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HOWL OF THE UNDERDOGS
Dir. Randy M. Salo, Norway, 2021, 73 mins

For PR enquiries please contact:
colm@docnrollfestival.com
Screening links on request


Doc’n Roll, are proud to present the UK premiere of this one-of-a-kind music
documentary at The Castle Cinema on 12th June at 4 pm, followed by a Skype
Q+A session with director Randy M. Salo and band member and singer Agnete M.
Kirkevaag, hosted by music journalist Jonathan Selzer.

A trailer for the video can be seen below an at Howl of the Underdogs – Official Trailer #2 on Vimeo

This screening is sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy in London.
Tickets on sale here – https://www.docnrollfestival.com/films/howl-of-the-underdogs/

FILM SYNOPSIS:
An intimate and uncompromising look at the battle between one truly unique band
and a music industry plagued by gender double standards and a culture of
conformity, Howl of the Underdogs (2021) is the story of Norwegian rock
visionaries Madder Mortem. In particular, it explores the inner life of their enigmatic
singer Agnete Kirkevaag, who opens up with ferocious bravery about the effects of
the music scene’s image obsession on her self-confidence and the impact of her
life-long struggle with an eating disorder on her music.

ABOUT HOWL OF THE UNDERDOGS:
Singer Agnete M. Kirkevaag – “We wanted to make a 20th anniversary documentary about
the history of the band, and through a serendipitous podcast interview, we connected with
director Randy M. Salo. Quite unintentionally, the first shoot coincided with a strange time for
us and for me personally. I picked up Randy at the airport just four days after undergoing
weight loss surgery, and he ended up following us through a year where almost everything in
my life was uncertain and changing. Rather than the short historical overview we intended to
make, the movie grew into the story of how our lives have shaped our music.”

Director Randy M. Salo – “I first became aware of Madder Mortem during my film
studies at the School of Visual Arts in N.Y.C in 2001. I was taken aback by their
musical uniqueness and the emotional depth of their singer. Since 2013, I have been
focused on producing high-end, intimate documentaries with musicians. When the
opportunity arose to make a film about the history of the band, I wanted to know how
they came to have such a unique and diverse sound. I had no idea how far down the
rabbit hole this would lead me. As with any good documentary project, you start off
filming what you think is going to be the movie, only to have the real movie rear up
from behind to completely overtake you.”

ABOUT MADDER MORTEM:
Starting life in 1993 as Mystery Tribe, Madder Mortem was one of the early bands
from the contemporary Norwegian Metal scene to break away from set genre
boundaries. Having started off with a more straight doom metal sound, the band has
continued to develop with each album, following a flawless transition to become an
experimental and diverse progressive metal band with a unique sense of groove and
contrasting arrangements. After celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut
album “Mercury” in 2019, Madder Mortem are currently working on their 8th studio
album.


PRESS QUOTES ABOUT MADDER MORTEM:
“It’s hard to imagine another metal vocalist doing what [Agnete Kirkevaag] does” –
Stereogum
“Madder Mortem are special. Do you deserve them?” – Terrorizer Magazine
“They’re impossible to categorize…you just need to listen” – Vice
“Rare is the band that truly sounds like no one else” – Angry Metal Guy
“One of the most beguiling and emotionally adventurous bands” – Louder Sound

FOR MORE:
www.howloftheunderdogs.com
www.maddermortem.com

About Doc’n Roll:
Doc’n Roll Films, set up in 2013, is a music documentary production, distribution and
exhibition company, unique within the UK. Projects include Doc’n Roll Film Festival, the UK’s
annual music documentary festival, as well as one-off London premieres, curated seasons,
and ten UK regional city editions in Brighton, Bristol, Hull, Nottingham, Newcastle, Exeter,
Manchester and Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Doc’n Roll are passionate about independent film and music across all genres, and
celebrate music subcultures by providing a platform to support their cinematic expressions.
They present their audience with the opportunity to watch these films as they were designed
to be watched – LOUD.

They launched Doc’n Roll Film Fest in 2014 to finally show some love to the many excellent
under-the-radar music films that are largely ignored by risk-averse film programmers.
Post-screening Q&As, DJ sets and live music themed on the films add to the overall
cinematic experience.

Doc’n Roll is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a
partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub

For more information:
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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/docnrollfestival/
Official website Doc’n Roll Film Festival – Doc’n Roll Film Festival (docnrollfestival.com)
For PR enquiries please contact:
colm@docnrollfestival.com
Screening links on request

Over the past months, Norwegian Black Metal icons TAAKE have released a series of 10″ splits with three different bands (WHOREDOM RIFE, DEATHCULT and HELHEIM), on three different labels, and, as always happens in the case of vinyl releases, fans have been asking for a CD version. 

And Dark Essence Records are happy, as always, to oblige. So,  on the 2nd July, they will be releasing a limited edition Digipak CD, along with a Digital version, of the six TAAKE tracks from the series, which will include a very special acoustic version of “Nattestid ser Porten vid I”, acknowledged by Black Metal fans the world-over as not only a classic TAAKE track, but a classic of the whole genre itself.

The release is titled “Avvik”, which translated means “anomaly” or “deviation”, which makes it a very appropriate title given that the tracks from the splits would never really fit into any of TAAKE’s own releases.   You could, of course,  also argue that TAAKE mastermind Hoest has always ploughed a very  individual  furrow with his Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, standing outside the mainstream of Black Metal, and therefore making the choice of title doubly apt. 

All the tracks of “Avvik” have been recorded and re-mixed by VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjørnar E. Nilsen, and re-mastered for digital release by Herbrand Larsen at their Conclave & Earshot Studio in Bergen.

Some  of the re-mixes have some very surprising guests, who do not appear on the originals and are exclusive to this release. These include Dr Mikannibal of SIGH who did TAAKE the honour of adding her saxophone to a slightly longer version of the Sisters of Mercy cover “Heartland”.  Whilst TAAKE’s live guitarist (and banjo legend) Gjermund created the acoustic version “Nattestid ser Porten vid I”.

Track listing for “Avvik” is as follows:

1. Ubeseiret
2. Heartland
3. Nattestid ser Porten vid I
4. Slagmark
5. Ravnajuv
6. Brotne Bein og Mannefall
7. Ein Baat i Foss

“Avvik” is now available to pre-order at the following:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com 
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

TAAKE will hit the road in January of 2022 with KAMPFAR for the long-awaited tour which was previously cancelled due to the pandemic.

More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

The official video for the track “Umenneske ” from the TAAKE’s 20018 self-titled  album  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/qaRelAEOauk

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3048972372
Taake Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no   
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

As the release date of CODE’s fifth full-length album “Flyblown Prince” edges closer, Dark Essence Records have today revealed a second track from the album.   

Titled “Rat King”, the track can be downloaded or streamed from a number of platforms at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/CODE_RatKing

Unlike the previously released track “The Mad White Hair” (which is available at  https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Code_TheMadWhiteHair), “Rat King” is perhaps more familiar territory for CODE’s fans, as the band explains:

After the wide scope of ‘The Mad White Hair’, we felt it was appropriate to next show the more traditional side of the album.  ‘Rat King’ is a brutish and uncompromising track highlighting the focused metallic edge we have brought to these songs.  We feel that ‘Flyblown Prince’ is perhaps the most ‘metal’ album we have made and ‘Rat King’s thuggish malice shows this as well as any other on the album.

With their much anticipated new opus, CODE have created what is possibly the most intense and extreme album of their long and respected career, which started out in London in 2002, and which has seen the band plough their own individual furrow. One that eschews categorisation, and which has led to CODE gaining a large, and dedicated, world-wide following.

“Flyblown Prince” is very much a progressive album, both musically and technically, and one the likes of which hasn’t been heard in years.  It is perverse fairy tale of an album that guides its listeners through the twists and turns of a dark and ghoulish nightmare fantasy of cinematic proportions via an  ever-shifting soundscape of moods and violent aggression.

With cover art by Kristina Pavleska, layout by Costin Chioreanu and photography by Julie Cottrell, track listing for “Flyblown Prince” is as follows:

1. Flyblown Prince
2. Clemency & Atropy
3. By the Charred Stile
4. Rat King
5. From the Next Room
6. Dread Stridulate Lodge
7. Scold’s Bride
8. The Mad White Hair

The lineup on “Flyblown Prince” consists of of Aort on Guitars, Lordt on Drums, Syhr on Bass and Wacian on Vocals, with guitarist Andras providing support on the recordings, and the band recently had this to say about it:

We are thrilled to finally be unleashing our new album ‘Flyblown Prince’ with our friends at Dark Essence Records.  This album is the result of three years of work and it is wonderful to be able to let it loose in all its mad, brutal and grandiose glory.  Every detail has been meticulously poured over and we think this is our richest release to date.  We hope you enjoy our 45-minute, darkness filled and anxiety ridden offering. 

“Flyblown Prince” will hit the streets on the 4th June  in CD and Digital formats, with the Vinyl version following on the 2nd July. All formats are now available to pre-order from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com/album/flyblown-prince
Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/kar188-code-flyblown-prince/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

A video teaser for the album “Flyblown Prince” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/RM3_L7GHo6A

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

Additional Information
Code  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/ 
Code on Bandcamp: https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com   
Code on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/codeblackmetal/
Band contact and booking:  onecodeone@hotmail.com , Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Avantgarde Metallers IF NOTHING IS, have inked a deal with Dark Essence Records which will see the label release the band’s debut full-length album  this year.   

The  brainchild of DØDHEIMSGARD bassist Lars Emil Måløy,  IF NOTHING IS rose up in Trondheim, Norway, from the ashes of extreme metallers REVOCATION in 2008.  This signaled not only a name change, but also a new musical direction for the lineup that today comprises Boeddelen on vocals and lyrics, Håkon Grytvik and Mats Stenberg on guitars,  Lars Emil Måløy on  bass, FX, backing vocals, lyrics, main composer and Vegard Myrdal Berg on drums, backing vocals and lyrics.

Having being  able to call on the talents of DØDHEIMSGARD’s Vicotnik to work his magic with synths, beats and samples, IF NOTHING IS released their self-titled debut album in 2015, but only via a selection of digital platforms. Consequently it never received the kind of exposure that it deserved, melding, as it did, sharp technical skills and creative songwriting with a keen eye for detail and a streak of madness. Intersected with progressive, experimental passages and rich jazzy parts, the album is reminiscent of the early efforts of bands like ATHEIST and CYNIC, with each song a journey in itself.

What IF NOTHING IS created with their first foray into the studio is an album that exemplifies everything that lies at the heart of extreme and technical metal music, ranging from thrash, speed and death to black metal.  And Dark Essence have recognized that this album was never meant to lie in relative obscurity, and to this end the album was re-mixed and re-mastered and will be released for the first time in CD and Vinyl formats as well as digitally.

With new original artwork the album will hit the streets on the 10th September, track listing as follows:

1. 101
2. Sovereign
3. Juvenihil
4. Anti Horde
5. Dominant Outlaw Nation
6. Postapo Calypso
7. Darkspace Navigator
8. Intermezzanine
9. Apsylum Absolute
10. If Nothing Is

Work on the follow up to IF NOTHING IS’ debut is already progressing well, and the band had this to say about their joining forces with Dark Essence Records.

After many years of searching we finally found our spirit animal label! A label with a roster so great and weird we are actually able to fit in for once! We are extremely proud to be a part of the Dark Essence Records/Karisma Records family and can’t wait for the future to arrive!

If your appetite has be whetted about what is to come from IF NOTHING IS, you can hear their 2015 stand-alone single at https://youtu.be/QIwiPiGSOWI

More information about IF NOTHING IS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/INI101

Additional Information
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/INI101
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iniofficial/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtsQQ1D_TMTfbW7odC_S5g
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6JPOsXyyLZv5RS6dPGP3vt
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/ini-official
Band Contact: ini101mail@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Not long to go now before SUPERLYNX’s third full-length album “Electric Temple” hits the streets, and in anticipation if its release, Dark Essence Records have released a new single from the album, along with an accompanying video.

The single in question is the “Laws of Nature”, the seventh track from the ten-track album, and is a song that the band reckons is the perfect example of what happens when the three individuals that make up SUPERLYNX, become one.  As they explain:

Laws of nature is one of the songs on the album where you can really hear our three different expressions becoming one. Pia’s calm, heavy, minimalistic style and Daniel’s dreamy, melodic guitar playing meets Ole’s dynamic drums going from chill beats into a blasting energy at the end. 

The track is one of the more hopeful songs on the album. It comes from a place of convincing oneself to remember that after darkness comes a new dawn, and clinging to something as certain as the laws of nature in hope of brighter times, not only in nature but also personally. 

“Laws of Nature” can be streamed or downloaded from various platforms at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Superlynx_LawsOfNature

Whilst, the video, by Pia Isaksen, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/oIxLTDbwk3g

Known for their distinctive, genre-defying sound that combines  doom, psychedelic and meditative atmospheres with heaviness and droning rock, SUPERLYNX’s lineup comprises Pia Isaksen on  Bass and Vocals,  Daniel Bakken on  Guitars and Ole Teigen on Drums, piano, keys and vocals. Their latest album,  “Electric Temple”,  is both a continuation on from  their previous album “New Moon” and a further development of moods not previously explored by the band.  Poignantly, “Electric Temple” also bears a deeply felt  mark left by the tragic death of a close family member. 

Recorded and produced by Ole Teigen in his studio Crowtown Recordings, and with album artwork by Pia Isaksen and photos by Julia Naglestad and Carl Eek, track listing for “Electric Temple” is as follows:


1. Rising Flame
2. Electric Temple
3. Apocalypse
4. Moonbather
5. Sonic Sacrament
6. Returning Light
7. Laws of Nature
8. Then you Move
9. Siren Sing
10. May


“Electric Temple” will be available in CD,  Digital and Vinyl formats on the 16th April , and can be pre-ordered from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://superlynx.bandcamp.com/album/electric-temple
Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/shop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

A video by Joan Pope / Temple ov Saturn of the title track from “Electric Temple” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/zphXNF_dUyU

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/superlynxband
Website:  https://superlynxband.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superlynxdoom/
Bandcamp: https://superlynx.bandcamp.com  
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe19cwckrGkiAEm9RlV6eEw
Band Contact and Booking:  superlynxdoom@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Fans of CODE don’t need to wait until the 4th June to find out what the band’s fifth full-length release “Flyblown Prince” holds in store for them, because Dark Essence Records have today debuted a track from the long-awaited album.

The track, titled “The Mad White Hair”,  can be downloaded or streamed from a number of platforms at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Code_TheMadWhiteHair

The  choice of “The Mad White Hair” may seem like a bit of an unusual one for a debut track, as the band explains:

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, the first song we are releasing from our forthcoming album ‘Flyblown Prince’, is the album closer, and also the longest and most involved song we have ever written. It is a broiling mix of psychedelia, claustrophobia, desperation and grandiosity. We hope you find time to listen to this 12-minute opus of impending madness in all its unhinged and gleefully epic glory.

Formed in London in 2002 from the black ruminations of Aort’s early project, SEASONAL CODE,  the band has, over the years, become somewhat  of a legend, both in the UK and internationally.  And, by refusing to be categorised,  CODE has very successfully  forged its own individual path through the ever-expanding minefield of genres.

With “Flyblown Prince” CODE have created  a perverse fairy tale of an album that guides its listeners through the twists and turns of a dark and ghoulish nightmare fantasy of cinematic proportions via an  ever-shifting soundscape of moods and violent aggression.  The end-result is a progressive album, both musically and technically, and one the likes of which hasn’t been heard in years.

It is, quite possibly, the most intense and extreme album the band has ever produced in its long and illustrious career, and about which  CODE’s lineup of Aort on Guitars, Lordt on Drums, Syhr on Bass and Wacian on Vocals, with guitarist Andras providing support on the recordings,  recently had this to say:

We are thrilled to finally be unleashing our new album ‘Flyblown Prince’ with our friends at Dark Essence Records.  This album is the result of three years of work and it is wonderful to be able to let it loose in all its mad, brutal and grandiose glory.  Every detail has been meticulously poured over and we think this is our richest release to date.  We hope you enjoy our 45-minute, darkness filled and anxiety ridden offering. 

With cover art by Kristina Pavleska, layout by Costin Chioreanu and photography by Julie Cottrell, track listing for “Flyblown Prince” is as follows:

1. Flyblown Prince
2. Clemency & Atropy
3. By the Charred Stile
4. Rat King
5. From the Next Room
6. Dread Stridulate Lodge
7. Scold’s Bride
8. The Mad White Hair

“Flyblown Prince” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com/album/flyblown-prince
Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/product-category/preorder/ 
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

A video teaser for the album “Flyblown Prince” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/RM3_L7GHo6A

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

Additional Information
Code  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal/
Code on Bandcamp: https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com
Band contact and booking:  onecodeone@hotmail.com ,
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Norway’s SUPERLYNX are very clear about what music means to them when they quote Jimi Hendrix who described his own music thus: “We call our music ‘electric church music’. Because it’s like a religion to us.”  And that, according to the band,  is much like how they feel about theirs:

In music we find so much of what people seek in temples, religions or other spiritual forms – strength to endure trials, peace of mind, ecstasy, safety, hope, community, joy, transcendence etc. In the process of writing our third album this truth only became clearer to us. Music is our temple”.

Now, with their third full-length album, “Electric Temple”,  due out on Dark Essence Records on the 16th April, the band have today released a second track from the album.  Titled “Apocalypse, and with artwork for the single by Pia Isaksen, the track can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at:

https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Superlynx_Apocalypse

Accompanying the release of the “Apocalypse” single, SUPERLYNX have also made available a new lyric video which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/mdmJiwglqcM

Providing fans with an insight into the thoughts that went into “Apocalypse” the band explained:

It is no secret that we feel nature deeply. Apocalypse captures a panic-like state of mind – internally but also of nature and all creatures affected by the fact that the planet is burning. A lasting but culminating panic raised by the enormous and increasingly devastating fires that have been going on, especially during the last years, in the Amazon Forest, in California and Australia. So much wildlife and so many species lost make a very apocalyptic image. We are really affected by it, and one sleepless night of not being able to stop thinking about each individual creature´s fear in the (then) ongoing Australian bush fires the lyrics were written. 

There is both a sadness and a stressed feeling to the song. We always try to stay positive and focus on hope and light, but it was hard with this one. With that being said, there are forces working to turn this devastating development around, and we just have to wish that we can.

For SUPERLYNX’s lineup of Pia Isaksen on  Bass and Vocals,  Daniel Bakken on  Guitars and Ole Teigen on Drums, piano, keys and vocals, “Electric Temple” is both a continuation on from  their previous album “New Moon” and a further development of moods that the band has not previously explored Poignantly, “Electric Temple” also bears a deeply felt  mark left by the tragic death of a close family member. 

Recorded and produced by Ole Teigen in his studio Crowtown Recordings, and with album artwork by Pia Isaksen and band photo by Carl Eek, “Electric Temple” will be available in CD,  Digital and Vinyl formats, and can be pre-ordered from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://superlynx.bandcamp.com/album/electric-temple
Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/shop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/band/superlynx

Tracklisting for “Electric Temple” is as follows:

1. Rising Flame
2. Electric Temple
3. Apocalypse
4. Moonbather
5. Sonic Sacrament
6. Returning Light
7. Laws of Nature
8. Then you Move
9. Siren Sing
10. May

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

A  video, by Joan Pope / Temple ov Saturn, for the title track of “Electric Temple” can be seen below and at  https://youtu.be/zphXNF_dUyU

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/superlynxband
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superlynxdoom/
Bandcamp: https://superlynx.bandcamp.com  
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe19cwckrGkiAEm9RlV6eEw
Band Contact and Booking:  superlynxdoom@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
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After a long, and for some, an impatient, wait, CODE are back with “Flyblown Prince” the fifth full-length album from the legendary UK band that has, over the years,  preferred to dodge any attempts at being categorised by forging its own individual path through the ever-expanding minefield of genres.

Set to hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on the 4th of June, “Flyblown Prince” is a perverse fairy tale of an album that guides its listeners through the twists and turns of a dark and ghoulish nightmare fantasy of cinematic proportions.   As the band explains:

We are thrilled to finally be unleashing our new album ‘Flyblown Prince’ with our friends at Dark Essence Records.  This album is the result of three years of work and it is wonderful to be able to let it loose in all its mad, brutal and grandiose glory.  Every detail has been meticulously poured over and we think this is our richest release to date.  We hope you enjoy our 45-minute, darkness filled and anxiety ridden offering. 

