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It’s almost five years now since AETERNUS released their last album “…and the seventh his soul detesteth”  on Dark Essence Records, but fans of the veteran Norwegian Dark Metallers will have something to look forward to next year as the band has just announced that they plan to begin recording their new album in early January.  Not only will this be the band’s eighth full-length album, it will also serve to celebrate AETERNUS’ 25th Anniversary.

As with its predecessor, the new album will be recorded at Bergen’s Conclave & Earshot studios, and will be produced by Herbrand Larsen, who previously co-produced AETERNUS’ “Shadow of Old” and “Ascension of Terror” albums.  The album will be released on Dark Essence Records in 2018.

One of the pioneers for the “Dark Metal” genre, AETERNUS was formed in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares.  Aside from Ares, today’s lineup includes Phobos (GRAVDAL) on drums and KRAKOW’s Eld on bass.  The band’s sound is one that combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal, interspersed with haunting, melodic interludes, all topped off with skilled musicianship.

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Commenting on what will be their 25th Anniversary release, the band had this to say:  ” We`ve been working on new material for four years now, so it feels very good to know that we are finally ready to get the  best of it recorded and released  the same year that we mark our 25 year anniversary!  So expect only the best!  And before you know it we’ll also be  back on stage performing the songs live as well!”

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

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


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

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Whilst it has become fairly standard these for bands to release promo videos that feature excerpts of tracks from their upcoming releases, Norwegian Black Metallers the 3RD ATTEMPT have approached the whole thing in a slightly different way.  Not only does the video give fans  an insight into the sound of the album, but it also features a voice-over by  frontman and lyricist Ødemark himself, describing to fans the concept behind each track.

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The video, produced by Ødemark,  and featuring snippets of the first four tracks from “Egocidal Path”,  will be the first of two, with the second one, featuring the remainder of the tracks, appearing before the December 1st  release of the album on Dark Essence Records.  It can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/MnPPn74G1iU


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“Egocidal Path” will be the second full length album from the band formed by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION) and BloodPervertor (OPUS FORGOTTEN) and  whose lineup also includes Ødemark on vocals and Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) on drums.  It will, as Tchort recently explained, be an album that more clearly defines the band’s sound:

“With “Egocidal Path” we take a huge leap towards the true sound and identity of the 3RD ATTEMPT. While our debut album “Born in Thorns” represented the CARPATHIAN FOREST era of our song writing, “Egocidal Path” is a newly written album that is more aggressive, tighter and in-your-face.  It also showcases the fantastic drumming skills of Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) and the vocal range and creativity of Ødemark, allowing the listener to slip into his personal universe of wrath, ego, human spite and the glory of suicide”.

With artwork by the Brazilian artist Rafael Tavares, tracklisting for “Egocidal Path” is as follows:

  1. Blood, Dope and Black N Roll
  2. Into the Light
  3. Reflections about Knives
  4. Egocide
  5. I’ll do it now
  6. The Disciples
  7. Black Metal Alchemist
  8. The Oath

3rd Attempt Albumart PR

The 3RD ATTEMPT also recently gave fans a first taste of what to expect by releasing a video of a track from “Egocidal Path”.  The video, by Lukas Jaszak , for the track “I’ll Do It Now” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/Ca0WwsIq0cs


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“Egocidal Path” will be released in CD, Digital and LP formats,  is now available to pre-order from the following:

All formats: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/3rd_attempt/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

More information about the 3RD ATTEMPT  can be found on their  official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial or on the band’s website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
Bandcamp: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact & booking: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.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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With the release of TAAKE’s “Kong Vinter” less than three weeks away, Dark Essence Records have today debuted a track from what will be the seventh full-length album from one of Norway’s Black Metal elite. The track ” Inntrenger” can be heard below as well as at the following:

Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com/album/kong-vinter
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/taake-inntrenger
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XIkWr8cCHspvC9ovxoAuV


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You could never mistake “Kong Vinter” for anyone’s work other than that of founder and frontman Hoest,  whose body of work,  which spans over two decades, coupled with his magnetic stage presence, has made  him into an icon for Black Metal fans the world-over.  As is usual with TAAKE,  there has been a three year break between albums,  and, once again playing all the instruments himself, Hoest has produced  an album which, whilst losing none of the atmosphere that makes TAAKE so recognizable, still manages to surprise with its underlying nasty groove that can, at times, have an almost devilish playfulness about it. It is deceptively familiar to the ear, yet it is unpredictable. It is progressive, and yet straight  forward.  And of course there are always some elements of  rock’n’roll, the Devil’s music itself.

