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Norway’s SLEGEST have released a video for a track from “Lagnad i E”, their upcoming Limited Edition 7″, which will be released on RhinoRat Recordings on the 13th June.  According to the band, the video, for the track “Maler Lys I Mørketid”,  was “made by our good friend and nature photographer Håvard Nesbø, and combines blistering landscapes with live heavy rock motion picture. Play loud!”

The video for “Maler Lys I Mørketid”  can be seen below and on SLEGEST’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/GkYKltp7VEw


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Comprising  four tracks in all – two of which are live and were recorded during the band’s appearance at the Fres Festival in 2017, and  two of which are brand new, and have never been released before.

With artwork by Renathe H. Bryn, tracklisting for is as follows:

  1. Maler Lys I Mørketid
  2. Blodets Varme Gjennom Meg
  3. Rooted In Knowledge (live in Fresvik)
  4. Ho Som Haustar Aleine (live in Fresvik)

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“Lagnad i E” will be available as a Limited Edition double 7″, with 50 copies released on white vinyl and 200 on black.

“Lagnad i E” is now available to pre-order from the following:

Direct from the band at https://slegestwebshop.bigcartel.com/product/slegest-lagnadie-7-vilnyl
From RhinoRat Recordings at https://rhinorat.no/store

SLEGEST are currently working on their third full-length album, which is  being recorded at Conclave and Earshot Studios  in Bergen.   Drums have already been recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), and Herbrand Larsen will be handling the mixing.  It is anticipated that the album will hit the streets on Dark Essence Records in the Autumn of this year.

In October  SLEGEST are set to join Dark Essence Records label-mates TAAKE for part of the latter’s European tour.  Dates so far confirmed are:

13.10: Night Fest Metal IX, Arlon, BE
14.10: Dynamo, Zurich, CH
15.10: Backstage, Munich, DE
17.10: A38, Budapest, HU
20.10: Viper Room, Vienna, AU

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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/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/slegest/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slegest/
Slegest Bandcamp: http://slegest.bandcamp.com/
Slegest YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxopPg_tfCFrTNKELnzmkfw
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
RhinoRat Recordings:  http://rhinorat.no

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With their new album “minus” set for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August, Norway’s KRAKOW have debuted a video for the  track “black wandering sun”  from the album.

With this song, and video animated by Esteban Sebastián Farias, KRAKOW pay  tribute to their influences, a concept enhanced by the guest appearance of Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame. The band explains:

“black wandering sun is an homage to our heroes who passed during the last couple of years, pulling inspiration from their universe, tipping the hat to their words and visiting them as the stars they are. And to top it off we were helped out by Phil who did the most rock n’ roll solo to provide the glitz and stardom the song needed to reach the summit of heaviness. The video is a reflection of the story the song tells, yet it becomes its own story, like a parallel trail through the universe, much like everything else that’s going on with this album. Godspeed, you Starman!”

The video, is streaming exclusively via various media outlets, and can be accessed HERE

Or directly at the following:

Metal Hammer, UK
No Clean Singing, USA
La Grosse Radio, FR 
Metalhead,IT
Slam magazine, DE
Lords of Metal, NL
Bergenfest, NO
Metalfan,RO 
Imperiumi, FI
Ultraje,PT
Kvlt,PL

Whilst the video gives fans a taste of what to expect from “minus”, KRAKOW explain more about their latest endeavours:

“Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, we give you “minus”. The pinnacle achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, “minus” has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group and as story tellers.  It is an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape.

“With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.­

“minus” was once again recorded in the renowned Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy.  KRAKOW even brought in some help this time, to tell these stories, the album ending with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen based musical veterans, whilst the opening track introduces the most rock n’ roll guitar solo, courtesy of one Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.

“So, this is “minus”.  An album that defies any attempt at genre definition. There are guests, who bring glitz and rock n’ roll, as well as a grounding force to the core of the mountain. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in the centre of a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves. But if we allow ourselves to search, we will find the cracks in the fabric and find a way to get close.

“It’s a collection of contradictions, is what we’re saying. It’s a KRAKOW album”.

Fans can also expect more visual representations for those willing to delve even deeper into the songs themselves, with several music videos lined up, telling the stories from slightly different angles, or even from completely flipped viewpoints, allowing the band to elaborate without giving everything away.

With artwork by renowned tattoo artist and long-time KRAKOW collaborator Thomas Hooper, tracklisting for “minus” is as follows:

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1: black wandering sun
2: sirens
3: the stranger
4: from fire, from stone
5: minus
6: tidlaus

“minus” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats and the CD and LP versions are now available to pre-order from the following:

Karisma Records Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

KRAKOW’s next live appearances will be at Bergenfest on the 12 June.

More information about KRAKOW can be found on the band’s website at http://www.krakowofficial.com/ or on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/krakowband

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
BandCamp: http://krakow.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Aeternus PR2018

Veteran Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS have completed work on what will be the band’s eighth full-length album.  Titled “Heathen”,  the seven-track album was recorded at Bergen’s Conclave & Earshot studios and  produced by Herbrand Larsen, and  is set for release on Dark Essence Records later this year.

One of the pioneers of the “Dark Metal” genre, AETERNUS was formed in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares.  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. Commenting on what fans can expect from “Heathen”, an album which will also mark AETERNUS’ 25th Anniversary, the band had this to say:

” We feel we’ve produced seven great songs for “Heathen”, all with AETERNUS’ trademark sound, which is a mix of complex extreme music along with heavy riffs and of course some great melodic features.  You could say that we are more than satisfied with the results”.

Aside from Ares, AETERNUS’ lineup is composed of Phobos (GRAVDAL) on drums and KRAKOW’s Eld on bass, and sharp-eyed fans will notice that guitarist Specter is missing.   As the band explains:

“Before having fully completed the composition part of “Heathen”,  Specter felt that he had little more to  offer the band, and that his long search for music was not only taking up too much of his own time, but it was also slowing down AETERNUS’ progress,  and as a result, he decided that it was best for all concerned that he quit the band.  He did however compose several terrific riffs which we  feel are outstanding, and they have been included in the album. We would like to thank Specter for all his work with AETERNUS, and wish him all the best  for the future.

“This of course means that once again AETERNUS has recorded an album where Ares’ considerable skills have been put to good use, and he has composed and played all the guitar leads on “Heathen”.  We’re sure that having read this, fans are wondering what is going to happen as far as live performances go.  No problem there! We have hired Gorm, from the Norse metal band THYRUZ, to play live with us, and he has been busy rehearsing our material. He will be more than ready when AETERNUS hits the stage again”.

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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In exactly one month, on the 15th June, “Ruin”, the sophomore full-length album from Norwegian Extreme Melodic Metallers COR SCORPII will hit the streets, and, in the meantime, Dark Essence have released a second track from the album.  The track “Skuggevandrar” is available both to stream, or to purchase as a single, from the following:

Smartlink to DIgital Platforms: https://darkessencerecords.lnk.to/Skuggevandrar

Bandcamp:  https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com/track/skuggevandrar


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As well as on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TROG-l4MLbk


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COR SCORPII was Founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the legendary WINDIR.  Today’s  lineup of Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Inge Jonny Lomheim on  bass guitars, accordion and programming, Ole M. Nordsve on drums, Rune Sjøthun on  rhythm guitars, mandolin and programming, and Thomas S. Øvstedal  on vocals,  and Erlend Nybø  on lead guitars draw their inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal.

A follow up to COR SCORPII’s critically acclaimed debut album “Monument”, which was released eight years ago, also on Dark Essence Records, “Ruin” is the result of a lengthy song writing process which proved, at times, to be quite  arduous for the band,  and gives its members an opportunity to reveal their  hidden talents by making use of instruments not usually used by metal bands, such as the accordion and mandolin.

Successfully blending epic, soaring melodies, with the harshness of extreme metal, “Ruin was recorded at various locations over a period of three years and was mixed by Børge Finstad in his Toproom Studio, and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at his Kvalsonic Lab.

With artwork by Novans V. Adikresna of the Marnov Studio,  and including featured guests such as the classical singer Annika Beinnes, as well as Mats Lerberg (I SWEAR DAMNATION, ex-FUNERAL) who lend their considerable vocal talents to three tracks each, tracklisting on “Ruin” is as follows:

  1. Svart Blod (Hovmod star for fall)
  2. Hjarteorm
  3. Skuggevandrar
  4. Fotefar
  5. Helveteskap
  6. Ri di Mare
  7. Ærelaus
  8. Siste Dans

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“Ruin” will be released in CD, Double Gatefold Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

CD & Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
All formats: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

A video of COR SCORPII performing the track “Oske og innsikt” from the album “Monument” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/opnCrZvVLtE


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii/
Bandcamp: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/corscorpiiofficial/videos
Band Contact & Booking : thomas.ovstedal@corscorpii.net
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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Dark Essence Records has inked a deal with Blackgazers AVAST, which will see the label release the band’s debut full-length album in the Autumn.

Hailing from Stavanger, in Norway, AVAST is a band that reviewers and promoters place in a variety of genres, with Blackgaze and Post-Black Metal at the forefront.  But it could equally be said that the band’s roots lie in Punk Rock and Hardcore, given that AVAST’s lyrics are not centred around the usual Black Metal themes, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on Social and Environmental issues.

Whichever genre you’d like to put them in, there is, however, absolutely no doubt that AVAST’s lineup of Hans Olaf Myrvang (AGENDA) on bass and vocals Trond Salte (AGENDA) on guitars  and  Ørjan Lund (NAG) on drums,  skilfully fuses the aesthetics of Black Metal with the atmospherics of Post-Rock to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing.

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Having previoiusly released a two-track EP in 2016, AVAST have spent the past year in the recording studios working on their new album “Mother Culture”, a concept album that examines the myths upon which modern civilization is based.  It is a work that addresses the potential for a global catastrophe, and is based on the philosophical novel “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn.

More information about AVAST can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/avastband/

A video of AVAST performing at 2016’s Tunghørt Festival can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/GvGGkVI7cFc


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband
Bandcamp: http://avastband.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/avastband
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/57bnwC7iMKBRlWnMF9lzmy
Band Contact:  avastband2016@gmail.com
Booking : siloenbooking@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 8th June set for the release of “In Chaos Becrowned”,  the debut full-length album from Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH, Dark Essence Records have given fans a taste of what to expect by revealing the opening track ” Cadaver Dei”, about which the band has this to say:

Cadaver Dei” is our way of welcoming you to the tomb of ACÂRASH. The track is a celebration of the free spirit and the will to rebel against all that reduces life. To us the concept of opposition is an essential philosophical theme, acknowledging spiritual contradictions and human mortality. True opposition is a progressive and noble act of thought.”

Cadaver Dei”  can be heard at the following:

Bandcamp: http://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei


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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3yrLzQtnNvrnP6v3r52ffR?si=XiRpk9TmQTeIhbkHlHqfCQ
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/0S_vWPGwcto


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ACÂRASH, whose lineup comprises Sølve Sæther on drums, Lukas Paulsen on guitars and Anlov P. Mathiesen on bass and vocals, was formed in Oslo in the fall of 2016.  It is a lineup that embraces tradition and is able to take the varied influences its individual members have gleaned from being part of bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST,  in order to create a sound that is fresh and distinctly theirs.

By seamlessly blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  creates  soundscapes in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music.  And, with “In Chaos Becrowned”, the band  demonstrates a marked ability to reinvent, whilst at the same time  preserve, in order to deliver a record that explores and develops the boundaries of rock and metal, and naturally alternates between raw catchiness, dark introspection, and progressive playfulness.

Mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo,  and with artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven, tracklisting for “In Chaos Becrowned”, which will be released in Digi CD and LP formats, is as follows:

  1. Cadaver Dei
  2. Shadows Roam
  3. Gathering of Crows
  4. In Chaos Becrowned
  5. Ashes of the Mortal Mind
  6. Legio Obscura
  7. Sacrifice the Winter Wolf
  8. Cenotaph in Flesh

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“In Chaos Becrowned” is now available to pre order from the following:

Bandcamp (all formats):  https://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei

Dark Essence Records (CD & Vinyl):  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/

US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

ACÂRASH’s next live appearance will be on the 4th May at Kvarteret in Bergen, Norway, supporting VULTURE INDUSTRIES.

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

A series of short teaser videos from ACÂRASH’s debut full-length album “In Chaos Becrowned” can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/acarash/videos/

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
Bandcamp: https://acarash.bandcamp.com
Band Contact:  info@acarash.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

 

Cor Scorpii PR1

With “Ruin” their long-awaited sophomore full-length album set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 15th June, Norwegian Extreme Melodic Metallers COR SCORPII have released a single from the album.  Titled “Fotefar” the single is available to hear and download in digital format at the following:

https://darkessencerecords.lnk.to/Fotefar

“Ruin” is the result of a song writing process which was both lengthy and, at times, quite  arduous for the band.  Drawing its inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal,  “Ruin” is a chance for COR SCORPII’s members to reveal their  hidden talents by making use of instruments not usually used by metal bands, such as the accordion and mandolin.

A follow up to COR SCORPII’s critically acclaimed debut album “Monument”, which was released eight years ago, also on Dark Essence Records, “Ruin” is an album that successfully blends epic, soaring melodies, with the harshness of extreme metal.  It features guest appearances by the classical singer Annika Beinnes, as well as Mats Lerberg (I SWEAR DAMNATION, ex-FUNERAL) who lend their considerable vocal talents to three tracks each.

“Ruin was recorded at various locations over a period of three years and was mixed by Børge Finstad in his Toproom Studio, and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at his Kvalsonic Lab.  With artwork by Novans V. Adikresna of the Marnov Studio, tracklisting on “Ruin” is as follows:

  1. Svart Blod (Hovmod star for fall)
  2. Hjarteorm
  3. Skuggevandrar
  4. Fotefar
  5. Helveteskap
  6. Ri di Mare
  7. Ærelaus
  8. Siste Dans

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Founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the legendary WINDIR, COR SCORPII’s lineup of Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Inge Jonny Lomheim on  bass guitars, accordion and programming, Ole M. Nordsve on drums, Rune Sjøthun on  rhythm guitars, mandolin and programming, and Thomas S. Øvstedal  on vocals,  recently welcomed a new arrival into its ranks in the shape of Erlend Nybø  on lead guitars.

“Ruin” will be released in CD, Double LP and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

CD & Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
All formats: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

A video of COR SCORPII performing the track “Oske og innsikt” from the album “Monument” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/opnCrZvVLtE


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii/
Bandcamp: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/corscorpiiofficial/videos
Band Contact & Booking : thomas.ovstedal@corscorpii.net
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