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Photo by Håvard Nesbø

Having set the  4th November as the release date, Dark Essence Records have revealed the details of “Vidsyn”,  the much-anticipated second full-length album from  SLEGEST.   Recorded at the Conclave & Earshot and Systrond Studios,  “Vidsyn” was jointly produced by the band’s founder and frontman Ese, and  Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), who also mixed the album.  Mastering is by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).  Guesting on the album is Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED).

The cover  of “Vidsyn” once again has its roots in the art of Nikolai Astrup. Design is by Tom Korsvold and drawing is by Lars Hellebø.  Tracklisting as follows

1. I fortida sitt lys
2. Som i eit endelikt
3. Du
4. komfortabelt nommen midtvekes
5. Wolf
6. The Reanimator
7. Inn i uvissao
8. Tenn den gamle varde

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SLEGEST was formed  in 2010 by former VREID guitarist ESE, whose original intention was to play BLACK SABBATH inspired music  paired with harsh vocals.  Whilst SLEGEST undoubtedly owes much to Black Metal, there is a distinct metal swagger to the band’s music, with superb guitar riffing  and plenty of melody, rather than an excess of speed.

“Vidsyn” sees SLEGEST confidently building on the sound they developed on their debut full-length “Løyndom”.  As Ese explained recently:

“We will pick up where we left off with “Løyndom” – mid-paced heaviness in all its glory and filth. I have read blackened doom applied as a description to our music.  But really you need to add a good dose of rock and then you might get the idea of what we are all about. There is so much to explore in our world of heavy rock and we are proud of our new songs which, to our ears – and, after all,  we are the blueprint –  sounds bloody brilliant. The album will of course deal with death, and, since I write all the music and spend plenty of time thinking about death, I guess it is safe to say that we are most likely onto something”.

SLEGEST will hit the road in December of this year , joining SHINING’s 20th Anniversary tour, which also features Dark Essence label mates TAAKE, with whom the band has previously toured.  The prospect of sharing a stage with Niklas Kvarforth and Hoest, widely acknowledged to be two of the most accomplished and exciting front men in extreme metal, would seem daunting to most bands, but judging from the reviews SLEGEST has received for its live performances, and from the number of fans the lineup of Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums, has  picked up following those performances,  this is a band that is more than able to hold its own against the two titans.

Before the start of the tour SLEGEST will launch the new album with a show at Krøsset in Oslo, where they will be joined by ALFAHANNE, and, given the dynamism and sheer entertainment value of the two bands, this will be an evening to remember.

Routing for the tour with SHINING and TAAKE as follows:

02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec:  Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT

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

The official video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”, the  opening track from the album “Løyndom”, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CHdUCDbyB5g


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“Løyndom”, the debut full-length album from SLEGEST can be heard below and at http://slegest.bandcamp.com/album/l-yndom


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Bandcamp: http://slegest.bandcamp.com/
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:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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The final routing for the joint SHINING/TAAKE European tour set to take place this winter has been confirmed, with four additional dates being added.  The tour is part of a series of live appearances to mark the  20th Anniversary of NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING.  Joining  these two titans of the stage on the tour will be TAAKE’s Dark Essence Records label-mates SLEGEST.

Routing as follows:

02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec:  Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT

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The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanded and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most dynamic live performers today.

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Whilst the name SLEGEST is perhaps not as familiar to fans as SHINING and TAAKE, the band has been earning rave reviews both for their studio output and for their live performances, earning them an ever-increasing fan base.  In the wake of his departure from VREID, where he played guitar on four of the iconic band’s albums, Ese formed SLEGEST in 2010, and the band has since then perfected a special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal that is both dark and sinister, whilst being propelled along by a down and dirty groove that is immediate and catchy.  The band’s second full-length album will be released in November on Dark Essence Records.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

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


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

The official video of TAAKE’s  performance at 2016’s Hellfest can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/pQgOjt6H-Mk


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More information about SLEGEST can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/slegest/ and on the band’s website at http://www.slegest.no/
The official video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”, the  opening track from the album “Løyndom”, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CHdUCDbyB5g


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
SHINING
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
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com
TAAKE
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp:  http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com
SLEGEST
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Bandcamp: https://slegest.bandcamp.com
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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With the vinyl version long-sold out and much in demand from fans,  Dark Essence Records are set to re-release TAAKE’s “…Doedskvad” in LP format.  The cover art for the LP differs from the original Dark Essence release, and is the one that was used for the limited edition splatter vinyl that was available on Perverted Taste, and which also sold out and is no longer available.

First released in 2005, and acknowledged by many to be a Black Metal masterpiece, “…Doedskvad” forms  the final part of TAAKE’s classic Trilogy, which includes the  “Nattestid” and “Bjoergvin” albums.  It was recorded at the legendary Grieghallen Studios, with guest appearances from Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST), NORDAVIND (ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST) and Taipan (ORCUSTUS).

The new vinyl edition will hit the streets on the 16th September and is  available to pre-order now from http://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/doedskvad-2/  or http://taake.bandcamp.com/album/doedskvad , as well as from the Dark Essence Records  North American webshop at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/item/41647

Tracklisting for “…Doedskvad” as follows:

  1. Hordalands Doedskvad part I
  2. Hordalands Doedskvad part II
  3. Hordalands Doedskvad part III
  4. Hordalands Doedskvad part IV
  5. Hordalands Doedskvad part V
  6. Hordalands Doedskvad part VI
  7. Hordalands Doedskvad part VII

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Founded by Hoest, one of the most  the most respected frontment in the genre, TAAKE’s Helnorsk Svartmetall sound remains true to the traditions of  Norwegian Black Metal, but never allows itself to become stale, introducing fresh, and often musically controversial , ideas with each album.  The use of a banjo on the track “Myr” on the band’s 2011 album “Noregs Vaapen, for example, initially caused consternation amongst  some of the diehard Black Metal fans,  but is now acknowledged as an eccentric  stroke of genius, and is one of the most anticipated songs at TAAKE concerts.

Following a string of festival appearances this summer, and with two North American tours behind them, TAAKE will hit the road in Europe during December for a series of dates with Niklas Kvarforth’s SHINING.  With these two dynamic and high profile frontmen taking to the stage on the same bill, the tour is understandably much anticipated by fans.   Dates will be announced shortly.

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

“…Doedskvad” can be heard below and on BandCamp at facebook.com/taakeofficialhttp://taake.bandcamp.com/album/doedskvad


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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Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp:  http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence North America Webshop: http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

 

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With two succesful releases to their name, Iceland’s MOMENTUM are hard at  at work on their next full-length album, which will once again appear on Dark Essence Records, at a date as yet to be specified.   Whilst work is continuing apace, the band have been able to reveal  “Dire Host”, a new track from the album, via a video which was filmed in the studio.  The video can be seen below and on MOMENTUM’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/OviPlf3xiLs


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“Dire Host” was recorded in June in Hveragerði, a small town about a half hour drive from Reykjavík,  and the new album marks the first time that MOMENTUM will be working in the studio with Friðrik Helgason.  As to what fans should expect from the album, “Dire Host” gives a pretty good idea according to the band who had this to say: “The songwriting process for a new album is going very well and we are really enjoying the direction in which we are heading.  It has been, and continues to be, a new learning curve for the band to keep the music to just the three of us,  but it would seem that we thrive on challenging ourselves with something different every time.

“We wanted to go and record a proper example of what the band is doing today and we feel that ‘Dire Host’ captures that quite well. If you happen to be at Eistnaflug festival next week you will be able to see this live as well as a lot more of the new material, including a special treat that we’ve been working very hard on this past month”.

MOMENTUM, whose lineup comprises Kristján on Drums,  Holaf on  Vocals and Bass , and Ingvar on Guitar and Vocals, is set appear not once, but twice at the Eistnaflug Festival in Iceland in July.  Their first appearance will be on the Boli stage on Wednesday 6th at 17:50, whilst on Friday the 8th they hit the Brennivin stage at 22:20 for what will be a special show.

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More information about MOMENTUM can be found on the band’s website at www.momentumiceland.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/momentumiceland

MOMENTUM’s first two albums “Fixation, at Rest” and “The Freak is Alive” can be heard at http://momentum.bandcamp.com

A video of MOMENTUM playing the title track from their debut album “Fixation, at Rest” live at the Airwaves festival can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/hobUiT8qEvo


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The DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SoundCloud player contains tracks from all the label’s releases and can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/momentumiceland
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/momentumiceland
Band Contact: momentumiceland@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 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence US Webshop:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

 

 

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“Mayhem In Blue”, the new album form Psychedelic Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 14th October.  The album will be the third full-length release for the Greek trio, whose debut album “Pneuma” appeared in 2012, followed by 2014’s “”Oi Magoi”.

Commenting on what fans can expect from “Mayhem In Blue”, the band had this to say: “It’s been two and a half years since the release of our last album, and with “Mayhem In Blue” we have set out to express our more aggressive side, without sacrificing any of the psychedelic melodies that are  an integral  part of what we like to call HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’ s “weird black sound”.  If anything, in fact, the sound is more enticing and trippy than ever.

“Featuring the mixing talents of Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and the exceptional mastering abilities of Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc), we feel that the result is an album that elevates our signature psychoprog black metal sound to new levels”.

Artwork for the six-track album is by Olia Pishchanska.

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Formed in Thessaloniki in 2010, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup is composed of Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?)  on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars.  The band’s debut full-length album “Pneuma” was released on Code666/Aural Music in 2012, followed by the sophomore album “Oi Magoi” in 2014.

More information about HAIL SPIRIT NOIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard below and at at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/
Band Contact: transbizarre@yahoo.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence USA Webshop: http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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As part of a series of live appearances to mark the band’s 20th Anniversary, NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING will hit the road in December along with Norwegian Black Metal titans TAAKE.

Full details of the tour are not yet available, but confirmed routing so far is as follows:

02 Dec:  TBA, Berlin, DE
03 Dec:  Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec:  Underworld, London, UK
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec,  Backstage, Munich, DE

More dates will be announced shortly.

The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanding and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most exciting and dynamic live performers today.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SHINING
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
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com

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