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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

 

After keeping fans waiting for four years, Norwegian Black Folk Metallers COR SCORPII have set the date of the 17th July on which to begin recording their sophomore full-length album.  As with their previous release “Monument” the album will be recorded and mixed by Børge Finstad at his Toproom Studio (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, TRISTANIA, ARCTURUS etc).

So far the band have released very little information about the album, which has a working title of “Ruin”, other than to say that they expect to have it finished by the autumn of this year and that it will be released on Dark Essence Records.  They have, however, posted a pre-production teaser of what will eventually turn into a 9 -10 minute epic track, as an indication on what fans can expect.  The teaser can be heard below and on the band’s official YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/T1bDm6I6lVw

 

COR SCORPII was formed in 2004 by WINDIR/ULCUS keyboard player Gaute Refsnes following the tragic death of WINDIR’s Terje “Valfar” Bakken.  With a lineup that includes Thomas Øvstedal on vocals, Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Erlend Nybøon lead guitars, Rune Sjøthun on rhythm guitars, Inge Jonny Lomheim on bass and Ole “Vargon” Nordsve on drums, COR SCORPII’s music blends melody with aggression, and black metal vocals with strong folk metal feel that has made the Bergen band so popular with fans of the extreme genres.

It has just been confirmed that COR SCORPII will be joining DARK ESSENCE RECORDS label-mates TAAKE at next year’s Karmøygeddon Metal Festival, and more  information about COR SCORPII can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii

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
Website: http://www.corscorpii.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/cor-scorpii
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOLdDwZmVK7ieTq4NpABlWg
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 Webshop:
http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store: 
http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

Having just returned from a European tour, Norwegian Avant-Gardists VULTURE INDUSTRIES have announced various festival appearances throughout the summer, as well as a series of dates in their home country, which are set to take place during September and November.   Joining VULTURE INDUSTRIES for the September shows will be DORDEDUH, whilst Dark Essence Records bands ALFAHANNE and SLEGEST will support on some of the dates.  Upcoming  VULTURE INDUSTRIES shows that have been so far confirmed this year as follows:

22 June:  Kilkim Zaibu XV Festival , Varnai, Lithuania
19 July: Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
21 July: Turning Golem with the Happy Gorilla Dance Company, Metal Days, Tolmin, Slovenia
11 Sept: Hulen, Bergen, Norway (with DORDEDUH)
12 Sept: John Dee, Oslo, Norway (with DORDEDUH and ALFAHANNE)
13 Sept:  Southern Discomfort, Kristiansand, Norway (with DORDEDUH)
04 Oct:  Norwegian Hellcamp, Schweinfurt, Germany
05 Oct:  Prog Power Europe, Baarlo, Netherlands
07 Nov:  Tribute, Sandnes, Norway
08 Nov:  Bestastua, Haugesund, Norway (with SLEGEST and INCULTER)

Formed 10 years ago and with three critically acclaimed full-length albums and a substantial experience in front of live audiences,  VULTURE INDUSTRIES  have gained a reputation as phenomenal crowd-pleasers thanks in part to their very obvious skills as musicians, and in part to the  antics of charismatic frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen.  Nilsen is himself one of Norway’s leading record producers and joint owner of the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, along with ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal.

Not content with just limiting themselves to just performing as a band, VULTURE INDUSTRIES have been collaborating extensively  with the HAPPY GORILLA DANCE COMPANY to bring the “Turning Golem” project to life.  Part concert rooted in in the heavier segment of experimental/progressive metal and part theatre performance “Turning Golem” has been thrilling audiences throughout Europe for the past couple of years, and will be performed for the last time at this year’s Metal Days Festival.

More information about VULTURE INDUSTRIES can be found at http://www.vulture-industries.net/

The official video for the track “Lost Among Liars” from VULTURE INDUSTRIES “The Tower”, which was made together with Romanian multimedia artist Costin Chioreanu, and which was featured at Norway’s Kort and Kortkino Film Festival,can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/Q2mYnayKNd8

 

 VULTURE INDUSTRIES INFO
Vulture Industries Website: http://www.vulture-industries.net
Vulture Industries on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries
Vulture Industries on SoundCloud:  http://soundcloud.com/vulture-industries
Vulture Industries WebShop: http://vultureindustries.bigcartel.com/
Vulture Industries on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/vultureindustries
Vulture Industries on ReverbNation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/vultureindustries
Management & Booking: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/

 

 

 

 

 

The following statement in both Italian and English was issued today by DRAUGR’s management  Patricia Thomas, following the death  of drummer JONNY MORELLI:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have to make the kind of announcement that every band manager hopes they will never have to make:

Jonny Morelli, drummer and founder member of Italian Pagan Metallers DRAUGR, lost his life at age 30 following a road accident in his home town of Pescara last night.

Jonny was not just a very talented musician who, in addition to his work with DRAUGR, which ended after ten years with the dissolution of the band in 2013, had, over the years, worked as a drummer both in the studio and on stage for many Italian bands, both metal and non-metal.  He was also a tattoo artist and writer.

