With “Carrion Skies”, their fourth-full length album ready to hit the streets on the 22nd November, Progressive Post-Black Metallers FEN have released a video for a track taken from the album.  Made by bassist Grungyn to evoke the supernatural atmosphere of the track, the video for ” Menhir – Supplicant”, the fifth track on the six-track album, can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/MqDGA1DqF0U


“Carrion Skies” will be released on Code 666, a sub-label of the Aural Music Group, in four different versions,  including a standard jewel box CD, a DLP Gatefold color vinyl which includes one bonus track and is limited to 500 copies, and two different limited edition wooden boxed sets, one of which is limited to only five copies.  Details for the two boxed editions as follows:

The Maniac Collector edition,  strictly limited to 5 hand-numbered copies comes in an 18 x 18 x 4 cm handcrafted black wood box which will have the purchasers name engraved on it and contain the following:

  • “Carrion Skies” jewel box CD  in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • A second bonus CD featuring 38 minutes of music comprising 2 exclusive tracks and one rare song
  • The band’s debut album “The Malediction Fields” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • Their second album “Epoch” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • Their third album “Dustwalker” in wax sealed black parchment envelope
  • A custom-made black pillar Candle (18cm height, 9cm diameter) with Fen’s logo in Silver and numbered from 1 to 5
  • The Carrion Skies Card signed by the band
  • A Certificate of Authenticity
  • A special 30% discount voucher for your next Aural webstore order.

Maniac Collector Black Box Edition

The Brown Box Collector edition which comes in an 18 x 18 x 6 cm handcrafted brown wood box and is limited to 200 hand-numbered copies.  The box contains the following:

  • “Carrion Skies” jewel box CD wrapped in a wax sealed parchment envelope
  • A second bonus CD featuring 38 minutes of music comprising 2 exclusive tracks and one rare song
  • The “Carrion Skies” Card signed by the Band
  • A Certificate of Authenticity
  • A special 20% discount voucher for your next Aural webstore order

Brown Box Collector Edition

All versions can be pre-ordered from 18:00 CET on Saturday 11th October at www.auralwebstore.com

Track listing for “Carrion Skies” as follows:

1 Our Names Written in Embers part 1 (Beacons of War)
2 Our Names Written in Embers Part 2 (Beacons of Sorrow)
3 The Dying Stars
4 Sentinels
5 Menhir – Supplicant
6 Gathering the Stones
7 Coffin Soil (exclusive bonus track DLP and Wood Box
8  Trilithon (exclusive bonus track Wood Box)
9 Twilight Descends (rare bonus track Wood Box)

Double Gatefold Vinyl

Known for their atmospheric sound, FEN was formed  in 2006, and today’s lineup is comprised of The Watcher  on guitars and vocals, Grungyn on bass and vocals, and Derwydd on drums.  As The Watcher recently explained, “Carrion Skies” takes up where its predecessor “Dustwalker” left off and builds on what is a very strong foundation :  ” 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″

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 “Of Wilderness and Ruin” from their 2011 album “Epoch” at 2014’s Black Arts Ceremony in Lyon, France can be seen below and  at youtube=http://youtu.be/-qgb9NrB9rU


Jewel Case CD


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




“City of the Sun”, the debut full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE is now also available on vinyl courtesy of Karisma Records, who also released the album in CD format earlier this month.   Recorded and produced at the Solslottet and Duper Studio by Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands such as ENSLAVED and KRAKOW, “City of the Sun” has been earning this young band much critical acclaim.

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

The album itself is clearly rooted in early Classic Progressive Rock, but its five musically complex tracks reflect the variety of musical disciplines and influences the band’s six musicians bring to the mix, giving each track a distinct identity of its own.   Classical orchestra and big band, metal and jazz, rock and electronica all blend together to give SEVEN IMPALE a sound that lifts the band up from the mundane and formulaic that all too often pervades the genre today.

Formed in Bergen, Norway, in 2010,  SEVEN IMPALE’s 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.  More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

Both the vinyl and CD versions of “City of the Sun” are available from Karisma Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/

Fan-filmed footage of SEVEN IMPALE’s appearance at this year’s Inferno Festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/zuc667tB3U4


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
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Seven Impale Vinyl: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/seven-impale-city-of-the-sun-vinyl
Karisma Records SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records


Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE are set to embark on a headlining tour in October of this year.  The eleven date tour will span four countries –  the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.  Supporting TAAKE on all the dates will be VALKYRJA and NOCTEM.   Routing, for what will be called the Kulde Tour, as follows:

16 Oct: Luka, Lodz, PL
17 Oct: Pod Minoga, Poznan, PL
18 Oct: Baroeg, Rotterdam, NL
19 Oct: Iduna, Drachten, NL
20 Oct: Helvete, Oberhausen, DE
21 Oct: Firlej, Wroclaw, PL
22 Oct: Barrak Music Club, Ostrava, CZ
23 Oct: F-Haus, Jena, DE
24 Oct: Phantoms of Pilsen Festival, Pilsen, CZ
25 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice, PL
26 Oct: Progresja, Warsaw, PL

Additionally, on the 4th of October TAAKE will headline at Norwegian Hellcamp, a first of its kind festival  whose lineup features  some of the top Norwegian bands at the extreme end of the spectrum.  Norwegian Hellcamp will take place at the Stadthalle in Schweinfurt, Germany,  and also appearing alongside TAAKE will be VULTURE INDUSTRIES, RAGNAROK, SARKOM, ENDEZZMA, SLAGMAUR, AURA NOIR and DEN SAAKALDTE.

