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With just over a month to go until the release of “From Silence to Somewhere”,  the fourth full-length album from Norway’s leading Symphonic Prog band WOBBLER,  Karisma Records have released a promo video which not only gives fans a taste of the music they can expect to hear, but also an insight into the band itself.

It is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a group of people  who, as they have matured and grown together as individuals and as musicians,  have quite considerably changed the way they write and make their music.   And most noticeably it is an example of a close and enduring friendship amongst the members of WOBBLER that gives the individual  musicians the confidence to change, and exchange, ideas in a way that often takes an original idea in a completely unexpected direction, without egos getting in the way, and having a lot of fun while they do it.

The video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/sqrqPG7MZwk


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“From Silence to Somewhere”, which is set for release on the 20th October,  is comprised of four epic tracks that explore the idea of metamorphosis and alchemy.  WOBBLER’s trademark sound, which makes use of copious amounts of Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and other classical analogue keyboards, and of course the renowned Rickenbacker Bass,  is very much in evidence.

It is an album with a darker, more introspective edge than WOBBLER’s  previous releases, but at the same time “From Silence to Somewhere” feels  like a natural progression.  Flamenco and Italian Renaissance music can be heard weaving their way subtly through the melancholy harmonies that are combined with powerful crescendos and high-energy, spinet-driven passages, whilst the guitar riffs range from the poignant to the edgy.

With artwork by Thomas Kaldhol (Samuel Jackson 5, Panzerpappa, Lukas Kasha etc) , and a running time of 47 minutes, tracklisting on “From Silence to Somewhere” is as follows:

1. From Silence to Somewhere
2. Rendered in Shades of Green
3. Fermented Hours
4. Foxlight

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Formed in Hønefoss in 1999, WOBBLER’s current lineup features current and former members of TUSMØRKE, WHITE WILLOW, THE CHRONICLES OF FATHER ROBIN and JAGA JAZZIST.  With Lars Fredrik Frøislie on keyboards and backing vocals, Kristian Karl Hultgren on  bass, bass clarinet and bass pedals, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion and recorder,  Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo on vocals, guitar, glockenspiel and percussion, and Geir Marius Bergom Halleland on lead guitar and backing vocals,  the band can avail itself of a considerable  array of instruments that  have a huge, and very interesting impact,  on the overall sound.

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WOBBLER will be joining fellow Karisma Records band-mates TUSMØRKE and JORDSJØ at the Proggens Grøde,  which will be held at the  Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo on the 29th September.

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

“From Silence to Somewhere”, is available either as CD Digipak or Jewel Case, each with a 12 page booklet, as well as in  Digital format.  LPs are available either in standard black and in a limited edition Transparent orange/black marble vinyl limited to 500 copies only.  CD and vinyl formats are available to pre-order from smarturl.it/Wobbler_Europe, or from smarturl.it/Wobbler_USA in the USA.  All formats, including digital, can also be pre-ordered at https://wobbler.bandcamp.com/album/from-silence-to-somewhere

Live footage of WOBBLER performing the track “Rubato Industry” from their debut album “Hinterland” can be seen at https://vimeo.com/168318632


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Band contact:  skogstierne@gmail.com / mellotronlars@yahoo.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial
Bandcamp: https://wobbler.bandcamp.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

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The folks at Karisma Records have surprised everyone by, almost literally, pulling a rabbit out of their hat with the upcoming release from their new signing, Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE, whose new album is very different indeed in both concept and guest artists.   Titled “Bydyra”, which translated means “Urban Wildlife”,  this  will be the fifth full-length album from the Norwegians.  What is surprising about it is that this is the first album that TUSMØRKE have written specifically for, and performed with, children.

Coming in with a whopping 15 tracks, “Bydyra”  is composed of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo.  It is a unique work that explores the relatively “grown up” subjects of urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

With “Bydyra”,  TUSMØRKE have succeeded in blending their unique take on Prog Rock with a substantial dose of humour to create an album that will be enjoyed equally by both children, who will be enchanted by the characters and their adventures,  and by adults, who will succumb to the psychedelic prog folk overtones.  It is a journey filled with magical creatures that serve to charm and educate at the same time.

