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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 or on their Facebook page at

TAAKE’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at

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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 or on Facebook at

Taake US TourPR

Eight tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at

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