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Sweden’s SHINING has released photos taken during the  recent video shoot for a track from the band’s upcoming ninth full-length album, which is set to be released on Season of Mist in the spring. The photos, by Assi Viljanen,  have been uploaded onto SHINING’s  Facebook page and can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

The only details regarding the video that SHINING is prepared to reveal for the time being is that it is being filmed in Helsinki, Finland and Belgrade, Serbia, and is directed by Martin Strandberg.  Strandberg was also responsible for the videos for “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” and “Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel” from  the band’s seventh full length album “VII / Född Förlorare”, and is currently working on a “warts and all” documentary about the band.

Commenting on the video, SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth had this to say:  “Although Martin has worked on our videos before, this one will be something quite different from any previous efforts “.

The last release from SHINING was “8 ½ – Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd”,  which appeared on Dark Essence Records in 2013 and featured guest vocals from some of the elite of Black Metal including ATTILA CSIHAR (MAYHEM, TORMENTOR),  MANIAC (SKITLIV, EX MAYHEM), GAAHL (GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, TRELLDOM, EX GORGOROTH), FAMINE (PESTE NOIRE) and PEHR LARSSON (ALFAHANNE).

© and All Rights Reserved Assi Viljanen

More information about SHINING can be found at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

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


Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
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

Shortly after announcing the formation of their new band THE 3rd ATTEMPT earlier this year and their departure from CARPATHIAN FOREST, guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, APOSTASY, ex NEONGOD) went on to announce that they were holding online auditions for the position of vocalist for the new project.  As was to be expected when guitarists who had played with some of the biggest, and most iconic Norwegian bands advertised for a frontman, the resulting flood of applications was sizeable, so much so, in fact, that it has taken 4 months to listen to all the auditions and come to a decision.

Commenting on the process Tchort said “We were blown away, not only by the quantity of submissions we received, but also by the quality.   Those sending in auditions were given the option of making them public or keeping them private, so what you saw posted on the band’s Facebook page was only the tip of the iceberg of what we had to assess.  It took us a long time because we felt that everyone who sent in their demos deserved all the attention we could give them, and we would like to thank all the extraordinarily talented musicians who took part.  It was a difficult choice but in the end we opted for former MIDNATTSVREDE  and NECROCAVE vocalist Kaahrl Ødemark because his  delivery and attitude were very much in keeping with what we had in mind for THE 3rd ATTEMPT.  We have put together a demo of a track with Kaahrl on vocals as a way of introducing him to everyone.  The track “The Beast Within”, which also features CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn on bass and Anders Kobro on drums,  can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt/the-3rd-attempt-the-beast-within-demo-track


Oslo-based Ødemark had this to say about auditioning: “The funny thing  is that at first I wasn’t even going to try because I honestly  thought that it was just some sort of PR exercise,  but  in the end I decided to contact the band’s manager and  ask if it was real, and she confirmed that it was absolutely legit. So  I picked up my microphone, my DAW and a pen and started working on those two demo-tracks 24/7 for a couple of days.  I didn’t really have any expectations but  I just did my best and before I knew it  I was talking to Tchort and BloodPervertor themselves,  who asked to hear two full songs.  When they told me I’d been chosen as THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s frontman it was hard to sound professional with my brain was screaming ‘Fucking hell, I’m going to be the vocalist for two musicians I’ve worshipped since I was a teenager’.   Strangely this will be my third band, so you could also say that this will be my 3rd attempt too!”

Not surprisingly the decision taken by the Tchort and BloodPervertor to leave CARPATHIAN FOREST has raised a fair few questions, but Tchort is quick to put paid to any kind of negative speculation.  “People tell me all the time how hard it is to establish a new band these days, and there is no doubt that this is true, but for me it’s not about “making it”, it’s more about having the right environment for my creativity, and that “hunger” to tread a new path and push boundaries.  To be honest I felt that I was no longer giving my best to CARPATHIAN FOREST.  It had started to become routine, and things had stopped being inspiring, so that writing  new material was becoming harder.   There were probably various reasons involved, but in the end I felt it would be better for CARPATHIAN FOREST if they injected some new blood into their ranks, someone who had the energy and inspiration that I was beginning to lack.  Someone  who could push them further.  I didn’t want to be the one to hold them back because I couldn’t give them 100% of myself.

“At the same time I had reached the point where I myself was in need that same inspiration and drive in order to regain my focus. When we held the online vocalist auditions, there were two contributions in particular that grabbed my attention and I found myself rewinding the songs and listening  to them again and again. The talent and effort they demonstrated really got my creativity going and that was just what I was looking for.  One thing both BloodPervertor and I were sure about was that we wanted to continue the interplay we had developed over the years in CARPATHIAN FOREST, so we made our choice and with a new vocalist onboard we are now hard at work on new material and have already started booking live shows, so we are definitely hitting the ground running. I think it’s fair to say that the passion is slowly growing within us again and we are looking forward to meeting old and new fans again soon”.

The 3rd ATTEMPT’s first live appearance will be on the 18th February at Blastfest in Bergen, Norway.

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

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



Just over a month after the former members of the now-defunct DRAUGR announced that they had formed SELVANS, a musical project born to recreate, through music, lyrics and aesthetics,  the mysticism and the folklore of the different ethnic groups that have dwelt in Italy throughout the ages, they are now able to announce  that the band has inked a deal with Avantgarde Music for the release of SELVANS’  debut  EP.  Titled  “Clangores Plenilunio”, the EP  is set to hit the streets in February 2015.

The lineup on “Clangores Plenilunio” includes Selvans Haruspex (Ursus Arctos of DRAUGR)  on vocals,  keyboards and traditional instruments , Sethlans Fulguriator (Mors of DRAUGR) on guitar, and DRAUGR co-founders Stolas on bass and  the late Jonny Morelli on drums.  Morelli was able to record all the drums and most of the vocals before he was tragically killed in a motor bike accident in June of last year, and the EP, which marks Morelli’s last ever appearance, is  being released in his honour,  just as the band embarks on the new path that he was so excited about and so very much looking forward to travelling together with them.

Commenting on the title and the decision to sign with Avantgarde,  Selvans Haruspex had this to say: “The Italian translation of the Latin expression  “Clangores Plenilunio”, hides a meaning linked to the memory of Jonny  which is very important to all of us, to what was, and what will be.   As fans of many of the label’s releases, we can say that we wore out quite a few of them through repeated listenings, and therefore the fact that Avantgarde’s Roberto Mammarella was interested in working with SELVANS  was a great honour for us.  The spirit of Avantgarde is a perfect match for both our music and the concepts we are expressing through it, and knowing that Jonny would have been proud of such a collaboration is by far the greatest satisfaction for us”.

SELVANS recently debuted a digital single edit of “Lupercale”,  a track that will appear on the EP in its full version  which runs to over  9 minutes in length.   “Lupercale”, is available direct from the band at https://selvans.bandcamp.com/track/lupercale-single-edit and can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans/lupercale-edit  or on YouTube at http://youtu.be/D8Zghhn-RIw

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

Alternatively, a video of the track “Lupercale” can be heard below and at http://youtu.be/D8Zghhn-RIw


Website: http://www.templeofselvans.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans
BandCamp: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/track/lupercale-single-edit
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

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-


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

Carnal Records is set to release “Nightmarish Sleep”, a four-track MCD from cult Swedish Black Metallers SVARTSYN  on the 19th December,  and has today debuted the title track which can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/carnalrecords/svartsyn-nightmarish-sleep


“Nightmarish Sleep”, which was mastered by the Clintworks Studio in Hamburg, Germany, and includes artwork by the illustrator Chadwick St John of Inkshadows, will be available in both CD and digital formats.  Track listing for “Nightmarish Sleep” as follows:

1, Split Tongue Dialogue
2. Cursed be the Rivers
3. Outside the Flesh
4. Nightmarish Sleep

Formed in 1991 by Ornias the band was originally named CHALICE, changing its name to SVARTSYN in 1993.  With Draugen (ex-DARK FUNERAL) joining the lineup in 1996, SVARTSYN signed to Folter Records, for the release their debut full-length album “The True Legend”, the first of a total of eight full-length albums, the latest being 2013’s “Black Testament” on Agonia Records.  SVARTSYN quickly became a cult band on the Swedish Black Metal scene, playing traditional dark, grim Black Metal in a style that is fast,  brutal, sinister and  misanthropic.

Ornias does not mince his words when it comes to talking about his music in general and “Nightmarish Sleep” in particular, of which he says: “If you like your production to sound nice and clean you’d better stay the fuck away.  This is very dark, dirty and violent.  This is the result, at least in part, of a search for answers as to why I’m still here.  There is a reason why I still exist. …a nightmarish deep that takes you beyond the Black testament. These are the offerings and the hymns to the Dark Gods. This IS the nightmarish sleep”.

More information about SVARTSYN can be found on the band’s website at http://www.svartsyn.com/ or on Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/svartsyn666

Additional Information
Website: http://www.svartsyn.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/svartsyn666
Carnal Records: http://www.carnalrecords.com/
Carnal Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carnalrecords.sweden
For Promo and Info Contact: carnalrecords@hotmail.com


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;

Jan 10:  Teatro La Mama,  Bogota,
Jan 11:  Barnaby Jones, Medellin
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


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