Fast becoming one of the go-to labels for the Progressive side of music, Karisma Records has today added another string to their bow by signing Norwegian Prog Rockers RENDEZVOUS POINT.  The band will kick off their collaboration with Karisma Records with the release of a single titled “Wasteland”, together with a music video,  towards the latter part of May, to be followed by their debut full-length album in August.

Hailing from the southern part of the country,  RENDEZVOUS POINT’s musicians met when they were all studying music at the University of Agder.  Winning the title of the most promising band in Southern Norway in 2012, RENDEZVOUS POINT went on to perform at a concert with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.    The band  produces  music that is heavy and complex,  with epic arrangements, and glorious melodies sung by Gjermund Hansen, who many will recognise through his appearance on the Norwegian edition of The Voice.

Although relatively new as a band, RENDEZVOUS POINT consists of musicians that have a wide-ranging experience in projects that cover a variety of musical genres.  As well as Hansen, the lineup consists of Petter Hallaråker on guitar (ICS VORTEX, SOLEFALD), Nicolai Tangen Svennæs on keyboard (EMILIE NICOLAS), Gunn-Hilde Erstad on bass and Baard Kolstad on drums.  As well as being a member of  bands such as LEPROUS, BORKNAGAR, ICS VORTEX, ABBATH, GOD SEED, drummer Kolstad won the  Roland V-Drums World Championship in California in 2012.

RENDEZVOUS POINT are set to embark on a 29-date European tour in the Autumn with LEPROUS and SPHERE in support of the new album release.  Routing for the tour as follows:

25/09: Garage, Bergen (NO)
26/09: TBA
02/10: Forbraendingen, Copenhagen (DK)
03/10: Euroblast Festival, Cologne (DE)
04/10: Progpower Europe, Baarlo  (NL)
05/10: Le Divan Du Monde , Paris (FR)
06/10: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes  (FR)
08/10: RCA Club,  Lisbon  (PT)
09/10: Caracol, Madrid (ES)
10/10: Garaje , Murcia (ES)
11/10: Apolo 2, Barcelona (ES)
12/10: Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (FR)
13/10: Garage, London  (UK)
14/10: Ruby Lounge , Manchester  (UK)
15/10: The Fleece, Bristol (UK)
16/10: Jan Hertog, Maasmechelen  (BE)
17/10: Substage , Karlsruhe (DE)
18/10: Backstage Club, Munich (DE)
19/10: Legend Club, Milan (IT)
20/10: Kiff, Aarau  (CH)
22/10: Rockstadt , Brasov  (RO)
23/10: TBA
24/10: Majestic Club, Bratislava (SK)
25/10: Nova Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
26/10: Progresja , Warsaw  (PL)
27/10: Rockcafe , Riga (LV)
28/10: Nosturi , Helsinki (FI)
30/10: Bryggarsalen , Stockholm  (SE)
31/10: John Dee, Oslo (NO)

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RendezvousPointOfficial
Rendezvous Point on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RendezvousPointOfficial 
Rendezvous Point on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/rendezvous-point
Rendezvous Point Contact:  rendezvouspoint.band@gmail.com

Having allowed it to remain dormant for a few years, founder and frontman Doedsadmiral has given his Black Metal project SVARTELDER a considerable infusion of both enthusiasm and talent by bringing in members of CARPATHIAN FOREST, IN THE WOODS, DEN SAAKALDTE, PANTHEON I and OLD FOREST to form a new lineup.

Whilst SVARTELDER’s roots were initially planted in Norwegian Black Metal, it is obvious that an influx of musicians with this kind of experience brings with it a whole different set of influences, as each of the members contribute their own skill-sets and style to the overall sound. So much so, in fact, that the band’s newly debuted demo track “Askebundet” clearly shows that SVARTELDER’s music is expanding outwards from straight Black Metal to include more varied elements.

As to the actual lineup itself, the musicians have kept their identities a secret by changing their usual names.  Aside from Doedsadmiral on vocals, the rest of the lineup comprises Maletoth on bass and guitars, AK-47 on drums, and Kobold on keys.

The band are currently working on their debut full-length album and will be looking for a label.  More information about SVARTELDER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Svartelder

The demo track “Askebundet” can be heard on YouTube below and at https://youtu.be/I_k_6dIVepw

Alternatively it can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/svartelderofficial/svartelder-askebundet-demo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Svartelder
SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/svartelderofficial
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVeDEaDys9CBykcr9lWRBeQ
Band Contact:   Svartelderofficial@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com

Mexico, Sweden and Spain have been added to the list of countries that NIKLAS KVARVORTH’S SHINING will visit in support of the release of the band’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”.  An additional show  to the already-announced Netherlands date has also been added.  Having recently announced their decision to play a series of dates in individual countries, as opposed to one long tour, SHINING’s live schedule is as follows, with more countries to be announced at a later date:

MEXICO
13 Aug: Cafe Iguana, Monterrey, MX
14 Aug: Foro Alicia, Mexico city, MX

SWEDEN
26 Sep: Moriska Paviljongen, Malmö, SW

NETHERLANDS
16 Oct: Grenswerk, Venlo, NL
18 Oct: Vorstin / Krachtstroom XL, Hilversum, NL
BELGIUM
17 Oct:  Muziekodroom,Hasselt, BE
ITALY
05 Nov: Traffic Live, Rome
06 Nov: Circolo Colony, Brescia
07 Nov:  Alchemica Music Club, Bologna
GERMANY
12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14 Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg
SPAIN
3 Dec: Sala Rock City, Almassera/Valencia, ES
4 Dec: Sala Garaje Beat Club, Murcia, ES
5 Dec: Sala Caracol, Madrid, ES
6 Dec :Sala Boveda, Barcelona, ES
RUSSIA
11 Dec: Club Volta, Moscow
12 Dec: Club Phoenix, St Petersburg

SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

In addition to the series of individual SHINING will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far are:

09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

Ten tracks from SHINING can be heard at below and at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

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”  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

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

Sweden’s SHINING has added more countries to its 2015 touring schedule, with a return to Italy in November, and the band’s first ever visit to Russia in December.    With SHINING’s new touring policy of concentrating on dates in individual countries as opposed long treks through several countries at a time, and shows in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany already announced, the band’s confirmed dates in support of their ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” currently stands as follows:

NETHERLANDS
16 Oct: Grenswerk, Venlo, NL
BELGIUM
17 Oct:  Muziekodroom,Hasselt, BE
ITALY
05 Nov: Traffic Live, Rome
06 Nov: Circolo Colony, Brescia
07 Nov:  Alchemica Music Club, Bologna
GERMANY
12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg
RUSSIA
11 Dec: Club Volta, Moscow
12 Dec: Club Phoenix, St Petersburg

SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

In addition to the series of individual SHINING will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far are:

09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

Eleven tracks from SHINING can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

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 at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/hades-almighty-submission

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HADESHORDEN
Website:  http://www.hades-almighty.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 Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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

In keeping with their new touring policy which involves the band playing a set of dates in individual countries rather than long tours through several countries at a time , Sweden’s SHINING have announced that they will be playing two shows in Benelux in October of this year.  The Benelux shows are as follows:

16 Oct, Grenswerk, Venlo, NL
17 Oct, Muziekodroom, Hasselt, BE

Earlier this week SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

As well as the series of individual tours in support of the release of the band’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” , which was released on Season of Mist on the 20th April, Shining will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far are:

30 April, SWR Barroselas Festival, Barroselas, Portugal
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

Also recently announced were the dates on the German leg of the band’s touring schedule:

12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg

More individual tours and live appearances are in the discussion phase and all confirmed dates can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

“Vilja & Dröm”, a track from SHINING’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”   can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/shining-official/shining-vilja-drom

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

Ten tracks from SHINING can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/shining-official/sets/shining

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com