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Formed in 2013 by George Emmanuel (ROTTING CHRIST, ex-CHAOSTAR) and Stathis Ridis (NIGHTFALL), LUCIFER’s CHILD was snapped up earlier this year by Norway’s Dark Essence Records, who are set to release the band’s debut full-length album “The Wiccan” on the 25th September.  With artwork by Stathis Ridis’ AmazeMe Design company, track listing for the eight-track album,  which was recorded in Athens, Greece, in 2014, is as follows:

1. Hors de Combat
2. A True Mayhem
3. Spirits of Amenta
4. He, who Punishes and Slays
5. King ov Hell
6. The Wiccan
7. Lucifer’s Child
8. Doom

Together with Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums, Emmanuel (guitars) and Stathis (bass),  have taken the classic Greek Black Metal sound and given it a dimension that is entirely their own, with songs ranging from the epic and monumental to pure aggression.   Formed with the intention of performing the kind of music that would serve as a spiritual introduction to the atmospheric world of a Summoning, the band seeks to create a unity between the spiritual ideas behind each song and the immensely heavy and mid-paced music itself, thereby presenting the audience not only with a taste of their electrifying Black Metal, but also a sense of ritualistic energy.

LUCIFER’s CHILD three-part studio video diaries have just been uploaded onto the Dark Essence Records YouTube channel and can be seen below and at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz1Vh1GrYKJg-QXTxMdoWrFsIuH2FZxEB

More information about LUCIFER’S CHILD can be found on the band’s website at www.luciferschild.net   or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/luciferschildmusic

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
Band Contact: info@luciferschild.com  or george@luciferschild.com
Booking :  booking@luciferschild.com
Website : www.luciferschild.net
Facebook : www.facebook.com/luciferschildmusic
Twitter : www.twitter.com/lucif3rschild
Youtube : www.youtube.com/lucif3rschild
Soundcloud : www.soundcloud.com/luciferschildmusic
Instagram : www.instagram.com/luciferschildmusic
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

 

The 11th September will see the release on Dark Essence Records of ALFAHANNE’s sophomore full-length album “Blod Eld Alfa”, and today the label has debuted one of the nine tracks from the album.  The track, “Skallerormsgift”,  which actually received its first ever public airing on BBC Radio One last week, features KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik on guest vocals and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/alfahanne-skallerormsgift-featuring-kvelertaks-erlend-hjelvik

Well known both on stage and in the studio for their brand of high energy Black Metal laced with Punk and Classic Rock, ALFAHANNE is a band that, since its inception in 2010, has managed to attract high profile musicians to guest with them not only on their releases but also live.  TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth all featured on the debut album “Alfapokalyps”, whilst on the new album, as well as Hjelvik,  Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT and Nattfursth from SORHIN add their distinctive styles and voices to the release.  Also making a return appearance is SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, with whom ALFAHANNE has a history of collaboration.

Mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen at Bergen’s Earshot Studios, and with  artwork by Trine Grimm Lothe, “Blod Eld Alfa”  features ALFAHANNE’s trademark sound, a sound that  is full of the swagger and attitude that makes the band such a success both in the studio and on the stage.

Track listing for “Blod Eld Alfa” is as follows:

1. Alfa Kropp Alfa Blod (with Nattfursth)
2. Besatt
3. Skallerormsgift (with Erlend Hjelvik)
4. Vänd Inte Ryggen Till
5. Blodad Tand
6. Hora (Tills Du Dör) / Huora Kuolemaansa (with Spellgoth)
7. Arkeologen
8. Berserk
9. Slutdestination Eskilstuna (with Niklas Kvarforth)

With a lineup of musicians who have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT,  ALFAHANNE was formed in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 2010 and features Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass.

Confirmed upcoming live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen,  Malmo, Sweden

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

Several tracks from ALFAHANNE, including tracks featuring TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/alfahanne/sets/alfahanne

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

With a revitalised lineup that includes members of CARPATHIAN FOREST, IN THE WOODS, DEN SAAKALDTE, PANTHEON I and OLD FOREST, and following the release of the “Askebundet” single, Norwegian Black Metallers have bowed to the pressure from fans eager for more material, and self-released a three-track  digital EP.

The EP, which is titled “Askebundet” and comes in at just under 25 minutes, is available from the 10th July on the band’s  BandCamp page.  It is currently being offered at a “name your price” at https://svartelder.bandcamp.com/

Artwork for “Askebundet”  is by Kobold, and track listing is as follows:

1.Askebundet
2.Bleeding Wounds
3.Ingen Vet Jeg Var…

Whilst the calibre and provenance of SVARTELDER’s musicians is no mystery, their individual identities are.  Formed and fronted by Doedsadmiral, the rest of the lineup comprises Maletoth on bass and guitars, AK-47 on drums, and Kobold on keys.  “It’s probably not that hard to work out who is who” commented the band, “but hopefully there will remain a bit of doubt as we really wanted people to judge SVARTELDER’s music  for itself, rather than comparing how one or other of us played or sounded with other bands” .

SVARTELDER also recently posted a teaser video for the “Askebundet” EP which can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/sRJ7WGGFHp4

The band are currently working on their debut full-length album and are in search of a label.  More information about SVARTELDER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Svartelder

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Svartelder
BandCamp: https://svartelder.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/svartelderofficial
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVeDEaDys9CBykcr9lWRBeQ
Band Contact:   Svartelderofficial@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com

Norwegian Black Metallers SVARTELDER, whose lineup includes members of CARPATHIAN FOREST, IN THE WOODS, DEN SAAKALDTE, PANTHEON I and OLD FOREST, have today released a teaser video that gives a taste of what to expect from their upcoming digital EP release.  The EP, which will be titled “Askebundet” is set for release on the 10th July via SVARTELDER’s BandCamp page at https://svartelder.bandcamp.com/  where the title track of the EP is currently available as a single.

The video, by Kobold, can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube page at https://youtu.be/sRJ7WGGFHp4 

Artwork for “Askebundet”  is also by Kobold, and track listing for the 3-track EP,  which comes in at just under 25 minutes is as follows:

1.Askebundet
2.Bleeding Wounds
3.Ingen Vet Jeg Var…

After an initial flurry of activity, SVARTELDER largely remained dormant until founder and  frontman Doedsadmiral, decided to reactivate the project with an infusion of new blood in the shape of vastly experienced musicians who have taken the band’s original old-school Norwegian Black Metal roots and contributed their own individual styles to broaden the whole sound and take it in new directions.

Interestingly, the musicians themselves have chosen to use different names for their work in SVARTELDER,  something that allows  them to explore new avenues without any of the pre-conceptions and expectations from fans that may arise because of their previous bodies of work.  Aside from Doedsadmiral on vocals, the rest of the lineup comprises Maletoth on bass and guitars, AK-47 on drums, and Kobold on keys.

The band are currently working on their debut full-length album and are looking for a label.  More information about SVARTELDER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Svartelder

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Svartelder
BandCamp: https://svartelder.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/svartelderofficial
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVeDEaDys9CBykcr9lWRBeQ
Band Contact:   Svartelderofficial@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com

Formed in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse, and with a lineup that now includes former GRIMNORTH  bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE),  Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN are set to release a new full-length album, which will be titled “Livlaus”,  on Dark Essence Records on the 11th September.    As a taste of what to expect from an album that includes guest appearances from TAAKE’s Hoest and HELHEIM’s V’gandr, the track “Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal” has been debuted on the label’s SoundCloud page and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/orkan-livlaus-del-2-dodens-dal

Unlike ORKAN’s debut full-length  “Crimson Canvas”,  which was, according to the band, “a self-financed, thrashy album”, “Livlaus” has a much darker, uncompromising feel, with atmospheric melodies, haunting vocals and intense blastbeats.  The concept of the album was inspired by the forests and sulphur mines found around Drummer Rune Nesse’s hometown of Stord, on the west coast of Norway, and deals with a lost soul trying to find peace in the Kingdom of the Dead.

With a Black Metal sound that features elements of Thrash and other Extreme genres, the   seven-track album was recorded live in the studio and no editing was carried out on the basic tracks.  Vocals and effects were added later.  Artwork for  “Livlaus”, which will be the band’s sophomore full-length album,  is by Tom Korsvold , and track listing is as follows:

1. Fanden På Veggen
2. Brende Bruer, Svart Metall
3. Livlaus del 1: Evig
4. Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal
5. Livlaus del 3: Tusen Sjeler
6. Uforgjengeleg
6. Skodde

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

Fan-filmed footage of ORKAN playing the track “Deus Vicit” from their debut album “Crimson Canvas”, at CCO in Lyon during their tour with TAAKE and HELHEIM in 2013 can be seenbelow and at

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
Orkan on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ORKANMETAL
Orkan on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OrkanOfficial
Band Contact and Booking:  orkanband@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 a release date set for the 11th September, Dark Essence Records have revealed details for the upcoming sophomore full-length album from Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN.  Titled “Livlaus”, the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio, with no editing of the basic tracks, whilst vocals and effects were added later. Hoest (TAAKE) and V’gandr (HELHEIM) perform guest vocals on two of the tracks.

“Livlaus” promises to be an uncompromising album, whose Black Metal influenced sound features elements from Thrash and  other Extreme genres,  and creates atmospheric melodies with haunting vocals and intense blastbeats.   With Norwegian lyrics, the whole album is loosely based on the concept of a lost soul trying to find peace in the Kingdom of the Dead, and was inspired  by the forests and old sulphur mines in the area around drummer Rune Nesse’s hometown of Stord, on the west coast of Norway.

Artwork for the album is by Tom Korsvold and track listing on “Livlaus” as follows:

1. Fanden På Veggen
2. Brende Bruer, Svart Metall
3. Livlaus del 1: Evig
4. Livlaus del 2: Dødens Dal
5. Livlaus del 3: Tusen Sjeler
6. Uforgjengeleg
7. Skodde

ORKAN’s four-man lineup was formed in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse, joined by former GRIMNORTH  bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE) to complete the line-up.  ORKAN’s debut full-length album “Crimson Canvas”, which the band themselves describe as a ” self-financed, thrashy album” appeared in 2012, and is far removed from the much darker direction taken on “Livlaus”.

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

Fan-filmed footage of ORKAN playing the track “Deus Vicit” from their debut album “Crimson Canvas”, at CCO in Lyon during their tour with TAAKE and HELHEIM in 2013 can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/farFAII2D-g 

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
Orkan on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ORKANMETAL
Orkan on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OrkanOfficial
Band Contact and Booking:  orkanband@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

When, in late 2014, guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor announced that they were leaving Black Metal titans CARPATHIAN FOREST to form their own band 3rd ATTEMPT, there were some who questioned the wisdom of leaving the safety of such an iconic band in order to start something new.  But, less than a year later,  on the 25th September,  Dark Essence Records is set to release the band’s debut full-length album “Born in Thorns”, which will show just how right the two renowned guitarists were in deciding to leave an environment they felt had become stale and stifling, in order to feel the rush of creativity and enthusiasm once again.

As a taste of what to expect from “Born in Thorns” the track “Art of Domination” has been debuted today and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/3rd-attempt-art-of-domination

Barely drawing breath after their announcement,  Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor ( ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST) chose Ødemark (ex-MIDNATTSVREDE) as their vocalist, following online auditions that elicited responses from both experienced and new vocalists from all over the world.  The lineup was then completed with the addition of drummer Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) whose performance as a session drummer for the 3rd ATTEMPT at this year’s Blastfest convinced the others that he was the man for the job.

With producer Endre Kirkesola, known for his work with CARPATHIAN FOREST,  BLOOD RED THRONE, GREEN CARNATION, URGEHAL, TSJUDER,  at the helm,  3rd ATTEMPT entered the Studio Sanden in Kristiansand to record “Born in Thorns”.  Mixing and mastering was done by Marius Strand at the Strand Studio.  This is an album that showcases the well-known writing skills of the two founders,  as well as contributions from the new members, and turns the old-school Black Metal vibe up several notches by introducing different elements, including rock n roll/black n roll, to produce a unique take on the Classic Black Metal sound, giving it a fresh feeling and a distinctive groove.

Artwork for “Born in Thorns” is by Jon Tønnessen and tracklisting on the ten-track album is as follows:

1. Torment Nation
2. Dark Vision
3. Art of Domination
4. We Defy
5. Born in Thorns
6. Beast Within
7. Sons of the Winter
8. Nekrogrammaton
9. Firestorm
10. Anti-Self

3rd ATTMEPT will join Dark Essence Records label-mates TAAKE on a European Tour later this year, details to be announced.  Confirmed upcoming shows as follows:

12 Sep:   Southern Discomfort Festival, Kristiansand, Norway
26 Nov:  The Garage, Bergen, Norway (supporting SHINING)
27 Nov:  Pokalen, Oslo, Norway (supporting SHINING)

More information about the band  can be found on the band’s website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/ or on their  official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking:  toni@thedamager.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