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 24th November, “Kong Vinter” was recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  With a running time of 55 minutes and with photography by Christopher Zibell and artwork by Tom Korsvold of Coverart,  track listing is as follows:

  1. Sverdets Vei
  2. Inntrenger
  3. Huset i Havet
  4. Havet i Huset
  5. Jernhaand
  6. Maanebrent
  7. Fra Bjoergegrend mot Glemselen
  8. On Top (De Press cover, bonus track on the vinyl edition)

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TAAKE will be appearing at the “Kong Vinter” Release Party at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 1st December.  Also appearing will be Dark Essence Records label-mates HELHEIM, along with ASAGRAUM.

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“Kong Vinter” will be released in  Digipak CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, with the Vinyl available in black, transparent and white versions. All are double 180 gram LPs in gatefold cover. Transparent and white are limited to 1000 each.  “Kong Vinter”  is now available to pre-order from the following:

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

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s official on Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial  or on their website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@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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With the release of their second full-length album, “Egocidal Path” on Dark Essence Records,  a month away, the 3RD ATTEMPT have given fans a first taste of what to expect by releasing a video of a track from the album.  The video, by Lukas Jaszak , for the track “I’ll Do It Now” can be seen at https://youtu.be/Ca0WwsIq0cs


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Commenting on the track itself, guitarist/bassist Tchort had this to say:

“Musically this song differs from anything we did on the first album, or, indeed, on “Egocidal Path” itself for that matter.  It’s melodic but old school, and contains some breaks that are perhaps a bit untraditional as regards Black Metal as I know it.  And knowing that the lyrics are actually very deep emotions and personal experience made flesh, so to speak, the impact this has on the melody and the depth of feeling expressed in the vocals is that much stronger”.

It is the strength of the emotions expressed in the lyrics that surprised video maker Jaszak  and affected the way in which he  approached the making of the video, as he explains:

“I like to work at night, but that proved impossible with this particular song with its seemingly simple, self-explanatory lyrics.  But they grow on you without you realizing and before you know it, you’re thinking about ending it all.  I know it sounds naive, but  try listening to this on repeat, at night, with the words flashing on the screen – on and on.

“I tried to make this video as simple as the message itself, whilst portraying the feelings of chaos and desperation that consume the  main character.  We definitely did not want to get too literal with the subject here, and we chose to ignore the blood and razors and all the usual worn out clichés, and focus instead on emotional chaos.  Although suicide may seem like an easy way out for most, I feel instead that it is a horrifying vortex of tangled emotions, and  both the song and the video show this”.

Given the intensity that both Tchort and Jaszak picked up on in both Ødemark’s lyrics and his performance, the vocalist reveals the anguish behind the song:

“When I first heard the music for “I’ll Do It Now” played in the studio, I felt that the atmosphere surrounding it was the perfect environment in which to talk about how, at the age of 12, I made a serious attempt at killing myself for the second time.   I could have just described the scene and been obvious about it, but the music awakened something in me and I decided  instead to write about what went on in my head, without resorting to any poetic artifice, artistic pretensions or judgment whatsoever.  I therefore chose to regress to that particular moment in my life, something which, incidentally, was much harder to do than I had expected, and write the lyrics using the thoughts exactly as they went through my mind.

” I had to open myself up to being  as vulnerable as possible in order to once again become that child who had decided to take his own life, and to write down his thoughts with total honesty.  Some of it might sound clichéd, or even naive and childish, but I needed to keep the truth undistorted in order to create the purest, most honest piece of art possible, and align that honesty with my vision of what Black Metal should be”

Formed by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION) and BloodPervertor (OPUS FORGOTTEN), the duo recruited Ødemark on vocals and Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) on drums, and released the band’s debut album “Born in Thorns” on Dark Essence Records in 2015.  As Tchort recently explained, that album still had some of the remnants of the CARPATHIAN FOREST era, whilst “Egocidal Path”, on the other hand,  was written with a fresh approach,  resulting in an in-your-face album that is much tighter and much more aggressive, with Ødemark’s lyrics and vocal range dragging the listener kicking and screaming into his own skewed universe.

With artwork by the Brazilian artist Rafael Tavares, tracklisting for “Egocidal Path” is as follows:

  1. Blood, Dope and Black N Roll
  2. Into the Light
  3. Reflections about Knives
  4. Egocide
  5. I’ll do it now
  6. The Disciples
  7. Black Metal Alchemist
  8. The Oath

3rd Attempt Albumart PR

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 1st December in CD, Digital and LP formats, “Egocidal Path” is now available to pre-order from the following:

All formats: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

More information about the 3RD ATTEMPT  can be found on their  official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial or on the band’s website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
Bandcamp: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact & booking: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.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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With their long-awaited sixth full-length album  “Monocle” having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records last month, Norway’s ATROX have today announced that long-time drummer, Tor Arne Helgesen, has decided to quit the band due to a lack of inspiration and the desire to pursue other interests, and that his place will be taken by Andreas Kjøl Berg.

Both the new and outgoing drummers, and the band have made the following statements for their fans:

Tor Arne:
” After 18 years I have decided to leave ATROX. This of course, is not without thought, but it’s a natural decision because of lack of inspiration on my part and it’s been like this for a while. The gang in ATROX are my brothers so this happens completely without drama.  They had seen the “writing on the wall” and were therefore not very surprised about my decision to call it a day. I’m proud to have been a part of ATROX’s history, a story that has been going on for 30 years! Andreas Kjøl Berg who takes over the drum seat in the band is a monster with sticks and will surely enrich ATROX in the future !! Now I will still be featured on various releases such as MANES, LETHE, amongst others, as a session musician, as well as a newly started project with Eivind (EoP). I wish ATROX all the best in the future and look forward to following the band as a fan! Viva ATROX 🙂 !!”

ATROX’s  guitar player Eivind explains:
“So after nearly 20 years Tor Arne has decided to close the ATROX chapter of his life. Everyone in ATROX wishes him nothing but happiness and success in any and all of his future endeavours.  At the same time we are really excited to announce ATROX’s new drummer, a “drum monster” by the name of Andreas Kjøl Berg. He’s been a friend to some of the ATROX members for years, and he plays for the band 22 amongst others. We’re sure he’s going to be the perfect fit, and considering his musical history and skills, I think he’s going to add a new and cool dimension to the ATROX sound”.

Andreas:
“Some eight years back I attended my first ATROX gig. I was blown away by the band, the musicality and the songs they had. I knew some of the guys from before and they were good guys.  I remember telling Rune F after the gig that if they ever found themselves in a situation where they needed a drummer, just ask. That’s how much I liked them. Then, 8 years later, in June this year, I was asked by Rune F to step in at a gig they had at ProgPower in the Netherlands, and I said yes right away. Then I got to know that Tor Arne quit and the drum throne was up for grabs. I grabbed the opportunity.

“I love the band’s two last albums (Binocular and Monocle) and I learned to love them even more after I got to learn and play the  songs. Tor Arne has written so many cool drum parts which are a joy to play. I try to find a combination between bringing my own style, but also respecting the part he wrote, and how I first  learned the songs. To sum it up, it’s great to have become a part of ATROX and I look forward to new music, gigs, laughs and tours”.

The departure is amicable and the band will continue to support their latest release Monocle with some gigs next year as well as working on new music for a new album.

Today’s ATROX lineup comprises Rune Folgerø on Vocals,  Eivind on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Erik Paulsen on Bass , and of course new drummer Andreas Kjøl Berg.

More information about ATROX can be found on the band’s website at atroxhttp://www.atrox.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ATROX.no

A video by Snorre Hovdal of Dispenser Media for “Mass”, the opening track from ATROX’s 2017 album “Monocle”,  can be seen at https://youtu.be/fPiVHNj_WHg


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.atrox.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atrox.no
Bandcamp: https://atrox.bandcamp.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/atroxband
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: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

 

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Nestled within the looming embrace of seven mountains,  the rugged, rain-swept coastline of Bjoergvin has spawned many extreme bands and musicians over the years, but none quite as iconic as TAAKE and its formidable founder Hoest, who is now back with a seventh full-length album.  Titled “Kong Vinter”  (King Winter), the album is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 24th November in Digipak CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, with the Vinyl available in black, transparent and white versions. All are double 180 gram LPs in gatefold cover. Transparent and white are limited to 1000 each.

Over the years Hoest has steered his creation with unerring accuracy through the mire of Black Metal.  He has avoided the pitfalls of either stagnation or over-experimentation, and remained true to the spirit of the traditional Black Metal genre, whilst at the same time breathing fresh life into it.

True to form Hoest has spent three years working on “Kong Vinter”,  ensuring that the album is imbued with the unique Taake sound, whilst at the same time taking it even further.  It  is deceptively familiar to the ear, yet it is unpredictable as it winds its way sinuously through a soundscape that only a mother could love.  A soundscape underscored by a nasty groove, that at times can seem devilishly playful.

The result is an album that is both progressive and straight forward, with a touch of the devil’s own music – rock’n’roll , making it unmistakably Taake.  It is, in fact, an illustration as to why,  for over two decades,  Hoest has succeeded in remaining relevant and at the forefront of the genre.

“Kong Vinter”, on which Hoest plays all the instruments himself,  was recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  With a running time of 55 minutes, photography by Christopher Zibell and  artwork by Tom Korsvold of Coverart,  track listing is as follows:

  1. Sverdets Vei
  2. Inntrenger
  3. Huset i Havet
  4. Havet i Huset
  5. Jernhaand
  6. Maanebrent
  7. Fra Bjoergegrend mot Glemselen
  8. On Top (De Press cover, bonus track on the vinyl edition)

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“Kong Vinter” is now available to pre-order from the following:
Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com/
EU Webshop: www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s official on Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial  or on thei website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/
The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@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