form Psychedelic Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 14th October. The album will be the third full-length release for the Greek trio, whose debut album “Pneuma” appeared in 2012, followed by 2014’s “”Oi Magoi”.

Commenting on what fans can expect from “Mayhem In Blue”, the band had this to say: “It’s been two and a half years since the release of our last album, and with “Mayhem In Blue” we have set out to express our more aggressive side, without sacrificing any of the psychedelic melodies that are an integral part of what we like to call HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’ s “weird black sound”. If anything, in fact, the sound is more enticing and trippy than ever.

“Featuring the mixing talents of Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and the exceptional mastering abilities of Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc), we feel that the result is an album that elevates our signature psychoprog black metal sound to new levels”.

Artwork for the six-track album is by Olia Pishchanska.

Formed in Thessaloniki in 2010, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup is composed of Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars. The band’s debut full-length album “Pneuma” was released on Code666/Aural Music in 2012, followed by the sophomore album “Oi Magoi” in 2014.

More information about HAIL SPIRIT NOIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/

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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 VIKING METALLERS MISTUR STREAM LYRIC VIDEO FOR TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM AND REVEAL FULL ALBUM DETAILS

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MISTUR fans have waited a long for the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut “Attende”, but that wait is finally over, with Dark Essence Records announcing that the new album, “In Memoriam”, will hit the streets on the 29th April.

Having already debuted the opening track from the album (which can be heard at http://mistur.bandcamp.com/track/downfall ) MISTUR have today revealed a second track in the form of a lyric video. The video by Marte Ø Kornerud for the track “Distant Peaks” includes Cover Art & Portraits by Bjarne Egge, and Nature Photography by Marte and Liv Ø Kornerud, and is currently streaming exclusively on the following:

Metal Hammer Norway at: http://www.metalhammer.no/
Legacy: http://legacy.de/exklusives/item/33542-exklusive-video-premiere-mistur-distant-peaks
Lords of Metal at: http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/361

Recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, and in the band’s private studio, “In Memoriam” was produced by MISTUR main man Espen Bakketeig and mixed by Bjørnar E. Nilsen. The album bears all the hallmarks of MISTUR’s special brand of Sognametal, this time with longer, more epic songs, complex layered arrangements, clever melodies and a touch of progressive elements, whilst never losing the unique Sognametal style that lies at the very heart of the band.

With cover-art by Bjarne Egge, “In Memoriam” is now available to pre-order in CD and digital formats from http://mistur.bandcamp.com/ and as a special bundle from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/mistur.

Track listing for the six-track album is as follows:
1. Downfall
2. Distant Peaks
3. Firstborn Son
4. Matriarch’s Lament
5. The Sight
6. Tears of Remembrance

Formed in 2004 by Espen Bakketeig (VREID (live), ex- SIGTYR) on Synths, Vocals and Programming and Andre Raunehaug (EMANCER, ex-SIGTYR) on Guitar, today’s lineup also includes Oliver Øien on Vocals, Stian Bakketeig (VREID, ex WINDIR, ex COR SCORPII) on Guitar, Ole Hartvigsen (EMANCER, KAMPFAR) on Bass, and Tomas Myklebust (EMANCER (live), VREID (live), GALAR) on Drums.

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MISTUR’s next live appearance will be on the 23rd March at Blå, in Oslo, when the band will be joined by label-mates the 3rd ATTEMPT, LUCIFER’S CHILD and ORKAN for the Dark Essence Records Label night at Inferno Festival.

More information about MISTUR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mistur.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mistur-334339291694

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS INKS DEAL WITH ALTERNATIVE METALLERS MADDER MORTEM

Dark Essence Records have today announced that they have added Norwegian Alternative Metallers MADDER MORTEM to their roster. The label is set to release the band’s sixth full length album, titled “Red In Tooth And Claw”, later this year, on a date as yet to be announced. As a taste of what fans can expect, MADDER MORTEM have put together a teaser of some of the songs from “Red In Tooth And Claw”, which can be heard at http://www.maddermortem.com/mp3/teasers/MM_RITAC_Teaser_01.mp3

Formed in 1993, originally under the name of Mystery Tribe, MADDER MORTEM’s music, with its hauntingly beautiful vocals by Agnete M. Kirkevaag, is atmospheric and melodic, with a very definite progressive leaning, but at the same time the band can show an underlying aggression that gives their sound a harder, more driven edge than one might expect. Aside from Agnete, MADDER MORTEM’s five-member lineup includes BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums.

More information about MADDER MORTEM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.maddermortem.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567

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The video for the track “Armour” from MADDER MORTEM’S fifth full-length album “Eight Ways” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/0J0jzOy57jg

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Madder Mortem Website: http://www.maddermortem.com/
Madder Mortem Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567
Band Contact and Booking: mail@maddermortem.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop: http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS MISTUR DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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With just over a week to go before they hit the stage at Blastfest, Norwegian Viking Metallers MISTUR have debuted a track from their upcoming sophomore album, which will be released on Dark Essence Records this year. The track “Downfall” can be heard below and at http://mistur.bandcamp.com/track/downfall

No other details of the album, which will be titled “In Memoriam”, are available yet, but, as Dark Essence explained: “MISTUR will shortly be appearing at two big Norwegian festivals – Blastfest and Inferno, and everyone thought it would be the perfect time to give fans a little sneak preview of what they can expect from the new album”.

MISTUR was formed in 2004 by Espen Bakketeig (VREID (live), ex- SIGTYR) on Synths, Vocals and Programming and Andre Raunehaug (EMANCER, ex-SIGTYR) on Guitar. The band’s music is composed of superb, layered melodies and progressive elements, which along with the rawness of Black Metal, give the band’s signature Sognametal sound a distinctive touch.

Today’s lineup also includes Oliver Øien on Vocals, Stian Bakketeig (VREID, ex WINDIR, ex COR SCORPII) on Guitar, Ole Hartvigsen (EMANCER, KAMPFAR) on Bass, and Tomas Myklebust (EMANCER (live), VREID (live), GALAR) on Drums.

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Aside from their appearance at Blastfest in Bergen on the 17th February, MISTUR will join Dark Essence Records label-mates the 3rd ATTEMPT, LUCIFER’S CHILD and ORKAN for the label night at Inferno Festival in Oslo on the 23rd March.

More information about MISTUR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mistur.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mistur-334339291694

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Mistur Website: http://www.mistur.no/
Mistur Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mistur-334339291694
Band Contact and Booking: mistur@mistur.no
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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NORWEGIAN EXPERIMENTAL DEATH/BLACK METALLERS SULPHUR DEBUT TRACK FROM THIRD FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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Having kept their fans waiting for seven long years since the release of “Thorns in Existence”, Norwegian Experimental Death/Black Metallers SULPHUR recently announced that their third full-length album “Omens of Doom” would hit the streets early this year on Dark Essence Records. With a release date now set for the 11th March, SULPHUR have today debuted a track from the album. The track “Gathering Storms”, can be heard below and at http://sulphurnorway.bandcamp.com/album/omens-of-doom

The lineup on “Omens of Doom” includes Thomas Skinlo Høyven on Vocals, Øyvind Madsen on guitars, keys and programming, Vegard Hovland on bass, Erik Hæggernes on drums and guitarist Martin Lynn Ytrøy, who replaces VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Eivind Huse. Huse himself makes a guest appearance on the album, as does producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ frontman Bjornar Erevik Nilsen. The artwork for “Omens of Doom” is by Romanian artist and designer Costin Chorineu. Track listing for “Omens of Doom” is as follows:

1. The Force of Our Fall
2. Gathering Storms
3. The Devils Pyre
4. Plague and Pestilence
5. Omens of Doom
6. Rise of the Mushroom Clouds
7. Alt Svartner

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SULPHUR is one of those bands that is able to straddle the line between Death and Black Metal with ease, whilst their use of progressive twists gives their sound a distinctive edge . Since current and former members of bands such as GORGOROTH, ENSLAVED, AETERNUS and VULTURE INDUSTRIES got together in 2000 to form SULPHUR, the band has released two demos and two full length studio albums, the first being “Cursed Madness” in 2007 on Osmose Productions, followed by 2009’s “Thorns in Existence” on Dark Essence.

SULPHUR’s next live appearance with be in Bergen at Blastfest on the 19th February for a special Dark Essence Records event, along with label-mates THE 3RD ATTEMPT, COR SCORPII, KRAKOW and SLEGEST. Other Dark Essence Records’ bands appearing at Blastfest will be MISTUR on the 17th and TAAKE on the 18th, whilst VIRUS, from sister-label Karisma Records, will also be playing on the 18th.

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

“Omens of Doom” is now available to pre-order from https://www.facebook.com/SULPHURBAND in CD and Digital formats or from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/sulphur-omens-of-doom-cd in CD format.

Fan-filmed footage of SULPHUR performing at Karmoygeddon Arctic Festival can be seen at https://youtu.be/StQt-ZBipYQ

SULPHUR’s 2009 album “Thorns in Existence” can be heard below and at https://sulphurnorway.bandcamp.com/album/thorns-in-existence

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DARK ESSENCE AND KARISMA RECORDS INCREASE THEIR NORTH AMERICAN PRESENCE AND CELEBRATE WITH SPECIAL ITEMS FOR SALE

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Norway’s sister labels Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records have expanded their North American operations with new distribution deals which sees the label’s catalogues distributed physically by Sony RED, whist The Orchard will handle all the digital distribution.

