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Seven Impale PR

Karima Records have set the 16th September as the release date for “Contrapasso”, the second full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE, and if the band’s debut album, “City of the Sun”,  is anything to go by, it is a date that many fans will be looking forward to.

Having earned itself seventh place in the Progarchives.com best albums of 2014 poll, “City of the Sun”, with the unique SEVEN IMPALE  sound still in the early stages of development, showed the promise of things to come from this young band.  And with “Contrapasso” SEVEN IMPALE are well on the way to fulfilling that early promise, with an album that shows a new maturity, and the confidenceto explore their sound further, imbuing it with more complexity and harder soundscapes, along with tracks that are more catchy and upbeat .  Genre boundaries are not something that concern these musicians, allowing them to create a sound that is interesting and varied, and which is still full of SEVEN IMPALE’s youthful enthusiasm.

The nine-track album was recorded at the Solslottet Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, known for his  work with bands like ENSLAVED and KRAKOW.  Artwork for “Contrapasso” is by the Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu.  Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Lemma
2. Heresy
3. Inertia
4. Langour
5. Ascension
6. Convulsion
7. Helix
8. Serpentstone
9. Phoenix

Seven Impale AlbumArt PR

SEVEN IMPALE was formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, and its relatively young members bring with them a considerable diversity of musical disciplines, from classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz, and rock to electronic.  The lineup of Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards demonstrates how easily these musicians are able to fuse together all these influences to give the band its fresh, original, approach.

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

SEVEN IMPALE’s “City of the Sun” can be heard below and at http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-the-sun


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Tracks from Karisma Records releases, can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale
Bandcamp:  http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sevenimpale
NRK: http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/SevenImpale/default.aspx
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Seven Impale PR

Photo by Annabel Lee

With their 2014 debut album “City of the Sun” earning itself seventh place in the Progarchives.com best albums of the year poll,  fans have been curious to hear what SEVEN IMPALE will bring to the table next.   And today Karisma Records have announced that  “Contrapasso”, the sophomore full-length album from the  young Norwegian Prog Rockers, is set for release in the Autumn.

Whilst details are still being kept under wraps, the label had this to say about what to expect: “As you can imagine with such a young band, SEVEN IMPALE have grown a lot since their debut.  They have continued to explore the unique sound they started to develop on “City of the Sun”, and, as their confidence has grown, they have taken that sound further, becoming more experimental, and adding complexity and harder soundscapes, along with more catchy and upbeat tracks.  Let’s just say that SEVEN IMPALE don’t believe in genre boundaries, and thankfully, they have lost none of their youthful enthusiasm in the process”.

“Contrapasso”, was recorded at the Solslottet Studio, with the band once again calling upon the services of Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands like ENSLAVED and KRAKOW, to  name but a few.  “This time our producer, Iver Sandøy, has taken an even bigger part in making decisions regarding the arrangements and instrumentation” commented the band, who went on to explain that “The process of recording this album has been quite different from last time. There have been countless edits and changes from the material we brought with us into the studio.  It’s been a long road which  has been worth every step, and the  result makes it all the more clear why, once again, we chose to work with Iver.

“Early on in the process of creating the album, our vision for “Contrapasso” had much more of a thematic concept, and we think this comes through in the form of a more unified (though quite diverse) album. We’re not going to go too much into the meaning of the lyrics, but you could call it a darker counterpart to “City of the Sun”.   Darker not only in concept, but also darker and heavier in sound, but with an even bigger dynamic range. In many ways it’s weirder and more experimental, while still sounding 100% like SEVEN IMPALE.”

Formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, SEVEN IMPALE’s relatively young lineup consists of  Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards.   What sets the band apart from many of the new arrivals on the scene is the sheer diversity of musical disciplines that the members bring with them.  From classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz and rock to electronic, SEVEN IMPALE have fused all their experience and influences and created a sound that is uniquely theirs.

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

SEVEN IMPALE’s “City of the Sun” can be heard below and at http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-the-sun

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Tracks from Karisma Records releases, can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale
Bandcamp:  http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sevenimpale
NRK: http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/SevenImpale/default.aspx
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Tiebreaker PR 2016

With their high-octane melodic riffing and their ability to easily combine the essence of what this era’s rock & roll is all about, with the raw energy of early garage rock, TIEBREAKER have proved themselves to be big crowd pleasers, both on and off stage, not only in their native Norway, but world-wide.  So today’s announcement that a new album is on the way will come as very welcome news to the band’s many fans.  The album will be titled “Death Tunes” and is set to be released  on Karisma Records around September time this year.

