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Whilst Karisma Records can boast a roster that includes a variety of Metal and Progressive genres, it was a first for the label when they signed JORDSJØ, a band that cites Swedish Forest Prog amongst its influences – the other influences being German Synth Music, Acid Folk, Electronic and Northern Norwegian nature!

Formed in the autumn of 2014 by multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMORKE, BLACK MAGIC ) JORDSJØ started out purely as a “hobby project”, until the addition of further members, turned Oftung’s hobby, into a fully fledged studio and live band.

JORDSJØ’s debut live appearance took place in the summer of 2015, and the band’s first releases were “old school” with “Jordsjø I” and “Jordsjø II” seeing the light of day in Cassette format in 2015 and 2016 respectively.  These were followed by “Songs from the Northern Wasteland”, a split cassette with BREIDABLIK.   All three cassettes were later released as a double LP and eventually in digital format.

Karisma Records is expected to release JORDSJØ’s next full-length album, “Jord”, and this will be followed by what the band calls “a kind of Intermezzo” titled “Nattfiolen” which will explore more deeply the mysticism that surrounds the forest.

With appearances already confirmed for the Karlsøyfestivalen and Proggens Grøde in 2017, and the Close to the Rain Bergen Prog Festival in 2018, JORDSJØ’s charismatic, folk-inspired  Symphonic Rock is set to stand out amongst the legions of Prog Rock bands.

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

Past releases from JORDSJØ can be heard at https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com

A video for the track ” Hulderheimen”  from JORDSJØ’s 2015 release can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/F-kRpbd0kGI

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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.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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Following on from the recent announcement by SKITLIV and former MAYHEM frontman Maniac that after thirty years he would be resurrecting Damage Inc,  the date of September the 1st has been set for the re-launch of what was one the original Fanzines.

Created and published by Maniac in 1985, Damage Inc. had to be put to one side after only two issues, due to the rapidly burgeoning Norwegian Black Metal scene, and the subsequent demands placed on the vocalist by his role in MAYHEM and the  various other musical projects he was working on at the time.   Recently, however, the iconic frontman has found the time to return to what has always been one of his primary interests – writing: and this has led him back to “Damage Inc.” a project that has always remained close to his heart.

Eschewing the idea that zines nowadays have to either be “online”, or appear as glossy publications that sacrifice content in order to appeal to advertisers, Maniac has remained resolute in his vision that Damage Inc.  will lose none of its “Old School” attributes, and will remain true to the rough and ready Fanzine concept of cut and paste and, according to him, will be much more rough than the first two issues,  and contain “just darkness and good music”.

The comeback issue of “Damage Inc.” will follow on from the first two issues and will effectively be issue three.  In keeping with his decision to ensure that the fanzine stays true to its original concept, it will only be available in selected shops in Oslo, Finland and Japan, or directly from Maniac himself from the 1st September  via email at godintheschizoidmind@gmail.com (pre-orders will not be taken).

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However, since the original issues of “Damage Inc.” have now become  much-sought after,  and virtually impossible-to-find,  collector’s items,  Maniac has teamed up with The Cult Never Dies, the UK-based publishing company,  to create the book  “Ultra Damaged: Damage Inc.  Zine Anthology 1985/2017”.   The 118 page Anthology will be printed in large format (A4) on high quality paper with a 350gsm card cover.  All copies will be signed by Maniac.

As well as containing the two original issues from 1986 and 1987, “Ultra Damaged…” will also contain the new 2017 comeback issue, which includes interviews with TEITANBLOOD, CLANDESTINE BLAZE, DÖRAID, BIRTH RITUAL and DARKTHRONE, amongst others, as well as a long and exclusive interview with Maniac himself.

The “Ultra Damaged: Damage Inc.  Zine Anthology 1985/2017” is now available to pre-order from https://cultneverdies.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-1st-sep-2017-ultra-damaged-damage-inc-zine-1985-2017-anthology-book-signed-by-maniac

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Musically too Maniac has not been entirely inactive, just more low key,  having collaborated both live and in the studio with artists like Niklas Kvarforth and SHINING,  and Andrew Liles (NURSE WITH WOUND),  as well as having taken up his former mantle of frontman for a couple of MAYHEM performances.  Most recently he has recorded guest vocals on the upcoming album from Norway’s WITCHFACE.

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

Whilst going through his archives Maniac found what he calls a  “piece of X-ray adultery”,   which had been made at around the time of the release of SKITLIV’s “Skandinavisk Misantropi”,   and never made public.  Filmed by renowned sculptor and SUCHTHAUS bassist Spacebrain, the video for the title track from “Skandinavisk Misantropi” can now be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/fnrKGTazWQw


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“Skandinavisk Misantropi” can be heard below and on bandcamp at https://seasonofmistcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/skandinavisk-misantropi 


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Additional Information
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skitlivofficial
Bandcamp: https://seasonofmistcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/skandinavisk-misantropi
Maniac Management & Booking patriciathomas@btinternet.com
The Cult Never Dies:  https://cultneverdies.myshopify.com

 

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After a lengthy hiatus Norwegian  Metallers  DEVAR are back with “Mausoleum”, a brand new full-length album that showcases to perfection the band’s unconventional  approach to writing and performing, drawing their influence from genres as far apart as Extreme, Black and Avantgarde Metal with a smattering of 70’s Prog Rock.    It’s an eccentric mix, but a highly successful one according to the press,  who variously hailed DEVAR’s  2009 debut album “Alternate Endings” as being “daring”, “original” and packed with “well-crafted songs”.

Originally formed as a solo project by Devar in 2002, it quickly became apparent to him that a full band was needed to fulfil his vision, eventually resulting in today’s lineup, formed of Devar on vocals, Obdsaija on  Drums and Percussion, Aadland on  Guitars and Ottoegil on Bass and  Keys

DEVAR’s return to the studio,  and the resulting “Mausoleum”,  shows a much more mature and reflective band, whose songs are more focused and perhaps have a more progressive edge.  It is an album that takes as its concept the feeling of someone standing on the edge of the end, whilst images of their lifetime flashes through their fractured and declining mind.

“Mausoleum” was recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, TAAKE, HELHEIM) at the Conclave & Earshot  Studios,  by Devar at the Alternate End Studios, and by Ottoegil at Internasjonalt Farvann.  It and was mixed and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) also at the Conclave & Earshot Studios.

With artwork by Tom Korsvold and photography by Ronny A. Sangolt, “Mausoleum” is set for release on the 29th September on Gymnocal Industries in Digipak CD, Gatefold DLP and Digital formats.  Tracklisting for “Mausoleum 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 from www.gymnocal.com

A single for the track “House of Bones” from the upcoming album “Mausoleum” was recently released digitally and 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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Dark Essence Records have set the 22nd September as the release date for “Over Phlegethon”,  the debut full-length album from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT, who recently signed to the Norwegian label, known for its uncanny ability to sniff out promising new talent to add to its roster of established and iconic bands.

With “Over Phlegethon”,  the UK Trio have brought the full weight of their ritualistic soundscapes to bear. It is a dark and devastating album,  imbued with Psychedelic Black Metal, Jazz, Post Metal and Ambient,  all of which, combined with the band’s trademark heavy riffs, drone-like atmospheres and a Black Metal intensity, reveal a sound and atmosphere that is unique to FIVE THE HIEROPHANT.

This uniqueness if further emphasized by the unusual array of instruments used by the band, whose lineup is composed of Chris on drums, temple bells, djembe, shakers and gong, Mitch on  bass and effects, and  महाकाली on guitars, bowed guitars, rag-dung, violin and  grand piano noise.

“Over Phlegethon” was recorded and mixed at Scream Studios in London.  The cover art for the album is a painting entitled “Dust Lickers” by Odd Nerdrum.   Track listing is as follows:

1. Queen over Phlegethon
2. Vampire
3. Seafarer
4. Der Geist der stets Verneint
5. Sepulchre
6. Omen Tree

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More information about FIVE THE HIEROPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fivethehierophant/

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The video for the track “Witch’s Tale” from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s self-titled EP can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FbEYxnqlULs


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The self-titled “Five the Hierophant” EP can be heard below and at https://witchinghourproductions.bandcamp.com/album/five-the-hierophant


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fivethehierophant/
Band Contact: 5thehierophant@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

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Bergen may be known as being at the epicentre of Norwegian Black Metal, but with the help of Karisma Records, it is also fast developing a reputation for  giving birth to some of the most interesting new bands who inhabit the more Progressive side of the music spectrum.

One such band is HIMMELLEGEME,  whose Psychedelic brand of Rock, replete with heavy-hitting riffs, chilling melodies and melancholic lyrics, is influenced by both Blues and Atmospheric Prog Rock, and whose debut full-length album, “Myth of Earth”,  is set for release on Karisma Records on the 6th October.

HIMMELLEGEME’s lineup of Aleksander Vormestrand on guitars and vocals, Hein Alexander Olson on lead guitar, Lauritz Isaksen on keyboards, Erik Alfredsen on bass, and Thord Nordli on drums, spent the past year exploring new sounds and putting the finishing touches on their new material, the result of which is an album that depicts past events not only in the lives of the band members themselves, but also in the lives of others.

Recorded during the fall and winter of 2016 at the Broen Studios in Bergen, and produced by Anders Bjelland (ELECTRIC EYE / HYPERTEXT),  “Myth of Earth” is an album whose sound is otherworldly and timeless.  With artwork by Mina Nornes Westli,  tracklisting for “Myth of Earth is as follows:

1. Natteravn
2. Hjertedød
3. Myth of Earth
4. Breath in the air like fire
5. Kyss mine blodige hender
6. Fish
7. Fallvind

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HIMMELLEGEME are set to play four dates in Norway, one at the Fjellparkfestivalen in July, and three with VULTURE INDUSTRIES in the Autumn to celebrate the release of  “Myth of Earth.

21 Jul: Fjellparkfestivalen, Flekkefjord
29 Sep: Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger
30 Sep:  Blå, Oslo
21 Oct:  Flytten, Haugesund

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/himmellegemeband/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/himmellegemeband/
Band contact: himmellegeme.contact@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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Sweden’s SHINING have finished recording their tenth studio album, ‘X – Varg Utan Flock’ (“Wolf Without a Pack”), which will be released on Season of Mist.

SHINING’s founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth commented:

“It has been an ordeal of gigantic proportions, but I am pleased to announce that the recording of our tenth album have now come to an end, and I am currently working on the final visual details before this aural nightmare can be sent off to our label and fuck up your lives.

‘X – Varg Utan Flock’ is the direct follow up to our fifth album, but, as usual it does contain a few unexpected twists and turns that will send cold shivers down your spines. It was an honour to serve for two decades as the grand puppet-master and bringer of chaos.

Let there be Blood!”

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More  information about SHINING website at www.shiningasylum.com   or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial

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

The official video for the track “Vilja & Drömfrom”  SHINING’s album  “IX – Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/QO1JZ0qTSuE


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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

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Norwegian Avant-garde metallers VULTURE INDUSTRIES have debuted the first twisted track taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Stranger Times’, which has been scheduled for release on the 22nd September on Season of Mist

The song “As the World Burns” is presented in the form of a lyric video, which was created by renowned Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu and  is currently being streamed exclusively by the official partners listed below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Spark (CZ)
Rock Hard (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Radio Metal (FR)
Inferno (FI)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Hardkjarni (IS)
Metal Italia (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Kvlt (PL)
Loud (PT)
Crank It Up (SE)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Metal Hammer (UK)

‘Stranger Times’, which will be VULTURE INDUSTRIES’  fourth full-length album, continues and expands the band’s quest to push the limitations of genre and sound. Their nine new tracks are as easily as masterfully spanning a wide range from dark rock to progressive-experimental metal, while keeping their wild roaming within the boundaries of the band’s unique and bizarre sonic universe. Yet VULTURE INDUSTRIES manage to harness their bold mix into recognisable structures and meaningful songs throughout that do not shy away from catchiness and, quite importantly, do not fall into the trap of being weird just for the sake of experimentation.

With a lineup that comprises Bjørnar E. Nilsen on: vocals, percussion & keyboard, Øyvind Madsen on guitars,  Eivind Huse on guitars and vocals, Kyrre Teigen on bass and vocals and Tor Helge Gjengedal on drums, VULTURE INDUSTRIES had this to say about the newly debuted track:

“This song represents  the rockier side of our new album and is one of my personal favourites. ‘As the World Burns’ deals with the interdependence of extreme world views that need each other to justify their existence – a theme that is quite relevant in our strange and hazy present. Once more we have teamed up with our friend and sixth band member, the brilliant Mr. Costin Chioreanu for a video. Of course, Costin also created the album artwork. These are the first fruits of our continued co-operation and I sincerely promise that there are a lot of more strange harvests to come your way. Take a bite!”

As regards the album itself, frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen commented:

“Stranger Times” continues  along the path that we started to explore on ‘The Tower’, I proudly believe ‘Stranger Times’ to be standing out as a defining work for us. It bridges the gap between styles that we have touched upon in the past, while at the same  time expands our scope and includes a more solid dose of rock in the mix. To me, it represents our most ‘solid’ album to date and is clearly the best produced one. I am curious to see how our fans will react, but being the kind and intelligent persons that they are, we actually expect a lot of love… and maybe a bit of trash just to remind us that we are mere mortals.”

With artwork by Costin Chioreanu, “Stranger Times” was recorded and mixed by  was Bjørnar E. Nilsen & Edmond Karban at the Conclave & Earshot Studios, Bergen, Norway and mastered by Chris Sansom at  Propeller Mastering, Oslo, Norway.  Guests on the album include Herbrand Larsen  on keyboards (on “Strangers”) and Hans Marius Andersen on trumpet (on “Strangers” and “The Beacon”)

1. Tales of Woe (4:37)
2. As the World Burns (5:22)
3. Strangers (7:10)
4. The Beacon (5:35)
5. Something Vile (4:17)
6. My Body, My Blood (2:27)
7. Gentle Touch of a Killer (5:03)
8. Screaming Reflections (5:32)
9. Midnight Draws Near (5:20)

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VULTURE INDUSTRIES are also set to embark on a series of live appearances and a European tour, which, according to the band  “Will  be our most ambitious tour to date and we are of course looking enthusiastically forward to visit all of our favourite places and people again. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present material from our new album ‘Stranger Times’ in concert format. We will of course supplement this with favourites from our catalogue. We much appreciate everyone, who has requests for a song or two to stop by our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries/ and drop us a comment.  Please feel cordially invited to let us know what you want to hear!”

Confirmed dates as follows:

01 Jul 17 Varniai (LT) Kilkim Žaibu Festival
17 Jul 17 Neukirchen-Vluyn (DE) Dong Open Air
26 Aug 17 Onkel Aksel (NO) Kristiansand
22 Sep 17 Hulen (NO) Bergen
23 Sep 17 Good Omens (NO) Trondheim
29 Sep 17 Checkpoint Charlie (NO) Stavanger (+Himmellegeme)
30 Sep 17 Blå (NO) Oslo (+Himmellegeme)
05 Oct 17 Duycker (NL) Hoofdorp (+Foscor)
06 Oct 17 Mukkes (NL) Leeuwarden (+Foscor)
07 Oct 17 Treibsand (DE) Lübeck (+Foscor)
08 Oct 17 From Hell (DE) Erfurt (+Foscor +Kauan +Odroerir)
09 Oct 17 Backstage (DE) München (+Foscor)
10 Oct 17 Jungle Club (DE) Köln (+Foscor)
11 Oct 17 Backstage (FR) Paris (+Foscor)
12 Oct 17 Asgaard (BE) Gent (+Foscor)
21 Oct 17 Flytten (NO) Haugesund (+Himmellegeme)
09 Nov 17 Boston Music Room (UK) London  (+Code)
10 Nov 17 Tiger Lounge (UK) Manchester (+Code)
11 Nov 17 Audio (UK) Glasgow (+Code)
15 Nov 17 Flying Circus (RO) Cluj
16 Nov 17 Fabrica (RO) Bucharest
17 Nov 17 Club Live & Loud (BG) Sofia
18 Nov 17 tba (GR) Athens
19 Nov 17 Eightball Club (GR) Thessaloniki
20 Nov 17 Club Fest Zemun (RS) Belgrade
22 Nov 17 Escape (AT) Wien

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
VULTURE INDUSTRIES
Vulture Industries Website: http://www.vulture-industries.net

Vulture Industries on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries

Vulture Industries on SoundCloud:  http://soundcloud.com/vulture-industries
Vulture Industries WebShop: http://vultureindustries.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Management & Booking: Propulsion Music:  http://www.propulsionmusic.no/