Over the past year Jonny, along with three other former members of DRAUGR, was working on a new musical project, due to launch in 2014, that would see him take care of vocals and lyrics, as well as the drums.   An official statement regarding the project will follow soon.

My  personal condolences go to Jonny’s family, friends, and musicians who have played with him over the years.  And of course to all the fans who have followed his work, both as a musician, tattoo artist and writer.

RIP Jonny”

Comunicato bilingue della manager dei DRAUGR, Patricia Thomas riguardo la morte del batterista JONNY MORELLI:

“Con un peso al cuore, pubblico oggi un annuncio che ogni manager spererebbe di non dover mai fare.

Jonny Morelli, batterista e membro fondatore dei Draugr, ha perso la vita a 30 anni in seguito ad un incidente stradale avvenuto ieri sera a Pescara.

Musicista, tattoo artist e writer, oltre alla sua attività con i Draugr, terminata nel 2013 con lo scioglimento della band, comparì negli anni su lavori in studio e come batterista live di numerosi gruppi italiani, metal e non.

Nell’ultimo anno Jonny, insieme ad altri tre ex membri dei Draugr, era al lavoro su un nuovo progetto musicale, in uscita nel 2014, che lo avrebbe visto occuparsi delle voci e dei testi, oltre che delle parti di batteria. Presto seguirà uno statement ufficiale.

Le mie condoglianze personali vanno alla famiglia di Jonny, agli amici e ai musicisti che hanno suonato con lui nel corso degli anni e, naturalmente, a tutti i fans che lo hanno seguito nella la sua opera, sia come musicista, sia come tattoo artist, sia come writer.

RIP Jonny”

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdraugr
Management & PR: Patricia Thomas Management http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
email: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

UK Atmospheric Post-Black Metallers FEN have announced that work on what will be their fourth full-length album has begun and is progressing well.  As things stand, the band anticipates that it will be ready for release towards October/November of this year.  The as yet untitled album will be a follow up to 2013′s critically acclaimed “Dustwalker”, and will once again be released on Aural Music’s Code666 label.

Commenting on what fans should expect from the new album, FEN’s frontman, The Watcher, had this to say:  ‘Our new work will be darker and more intense.  Invoking a spectrum of atmospheres from the unknowable coldness of distant stars to the blood and earth that thrums beneath our feet. 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.’

Named after one of the more desolate and haunting regions of England, FEN, whose sound has been variously described as post-black metal, shoegaze and progressive, was formed in 2006 by The Watcher  on guitars and vocals and Grungyn on bass and vocals,  with the three-piece’s lineup being completed by Derwydd on drums.  It is the very fact that the band has been so difficult to pigeon hole into one genre or another, due in large part to its musicians desire and insistence on maintaining the freedom to create and develop their own sound without having to conform to any strictures, that has gained FEN a wide fan base.

FEN are set to make an exclusive Canadian appearance in July this year, when they head to Montreal for the Quinze Anees Sepulcrales Festival which takes place at the Théâtre Plaza over two days on the 11th and 12th July, and celebrates the Fifteenth Anniversary  of Sepulchral Prods.  FEN will headline Friday’s event.  Other shows so far confirmed this year include headlining slots  at The Lomax in Liverpool on the 28th June and at the Colchester Arts Centre on the 7th August, and appearances at the ArcTangent Festival in Bristol on the 30th August and the Black Arts Ceremony at CCO in Villeurbanne, France on the 4th October

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 in Moscow can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/UWoXoriHRrk

 

 

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

 

With a critically acclaimed Digital EP released by the band  last year as a taster of things to come, Karisma Records has set a release date of September 2014 for SEVEN IMPALE’s debut full-length album “City Of The Sun”.  Recorded and produced by Iver Sandøy (ENSLAVED, KRAKOW, etc.) at the Solslottet and Duper Studio,  “City Of The Sun” consists of five musically complex tracks, each distinctly different one from the other, and transcending several genres with their range and variety, but whose roots clearly lie within Classic Progressive Rock.

Formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, SEVEN IMPALE’s relatively young 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.   What sets the band apart from many of the new arrivals on the scene is the sheer diversity of musical disciplines that the members bring with them.  From classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz and rock to electronic, SEVEN IMPALE have fused all their experience and influences and created a sound that is uniquely theirs.  Their appearance over the past year at festivals as diverse as the Oslo Jazz Festival and Inferno Festival, and the positive reaction of such different audiences,  is a tribute to how successful their sound is.

Utilising elements normally found in the Metal genre “City Of The Sun” shows just how unafraid SEVEN IMPALE  are to explore much harder soundscapes than one would normally expect from  Progressive Rock, whilst the use of the saxophone, enables the band to showcase jazz elements in their music. There is no doubt at all that SEVEN IMPALE challenge the standard genre boundaries, in much the same way that Norwegian SHINING and JAGA JAZZIST have done before.

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 “Beginning/Relieve” can be heard  on the player at the top of the page 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