Orkan 4 PR

Photo by Jørn Olav Myhre

Without a doubt, ORKAN’s lineup, comprised of founder members Gjermund Fredheim (TAAKE’s live guitarist notorious for having created Black Metal’s only banjo solo) and  drummer Rune Nesse, along with bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE), are well qualified to able to create an uncompromising sound that is not just emotion-filled, but also varied.

Having recently debuted the track “I flammar skal du eldast”, from their latest album “Element”, the Norwegian Black Metallers now show just how varied their sound can be, with the release of a video for the track “Heim”, which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hQ_kqCeeM9U


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As drummer Rune Nesse explains:

We are excited to present Orkan’s very first music video! ”Heim” is a song that clearly stands out from the rest of the tracks on our new album, Element, and, when choosing which track to use in the making of a music video, we were all quick to agree on this particular song.  When filming we set out to convey the mood and atmosphere of the track and we’re pleased to share the result of this process with you now!

“Element” itself came into being during a particularly difficult time for ORKAN.  Having started on it in 2015, the band had to fight their way through the ravages of cancer and a rare muscular disease, but won through and have produced an album whose songs are more layered  and with a more and complex production than their debut full-length “Livlaus”.

It  is a ferocious album that deals with the power of the four elements, and stands as an homage to the unforgiving strength of the earth as witnessed by the landscape of ORKAN#s native land – the Island of Stord.  Whilst taxing in both mind and body to make given the circumstances, the resulting album has proved to be as rewarding as it was difficult to achieve,  drawing you in and totally enveloping you in darkness

With photography by Atle Helland and artwork by Tom Korsvold, the tracklisting on “Element” is as follows:

1. Lenker
2. I flammar skal du eldast
3. Iskald til beinet
4. Motstraums
5. Avmakt
6. Den våte grav
7. Heim

Orkan Elements Albumart PR

“Element” will hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on October 5th, 2018 in CD and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp: https://orkan1.bandcamp.com
Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

ORKAN will be joining TAAKE, BÖLZER and ONE TAIL ONE HEAD for the following nine shows on the twenty-date tour:

04.10: U Basyla, Poznan, PL
05.10: Way of Darkness, Lichtenfels, DE
06.10: 013, Tilburg, NL
07.10: Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, NL
08.10: The Dome, London, UK
09.10: Rebellion, Manchester, UK
10.10: De Casino, St-Niklaas, BE
11.10: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
12.10: Resonanzwerk, Oberhausen, DE

Orkan 1 PR

Photo by Jørn Olav Myhre

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

The previously debuted track ” I flammar skal du eldast” from “Element”  can be heard below and at http://orkan1.bandcamp.com/track/i-flammar-skal-du-eldast


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ORKANMETAL
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OrkanOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orkan_official/
Bandcamp: https://orkan1.bandcamp.com
Band Contact and Booking:  orkanband@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack (Digital formats):  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Blodarv PR1

Until now, Danish Black Metallers BLODARV have been quite secretive when it comes to revealing details about their forthcoming full length album.  In fact, the only thing that the band has so far revealed is that the title of the album would be “The Illuminating Darkness”.

The silence, however, is now about to be broken, as the band is premiering a track from “The Illuminating Darkness” in order to give fans a first taste of the dark and haunting journey that the album has in store for them.

The track, “A Dark Trail of Death”, can be heard below an streamed or downloaded with lyrics via the following:

Bandcamp : www.blodarv.bandcamp.com/track/a-dark-trail-of-death
YouTube :  www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMU5XMwyc28
Soundcloud : www.soundcloud.com/blodarv/a-dark-trail-of-death/s-FjszF


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Commenting on the choice of “A Dark Trail of Death “, BLODARV said:

“we are aware that it is usual for band premiering a track from a forthcoming album, to choose either the title track, or a track that “musically represents the entire album”.  But BLODARV have never been your typical band, nor have we been known to do things the usual way, and this time it’s no different. In fact, “A Dark Trail of Death” stands out from the rest of The Illuminating Darknessin the sense that it’s the slowest song on the entire album.

“Whilst the rest of the tracks on “The Illuminating Darkness” are much more up-tempo, even compared to previous releases, we chose “A Dark Trail of Death” as a first taste of the upcoming album anyway because, even though it stands out tempo wise, it is still perfect to represent the entire album because it is soaked through with the essence and atmosphere of “The Illuminating Darkness”.

Blodarv a dark trail PR

A Dark Trail of Death ” was recorded over two different periods. Drums and first guitar were recorded in 2016 at Anwill-Recordings, whereas vocals and the rest of the instruments were recorded in 2018 at theHammerArt & Studio’s on the island of Bornholm.  Photo-art for ” A dark trail of death” is by Blodarv and HammerArt & Studio’s.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band Contact : stafahugin@hotmail.com
Band camp: www.blodarv.bandcamp.com
Website : www.blodarv.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial
Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blodarv/
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv
Webshop: www.blodarvshop.bigcartel.com
Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv
Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com
H & S Artwork: www.facebook.com/hammerartstudios

 

Ljungblut PR2

Karisma Records have revealed details of “Villa Carlotta 5959”, the upcoming release from Alternative Rockers LJUNGBLUT, as well as releasing the first single from the album.  The single, for the track “Hasselblad”,  whose cover features a photo by the photographer Bjørn Opsahl and a guest appearance by A-HA and ZEROMANCER’s Erik Ljunggren,  along with his wide array of analogue synths,  can  be heard below, and is available to purchase and stream from https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/track/hasselblad as well as from  various streaming and digital services via http://phonofile.link/hasselblad


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About the track, band founder Kim Ljung had this to say:

 It was just one of those days. An early morning.

I read somewhere about the twelve Hasselblad cameras left on the moon. Made some fresh coffee and locked myself into the studio without any particular ideas in my head.
In a few hours it was all there. Lyrics and everything. 

 A real special feeling when it happens. The guys loved the demo. A few weeks later we rehearsed “Hasselblad” as a band, keeping it close to the original idea. Of course, Ted added  a real great drum-pattern. It was only just over a 2-minute arrangement though.

Right after I wrote it, I was visting Erik Ljunggren in his studio. Blown away by the collection of modular and vintage synthesizers, I asked him if he wanted to contribute for the end part. The Arp 2600 and the Oberheim Matrix creating most of the magic. All analogue. It was perfect.

The drums, the bass, the guitar (with the Morley flanger pedal), the Omni and the Roland strings were all recorded live. I believe it was the third take.

Sincerely happy with this one. Enjoy.

Ljungblut Hasselblad artwork PR

When he formed LJUNGBLUT  in 2005, Ljung was looking for a vehicle for the material he didn’t think was right for either SEIGMEN or ZEROMANCER, for whom he is the bassist and main songwriter.  Three solo albums later, LJUNGBLUT evolved further with the addition of full-time members, some of whom had collaborated on LJUNGBLUT’s  first two albums.  Joining Ljung (keys and vocals) are Dan Heide (ZEROMANCER, RED7) on guitars, Ted Skogmann (APOPTYGMA BERZERK) on drums , Joakim Brendsrød on keys and Sindre Pedersen on bass, and, as a quintet, the band released two independent albums with Norwegian lyrics.

“Villa Carlotta 5959”, which will be LJUNGBLUT’s sixth full-length album, is the last in the trilogy of the Norwegian language albums.  It is an album in which Ljung explores matters both historical and personal.  Whilst tracks like “Hasselblad”, about the 12 Hasselblad cameras left behind on the surface of the Moon, and “Superga”, which refers to the province of Turin, Italy, best known for  its Cathedral and the plane crash that killed the Torino football team in 1949, deal with actual events and places, tracks like “Min Krig” (My war) and “Aldri helt stille” (Never completely quiet), are much more personal, dealing, as they do, with Ljung’s chronic migraines.

The basis of “Villa Carlotta 5959” having been recorded live in the studio and mixed by Alex Møklebust (SEIGMEN / ZEROMANCER) and Terje Johannesen, Ljung’s characteristic vocals are embraced  by a plethora of vintage synths and instruments.  With its wide range of tempos and dynamics,  “Villa Carlotta 5959” presents the listeners with a cohesive sound and a melancholy mood.

Guest artists on “Villa Carlotta 5959” include Ljunggren (A-HA, ZEROMANCER), Ginge Anvik (SUBGUD, soundtrack composer) and  Terje Johannesen.  With artwork by Hanne-Christine Flåten, track listing for “Villa Carlotta 5959” is as follows:

  1. Hasselblad
  2. Oktober
  3. Til Warszawa
  4. 235
  5. Superga
  6. Diamant
  7. Himmelen som vet
  8. Ohnesorg
  9. Aldri helt stille
  10. Min Krig

Ljungblut Villa Carlotta Albumart PR

“Villa Carlotta 5959” is set for release on Karisma Records on the 2nd November in CD, Digital and Vinyl, as well as a Limited Edition Turquoise LP formats.  It is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp (all versions) : https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/
Webshop (CD and LPs): https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

LJUNGLUT  will play the following dates in Norway to celebrate the release of “Villa Carlotta 5959”

09 Nov:  Papirhuset, Tønsberg
10 Nov:  Papirhuset, Tønsberg
12 Nov:  Kulturkirken Jacob, Oslo

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

A video for the title track from LJUNGBLUT’s 2016 album “Ikke alle netter er like sorte”  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ukmQo13JkPY


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ljungblut-86549322482/
Website: www.ljungblut.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2GURpUy14Zv87L9T-ftYTg
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 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 (digital only):  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Rhys Marsh PR 1 Nils Kristian Thompson Eikeland

Karisma Records have welcomed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer RHYS MARSH to their roster, and plan to release MARSH’s latest album “October After All” in early 2019.

MARSH, born in London, but now living in Trondheim, Norway, began his career in 2008, and, over the next five years released three studio albums, and one live album, under the name of RHYS MARSH AND THE AUTUMN GHOST, with a lineup that featured members of JAGA JAZZIST, ANEKDOTEN, WOBBLER, WHITE WILLOW, ÄNGLAGÅRD, HIGHASAKITE, EMMERHOFF & THE MELANCHOLY BABIES, FLASHBACK CARUSO AND THE DIVINE COMEDY.

Rhys Marsh PR2 Nils Kristian Thompson Eikeland

In the spring of 2014, MARSH joined with Ketil Vestrum Einarsen and Mattias Olsson, and together the three musicians formed the KAUKASUS project which released the highly acclaimed debut album “I”.  The spring of 2015 saw the release of “Midnight Twilight” by MARSH’s original London-based band MANDALA.

In the midst of all these projects and collaborations, MARSH found time to release his first solo endeavour in the Autumn of 2013.  The five-song collection of covers was titled “Suspended In A Weightless Wind”,  and included covers of NICK DRAKE’S ‘Things Behind The Sun’ and KING CRIMSON’S ‘Moonchild’.

Rhys Marsh PR3 Nils Kristian Thompson Eikeland

This was followed by MARSH’s debut solo album “Sentiment” in the autumn of 2014.  Written and recorded over a two-year period, “Sentiment” was to prove to be MARSH’s darkest and most progressive, and yet most accessible, work to date.  Its follow up, “The Black Sun Shining”, was a 42-minute song-cycle, written and recorded in only seven days.

Rhys Marsh PR5 Nils Kristian Thompson Eikeland

Since then, MARSH has been working on his next album,  “October After All”, which Karisma Records will release on a date as yet to be decided.  Once again MARSH is handling most of the instrumental duties, but the album will also feature contributions from Arve Henriksen on trumpet and Kåre Kolve on saxophone, as well as a choir which includes the talents of Rohey, Silje Leirvik, Anders Bjermeland and Tim Bowness.

More information about RHYS MARSH can be found at http://rhysMARSH.com/

A video for the track “Wondering Stars” from RHYS MARSH’s sophomore full-length album “Black Sun Shining” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/NuTeWy6jN38


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Rhys MARSH Website: http://rhysMARSH.com/
Contact: Rhys@rhysMARSH.com
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 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 (digital only):  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Madder Mortem New PR

Dark Essence Records are today making available one more track from “Marrow”, the upcoming opus from Alternative Metallers MADDER MORTEM ahead of it’s 21 September release.

The track, “Liberator”,  can be heard below and is available to purchase and stream at http://maddermortem.bandcamp.com/track/liberator as well as from all the usual streaming services


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The band describes “Liberator” as being “Really a Madder roller coaster, a sense of urgency powering the soaring-then-plummeting changes of feeling and style, but with a meaty groove pushing it all forwards. It’s progressive in parts, but yet very melody-driven, and a perfect song for driving a little too fast.

“Lyrically, “Liberator” is a song about picking yourself up and going for what you want, no holds barred. It’s easy to lose yourself to the unending pressure to stay in line, but you need to shake off the grasping hands that would hold you back and fire on all cylinders. Life is short, and we all spend too much time on things that mean nothing to us. Don’t let the voices of “reason” get to you. Let the world end not with a whimper, but with a bang”.

“Marrow”,  the band’s seventh full-length album, finds MADDER MORTEM pursuing a heavier, doomier, but at the same time, catchier,  path.  It is a complex album, with Agnete M. Kirkevaag’s powerful vocals leading the way through eleven tracks that range freely over a variety of genres and soundscapes; from delicate ballads to powerful metal,  via folk/prog and a touch of the avant-garde.   It is this complexity, imbued as it is with all that is MADDER MORTEM, that makes “Marrow”  a very interesting prospect indeed.

According to the band, Marrow  is about “Sticking to the essence of yourself.  Your ideas, your thoughts, your values”,  and was produced by BP M. Kirkevaag, and mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid.  With artwork by the legendary artist Thore Hansen, tracklisting for “Marrow” is as follows:

01. Untethered
02. Liberator
03. Moonlight Over Silver White
04. Until You Return
05. My Will Be Done
06. Far From Home
07. Marrow
08. White Snow, Red Shadows
09. Stumble On
10. Waiting To Fall
11. Tethered

Madder Mortem Marrow PR

“Marrow” will be available in Digipak CD, Digital, and Limited Edition Green Vinyl Gatefold LP formats and can now be pre-ordered from:

All formats: https://maddermortem.bandcamp.com
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/madder-mortem/
US Webstore: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

MADDER MORTEM’s next live appearance will be at the Release Party for “Marrow” which will take place at Pokalen in Oslo, Norway, on the 21st September

More information about MADDER MORTEM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.maddermortem.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mmortem/

MADDER MORTEM’s recently debuted “Far From Home”, another track from “Marrow”,  in the form of a video  by the noted Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu,  whch can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/8DIDksyQJUk


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Madder Mortem  Website: http://www.maddermortem.com/
Madder Mortem Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567
Madder Mortem Bandcamp: https://maddermortem.bandcamp.com
Madder Mortem Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maddermortemofficial/
Madder Mortem YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLLOBPu8Kr25bWceExl_YXA
Madder Mortem Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MadderMOfficial
Band Contact and Booking: mail@maddermortem.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 KlickTrack (Digital only): shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Slegest PR 2018

“Introvert”, the upcoming third studio album from SLEGEST, sees the Norwegians well and truly solidifying that bone crunching mix of black metal and classic heavy rock that is their trademark sound.    Scheduled for release on Dark Essence Records on the 16th November, the label has today released the first single from the album.

The track,  “Undergangens Tankesmed”, can be heard below and is available to purchase from https://slegest.bandcamp.com/track/undergangens-tankesmed

As well as from a selection of digital platforms at https://darkessencerecords.lnk.to/Slegest_UndergangensTankesmed


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Filled with tasty riffs, hooks that pull you in, and a vicious catchiness, the 80’s feel  makes itself subtly felt on the new album.  As for the first single, Slegest’s  frontman and main composer Ese comments:

“Undergangens Tankesmed” is about the fact that all you wish for, and your true inner dreams, eventually lead you down a path to your own destruction. So you might as well just follow your heart and enjoy the adrenaline-pumping ride downwards!”

Bass and vocals for “Introvert”  were recorded in Systrond and engineered by Ese.  Drums and guitars were recorded at the  Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen with  Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen engineering the drums,  whilst the guitars were engineered by Herbrand Larsen, who also mixed the album.  Iver Sandøy handled the mastering.

With cover artwork by Anders Røkkum, “Introvert” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1 Blodets Varme Gjennom Meg
2 Undergangens Tankesmed
3 Maler Lys I Mørketid
4 Da Brenne I Glåsi
5 I Den Sanne Flamme
6 Dødskyss
7 Leitar
8 Den Onde Sirkel

Slegest Albumart PR

SLEGEST recently announced that they would be joining label-mates TAAKE for part of their upcoming tour in October, whilst in December they will be supporting VREID and KALMAH on an eleven-date tour.   In between those two European treks, the band has found time to fit in some Norwegian dates in November as well, when they will be supporting EINHERJER.

Routings for all three tours as follows:

With Taake
13.10: Night Fest Metal IX, Arlon, BE
14.10: Hall of Fame, Wetzikon, CH
15.10: Backstage, Munich, DE
16.10: Rock Klub Nová Chmelnice, Prague, CZ
17.10: A38, Budapest, HU
18.10: Orto Bar, Ljubljana, SL
19.10: Legend Club, Milan, IT
20.10: Viper Room, Vienna, AT

With Einherjer in Norway
09.11: Folken, Stavanger
10.11: Flytten, Haugesund
16.11: Hulen, Bergen
17.11: John Dee, Oslo

With Vreid & Kalmah
05.12: Neushoorn,  Leeuwarden, NL
06.12: Willemeen, Arnhem, NL
07.12: Tba
08.12: Tba
09.12: Ferrailleur,  Nantes, FR
10.12: Backstage,  Paris, FR
11.12: Gare De Lion, Wil, CH
12.12: Backstage,  Munich, DE
13.12:Rock Klub Tartaros,  Banska Bystrica, SK
14.12: Durer 041,  Budapest , HU
15.12: Club Seilerstrasse, Zwickau, DE

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

Bandcamp:  https://slegest.bandcamp.com
Webshop:  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/slegest/
US Webstore: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

More information about SLEGEST can be found on the band’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/slegest/ on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/slegest/ and on Spotify at http://bit.ly/slegestonspotify

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


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slegest/
Slegest Bandcamp: http://slegest.bandcamp.com/
Slegest Spotify: http://bit.ly/slegestonspotify
Slegest Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Slegest
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack (digital only):  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords