With the traditional three year wait between TAAKE albums now over, Dark Essence Records has today announced the first details  of what will be the iconic Norwegian band’s sixth full-length album.  Titled “Stridens hus”, the seven-track album is set for release on the 8th December world-wide, with the exception of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the album will appear on the 12th of the month .   The label has also debuted the track “Det fins en Prins” from “Stridens hus” and it can be heard below and at  https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/taake-det-fins-en-prins

 

“Stridens hus” is recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  As with all TAAKE albums, frontman and founder Hoest plays all the instruments himself, but this time members of the TAAKE live band have also contributed to the recording.  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

With a career spanning over two decades, Hoest has always remained faithful to his trademark Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, but he has never allowed the grass to grow under his feet, and, with each release, he has breathed new life into an often stale and derivative genre;  his unique and innovative twists ensuring that  Black Metal  still remains fresh and relevant today.  And “Stridens hus” is no exception with parts of the album displaying a  groove and rock sound.  But the whole is without a doubt unmistakably Hoest’s TAAKE:  varied, intense, unique and unpredictable.

TAAKE is currently in the middle of the Kulde Tour which will end on the 26th October.  Other confirmed upcoming shows as follows:

2014
22 Oct: Barrak Music Club, Ostrava, CZ
23 Oct: F-Haus, Jena, DE
24 Oct: Phantoms of Pilsen Festival, Pilsen, CZ
25 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice, PL
26 Oct: Progresja, Warsaw, PL
14 Nov: Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival, Helsinki, FI
05 Dec:  John Dee,  Oslo, NO
2015
14 -18 Jan, Mexico, details TBA
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

Photo by Nekrographie

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

 

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

 

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

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a statement that caught fans of the legendary Norwegian band by surprise, HADES ALMIGHTY frontman and bassist Janto has announced that after 22 years he will be leaving the band.  Both Janto and the remaining members have reassured fans that his reasons for leaving are purely personal, and that relations between everyone are still as strong as they ever were.

Formed in 1992 by  guitarist Jorn (DOMINANZ, ex-OLD FUNERAL, ex-IMMORTAL, ex-AMPUTATION), and drummer Remi, HADES ALMIGHTY’s  last album was 2004’s “The Pulse of Decay”,  and the band had recently announced that they had renewed their contract with DARK ESSENCE RECORDS and were working on  their next release.  In a statement issued by  Jorn and Remi, both emphasised that this most definitely does not signify the end of a band, whose ability to convey the real darkness that lies within human passion had placed them in the forefront of the Black Metal genre, but rather a new beginning:

“Janto, The lead singer/bass player of HADES ALMIGHTY, has, after 22 years by our side, decided to leave the band permanently!

There is no bad blood between us, as we still are best of friends, and will continue being friends. This is a decision he made completely by himself.

Janto has been, and still is, a brilliant musician, bass player and composer,  both musically and lyrically! It has been 22 years of great times, many, many inspirations in many ways. We salute you our brother in arms! More than two decades of dedication in The Horde of HADES is something to be proud of, and we salute the raven of war and crimes in music and friendship! HAIL!

We  will continue working on the new album as planned and it is due to be finished in 2015.  The EP, which was due to be released at the end of 2014 will suffer some delay because of this matter, but nothing significant!

All shows are hereby cancelled, but we will of course return as soon as we have the opportunity!

This means that HADES ALMIGHTY is entering a new era, starting from this day forward! We would like to reach out to our followers, FANS, promoters, record label, booking agencies, and crew, for a  little understanding that our already booked shows, and future plans, will be delayed! We are honestly sorry for that, and we are already in the process of finding a replacement for Janto, but that alone is a long process, and surely not an easy one!!

Best regards from HADES ALMIGHTY

Jørn & Remi”

Regarding his reasons for departure Janto had this to say:

“It has not been an easy decision, but it has been made.

22 years have passed and it has been a bumpy ride,  but… a great one.  I would like to thank all our fans and supporters throughout the years. You have been loyal and fantastic.

