In keeping with their new touring policy which involves the band playing a set of dates in individual countries rather than long tours through several countries at a time , Sweden’s SHINING have announced that they will be playing two shows in Benelux in October of this year.  The Benelux shows are as follows:

16 Oct, Grenswerk, Venlo, NL
17 Oct, Muziekodroom, Hasselt, BE

Earlier this week SHINING frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explained the reason behind the band’s decision not to spend long periods of time on the road:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.   We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

As well as the series of individual tours in support of the release of the band’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” , which was released on Season of Mist on the 20th April, Shining will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far are:

30 April, SWR Barroselas Festival, Barroselas, Portugal
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

Also recently announced were the dates on the German leg of the band’s touring schedule:

12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg

More individual tours and live appearances are in the discussion phase and all confirmed dates can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

More  information about SHINING, including all confirmed live shows  can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

“Vilja & Dröm”, a track from SHINING’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”   can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/shining-official/shining-vilja-drom

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

Work on the debut full-length album  from THE 3RD ATTEMPT, which is set to be released on Dark Essence Records later this year,  is progressing at a very satisfactory pace.  The band entered the Sanden Studio in Kristiansand on the 17th April and they have posted the first in what will be a series of Studio Reports which will follow the progress of the album.   The first report, which includes videos of drummer Tybalt laying down the drum tracks, as well as a series of photos by guitarist Tchort,  can be seen at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/

With the drum tracks now recorded, the next job will be to create a rough mix, ready for the guitars and bass to be recorded later this week.   Recording and producing the album is Endre Kirkesola, who is the band’s sound engineer in both the studio and live, and who has worked with bands such as BLOOD RED THRONE, CHROME DIVISION, URGEHAL, TSJUDER, GREEN CARNATION, CARPATHIAN FOREST and IMMORTAL.

Formed late last year by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (APOSTASY, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex NEONGOD), THE 3RD ATTEMPT’s lineup includes Kaahrl Ødemark (ex- MIDNATTSVREDE, ex-NECROCAVE) on vocals  and  Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE, ETHEREAL FOREST, ex- HEATHEN DEITY, ex-PANTHEON I) on drums.  With such a pedigree it was no surprise that the band found itself being  courted by various labels before eventually allowing themselves to be snapped up by Norway’s Dark Essence Records.

THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s  next live appearance will be at the Southern Discomfort Metal Festival, in Kristiansand, Norway, in September.

More information about THE 3rd ATTEMPT can be found on the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial

THE 3rd ATTEMPT recently debuted an unfinished demo track “The Beast Within”, which also features CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn on bass and Anders Kobro on drums, and which was  used in a shortened form for the  vocalist auditions.  “The Beast Within” can be heard below and on THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s SoundCloud page at   https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt/the-3rd-attempt-the-beast-within-demo-track

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

On the day that their colleague and close friend Jonny Morelli would have reached his 31st birthday, had he survived a fatal motor bike accident last year, SELVANS have posted a video tribute to the much respected drummer.  Whilst the video uses the track “Lupercale” from SELVANS’ recently released EP “Clangores Plenilunio”, the band is very keen to emphasise that this is not a video for the track itself, but it is rather a “sincere tribute to a friend, to his passion, and to his art”.   The video can be seen below and on SELVANS’  YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/AJDfmpYFa4Q

SELVANS’ core members Selvans Haruspex (on keyboards, traditional instruments, vocals and programming) and Sethlans Fulguriator (guitars and bass),  explained the ideas and the imagery behind the video, and why it is so representative of Morelli’s spirit:  “Jonny loved nature.  He was always our invaluable  guide when we went  hiking, or out searching  for some breathtakingly spectacular settings for photo sessions.  The study of Ancient Italian Paganism and Folklore was another of his passions, and this was clearly reflected in own work on tattoos and drawings.   This video shows the  beautiful wild landscapes that Jonny loved so much, whilst his words, which were written for the song ‘Lupercale’ itself, were transformed into drawings  by our friend Davide ‘DARTWORKS – drawstroy”  Mancini, who is also the designer who created the SELVANS logo”.

Formed after calling an end to their former band DRAUGR after ten years at the top of the Extreme Folk scene in Italy, Morelli was to be SELVANS’ drummer, vocalist and lyricist until his tragic death just as the band was about to enter the studio to record the “Clangores Plenilunio” EP.  After a period of soul searching it was decided that as a mark of respect for Jonny’s enthusiasm, dedication, and hopes for SELVANS,  the band would complete  and release the EP,  for which he had already done so much work, having written and recorded the drum parts, as well as 90% of the vocals.   “Clangores Plenilunio” appeared on Avantgarde Music in February of this year.

SELVANS are currently working on ther debut full-length album  “Lupercalia”, which will  consist of of five  suites inspired and influenced by ancient Italian history and folklore, and running in total for around an hour.  It will be very much a continuation of what was started with “Clangores Plenilunio”, whose music is filled with the Italic spirit and redolent with its mysticism.  “Lupercalia” is expected to be released on Avantgarde Music in late 2015.

SELVANS next live appearance will be on the 3rd May when they support NECROPHOBIC at the Tipografia in Pescara, Italy.

More information about SELVANS can be found on the band’s website at http://www.templeofselvans.com/   and on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans

” SELVANS’ “Clangores Plenilunio” EP can be heard below and at https://avantgardemusic.bandcamp.com/album/clangores-plenilunio

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.templeofselvans.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans
BandCamp: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/track/lupercale-single-edit
Webshop: http://selvans.bigcartel.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/templeofselvans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/selvans_
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/selvans_official
Webshop: http://selvans.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact & Booking:  info@templeofselvans.com
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Avantgarde Music
Website: http://www.avantgardemusic.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/avantgardemusiclabel
Contact: info@avantgardemusic.com

With SHINING’s ninth full-length album  “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” hitting the streets world-wide on Season of Mist, the band has announced that it will play a series of dates in Germany in November.  Supporting SHINING on the tour will be German bands IMPERIUM DEKADENZ and DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT .  Tickets for the tour will go on sale on the 21 April.  Routing as follows:

12 Nov:  Backstage, Munich
13 Nov:  Keller Klub,  Stuttgart
14Nov:   Turock,  Essen
15 Nov:  Underground, Cologne
17 Nov:   Schlachthof , Wiesbaden
18 Nov:   Magnet,  Berlin
19 Nov:   Logo, Hamburg

As frontman and founder NIKLAS KVARFORTH explains, the band has eschewed the idea of long tours through several countries  in favour of shorter tours in individual countries:  “Basically we want to be able to give our audience the best show possible each time we are on stage.  And weeks on the road stuck on a cramped, uncomfortable  nightliner,  with people you don’t even know and with no privacy in which to be able to rest and relax, is not conducive to any of us being able to give it our best on stage, particularly myself.  So that’s something we will definitely not be doing.

“We have also decided that we do not want to be shunted into the usual venues that every tour seems to hit, but rather to choose to play better venues, with better facilities not only for ourselves, but also for the audience, wherever possible”.

“Our booking agent is currently in the process of negotiating and finalising a series of tours in various countries, so you can expect  more announcements very soon.   Confirmed dates can always be found on our website at www.shiningasylum.com

As well as the series of tours, Shining will also be playing at various festivals during the year.  Confirmed appearances so far as follows:

30 April, SWR Barroselas Festival, Barroselas, Portugal
09 May, Incineration Festival, London, England
03 July, Hard Rock Laager, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
30 July, Wacken Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany
25 Sept, Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred, Sweden

More  information about SHINING can be found on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

“Vilja & Dröm”, a track from SHINING’s ninth full-length album “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”   can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/shining-official/shining-vilja-drom

The official video for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from SHINING’s album “VII / Född Förlorare” can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iULz19Cc7yw

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com

© and All Rights Reserved Fotograf Jarle Hovda Moe

UK Experimental Doomsters ESOTERIC are hard at work on what will be the bands seventh full-length album and the follow up to 2011’s “Paragon of Dissonance”.  As the band explain, this pretty much means that for the rest of the year they will be concentrating on preparation and recording:  “We will be playing a few one-off shows and festivals, but we don’t intend to take part in any tours this year as we want our main focus to be on the album. If all goes to plan we hope to complete the writing by the end of 2015. The cycle continues…”

The departure last year of keyboard player Jan Krause has not affected the ability of the line up of Gordon Bicknell on Guitar,  Mark Bodossian on Bass,  Greg Chandler on Guitar and Vocals,  Joe Fletcher on Drums, and  Jim Nolan on Guitar, to crack on with the new album, nor has it stopped them playing live while they search for a replacement.  With an appearance at Bergen’s Blastfest already behind them, other confirmed dates include a show at The Boston Music Room in London along with AHAB on the 4th of July, and the 20th Anniversary celebration of Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic  in August.

As well as the new album, ESOTERIC also have other releases on their mind, which vinyl fans will definitely appreciate.  “We plan to release “The Pernicious Enigma” and “Metamorphogenesis” on vinyl, which are the two remaining albums from our back catalogue that haven’t yet been released in this format.   After that we will be re-releasing our first two albums on CD, but we will have more details about everything we’re planning to do as we go along.

“The Pernicious Enigma” has actually been transferred from the original multitrack tapes, and remixed and remastered at the Priory Recording Studios for the vinyl release.  Having never been happy with the original mix of the album, we were able to go over the tracks and bring out some of the details that were buried or subdued in the original release, without changing the overall feel of the album “.

And is there any news about a much-requested live album?  “It’s definitely something we’ve always had in the back of our minds, but it’s not a question we can give a definitive answer to right now”, commented the band.  “It’s true that we recorded the show in Brescia,Italy, in January, but finding the time to work on it is going to be very hard, especially with a new studio album in the offing.  We will try to find the time to mix the live recording in the coming months and then we will look at the possibility of a release”.

More information about ESOTERIC can be found on the band’s website at http://www.esotericuk.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial

A video of ESOTERIC performing the track “The Blood of the Eyes” live can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/UZK-zeuEAAw

Seven tracks from ESOTERIC can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk/sets/esoteric

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial
Website: www.esotericuk.net
BandCamp: https://esotericuk.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/esotericuk
Band Contact & Booking: greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

With their fourth full-length album “King For A Day”  set to be released on Karisma Records on the 25th May,  Norwegian Prog Rockers MAGIC PIE have debuted  a music video for the opening track  from the upcoming release on Prog Magazine – Team Rock.  The video for “Trick Of The Trade” can be seen at http://prog.teamrock.com/news/2015-04-17/magic-pie-reveal-trick-of-the-trade

Formed in Moss, Norway in 2001, MAGIC PIE have become a household name on the Prog Scene with their blend of Classic Prog and 70’s Hard Rock inspired by bands such as SPOCKS BEARD, DREAM THEATER, GENESIS, PINK FLOYD, THE FLOWER KINGS, TRANSATLANTIC, KANSAS, DEEP PURPLE, YES etc., and  consequently “King For A Day” is an album that is very much anticipated by Prog fans.

With artwork by Chris van der Linden of Linden Artworks and  mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (SPOCKS BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, NEAL MORSE, DREAM THEATER etc.) at The Mouse House Studios in Los Angeles, “King For A Day”  contains six tracks of Prog Rock that is at times melodic and epic, and, at others, heavy, and showcases the band’s superb vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship.  It is now available to pre-order direct from Karisma Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/magic-pie

Track listing for “King For A Day” as follows:
1 – Trick Of The Trade (6:09)
2 – Introversion (12:24)
3 – According To Plan (6:35)
4 – Tears Gone Dry (12:14)
5 – The Silent Giant (5:22)
6 – King For A Day (27:29)

MAGIC PIE’s lineup of songwriter and producer Kim Stenberg on guitars and vocals,  lyricist and melody co-writer Eirikur Hauksson (well known for his work with artists such as ARTCH, KEN HENSLEY and KERRS PINK)  on lead vocals and guitar, Eirik Hanssen on vocals and guitar, Jan Torkild Johannessen on drums,  Erling Henanger on keyboards and backing vocals and Lars Petter Holstad on bass and backing vocals, will play two  shows in Norway to celebrate the release of “King For A Day”, the first being  at the Parkteatret in Moss on the 13th May and the second at We Låve Rock In Hurum 2015 at the Holm Gård in Holmsbu, on the 23 May.  Additional live and festival appearances will be announced soon.

More information about MAGIC PIE can be found on the band’s website at http://www.magicpie.net/  or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/magicpieband

Fan-filmed footage of MAGIC PIE performing at ROSfest can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/HY_JNuK8AmI

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
Magic Pie Website:  http://www.magicpie.net/
Magic Pie on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/magicpieband
Magic Pie on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KimStenberg1975
Management and Booking:  JT@magicpie.no

Dark Essence Records, a label well known for working with some of the top Norwegian acts such as TAAKE, have cast their net a little further from their own shores this time, and signed Greece’s LUCIFER’s CHILD, the band formed by ROTTING CHRIST and former CHAOSTAR member George Emmanuel and NIGHTFALL’s Stathis Ridis.

Emmanuel and Ridis first formed the band in Athens, Greece,  in 2013, with the aim of performing the kind of music that would serve as a spiritual introduction to the atmospheric world of a Summoning.  LUCIFER’S CHILD sets out to create a unity between the music itself and the spiritual idea behind each song that they present to their audience, and, it is that  ritualistic energy, combined with the electrifying sound of Black Metal,  that characterises the band’s own sound.

Aside from George Emmanuel on guitars and Stathis Ridis on bass, LUCIFER’S CHILD’s lineup also includes Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums.   The band’s debut album “The Wiccan” was recorded during the summer of 2014 in Athens, and Dark Essence Records anticipate its release later this year.

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

“Hors de Combat” a track from LUCIFER’s CHILD can be heard above and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/luciferschildmusic/hors-de-combat

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