In addition, to meet the ever-growing demand from fans, the two Bergen-based labels have joined forces with AISA (http://www.aisamusic.com/ ) to open their own new North American webshops. “We have always been aware that the cost of postage from Europe in general, and Scandinavian countries in particular, is very high, and, with both labels having grown so rapidly over the past few years, and demand from North American fans increasing daily, we thought it was time to offer those fans a fairer deal”, commented the label’s Bjornar Erevik Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES). “We are very excited to work with AISA on our new North America set up. For us this is a unique opportunity to get into this market on terms that are tailor made for our catalogue, size and profile. The new setup offers us a much higher level of control and market insight than before, and we expect sales and exposure to increase significantly. So far our experience with AISA have been very positive and we are happy to further pursue the cooperation.”

With output differing greatly one from the other, Dark Essence and Karimsa Records are not just used to working with established, internationally recognised bands. They have both also garnered a reputation for being able to sniff out some of the best new local and international bands and help them to grow and develop. As Nilsen went on to explain “We do not see ourselves as just businessmen whose job happens to be running labels, as if often the case these days. Everyone working directly with us is heavily involved in music, either as musicians, managers or huge fans, so for us it’s a matter of pride to discover and nurture the talent that is out there. The expansion into North America will help us to support our artists with merchandise that is printed in the USA itself, thereby helping to reduce costs whilst touring, which, as everyone knows, is massively expensive undertaking for bands. We have also appointed a local label manager, and we have a good network of people over there, who will be able to help our artists further”.

Dark Essence Records is well known in the fields Black Metal and the more Extreme Metal genres and their roster contains some very high profile bands, some of whom have been around for well over two decades, as well as some of the most exciting relatively new musicians to have appeared on the scene. The label’s roster includes TAAKE, HELHEIM, HADES ALMIGHTY, AETERNUS, COR SCORPII, SARKOM, SLEGEST, THE 3rd ATTEMPT, ALFAHANNE, SULPHUR, GALAR, KRAKOW, MOMENTUM, ORKAN, LUCIFER’S CHILD, MISTUR, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, RATTENFÄNGER, THE BATALLION. The new Dark Essence Records North American webshop will be celebrating its opening by making some rare test pressings available for purchase. The webshop can be found at http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

Karisma Records, on the other hand, concentrates on the more Rock-oriented and Progressive side of the musical spectrum and the label’s roster contains much-respected veterans such as AIRBAG, VIRUS, MAGIC PIE, D’ACCORD, BJORN RIIS, BRIMSTONE and NORDAGUST, and fast rising bands such as TIEBREAKER, OSSICLES, SEVEN IMPALE, RENDEZVOUS POINT, FATAL FUSION. To celebrate the launch of the Karisma Records North American webshop, the label will also be making some rare test pressings available for purchase. The Karisma Records North American webshop can be found at http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop: http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
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NEW ALBUM FROM SLEGEST NEARS COMPLETION. BAND HINTS AT WHAT TO EXPECT

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It’s been a couple of years since Norway’s SLEGEST released their debut full-length album on Dark Essence Records to much critical acclaim, and with fans wondering when they can expect to hear more, the band have today revealed that their sophomore album is well on the way to completion. The new work is being recorded and mixed at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, with VULTURE INDUSTRIES Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen at the helm. With mixing just about finished, the album is set for release on Dark Essence Records during 2016.

SLEGEST was formed in 2010 by former VREID guitarist ESE, originally with the intention of playing BLACK SABBATH inspired music with harsh vocals. Not one to leave a good idea to languish, Ese took the concept further and SLEGEST grew into the rock-orientated entity it is today, with a sound that is distinguished by a very definite Black Metal edge, and which Metal Hammer described as a “focused attempt to marry the atmospheres and primitivism of the blackened hordes to the rumbling swagger of prime BLACK SABBATH and the best strident old-school metal… with a subtle melodic sense that owes its leather-clad backside to DIO, PRIEST and even SCORPIONS”.

SLEGEST’s first release was the self-titled 2012 EP, which appeared as both a digital release and as a 7” vinyl on Ese’s own label Systrond Recordings. With Norway’s Dark Essence Records, a label that has, over the years, demonstrated an uncanny ability to spot some the best local talent around, snapping up the band, SLEGEST’s debut full-length album “Løyndom” appeared in the autumn of 2013. The response to “Løyndom” convinced Ese that this was a project that needed to be made into a full-blown live band, and with Ese (ex-VREID) on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums, SLEGEST hit the road with TAAKE and earned themselves a whole new set of admirers.

Commenting on what fans can expect from their sophomore album, Ese had this to say: “We will pick up where we left off with “Løyndom” – mid-paced heaviness in all its glory and filth. I have read blackened doom applied as a description to our music. But really you need to add a good dose of rock and then you might get the idea of what we are all about. There is so much to explore in our world of heavy rock and we are proud of our new songs which, to our ears – and, after all, we are the blueprint – sounds bloody brilliant. The album will of course deal with death, and, since I write all the music and spend plenty of time thinking about death, I guess it is safe to say that we are most likely onto something”.

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/

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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

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

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KVELERTAK AND OFERMOD MEMBERS TO JOIN ALFAHANNE ON STAGE FOR UPCOMING SHOWS

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With their second full-length album appearing in various “Best Of 2015 Releases” lists, and work beginning on a follow up, Sweden’s self-styled “Alfapokalyptic” rockers ALFAHANNE will be joined on stage by special guests during a couple of the band’s upcoming shows. OFERMOD’s R. Fjäll will appear with ALFAHANNE during their show at Copperfield’s in Stockholm on the 6th of February, and once again when the band plays on the Close-Up Båten Cruise which sets sail from Stockholm on the 10th of March. Also joining them on stage during the cruise will be KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik.

ALFAHANNE are definitely no strangers to appearing either on stage or in the studio, and frequently both, with special guests who have included some iconic names in Extreme Metal, including TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, HELHEIM’s V’gandr, HORNA’s Spellgoth, SORHIN’s Nattfursth, and KVELERTAK’s Erlend Hjelvik. It is a testament to the band’s musical appeal that they have been able to tempt artists such as these to collaborate with them, whilst frontman Pehr Skjoldhammer has, in turn, guested on the latest album from HELHEIM and has frequently worked with SHINING and Niklas Kvarforth.

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With their first two albums released on Dark Essence Records and a couple of decades of experience in bands such as VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT, ALFAHANNE’s lineup is comprised of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass. Their instantly recognisable brand of high energy Black Metal, which is liberally laced with Punk and Classic Rock, oozes swagger and attitude, and has proven to be a hit with fans and critics alike, whilst the infectious energy that permeates their stage shows consistently wins them plaudits and new fans from across a wide-ranging musical spectrum.

Confirmed upcoming live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:
05 Feb, Heaven & Hell, Karlstad, Sweden (supporting Demonical)
06 Feb, With special guest R. Fjäll, Copperfields, Stockholm, Sweden (supporting Demonical)
12 Feb, Harry’s, Gävle, Sweden (supporting Demonical)
10 – 11 March, With special guests Erlend Hjelvik & R. Fjäll, Close-Up Båten Cruise
23 – 25 June, Nummirock Festival, Lake Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland

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

ALFAHANNE’s albums “Alfapokalyps” and “Blod Eld Alfa” can be heard on the Dark Essence Records/Alfahanne Bandcamp page at https://alfahanne.bandcamp.com/ whilst the track “Slutdestination Eskilstuna” featuring SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth can be heard below.

Fan-filmed video of ALFAHANNE performing the track “Indiehora” from their 2014 album “Alfapokalyps”, 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 BandCamp: https://alfahanne.bandcamp.com/
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.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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MOMENTUM DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING RELEASE

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2015 proved to be an extremely successful year in terms of critically acclaimed releases for Dark Essence Records, and the Norwegian label has decided to kick off 2016 with a tasty re-release, in digital format, of the debut full-length album from Icelandic Progressive Doom Metallers MOMENTUM. “Fixation, at Rest” is set for release on the 15th January, and the track ” Prosthetic Sea ” from the album can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/momentum-prosthetic-sea

WIth the band’s sophomore full-length album “The Freak Is Alive” finding its way into a plethora of “Best of 2015” lists, it’s not such a surprising idea to let fans experience an album they may have missed the first time around. Originally released in 2010, with the band’s then-lineup of Hörður Ólafsson on Vocals & Bass, Ingvar Sæmundsson on Guitar & Backing Vocals, Kristján Einar Guðmundsson on Drums and Erling Orri Baldursson on Guitar. The ten-track album was recorded at Island Studios by Axel Árnason and Studio Njallinn by Momentum in 2009 and mixed and mastered by Axel Árnason at Studio ReFlex in 2010

Artwork for “Fixation, at Rest” is by Hörður Ólafsson . Track listing as follows:

01 – Intro
02 – Metamorphose
03 – Holding Back
04 – Red Silence
05 – The Conduits Lead
06 – As The Skies Break
07 – Prosthetic Sea
08 – The Eye That Leads the Way
09 – Inspiration
10 – Fixation, at Rest

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With “Fixation, at Rest”, MOMENTUM had very much left behind them their Black/Death Metal roots and developed a sound and an identity that is distinctly their own, and which uses not just music and lyrics, but also frontman Hörður Ólafsson’s idiosyncratic artwork as an integral part of the band’s overall concept .

Now a trio, MOMENTUM’s lineup comprises Kristján on Drums, Holaf on Vocalsand Bass , and Ingvar on Guitar and Vocals. It is a band whose sound is best described as the merging of atmospheric post-rock, reminiscent of ISIS and CULT OF LUNA, together with a level of bone-crushing heaviness broken up by soft singing and relaxed clean passages, intense vocals layered over discordant, staccato bursts, and mingling with eerie sound textures that explode into high-impact power chords, which bring to mind the work of NEUROSIS.

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

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A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo or embedded using the following code:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/

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NORWEGIAN EXPERIMENTAL DEATH/BLACK METALLERS SULPHUR REVEAL DETAILS OF UPCOMING THIRD FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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Seven years after the release of their last album, SULPHUR have once again signed with Norway’s Dark Essence Records, and are ready to announce details of what will be the Experimental Black/Death Metallers third full-length album. Titled “Omens of Doom”, the seven-track album is expected to hit the streets in February 2016.

With artwork by Romanian artist and designer Costin Chorineu, tracklisting for “Omens of Doom” is as follows:

1. The Force of Our Fall
2. Gathering Storms
3. The Devils Pyre
4. Plague and Pestilence
5. Omens of Doom
6. Rise of the Mushroom Clouds
7. Alt Svartner

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Formed in 2000 with current and former members of bands such as GORGOROTH, ENSLAVED, AETERNUS and VULTURE INDUSTRIES, SULHPUR’s demo “A Relic For The Damned” demonstrated the direction the band would be taking, which lies between Death and Black Metal with a progressive twist, but the band lay dormant for a few years, until they returned with a second demo and an altered lineup and eventually signed to Osmose Productions for the release of their debut studio album “Cursed Madness” in 2007.

By 2009 SULPHUR had found their home with Dark Essence Records, and released their critically acclaimed sophomore album “Thorns in Existence”. Now, with a lineup that includes Thomas Skinlo Høyven on Vocals, Øyvind Madsen on guitars, keys and programming, Vegard Hovland on bass, Erik Hæggernes on drums and guitarist Martin Lynn Ytrøy who replaces VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Eivind Huse, SULPHUR is back with a brand new album that features guest appearances from producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ frontman Bjornar Erevik Nilsen as well as Eivind Huse.
SULPHUR’s next live appearance will be on the 19th February at Blastfest in Bergen, Norway.

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

Fan-filmed footage of SULPHUR performing at Karmoygeddon Arctic Festival can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/StQt-ZBipYQ

SULPHUR’s 2009 album “Thorns in Existence” can be heard below and at https://sulphurnorway.bandcamp.com/

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NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS HELHEIM STREAM ENTIRE ALBUM AHEAD OF RELEASE DATE

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Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM are streaming the whole of their eighth full-length album “raunijaR” ahead of the 4th December release date on Dark Essence Records. You can listen to “raunijaR”, which is being streamed exclusively on Terrorizer Magazine, at http://www.terrorizer.com/news/helheim-stream-new-album-raunijar

The follow up to 2011’s “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”, “raunijaR” brings to a close the “Åsgards Fall ” storyline that began with the EP of that name in 2010, and also completes the themes that have woven their way in and out of HELHEIM’s music since the very beginning. Featuring ALFAHANNE’s Pehr Skjoldhammer and Norwegian musician William Hut on guest vocals, as well as additional guest musicians on violin, piano and horns, the album was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studio by VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjørnar Nilsen and mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen. Artwork for the album is by HELHEIM’s H’grimnir of www.coverart.no. Track listing on “raunijaR” as follows:

1. Helheim 9
2. raunijaR
3. Åsgards Fall III
4. Åsgards Fall IV
5. Odr

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“raunijaR” is available to pre-order from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/helheim-rauniar-cd-t-shirt-bundle or https://helheim.bandcamp.com/

Over their twenty plus years of existence, HELHEIM’s lineup of V’gandr on bass and vocals, H’grimnir on guitar and vocals, Hrymr on drums and Noralf on guitars have made use not just of story lines taken from folklore, but they have enhanced these with the use of traditional instruments to give a realistic Viking feel to their epic music, which many acknowledge to be one of the most authentic , if not the most authentic, in the genre. They have spent their time wisely between their last release and the recording on “raunijaR” , honing and developing HELHEIM’s dark and atmospheric sound, and further enhancing it with additional clean vocals by V’gandr , which now allows the two vocalists to combine their clean vocals to add yet another interesting new dimension to the band’s sound.

V’gandr recently gave his insights on the new album: “The opening track “Helheim 9” is actually the last in the line of the HELHEIM tracks where Hrymr in particular has been the creative force. He has combined his unique creativity and symbolism in a way that overwhelms everything that came before, and the result is a truly fitting closure.

“The title track “raunijaR” continues on from Helheim’s “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”, and has a relentlessly driving sound that showcases the confrontational, yet familiar, black metal sound in the vein of “Dualitet og Ulver”. “Åsgards Fall” Parts 3 and 4 will be the final and vital link in the completion of the theme that was begun in both lyrical and musical terms with the “Åsgards Fall” MCD. Closing the album is “Odr”, a solemn track that gives the album an ending full of the grandeur and respect that it deserves.”

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

The official video for the track “Dualitet og Ulver” from HELHEIM’s MCD “Åsgards Fall”, which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA

Tracks from all of HELHEIM’s releases can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial/sets/helheim-player

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HELHEIM DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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Dark Essence Records have today debuted a track from “raunijaR”, the upcoming album from Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM. With the album due to hit the streets on the 4th December, the title track “RaunijaR” can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/helheim-raunijar

“raunijaR” which will be the band’s eighth full-length release, is the follow up to 2011’s “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr” and was recorded at Conclave & Earshot Studio by VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjørnar Nilsen and mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen. Artwork for the album is by HELHEIM’s H’grimnir of www.coverart.no.

Track listing on “raunijaR” as follows:

1. Helheim 9
2. raunijaR
3. Åsgards Fall III
4. Åsgards Fall IV
5. Odr

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Since the release of “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”, HELHEIM have been busy expanding their unique take on VIking Metal. The band have been building even further on what is over twenty years of experience and have created an album that not only brings to a close the “Åsgards Fall ” storyline that began with the EP of that name in 2010, but also completes the themes that have woven their way in and out of HELHEIM’s music since the very beginning.

Along with HELHEIM’s lineup of V’gandr on bass and vocals, H’grimnir on guitar and vocals, Hrymr on drums and Noralf on guitars, “raunijaR” features ALFAHANNE’s Pehr Skjoldhammer and Norwegian musician William Hut on guest vocals, as well as additional guest musicians on violin, piano and horns, giving the album an epic feel. The band’s trademark dark and atmospheric sound has been further enhanced by the fact that V’gandr himself has been expanding and perfecting his clean vocals, something that allows the two vocalists to combine their clean vocals to add yet another interesting new dimension to the band’s sound.

V’gandr recently gave his insights on the new album: “The opening track “Helheim 9” is actually the last in the line of the HELHEIM tracks where Hrymr in particular has been the creative force. He has combined his unique creativity and symbolism in a way that overwhelms everything that came before, and the result is a truly fitting closure.

“The title track “raunijaR” continues on from Helheim’s “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”, and has a relentlessly driving sound that showcases the confrontational, yet familiar, black metal sound in the vein of “Dualitet og Ulver”. “Åsgards Fall” Parts 3 and 4 will be the final and vital link in the completion of the theme that was begun in both lyrical and musical terms with the “Åsgards Fall” MCD. Closing the album is “Odr”, a solemn track that gives the album an ending full of the grandeur and respect that it deserves.”

HELHEIM will make a special appearance at BlekkMetal Festival which runs from the 13th to the 15th November at USF Verftet in Bergen. The one-off event is billed as a tribute to the birth of the Norwegian Black Metal scene, and will hark back to the atmosphere, bands, art and individuals from the scene pre 1994. HELHEIM will perform their debut album “Jormundgand” on Saturday 14th to mark the 20th Anniversary of its release. They will also be interviewed live on stage along with ENSLAVED, and will be discussing how their lyrical narratives and their musical craft have been influenced by their Viking roots and traditions.

Included on the BlekkMEtal bill are veteran bands such as TAAKE, KAMPFAR, AETERNUS, HADES ALMIGHTY, GEHENNA, ENSLAVED, and brand new bands such GAAHLS WYRD, and a special onetime only reunion of the legendary OLD FUNERAL. Also appearing will be The C.L.A.S.P. Ritual /Dirge Rep – a tribute band consisting of legendary musicians such as Dirge Rep himself, Skagg, Gaahl, Garm and many more.

Some of the top Norwegian tattoo artists will be present at the event, and will be available for appointments, including, Colin Dale, Kai Uwe Faust and Tor Ola Svennevig, three Viking tattooists who work entirely by hand, without the use of machines. Art exhibitions, movies and guest speakers will also be featured at the event. More information about the BlekkMetal Festival, as well as ticket details can be found at www.blekkmetal.com

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

“raunijaR” is available to pre-order from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/helheim-rauniar-cd-t-shirt-bundle or https://helheim.bandcamp.com/

The official video for the track “Dualitet og Ulver” from HELHEIM’s MCD “Åsgards Fall”, which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Helheim YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/frosjo
Helheim SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE MOMENTUM’S DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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Dark Essence Records will follow up their release of MOMENTUM’s sophomore full-length album “The Freak Is Alive”, with a trip into the band’s past and the digital release of their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” on the 15th January.

