Dark Essence Records have inked a deal with Iceland’s MOMENTUM and are preparing to release the band’s sophomore full-length album, “The Freak Is Alive”, on a date as yet to be announced. Formed in 2003, MOMENTUM started life as a Black/Death metal project, with their first release, “The Requiem” EP appearing in 2006, followed two years later by another EP – “Your Side of the Triangle”.

By the time MOMENTUM’s debut full-lenth album “Fixation, at Rest” appeared in 2010, the band had left its roots behind and developed an identity all of its own, which, with the upcoming “The Freak Is Alive” album,  frontman Holaf has taken even further, using his artwork, lyrics and concept to carry listeners on a surreal journey through the subconscious mind, leading them along paths that allow them to interpret for themselves what they are seeing and hearing.

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, MOMENTUM is a band that excels at merging atmospheric post-rock, reminiscent of ISIS and CULT OF LUNA, together with a level of bone-crushing heaviness broken up by soft singing and relaxed clean passages, intense vocals layered over discordant, staccato bursts, and mingling with eerie sound textures that explode into high-impact power chords, which bring to mind the work of NEUROSIS.

More information about MOMENTUM can be found on the band’s website at www.momentumiceland.com

A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo


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


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





Dark Essence Records have today revealed details, including the artwork and track-listing, for “De gjenlevende”, the upcoming album from Norwegian Black-Folk Metallers GALAR.   Mixed and recorded at Bergen’s Conclave and Earshot Studio by producer and VULTURE INDUSTRIES frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen, “De gjenlevende” (The Bereaved) is a follow up to 2010’s “Til Alle Heimsens Endar”,  and will be GALAR’s third-full length album.  Artwork for the album is by  Robert Høyem of graphic designers Overhaus.

“De gjenlevende”  sees GALAR’s founders M. Kristiansen (screams, guitars and bass) and A. B. Lauritzen (clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano) and drummer Phobos (AETERNUS, GRAVDAL, MALSAIN), joined by several session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet which fit in with the epic nature of the material, both musical and lyrical, that has been created for the six-track, concept album.  Entirely written in Norwegian, the track entitled “Ljós” will be an instrumental, whilst the other tracks are longer, and more epic than previous work by the band.

Jorge Blutaar, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies.   “Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter.  With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more.  It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”.   Fans worried about not understanding the Norwegian lyrics need have no concerns, as the album comes with an explanatory booklet.

Track listing for  “De gjenlevende”, whose estimated date of release is the 20th October,  is as follows:

  1. De gjenlevende
  2. Natt … og taust et forglemt liv
  3. Bøkens hymne
  4. Ljós
  5. Gjeternes tunge steg
  6.  Tusen kall til solsang ny

GALAR recently recruited drummer Tomas Myklebust (ex-EMANCER, live session drums with VULTURE INDUSTRIES and VRIED), and he Kristiansen and Lauritzen as a full-time member of the band.

More information about GALAR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.galar.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial


Fan-filmed footage of GALAR performing the track “Ingen Siger Vart Vunnin” at the Phantoms of Pilsen Festival in 2011 can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/sETwf9PwNlc


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


Galar Website: http://www.galar.no/
Galar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
Galar SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/galarofficial
Galar YouTube: www.youtube.com/galarofficial
Galar Webshop: http://galar.bigcartel.com/
Galar MySpace: www.myspace.com/galarmetal
Band Contact & Booking: galarmetal@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


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Dark Metallers FOSCOR have inked a deal with Alone Records for the release of what will be the band’s fourth full-length album “Those Horrors Wither”.  “Graceful Pandora”, a track from the album, will be released as a single in 7″ vinyl format on the 3rd of October and is available to pre-order now from http://www.thestonecirclestore.com/ , can be heard above and at https://soundcloud.com/alone-records/graceful-pandora

Slated to appear on the 25th November in both CD and vinyl versions, “Those Horrors Wither” marks a change of direction for FOSCOR, taking the band’s usual style of ’90’s Black and Extreme Metal and adding touches of Doom and Dark Rock, together with traces of Prog.   FOSCOR has chosen a somewhat unusual direction with the guest appearances on the album.  Instead of the expected vocals or instrumental solos, the guest artists have written and performed connecting passages between the tracks.

