Sweden’s Carnal Records  have set the 8th of August as the date for the release of a limited edition splatter vinyl of “Längtan” , the third full-length album from Sweden’s VANHELGA.  Strictly limited to 300 copies, the vinyl edition of “Längtan” features  artwork by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano on the gatefold cover, whilst the thirteen-track disc itself comes in blue splatter and includes the bonus Burzum cover track ” Black Spell of Destruction”.  Advance orders are now being taken either direct from the band via email at 145188@gmail.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/officialvanhelga or from Carnal Records via email at carnalrecords@Hotmail.com

Tracklisting as follows:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm
13. Black Spell of Destruction (Burzum Cover) Bonus Track

Formed in Linköping, Sweden, in 2001, and most frequently described as a DSBM band, it is not easy to pin down the exact genre in which to fit VANHELGA’s music.  The band’s name itself means “Profane”, and its musicians have found the perfect vehicle through which to express the dark and disturbing emotions that inhabit their, often twisted, minds.   The lineup of founder J. Ottosson, aka 145188 (ex-LIFELOVER (live session musician), ex-SKOGSTRON) on Bass, Guitars and Vocals, J. Gabrielson (ESKAPI, ex-LIVELOVER) on Vocals, J. Ejnarsson (TAKETH) and Wadström (ex-SKOGSTRON) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums, create a sound that whilst being as cold and sinister as their collective backgrounds and psyches would suggest, also has moments of melancholy, which led one reviewer to say of  “Längtan” “It’s not often that you can describe a black metal release as beautiful, but that’s exactly what Längtan, the latest offering from Sweden’s Vanhelga is.” The digipack edition of “Längtan” was released on Art of Propagnda earlier this year.

In October VANHELGA will be performing a series of shows in Germany alongside HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY and AGRYPNIE.  Routing as follows:

22 Oct:  Steinbruch Theater, Darmstadt
24 Oct:  From Hell, Erfurt
25 Oct:  K17, Berlin
26 Oct:  Bambi Galore, Hamburg

More information about VANHELGA can be found at http://www.vanhelga.com

The official video for the track ” Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig “, from VANHELGA’s 2014 full-length album  ” Längtan “,  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/N1fiCNTUi3I

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Website: http://www.vanhelga.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/officialvanhelga
Bandcamp:   http://www.vanhelga.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/ucsk8dy_sxnodilbohh9xmng
Store:  http://vanhelga.bigcartel.com/
Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/vanhelga
Myspace:  https://myspace.com/vanhelga218
Band Contact & Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com or 145188@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Carnal Records: www.carnalrecords.com
Info and Ordering:  carnalrecords@Hotmail.com
Art  of Propaganda: http://www.art-of-propaganda.de/
Info and Promo:  info@art-of-propaganda.de

 

Karisma Records has today debuted  “Oh My Gravity!”  the opening track from “City of the Sun”, the debut full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE.  The album itself, which was  recorded and produced at the Solslottet and Duper Studio by Iver Sandøy, who has produced bands such as ENSLAVED, KRAKOW, etc.,   is due for release in September of this year, and “Oh My Gravity!” can be heard abpve and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/seven-impale-oh-my-gravity

With a relatively young lineup SEVEN IMPALE consists of  Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards, and was formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010.

Whilst the prevailing influence throughout “City Of The Sun” clearly lies within the Classic Progressive Rock genre, SEVEN IMPALE’s music actually transcends several genres fearlessly and with deceptive ease.  The five musically complex tracks that form the album are each distinctly different,  something that only a lineup of musicians from a variety of disciplines as diverse as classical orchestra and big band, metal and jazz, and rock and electronica, could hope to create.

Track listing for “City Of The Sun” as follows:

1. Oh, My Gravity!
2. Windshears
3. Eschaton Horo
4. Extraction
5. God Left Us for a Black-Dressed Woman

More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

The whole of SEVEN IMPALE’s 2013 EP can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/sevenimpale/sets/seven-impale-ep

 

Tracks from Karisma Records releases, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sevenimpale
NRK: http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/SevenImpale/default.aspx
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisman/Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

 

Not only is ARIBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS releasing a debut solo album, but he has also drawn the artwork that will be used for the cover, aided and abetted by AIRBAG frontman ASLE TORSTRUP who designed the cover.  Titled “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, the album is set for an Autumn release on Karisma Records, who recently debuted RIIS track “Stay Calm”, which can be heard above and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/bjorn-riis-stay-calm

According to RIIS, “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, which will be co-produced by long-time AIRBAG collaborator Vegard Sleipnes  and will feature AIRBAG’s  Henrik Fossum on drums and Tostrup who will provide programming,  is very much a personal album.  Like many musicians who work in established bands, a solo album is an opportunity to explore different musical directions that might not necessarily fit in with their primary band’s material. It is an exploration that RIIS very much relishes, and he considers that some of the material he has produced for “Lullabies in a Car Crash” is some of his best to date.

More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage

A video teaser for “Lullabies in a Car Crash” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/6MQBMgvGr-Q

 


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/karismarecords
Bjørn Riis on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage

 

 

 

Having just announced the launch of their new band, THE 3rd ATTEMPT, former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort  (GREEN CARNATION, ex CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE, ex SATYRICON) and BloodPervertor (APOSTASY, ex CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex NEONGOD)  have launched a search for a front man or woman, to handle vocal duties with the band.  THE 3rd ATTEMPT will be playing Norwegian Black Metal with added elements of Death, Thrash and Rock n Roll, and to make things easier, the band are asking interested vocalists to record their vocals over a couple of short excerpts , which can  be heard and downloaded from SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt

Commenting on the direction the band will take, and what kind of vocalist THE 3rd ATTEMPT is looking for, Tchort said: “After 17 years in CARPATHIAN FOREST  it’s natural that our music and songwriting is influenced by that band,  but already with the newer material that we have written over the past months we can see that we are moving in a new direction and we are confident that the combination of our combined influences and past involvements with other bands will give us a solid foundation from which to create new music.

“We are quite excited by all the possibilities that lie ahead of us and consequently we are searching for a vocalist who shares a passion for our musical style, and who is dedicated and full of energy and hunger when it comes to performing  live,  as well recording.  They  must also be able to write memorable lyrics”.  Regarding other positions in the band, Tchort went on to explain:  “Whilst this audition is for vocalists,  if you are a drummer or bass player you are welcome to contact us directly and please include a short biography and samples of your work and link(s) to any YouTube videos from past live performances”.

Any vocalists wishing to apply to join THE 3rd ATTEMPT should do the following:

1) Download the demo music from the two samples (which include Vrangsinn on Bass and Kobro on drums)  at https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt or from the players at the end of this post.

2) Add your vocal lines and send them to the band at tchort@online.no making sure you include the lyrics  you have written, a photo of yourself, a bio which includes where you are from and where you currently live and a short summary on your experience (if any) as a vocalist, together with a link to any YouTube videos of past live performances (if available).  All submissions must be received by the 15th August.

To make it more interesting, all submissions will be made public so that the band’s fans can also have a say, however, THE 3rd ATTEMPT will make the final decision as to who will be chosen.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can let the band know when they submit their tracks, and their work will be considered in the same way as everyone else, but will not be made public.  If there is no request to remain anonymous, THE 3rd ATTEMPT reserves the right to make the submissions public.

More  information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

 

Guitarists Tchort (CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (CARPATHIAN FOREST, APOSTASY, ex NEONGOD) have launched a new band named THE 3rd ATTEMPT, which CARPATHIAN FOREST fans will recognise as the title of a track from the “Black Shining Leather” album.

Commenting on the decision to launch a new project BloodPervertor had this to say: “We are both the kind of musicians who very much enjoy what we do, both in the studio and on stage, and we wanted to be more active live than CARPATHIAN FOREST has allowed us to be over the past couple of years”.  Tchort added:  “Our fans and people in the business know that we bring hunger and passion to the table, and that we are all about quality and professionalism, and everyone should expect nothing less from THE 3rd ATTEMPT”.

Having formed the band at the beginning of 2014, the two guitarists have a full-length album already written, and are currently looking to complete the lineup ready to begin recording and prepare for live appearances.   Tchort and BloodPervertor will both be leaving CARPATHIAN FOREST in order to give their full attention to the new band.