“Fixation, at Rest” was originally released in 2010, with the band’s then-lineup of Hörður Ólafsson on Vocals & Bass, Ingvar Sæmundsson on Guitar & Backing Vocals, Kristján Einar Guðmundsson on Drums and Erling Orri Baldursson on Guitar. The ten-track album was recorded at Island Studios by Axel Árnason and Studio Njallinn by Momentum in 2009 and mixed and mastered by Axel Árnason at Studio ReFlex in 2010

Artwork for “Fixation, at Rest” is by Hörður Ólafsson . Track listing as follows:

01 – Intro
02 – Metamorphose
03 – Holding Back
04 – Red Silence
05 – The Conduits Lead
06 – As The Skies Break
07 – Prosthetic Sea
08 – The Eye That Leads the Way
09 – Inspiration
10 – Fixation, at Rest

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Formed in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2003, originally as a Black/Death metal project, MOMENTUM’s first releases included “The Requiem” EP appearing in 2006, and the “Your Side of the Triangle”in 2008. The release of “Fixation, at Rest”, saw the band leave their roots behind them and develop their own sound and identity. By the time “The Freak Is Alive” was released on Dark Essence in 2015, frontman Hörður Ólafsson was ready to take the listeners on a surreal journey through the subconscious with his use of artwork, lyrics and concepts.

Now a trio, MOMENTUM’s lineup comprises Kristján on Drums, Holaf on Vocalsand Bass , and Ingvar on Guitar and Vocals. It is a band whose sound is best described as the merging of atmospheric post-rock, reminiscent of ISIS and CULT OF LUNA, together with a level of bone-crushing heaviness broken up by soft singing and relaxed clean passages, intense vocals layered over discordant, staccato bursts, and mingling with eerie sound textures that explode into high-impact power chords, which bring to mind the work of NEUROSIS.

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

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A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo

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NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS MISTUR SIGN TO DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

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Dark Essence records have announced the signing of Norwegian Viking Metallers MISTUR, and will be releasing the band’s sophomore full-length album at a date as yet to be announced. Hailing from the fjords and mountains of Sogndal, an area which has now taken on an almost legendary status in the world of Norwegian Extreme Metal, MISTUR’s sound mixes the melodic and the atmospheric together with the rawness of Black Metal. With their Viking-related lyrics written in Norwegian , MISTUR is the perfect fit for a label that can boast of bands such as TAAKE and HELHEIM amongst its roster.

Formed as a metal project in 2004 by Espen Bakketeig and Andre Raunehaug , it quickly became apparent to the duo that there was a demand for the band to perform live, and a full lineup was put together. MISTUR’s first release was the 2005 demo “Skoddefjellet”, which immediately attracted the attention of both the public and the critics. This was followed by band’s debut full-length album “Attende”, which appeared on the German label Einheit Produktionen in 2009.

Aside from Bakketeig (VREID (live), ex- SIGTYR) on Synths, Vocals and Programming, and Raunehaug (EMANCER, ex-SIGTYR) on Guitar, today’s lineup includes Oliver Øien on Vocals, Stian Bakketeig (VREID, ex WINDIR, ex COR SCORPII) on Guitar, Ole Hartvigsen (EMANCER, KAMPFAR) on Bass, and Tomas Myklebust (EMANCER (live), VREID (live), GALAR) on Drums.

MISTUR are set to appear at Blastfest in Bergen on the 17th February, and will join Dark Essence Records label-mates the 3rd ATTEMPT, LUCIFER’S CHILD and ORKAN at the label night at Inferno Festival in Oslo on the 23rd March.

More information about MISTUR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mistur.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mistur-334339291694

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NORWEGIAN VIKING METALLERS HELHEIM TO RELEASE EIGHTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM AND TO PERFORM SPECIAL SET AT BLEKKMETAL FESTIVAL

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Over four years have passed since HELHEIM released their last album, and now the veteran Norwegian Viking metallers are set to release their eighth full-length album on the 4th December on Dark Essence Records. Titled “raunijaR”, the album was recorded at Conclave & Earshot Studio by VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjørnar Nilsen and was mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen.

In the intervening years between 2011’s critically acclaimed “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr” and the upcoming release of “raunijaR” , HELHEIM have been both experimenting with, and building on, their unique take on the Viking Metal genre. As well as completing the themes that have woven their way through HELHEIM’s music since the very beginning, it is with “raunijaR” that the band completes the “Åsgards Fall ” storyline that began with the EP of that name in 2010.

HELHEIM’s lineup comprises V’gandr on bass and vocals, H’grimnir on guitar and vocals, Hrymr on drums and Noralf on guitars. V’gandr himself has been expanding and perfecting his clean vocals, and now, when the two vocalists combine to sing clean vocals new elements are added to the band’s sound. Guest vocals on “raunijaR” come from ALFAHANNE’s Pehr Skjoldhammer and Norwegian musician William Hut, with additional guests performing on violin, piano and horns to further enhance HELHEIM’s dark and heavy atmospheres and create a truly epic masterpiece.

Artwork is by H’grimnir of www.coverart.no. Track listing on “raunijaR” as follows:

1. Helheim 9
2. Raunijar
3. Åsgards Fall III
4. Åsgards Fall IV
5. Odr

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Commenting on “raunijaR” V’gandr had this to say: “The opening track “Helheim 9” is actually the last in the line of the HELHEIM tracks where Hrymr in particular has been the creative force. He has combined his unique creativity and symbolism in a way that overwhelms everything that came before, and the result is a truly fitting closure.

“The title track “raunijaR” continues on from Helheim’s “Heiðindómr ok Mótgangr”, and has a relentlessly driving sound that showcases the confrontational, yet familiar, black metal sound in the vein of “Dualitet og Ulver”. “Åsgards Fall” Parts 3 and 4 will be the final and vital link in the completion of the theme that was begun in both lyrical and musical terms with the “Åsgards Fall” MCD. Closing the album is “Odr”, a solemn track that gives the album an ending full of the grandeur and respect that it deserves.”

In November HELHEIM will make a special appearance at BlekkMetal Festival which runs from the 13th to the 15th November at USF Verftet in Bergen. The one-off event is billed as a tribute to the birth of the Norwegian Black Metal scene, and will hark back to the atmosphere, bands, art and individuals from the scene pre 1994. HELHEIM will perform their debut album “Jormundgand” on Saturday 14th to mark the 20th Anniversary of its release. They will also be interviewed live on stage along with ENSLAVED, and will be discussing how their lyrical narratives and their musical craft have been influenced by their Viking roots and traditions.

Included on the BlekkMEtal bill are veteran bands such as TAAKE, KAMPFAR, AETERNUS, HADES ALMIGHTY, GEHENNA, ENSLAVED, and brand new bands such GAAHLS WYRD, and a special onetime only reunion of the legendary OLD FUNERAL. Also appearing will be The C.L.A.S.P. Ritual /Dirge Rep – a tribute band consisting of legendary musicians such as Dirge Rep himself, Skagg, Gaahl, Garm and many more.

Some of the top Norwegian tattoo artists will be present at the event, and will be available for appointments, including, Colin Dale, Kai Uwe Faust and Tor Ola Svennevig, three Viking tattooists who work entirely by hand, without the use of machines. Art exhibitions, movies and guest speakers will also be featured at the event. More information about the BlekkMetal Festival, as well as ticket details can be found at www.blekkmetal.com

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

The official video for the track “Dualitet og Ulver” from HELHEIM’s MCD “Åsgards Fall”, which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA

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Tracks from all of HELHEIM’s releases can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial/sets/helheim-player

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Helheim YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/frosjo
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SIGNS PSYCHEDELIC PROG BLACK METALLERS HAIL SPIRIT NOIR

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Having just released a new album from LUCIFER’s CHILD, Norway’s Dark Essence Records today announced that they have signed a second band from Greece, namely Psychedelic Prog Black Metal trio HAIL SPIRIT NOIR.

Formed in Thessaloniki in 2010, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup is composed of Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars. The band’s debut full-length album “Pneuma” was released on Code666/Aural Music in 2012, followed by the sophomore album “Oi Magoi” in 2014.

Describing their sound as “retro, yet modern”, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR are currently working on their 3rd full length album, which will be released on Dark Essence Records on a date as yet to be specified. Will it be, in the band’s own words, “a psychoprog black metal album of trippy melodies and satiric ecstasy” like their last album? Watch this space!

More information about HAIL SPIRIT NOIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/
Band Contact: transbizarre@yahoo.com

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LEGENDARY NORWEGIANS HADES ALMIGHTY TO RELEASE EP TO MARK NEW ERA & AS A TASTER FOR UPCOMING FIFTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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For the many fans of HADES ALMIGHTY the long wait is finally over as the band is set to release a new EP, the first studio release from the band since 2001. The three-track Digi EP, titled “Pyre Era, Black!” will hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on the 23 October and serves as an introduction to a new era for the legendary Norwegian band, as well as a taste of what to expect from what will be the band’s fifth full-length album which is due for release next year.

Photography for the artwork for “Pyre Era, Black!” is by Christian Misje. Track listing as follows:

1. Pyre Era, Black!
2. Funeral Storm
3. Bound

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Last year it was announced that founding member and vocalist/bassist Janto was quitting the band on the best of terms, and that co-founders, guitarist Jorn (ex-DOMINANZ, ex-OLD FUNERAL, ex-IMMORTAL, ex-AMPUTATION) and drummer Remi, would be searching for a replacement. The replacement chosen turned out to be no stranger to black metal fans when it was revealed that Ask Ty (KAMPFAR, KRAKOW) would take on vocal duties and that once again HADES ALMIGHTY would be making its mark as one of the great Norwegian Black Metal bands.
Originally formed in 1992 as HADES, the band changed their name to HADES ALMIGHTY in 1998 due to the pre-existence of a US band of the same name. Things on the recording front have been quiet in the fourteen years since the release of HADES ALMIGHTY’s fourth full-length album, “The Pulse of Decay”, but the band itself has not let the grass grow too long under their feet by being relatively active on the live scene. Nor, it would seem, have they lost any of their studio skills as “Pyre Era, Black!” amply demonstrates.