Formed in Barcelona, Spain, in 1997,  FOSCOR recently released their entire back catalogue which includes the band’s first three full-length albums – 2004’s “Entrance to the Shadows’ Village”,  2007’s “The Smile of the Sad Ones” and 2009’s “Groans to the Guilty”.  The back catalogue can be found on the band’s BandCamp page at https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music, as well as streaming in its entirety on FOSCOR’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/FOSCORbcn.

More information about FOSCOR can be found at http://www.foscor.com

© All Rights Reserved Rakel Rfhphotography


Ten tracks from FOSCOR, including the newly debuted track  “Graceful Pandora”,  can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/foscor/sets/foscor


The official video for the track “”I Tornà de les Cendres” from FOSCOR’S 2009 album “The Smile of the Sad Ones” can be seen below and  at http://youtu.be/Z32MwaFvEio


BandCamp: https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music
Web: http://www.foscor.com
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FOSCORbcn
Store: http://foscor.bigcartel.com
Management & Booking: www.thirdeyesociety.com
email:  unai@thirdeyesociety.com
Alone Records: http://www.the-stone-circle.com/
Alone Records Press Contact:  thestonecirclestore@gmail.com
PR:  http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
email: patriciathomas@btinternet.com



Veteran Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS are preparing to release an EP ahead of their seventh full-length album, and have released a video of the band rehearsing in preparation for entering the studio on the 17th August to begin recording the drums.  The EP itself will be released on My Kingdom Music and is a follow up to the band’s 2013 album “In the Presence of Death” .  The video features snippets of new material from the band and can be seen below and on the CREST OF DARKNESS YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ


Whilst things seem to have been relatively quiet for CREST OF DARKNESS recently, the band has, in fact, been busy behind the scenes writing new material and working on a new website, amongst other things.  Founder and frontman Ingar Amlien has also been finishing work on the upcoming album from ROQUEFIRE,  as well as becoming involved in a new project, details of which will be announced in the not too distant future.  He also recently hit the stage for the first time at a local festival with a band he calls AMLIEN’s INFERNO, which includes Arve Heimdal from Amlien’s former band CONCEPTION, and guitarist Simen Evenrud Bjørnsrud in its lineup.

Commenting on what fans can expect from CREST OF DARKNESS in the future Amlien said:  “We will of course be posting photos and videos of the recording of the EP, but we have some very important news about the band to announce very soon.  Without revealing anything at all, let’s just say it might take a few people by surprise”.

More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

The Official video of the track “Demon Child” from CREST OF DARKNESS’ 2013 album “In the Presence of Death” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/3-sNJCviSGY



Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com



With the release of their Limited Edition 7″ vinyl “Flamekeeper” creeping closer, Danish Black Metallers BLODARV have today debuted a video for the track “Moon Gazer” which features on the EP.  The video for “Moongazer” was filmed on Bornholm, the island home of BLODARV frontman and founder Hugin, and was produced at his own HammerArt and Studios,  and can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/M3EVXduaCJ0


“Flamekeeper” itself, which will be available in two different versions on Self Mutilation Services, one of which will be a special Ceremonial Box,  is a release that is very personal to Hugin, who wants it to be a very special thank you to fans, some of whom have been following the band for twenty years, since the release of the “Misanthropia/Misanthropia” back in 1994.  To this end, the frontman has gone to great lengths to hand craft a lot of the contents himself, and has ensured that the label sourced a high quality wooden box that will be a collector’s item for years to come.

Included in the diehard “Flamekeeper Ceremonial Box”  set are the following:

A carved wooden box for storing the EP and all the objects that are included.
The “Flamekeeper”  7″EP in black vinyl with cover
23cm embroidered Back Patch
9 x 9 cm sticker
Photo sheet
Lyric sheet
Necklace crafted by Hugin out of goat bones from the island of Bornholm and hand numbered on the back
A Black candle from the ceremony that was held during the crafting of the necklaces
Black jewellery bag for the necklace
Two-sided print guitar pick with “Flamekeeper” on one side and the BLODARV Logo on the reverse

A teaser video of Hugin carving the necklaces can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/z1cp76HqNcY


Hugin also recently announced that he would not be monetizing the band’s YouTube channel as he did not want to subject fans to irrelevant ads that had nothing to do with either the music, or the fans’ interests, and that did a huge disservice to both.

More information about BLODARV can be found on the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial

Advance orders for both editions of “Flamekeeper” are currently being taken at http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial
Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv
Webshop: http://blodarvshop.bigcartel.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv
Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv
Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com
SELF MUTILATION SERVICES: www.selfmutilationservices.com
For Interviews & booking, contact
BLODARV: stafahugin@hotmail.com


Sweden’s Carnal Records  have set the 8th of August as the date for the release of a limited edition splatter vinyl of “Längtan” , the third full-length album from Sweden’s VANHELGA.  Strictly limited to 300 copies, the vinyl edition of “Längtan” features  artwork by the Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano on the gatefold cover, whilst the thirteen-track disc itself comes in blue splatter and includes the bonus Burzum cover track ” Black Spell of Destruction”.  Advance orders are now being taken either direct from the band via email at 145188@gmail.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/officialvanhelga or from Carnal Records via email at carnalrecords@Hotmail.com


Tracklisting as follows:

1. Svartsint ömhet
2. Där evigheten inväntar mig
3. Evig förändring
4. Med mina andetag
5. Joyless
6. Låt snön falla
7. Kärleksförklaring
8. Vansinnesvardag
9. Narkotisk uppgivenhet
10. Eternal night
11. Förbarma
12. Exploderande känslostorm
13. Black Spell of Destruction (Burzum Cover) Bonus Track

Formed in Linköping, Sweden, in 2001, and most frequently described as a DSBM band, it is not easy to pin down the exact genre in which to fit VANHELGA’s music.  The band’s name itself means “Profane”, and its musicians have found the perfect vehicle through which to express the dark and disturbing emotions that inhabit their, often twisted, minds.   The lineup 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) and Wadström (ex-SKOGSTRON) on guitars and D. Franzén on drums, create a sound that whilst being as cold and sinister as their collective backgrounds and psyches would suggest, also has moments of melancholy, which led one reviewer to say of  “Längtan” “It’s not often that you can describe a black metal release as beautiful, but that’s exactly what Längtan, the latest offering from Sweden’s Vanhelga is.” The digipack edition of “Längtan” was released on Art of Propagnda earlier this year.

In October VANHELGA will be performing a series of shows in Germany alongside HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY and 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 “,  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/N1fiCNTUi3I



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 & Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com or 145188@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Carnal Records: www.carnalrecords.com
Info and Ordering:  carnalrecords@Hotmail.com
Art  of Propaganda: http://www.art-of-propaganda.de/
Info and Promo:  info@art-of-propaganda.de


Karisma Records has today debuted  “Oh My Gravity!”  the opening track from “City of the Sun”, the debut full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE.  The album itself, which was  recorded and produced at the Solslottet and Duper Studio by Iver Sandøy, who has produced bands such as ENSLAVED, KRAKOW, etc.,   is due for release in September of this year, and “Oh My Gravity!” can be heard abpve and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/seven-impale-oh-my-gravity

With a relatively young lineup SEVEN IMPALE 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, and was formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010.

Whilst the prevailing influence throughout “City Of The Sun” clearly lies within the Classic Progressive Rock genre, SEVEN IMPALE’s music actually transcends several genres fearlessly and with deceptive ease.  The five musically complex tracks that form the album are each distinctly different,  something that only a lineup of musicians from a variety of disciplines as diverse as classical orchestra and big band, metal and jazz, and rock and electronica, could hope to create.

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 can be heard below 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


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