Aeternus PR2018

Veteran Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS have completed work on what will be the band’s eighth full-length album.  Titled “Heathen”,  the seven-track album was recorded at Bergen’s Conclave & Earshot studios and  produced by Herbrand Larsen, and  is set for release on Dark Essence Records later this year.

One of the pioneers of the “Dark Metal” genre, AETERNUS was formed in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares.  The band’s sound is one that combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal, interspersed with haunting, melodic interludes, all topped off with skilled musicianship. Commenting on what fans can expect from “Heathen”, an album which will also mark AETERNUS’ 25th Anniversary, the band had this to say:

” We feel we’ve produced seven great songs for “Heathen”, all with AETERNUS’ trademark sound, which is a mix of complex extreme music along with heavy riffs and of course some great melodic features.  You could say that we are more than satisfied with the results”.

Aside from Ares, AETERNUS’ lineup is composed of Phobos (GRAVDAL) on drums and KRAKOW’s Eld on bass, and sharp-eyed fans will notice that guitarist Specter is missing.   As the band explains:

“Before having fully completed the composition part of “Heathen”,  Specter felt that he had little more to  offer the band, and that his long search for music was not only taking up too much of his own time, but it was also slowing down AETERNUS’ progress,  and as a result, he decided that it was best for all concerned that he quit the band.  He did however compose several terrific riffs which we  feel are outstanding, and they have been included in the album. We would like to thank Specter for all his work with AETERNUS, and wish him all the best  for the future.

“This of course means that once again AETERNUS has recorded an album where Ares’ considerable skills have been put to good use, and he has composed and played all the guitar leads on “Heathen”.  We’re sure that having read this, fans are wondering what is going to happen as far as live performances go.  No problem there! We have hired Gorm, from the Norse metal band THYRUZ, to play live with us, and he has been busy rehearsing our material. He will be more than ready when AETERNUS hits the stage again”.

More information about AETERNUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial

Fan-filmed footage of AETERNUS on stage at Inferno Festival 2013 can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/H-us6-RajKY


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AeternusNorway
Bandcamp:  https://aeternusnor.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway
Band Contact & Booking Norway : Areslives@hotmail.com
Booking Europe  : http://www.district-19.com/
Booking USA : http://www.perditionbooking. com/site/about/
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Acarash PR2

With the 8th June set for the release of “In Chaos Becrowned”, the debut full-length album from Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH, Dark Essence Records have released a video for the title track.

The video, by  drummer Sølve Sæther , can be seen below and at: https://youtu.be/-MSPfWl0D6U


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Mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo,  and with artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven, tracklisting for “In Chaos Becrowned”, which will be released in Digi CD and LP formats, is as follows:

  1. Cadaver Dei
  2. Shadows Roam
  3. Gathering of Crows
  4. In Chaos Becrowned
  5. Ashes of the Mortal Mind
  6. Legio Obscura
  7. Sacrifice the Winter Wolf
  8. Cenotaph in Flesh

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ACÂRASH, whose lineup comprises Sølve Sæther on drums, Lukas Paulsen on guitars and Anlov P. Mathiesen on bass and vocals, was formed in Oslo in the fall of 2016.  It is a lineup that embraces tradition and is able to take the varied influences its individual members have gleaned from being part of bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST,  in order to create a sound that is fresh and distinctly theirs.

Acarash PR1

By seamlessly blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  creates  soundscapes in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music.  And, with “In Chaos Becrowned”, the band  demonstrates a marked ability to reinvent, whilst at the same time  preserve, in order to deliver a record that explores and develops the boundaries of rock and metal, and naturally alternates between raw catchiness, dark introspection, and progressive playfulness.

ACÂRASH’s next live appearance will be the Release Concert for “In Chaos Becrowned”, which will be held on the 22nd June at Krøsset in Oslo.

“In Chaos Becrowned” is now available to pre order from the following:

Bandcamp (all formats):  https://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei
Dark Essence Records (CD & Vinyl):  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

Cadaver Dei” , the opening track from “In Chaos Becrowned” can be heard below and at the following:


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Bandcamp: http://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3yrLzQtnNvrnP6v3r52ffR?si=XiRpk9TmQTeIhbkHlHqfCQ
YouTube: https://youtu.be/0S_vWPGwcto

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
Bandcamp: https://acarash.bandcamp.com
Band Contact:  info@acarash.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

Ester Segarra

To paraphrase Ray Bradbury “something old and wicked this way comes” in the shape of the long-deleted SHINING album “Oppression”.  Set for release in September, “Oppression” will be available in Digipack format, as well as limited edition gatefold vinyl versions in different colours.

“Oppression” will be released on the newly-formed Black Metal label Colourless Art and SHINING founder and frontmam Niklas Kvarforth had this to say about the release:

“For too long, some of my work has been in limbo due to idiotic decisions and the worthless people that  proliferate throughout the music industry.  And this needs to end here and now.  We want our jewels of perdition and the attendant horrific sound to reach all of those who, without SHINING’s merchandising arm, Legions, cannot get their hands on these without being fobbed off with soulless products of inferior quality, that some outsider has had the nerve to spread without a single thought for our artistic vision”.

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For those who are not aware of the original album, “Oppression” is a collection of rare recordings and out-takes, mainly from the early days of SHINING’s twenty two year career.  Included are the debut 7″, some pre-production songs, weird electronica by Kvarforth.  And,  most intriguing for any SHINING fan out there, the cream of the crop is the inclusion of the celebrated but obscure studio track “Through Corridors Of Oppression”

Legions will also be issuing their own white vinyl edition of “Oppression” which will include a special poster.  Bundles are now available to pre-order from the Legions Webshop at http://www.shininglegions.com

As to what the future holds in store for both SHINING and himself, Kvarforth explained that:  “there is a lot happening right now. We are currently setting up upcoming tours for SHINING, working with all sorts of crazy shit,  while I myself will be recording with a very big Death Metal band, publishing the German edition of “When Prozac No Longer Helps” at long last,  and getting myself into shape for the shooting of a feature horror movie this summer.

But stay tuned, all will be revealed in time”.

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

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items not available elsewhere, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

Official SHINING videos can be found at http://www.shiningasylum.com/media.php

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

Cor Scorpii PR1

In exactly one month, on the 15th June, “Ruin”, the sophomore full-length album from Norwegian Extreme Melodic Metallers COR SCORPII will hit the streets, and, in the meantime, Dark Essence have released a second track from the album.  The track “Skuggevandrar” is available both to stream, or to purchase as a single, from the following:

Smartlink to DIgital Platforms: https://darkessencerecords.lnk.to/Skuggevandrar

Bandcamp:  https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com/track/skuggevandrar


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COR SCORPII was Founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the legendary WINDIR.  Today’s  lineup of Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Inge Jonny Lomheim on  bass guitars, accordion and programming, Ole M. Nordsve on drums, Rune Sjøthun on  rhythm guitars, mandolin and programming, and Thomas S. Øvstedal  on vocals,  and Erlend Nybø  on lead guitars draw their inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal.

A follow up to COR SCORPII’s critically acclaimed debut album “Monument”, which was released eight years ago, also on Dark Essence Records, “Ruin” is the result of a lengthy song writing process which proved, at times, to be quite  arduous for the band,  and gives its members an opportunity to reveal their  hidden talents by making use of instruments not usually used by metal bands, such as the accordion and mandolin.

Successfully blending epic, soaring melodies, with the harshness of extreme metal, “Ruin was recorded at various locations over a period of three years and was mixed by Børge Finstad in his Toproom Studio, and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at his Kvalsonic Lab.

With artwork by Novans V. Adikresna of the Marnov Studio,  and including featured guests such as the classical singer Annika Beinnes, as well as Mats Lerberg (I SWEAR DAMNATION, ex-FUNERAL) who lend their considerable vocal talents to three tracks each, tracklisting on “Ruin” is as follows:

  1. Svart Blod (Hovmod star for fall)
  2. Hjarteorm
  3. Skuggevandrar
  4. Fotefar
  5. Helveteskap
  6. Ri di Mare
  7. Ærelaus
  8. Siste Dans

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“Ruin” will be released in CD, Double Gatefold Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

CD & Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
All formats: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

A video of COR SCORPII performing the track “Oske og innsikt” from the album “Monument” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/opnCrZvVLtE


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii/
Bandcamp: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/corscorpiiofficial/videos
Band Contact & Booking : thomas.ovstedal@corscorpii.net
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

Nordjevel PR

Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL are set to hit the road in July for a series of European dates supporting HATE. Titled “European Summer Invasion 2018”, routing for the tour is as follows:

13.07: In Flammen Open Air, Torgau (DE)
14.07: Turock , Essen (DE)
15.07: Le Cercle, Chapelle-Lez-Herlaimont (BE)
16.07: Musicon , Den Haag (NL)
17.07: Gibus Live, Paris (FR)
18.07: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes (FR)
20.07: Secret Place, Montpellier (FR)
21.07: Boarstream Open Air (DE) (Nordjevel only)
22.07: Altherax Music, Nice (FR)
24.07: Metaldays, Tolmin (SL)

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Before embarking on the tour NORDJEVEL will appear at the following festivals in June

22.06: Hellfest, Clisson (FR)
29.06: Garasjefestivalen, Toten (NO)

Formed by Doedsadmiral , the svengali-like figure whose whose uncanny ability to bring together some of the scene’s top musicians has spawned bands such as SVARTELDER, DOEDSVANGR and ENEPSIGOS, NORDJEVEL’s musical output and live appearances, including a US tour, quickly gained the band a legion of fans.

NORDJEVEL’s lineup is composed of musicians who are vastly experience both on stage and in the studio, including co-founders Doedsadmiral on vocals, lyrics and artwork, and Nord (FATAL IMPACT, TVANGESTE, BYRDI) on guitars, Valla (VREDEHAMMER) on guitars, DzeptiCunt (ex-RAGNAROK) on bass and Kai Speidel (IHRESGLEICHEN, TOTENGEFLUSTER) on drums.

Work on the band’s sophomore full-length album, which will be titled “Necrogenesis” and is the follow up to 2016’s self-titled debut album, is progressing rapidly, and, upon completion, will be released on Osmose Productions.

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

The official video directed by Marcin Halerz of Red Pig Productions for the track “Djevelen I Nord” from NORDJEVEL’s self-titled debut album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/zS1YAM7KdvQ


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.nordjevel.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/nordjevelofficial
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBQPM_iEe9kJeZq_nFdcug
Band Contact:  nordjevel@gmail.com
The Flaming Arts Agency: http://www.theflamingarts.eu
Booking and Management:  info@theflamingarts.eu
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Osmose Productions: http://www.osmoseproductions.com/
Osmose Bandcamp: http://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/
Contact: osmoseproductions@gmail

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Avast Logo PR

Dark Essence Records has inked a deal with Blackgazers AVAST, which will see the label release the band’s debut full-length album in the Autumn.

Hailing from Stavanger, in Norway, AVAST is a band that reviewers and promoters place in a variety of genres, with Blackgaze and Post-Black Metal at the forefront.  But it could equally be said that the band’s roots lie in Punk Rock and Hardcore, given that AVAST’s lyrics are not centred around the usual Black Metal themes, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on Social and Environmental issues.

Whichever genre you’d like to put them in, there is, however, absolutely no doubt that AVAST’s lineup of Hans Olaf Myrvang (AGENDA) on bass and vocals Trond Salte (AGENDA) on guitars  and  Ørjan Lund (NAG) on drums,  skilfully fuses the aesthetics of Black Metal with the atmospherics of Post-Rock to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing.

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Having previoiusly released a two-track EP in 2016, AVAST have spent the past year in the recording studios working on their new album “Mother Culture”, a concept album that examines the myths upon which modern civilization is based.  It is a work that addresses the potential for a global catastrophe, and is based on the philosophical novel “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn.

More information about AVAST can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/avastband/

A video of AVAST performing at 2016’s Tunghørt Festival can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/GvGGkVI7cFc


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband
Bandcamp: http://avastband.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/avastband
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/57bnwC7iMKBRlWnMF9lzmy
Band Contact:  avastband2016@gmail.com
Booking : siloenbooking@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

Acarash PR2

With the 8th June set for the release of “In Chaos Becrowned”,  the debut full-length album from Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH, Dark Essence Records have given fans a taste of what to expect by revealing the opening track ” Cadaver Dei”, about which the band has this to say:

Cadaver Dei” is our way of welcoming you to the tomb of ACÂRASH. The track is a celebration of the free spirit and the will to rebel against all that reduces life. To us the concept of opposition is an essential philosophical theme, acknowledging spiritual contradictions and human mortality. True opposition is a progressive and noble act of thought.”

Cadaver Dei”  can be heard at the following:

Bandcamp: http://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei


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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3yrLzQtnNvrnP6v3r52ffR?si=XiRpk9TmQTeIhbkHlHqfCQ
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/0S_vWPGwcto


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ACÂRASH, whose lineup comprises Sølve Sæther on drums, Lukas Paulsen on guitars and Anlov P. Mathiesen on bass and vocals, was formed in Oslo in the fall of 2016.  It is a lineup that embraces tradition and is able to take the varied influences its individual members have gleaned from being part of bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST,  in order to create a sound that is fresh and distinctly theirs.

By seamlessly blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  creates  soundscapes in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music.  And, with “In Chaos Becrowned”, the band  demonstrates a marked ability to reinvent, whilst at the same time  preserve, in order to deliver a record that explores and develops the boundaries of rock and metal, and naturally alternates between raw catchiness, dark introspection, and progressive playfulness.

Mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo,  and with artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven, tracklisting for “In Chaos Becrowned”, which will be released in Digi CD and LP formats, is as follows:

  1. Cadaver Dei
  2. Shadows Roam
  3. Gathering of Crows
  4. In Chaos Becrowned
  5. Ashes of the Mortal Mind
  6. Legio Obscura
  7. Sacrifice the Winter Wolf
  8. Cenotaph in Flesh

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“In Chaos Becrowned” is now available to pre order from the following:

Bandcamp (all formats):  https://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei

Dark Essence Records (CD & Vinyl):  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/

US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

ACÂRASH’s next live appearance will be on the 4th May at Kvarteret in Bergen, Norway, supporting VULTURE INDUSTRIES.

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

A series of short teaser videos from ACÂRASH’s debut full-length album “In Chaos Becrowned” can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/acarash/videos/

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
Bandcamp: https://acarash.bandcamp.com
Band Contact:  info@acarash.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records