It is an EP that hints at the pitch black, epic sound that originally made HADES ALMIGHTY so unique, but with additional new elements, not least the outstanding vocals of their new frontman that give the character and depth fans have grown to expect from the band. There are some who might have wondered how Ask Ty, well known for his drumming skills, would be able to handle vocals, but this is not his first outing behind the microphone, having performed vocals both in the studio and live for KAMPFAR and KRAKOW, and “Pyre Era, Black!” demonstrates just how versatile he is.

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HADES ALMIGHTY’s first live appearance with the new lineup will take place in the Netherlands at the Aurora Infernalis festival in Arnhem on the 24th October, followed by an appearance at Bergen’s Black Metal and Tattoo festival BlekkMetal in Bergen on the 13th November

More information about HADES ALMIGHTY can be found on the band’s new Facebook page at at https://www.facebook.com/hadesalmightyofficial

The official video for the track “Submission Equals Suicide” from HADES ALMIGHTY’s album “The Pulse of Decay” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/QOeTGUwcz98

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THE 3RD ATTEMPT DEBUTS LYRIC VIDEO TO MARK THE RELEASE OF THE BAND’S DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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With their debut full-length album “Born in Thorns” newly released, the 3RD ATTEMPT, the new band from former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor ( ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST) have debuted a lyric video for the track “Sons of the Winter”. With live footage shot by Svein Erik Nomeland of Artistfoto.no at the band’s recent appearance at the Southern Discomfort Festival, and with still photography by Anders Berg and Paul Sigakis, the video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/MUSsV_Ng-4M

The 3rd ATTEMPT was formed in late 2014, immediately following the announcement by the two guitarists that they were quitting CARPATHIAN FOREST, one of Norway’s most iconic Black Metal bands. The duo were driven to their decision by a need to work on a project that took them out of an environment where they felt they had been growing stale, and by the desire to once again feel the rush of creativity and enthusiasm they felt had been lacking over the past few years.
Former MIDNATTSVREDE vocalist Ødemark joined the band after an internet search that drew applicants from all over the world, both from new and well known bands, and the lineup was completed by drummer Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE). After considering a number of offers from various labels, the 3rd ATTEMPT inked a deal with Bergen’s Dark Essence Records which led to the release of “Born in Thorns” on the 25th September of this year, in both CD and digital formats, with a vinyl edition set to be released in December.
Having already appeared at a number of festivals in Norway, the 3rd ATTEMPT will be joining label-mates TAAKE for a handful of dates on the band’s upcoming European tour and will support NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING on their Norwegian dates. Confirmed upcoming live dates as follows:

05 Oct: Razz 3, Barcelona, Spain (with TAAKE + ORKAN)
06 Oct: Caracol, Madrid, Spain (with TAAKE + ORKAN)
08 Oct: Glazart, Paris, France (with TAAKE + ORKAN)
09 Oct: Underworld, London , UK (with TAAKE + ORKAN)
26 Nov: The Garage, Bergen, Norway (with SHINING)
27 Nov: Pokalen, Oslo, Norway (with SHINING)
28 Nov: Byker Grave Festival, Newcastle, UK
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19 Feb: Blastfest, Bergen, Norway

More information about the band can be found on the band’s website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/ or on their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

The track “Art of Domination” from the 3rd ATTEMPT’s album “Born in Thorns” can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt/3rd-attempt-art-of-domination-1

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

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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

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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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DETAILS REVEALED OF UPCOMING ALBUM FROM LUCIFER’S CHILD – THE NEW PROJECT FROM ROTTING CHRIST AND NIGHTFALL MEMBERS

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Formed in 2013 by George Emmanuel (ROTTING CHRIST, ex-CHAOSTAR) and Stathis Ridis (NIGHTFALL), LUCIFER’s CHILD was snapped up earlier this year by Norway’s Dark Essence Records, who are set to release the band’s debut full-length album “The Wiccan” on the 25th September. With artwork by Stathis Ridis’ AmazeMe Design company, track listing for the eight-track album, which was recorded in Athens, Greece, in 2014, is as follows:

1. Hors de Combat
2. A True Mayhem
3. Spirits of Amenta
4. He, who Punishes and Slays
5. King ov Hell
6. The Wiccan
7. Lucifer’s Child
8. Doom

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Together with Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums, Emmanuel (guitars) and Stathis (bass), have taken the classic Greek Black Metal sound and given it a dimension that is entirely their own, with songs ranging from the epic and monumental to pure aggression. Formed with the intention of performing the kind of music that would serve as a spiritual introduction to the atmospheric world of a Summoning, the band seeks to create a unity between the spiritual ideas behind each song and the immensely heavy and mid-paced music itself, thereby presenting the audience not only with a taste of their electrifying Black Metal, but also a sense of ritualistic energy.

LUCIFER’s CHILD three-part studio video diaries have just been uploaded onto the Dark Essence Records YouTube channel and can be seen below and at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz1Vh1GrYKJg-QXTxMdoWrFsIuH2FZxEB

More information about LUCIFER’S CHILD can be found on the band’s website at www.luciferschild.net or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/luciferschildmusic

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Dark Essence Records adds Greek Lucifer’s Child to roster

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band Contact: info@luciferschild.com or george@luciferschild.com
Booking : booking@luciferschild.com
Website : www.luciferschild.net
Facebook : www.facebook.com/luciferschildmusic
Twitter : www.twitter.com/lucif3rschild
Youtube : www.youtube.com/lucif3rschild
Soundcloud : www.soundcloud.com/luciferschildmusic
Instagram : www.instagram.com/luciferschildmusic
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 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

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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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3RD ATTEMPT DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM. ARTWORK AND DETAILS REVEALED

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When, in late 2014, guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor announced that they were leaving Black Metal titans CARPATHIAN FOREST to form their own band the 3rd ATTEMPT, there were some who questioned the wisdom of leaving the safety of such an iconic band in order to start something new. But, less than a year later, on the 25th September, Dark Essence Records is set to release the band’s debut full-length album “Born in Thorns”, which will show just how right the two renowned guitarists were in deciding to leave an environment they felt had become stale and stifling, in order to feel the rush of creativity and enthusiasm once again.

As a taste of what to expect from “Born in Thorns” the track “Art of Domination” has been debuted today and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/3rd-attempt-art-of-domination

Barely drawing breath after their announcement, Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor ( ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST) chose Ødemark (ex-MIDNATTSVREDE) as their vocalist, following online auditions that elicited responses from both experienced and new vocalists from all over the world. The lineup was then completed with the addition of drummer Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) whose performance as a session drummer for the 3rd ATTEMPT at this year’s Blastfest convinced the others that he was the man for the job.
With producer Endre Kirkesola, known for his work with CARPATHIAN FOREST, BLOOD RED THRONE, GREEN CARNATION, URGEHAL, TSJUDER, at the helm, the 3rd ATTEMPT entered the Studio Sanden in Kristiansand to record “Born in Thorns”. Mixing and mastering was done by Marius Strand at the Strand Studio. This is an album that showcases the well-known writing skills of the two founders, as well as contributions from the new members, and turns the old-school Black Metal vibe up several notches by introducing different elements, including rock n roll/black n roll, to produce a unique take on the Classic Black Metal sound, giving it a fresh feeling and a distinctive groove.

Artwork for “Born in Thorns” is by Jon Tønnessen and tracklisting on the ten-track album is as follows:

1. Torment Nation
2. Dark Vision
3. Art of Domination
4. We Defy
5. Born in Thorns
6. Beast Within
7. Sons of the Winter
8. Nekrogrammaton
9. Firestorm
10. Anti-Self

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The 3rd ATTMEPT will join Dark Essence Records label-mates TAAKE on a European Tour later this year, details to be announced. Confirmed upcoming shows as follows:

12 Sep: Southern Discomfort Festival, Kristiansand, Norway
26 Nov: The Garage, Bergen, Norway (supporting SHINING)
27 Nov: Pokalen, Oslo, Norway (supporting SHINING)

More information about the band can be found on the band’s website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/ or on their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com
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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ARTWORK AND DETAILS OF SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM FROM ALFAHANNE REVEALED

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Thanks to a very popular competition run by the band and their label Dark Essence Records, fans of Sweden’s “Alfapokalyptic Rockers” ALFAHANNE will all be aware by now that the band who managed to attract the likes of TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth and HELHEIM’s V’gandr to guest on their debut album, have managed to pull some more significant guests out of the hat for their upcoming sophomore full-length album “Blod Eld Alfa”, which is scheduled for release on the 11th September. Joining them this time out will be KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik, Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT, and Nattfursth from SORHIN. SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, with whom ALFAHANNE has a history of collaboration, also makes a return appearance.

The nine-track “Blod Eld Alfa” was mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen at Bergen’s Earshot Studios, and features ALFAHANNE’s trademark high-energy mix of Black Metal, Punk, Classic Rock and New Wave – elements that combine together to create a unique sound full of the swagger and attitude that makes the band such a success both in the studio and on the stage.
Artwork for “Blod Eld Alfa” is by Trine Grimm Lothe and track listing 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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ALFAHANNE was formed in 2010 in Eskilstuna, Sweden, and its lineup of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass, have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT. Their debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps”, which appeared on Dark Essence Records in 2014, instantly brought the band to the attention of audiences the world-over who were impressed not just by the band’s energy, but also with their approachability and genuine interest in their fans.

