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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

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Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will continue to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a European tour in October of this year which will consist of a total of 17 shows and will feature material from all of the band’s albums. TAAKE will be accompanied by Dark Essence Records label-mates ORKAN and SLEGEST, along with BÖLZER and ONE TAIL ONE HEAD.

The routing of eleven out of the seventeen shows are as follows, whilst the remaining shows will be announced at a later date:

04.10: U Basyla,  Poznan, PL
05.10: Way of Darkness,  Lichtenfels, DE
06.10: 013,  Tilburg, NL
07.10: Neushoorn,  Leeuwarden, NL
10.10: De Casino, St-Niklaas, BE
11.10: Petit Bain,  Paris, FR
12.10: Resonanzwerk,  Oberhausen, DE
13.10: Night Fest Metal IX, Arlon, BE
14.10: Dynamo,  Zurich, CH
15.10: Backstage,  Munich, DE
17.10: A38,  Budapest, HU

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Having kicked off the  25th Anniversary celebrations with a show in the band’s home town of Bergen,  TAAKE’s  iconic frontman and founder , Hoest,  has, over the years, honed the band’s trademark “Helnorsk Svartmetall ” sound  to perfection.  For a quarter of a century Hoest has always remained true to the spirit of Norwegian Black Metal, both in the studio and on the stage, and has never allowed  the icy, dangerous edge, much beloved by Black Metal fans, to stagnate, keeping it fresh with surprising twists and turns.

Hoest’s  powerful presence, which dominates any stage on which he sets foot, coupled with a live lineup of experienced and highly skilled musicians, and an  extensive back catalogue to draw from, has always ensured that  TAAKE’s performances are an experience that is guaranteed to enthral.

Aside from the upcoming European tour, TAAKE will be making a number of Festival and club appearances this year including Stockholm Slaughter in Sweden, Incineration Festival in the UK, Tuska Live in Finland, In Flammen Open Air in Germany, Beyond the Gates in Norway and the Colony Summer Fest in Italy.

TAAKE will also be heading for Japan to play a series of dates in July.  Routing as follows:

26 July:  Soma, Osaka,
27 July:  Imaike 3 Star, Nagoya
28 July:  Cyclone, Tokyo,
29 July:  Cyclone, Tokyo

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TAAKE’s seventh full-length album “Kong Vinter” was  released on Dark Essence Records at the end of 2017 and is available,  along with the band’s other releases and exclusive merchandise,  from the following, as well as all the usual retailers:

Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com/
EU Webshop: www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com

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

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


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

Fans of the Norwegian Extreme Melodic  genre in general, and of COR SCORPII in particular, have waited eight long years for the follow up to the band’s debut album “Monument”, and now, at last, the long wait is over with the band set to release their sophomore full-length “Ruin” on the 15th June on Dark Essence Records.

The result of a lengthy, and at times arduous, song writing process, “Ruin” draws its inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal.  Revealing the hidden talents that can be found amongst its members, COR SCORPII have, on “Ruin”,  made use of instruments that are unusual for a metal band, such as the accordion and mandolin.

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

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

Cor Scorpii albumArt PR

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

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Psychedelic Prog Black Metaller HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, whose third full-length album “Mayhem in Blue” was released on Dark Essence Records in late 2016,  have announced their first European tour, covering nine dates during the latter half of April,  and  including an appearance at the Roadburn Festival.

Commenting on the tour, and what fans could expect, the band had this to say:

‘’It’s the first time we embark on a tour in Europe and we really can’t wait to meet all you music maniacs on the road. Be prepared for an intense show based on improvisation, and the transformation of some of our old tracks”.

Routing for the April tour is as follows:
20.4: Temple, Athens, Greece
22.4:  Roadburn, 013,  Tilburg, Netherlands
23.4: Le Midlan,  Lille, France (with Mortier)
24.4: Le Klub , Paris, France (with Glorior Belli)
25.4: Oetinger Villa, Darmstadt, Germany (with Fallen Tyrand and The Invasion)
26.4: Spazio Ligera , Milan, Italy  (with Sannhet and Sum of R)
28.4: Magnetofon,  Lodz, Poland
29.4: Chemiefabrik,  Dresden, Germany
30.4 TBC

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Formed in Thessaloniki, Greece,  in 2010, and describing their music as “psychoprog black metal  whose sound is “retro, yet modern”,  HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup includes 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.

Once the tour is finished, the band intend to focus on writing their much-anticipated next album.

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

A video of HAIL SPIRIT NOIR performing the title track of their album “Mayhem in Blue” live at Dark Bombastic Evening in 2017 can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/jUWgoxqdJSU


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/
Bandcamp: https://hailspiritnoir.bandcamp.com
Merch: http://hailspiritnoir.bigcartel.com/products
Band Contact: hailspiritnoirband@yahoo.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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Italian Dark Metallers SELVANS announce their first ever headlining tour, which will cover 9 European countries in May.  Routing for the tour, which is titled “Hirpi” after the band’s 2017 live album,  is as follows:

10 May: Titty Twister, Parma (IT)
11 May:  Concilia Nocturna, Aarburg (CH)
12 May:  Farářova Sluj, Mladá Boleslav (CZ)
13 May:  Rudeboy, Bielsko-Biała (PL)
15 May:  Tartaros, Banská Bystrica (SK)
16 May:  Dongó, Győr (HU)
17 May:  Melodka, Brno (CZ)
18 May:  S8 Underground, Budapest (HU)
19 May:  Weberknecht, Wien (AT)


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SELVANS was formed by frontman Haruspex after the demise of Italy’s legendary DRAUGR.  With SELVANS, Haruspex’s idea was to  breathe new life into  the rich and varied customs, mysticism and folklore that were left behind by the plethora of ethnic  inhabitants that populated Italy throughout the ages.  Combined with  SELVANS’ music and lyrics, Haruspex’s use of  aesthetics has created a band which,  visually, and, very importantly,  emotively, brings back to life those long-lost eras.   And this is something that is not limited to SELVANS’ studio output, but is vividly re-created on stage, as fans will be able to see for themselves on the upcoming tour.

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

A special video,  which was made as a tribute to the band’s late drummer Jonny,  for the track “Lupercale” from “Clangores Plenilunio”,  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/AJDfmpYFa4Q


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A video of SELVANS live at Menuo Juodaragis can be seen at https://youtu.be/DBmR4sEKHvU

 
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Selvans
Website: http://www.templeofselvans.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans
BandCamp: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/music
Webshop: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/merch
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/templeofselvans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/selvans_
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/selvans_official
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans
Band Contact:  info@templeofselvans.com
Booking:  Nighttime Production
booking@templeofselvans.com / nightimeproduction@gmail.com
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Avantgarde Music
Website: http://www.avantgardemusic.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/avantgardemusiclabel
Contact: info@avantgardemusic.com
Vendetta Records
Website: https://vendettarecords.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vendetta-Records-113775778703319/
Webshop:  http://vendettarecords.bigcartel.com

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Dark Essence Records have set the 8th of June as the date for the release of the debut full-length album from Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH.    Titled “In Chaos Becrowned”, the eight track album was mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo,  and features 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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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,  and is rooted in the 80s and 90s avant-garde rockers THE VOID .  With members hailing from bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST, ACÂRASH is a band whose influences are varied, and which embraces tradition, yet manages to forge an identity all of its own.

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By blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  has succeeded in forming  a  sound in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music, and mirror the nuances in both sound and musical contrasts.

With “In Chaos Becrowned”, ACÂRASH has  shown an 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.

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/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
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