For “Flyblown Prince” CODE’s lineup of Aort on Guitars, Lordt on Drums, Syhr on Bass and Wacian on Vocals, with guitarist Andras providing support on the recordings, have created an ever-shifting soundscape of moods and violent aggression, to produce an album that is quite possibly the most intense and extreme album the band has ever produced.  A progressive album, both musically and technically, and one the likes of which hasn’t been heard in years.

A video teaser for “Flyblown Prince” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/RM3_L7GHo6A

With cover art by Kristina Pavleska, layout by Costin Chioreanu and photography by Julie Cottrell, “Flyblown Prince” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats.  Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Flyblown Prince
2. Clemency & Atropy
3. By the Charred Stile
4. Rat King
5. From the Next Room
6. Dread Stridulate Lodge
7. Scold’s Bride
8. The Mad White Hair

Formed in London in 2002 from the black ruminations of Aort’s early project, SEASONAL CODE, the band have drawn a creative line through a series of full-length studio albums starting with the brittle avant-garde of  2005’s “Nouveau Gloaming”, to 2009’s Spellemann-nominated “Resplendent Grotesque”, before moving  on to the mad theatre of 2013’s “Augur Nox”,  and the bleak, anaesthetic wash of 2015’s “mut”.  

In 2015 CODE also released a savage live tour recording, whilst 2017 saw the appearance of two EP’s “Lost Signal”, which was largely a live re-forging of the material from a new perspective, and “Under the Subgleam”  which served as a hint at what would eventually develop in  today’s “Flyblown Prince”.

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

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Code on Bandcamp: https://codeblackmetal.bandcamp.com
Band contact and booking:  onecodeone@hotmail.com ,
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Photo by Carl Eek Torgersen

Dark Essence Records have announced that the 16th April has been set for the release of “Electric Temple”, the third full-length album from SUPERLYNX, the Norwegian trio known for its distinctive, genre-defying sound that combines  doom, psychedelic and meditative atmospheres with heaviness and droning rock.

As a taste of things to come, the label has today released both a single, and a video, of the title track. The single is available to download or stream on a number of services at:

https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Superlynx_Electric-Temple

Whilst the video, by Joan Pope / Temple ov Saturn, can be seen below and at  https://youtu.be/zphXNF_dUyU

For SUPERLYNX’s lineup of Pia Isaksen on  Bass and Vocals,  Daniel Bakken on  Guitars and Ole Teigen on Drums, piano, keys and vocals, “Electric Temple” is both a continuation on from  their previous album “New Moon” and a further development of moods not previously explored by the band.  Poignantly, “Electric Temple” also bears a deeply felt  mark left by the tragic death of a close family member. 

According to the band, the title of the album is a reference to Jimi Hendrix´ way of looking at music. As they explain:

Our music and lyrics are as always very personal to us and refer to what we go through.  Life, music, nature and inspiration is a general focus.  We always want to push ourselves and explore deeper, wider and further and we feel this album shows our effort in that respect.

As Hendrix said “We call our music ‘electric church music’. Because it’s like a religion to us.” And that is much like how we feel about ours. In music we find so much of what people seek in temples, religions or other spiritual forms – strength to endure trials, peace of mind, ecstasy, safety, hope, community, joy, transcendence etc. In the process of writing our third album this truth only become clearer to us. Music is our temple.

As to the actual technical aspects of the album SUPERLYNX  went to describe how fortunate they were that producer Marc Urselli got in touch with the band wanting to work on the album with them:

He happens to be a multiple Grammy Award win­ning producer who has done sound for Nick Cave, Mike Patton, Lou Reed, Keith Rich­ards, The Black Crowes and countless more.  He also has a project with Lee Ranaldo & Jim Jarmusch, has played in a trio with Stephen O´Malley and has a project with people like Steve von Till, Matt Pike, Lori S, Dave Chandler and more.

But these credits were not what was important to us though.  It was rather the fact that his sound was so in line with what we ourselves hoped to get out of this. Marc ended up mixing the album and we are really happy about how he has enhanced our sound.

The same goes for Fridtjof Lindeman of Strype Audio, who mastered “Electric Temple” as he did for our previous two albums.  He is always a pleasure to work with and does excellent work every time.  

Recorded and produced by Ole Teigen in his studio Crowtown Recordings, and with album artwork by Pia Isaksen and band photo by Carl Eek, track listing for “Electric Temple” is as follows:


1. Rising Flame
2. Electric Temple
3. Apocalypse
4. Moonbather
5. Sonic Sacrament
6. Returning Light
7. Laws of Nature
8. Then you Move
9. Siren Sing
10. May



“Electric Temple” will be available in CD,  Digital and Vinyl formats, and can be pre-ordered from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://superlynx.bandcamp.com/album/electric-temple
Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/shop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/superlynxovdoom
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/superlynxdoom/
Bandcamp: https://superlynx.bandcamp.com  
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe19cwckrGkiAEm9RlV6eEw
Band Contact and Booking:  superlynxdoom@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
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With “Through Aureate Void” set to be released on the 25th February, Dark Essence Records have today released  the single ” Leaf in the Current”, from what will be FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s second full-length album.  

” Leaf in the Current” is the opening track from the album and this is what FIVE THE HIEROPHANT had to say about it:

‘Leaf in the current’ is the first piece we ever did for the new album. It has been well over a year since we started the recording, a process that was supposed to be like a quick exciting bang and ended up in being  like this draining everlasting orgy without hope for culmination on the horizon. If you excuse the metaphor. So from the perspective of this time,  I believe that this track is the most representative of Five The Hierophant version 2020 and should give you a good clue as to what is about to unfold.

It  can be streamed or downloaded from various locations at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/5th_leafinthecurrent

FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s  lineup comprises Chris on drums, Dan on percussion instruments (toms, bongos, djembe, zither, tabla, triangle guirro, shakers, death whistle, cymbals), Mitch – bass guitar effects, omichord, noisebox, analogue synthesizer, Jon on saxophone, music saw, bells, Kali on guitar, field recordings, violin, zither, bow guitar, dungchen. And much more besides! 

With their use of such a plethora of unusual instruments FIVE THE HIEROPHANT are able to create a sound where psychedelic black metal combines with jazz and doom, leading the listener into drone-like universe shrouded in mysticism and mystery.

And, with their latest offering, the band has followed an even more psychedelic direction, whilst keeping intact the heaviness and darkness that make FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s music so devastating, as the band recently explained:

It took us longer than anticipated, as you can imagine, due to circumstances that befall us all. Nonetheless, the new album is finished, and ready to take you on a journey through aureate void. It’s quite abstract, and there’s lots of experimentation, both in regard to the sound and instruments used, and to the song structures. A lot of it comes from improvisation and leaving things to chance. I suppose we have taken it further than our debut album.

FIVE THE HIEROPHANT have once again used the work of the legendary Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum for the album’s cover art, and track listing for “Through Aureate Void” is as follows:

1. Leaf in the Current
2. Fire from Frozen Cloud
3. Berceuse (for Magnetic Sleep)
4. Pale Flare over Marshes
5. The Hierophant (II)

“Through Aureate Void” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered from:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://five-the-hierophant.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

A video teaser for “Through Aureate Void” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/EjTGZT7MLhU 

As well as releasing “Through Aureate Void” on the 26th February, Dark Essence Records will also be releasing for the very first time a vinyl version of the album’s  predecessor, 2017’s  “Over Phlegethon”.  Tracklisting is as follows:

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

The vinyl edition of “Over Phlegethon”, is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://five-the-hierophant.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

The official video for the track “Queen Over Phlegethon” from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s 2017 album “Over Phlegethon” can be seen at https://youtu.be/ndYLCY65tW8

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

A video of FIVE THE HIEROPHANT playing “Queen Over Phlegethon” live at the Dome in London in November 2019 can be seen at https://youtu.be/93BO3k4D2Qc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fivethehierophant/
Webshop:  https://fivethehierophant.bigcartel.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fivethehierophant/
Band Contact: 5thehierophant@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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