When Kim Ljung formed LJUNGBLUT in 2005, his intention was to find a vehicle for songs that didn’t fit in with either SEIGMEN or ZEROMANCER, the bands that he is best known for.  Now, with six full-length albums firmly ensconced in the annals of LJUNGBLUT’s history, Ljung finally found the time to work on something he had been wanting to do for years – and it all centres on a tiny cabin owned by his family in Nordstøldalen in Sauda, Norway.

So, accompanied only by an old acoustic guitar,  Ljung travelled alone to the cabin last summer, and laid down the foundations of what would become “Sauda”  a five-song EP  which Karisma Records is set to release on the 3rd of March.  “Sauda” is, in fact, the first in a series, inspired by Ljung’s travels.

It is such a personal project, that it is best that Ljung describes it in his own words:

Half of me comes from Sauda.
The trips across the mountains have been countless.
In all kinds of weather. Several times a year when I was a kid.
Always hiking up to the cabin in Nordstøldalen, driving down to the factory where my grandfather worked.
Those big cargoships that docked. Going onboard, meeting the captain who served tea from China, getting letters from far-off countries with stamps on.
Sauda was an adventure to me.
In the old cars, on those endless drives, there were always cassette tapes.
Sven-Bertil Taube was the favourite of mine.

I have long wanted to return to this small, red cabin.
No electricity. Alone. Too small for more than one person anyway. Only me and the acoustic.
This cabin, which was disassembled board by board down in Sauda. Rebuilt up in Nordstøldalen so my great-grandmother, who suffered from asthma would get fresh air.
The cabin journals are still there on the shelf. The first one from 1938. All the attempts and records from the ski jumps they built in winter. They jumped almost 40 meters.
The beautiful green pond right by. The hiss from the ice-cold river running down from the mountain.
Here I played to a herd of sheep for breakfast. For the twilight and the widest starry sky I have ever seen, at night.

As an acknowledgement to those car trips, filled with music from the cassette player, Karisma Records will only be releasing “Sauda” in  A Limited Edition Cassette and in Digital formats.

Recorded at the Frodeløkka Studio in Tønsberg by Terje Johannesen, and mastered by Herbrand Larsen, “Sauda” is performed mostly by Kim Ljung, with some assistance from Terje Johannesen and Dan Heide. 

With artwork by Tom Korsvold, tracklisting for “Sauda” is as follows:

01. Fabrikken
02. Åbøbyen
03. Norstøldalen
04. Saudasjøen
05. Sommer

“Sauda” is now available to pre-order from:

Regularly Updated Pre-order link: https://link.karismarecords.no/Ljungblut_Sauda_
Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/kar252-ljungblut-sauda/
Bandcamp: https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/album/sauda

More information about LJUNGBLUT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ljungblut-86549322482/  or at www.ljungblut.com

A video for the track “Hasselblad”  from LJUNGBLUT’s 2018 album “Villa Carlotta 5959” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/7h1ScexLWJ0

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When Aksel Røed (GENERAL POST OFFICE, DAG ARNESEN),  first formed OTHER ASPECTS in 2019, his intention was to write music for a school project at the Grieg Academy, but, having created an octet that had in its ranks not only some the finest young Norwegian musicians, but also others with a proven track record, the much sought-after Jazz saxophonist found himself unable to put it to one side.

In fact, OTHER ASPECTS became the focus of Røed’s attention to such an extent that in 2020 the band entered the Duper Studios in Bergen and recorded their debut album.  Titled “Do You Dream in Colours”,  and due out on Is it Jazz? Records on the 17th February, curious listeners can today get a taste of what to expect with the release of the track “I Usually Paint By Myself”, which  can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of sources at:

https://fanlink.to/Aksel-Roeds-Other-Aspects_I-Usually-Paint-By-Myself

Røed gave us an insight into the track itself, and how it was created:

“I Usually Paint By Myself”, is a bluesy piano trio ballad inspired by the old free jazz aesthetic  where easy melodies are intertwined without free parts, leading to a grand finale at the end. The tune starts with the horn section playing a rubato line followed by an easy and “kind to the ear” melody played by Lauritz and Lyder. Isach comes in after the melody and plays a solo in a typical jazz form. But he is allowed to tear up every rule we’ve established by doing whatever the music calls for. The accompaniment simply has to follow along since there is no written chord scheme. I trusted the guys. As Miles Davis said, “the composition is the band”. 

The only criteria is that the solo part should be sort of bluesy. We tie it all together when the backing from the horns comes in at a little before 4 minutes. Then the gospel harmony is soulfully introduced by the piano whilst  the horns are blowing their hearts out. The whole ends on a fiery and heavy tonic. As the title implies, I sometimes sit alone and paint (whatever it might be, sounds or pictures), but not always, and then it’s good to have seven of your mates backing you while you paint for dear life. 

The lineup of OTHER ASPECTS, which is the largest that Røed has been involved with so far, includes his brother Lyder Øvreås Røed on trumpet and flugelhorn,  Andreas Hesselberg Hatzikiriakidis on second trumpet, Sigurd Steinkopf on drums, Sverre Sæbø on bass,  and Isach Skeidsvoll on piano. Aside from Røed himself on tenor sax, the saxophone section is made up of Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll (BEAR BROTHER, MASTER OOGWAY) on soprano and tenor, and Michael Barnes (BERGEN BIGBAND) on baritone sax and bass clarinet.  Barnes, who Røed describes as an “Aussie who writes the best scores for large ensembles in Bergen”, also happens to be Røed’s long time mentor and friend.  

Musically Røed finds insipiration in the old saxophone recordings of Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders, and in the composition styles of Django Bates and Charlie Hadens Liberation Orchestra, but OTHER ASPECTS bears Røed’s hallmarks, with music that constantly drifts into different and surprising directions.  As he explains:

The music is composed but not set, meaning its perfectly acceptable,  and even encouraged, to think and play outside the box. Most of the magic within the band lies in the free improvisation. 


With cover photo by William Østensen and cover design by Tom Korsvold “Do You Dream in Colours” will be available in CD, LP, and Digital formats and tracklisting is as follows:

1. Goiserer Jodler / To Whom This May Concerne
2. I Usually Paint by Myself
3. Bergen is the Prettiest in Blue
4. Moonshine Movement
5. When You Dream in Colours

“Do You Dream in Colours” is now available to pre-order from

Webshop: https://isitjazzrecords.no/shop/
Bandcamp: https://akselroedsotheraspects.bandcamp.com

More information about AKSEL RØED’S OTHER ASPECTS can be found at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082226721671

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Band Contact:  akseltr@hotmail.com
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Dark Essence Records will kick off 2023 with the release of “Avstand”, the fourth full-length album from Norwegian Heavy Rockers SLEGEST, and, whilst fans are waiting for the 20th January so that they can get their hands on it, the label has today released a new single from the album, together with an accompanying video.

“Forløysning og Rus” is the track that has been chosen, and its title and content have a particular significance for the band, as they explain:

“Forløysning og Rus” means “redemption and intoxication”, two important components in SLEGEST. The song bursts with energy and nasty riffs, and can easily be played at maximum volume.

The single “Forløysning og Rus” can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at

https://link.darkessencerecords.no/Slegest_Forloysning-og-rus

Whilst the video, which was filmed  by Håvard Nesbø and is shot at an abandoned farm and an old house of worship in the band’s hometown of Leikanger, can be seen below.

Formed  in 2010 by guitarist and vocalist Ese, SLEGEST started life as a solo project and it wasn’t until 2013 that it evolved into a recording and live band.  Aside from Ese, today’s lineup comprises Sør on guitars, Hövard on bass, and the newly announced drummer Chris.  In fact, it is the arrival of Chris, whose previous experience playing live with the band has stood him in good stead, has proved to be significant for SLEGEST in that “Avstand” is the first album on which Ese does not play drums himself.

Known for their no-nonsense, head banging heavy rock,  “Avstand”  marks a change to SLEGEST’s hard-hitting heavy metal sound.  It is still very much SLEGEST, with its trademark Black Metal and Classic 70’s and 80’s heavy rock overtones, but this time the band has chosen to freshen things up by upping the tempo a bit.  

Inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, “Avstand”  was mixed by Herbrand Larsen at the Conclave & Earshot Studio, and mastered by Iver Sandøy at the Duper/Solslottet Studio, both in Bergen.  With artwork by Tom Korsvold, “Avstand” Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Innsikt
2. Evigheit på Evigheit
3. Forløysning og Rus
4. Vinterkristus
5. Gåte
6. Er det deg Livet?
7. Til det Største som Finst
8. Oh Baby (Status Quo cover)

“Avstand” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from

https://link.darkessencerecords.no/Slegest_Avstand

SLEGEST are set to join KAMPFAR on a series of dates in Norway during January and February.  Routing is as follows:

JANUARY
Fri 20: Rockeeller / John Dee / Centrum Scene, Oslo
Sat 21: Verkstedhallen & Lobbyen, Trondheim
FEBRUARY
Fri 03: Ovenpaa, Kopervik
Sat 04: Hulen, Bergen

More information about SLEGEST can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/slegestofficial or on their website at https://www.slegest.no

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With their third full-length album, simply titled “III”,  due out  on Karisma Records on the 27th January,  Brazilian Symphonic Proggers CARAVELA ESCARLATE  have released another song from the album. This time the chosen track is “Mandala”, which, in keeping with the album’s theme, takes a look at another significant period in history, as the band explains:

The introspective feel of this instrumental song, set over a solid mid-tempo groove, together with the epic moments of the chorus guided by mellotrons, leads the audience on a trip to the old cultures, in which circular forms represent the relationship between humankind and divine things. 

“Mandala” can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at https://link.karismarecords.no/Caravela-Escarlate_Mandala

Drawing inspiration from both English and Italian ‘70s Prog Rock, CARAVELA ESCARLATE was formed in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro.  Today’s lineup of Jove David Paiva on vocal, bass, guitar, Elcio Cáfaro on drums, and Ronaldo Rodrigues (ARCPELAGO, BLUE RUMBLE) on keyboard, create a sound that allows audiences into a world of organs and synthesisers, played over a solid foundation of drums and bass. 

It is sound that is not too dissimilar to the exciting prog-rock trios of the 1970s, but there is an essential difference that imbues CARAVELA ESCARLATE’s music with an atmosphere that is original, and uniquely its own – because this is a band whose heritage enables it to take its international feel and blend into it a wealth of traditional and popular Brazilian music.

The Roman Empire, the Medieval  Period, Pre-Columbian Civilisations, and the Age of Discovery  were seminal periods in  the development of humanity and the world as we know it today,  and,  in “III”,  CARAVELA ESCARLATE  use their music to explores each period in a uniquely musical way. 

With cover art  by the renowned British artist J.M.W.Turner, chosen for its depiction of a cataclysmic event, namely the eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii in AD 79, track listing for “III” is as follows:

01. Bússola do Tempo
02. Castelos do Céu
03. Sonhos Medievais
04. Mandala
05. Cruz da Ordem
06. Ciclos
07. Filtro dos Sonhos

“III” will be released in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats,  is now available to pre-order from various services at https://link.karismarecords.no/CaravelaEscarlate_III

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

A video of CARAVELA ESVARLATE live playing the title track from their 2018 self-titled album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/UNx6mKGeHIo

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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/caravelaescarlate/
Band Contact & Booking: caravelaescarlate@gmail.com
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Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
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Having recently announced the much-anticipated new album from SLEGEST, Dark Essence Records have revealed a first glimpse into the kind of no-nonsense Heavy Rock that fans have come to expect from the band, and that which, on their latest full-length “Avstand”, is there in spades.

The first dip into the album comes, in fact, in the form of both a single, and a video for the opening track “Innsikt”, which is a heavy, huge, straight forward, and frankly unstoppable piece that was written during the winter of 2021 in the midst of the sublime wilderness of Western Norway. As the band explains:

The universal truths that life and the world is built upon, can best be discovered and described via the language of fine arts, not via the rational language of science and mathematics nor the Christian perspective for that matter. “Innsikt” means insight. This one is for following the natural, untamed and instinctive life force, and for not suppressing it. Play loud!

The single “Innsikt” can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at https://link.darkessencerecords.no/Slegest_Innsikt

Whilst the video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/Cz87lUFTGRI

Inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, “Avstand”, the band’s fourth full-length album, is unmistakably SLEGEST doing what SLEGEST does best, but this time they have upped the tempo a bit, giving a freshness and originality to their hard-hitting heavy metal sound which is imbued with Black Metal and classic 70’s and 80’s heavy rock.

With artwork by Tom Korsvold, “Avstand” was mixed by Herbrand Larsen at the Conclave & Earshot Studio and mastered by Iver Sandøy at the Duper/Solslottet Studio, both in Bergen. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Innsikt
2. Evigheit på Evigheit
3. Forløysning og Rus
4. Vinterkristus
5. Gåte
6. Er det deg Livet?
7. Til det Største som Finst
8. Oh Baby (Status Quo cover)

“Avstand” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from

Album: https://link.darkessencerecords.no/Slegest_Avstand

SLEGEST was originally formed by Ese back in 2010 as a solo project and didn’t become a full recording and live band until 2013. Today’s lineup comprises Ese on guitar and vocals, Sør on guitars, Hövard on bass, and the newly announced drummer Chris, who had previous experience playing live with the band, and whose arrival meant that “Avstand” would be the first album on which Ese did not play drums himself.

With the band raring to go and bring its latest work to a live audience, a first series of dates has been announced which will see SLEGEST and KAMPFAR in the new year in. 

Routing is as follows:

JANUARY
Fri 20: Rockeeller / John Dee / Centrum Scene, Oslo
Sat 21: Verkstedhallen & Lobbyen, Trondheim
FEBRUARY
Fri 03: Ovenpaa, Kopervik
Sat 04: Hulen, Bergen

More information about SLEGEST can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/slegestofficial or on their website at https://www.slegest.no

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SLEGEST
Contact & Booking:  slegest@slegest.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slegest/
Bandcamp: http://slegest.bandcamp.com/
Spotify: http://bit.ly/slegestonspotify
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Slegest
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest
DARK ESSENCE RECORDS
Contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Website: www.darkessencerecords.no
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
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Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
North American Webshop:  https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

The new year sees the release of the third full-length album from Brazilian Symphonic Proggers CARAVELA ESCARLATE.  A follow up to the bands self-titled 2018 album, and simply titled “III”, the album promises a new journey along the pathways of  vintage progressive rock.

With seven tracks (of which two are instrumentals) to choose from, Karisma Records have chosen to release the track ” Bússola do Tempo” as a single, as the band explains:

“Bússola do Tempo” is the opening track of our new album “III”, and, as the  first single,  it serves as an introduction to the album itself. The song is driven by  powerful bass riffs, a heavy drum section, a warm organ sound, and remarkable synth interludes, the whole of which bears the  influence of glorious 70s classic prog/rock.

You can download or stream “Bússola do Tempo”  from a number of services at https://link.karismarecords.no/CaravelaEscarlate_BussolaDoTempo

Formed in Rio de Janeiro in 2011, CARAVELA ESCARLATE is heavily inspired by both English and Italian ‘70s Prog Rock, but what sets them apart from other bands of their ilk, is that they are able to draw on a wealth of traditional and popular Brazilian music, which gives the trio a special, and quite unique, sound.

With “III”, CARAVELA ESCARLATE have chosen to evoke significant historical issues within their differing contexts.  As such they have created an album that cuts a broad swath through the Roman Empire, the Medieval  Period, Pre-Columbian Civilisations, and the Age of Discovery. 

Even the cover art for “III”,  by the renowned British artist J.M.W.Turner, has been chosen for its depiction of a cataclysmic event, namely the eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii in AD 79.

Tracklisting for “III” is as follows:

01. Bússola do Tempo
02. Castelos do Céu
03. Sonhos Medievais
04. Mandala
05. Cruz da Ordem
06. Ciclos
07. Filtro dos Sonhos

“III” will be released on Karisma Records on the 27th January 2023 in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats and is now available to pre-order from various services at

https://link.karismarecords.no/CaravelaEscarlate_III

In musical terms, CARAVELA ESCARLATE’s lineup of Jove David Paiva on vocal, bass, guitar, Elcio Cáfaro on drums, and Ronaldo Rodrigues (ARCPELAGO, BLUE RUMBLE) on keyboard, provide audiences with a deep dive into the world of organs and synthesisers, played over a solid foundation of drums and bass.  Not too dissimilar from the exciting prog-rock trios of the 1970s, but, with the bands unique universal influences and Brazilian accents.

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

A video of CARAVELA ESVARLATE live playing the title track from their 2018 self-titled album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/UNx6mKGeHIo

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CARAVELA ESCARLATE
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/caravelaescarlate/
Band Contact & Booking: caravelaescarlate@gmail.com
KARISMA RECORDS
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no
Karisma Records US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com

Fans of Norway’s SLEGEST have been waiting a while for a new dose of the band’s Black Metal-tinged Heavy Rock, four years to be precise, but they need wait no more, because on the 20th of January 2023 Dark Essence Records will release the band’s fourth full-length album “Avstand”.

Formed back in 2010 by Ese, SLEGEST started out as a solo project, with a debut release in the form of a self-titled EP. But all that changed in 2013 when Ese signed with Dark Essence Records and put together a live lineup, which, with Ese on guitar and vocals, Sør on guitars, Hövard on bass and Fjøsne on drums, cemented SLEGEST’s reputation as a no-nonsense heavy rock band.

There followed three full-length albums of hard-hitting heavy metal whose Black Metal and classic 70’s and 80’s heavy rock roots couldn’t be denied. And now they’re back, with “Avstand” an album inspired by Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. With a title that means “Distance” the songs explore the eternal and infinite. A view of life from within, you could say. with the self-conscious, the rational and the dream state, weighed against the instinctive, euphoric and the natural aspects of your life, and begging the question “which side exactly do you come down on?”

As Ese explains:

Musically, we are staying the course. We operate well within the framework we have created for ourselves on our past albums, whilst, at the same time, we’ve upped the tempo a bit this time around. By doing this, our sound clearly has quite a traditional streak, but I´m confident that our take on metal offers something different. Our goal, of course, is, that in the final reckoning, our material proves to be truly awesome and sinister sounding!

With artwork by Tom Korsvold, “Avstand” was recorded at the Polyfon Studio with Leif Herland behind the desk, and was mixed by Herbrand Larsen at the Conclave & Earshot Studio and mastered by Iver Sandøy at the Duper/Solslottet Studio, all in Bergen.

“Avstand” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats and tracklisting is as follows:

1. Innsikt
2. Evigheit På Evigheit
3. Forløysning Og Rus
4. Vinterkristus
5. Gåte
6. Er Det Deg Livet?
7. Til Det Største Som Finst
8. Oh Baby (Status Quo cover)

So, what else can fans expect from SLEGEST going forward? Well, live dates for sure, and a tour, details of which will be announced shortly.  And also, a change to the lineup that has remained constant since the band’s early days, with drummer Chris taking over from Fjøsne, a change which, according to the band, has also meant a different approach to the recording of “Avstand”:

With Fjøsne having been our live drummer, Ese has always played the drums on our recordings, so “Avstand” is the first album on which he does not play the drums himself. Chris has been around the band for some time and has played live for us on one European tour, so he knows all about the SLEGEST ethos. He did a really good job with the drums for the album, and it was natural that he should also handle the live part in the future. So, we would like to welcome him to the band, and at the same time thank Fjøsne for all the good times and all the work he put into SLEGEST.

More information about SLEGEST can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/slegestofficial or on their website at https://www.slegest.no

A video for the track “I Fortida Sitt Lys” from SLEGEST’s 2016 album “Vidsyn” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/itzR9V1JgN8

Additional Information
SLEGEST
Contact & Booking:  slegest@slegest.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slegest/
Bandcamp: http://slegest.bandcamp.com/
Spotify: http://bit.ly/slegestonspotify
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Slegest
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest
DARK ESSENCE RECORDS
Contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Website: www.darkessencerecords.no
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
North American Webshop:  https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Fans of US Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemers T.O.M.B, have today been given the chance to hear a second track from the band’s upcoming album “Terror Winds”, which is due for release on Dark Essence Records on the 2nd December.

The title of the single, “Hatred to All”  is a clear indication of the thoughts and emotions that lie behind the track, as T.O.M.B explain:

 “Hatred to All”  is an anthem to those visions and values that shaped the foundation of early 90’s black metal.  With a ruthless rabid intent, the malice behind the music of the song embodies acts of aggression without borders.  It embraces a freedom of unrestrained anger and ill will toward everyone and everything regardless of gender, race, religion, moral beliefs or political stances.  

“Hatred to All” can be downloaded or streamed from a number of services at https://link.darkessencerecords.no/TOMB_Hatred-to-All

As well as below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/QWk7SBndt-o

A follow up to 2020’s “The Thin Veil”,  T.O.M.B’s latest album “Terror Winds”, is the  seventh full-length release from a band known for its exploration of esoteric matters  such as death, paranormal activity and occult practices, and who, with over twenty years of making music, have created a sound that combines Black Metal with elements of  Dark Ambient, Doom, Death, Industrial and Power Electronics.

Bringing all their experience to bear  on “Terror Winds”, T.O.M.B have created an album that has the authentically dangerous feel of early 90s Black Metal.  Combine that with a powerful wave of ambient keyboards and classic T.O.M.B. noise, and you have an album filled with symphonic ambience and necromantic noise soundscapes. It is both horrific and spellbinding in a way that only a band with the  reputation as one of the top innovators in the field of modern-day Black Metal can produce.

With a lineup that includes No-One, B. Zimimay, Tyler B and Samantha Viola, “Terror Winds” was recorded live at the Ossuary Studios in New York City and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studios in Sweden. 

With  artwork by Nestor Avalos, tracklisting for “Terror Winds” is as follows:

1. Terror Winds
2. In the Ugly Dark
3. Wraiths
4. Hatred to All
5. Frost Tyrants
6. Reincarnation

“Terror Winds” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats, and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/kar243-tomb-terror-winds/
Bandcamp: https://tombnoise.bandcamp.com/album/terror-winds
US Webshop: https://darkessence.indiemerch.com/ 
Updatable Pre-Order Links: https://link.darkessencerecords.no/TOMB_Terror_Winds

More information about T.O.M.B can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/totalocculticmechanicalblasphemy/

The official video for the track “Pestilence” from T.O.M.B’s 2020 album “The Thin Veil” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/HIhfl_raDlE

Additional Information
T.O.M.B on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totalocculticmechanicalblasphemy/
Band contact and booking: macabrenoize@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Is it Jazz? Records have inked a deal with LEAGUS, which will see the label release the third full-length album from the contemporary and experimental musical duo who hail from Sápmi – Norway,  and whose music alternates between formal composed parts, open structures, and  free improvisation, and ranges from subdued, minimalistic, psalm-like pieces, to more rock-oriented improvised parts.

Consisting of pianist Herborg Rundberg and guitarist Kristian Svalestad Olstad, LEAGUS was originally formed in 2013 by Herborg, as part of her Masters degree in Rhythmic Music at the Tromsø Conservatory, where, coincidentally,  Kristian had also received his Masters degree in the same subject two years earlier.

The name LEAGUS is actually  Sami slang for asking for something, and originates in the area in which Herborg herself was born.  It is her Sami background, and her work with traditional and classical music, along with Kristian´s extended use of guitar and electronics, that forms the basis of LEAGUS’ sound, which has, over time, developed into an exploratory and complex sonic universe. 

Over the years the duo have worked extensively on finding new, and different interactions between the  piano and the guitar, which has lead to the development of a new and progressive kind of musical togetherness. It is a sound that is highly dynamic with musical contrasts playing a big part in their concept.

LEAGUS’ two previous albums, 2016’s  “Lea Aigi”, and 2019’s “Naimaka”, the latter actually having been  released as a quartet with two additional drummers, both received critical acclaim, and served to  establish LEAGUS as an up-and-coming band within the northern Norwegian Experimental scene.

In 2021 LEAGUS were commissioned by the North Norwegian Jazz Ensemble to write a piece for a ten-member orchestra.  The result was “Flora Eallin” which was composed and arranged by Herborg and Kristian.  This led to a tour with the  North Norwegian Jazz Ensemble and  long time collaborator and visual designer Torbjørn Thrane Sandnes.

About their upcoming collaboration with Is it Jazz? Records, LEAGUS had this to say:

We are extremely proud to announce that we are signing with Is it jazz? Records!  We share the same enthusiasm for experimental and progressive music, and also the devotion to the album format. We are so grateful for becoming a part of this team!

On stage the duo are known for their energetic and visual concerts, and more information about LEAGUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/leagusleagus or on their website at http://www.leagusband.com

A video of LEAGUS live at the Kulturhuset  in Tromsø  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/rkkuWkzBkNI

Additional Information
LEAGUS
Website: http://www.leagusband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leagusleagus
Instagram: instagram.com/_leagus_
IS IT JAZZ RECORDS
Promo and other information: post@isitjazzrecords.no
Website:  https://isitjazzrecords.no/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IsItJazzRecords/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isitjazzrecords/
Band Contact & Booking: kristian.s.olstad@gmail.com

With the release date of “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” getting ever closer,  Karisma Records have today released one more single from the album, giving one more insight into what fans, old and new, can expect from the latest offering from Progressive Pop/Rockers OAK.

Titled “Paperwings”, OAK had this to say about the track:

We set out to write some shorter songs for this album, but Paperwings ended up being our longest one yet. It`s a journey through most aspects of our musical universe, and a dark and forceful ride into the nature of desperation, sorrow and hope.

 “Paperwings” can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at https://link.karismarecords.no/Oak_Paperwings

Set for release on the 11th November, the album itself is the perfect example of what results when a group of musicians from diverse backgrounds get together to make music.   With a skill set that ranges from classical piano, to electronica, to prog and hard rock, OAK’s lineup of Simen Valldal Johannessen on vocals, piano and keys, Øystein Sootholtet on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, Sigbjørn Reiakvam on drums, percussion, programming, keys and guitars, and Stephan Hvinden on lead, rhythm and slide guitars has been able to produce a sound that weaves its way through both the alternative and the progressive rock scenes.

Easily OAK’s  most dynamic album to date “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” presents  a sharper edge than its two predecessors. With some surprises along the way, the sound is still unmistakably OAK, and offers a subtle insight into what went before, and what is yet to come, from the band.

What makes this album extra special though, is its subject matter – the  frequently misunderstood issue of mental health with a focus on suicide.  But to be very clear OAK have eschewed the temptation to fall into the “sensationalist” way of looking at these matters.  Instead they have treated these controversial subjects with the respect and sympathy they deserve, seeking advice from experienced scholars in order that the message comes  across clearly.

OAK’s painstaking efforts with “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” are even reflected in the cover design, which is by Remi Juliebø / Deformat.  Based on the death mask of an unknown drowning victim from 1880s Paris, known as “L’Inconnue de la Seine”,  Anne-Marie Forker’s photography is a poignant reference to the album’s subject matter, whilst the font itself is partially based on the handwriting from two real suicide notes. 

Recorded  in Ljugekroken and mixed at the Ghostward Studio by David Castillo (KATATONIA, LEPROUS OPETH, etc.) “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” was mastered by Tony Lindgren at the Fascination Street Studio.  

Track listing for “The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” is as follows.

1. Highest Tower, Deepest Well
2. Quiet Rebellion
3. Dreamless Sleep
4. Sunday 8 AM
5. Demagogue Communion
6. Paperwings
7. Guest of Honour

“The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise” will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition white vinyl formats, and can now be pre-order from the following:

Various Services (regularly updated) https://link.karismarecords.no/Oak_The-Quiet-Rebellion-of-Compromise
Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/kar225-oak-the-quiet-rebellion-of-compromise/
Bandcamp: https://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com/album/the-quiet-rebellion-of-compromise
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com/band/oak

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

Additional Information
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/oakinoslo/
Bandcamp:  https://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oakinoslo/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OakInOslo
Band contact and Booking: contact@oakinoslo.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no
Karisma Records US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com