Dark Essence Records recently announced that TAAKE would be releasing a new album later this year, and  further information will be available shortly.  From feedback received from the recent listening session the label held at the Beyond the Gates Festival in Bergen, where a few tracks from the album were played,  it is clear that even after over twenty years TAAKE’s iconic frontman and founder Hoest continues to bring freshness and originality to the scene with his unique brand of Helnorsk Svartmetall.

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/ or on their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial


The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q


Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
Tour info: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Press contact: martin@propulsionmusic.no
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
Dark Essence Records contact: 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 KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords


Having recently signed with Alone Records, and with a new full-length album, “Those Horrors Wither”,  set to appear in November,  preceded by a 7″ single from the album,  Dark Metallers FOSCOR have today released a video for the afore-mentioned single “Graceful Pandora”, ahead of its release. The video can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/zQHId-0-vTM


Directed and edited by FOSCOR guitarist Falke, the video is written and produced by the band, with Adrià Escanilla behind the camera, assisted by RFH Photography, who also designed the costumes, and with Irati Aguado as Pandora and J.F. Serra as Zeus.  Commenting on the theme behind the video, the band had this to say:

“The song “Graceful Pandora” from the upcoming “Those Horrors Wither” album was chosen  because within the song itself can be found are a couple of very important elements that allow a better understanding of the album title and its contents.  As the title indicates, the song is based on the myth of Pandora and the horrors she unleashed when curiosity tempted her to open the box.  Those horrors represent the primal fears and subconscious horrors that we all have within us, and once they are exposed we can either accept them as the dark side of ourselves, or we can allow them to affect our sanity.  It’s pretty much a timeless theme and we thought that Zeus and Pandora were the perfect vehicles to symbolise the spread of those horrors over mankind and to teach us that we can either use them to enrich our lives, albeit in a disturbing way, or we can allow them to suck us into a hole of despair”.

The “Graceful Pandora” 7″ single, with artwork by Mia Calderone which depicts Pandora opening the Box and realising that she is able to reach beyond the suffering she has unleashed and discover the good behind the experience,  will hit the streets on the 3rd October and can be pre-ordered now from http://www.thestonecirclestore.com/

“Those Horrors Wither”, which will be the band’s fourth full-length album, will be released on the 25th November in both CD and vinyl versions, and  is somewhat of a change of direction for FOSCOR, whose usual style of ’90’s Black and Extreme Metal  has matured significantly as the band adds touches of Doom and Dark Rock, together with traces of Prog to their sound.

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


BandCamp: https://foscor.bandcamp.com/music
Web: http://www.foscor.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foscor.official
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/foscor
You Tube:
Management & Booking:
Alone Records:
Press Contact:  thestonecirclestore@gmail.com
PR:  http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
email: patriciathomas@btinternet.com


Having released FATAL FUSION’s  sophomore album “The Ancient Tale” in CD and digital versions in November of last year, KARISMA RECORDS are now set to please lovers of vinyl and Classical Prog Rock by releasing the album as a double gatefold edition.   The five-track album was produced by the band themselves with some additional help from Karisma Records and ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen.  Track listing as follows:City of Zerych

I.  City of Zerych
II. Halls of Amenti
III. The Divine Comedy
IV. Tears I’ve Cried
V. The Ancient Tale

Reaction to “The Ancient Tale”, which is a follow up to the band’s  first full-length album “Land of the Sun”, which won the Prog Awards “Best Debut Album of 2010″, shows that FATAL FUSION is a band with  a wide appeal that is not limited to Prog fans alone, paying homage as it does to the greats of Rock and Prog  from the 70´s such as Genesis, Camel, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Rainbow.

FATAL FUSION’s distinctive sound comes from a blending of elements from different musical genres, including Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Space Rock, Classical Music and above all Progressive Rock.  Add to this the band’s use of classical instruments, synths, mellotron and hammond organ, and it is easy to understand how the lineup of Audun Engebretsen (drums), Erlend Engebretsen (keyboards), Knut Erik Grøntvedt (vocals), Lasse Lie (bass) and Stig Selnes (guitars) is able to create such varied soundscapes.

More information about FATAL FUSION can be found at http://www.fatalfusion.com/

Live footage of FATAL FUSION playing the track ” City of Zerych” from “The Ancient Tale” live during the release concert  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/3d3qpD7MXxA


Tracks from all of Karisma Records releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/karisma-records/


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
Fatal Fusion Vinyl: http://www.karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/fatal-fusion-the-ancient-tale-2-x-vinyl
Website: http://www.fatalfusion.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatal-Fusion/49222763785
MySpace: https://myspace.com/fatalfusionmusic
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thefatalfusion
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/fatalfusionmusic
Fatal Fusion on Karisma: http://www.karismarecords.no/fatal-fusion-2/


Having recently announced that they were preparing to release an EP ahead of their seventh full-length album, Norwegian Black Metallers CREST OF DARKNESS have announced a lineup change that not only sees the veteran band with a new drummer as Bernhard (PALE FOREST) joins the ranks alongside founder, bassist and frontman Ingar Amlien and guitarist Rebo, but also sees the band become a three-piece, something that Amlien explains he has thought about doing for some time now:

” I’ve put Crest of Darkness through some major changes over the past few years, but there is nothing dramatic behind this.  As  I’ve often experienced in my career, things just happen in  a natural way when the time is right, without being forced  to take any drastic decisions. Both myself and my band mates are developing all the time, and as a consequence it is often necessary to make changes in order to keep up with that development, and that is as it should be with any band.   I don’t expect everybody will agree with me when it comes to this decision  but from day one I’ve had a crystal clear vision about what  CREST OF DARKNESS should be like.  I’ve always followed my vision and I intend to continue doing so.   I am very excited about how the new material is sounding and I don’t think anyone is going to be disappointed with what is to come.

“I would like to take the opportunity to say how grateful I am for everything that our former drummer and long time companion Kjetil brought into the band.   I wish him all the best in the future and  I still consider him as one of my best friends!  I would also like to mention Jan Fredrik who came into the band with a lot of enthusiasm last year and played  some great gigs with CREST OF DARKNESS.   Memories I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life”.

It is this new lineup that is currently working on an EP to be  released on My Kingdom Music at a date as yet to be announced,  and which appears on a recently released rehearsal video that showcases snippets of the new material.  The video can be seen below and on CREST OF DARKNESS’  YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/B4iwk0ubmIQ


Amlien 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.  He  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.

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

The Official video for 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


It has been several months since one of Norway’s iconic Black Metal bands RAGNAROK announced the departure of vocalist Hans Fyrste, and since then there has been much speculation as to who will replace him, with several high profile names being thrown into the mix by fans.  But until now the band has kept quiet about their choice, whilst at the same time rehearsing the new lineup behind closed doors.  And now that the announcement can be made, there is no doubt at all that it will surprise most fans – because the new vocalist will be drummer and RAGNAROK founder Jontho himself, and  his place behind the drum kit on stage will be taken by DAUDEN drummer Malignant.

It might seem strange that Jontho, who is one of the most well known and respected drummers on the Black Metal scene, and who has played in various bands such as TSJUDER , ENDEZZMA  and SHADOW  DANCERS during his long and formidable career, should decide on a change of direction, especially with a band that he founded 20 years ago, but, as he explains, he is not entirely abandoning his drums:

“When Hans Fyrste left  I sat down together with bass player DezeptiCunt and guitarist Bolverk, and we knew that finding the right person who would fit RAGNAROK’s ethos both in terms of performance and live appearances was not going to be easy.  On top of which we had to begin work on our eighth full-length album,  and we didn’t want to have to rush into anything we might later come to regret, so we took the decision that I would continue to handle the drums in the studio, as well as taking on the vocals both in the studio and on stage, and that Malignant would drum for us live on stage.

Although I’m known as a drummer, I’m not a stranger to performing vocals, having done backing vocals on some of RAGNAROK’s albums.  It would be fair to say that am tired of front men who do not give their  all and quit the band, so,  since I am the most stable member and the de facto front man from the beginning,  even though I played the drums, I will now front the band as I should have years ago.

Of course, doing vocals live in front of an audience is definitely a challenge, but one that I was interested in trying after all these years behind the drum kit.  Will I continue as RAGNAROK’s vocalist after the release of the next album?  That remains to be seen, but for the time being it’s something I’m looking forward to”.

Jontho’s first appearance on stage as vocalist with RAGNAROK will take place on the 4th of October at the Stadthalle in Schweinfurt, Germany,  when the band is set to appear at Norwegian Hellcamp, the new festival which, as its name suggests, is devoted entirely to Norwegian Black and Extreme Metal.  Along with RAGNAROK in the lineup are TAAKE, SLAGMAUR, VULTURE INDUSTRIES, ENDEZZMA, SARKOM, DEN SAAKALDTE and AURA NOIR.   More information about Norwegian Hellcamp can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Norwegian-Hellcamp/383214265130545

Aside from working on their next album, RAGNAROK are also currently in the middle of planning some South American dates later this year.  More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s  Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial


The official video for the title track from RAGNAROK’s seventh full-length album “Collectors of the King” can be seen below and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdRPw1tPl5E


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ragnarok
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ragnarokhorde
 Booking: info@theflamingarts.eu
Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com