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Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR,  TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments,  and is comprised of  Benediktator on vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion and loads of handclaps, Krizla on vocals, flute and electronics, HlewagastiR on drums and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø  on electric guitar, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solina  on Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet.

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Photo by Terje Skår

Set for release on the 10th November, and with artwork especially commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen, tracklisting for “Bydyra”  is as follows:

1. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
2. Trefar (Three Father)
3. Mellomspill (Interlude)
4. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
5. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
6. Vi er eid (We are owned)
7. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
8. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
9. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

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TUSMØRKE  will be appearing  at Proggens Grøde at the Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo along with Karisma Records label-mates WOBBLER and  JORDSJØ on the 29th September, and at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November.

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

The official video for the track “Offerpresten” from TUSMØRKE’s 2014 album “Riset Bak Speilet” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/2kMmWp2DqtQ


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Tusmorke/
Bandcamp:  https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com
Band contact: tusmorke.booking@gmail.com
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Having snapped up the Norwegian cult prog rockers MAJOR PARKINSON, Karisma Records have announced today that the title track from the upcoming album Blackbox is available as a single. The single will be available on all digital platforms and can be heard below and on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/4oyfrz7JZ99cDwymD8MtwD

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The album Blackbox will be the fourth studio album from the outlandish prog phenomenon that is MAJOR PARKINSON.  Set for release on the 27th of October of this year, and available on Degaton Records in Norway and Karisma Records in the rest of the world, the band spent the better part of two years creating Blackbox. Recorded partly in the legendary Duper Studio, and partly in MAJOR PARKINSON’s own dungeon – Degaton Studio, Blackbox is an uncompromising work, somewhere at the crossroads between progressive rock, cinematic pop, heavy industry and icy Arctic electronics.

With Linn Frøkedal (MISTY COAST, LOW FREQUENCY IN STEREO) contributing her haunting vocals on no less than four tracks, she is joined by a a plethora of guest musicians who have all added their unique talents to further elevate the Blackbox experience.  In the able hands of sound maestro Yngve Leidulv Sætre, Blackbox is an album filled with frenetic horn sections, angelic strings, rusty hammers, paper planes and rocket ships.

According to MAJOR PARKINSON, Blackbox is an unparalleled journey through cinematic, progressive soundscapes and otherworldly melodies which have been forged in stainless dark matter and filled to the brim with musical excess.  It is a treasure chest pulled patiently from the ocean floor, through shoals of curious starfish. It’s a night ride through a snowy and moonlit mountain pass, under the pale flicker of oddly shaped constellations!

With artwork by Martin Kvamme, the album will be available as digipak, black vinyl, gold vinyl and in digital formats. The tracklisting on Blackbox is as follows:

  1. Lover, Lower Me Down!
  2. Night Hitcher
  3. Before the Helmets
  4. Isabel – A Report to an Academy
  5. Scenes from Edison’s Black Maria
  6. Madeleine Crumbles
  7. Baseball
  8. Strawberry Suicide
  9. Blackbox

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Blackbox is now available to pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

More information about MAJOR PARKINSON, whose lineup comprises Jon Ivar Kollbotn, Eivind Gammersvik, Lars C Bjørknes, Sondre Veland, Sondre Skollevoll, Øysten Bech-Eriksen and Claudia Cox, can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/majorparkinson/   and on their website at http://www.majorparkinson.com

A video for the song Pretty Eyes, Pretty Eyes by MAJOR PARKINSON can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/-GrUZnB5Leg


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whilst a video of the band performing live at Ricks in Bergen can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/NllHj0mOoJY


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/majorparkinson/
Website:  http://www.majorparkinson.com
Bandcamp: https://majorparkinson.bandcamp.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/majorparkinson/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MajorParkinsonTV/videos
Band contact: manager@majorparkinson.com
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Having spent the last year or so using session bass players for their live appearances, Norwegian Black Metal veterans RAGNAROK have today announced that and bassist Rammr (JORDSKIPSTYRANN and ELVARHØI) has joined the band on a full-time, permanent basis.

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“Originally it was our intention to use a session bassist going forward,” explains founder and frontman Jontho Panthera, one of Norway’s most iconic Black Metal drummers, who recently switched roles to become the band’s vocalist.  “However,  during the shows he did with us, Rammr’s dedication to his craft, and to RAGNAROK itself, became very evident to everyone.  He fits in perfectly with the rest of the band, which includes Bolverk on guitars and drummer Daniel Minge (DAUDEN), not only on stage,  but also on a personal level.

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“Most importantly he understands our ideology, and what RAGNAROK expects of its members, and after yet another incredible performance from him at Kaltenbach Open Air recently I thought it was right to make him a full member of the horde!”

RAGNAROK are set to hit the road in September, for a thirteen-date tour of Latin America, where the band has a considerable following.  Routing for RAGNAROK’s Psychopathology Latin American Tour is as follows, and includes links to the specific Facebook events where fans will be able to get all the necessary details:

06 Recife – Brasil
www.facebook.com/events/1934134016858221
08 River Rock – Indaial – Brasil
www.facebook.com/events/827653150716488
09 Guaru Metal Fest – Guarulhos – Brazil
https://www.facebook.com/events/258354051235210
12 Buenos Aires – Argentina
www.facebook.com/events/1533844249960571
13 Rancagua – Chile
www.facebook.com/events/140777316499810
14 Santiago – Chile
www.facebook.com/events/136567700259097
15 Cali – Colombia w/ Ancient
www.facebook.com/events/687316151457645
16 Bogotá – Colombia w/ Ancient
www.facebook.com/events/310111762733981
17 Panamá city – Panamá
www.facebook.com/events/232869270554906
20 San José – Costa Rica
www.facebook.com/events/1351923531590671
22 Guadalajara – México
www.facebook.com/events/454304954931585
23 Monterrey – México
www.facebook.com/events/1557765484275044
24 México City – México
www.facebook.com/events/529009670823517

A Promo Video for the tour can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/yvlv9D–NcQ


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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/

A  video for the track ” Dominance and Submission” from  RAGNAROK’s full-length album “Psychopathology” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/KGGck_iqy3E


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The entire album can be heard below on BandCamp at https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/psychopathology


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Eleven tracks spanning over two decades of RAGNAROK’s career can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial/sets/ragnarok-live-set-list

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
Official Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2c34nFG
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
Management: https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com

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With their long-awaited sophomore full-length album “Mausoleum” due for release on the Gymnocal  Industries label on the 29th September, Norwegian Metallers DEVAR have given fans a second taste of what to expect with the release of the title track in digital format.

DEVAR’s unconventional approach to music draws its influences not only from the Extreme and Black Metal genres, but also from Avant-garde Metal and 70’s Prog.  Matched with a lyrical concept that takes listeners on a journey down the paths of fear, insanity, darkness and death in order to explore the decline of man, the resultant sound is one that is both original and unique.

Both the single “Masoleum”, and the entire album,  were recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, TAAKE, HELHEIM) at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in  Bergen, along with Devar at the Alternate End Studios, and Ottoegil at Internasjonalt Farvann.  “Masoleum” is mixed and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) at the Conclave & Earshot Studios.

Cover art for the single “Masoleum” is by Tom Korsvold, photography is by Ronny A. Sangolt.  It is available in digital format from https://devar.bandcamp.com/track/mausoleum-single as well as from the following:

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/-/id1268987900

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4ZOtDx6lyMlfzqFu5lvKTL

Tidal: https://tidal.com/album/77128601

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The band was originally formed as a solo project by frontman Devar in 2002, who, upon realising what was needed if he wanted to bring his vision to fruition, put together a full lineup that today consists of Devar on vocals, Obdsaija on  Drums and Percussion, Aadland on  Guitars and Ottoegil on Bass and  Keys.

Since the release of the band’s 2009 full-length debut “Alternate Endings”, “DEVAR” has matured into a more reflective band, and the resultant sophomore album reveals songs that are much more focused and with a more progressive touch.  As with the single, artwork for “Mausoelum” is by Tom Korsvold and photography by Ronny A. Sangolt.  Tracklisiting is as follows:

1. Mausoleum
2. House of Bones
3. Dead End Moon
4. Shadow Straggler
5. Cold black Rain
6. Narcissa Oriane
7. Ashes
8. Dead Wounds

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“Mausoleum” is now available to pre-order in Digipak CD, Gatefold DLP and Digital formats from www.gymnocal.com

“House of Bones”, the first single taken from “Mausoelum” can be heard below and at http://devar.bandcamp.com/track/house-of-bones


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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Devar Website:  http://www.devarband.com
Devar Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/devarband/
Devar Bandcamp: http://devar.bandcamp.com/
Devar Twitter: http://twitter.com/devarband
Devar Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/devarband/
Band Contact: devarband@gmail.com
Gymnocal Industries website: http://www.gymnocal.com
Gymnocal Industries facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Gymnocal
Gymnocal Industries Bandcamp: http://gymnocal.bandcamp.com/
Gymnocal Industries Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gymnocal
Gymnocal Industries Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/gymnocal_industries/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2hHITzAr8OQCKoDBoZFrrH
Tidal: https://tidal.com/album/71736037
Info and Promos: gymnocalindustries@gmail.com

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Norway’s leading Symphonic Prog band WOBBLER have inked a deal with Karisma Records and are set to release their fourth full-length album, “From Silence to Somewhere” on the 20th October.

Formed in Hønefoss in 1999, WOBBLER’s current lineup features current and former members of TUSMØRKE, WHITE WILLOW, THE CHRONICLES OF FATHER ROBIN and JAGA JAZZIST.  With Lars Fredrik Frøislie on keyboards and backing vocals, Kristian Karl Hultgren on  bass, bass clarinet and bass pedals, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion and recorder,  Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo on vocals, guitar, glockenspiel and percussion, and Geir Marius Bergom Halleland on lead guitar and backing vocals,  the band can avail itself of a considerable  array of instruments that  have a huge, and very interesting impact,  on the overall sound.

“From Silence to Somewhere” offers up a sound that is enigmatic, multi-flavoured and adventurous, with the use of copious amounts of Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and other classical analogue keyboards, and of course the renowned Rickenbacker Bass .  The guitar riffs go from poignant to edgy. Melancholy harmonies combine with powerful crescendos and high-energy, spinet-driven passages,  flavoured with a touch of Flamenco and Italian Renaissance music to produce and album comprising four epic tracks that explore the idea of metamorphosis and alchemy.  It is a natural continuation from WOBBLER’s previous albums, but with a darker, more introspective edge.

With artwork by Thomas Kaldhol (Samuel Jackson 5, Panzerpappa, Lukas Kasha etc) , and a running time of 47 minutes, tracklisting on “From Silence to Somewhere” is as follows:

1. From Silence to Somewhere
2. Rendered in Shades of Green
3. Fermented Hours
4. Foxlight

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More information about WOBBLER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial , whilst their previous releases can be heard at https://wobbler.bandcamp.com/ 

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Live footage of WOBBLER performing the track “Rubato Industry” from their debut album “Hinterland” can be seen below and at https://vimeo.com/168318632


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/168318632″>Rubato Industry – Live at Musikkflekken 21.02.2015. (NB! RAW CUT / CAMERA MICHROPHONE AUDIO)</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user25674847″>Wobbler</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial
Bandcamp: https://wobbler.bandcamp.com
 Band contact:  skogstierne@gmail.com / mellotronlars@yahoo.no
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords