Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA, who have just inked a two-album deal with Dark Essence Records, recently  managed to recover some lost tapes with material from a video shoot filmed shortly after the release of the band’s 2017 album “The Arcane Abyss” .  As the band explains:

With the new upcoming album soon to be dropped by Dark Essence records,  ENDEZZMA is about to enter a brand new era which will include new epic,  professionally  shot videos which will also be released soon in all their monumental glory.  However,  we wanted to close “The Arcane Abyss” chapter with a Nekro old school video that expresses the wild energy within the band. That album was such a fierce and rabid ride for us and it feels good to add a video production to it.

The track we used for the video is  “Serpent Earth” and, at a time of plague and disease where live rituals are strictly limited, we decided to dig up the lost tapes and hand them over to the talented music video director Guilherme Henriques for an exclusive edit, and he has produced a gloomy , intense and pitch- black manifestation. 

The video is a dedicated to the old school black metal souls out there , lets burn the night with rabid force and malevolent hunger. THIS IS STELLAR DARKNESS…WE ARE ENDEZZMA… “

The video for “Serpent Earth” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/Va_OX3DnSJw   

Formed in 2006 by frontman M. Shax, ENDEZZMA’s original lineup featured URGEHAL’s late, and much lamented, Trondr Nefas.  The duo, joined by other, experienced Norwegian musicians, quickly established a die-hard following, impressed by the band’s live appearances, which were imbued with  morbid overtones and an undercurrent of barely-suppressed viciousness.   “Alone”, ENDEZZMA’s aptly named first release,  cemented the band’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with. A band that went its own way, regardless of what others thought, or were doing.  

The debut full-length “Erotik Nekrosis” appeared in 2012, and proved that ENDEZZMA was a band well-able to weave an old school atmosphere into  eerie, seductive, modern compositions, and produce  an album full of necro requiems.    It also marked the death of Trondr Nefas, which left  a vacuum within the band.  A  vacuum that was eventually filled by guitarist M. Malphas, which allowed ENDEZZMA to go on to explore mystical dark fields with their sophomore full-length “Arcane Abyss”.

Aside from Shax on vocals and Malphas on guitars, ENDEZZMA’s lineup includes Nihil on Rythm Guitar,  Skriu on  Drums and Aske on  Bass  –  a group of experienced musicians, hungry to bring their brand of brutal, fiercely intense, and yet aesthetically mystical approach, to Dark Essence Records, a label they know will understand where they are coming from, and where they want to go.

More information about the upcoming album, which will be ENDEZZMA’s third full-length release, will be announced shortly, and the band recently had this to say about it:

Together with Dark Essence we intend to meet the high expectations that have been placed on us, and come out with an album of extremely strong material that will take fans into a mystical world of stellar darkness filled with mythical outcasts and characters. 

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

The official video  for the track “Junkyard Oblivion” from ENDEZZMA’s “Erotik Nekrosis” album can be seen below on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/NZtQ9xPZF5U

Additional Information
Endezzma  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endezzma/
Endezzma on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/endezzma_official/
Band contact and booking:  endezzma@online.no 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:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Karisma Records have today released a single from “Dwellers of the Deep”, the much-anticipated, fifth full-length album from Prog Rockers WOBBLER.  Titled “Five Rooms” the single is available to stream or download at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Wobbler_FiveRooms

The band had this to say about it:

“Five Rooms” is a fast paced song based on some bass ideas from Krisitan. It developed quickly into a song full of energy and interplay, but also with sacral and dreamy passages. “Five Rooms” was a wrap early in the process and we even tried it out live a couple of times on the From Silence to Somewhere tour. We worked a lot with the arrangement of the different sections in the song, to make it flow along and feel organic and natural, even though it bounces between here and there and is full of contrast.

With “Five Rooms” standing out right from the start as an obvious choice for a single, the band also decided to shoot a music video, which was something new for them.  

As WOBBLER explains:

The video was filmed during one hot Oslo day in June utilising the beautiful surroundings of the baroque room at the Linderud Gård, and it has allowed us to offer a slice from the upcoming album, presented in moving pictures and resplendent colours. As the summer is slowly starting to fade from the earth, we invite you to join us on that high summers day and walk with us through Five Rooms.