During the fall of 2015 TIEBREAKER took themselves off to a small cabin in the west of Norway to write “Death Tunes”, which they completed over a period of three months.  The ten-track album was recorded in December at the  Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, which is owned by Kjartan Kristiansen of the  DUMDUM BOYS, and produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland. The Engineer/mix/master on “Death Tunes” is Nick Terry (TURBONEGRO, KVELERTAK, LIBERTINES) with Assistant engineers Kim Lillestøl and Espen Andersen.

According to TIEBREAKER the intention is “to take rock & roll away from the tiring circuit and make it a melodic-blazing, ass-slinging, foot-through-the-floor sprint”, and with “Death Tunes” it would seem that the band’s intentions are becoming reality.  Producer Bjarte Lund Rolland had this to say about the album and the band themselves: ” I loved working with them, they were able to pick up the feedback I gave on their material and came back with improvements every time. They initially impressed me live, they had a priceless chemistry and an amazing lead singer, and looked like they had played together for decades. After hearing demos of “new” stuff I was convinced they could write some really interesting things too. They have a timeless quality that’s rare for such a young band. They’re the antithesis to hipster-rock, boasting real musicianship and writing groovy, riffy, beautiful music.”

A couple of photos from the recording sessions can be seen below. More can be seen on Karisma Record’s Facebook page  HERE

Tiebreaker Studio PR

Tiebreaker Studio PR2

Formed in  Odda, Hordaland, in 2011 by five childhood friends, TIEBREAKERS lineup comprises Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums.  It is a band of musicians who embraces the ethos of hard work instilled into them by their industrial heritage, and exemplified by extensive live appearances, that culminated in a six-week European tour at the start of 2016.

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

A video of  TIEBREAKER playing live at the ABC Studios filmed  by Gregor from tripidea.com and produced by Kjetil Ulland, can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ptT_aigL474  and on the Karisma Records channel at https://youtu.be/UWE8nMkAfWo

TIEBREAKER’s debut full-length album can be heard below and on Bandcamp at https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com


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Tracks from all of Karisma Records releases can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/karisma-records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tiebreaker on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Tiebreakertheband
Tiebreaker on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5ZcJxEdOudYfHcOx8ILDw
Tiebreaker on Bandcamp:  https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com
Band Contact: tiebreakertheband@gmail.com
Tiebreaker Booking: ragnar@timeoutagency.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor

 

Airbag PR1

Photo by Anne-Marie Forker/www.forkerfotos.com

Now that the release date of the 10th June for “Disconnected” is  very close, Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a third video teaser for their fourth full-length album, which will be out on Karisma Records.  The short, and very tantalising teaser, can be seen below, and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ajfgbro-mAE


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With a lineup consisting of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass), AIRBAG was Formed in 2004.  Since then the band’s reputation has gained a solid, and ever increasing,  following amongst prog fans the world-over, whilst  their three previous full-length releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), have received much critical acclaim.

Produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes once again on board, “Disconnected” sees AIRBAG continuing to develop the sound that blends different musical styles with soaring guitars and soulful vocals to create lush soundscapes .  AIRBAG’s music has been described as “scenic, epic rock”, and it is that, and more.

“Disconnected” takes as its theme the sense of  alienation that exists between the individual and society and  each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.  Artwork  for the album is  designed by vocalist Tostrup

TRACKLIST
1.     Killer
2.     Broken
3.     Slave
4.     Sleepwalker
5.     Disconnected
6.     Returned

Airbag Disconnected PR1

AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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

“Killer” the opening track from “Disconnected” can be heard below and at http://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/track/killer


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AIRBAG’s “Disconnected” is available in CD, double 12″ vinyl and digital download formats on Karisma Records and can be pre-order in both CD and 12″ vinyl format from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/airbag   as well as in both formats or digital download from https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com

A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen,  jt@airbagsound.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

Virus PR4

When renowned Romanian multi-media artist Costin Chioreanu says of his new video for  pioneering experimental rockers VIRUS “I went beyond all my boundaries and I have a feeling I touched a bit of insanity” you know that it’s going to be something unique.  Having made his mark not only as a graphic artist, but also as a stage artist, musician, animator and movie maker at a relatively young age, Chioreanu’s new animated video, for the track “Rogue Fossil” from VIRUS’ upcoming album “Memento Collider”, is the latest in a series of collaborations with artists from Karisma Records, and its sister label Dark Essence Records.  The video is making its exclusive debut on the following:

Sterogum at http://www.stereogum.com/1878654/virus-rogue-fossil-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/

Team Rock at http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-05-23/virus-and-costin-chioreanu-combine-for-a-mind-melting-new-video

Set for release on Karisma Records on the 3rd of June, “Memento Collider” was recorded at the Amper Tone Studios in Oslo and includes a guest performance from VOIVOD’s  Dan Mongrain.  It is, without a doubt, an album that demonstrates the true essence of progressive rock.

Artwork for “Memento Collider” is by the Trine + Kim Design Studio (http://www.trineogkim.no).  Tracklisting on the six-track album as follows:

  1. Afield
  2. Rogue Fossil
  3. Dripping Into Orbit
  4. Steamer
  5. Gravity Seeker
  6. Phantom Oil Slick

Virus Album Artwork PR

For over a decade now VIRUS have maintained their status as one of the most unique bands to have emerged from Norway’s burgeoning progressive music scene, and “Memento Collider” sees the band returning to their original three-piece lineup of Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide on guitars and vocals, Petter “Plenum” Berntsen on bass and Einar “Einz” Sjursø on drums.  Their otherworldly sound,  replete with flowing bass lines, experimental riffs and groovy rhythms, is still the epitome of all that is contained in the definition of “progressive” and “experimental”, and with this, their  fourth full-length release, VIRUS have come storming back with an album that is also catchy and melodic.

A pre-listening session for  VIRUS’ “Memento Collider” will be held at Kniven  in Oslo on the 26th May, whilst the release concert will take place at Pokalen in Oslo on the 24th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/500013

Karisma Records recently debuted the track “Steamer” from VIRUS’ “Memento Collider” and it can be heard at http://virus.bandcamp.com/album/memento-collider

More information about VIRUS can be found on their website at http://virusnorway.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial

“Memento Collider” is available to pre-order in both CD and 12″ vinyl format from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/  as well as in both formats or digital download from https://virus.bandcamp.com/

Fan-filmed footage of VIRUS performing the track “Rogue Fossil” from “Memento Collider” live  in New York can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/VccXpd5Y3Nw


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Virus Website:  http://virusnorway.com/
Virus on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial
Virus on Bandcamp: https://virusnorway.bandcamp.com/
Virus Webstore:  http://virulentmusic.bigcartel.com/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor

Airbag PR1

With “Disconnected”, the fourth full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG, set to hit the streets on the 10th June, Karisma Records have today  debuted  the album’s opening track, “Killer”, which can be heard exclusively on the following:

Team Rock at  http://teamrock.com/news/2016-05-03/airbag-premiere-new-track-killer

Rock Hard at https://www.rockhard.de/news/newsarchiv/newsansicht/43717-airbag-feiern-killer-songpremiere.html

“Disconnected”  takes AIRBAG’s trademark blending of musical styles, combined with lush soundscapes, soaring guitars and soulful vocals, a step further along the band’s musical journey, whilst lyrically each of the six tracks explore the sense of alienation that exists between the individual and society

As guitarist Bjorn Riis explains:   “Killer was one of the first songs written for “Disconnected”.  I had this idea of this ruthless corporate guy who uses everyone to gain success. Sort of Bateman from American Psycho meets Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko. He’s outside, or disconnected from, the rules of our society”.

“Musically, Killer is slightly different from what we’ve done before. There’s more emphasis on the drums, different rhythm patterns and electronic elements, and it really was a band effort, where everyone was contributing ideas and trying out new stuff”.

“Disconnected, sees Airbag once again team up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the artwork is  designed by vocalist Tostrup.

TRACKLIST
1.     Killer
2.     Broken
3.     Slave
4.     Sleepwalker
5.     Disconnected
6.     Returned

Airbag Disconnected PR1

Formed in 2004 AIRBAG’s lineup consists of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass).  The band’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock, and with three hugely successful album releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), AIRBAG has gained a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press.

AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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

A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA


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Three tracks from AIRBAG including “The Greatest Show On Earth” can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/airbag-on-karisma-records


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen,  jt@airbagsound.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

Airbag PR1

Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a second video teaser for their upcoming album “Disconnected”, which is set for release on Karisma Records on the 10th June.   The teaser can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/yNSHHd5xOx0


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With its lush soundscapes underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals “Disconnected”  further expands the blending of musical styles and sounds that make AIRBAG a unique listening experience.  The album itself is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society and  each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.

For the production of “Disconnected, Airbag has once again teamed up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the artwork is  designed by vocalist Tostrup.

TRACKLIST
1.     Killer
2.     Broken
3.     Slave
4.     Sleepwalker
5.     Disconnected
6.     Returned

Airbag Disconnected PR1

Formed in 2004 AIRBAG’s lineup consists of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass).  The band’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock, and with three hugely successful album releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), AIRBAG has gained a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press.

AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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

The first video teaser from “Disconnected” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/gG8vNaWnm1g 


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Three tracks from AIRBAG can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/airbag-on-karisma-records


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A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA 


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen,  jt@airbagsound.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords