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

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 https://youtu.be/farFAII2D-g 

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

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

When, in late 2014, guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor announced that they were leaving Black Metal titans CARPATHIAN FOREST to form their own band 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,  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

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

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

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)

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

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

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS  releases can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

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

Although as a band NORDJEVEL is a newcomer to the scene, the individual musicians definitely are not.  With a lineup that includes Djevel (SVARTELDER, DOEDSVANGR) on vocals, Nord (FATAL IMPACT, BYRDI) on guitars and bass, and Fredrik Widigs on drums, NORDJEVEL have not wasted any time in getting down to writing and recording material for their debut full-length album. Nor have they wasted any time in allowing fans to have a taste of what to expect from this combination of Norwegian and Swedish musicians, and have today debuted the track “Denne Tidløse Krigsdom” both on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/nordjevelofficial/denne-tidlose-krigsdom  or on YouTube in a video by Prometheus Art & Design which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/MVhzOjhJNOI

NORDJEVEL, which translated means Northern Devil, was formed by Djevel and Nord earlier this year, when, after having had various conversations, they found that their views on Black Metal, the Occult and the origins of Norway were perfectly in synch.  When the idea of the band was mentioned to Swedish Drummer Fredrik Widigs, he was interested enough to join the lineup.  Although his commitments to his other projects preclude him from committing to appearing live with the band, he will nevertheless be a full-time studio member of NORDJEVEL and contribute significantly to writing and arranging the music along with Djevel and Nord.

The band are currently in the pre-production stage of their debut album, which will be titled “Djevelen I Nord” and includes guest appearances from TROLL’s Nagash amongst others.  A label is currently being sought.

More information about NORDJEVEL can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial or on the website at http://nordjevel.moonfruit.com/

The track “Denne Tidløse Krigsdom” can be heard below:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.nordjevel.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/nordjevelofficial
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBQPM_iEe9kJeZq_nFdcug
Band Contact:  nordjevel@gmail.com
Management & PR: info@pthomasmanagement.com

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

Having recently signed the Norwegian Jazz Prog Rock duo Ossicles to their roster, and with the band’s sophomore full-length album “Music for Wastelands” set for release in October, Karisma Records will re-release OSSICLES debut double album “Mantelpiece” on the 17th July as a taste of things to come.

OSSICLES was fromed in 2011 by cousins Sondre Veland on drums, percussion, vocals and keyboards, and Bastian Veland on guitars, vocals, bass, upright bass and keyboards, and “Mantelpiece”  was originally self-released in 2012 on OSSICLES’ own label No Weather Records.  It was, for the most part, written when the duo were only 16/17 years old.  Also included on the album is some later material, as well as tracks written during the recording process.  Track listing for the nine-track album as follows:

1. Dewer’s Hollow
2. Luna’s Light
3. 1400
4. Moral Grey
5. Watersoul II
6. Barren Earth
7. Slur
8. Torn Pages
9. Silky Elm

According to the band, OSSICLES is a constantly evolving project influenced by a variety of genres including jazz, rock, avant-garde,ambient, noise and minimalism, and, young  though they were when they wrote the bulk of “Mantelpiece”,  the response to the album was extraordinary.  It caused PORCUPINE TREE’s STEVEN WILSON to comment “I can’t believe that such young guys can make music like they do”, and it caught  the attention of MIKE PORTNOY who invited the band to appear at the Progressive Nation at Sea Festival in 2014 – an invite they unfortunately had to turn down due to the prohibitive cost of travelling to the event.

OSSICLES are currently rehearsing with a full band, and are expected to hit the stage sometime soon.  More information about OSSICLES can be found on the band’s website at http://ossiclesband.wix.com/ossicles or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Ossicles

The official video for the track “Watersoul II” from OSSICLES debut album “Mantelpiece” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/kqGgVtOQW9k or on Karisma Records YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/LE6HsM5yEg8

The track “1400” from OSSICLES debut album “Mantelpiece” can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/ossicles-1400?in=karisma-records/sets/karisma-records

Tracks from Karisma Records releases can be heard below at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/karisma-records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Ossicles Website:  http://ossiclesband.wix.com/ossicles
Ossicles Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ossicles
Band contact and booking:  ossiclesband@gmail.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records on  SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/