I would also like to thank Jørn and Remi for all the good times in the rehearsal  studio, on the road and on stage.  I wish you all the best in your future work with HADES.

You are my best friends.  My band days are over but our brotherhood remains !

Best wishes:
Janto

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

 

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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HADESHORDEN
Website:  http://www.hades-almighty.com/
Dark Essence contact and promo: 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

 

 

 

With “Carrion Skies”, their fourth-full length album ready to hit the streets on the 22nd November, Progressive Post-Black Metallers FEN have released a video for a track taken from the album.  Made by bassist Grungyn to evoke the supernatural atmosphere of the track, the video for ” Menhir – Supplicant”, the fifth track on the six-track album, can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/MqDGA1DqF0U

 

“Carrion Skies” will be released on Code 666, a sub-label of the Aural Music Group, in four different versions,  including a standard jewel box CD, a DLP Gatefold color vinyl which includes one bonus track and is limited to 500 copies, and two different limited edition wooden boxed sets, one of which is limited to only five copies.  Details for the two boxed editions as follows:

The Maniac Collector edition,  strictly limited to 5 hand-numbered copies comes in an 18 x 18 x 4 cm handcrafted black wood box which will have the purchasers name engraved on it and contain the following:

  • “Carrion Skies” jewel box CD  in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • A second bonus CD featuring 38 minutes of music comprising 2 exclusive tracks and one rare song
  • The band’s debut album “The Malediction Fields” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • Their second album “Epoch” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • Their third album “Dustwalker” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • A custom-made black pillar Candle (18cm height, 9cm diameter) with Fen’s logo in Silver and numbered from 1 to 5
  • The Carrion Skies Card signed by the band
  • A Certificate of Authenticity
  • A special 30% discount voucher for your next Aural webstore order.

Maniac Collector Black Box Edition

The Brown Box Collector edition which comes in an 18 x 18 x 6 cm handcrafted brown wood box and is limited to 200 hand-numbered copies.  The box contains the following:

  • “Carrion Skies” jewel box CD wrapped in a wax sealed parchment envelope
  • A second bonus CD featuring 38 minutes of music comprising 2 exclusive tracks and one rare song
  • The “Carrion Skies” Card signed by the Band
  • A Certificate of Authenticity
  • A special 20% discount voucher for your next Aural webstore order

Brown Box Collector Edition

All versions can be pre-ordered from 18:00 CET on Saturday 11th October at www.auralwebstore.com

Track listing for “Carrion Skies” as follows:

1 Our Names Written in Embers part 1 (Beacons of War)
2 Our Names Written in Embers Part 2 (Beacons of Sorrow)
3 The Dying Stars
4 Sentinels
5 Menhir – Supplicant
6 Gathering the Stones
7 Coffin Soil (exclusive bonus track DLP and Wood Box
8  Trilithon (exclusive bonus track Wood Box)
9 Twilight Descends (rare bonus track Wood Box)

Double Gatefold Vinyl

Known for their atmospheric sound, FEN was formed  in 2006, and today’s lineup is comprised of The Watcher  on guitars and vocals, Grungyn on bass and vocals, and Derwydd on drums.  As The Watcher recently explained, “Carrion Skies” takes up where its predecessor “Dustwalker” left off and builds on what is a very strong foundation :  ” This record takes the approach we started on ‘Dustwalker’ and builds on it further, whilst simultaneously acknowledging the more obscure-sounding roots of our debut.  Bleaker, harder, yet at the same time more ambient, this record moves us further away from the accepted tropes of what ‘post’ black metal should sound like in 2014″

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

Fan-filmed footage of FEN performing “Of Wilderness and Ruin” from their 2011 album “Epoch” at 2014’s Black Arts Ceremony in Lyon, France can be seen below and  at youtube=http://youtu.be/-qgb9NrB9rU

 

Jewel Case CD

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  www.fenband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fenofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fenband
Webshop: http://fenmerchandise.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact & Booking: fenbanduk@gmail.com
Management & Booking: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Aural Music/Code666: http://www.auralmusic.com
Promos: promotion@auralmusic.com

 

 

 

“City of the Sun”, the debut full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE is now also available on vinyl courtesy of Karisma Records, who also released the album in CD format earlier this month.   Recorded and produced at the Solslottet and Duper Studio by Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands such as ENSLAVED and KRAKOW, “City of the Sun” has been earning this young band much critical acclaim.

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

The album itself is clearly rooted in early Classic Progressive Rock, but its five musically complex tracks reflect the variety of musical disciplines and influences the band’s six musicians bring to the mix, giving each track a distinct identity of its own.   Classical orchestra and big band, metal and jazz, rock and electronica all blend together to give SEVEN IMPALE a sound that lifts the band up from the mundane and formulaic that all too often pervades the genre today.

Formed in Bergen, Norway, in 2010,  SEVEN IMPALE’s lineup 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.  More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

Both the vinyl and CD versions of “City of the Sun” are available from Karisma Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/

Fan-filmed footage of SEVEN IMPALE’s appearance at this year’s Inferno Festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/zuc667tB3U4

 

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
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Seven Impale Vinyl: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/seven-impale-city-of-the-sun-vinyl
Karisma Records SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

 

Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE are set to embark on a headlining tour in October of this year.  The eleven date tour will span four countries –  the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.  Supporting TAAKE on all the dates will be VALKYRJA and NOCTEM.   Routing, for what will be called the Kulde Tour, as follows:

16 Oct: Luka, Lodz, PL
17 Oct: Pod Minoga, Poznan, PL
18 Oct: Baroeg, Rotterdam, NL
19 Oct: Iduna, Drachten, NL
20 Oct: Helvete, Oberhausen, DE
21 Oct: Firlej, Wroclaw, PL
22 Oct: Barrak Music Club, Ostrava, CZ
23 Oct: F-Haus, Jena, DE
24 Oct: Phantoms of Pilsen Festival, Pilsen, CZ
25 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice, PL
26 Oct: Progresja, Warsaw, PL

Additionally, on the 4th of October TAAKE will headline at Norwegian Hellcamp, a first of its kind festival  whose lineup features  some of the top Norwegian bands at the extreme end of the spectrum.  Norwegian Hellcamp will take place at the Stadthalle in Schweinfurt, Germany,  and also appearing alongside TAAKE will be VULTURE INDUSTRIES, RAGNAROK, SARKOM, ENDEZZMA, SLAGMAUR, AURA NOIR and DEN SAAKALDTE.

Dark Essence Records recently announced that TAAKE would be releasing a new album later this year, and  further information will be available shortly.  From feedback received from the recent listening session the label held at the Beyond the Gates Festival in Bergen, where a few tracks from the album were played,  it is clear that even after over twenty years TAAKE’s iconic frontman and founder Hoest continues to bring freshness and originality to the scene with his unique brand of Helnorsk Svartmetall.

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

 

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

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
Tour info: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Press contact: martin@propulsionmusic.no
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
Dark Essence Records contact: 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 KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

Having recently signed with Alone Records, and with a new full-length album, “Those Horrors Wither”,  set to appear in November,  preceded by a 7″ single from the album,  Dark Metallers FOSCOR have today released a video for the afore-mentioned single “Graceful Pandora”, ahead of its release. The video can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/zQHId-0-vTM

 

Directed and edited by FOSCOR guitarist Falke, the video is written and produced by the band, with Adrià Escanilla behind the camera, assisted by RFH Photography, who also designed the costumes, and with Irati Aguado as Pandora and J.F. Serra as Zeus.  Commenting on the theme behind the video, the band had this to say:

“The song “Graceful Pandora” from the upcoming “Those Horrors Wither” album was chosen  because within the song itself can be found are a couple of very important elements that allow a better understanding of the album title and its contents.  As the title indicates, the song is based on the myth of Pandora and the horrors she unleashed when curiosity tempted her to open the box.  Those horrors represent the primal fears and subconscious horrors that we all have within us, and once they are exposed we can either accept them as the dark side of ourselves, or we can allow them to affect our sanity.  It’s pretty much a timeless theme and we thought that Zeus and Pandora were the perfect vehicles to symbolise the spread of those horrors over mankind and to teach us that we can either use them to enrich our lives, albeit in a disturbing way, or we can allow them to suck us into a hole of despair”.

The “Graceful Pandora” 7″ single, with artwork by Mia Calderone which depicts Pandora opening the Box and realising that she is able to reach beyond the suffering she has unleashed and discover the good behind the experience,  will hit the streets on the 3rd October and can be pre-ordered now from http://www.thestonecirclestore.com/

“Those Horrors Wither”, which will be the band’s fourth full-length album, will be released on the 25th November in both CD and vinyl versions, and  is somewhat of a change of direction for FOSCOR, whose usual style of ’90’s Black and Extreme Metal  has matured significantly as the band adds touches of Doom and Dark Rock, together with traces of Prog to their sound.

Formed in Barcelona, Spain, in 1997,  FOSCOR recently released their entire back catalogue which includes the band’s first three full-length albums – 2004’s “Entrance to the Shadows’ Village”,  2007’s “The Smile of the Sad Ones” and 2009’s “Groans to the Guilty”.  The back catalogue can be found on the band’s BandCamp page at https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music, as well as streaming in its entirety on FOSCOR’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/FOSCORbcn.

More information about FOSCOR can be found at http://www.foscor.com

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
BandCamp: https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music
Web: http://www.foscor.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foscor.official
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/foscor
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/FOSCOR_Official
You Tube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FOSCORbcn
Store:
http://foscor.bigcartel.com
Management & Booking:
www.thirdeyesociety.com
email: 
unai@thirdeyesociety.com
Alone Records:
http://www.the-stone-circle.com/
Press Contact:  thestonecirclestore@gmail.com
PR:  http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
email: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

Having released FATAL FUSION’s  sophomore album “The Ancient Tale” in CD and digital versions in November of last year, KARISMA RECORDS are now set to please lovers of vinyl and Classical Prog Rock by releasing the album as a double gatefold edition.   The five-track album was produced by the band themselves with some additional help from Karisma Records and ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen.  Track listing as follows:City of Zerych

I.  City of Zerych
II. Halls of Amenti
III. The Divine Comedy
IV. Tears I’ve Cried
V. The Ancient Tale

Reaction to “The Ancient Tale”, which is a follow up to the band’s  first full-length album “Land of the Sun”, which won the Prog Awards “Best Debut Album of 2010″, shows that FATAL FUSION is a band with  a wide appeal that is not limited to Prog fans alone, paying homage as it does to the greats of Rock and Prog  from the 70´s such as Genesis, Camel, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Rainbow.

FATAL FUSION’s distinctive sound comes from a blending of elements from different musical genres, including Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Space Rock, Classical Music and above all Progressive Rock.  Add to this the band’s use of classical instruments, synths, mellotron and hammond organ, and it is easy to understand how the lineup of Audun Engebretsen (drums), Erlend Engebretsen (keyboards), Knut Erik Grøntvedt (vocals), Lasse Lie (bass) and Stig Selnes (guitars) is able to create such varied soundscapes.

More information about FATAL FUSION can be found at http://www.fatalfusion.com/

Live footage of FATAL FUSION playing the track ” City of Zerych” from “The Ancient Tale” live during the release concert  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/3d3qpD7MXxA

 

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
Fatal Fusion Vinyl: http://www.karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/fatal-fusion-the-ancient-tale-2-x-vinyl
Website: http://www.fatalfusion.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatal-Fusion/49222763785
MySpace: https://myspace.com/fatalfusionmusic
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thefatalfusion
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/fatalfusionmusic
Fatal Fusion on Karisma: http://www.karismarecords.no/fatal-fusion-2/