Aeternus live painting by Kim Holm


Dark Essence Records was founded in 2004 in Bergen, the “capital” of the West Coast of Norway, by a group of like-minded music fans whose aim was to release high quality music within the metal genre. It is an aim that still stands true today, with Dark Essence providing a good home for unique and talented artists, who are encouraged to form a close relationship, and an open dialogue, with the label, so that their releases can be tailored according to the artists wishes and in a way that best suits their potential. To date Dark Essence Records can lay claim to close to 100 unique releases from artists such as Taake, Helheim, Mistur, Hades Almighty, Aeternus, Shining, Cor Scorpii and Vulture Industries, amongst others.

With world-wide physical distribution through PHD in Europe, and with Sony RED as our main partner for the North American market; and with digital distribution handled by Sony RED in North America, and Phonofile for the rest of the world, Dark Essence Records is able to give its Artists a presence throughout the world.


Karisma & Dark Essence Records AS
P.O. Box 472 Sentrum
5805 Bergen

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Want to send us your music?


  • If you want to submit your music to Dark Essence Records please send a link to stream or download your music.
  • Also send us a brief presentation of the band and any other relevant links via e-mail to post (a)


  • Please do not send mp3’s or other large files via e-mail.
  • Physical copies sent to our address is also unnecessary.

We have worldwide distribution

Border Music Scandinavia

Worldwide (except North America):
Plastic Head Distribution

North America
Sony RED

Southbound (New Zealand)
Rocket (Australia)

Audioglobe (Italy)
Bertus (Benelux / Denmark)
Mastertrax (Spain / Portugal)
Musicworld (Hungary)
Mystic Production (Poland / Czech Rep. / Slovakia / Slovenia)
Nailboard (Estland)
Non Stop Music (Switzerland)
Soulfood Distribution
(Germany / Austria)
Sound Pollution (Sweden)
Soundworks (France)
Soyuz Music (Russia)
Supersounds (Finland)
Wizard LTD (Bulgaria)

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