Filmed and edited by Mike Drop, the video for “Five Rooms” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/bpOQp9gCfQA

The album itself promises to serve up an exciting blend of both carefully planned, and passionately jammed compositions, encompassing everything WOBBLER has done up to now. The new musical directions showcased on “Dwellers of the Deep” serve to further enhance the quintet’s aural idiosyncrasies, and solidify the band’s burgeoning stature as one of the most exciting and interesting bands on the global music scene, independent of genre.

The production on “Dwellers of the Deep” is open, detailed, warm and punchy, making the soundscapes put together by Lars Fredrik Frøislie an aural feast for the ears . With cover illustration by Athanasius Kircher, and graphic design by Thomas Kaldhol, “Dwellers Of The Deep” consists of four distinctive pieces and is a fine example of WOBBLER´s trademark creative whims and playful exuberance. Track listing is as follows:

1. By the Banks (13:49)
2. Five Rooms (08:28)
3. Naiad Dreams (04:24)
4. Merry Macabre (19:00)

“Dwellers Of The Deep” will be available in Digipak and Jewel case CD, digital formats, as well as in four different 180 gram gatefold vinyl editions; black vinyl, two different limited edition coloured vinyls, and a limited edition transparent vinyl. All the limited editions come with a poster.

“Dwellers of the Deep” is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/kar194-wobbler-dwellers-of-the-deep/
Bandcamp: https://wobbler.bandcamp.com/album/dwellers-of-the-deep
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Formed in Hønefoss in 1999, WOBBLER’s lineup features Lars Fredrik Frøislie on keyboards and backing vocals, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion and recorder, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass, Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo on vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, recorder and percussion and Geir Marius Bergom Halleland on lead guitar and backing vocals.

More information about WOBBLER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial  or on their website at www.wobblerofficial.com/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial
Website: www.wobblerofficial.com/
Bandcamp: https://wobbler.bandcamp.com 
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/wobblerofficial/
Band contact:  skogstierne@gmail.com / mellotronlars@yahoo.no  
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: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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VESTINDIEN  might not be a band that is immediately recognisable to most music fans, but that’s about to change, because the Bergen-based  band has just been snapped up by Dark Essence Records.

Formed in 2009, VESTINDIEN’s first, and up to now, only, release, was 2011’s debut EP “We are the Lords of Hellfire”, which delivered classic 90’s hardcore, with a heavy metal twist.  But only one year after its release, and despite having built up a solid following eager to experience the band’s  frenetic live shows, VESTINDIEN called it a day.

Absolute silence followed for the next seven years, until, in 2019, some of the band members got together and decided that VESTINDIEN needed to make music again.  And make music is exactly what the band’s current lineup of Torjus Slettnosk on vocals, Simon Skøien on guitars, Karl Johan Johannessen on drums and Pål Eirik Veseth on bass did, demonstrating a more introverted and less aggressive approach to their art.

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Photo by Stephan Vågenes Gaassand

It was at this point that  Dark Essence entered the picture, as Slettsnok explains:

Dark Essence was the only label we contacted when the album was finished. It was important to us that the label be based in Bergen, with people we trust. The only other option would have been to do it ourselves.

We were of course very happy when they felt the same way as we do about our music and we are looking forward to collaboration with the very good people of Dark Essence.

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Photo by Stephan Vågenes Gaassand

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

Additional Information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vestindien/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/vestindien/
Band contact and booking:  book.vestindien@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:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Meer 2020 PR2

Karisma Records have welcomed alternative pop orchestra MEER into its capacious fold.

MEER started out as a duo known as TED GLEN EXTENDED, in Hamar, Norway, in 2008, and, since then, the duo have expanded considerably, to become,  what is today,  an eight-piece eclectic collective whose music is a mix of orchestral pop, classical music and progressive rock. With their grandiose string arrangements and polyphonic vocals, MEER’s sound is far from minimalistic and flows in seemingly constant motion.

