Norway’s KRAKOW have been hard at work in Bergen’s Duper Studio on what will be the band’s third full-length album, and have issued the following update on the progress, as well as dropping just a little hint of what fans can expect from the new release, which will appear once again on Dark Essence Records:

“Ok, so it’s time for a new Krakow album, the third installment in our series of creative ways to hammer music out of the mountains themselves. Like all our previous recordings, this has been a journey, never easy, but always thrilling.

The process of writing this album started just after we released “diin”. Many other events happened in that period too, like finding our drummer, having a meltdown after a Christmas binge party in a Parisian parking garage, almost getting into fist fights during a malt whiskey extravaganza on Stord Island, having our instruments stolen and then brought back to us during the next night’s show, and writing a lot of new riffs and songs, some of which have already disappeared into the great unknown. Which might be a good thing in some cases, though a few gems might have been lost along the way.

Anyway, towards the end of last year we recorded 10 demos which we brought with us to the amazing Duper Studio with Iver Sandøy, once again positioned behind the desk. The approach this time was in some ways different than during the diin sessions. We still record everything live as a band, but we wanted a bit more definition, less distortion, cleaner drums, more focus on the songs and melodies that lived within the compositions. The music is still dark, melodic and mysterious, but this time with a different angle.

During the sessions we almost killed Kjartan’s Mesa Mark III with a steel reverb and Space Echo, used the smallest acoustic guitar on this side of Equator, and recorded accordion, broken chair, surf guitar, cassette player guitar, singing though a piano and open windows during a storm, just to name a few. The whole recording session ended with a lot of red wine and 18 minutes of pure dark drone.

We still don’t know which songs that are going end up on the album, but the mixing is almost done and we are starting to get very excited. Stay tuned for album details, cover art and tour dates!

- Krakow”

Formed in the fall of 2005, KRAKOW is a band that is difficult to pin to any particular genre, fitting equally well into the Metal / Experimental / Ambient categories, and with a lineup that consists of very skilled and experienced musicians.  Today’s lineup consists of  Kjartan Grønhaug (HAVARIKOMMISJONEN) on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, frontman and bassist Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, VITHR) and drummer Ask Ty Ulvhedin Arctander (KAMPFAR.

KRAKOW will perform a set at the Garage, Bergen, on Friday 29th August during the Beyond the Gates Festival.

Photos of the studio sessions can be seen on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/krakowband

More information about KRAKOW can be found on the band’s website at http://www.krakowofficial.com/

Fan-filmed footage of KRAKOW performing the track  “Termination of Origin” from the “Diin” album can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/Ku9B1bWCWjc

 

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

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.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

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SLEGEST, the band formed by former VREID guitarist Ese in 2010, is set to play a series of dates in November in their home country, three of which will be supporting  fellow Norwegians EINHERJER, whilst a fourth will see them joining VULTURE INDUSTRIES and INCULTER in Haugesund.  Routing as follows:

08 Nov, Bestatsuå, Haugesund (with VULTURE INDUSTRIES)

13 Nov, Blå, Oslo

14 Nov, Tribute, Sandnes

15 Nov, Garage, Bergen

SLEGEST’s debut full-length album “Løyndom” was released on DARK ESSENCE records at the end of last year and Ese’s skilful blending of classic heavy rock and old-school Black Metal won the band much praise from fans and press alike.  So much so, in fact, that what initially started out as a solo project, quickly developed into a fully fledged live band, with Ese, on vocals and rhythm guitar, being joined by Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER)  on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums.  A tour with label-mates TAAKE and AETERNUS followed, as well as a series of festival appearances throughout the summer.

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

The official video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine” , the opening track of “Løyndom”  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/ti8XokQakEw

 

© and All Rights Reserved Beranger BAZIN / Lykh’Arts

© and All Rights Reserved Beranger BAZIN / Lykh’Arts

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest
Dark Essence 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
Lykh’Arts: https://www.facebook.com/LykhArts

 

 

 

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS, one of the fastest growing Norwegian labels, both in reputation and size, will host a listening session at Bergen’s Beyond the Gates Festival where attendees will have the opportunity to be the first people to hear tracks from the upcoming albums from TAAKE, GALAR, KRAKOW, and the label’s new signing MOMENTUM.  The session will take place at the Garage, Bergen, on Saturday 30th August from 14:00 – 16:00.

Additionally, KRAKOW  will hit the stage at the Garage at 18:00 on Friday 29th to perform a set.

Commenting on the event, DARK ESSENCE’s Martin Kvam said: “Beyond the Gates is the ideal  setting for us to showcase what fans can expect from these great bands over the coming months.  Most people are already aware that we have new albums from GALAR, KRAKOW and MOMENTUM in our release schedule,  but we haven’t announced anything at all about the new TAAKE, so knowing that this one is coming up should be a welcome surprise for their fans.  We’re all very much looking forward to hearing everyone’s reaction to what they are going to be listening to on Saturday”.

More information about DARK ESSENCE RECORDS and their bands can be found at www.darkessencerecords.no

Details about the Beyond the Gates festival which runs for three days from Thursday the 28th to Saturday 30th August, and which this year features performances from bands such as PRIMORDIAL, NIFLHEIM and INQUISITION amongst others, can be found at https://www.facebook.com/beyondthegatesbergen 

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Taake: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Galar:  https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
Krakow: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Momentum:  https://www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
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

 

Dark Essence Records have inked a deal with Iceland’s MOMENTUM and are preparing to release the band’s sophomore full-length album, “The Freak Is Alive”, on a date as yet to be announced. Formed in 2003, MOMENTUM started life as a Black/Death metal project, with their first release, “The Requiem” EP appearing in 2006, followed two years later by another EP – “Your Side of the Triangle”.

By the time MOMENTUM’s debut full-lenth album “Fixation, at Rest” appeared in 2010, the band had left its roots behind and developed an identity all of its own, which, with the upcoming “The Freak Is Alive” album,  frontman Holaf has taken even further, using his artwork, lyrics and concept to carry listeners on a surreal journey through the subconscious mind, leading them along paths that allow them to interpret for themselves what they are seeing and hearing.

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, MOMENTUM is a band that excels at merging atmospheric post-rock, reminiscent of ISIS and CULT OF LUNA, together with a level of bone-crushing heaviness broken up by soft singing and relaxed clean passages, intense vocals layered over discordant, staccato bursts, and mingling with eerie sound textures that explode into high-impact power chords, which bring to mind the work of NEUROSIS.

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

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

 

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

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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

 

 

 

 

Dark Essence Records have today revealed details, including the artwork and track-listing, for “De gjenlevende”, the upcoming album from Norwegian Black-Folk Metallers GALAR.   Mixed and recorded at Bergen’s Conclave and Earshot Studio by producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen, “De gjenlevende” (The Bereaved) is a follow up to 2010’s “Til Alle Heimsens Endar”,  and will be GALAR’s third-full length album.  Artwork for the album is by  Robert Høyem of graphic designers Overhaus.

“De gjenlevende”  sees GALAR’s founders M. Kristiansen (screams, guitars and bass) and A. B. Lauritzen (clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano) and drummer Phobos (AETERNUS, GRAVDAL, MALSAIN), joined by several session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet which fit in with the epic nature of the material, both musical and lyrical, that has been created for the six-track, concept album.  Entirely written in Norwegian, the track entitled “Ljós” will be an instrumental, whilst the other tracks are longer, and more epic than previous work by the band.

Jorge Blutaar, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies.   “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter.  With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more.  It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”.   Fans worried about not understanding the Norwegian lyrics need have no concerns, as the album comes with an explanatory booklet.

Track listing for  “De gjenlevende”, whose estimated date of release is the 20th October,  is as follows:

  1. De gjenlevende
  2. Natt … og taust et forglemt liv
  3. Bøkens hymne
  4. Ljós
  5. Gjeternes tunge steg
  6.  Tusen kall til solsang ny

GALAR recently recruited drummer Tomas Myklebust (ex-EMANCER, live session drums with VULTURE INDUSTRIES and VRIED), and he Kristiansen and Lauritzen as a full-time member of the band.

More information about GALAR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.galar.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial

 

Fan-filmed footage of GALAR performing the track “Ingen Siger Vart Vunnin” at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in 2011 can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/sETwf9PwNlc

 

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

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Galar Website: http://www.galar.no/
Galar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
Galar SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial
Galar YouTube: www.youtube.com/galarofficial
Galar Webshop: http://galar.bigcartel.com/
Galar MySpace: www.myspace.com/galarmetal
Band Contact & Booking: galarmetal@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

 

© All Rights Reserved Rakel Rfhphotography

 

Dark Metallers FOSCOR have inked a deal with Alone Records for the release of what will be the band’s fourth full-length album “Those Horrors Wither”.  “Graceful Pandora”, a track from the album, will be released as a single in 7″ vinyl format on the 3rd of October and is available to pre-order now from http://www.thestonecirclestore.com/ , can be heard above and at https://soundcloud.com/alone-records/graceful-pandora

Slated to appear on the 25th November in both CD and vinyl versions, “Those Horrors Wither” marks a change of direction for FOSCOR, taking the band’s usual style of ’90’s Black and Extreme Metal and adding touches of Doom and Dark Rock, together with traces of Prog.   FOSCOR has chosen a somewhat unusual direction with the guest appearances on the album.  Instead of the expected vocals or instrumental solos, the guest artists have written and performed connecting passages between the tracks.

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

© All Rights Reserved Rakel Rfhphotography

 

Ten tracks from FOSCOR, including the newly debuted track  “Graceful Pandora”,  can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/foscor/sets/foscor

 

The official video for the track “”I Tornà de les Cendres” from FOSCOR’S 2009 album “The Smile of the Sad Ones” can be seen below and  at http://youtu.be/Z32MwaFvEio

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
BandCamp: https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music
Web: http://www.foscor.com
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/
Alone Records Press Contact:  thestonecirclestore@gmail.com
PR:  http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
email: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

 

Veteran Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS are preparing to release an EP ahead of their seventh full-length album, and have released a video of the band rehearsing in preparation for entering the studio on the 17th August to begin recording the drums.  The EP itself will be released on My Kingdom Music and is a follow up to the band’s 2013 album “In the Presence of Death” .  The video features snippets of new material from the band and can be seen below and on the CREST OF DARKNESS YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ

 

Whilst things seem to have been relatively quiet for CREST OF DARKNESS recently, the band has, in fact, been busy behind the scenes writing new material and working on a new website, amongst other things.  Founder and frontman Ingar Amlien has also been finishing work on the upcoming album from ROQUEFIRE,  as well as becoming involved in a new project, details of which will be announced in the not too distant future.  He also recently hit the stage for the first time at a local festival with a band he calls AMLIEN’s INFERNO, which includes Arve Heimdal from Amlien’s former band CONCEPTION, and guitarist Simen Evenrud Bjørnsrud in its lineup.

Commenting on what fans can expect from CREST OF DARKNESS in the future Amlien said:  “We will of course be posting photos and videos of the recording of the EP, but we have some very important news about the band to announce very soon.  Without revealing anything at all, let’s just say it might take a few people by surprise”.

More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

The Official video of the track “Demon Child” from CREST OF DARKNESS’ 2013 album “In the Presence of Death” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/3-sNJCviSGY

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/