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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-

 

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

 

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;

COLOMBIA
Jan 10:  Teatro La Mama,  Bogota,
Jan 11:  Barnaby Jones, Medellin
MEXICO (with RAGNELL)
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

 

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

 

 

 

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.  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

 

 

 

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

 

Sweden’s self-styled Alfapokalyptic Rockers ALFAHANNE, whose debut full-length album was released earlier this year on Dark Essence Records, are back in the studio preparing for their next album.  With guest vocalists like TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth and HELHEIM’s V’gandr on their debut “Alfapokalyps” – names that make most fans of extreme metal sit up and take notice – many are wondering what the band will pull out of its bag for its follow up, so guitarist Fredrik Sööberg took time out from working on the new material to give a hint about what to expect.

ALFHANNE  has never been a band that does things the way others do them. So when it comes to the process of recording a follow up album to “Alfapokalypse” we do it our way, regardless of expectations.  We  do not record demos or pre-productions. We just jam the shit out of our equipment until we have a song we feel we can perform properly on an album. Then we record it.  As with “Alfapokalyps” we record the material  live and most often it is the first take that ends up on the album. We believe that if we can’t get it right straight away, who are we to call ourselves musicians?

“ALFAHANNE is not about perfection and order.  Quite the opposite. We are about emotions and chaos. The process of writing new material is as always quite easy for us. After releasing our first album we had so much inspiration left in us that we  just kept going. Always inspired by the darkness that lies within the depth of humanity and the rotten illusion of our society. The songs just pop up like a big middle finger in the face of the world.

“As I write this, August has come to a close and we are about halfway through the recording, which, again as with “Alfapokalyps”, we are doing on our own, in our own Dödskult Studio, and we will continue the recording process  during this fall/winter when we are not busy playing live. We can also reveal that our new album will have guest appearances by vocalists who we find suitable for our particular style of music, which we call Alfapokalyptic rock.  As far as the sound is concerned  we just have one thing to say:  ALFAHANNE is always ALFAHANNE and we will always have our own distinctive  sound. One thing we can safely say, however, is that this  album will for sure be the best album released since “Alfapokalyps”.

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 Pehr Skioldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass have proved well-able to win over audiences wherever they have played, which includes a series of festival appearances during 2014.  Formed in 2010, ALFAHANNE’s sound is a high energy mix of Black Metal, Classic Rock and Punk, a sound that was interesting enough to convince SHINING to join the band on the 2013 7″ split “Grym” release, after which, ALFAHANNE  joined the formidable roster of Norway’s Dark Essence Records.

Upcoming appearances confirmed for ALFAHANNE as follows:

12 Sept, John Dee, Oslo (supporting VULTURE INDUSTRIES)
27 Sept, Morkaste Smaland Festival, Metropol, Hultsfred, Sweden
07 Nov, On the Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
08 Nov, Dog’s Home, Tampere, Finland
19-21 Feb, Blastfest, Bergen, Norway (exact running order TBA)
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England

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

 

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

 

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