Just over a month after the former members of the now-defunct DRAUGR announced that they had formed SELVANS, a musical project born to recreate, through music, lyrics and aesthetics,  the mysticism and the folklore of the different ethnic groups that have dwelt in Italy throughout the ages, they are now able to announce  that the band has inked a deal with Avantgarde Music for the release of SELVANS’  debut  EP.  Titled  “Clangores Plenilunio”, the EP  is set to hit the streets in February 2015.

The lineup on “Clangores Plenilunio” includes Selvans Haruspex (Ursus Arctos of DRAUGR)  on vocals,  keyboards and traditional instruments , Sethlans Fulguriator (Mors of DRAUGR) on guitar, and DRAUGR co-founders Stolas on bass and  the late Jonny Morelli on drums.  Morelli was able to record all the drums and most of the vocals before he was tragically killed in a motor bike accident in June of last year, and the EP, which marks Morelli’s last ever appearance, is  being released in his honour,  just as the band embarks on the new path that he was so excited about and so very much looking forward to travelling together with them.

Commenting on the title and the decision to sign with Avantgarde,  Selvans Haruspex had this to say: “The Italian translation of the Latin expression  “Clangores Plenilunio”, hides a meaning linked to the memory of Jonny  which is very important to all of us, to what was, and what will be.   As fans of many of the label’s releases, we can say that we wore out quite a few of them through repeated listenings, and therefore the fact that Avantgarde’s Roberto Mammarella was interested in working with SELVANS  was a great honour for us.  The spirit of Avantgarde is a perfect match for both our music and the concepts we are expressing through it, and knowing that Jonny would have been proud of such a collaboration is by far the greatest satisfaction for us”.

SELVANS recently debuted a digital single edit of “Lupercale”,  a track that will appear on the EP in its full version  which runs to over  9 minutes in length.   “Lupercale”, is available direct from the band at https://selvans.bandcamp.com/track/lupercale-single-edit and can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans/lupercale-edit  or on YouTube at http://youtu.be/D8Zghhn-RIw

More information about SELVANS can be found on the band’s website at http://www.templeofselvans.com/   and on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans

Alternatively, a video of the track “Lupercale” can be heard below and at http://youtu.be/D8Zghhn-RIw


Website: http://www.templeofselvans.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans
BandCamp: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/track/lupercale-single-edit
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/templeofselvans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/selvans_
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/selvans_official
Webshop: http://selvans.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact & Booking:  info@templeofselvans.com
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Avantgarde Music
Website: http://www.avantgardemusic.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/avantgardemusiclabel
Contact: info@avantgardemusic.com

Having connected with the band during 2014’s Roadburn Festival, Dark Essence Records were quick to snap up the Icelandic Progressive Doomsters MOMENTUM, and on the 9th February 2015 the label is set to release MOMENTUM’s sophomore full length album “The Freak is Alive”.  As a taster of what to expect Dark Essence Records have debuted “Gauntlet” , a track from the album and it can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/momentum-gauntlet


“The Freak is Alive”, which was Recorded at Studio ReFlex with Axel “Flex” Árnason, with a lineup  that includes Holaf on Vocals, Bass and Sitar, Ingvar Sæmundsson on Guitar and Vocals, Kristján Einar Guðmundsson on Drums, and Sigurður Árni Jónsson on Guitar and Vocals, features nine tracks that blend atmospheric Post-Rock, reminiscent of Isis and Cult of Luna, with a Neurosis-esque level of bone-crushing heaviness interspersed with soft vocals and relaxed clean passages.  The album is very much the concept of frontman Holaf, whose lyrics and artwork combine with the music to carry the listeners on a surreal journey through the subconscious mind, guiding them, but at the same time allowing them the freedom to interpret what they find at their journey’s end.

Track listing for “The Freak is Alive” as follows:

1. Bury the Eyes Once Gold
2. Between Two Worlds
3. Familiar Unknown
4. Gauntlet
5. The Freak is Alive
6. A Beast is Near
7. Creator of Malignant Metaphors
8. Undercover Imagination
9. Depth of the Whole

More information about MOMENTUM can be found on the band’s website at www.momentumiceland.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/momentumiceland

A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo


The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be heard below at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-


Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/momentumiceland
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/momentumiceland
Band Contact: momentumiceland@gmail.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

Carnal Records is set to release “Nightmarish Sleep”, a four-track MCD from cult Swedish Black Metallers SVARTSYN  on the 19th December,  and has today debuted the title track which can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/carnalrecords/svartsyn-nightmarish-sleep


“Nightmarish Sleep”, which was mastered by the Clintworks Studio in Hamburg, Germany, and includes artwork by the illustrator Chadwick St John of Inkshadows, will be available in both CD and digital formats.  Track listing for “Nightmarish Sleep” as follows:

1, Split Tongue Dialogue
2. Cursed be the Rivers
3. Outside the Flesh
4. Nightmarish Sleep

Formed in 1991 by Ornias the band was originally named CHALICE, changing its name to SVARTSYN in 1993.  With Draugen (ex-DARK FUNERAL) joining the lineup in 1996, SVARTSYN signed to Folter Records, for the release their debut full-length album “The True Legend”, the first of a total of eight full-length albums, the latest being 2013’s “Black Testament” on Agonia Records.  SVARTSYN quickly became a cult band on the Swedish Black Metal scene, playing traditional dark, grim Black Metal in a style that is fast,  brutal, sinister and  misanthropic.

Ornias does not mince his words when it comes to talking about his music in general and “Nightmarish Sleep” in particular, of which he says: “If you like your production to sound nice and clean you’d better stay the fuck away.  This is very dark, dirty and violent.  This is the result, at least in part, of a search for answers as to why I’m still here.  There is a reason why I still exist. …a nightmarish deep that takes you beyond the Black testament. These are the offerings and the hymns to the Dark Gods. This IS the nightmarish sleep”.

More information about SVARTSYN can be found on the band’s website at http://www.svartsyn.com/ or on Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/svartsyn666

Additional Information
Website: http://www.svartsyn.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/svartsyn666
Carnal Records: http://www.carnalrecords.com/
Carnal Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carnalrecords.sweden
For Promo and Info Contact: carnalrecords@hotmail.com


Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have announced that they will play a series of dates in both Colombia and Mexico in the new year.  The tour will start on the 10th January and routing is as follows;

Jan 10:  Teatro La Mama,  Bogota,
Jan 11:  Barnaby Jones, Medellin
Jan 14:  Kalipso Bar, Guadalajara
Jan 15: Bunker Sala de Conciertos,  San Luis Potosi
Jan 16: Plaza Mascarones , Puebla
Jan 17: Billar Billys,  Mexico City
Jan 18: La Cadena del Rock,  Leon

With “Stridens Hus”, the band’s sixth-full length set for release on the 8th December, TAAKE will be holding a Release Party at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 5th of December, which will also feature performances from fellow Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA and Dark Essence label-mates ALFAHANNE.   ALFAHANNE’s debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps”,  includes guest appearances from Hoest himself, as well as from TAAKE’s bass player V’gandr.

“Stridens hus” is recorded and produced by Bjornar E.  Nilsen at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  As with all TAAKE albums, frontman and founder Hoest plays all the instruments himself, with a few more or less prominent guests.  Album artwork from a photo by Nekrographie. Track Listing as follows:

1. Gamle Norig
2. Orm
3. Det fins en Prins
4. Stank
5. En Sang til Sand om Ildebrann
6. Kongsgaard bestaar
7. Vinger

TAAKE, whose Helnorsk Svartmetall sound has elevated them to iconic status not only on the Norwegian Black Metal scene, but world-wide, also recently released a four-track MCD on Svartekunst Produksjoner.  Entitled “Kulde” and limited to 700 copies,   “Kulde” contains guest appearances from CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn and VULTURE INDUSTRIES’  Bjornar E. Nilsen.

The band is so far confirmed for the following appearances in 2015
23 Jan:  Hulen,  Bergen , NO
01 May:  Karmøygeddon Festival, Koppervik, NO
25 Jul,  Stonehenge Festival, Steenwijk,  NL
14 Aug,  Rockstadt Extreme Fest,  Rasnov RO

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noreg’s Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q


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


Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@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





“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, a new video from SUCHTHAUS, the band  formed by sculptor Spacebrain,  and for whom imagery is an integral aspect of their music, has just been released.   Featured in  the video are Spacebrain’s daughter and her boyfriend, along with Petter Pogo, the bass player with one of Norway’s most popular pop bands JOKKE AND VALENTINERNE, as well as SUCHTHAUS members  Fruen and  Ingvar, and Spacebrain himself .  Filmed entirely in the hallway of Spacebrain’s home in Oslo, the video gives a claustrophobic and disturbing view of religion.  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/Ipzm-R71a9E


Work is nearing completion on SUCHTHAUS’ sophomore album “Motorbrain”, which, according to the band, is a pure metal album, but one that focuses on different nuances within the genre.   Drums on the album are by MAYHEM’s Hellhammer, who originally contributed as a session drummer, but has now joined Spacebrain (vocals and bass),  co-founder Fruen (vocals and guitars) Ingvar (guitars) and AD/HD (bass) as a full-time member of the band.   Currently undergoing mastering, “Motorbrain”, which includes a guest appearance by SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth,  will be released on SUCHTHAUS’ own label Rollabigone on a date as yet to be announced. .

German born Spacebrain, who has lived in Norway for many years, is known not only for his sculptures, but also  for his iconic stage sets for bands such as MAYHEM, recently decided to move his workshop to France so that he could once again work on his sculpting.  “It is prohibitively expensive to buy or rent a space large enough in Norway to house a workshop, especially for the size of some of the sculptures I produce, so we found a farm off the beaten track in Brittany, where I can once again find the peace and energy I need for my art. We will still be living in Norway, so SUCHTHAUS will not be affected, but we will be travelling to Brittany regularly, and spending most of the summers there.  The place needs a fair amount of work on it, but it’s just the kind of place I need to kick start my sculpting again”.  Examples of Spacebrain’s art can be seen on his website at  http://www.spacebrain.no/index.html

SUCHTHAUS’ music is not easily categorised, in fact, it’s impossible to pigeon hole it, which is exactly  how the band wants it, because it gives them free rein to create whatever kind of music they want, without being hobbled by preconceptions and genre restrictions.  The band’s debut album “The Dark Side and the Bright Side”, which included collaborations from musicians such Maniac  (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM),   CURRENT 93’s David Tibet, Fredrik A. Juell  (BURNING RUBBER,  BERSERK BASTARDS) and singer Sibob Jawara was a clear illustration of how eclectic the band really is.  As far as “Motorbrain’s” “metal” orientation goes, it’s not likely to be a direction that the band has any intention of following in the future.  As Spacebrain says ” I feel this is our contribution to metal, the next album has to be different, as this darkness  is twisting my mind.  Maybe a hippie project would be more kind to my soul?”

More information about SUCHTHAUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial  or on the band’s website at http://www.suchthaus.no/


Website: http://www.suchthaus.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/suchthaus/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vonSUCHT
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/suchthaus
Spacebrain Website: http://www.spacebrain.no/index.html
Spacebrain on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpacebrainArtFromHell
Band Contact and Booking: trash@spacebrain.no
Press Contact: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/


With a release date set for the 5th of December, Sweden’s Carnal Records have today revealed details of the upcoming album from Scandinavian Occult Black Metallers GRAFVITNIR.  The seven track album, entitled “Semen Serpentis”,  will be the band’s sophomore full-length release and a follow up to 2012’s “NâHásh“.  GRAFVITNIR themselves have chosen the 22nd November to debut the track “Where Time Has Ceased To Be” from “Semen Serpentis”,  because that is when the Moon is black in Scorpio.   “Where Time Has Ceased To Be” can be heard above and at https://soundcloud.com/carnalrecords/where-time-has-ceased-to-be

“Semen Serpentis” deals with the subject of the Serpentine bloodline, and  artwork and photography  for the album are by Occultum.  Track listing as follows:

1. Where Time has Ceased to Be
2. Descendants of the Serpent
3. Av Ormens Blod
4. Sword of the Damned
5. Poisonous Streams of Hraunn
6. Seed of Apep
7. Vilddjurets Återkomst

GRAFVITNIR was formed in the dark forests of Sweden in 2007 to perform Scandinavian Occult Black Metal and act as a herald for the Chaosophical Tradition of dark, forbidden fruits.  With a lineup that describes itself as The Faceless Emanations Of Primordial Chaos  and comprises Niantiel, Tishin and Modrius, it is not surprising that its members are all practitioners, adepts and occultists of the Luciferian Tradition.  Drawing its inspiration from  Occultism, GRAFVITNIR ‘s lyrics explore the subjects of Numerology, Astrology, Witchcraft, Transcendence and Luciferianism.

More information about GRAFVITNIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Grafvitnir.Official

Grafvitnir Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grafvitnir.Official
Carnal Records: http://www.carnalrecords.com/
Carnal Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carnalrecords.sweden
For Promo and Info Contact: carnalrecords@hotmail.com