Today’s lineup comprises Johanne Kippersund on vocals, Knut Kippersund on vocals, Eivind Strømstad on guitar, Åsa Ree on violin, Ingvild Nordstoga Eide on viola, Ole Gjøstøl on piano, Morten Strypet on bass and Mats Lillehaug on drums, and this is what the band had to say about their decision to join Karisma Records:

We are absolutely thrilled to be signing with Karisma Records! We have been working on this album for a long time, and are super excited to be teaming up with a record company with so much knowledge and passion for progressive music. To be a part of their great list of artists is an honour, and we couldn’t be happier.

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Karisma have not yet announced a release date for “Playing House”, which will be a follow up to MEER’s 2016, self-titled album. Recorded at the Ocean Sound Recording and Tanken, with producer Lars Gärtner Fremmerlid (EINAR STRAY ORCHESTRA) “Playing House”  will see MEER taking their prog pop one step further in both directions!

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

A video of MEER covering Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/vFLPzJkkrzI


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MEERmusikk/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/meermusic/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOPFSGuj-8Grx2_1_A8m2kA
Band contact:    post@meerband.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: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Endezzma PR 2020

Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA have signed a two-album deal with Dark Essence Records, joining a roster that includes some of the best known and established bands in the genre, as well as some of the upcoming artists that are making huge waves on the scene.

Formed in 2006 by frontman M. Shax, ENDEZZMA’s original lineup featured URGEHAL’s late, and much lamented, Trondr Nefas.  The duo, joined by other, experienced Norwegian musicians, quickly established a die-hard following, impressed by the band’s live appearances, which were imbued with  morbid overtones and an undercurrent of barely-suppressed viciousness.   “Alone”, ENDEZZMA’s aptly named first release,  cemented the band’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with. A band that went its own way, regardless of what others thought, or were doing.

The debut full-length “Erotik Nekrosis” appeared in 2012, and proved that ENDEZZMA was a band well-able to weave an old school atmosphere into  eerie, seductive, modern compositions, to produce  an album full of necro requiems.    It also marked the death of Trondr Nefas, which left  a vacuum within the band.  A  vacuum that was eventually filled by guitarist M. Malphas, which allowed ENDEZZMA to go on to explore mystical dark fields with their sophomore full-length “Arcane Abyss”.

Aside from Shax on vocals and Malphas on guitars, ENDEZZMA’s lineup includes Nihil on Rythm Guitar,  Skriu on  Drums and Aske on  Bass  –  a group of experienced musicians, hungry to bring their brand of brutal, fiercely intense, and yet aesthetically mystical approach, to Dark Essence Records, a label they know will understand where they are coming from, and where they want to go.

Commenting on what fans can expect from their third album, ENDEZZMA had this to say:

The upcoming album has been mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm. He Is well known for his great work on recent  WATAIN and MAYHEM albums, so we knew that we were in the hands of someone who would know exactly what we wanted.

 Together with Dark Essence we intend to meet the high expectations that have been placed on us, and come out with an album of extremely strong material that will take fans into a mystical world of stellar darkness filled with mythical outcasts and characters. 

 Epic energy will burn the night!
It’s time to let the Stellar Darkness shine!
WE ARE ENDEZZMA

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

The official video  for the track “Junkyard Oblivion” from ENDEZZMA’s “Erotik Nekrosis” album can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/NZtQ9xPZF5U


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Additional Information
Endezzma  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endezzma/
Endezzma on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/endezzma_official/
Band contact and booking:  endezzma@online.no
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:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Wobbler PR 2020

When WOBBLER’s fifth album “Dwellers of the Deep” hits the streets on the 23rd October, it´s exactly three years since the Norwegian’s last release “From Silence to Somewhere”, and if anyone is expecting an identical album, they may have to think again, because, according to the band, the new album will be a different beast entirely:

When we set out planning the new album we agreed that we couldn´t make the same album over again. With “Silence” we did things without wanting to fit into a progressive box, and the process behind “Dwellers of the Deep” was even more along those lines. In that sense it´s more experimental.

Some songs contain rock blast outs while others provide the calm of a foggy morning in the woods; all have their place in what eventually became a thematic dive into the depths of human emotion. Our take on it, anyway.

“Dwellers of the Deep” promises to serve up an exciting blend of both carefully planned and passionately jammed compositions encompassing everything WOBBLER has done up to now. These new musical directions will no doubt further enhance the quintet’s aural idiosyncrasies, and solidify the band’s burgeoning stature as one of the most exciting and interesting bands on the global music scene, independent of genre.

The production is open, detailed, warm and punchy, making the soundscapes put together by Lars Fredrik Frøislie to an aural feast. “Dwellers of the Deep” will be available in Digipak CD and digital formats, as well as in four different 180 gram gatefold vinyl editions; black vinyl, two different limited edition coloured vinyls, and a limited edition transparent vinyl. All the limited editions come with a poster.

Side A contains two pieces at medium length showcasing the band´s mastery of dynamics and flow, with passages and themes veering from the scenic and serene to the downright rocking.

Side B opens with the welcome respite of four minutes serenity, cradling the listener in pastoral and mystic swathes of acoustic guitar, glockenspiel and gentle vocals before an album closing 19 minutes journey into the unknown with the band in full blast.

Track listing for “Dwellers of the Deep” is as follows:

  1. By the Banks (13:49)
  2. Five Rooms (08:28)
  3. Naiad Dreams (04:24)
  4. Merry Macabre (19:00)

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“Dwellers of the Deep” is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/kar194-wobbler-dwellers-of-the-deep/
Bandcamp: https://wobbler.bandcamp.com/album/dwellers-of-the-deep
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Consisting of four distinctive pieces “Dwellers of the Deep” is a fine example of WOBBLER´s trademark creative whims and playful exuberance, and the band has offered an insight into what fans can expect from the album and what went into its creation:

The recording sessions were somewhat shaped partially by what was happening during the first months of Covid-19.  In a very Decameronesque way, we sent “histories” to each other from our hermitages, while the plague waited in the shadows outside. It contributed to a sense of meaningful gravity, making it crucial that the task at hand be fulfilled with our most sincere and unparalleled endeavours.

The lyrical themes on the album deal with human emotions, and the ongoing struggle between juxtaposed forces within the psyche. An introspective voyage amongst the realms of memories, feelings and instincts, where the light is brighter and the dark is darker. The concepts of wonder, longing and desperation permeates the histories told, and the currents from the deep are ever present. The final track, “Merry Macabre”, is a 19 minute suite taking the listener through aspects of the darker sides of WOBBLER´s sound. It probably sums up what we wanted to express this time around; songs with a weirder tint, an experimental, almost impressionist splitting of themes that at the same time provides a larger frame.

Formed in Hønefoss in 1999, WOBBLER’s lineup features Lars Fredrik Frøislie on keyboards and backing vocals, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion and recorder, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass, Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo on vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, recorder and percussion and Geir Marius Bergom Halleland on lead guitar and backing vocals.

More information about WOBBLER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial  or on their website at www.wobblerofficial.com/

A video of WOBBLER performing a track from their 2017 album “From Silence to Somewhere” live can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEaBPwFlz2g

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial
Website: www.wobblerofficial.com/
Bandcamp: https://wobbler.bandcamp.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/wobblerofficial/
Band contact:  skogstierne@gmail.com / mellotronlars@yahoo.no
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: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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According to Black Metallers ZIFIR, the track “Ephemeral Idols”, which the band has chosen for its latest video, is “one of the most aggressive tracks” they have written and recorded thus far.  The band explains that it is a track whose lyrical themes are driven by the ultimate speed of the song, and are a direct attack on all that is deemed “holy”, with  the video being a means for ZIFIR to visualise their approach towards each religion.

The video itself, once again produced by ZIFIR, explores the idea that one of societies preoccupations today is arguing about which temple belongs to which religion – one of the most obvious cases being that of the recent polemic surrounding the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. In fact, Hagia Sofia is one of the various  places of worship of different denominations that feature in the video.