More details about the band will be revealed shortly.  In the meantime, information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
Band contact: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

With a lineup that can lay claim to a considerable pedigree in the form of founder J. Ottosson, aka 145188 (ex-LIFELOVER (live session musician), ex-SKOGSTRON) on Bass, Guitars and Vocals, J. Gabrielson (ESKAPI, ex-LIVELOVER) on Vocals, J. Ejnarsson (TAKETH),  Wadström (ex-SKOGSTRON) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums, Swedish Depressive Black Metallers VANHELGA are going through a particularly prolific phase at the moment, with the mini digi album “LPT” coming up hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed third full-length album “Längtan” .

As 145188 explains, this was not an album that was planned, but rather one that resulted from a particularly black period he recently went through. ” This creation is the result of me being hospitalized for a long period of time under a Swedish law called “LPT” – hence the name of the album itself.  I had no freedom at all and the only thing present day in and day out was abject misery and silence.  I was, however, lucky enough to have been given access to a laptop and I was therefore able to create all the lyrics, music and artwork for “LPT” during this period of isolation.  All I can say is this; if you want to get a feeling of the anxiety, misery, depression and pain that comes from being locked inside a psychiatric ward,  then listen to this piece of art.”

“LPT” will be available as a digital release through BandCamp on the 25th July, and pre-ordering will be available as from  the 30th June at http://www.vanhelga.bandcamp.com

Tracklisting for “LPT” as follows:
1. Dag 1
2. Dag 2
3. Dag 3
4. LPT
5. Descending into Darkness (bonus track)

In the meantime, VANHELGA have previewed the title track “LPT” which can be heard below and on VANHELGA’s YouTube channel  at http://youtu.be/ZaNI1V475pM

 

Additionally, the eerily simple Bonus Track “Descending into Darkness”, which was composed and played on a piano, the only instrument 145188 had access to during his hospitalisation,  and recorded on  his mobile phone in the room where the priests minister the last rights, can be heard below and at http://youtu.be/EHt40RoAfd8

 

October will see  VANHELGA team up with Art of Propaganda label-mates HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY for a series of shows in Germany alongside AGRYPNIE.  Routing as follows:

22 Oct:  Steinbruch Theater, Darmstadt
24 Oct:  From Hell, Erfurt
25 Oct:  K17, Berlin
26 Oct:  Bambi Galore, Hamburg

More information about VANHELGA can be found at http://www.vanhelga.com

The official video for the track ” Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig “, from VANHELGA’s 2014 full-length album  “Längtan “,  originally released on CD digipack and shortly to be released on vinyl ,  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/N1fiCNTUi3I

 

Tracks from all of VANHELGA’s releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/vanhelga-official/sets/vanhelga

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.vanhelga.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/officialvanhelga
Bandcamp:   http://www.vanhelga.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/ucsk8dy_sxnodilbohh9xmng
Store:  http://vanhelga.bigcartel.com/
Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/vanhelga
Myspace:  https://myspace.com/vanhelga218
Band Contact and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com or 145188@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Art  of Propaganda: http://www.art-of-propaganda.de/
Info and Promo:  info@art-of-propaganda.de

 

 

 

 

Having recently announced that AIRBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS  would be releasing his first solo album, “Lullabies in a Car Crash”,  in the Autumn, Karisma Records have today debuted a track from the album.  The track, “Stay Calm”, can be heard above and on the Karisma Records SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/bjorn-riis-stay-calm

“Lullabies in a Car Crash”  will be co-produced by long-time ARIBAG collaborator Vegard Sleipnes  and will feature AIRBAG’s  Henrik Fossum on drums, as well as vocalist Asle Tostrup, who will provide programming.  RIIS recently commented on his reasons for embarking on a solo venture, and how he felt about working outside of AIRBAG:   “I’m excited, it has been an interesting journey doing everything by myself. This is not a huge departure from the AIRBAG sound or format, but it is a chance for me to explore different directions and musical ground that might not have fit the band. It’s a personal album and I think some of the stuff is my best work to date.”

More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage

“Stay Calm” can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/bjorn-riis-stay-calm or embedded using the following code:

A video teaser for “Lullabies in a Car Crash” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/6MQBMgvGr-Q

 

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/karismarecords
Bjørn Riis on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage