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It’s not often that you get one signing announcement from two separate labels, but in this case it’s not so surprising since Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records are sister labels, and on this occasion are joining forces to release both old, and new material from BLACK MAGIC.

Kicking things off will be Dark Essence Records, who on April 12th will re-release BLACK MAGIC’s classic “Wizard’s Spell” EP, widely regarded as one of Norway’s finest underground metal releases of modern times, and long-unavailable.

Rooted in the speed/heavy metal traditions of the mid 1980’s, “Wizard’s Spell” was originally recorded during 2009/10, and released at the start of 2014. Rather than just being a retro-
pastiche, “Wizard’s Spell” succeeds in sounding like a studio album that had actually recorded during the early eighties. Or, as one reviewer put it:

“For all intents and purposes this album could have been reissued from a 1981 release from a failing record company and no one would have questioned it. The band not only nails the sound but they create something so believable, I am hard pressed to find any flaws in it.”

In addition to the five-track “Wizard’s Spell”, the record will also include the demo “Reap of Evil”

Tracklisting as follows:

Wizard’s Spell
1. Black Magic
2. Rite of the Wizard
3. Voodoo Curse
4. Thunder
5. Death Militia

Reap Of Evil Demo
6. The Ritual
7. Night of Mayhem
8. Possessed
9. Embraced by the Occult

With the cover-art having been re-drawn from scratch by Linda K. Røed, “Wizard’s Spell” will be
available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition yellow/orange “Fire”  coloured vinyl, and can now be pre-
ordered from the following:

All Formats:
CD & Vinyl:

BLACK MAGIC had already disbanded by the time “Wizard’s Spell” was originally released, but a new line-up soon emerged, playing more blues-based late 60s/early 70s rock, but still with a hint of the occult.

Black Magic

Their debut album will be released on Karisma Records either late this year, or sometime next year. And the wait will definitely be worth it.

More information about BLACK MAGIC can be found on the band’s Facebook page at

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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 ( ) 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

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

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