The video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/7lyWFQTi5LU


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Since the release of their latest album “Demoniac Ethics”  on Duplicate Records in January of this year,  ZIFIR have been busy, releasing other videos and featuring in the illustrated book “Heavy Music Artwork” alongside  many other iconic Black Metal bands.  More information about “Heavy Music Artwork” can be seen below and at
https://youtu.be/L2R20BYcGw0 


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They have also been confirmed to appear at 2021’s Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, Norway, which will take place between the 1st and the 4th April.

Zifir Inferno 2021

Since its formation in 2006 by Onur Önok  and O.S. ZIFIR, has never compromised either in terms of vision or direction, with the band’s lyrics embodying philosophy, anti-religion and nihilism, which are acknowledged as being amongst of the basic tenets of Black Metal .

Aside from Önok on vocals, the band’s lineup today includes Nursuz on Drums and Ilgar on Bass.  More information about ZIFIR, which in Turkish means “Tar”,  can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/zifirofficial/

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Other recently released videos from ZIFIR include   “Empire of Worms”  which can be seen below and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2_fiPyjB0E

and “Chants for Execution” “Demoniac Ethics” which can can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/2jMRSRlhJHY


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  https://www.zifirofficial.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/zifirofficial/
Bandcamp:  https://zifir.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulucoGIxsiJZ4tmDe2YcRQ
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/zifirblackmetal/
Band Contact:  zifir666@gmail.com
Duplicate Records:  http://duplicate-records.com/

Airbag 2020 PR4

With AIRBAG’s fifth full-length album “A Day at the Beach” having hit the streets barely a month ago, Karisma Records is already having to press more of the black vinyl version .   In fact, demand from fans and collectors has also been so great for the transparent vinyl  edition of the album that the label will be releasing a 180g gold vinyl version, limited to 1,000 copies worldwide.

Pre-orders for the gold version, which is due to be released on the 24th August,  are now being taken at the following:

Band Camp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-day-at-the-beach
Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/

Featuring  six new songs recorded during the  autumn and winter of 2019-20, and inspired  by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, “A Day at the Beach” sees AIRBAG  creating a powerful sound that combines ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock.  The result is a stunning selection of songs revealing a mature band looking forward from its already impressive legacy.

Once again teaming up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes, “A Day at the Beach” was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo and  produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis. Cover design, is, as always, by vocalist Tostrup.   Track listing for “A Day at the Beach” is as follows:

  1. Machines and Men
  2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
  3.  Into the Unknown
  4. Sunsets
  5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
  6. Megalomaniac

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As  well as the vinyl versions, “A Day at the Beach” is also available in CD and Digital formats and can be purchased, downloaded or streamed from the following https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Airbag_ADayattheBeach , as well as from all the usual retailers.

Hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, AIRBAG  was formed in the mid 2000’s by five high school class mates, which included two of today’s members Asle Tostrup (vocals) and Bjørn Riis (guitars).  AIRBAG is a band that is able to blend diverse musical styles and sounds, with a strong narrative listening experience. Today’s lineup also includes Henrik Bergan Fossum (drums) and “A Day at the Beach” is AIRBAG’s first album as a trio, and which also features talented guest musicians including WOBBLER’s Kristian Hultgren.

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Regarding their latest album, AIRBAG recently had this to say:

The album is the result of a strong collaboration between all three of us. Having lost two original members since our last album, we were forced to rethink how we write and create new music, but it also allowed us to venture into something new that turned out to be very inspiring.

Lyrically, “A Day at the Beach” is very much a story of us and them, told by a husband, father and brother leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people in power observing at a safe distance.

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More information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website at http://www.airbagsound.com/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound

A video of AIRBAG performing in Quebec in 2019 can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/3fFoN-JJr-U


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Darkness Shall Rise, the German label specialising in the release of high quality music cassettes, will release the first two albums from Norwegian Black Metal veterans RAGNAROK on the 31 August.

The two albums, 1995’s “Nattferd” and 1997’s “Arising Realm”, have never been released on cassette before, giving collectors and RAGNAROK fans a long-awaited treat.  Both albums were originally released on the legendary Head Not Found label, and served as a storming introduction to RAGNAROK, the band  founded by iconic drummer Jontho Panthera.

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Since then, RAGNAROK has gone on to release a total of nine full-length albums,  as well as a retrospective showcasing 20 years of the band’s hard-to-find demos and EP’s.  With well over two decades of existence, Jontho has ensured that RAGNAROK has remained faithful to what is seen as  Norwegian Black Metal marked with an uncompromising sound that is filled with anger and aggression.

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“Nattferd” and “Arising Realm” will be available in a limited quantity of 350 copies each, and are now available to pre-order from  https://darknessshallrise.de/

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More information about RAGNAROK can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial  or on their  website at http://www.ragnarokhorde.com/

The official video for the title track from RAGNAROK’s 2004 album “Blackdoor Miracle”, which featured TAAKE’s Hoest on vocals, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/DjKfzggZD0s

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Karisma Records is set to release “Flying Colours”,  the next album in its planned series of six full-length releases that makes up the entire back-catalogue of Norwegian Prog Legends RUPHUS.

Originally released in 1978, “Flying Colours” is unusual for RUPHUS, a band used to an ever-shifting lineup, in that it featured the same musicians as on its predecessor “Inner Voice”, namely Kjell Larsen on guitar, Asle Nilsen on bass), Sylvi Lillegaard on vocals, Thor Bendiksen and drums and Jan Simonsen  on keyboards.

By the time “Flying Colours” hit the streets for the first time, RUPHUS had been settled in Germany for such a long time, extensively touring Continental Europe, to the extent that even Norwegian fans assumed the band was German.   It is, nevertheless, a prime example of Proggy Norwegian 70’s Jazz Rock, firmly cementing the band’s reputation as one of the leading lights of the European Jazz Rock Scene.

Recorded at the  Rosenborg Studios in  Oslo and engineered by Hans Petter Danielsen,  the new release of “Flying Colours has once again be been remastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel, etc) who is working  with new digital transfers from the original master tapes which are stored in the Norwegian National Archives for posterity.

With artwork by Jan Ole Norum  tracklisting for “Flying Colours is as follows:

  1. Foodlover’s Diet
  2. Frysja
  3. Early Riser
  4. Flying Colours
  5. The Rivulet
  6. Joy
  7. Moody Moments
    Part One: The Moment
    Part Two: Gloom
    Part Three: Exaltation

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“Flying Colours” will be released in CD, LP and Limited Edition Purple Vinyl (250 copies only) on the 7th August, and is now available to pre-order from:

https://www.karismarecords.no

As a bonus to fans of Norwegian Prog in general, and RUPHUS in particular, Karisma Records will revisit the band’s debut album “New Born Day”, which it re-released in March of this year, by making available a limited edition white vinyl version.  It is an album widely regarded as one of the best albums to have emerged from the  Norwegian Prog scene, so this version will come as a pleasant addition to any fans collection.

“New Born Day”, which will also be released on the 7th August, is now available to pre-order from:

https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/artist/ruphus/ruphus-new-born-day-white-vinyl/

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Additionally.  RUPHUS  fans who thought they’d missed out on the “Ranshart” limited edition yellow vinyl  will be happy to hear that Karisma have found a few copies, which are available now from https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/artist/ruphus/ruphus-ranshart-yellow-vinyl/

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A versatile and ground-breaking band, RUPHUS, with their long, melodic, compositions,  and multiple, intertwined themes, were regarded as being the Norwegian equivalent of YES, not just in style, but also in skill.   The band’s revolving door policy as regards their lineup meant that, as members left and others joined, RUPHUS’ sound changed accordingly,  taking them from their early days playing hard progressive rock, to becoming one of the leaders in the field of jazz rock. Only Kjell Larsen (guitar) and Asle Nilsen (bass, flute) would go on to play on all of RUPHUS’ albums.

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

A video of RUPHUS playing live at the studios of Norway’s  NRK TV can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/5RnuFIuAn0U


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