Confirmed live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen, Malmo, Sweden (with SHINING)

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 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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ALFAHANNE REVEALS ALL FOUR GUESTS ON UPCOMING ALBUM

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HORNA frontman Spellgoth will be joining KVELERTAK’s Erlend Hjelvik, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, and SORHIN’s Nattfursth on the upcoming album from Swedish “Alfapokalyptic” Rockers ALFHANNE, who, together with their label Dark Essence Records, have been running a competition over the past couple of months, inviting fans to guess the guests and win a copy of the new album.

“The competition has been a lot of fun for us” commented the band, “and hopefully the fans have enjoyed it too – we’ve certainly been receiving entries from all parts of the world. Our guests on this album are all from quite different bands, and are are musicians for whom we have a great admiration and we were more than excited when they agreed to perform guest vocals. From the comments we’ve been getting it seems that the fans feel the same way too. Obviously we can’t reveal too much about the new album at the moment, except to say that it will be out in September, but Dark Essence Records will be revealing more information soon, and you’ll get a chance to hear something from it too!”

Formed in 2010 ALFAHANNE’s lineup of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass, have a good two decades of experience under their belts, having been around the Black Metal scene since the early ‘90’s, in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT. Their self-styled “Alfapokalyptic Rock”, which mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, combined with their charismatic and high-energy live shows, has gained the band a legion of fans, both inside and outside of Europe.

ALFAHANNE’s new album will be a follow up to last year’s debut full-length “Alfapokalyps”, which once again featured guest vocals from SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, as well as TAAKE’s Hoest and HELHEIM’s V’gandr. Confirmed live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

26 June, Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen, Malmo, Sweden (with SHINING)

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

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

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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ALFAHANNE AND DARK ESSENCE RECORDS REVEAL THIRD GUEST AND ANNOUNCE FINAL “GUESS THE GUEST” COMPETITION IN RUN-UP TO ALBUM RELEASE

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Over the past few weeks fans of Sweden’s ALFAHANNE have been having a bit of fun by entering a competition to win a copy of the band’s next album by guessing who the guests will be on the upcoming release. With two guests and two winners already announced, the band and their label, Dark Essence Records, have now announced that the third guest will be KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik (photo below). He will be joining SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, and SORHIN’s Nattursth on what will be the self-styled Alfapocalyptic Rockers’ sophomore full-length album, which is due for release in the Autumn.

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KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik

With only one more guest left to announce, and one CD left to win, the clues to the final “Guess the Guest” competition are as follows:

1) This guest is the vocalist for one of the top Finnish Black Metal bands which was originally formed in 1993

2) The meaning of the Finnish name of this guest’s band is “abyss”

3) When one of the early vocalists with this guest’s band left, he became the musician that is known today as Satanic Warmaster’s Werwolf.

4) This guest will be appearing at the Tuska Open Air Festival Pre-Party this year, fronting another of his bands, TURMION KÄTILÖT, the day before Alfahanne themselves are due to appear at the festival

Anyone wishing to enter the ALFAHANNE / DARK ESSENCE RECORDS “Guess the Guest” competition should email their guess and their name and address to ALFAHANNE’s management on info@pthomasmanagement.com (use Alfahanne Competition in the Subject line) or drop the band a private message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial by the 11th June. The winner will receive a copy of the new album as soon as it is released.

Confirmed live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

26 June, Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen, Malmo, Sweden (with SHINING)

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 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 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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ALFAHANNE AND DARK ESSENCE RECORDS REVEAL SECOND GUEST AND ANNOUNCE THIRD “GUESS THE GUEST” COMPETITION IN RUN-UP TO ALBUM RELEASE

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For those who were not already aware, ALFAHANNE, a band known for their interaction with fans, together with their label Dark Essence Records, have been running a “Guess the Guest” competition in the run up to the release of the band’s sophomore full-length album later this year. With SHINING frontman NIKLAS KVARFORTH already announced as the first guest, the band and it’s label are ready to announced that the second of four guest on the band’s upcoming sophomore full-length album will be NATTFURSTH from the iconic Swedish Black Metal band SORHIN (photo below).

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“We really wanted to get the fans to join us in having some fun while we all wait for the new album” said the band. “And from the feedback we’re getting, it seems the fans are really getting into it, which is great. We knew Kvarforth would be easy to guess as we have worked together often both live and in the studio, but we weren’t so sure about Nattfursth, who is someone we’ve admired for a long time and were very excited to have work with us. We needn’t have been worried, and it’s a real tribute to his standing in the world of Black Metal that the entries to the competition started pouring in right away. We think the next guest will be pretty easy to guess, so enjoy the guessing, and we look forward to receiving your entries”.
The clues for guest number three are as follows:

1) This guest is the vocalist for a Norwegian band whose name means “stranglehold” or “chokehold”

2) The favourite animal of this guest’s band is the owl

3) The band loves owls so much that this guest has been known to appear on stage wearing an owl headdress

4) This guest’s band released their debut full-length album on Indie Recordings, before moving to Roadrunner Records for the release of their sophomore full-length

Anyone wishing to enter should email their guess and their name and address to ALFAHANNE’s management on info@pthomasmanagement.com (use Alfahanne Competition in the Subject line) or drop the band a private message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial by the 4th June. The winner will receive a copy of the new album as soon as it is released.
Confirmed live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

26 June, Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen, Malmo, Sweden (with SHINING)

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 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

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ALFAHANNE AND DARK ESSENCE RECORDS REVEAL FIRST GUEST AND ANNOUNCE SECOND “GUESS THE GUEST” COMPETITION IN RUN-UP TO ALBUM RELEASE

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When ALFAHANNE and Dark Essence Records announced their first “Guess the Guest” competition recently they were pretty sure that the clues would be very easy for fans of the band. And sure enough the entries poured in as fans guessed that the first guest on the band’s upcoming album would be none other than SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH. An easy one to guess since Kvarforth had already worked with ALFAHANNE both in the studio and live, with his most recent collaboration with the band being a surprise appearance on stage with them at Incineration Festival in London.

Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth on stage with Alfahanne at Incineration Festival, London. Photo © and All Rights Reserved Nekrographie
Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth on stage with Alfahanne at Incineration Festival, London,. Photo © and All Rights Reserved Nekrographie

With three more guests to reveal, the second competition was launched today, and this time the clues might not seem as easy to many of their followers. “This guest is someone we have admired for many years now, but he will probably be the most difficult one to guess. However, we’ve provided enough information so that with a little bit of research it shouldn’t be too hard to work out who it is” commented the band. The clues are as follows:

1) This guest sings in a classic Swedish Black Metal band from Borlänge which started out in 1993 but is currently on hiatus.
2) This guest has released some classic Black Metal underground albums, one of them being “Apokalypsens ängel”
3) This guest’s band released their later albums on their own label Svartvintras Productions
4) In 2008 Norma Evangelium Diaboli released this guest’s box set Förbannade år 1993-2001

Anyone wishing to enter should email their guess and their name and address to ALFAHANNE’s management on info@pthomasmanagement.com (use Alfahanne Competition in the Subject line) or drop the band a private message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial by lunch time on the 28th May. The winner will receive a copy of the new album as soon as it is released.

Confirmed live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

26 June, Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen, Malmo, Sweden (with SHINING)

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

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

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

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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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LEGENDARY NORWEGIANS HADES ALMIGHTY ANNOUNCE NEW FRONTMAN

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As HADES ALMIGHTY themselves put it in a statement today the “Dawn of a New Era” is upon the band with the arrival of a new frontman to replace former vocalist Janto, who, after 22 years, left the band on friendly terms for personal reasons.

With a couple of new release set to appear on Dark Essence Records, long-time members and founders, guitarist Jorn (DOMINANZ, ex-OLD FUNERAL, ex-IMMORTAL, ex-AMPUTATION) and drummer Remi, had this to say about the new arrival and future plans for the band:

“HADES ALMIGHTY are back! A lot has been festering in the HADES Horde in the last year, and we are now finally able to reveal some details.
First, we are pleased to present the mighty Ask Ty who will be our new musical orator and the screamer of blood curling verses. Known as drummer and part time vocalist of bands like KAMPFAR and KRAKOW , Ask Ty brings fresh nutrients to the soil of the Horde. We have been working together for the last 6 months, and the harvest has been fruitful.

Secondly, we hereby announce that the first studio release since 2001’s ‘THE PULSE OF DECAY‘ will be an EP entitled ‘PYRE ERA, BLACK!’, which will lead up to the release of a full-length album not long after. Both will be released through Dark Essence Records.

Prepare for the Dawn of a New Era!”

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

The official video for the track “Submission Equals Suicide” from HADES ALMIGHTY’s album “The Pulse of Decay” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/QOeTGUwcz98

The track ” Submission Equals Suicide” from HADES ALMIGHTY’s album “The Pulse of Decay” can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/hades-almighty-submission

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HADESHORDEN
Website: http://www.hades-almighty.com/

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THE 3RD ATTEMPT, THE NEW BAND FROM FORMER CARPATHIAN FOREST GUITARISTS, POSTS FIRST STUDIO REPORT WITH PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Work on the debut full-length album from THE 3RD ATTEMPT, which is set to be released on Dark Essence Records later this year, is progressing at a very satisfactory pace. The band entered the Sanden Studio in Kristiansand on the 17th April and they have posted the first in what will be a series of Studio Reports which will follow the progress of the album. The first report, which includes videos of drummer Tybalt laying down the drum tracks, as well as a series of photos by guitarist Tchort, can be seen at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/
With the drum tracks now recorded, the next job will be to create a rough mix, ready for the guitars and bass to be recorded later this week. Recording and producing the album is Endre Kirkesola, who is the band’s sound engineer in both the studio and live, and who has worked with bands such as BLOOD RED THRONE, CHROME DIVISION, URGEHAL, TSJUDER, GREEN CARNATION, CARPATHIAN FOREST and IMMORTAL.

Formed late last year by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (APOSTASY, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex NEONGOD), THE 3RD ATTEMPT’s lineup includes Kaahrl Ødemark (ex- MIDNATTSVREDE, ex-NECROCAVE) on vocals and Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE, ETHEREAL FOREST, ex- HEATHEN DEITY, ex-PANTHEON I) on drums. With such a pedigree it was no surprise that the band found itself being courted by various labels before eventually allowing themselves to be snapped up by Norway’s Dark Essence Records.

THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s next live appearance will be at the Southern Discomfort Metal Festival, in Kristiansand, Norway, in September.
More information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

THE 3rd ATTEMPT recently debuted an unfinished demo track “The Beast Within”, which also features CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn on bass and Anders Kobro on drums, and which was used in a shortened form for the vocalist auditions. “The Beast Within” can be heard below and on THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt/the-3rd-attempt-the-beast-within-demo-track

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Website: https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/
Band contact: tchort@online.no

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SIGNS LUCIFER’S CHILD – THE NEW PROJECT FROM ROTTING CHRIST AND NIGHTFALL MEMBERS

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Dark Essence Records, a label well known for working with some of the top Norwegian acts such as TAAKE, have cast their net a little further from their own shores this time, and signed Greece’s LUCIFER’s CHILD, the band formed by ROTTING CHRIST and former CHAOSTAR member George Emmanuel and NIGHTFALL’s Stathis Ridis.

Emmanuel and Ridis first formed the band in Athens, Greece, in 2013, with the aim of performing the kind of music that would serve as a spiritual introduction to the atmospheric world of a Summoning. LUCIFER’S CHILD sets out to create a unity between the music itself and the spiritual idea behind each song that they present to their audience, and, it is that ritualistic energy, combined with the electrifying sound of Black Metal, that characterises the band’s own sound.

Aside from George Emmanuel on guitars and Stathis Ridis on bass, LUCIFER’S CHILD’s lineup also includes Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums. The band’s debut album “The Wiccan” was recorded during the summer of 2014 in Athens, and Dark Essence Records anticipate its release later this year.

More information about LUCIFER’S CHILD can be found on the band’s website at www.luciferschild.net or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/luciferschildmusic

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“Hors de Combat” a track from LUCIFER’s CHILD can be heard below on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/luciferschildmusic/hors-de-combat

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band Contact: info@luciferschild.com or george@luciferschild.com
Booking : booking@luciferschild.com
Website : www.luciferschild.net
Facebook : www.facebook.com/luciferschildmusic
Twitter : www.twitter.com/lucif3rschild
Youtube : www.youtube.com/lucif3rschild
Soundcloud : www.soundcloud.com/luciferschildmusic
Instagram : www.instagram.com/luciferschildmusic

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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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THE 3RD ATTEMPT, THE NEW BAND FROM FORMER CARPATHIAN FOREST GUITARISTS, SET TO ENTER THE STUDIO IN APRIL

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Former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort and Bloodpervertor certainly hit the ground running when they formed their new band THE 3rd ATTEMPT. In under a year they have managed to audition musicians and get themselves a fully rehearsed lineup which made its live debut at one of Norway’s biggest festivals, sifted through a selection of offers from labels before settling on Dark Essence Records, and have written and prepared all the material for their debut full-length album.
And, April 17th will see them enter the Dub Studio in Oslo, to begin recording their new album with producer Endre Kirkesola, who has worked with bands such as BLOOD RED THRONE, CHROME DIVISION, URGEHAL, TSJUDER, GREEN CARNATION, CARPATHIAN FOREST. Aside from working with some of Norway’s greats in the studio, Kirkesola is also THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s live sound engineer, a job he also performed for IMMORTAL.

“We are really looking forward to begin recording the album,” commented guitarist Tchort. “The whole process of setting up the band and getting on stage for the first time with THE 3rd ATTEMPT has been a real boost, not just in terms of creativity, but also in terms of a renewed enthusiasm for performing. It was a boost we had really been in dire need of over the past few years”.

Photos and videos from the studio will be posted on THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial, and it is anticipated that the album will be released on Dark Essence Records towards the end of the year.

THE 3rd ATTEMPT recently debuted an unfinished demo track “The Beast Within”, which also features CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn on bass and Anders Kobro on drums, and which was used in a shortened form for the vocalist auditions. “The Beast Within” can be heard below and on THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt/the-3rd-attempt-the-beast-within-demo-track

The band’s next live appearance will be at the Southern Discomfort Metal Festival, in Kristiansand, Norway, in September.

More information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

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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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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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NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS SARKOM TALK ABOUT NEW ALBUM

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With their third full-length album “Doomsday Elite” having been released on Dark Essence Records at the end 2013, and with a current lineup that includes Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING) on vocals, Sgt V (ex Svarttjern) on bass, Thrawn (ex DØDHEIMSGARD) on guitar, Nihil (ENDEZZMA) on guitar and Defest (SVARTHAUEG) on drums, SARKOM founder Erik Unsgaard recently spoke about the band’s next album, and why it has been a little longer in coming than originally planned:

“The new album was supposed to be released last year, as a special Anniversary release to mark ten years since we released our demo. Unfortunately, personal matters got in the way and we only got as far as tracking the drums and some of the guitars. Added to which, we’ve recently had some technical problems, which everyone who has ever worked in a band will know about, so it’s just one of those things you get used to and eventually work around. Although we can’t actually make any definitive promises at this stage, we hope to get it finished within the next few months and hopefully get it released this year.

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“What can you expect from the album? Well, as this was meant to be an Anniversary release, there will not be any particular theme or concept to it, neither will the sound or lyrics necessarily reflect each other at all. Without wanting to give away too many details at this stage we can reveal that aside from six SARKOM songs, it is likely that a handful of cover songs will also find their way onto the final product. If anyone wants a sneak peek at the new material and you are coming to Blastfest, then make sure you’re at the Garage on Friday 20th February. SARKOM will be hitting the stage at 13:30 and you can be amongst the first to hear the new track ‘Mind-abscess’.”

As well as releasing “Doomsday Elite” in 2013 in both CD and Digital formats, Dark Essence Records also released the band’s two earlier albums – 2006’s “Aggravation of Mind” and 2008’s “Bestial Supremacy” in Digital format. Originally released on the now defunct Twilight Vertrieb label, both albums are now almost impossible to get hold of. Tracks from all three releases can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/sarkom

“Doomsday Elite” has also just been released in 12″ vinyl format on the Witching Hour Productions label, under license from Dark Essence Records.

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Sarkom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
Sarkom Website: http://www.sarkomsect.com/
Sarkom MySpace: https://myspace.com/sarkom
Band Contact: e.unsgaard@gmail.com
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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THE 3RD ATTEMPT, THE NEW BAND FROM FORMER CARPATHIAN FOREST GUITARISTS, INKS DEAL WITH DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

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When CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor announced last year that they were leaving to set up a new band, THE 3rd ATTEMPT, they knew that they were leaving behind them the security of one of the most iconic Norwegian Black Metal bands of all time, and one with a huge following, to start something completely new and unproven, at a time when labels are reluctant to dip their toes into uncharted territories and new bands emerge in their hundreds every week, only to disappear into nothingness. But when you have two musicians with the skill and experience of Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (APOSTASY, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex NEONGOD) who have the desire to work in an environment that could re-ignite the enthusiasm and creativity they felt they had lost, then a move was inevitable. Interest from various labels was certainly not slow in materialising and today the band are pleased to be able to announce that they have inked a deal with one of Norway’s foremost labels, Dark Essence Records.

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Commenting on their decision to sign with Dark Essence, the band had this to say: “Dark Essence signalled their interest in the possibility of working together as soon as we announced THE 3rd ATTEMPT, even before they had heard anything, and they have kept in close touch, actually making the effort to attend rehearsals and get to know our new members. In the end, it came down to a decision as to whether we wanted to sign with a large label and, as a new band, risk disappearing in the depth of their rosters, or whether we wanted to work with a label who was genuinely interested in us as a band, and who would be with us every step of the way, in all aspects. We also heard many good things about Dark Essence from the musicians already signed to them, so, Dark Essence it is! We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us with preparing and rehearsing the new material ready to enter the studio, and we are excited to see what the future will bring”.

Dark Essence Records commented on the signing: “It takes a substantial label to be able to afford to sign a band like CARPATHIAN FOREST, so when it was announced that Tchort and BloodPervertor were leaving and starting again from scratch with THE 3rd ATTEMPT, we were immediately interested in seeing what direction they would take, and opened a dialogue with them . We already knew what formidable musicians they were and what they were capable of, so Dark Essence’s Kristine Knapskog went along to rehearsals to check out their new material. She very much liked their enthusiasm and attitude, and their desire to work closely with a label and we are very happy to welcome them to the Dark Essence family “.
Aside from Tchort and BloodPervertor, THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s lineup includes frontman Kaahrl Ødemark (ex- MIDNATTSVREDE, ex-NECROCAVE) who was selected following online auditions that drew in submissions from all over the world, and drummer Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE, ETHEREAL FOREST, ex- HEATHEN DEITY, ex-PANTHEON I) who was originally slated to join the band as session live drummer for an upcoming appearance, but after taking part in rehearsals, it was decided that he would become a full-time member.

The 3rd ATTEMPT’s debut live appearance will be at Blastfest, in Bergen, Norway, on the 18th February on board the boat “Showline”, which will take fans on a 5 hour cruise of Bergen’s spectacular fjord, and which kicks off the 4 day festival.

THE 3rd ATTEMPT recently debuted a demo track “The Beast Within”, which also features CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn on bass and Anders Kobro on drums, and which was used in a shortened form for the vocalist auditions. It is not a “finished” track. “The Beast Within” can be heard below and on THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt/the-3rd-attempt-the-beast-within-demo-track

More information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
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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PROGRESSIVE DOOM METALLERS MOMENTUM STREAM VIDEO OF TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM

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Iceland’s MOMENTUM, whose sophomore full-length album “The Freak is Alive” hit the streets on the 9th February on Dark Essence Records, have released a video for a track from the album. Made by the band’s frontman Holaf, who is responsible for MOMENTUM’s lyrical, musical and artistic concepts, the video for “Between Two Worlds is an animated adaptation of the song’s artwork and can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/sE5c4OQR1zY

Holaf explained that as a visual artist, as well as a musician, he very much prefers graphics to come alive whenever he has that option, so the video “Between Two Worlds” is a simple animated adaptation of the artwork for that particular track. In fact, each of the songs on the nine-track album take the listener on a journey, and the artwork illustrates the different stages of that journey. The track “Between Two Worlds” leads you to a portal that marks the border between the surface reality and the underlying world. At the portal the traveller meets the Gatekeeper, Mr Blue, who, together with his band of freaks, surveys everything that happens on both sides.

MOMENTUM have recently been showcasing the artwork of each of the tracks from “The Freak is Alive” on the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/momentumiceland, where each drawing is accompanied by a brief explanation and lyrics.

“The Freak is Alive” is an album in which the lineup of Holaf on Vocals, Bass and Sitar, Ingvar Sæmundsson on Guitar and Vocals, Kristján Einar Guðmundsson on Drums, and Sigurður Árni Jónsson on Guitar and Vocals, combines atmospheric post-rock with bone-crushing heaviness, and features soft vocals and clean passages. Recorded at Studio ReFlex with Axel “Flex” Árnason, the track listing is as follows:

1. Bury the Eyes Once Gold
2. Between Two Worlds
3. Familiar Unknown
4. Gauntlet
5. The Freak is Alive
6. A Beast is Near
7. Creator of Malignant Metaphors
8. Undercover Imagination
9. Depth of the Whole

MOMENTUM’s next live appearance will be on the 1st of April at the Inferno Festival in Oslo, when they join fellow Dark Essence Records bands TAAKE, KRAKOW and GALAR for the label’s club night at Blå.

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

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The tracks “Between Two Worlds” and “Gauntlet” from “The Freak is Alive” can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/momentum-two-tracks-from-the

A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/momentumiceland
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/momentumiceland
Band Contact: momentumiceland@gmail.com
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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A SECOND TRACK DEBUTED FROM UPCOMING ALBUM FROM PROGRESSIVE DOOMSTERS MOMENTUM

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With the “The Freak is Alive”, the sophomore full-length album from Icelandic Progressive Doomsters MOMENTUM, set to hit the streets on the 9th February, Dark Essence Records have today debuted a second track from the album. The track, “Between Two Worlds”, together with the recently debuted “Gauntlet”, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/momentum-two-tracks-from-the

Recorded at Studio ReFlex with Axel “Flex” Árnason, “The Freak is Alive” is very much the concept of MOMENTUM’s frontman Holaf, who combines his lyrics and his artwork with the music, to lead the listeners on a surreal journey through the subconscious mind to a destination that only the travellers themselves can recognise.

Aside from Holaf on Vocals, Bass and Sitar, the lineup on “The Freak is Alive” includes, Ingvar Sæmundsson on Guitar and Vocals, Kristján Einar Guðmundsson on Drums, and Sigurður Árni Jónsson on Guitar and Vocals.

Track listing on the 9 track album, which seamlessly blends atmospheric post-rock with bone-crushing heaviness, and features soft vocals and clean passages, is as follows:

Track listing for “The Freak is Alive” as follows:
1. Bury the Eyes Once Gold
2. Between Two Worlds
3. Familiar Unknown
4. Gauntlet
5. The Freak is Alive
6. A Beast is Near
7. Creator of Malignant Metaphors
8. Undercover Imagination
9. Depth of the Whole

“The Freak is Alive” is available to pre-order from Dark Essence Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/

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

“Between Two Worlds” and “Gauntlet” from the upcoming “The Freak is Alive” album can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/momentum-two-tracks-from-the

A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/momentumiceland
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/momentumiceland
Band Contact: momentumiceland@gmail.com
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: tthp://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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EXPERIMENTAL POST METALLERS KRAKOW REVEAL ALBUM DETAILS AND DEBUT TRACK

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If fans of KRAKOW thought they knew exactly what to expect from the upcoming album from the Norwegian Experimental Post Metallers, they are going to be very surprised, because, with “amaran”, the band has chosen to explore not only the calmer side of their sound, but also the more experimental, drone side, creating a work that is filled both with dream-like soundscapes and sinister and harsh atmospheres. As a taster of what to expect, Dark Essence Records have debuted “atom”, a track from “amaran”, and it can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/krakow-atom

Formed in the fall of 2005, KRAKOW ‘s lineup consists of very skilled and experienced musicians with Kjartan Grønhaug on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, bassist Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, VITHR) and Ask Ty Ulvhedin Arctander (KAMPFAR) on drums. According to KRAKOW, the making of “amaran”, which is a follow up up to 2012’s much praised sophomore album “diin”, has been “a journey, never easy, but always thrilling”. Once again the band has worked with producer Iver Sandøy at Solslottet and Duper Studio. The seven-track album is set to appear on Dark Essence Records on the 9th February 2015 in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats.

Artwork for the “amaran” is by Thomas Hooper and the track listing is as follows:

1. luminauts
2. atom
3. genesis
4. vitriol
5. pendulum
6. of earth
7. ten silent circles

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Earlier this year KRAKOW issued a studio update, in which they talked about the different approach they took to recording “amaran” as opposed to their previous albums: “Towards the end of last year we recorded 10 demos which we brought with us to the amazing Duper Studio with Iver Sandøy, once again positioned behind the desk. The approach this time was in some ways different than during the “diin” sessions. We still record everything live as a band, but we wanted a bit more definition, less distortion, cleaner drums, more focus on the songs and melodies that lived within the compositions. The music is still dark, melodic and mysterious, but this time with a different angle.

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

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

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Six tracks from KRAKOW can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/krakow_band

Fan-filmed footage of KRAKOW performing the track “Termination of Origin” from the “diin” album can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/Ku9B1bWCWjc

Band photo credit: Paul Bernhard

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

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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

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

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LEGENDARY NORWEGIANS HADES ALMIGHTY LOSE FRONTMAN

Hades logo PR In a statement that caught fans of the legendary Norwegian band by surprise, HADES ALMIGHTY frontman and bassist Janto has announced that after 22 years he will be leaving the band. Both Janto and the remaining members have reassured fans that his reasons for leaving are purely personal, and that relations between everyone are still as strong as they ever were.

Formed in 1992 by guitarist Jorn (DOMINANZ, ex-OLD FUNERAL, ex-IMMORTAL, ex-AMPUTATION), and drummer Remi, HADES ALMIGHTY’s last album was 2004’s “The Pulse of Decay”, and the band had recently announced that they had renewed their contract with DARK ESSENCE RECORDS and were working on their next release. In a statement issued by Jorn and Remi, both emphasised that this most definitely does not signify the end of a band, whose ability to convey the real darkness that lies within human passion had placed them in the forefront of the Black Metal genre, but rather a new beginning:

“Janto, The lead singer/bass player of HADES ALMIGHTY, has, after 22 years by our side, decided to leave the band permanently!
There is no bad blood between us, as we still are best of friends, and will continue being friends. This is a decision he made completely by himself.

Janto has been, and still is, a brilliant musician, bass player and composer, both musically and lyrically! It has been 22 years of great times, many, many inspirations in many ways. We salute you our brother in arms! More than two decades of dedication in The Horde of HADES is something to be proud of, and we salute the raven of war and crimes in music and friendship! HAIL!

We will continue working on the new album as planned and it is due to be finished in 2015. The EP, which was due to be released at the end of 2014 will suffer some delay because of this matter, but nothing significant!

All shows are hereby cancelled, but we will of course return as soon as we have the opportunity!

This means that HADES ALMIGHTY is entering a new era, starting from this day forward! We would like to reach out to our followers, FANS, promoters, record label, booking agencies, and crew, for a little understanding that our already booked shows, and future plans, will be delayed! We are honestly sorry for that, and we are already in the process of finding a replacement for Janto, but that alone is a long process, and surely not an easy one!!
Best regards from HADES ALMIGHTY
Jørn & Remi”

Regarding his reasons for departure Janto had this to say:

“It has not been an easy decision, but it has been made.
22 years have passed and it has been a bumpy ride, but… a great one. I would like to thank all our fans and supporters throughout the years. You have been loyal and fantastic.

I would also like to thank Jørn and Remi for all the good times in the rehearsal studio, on the road and on stage. I wish you all the best in your future work with HADES.
You are my best friends. My band days are over but our brotherhood remains !

Best wishes:

Janto

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

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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

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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: