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Fans of Norwegian Prog Rockers  JORDSJØ who are eagerly awaiting the release of “Pastoralia”, the band’s third full-length album, have been offered another glimpse into what to expect with the release of a new single from the album.

Titled “Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd”, the single can be downloaded or streamed from a number of digital platforms at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Jordsjo_MellomMjodurt-Marisko-og-Sostermarihaand

JORDSJØ’s Håkon Oftung  gave us some idea of how the track came about, and the inspiration behind it:

The concept of “Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd” came to me when I was cycling around the eastern part of Norway, near the Swedish border.  It  was written in the summer 2020 on Karlsøy, a small island northwest of Tromsø in northern Norway. Through the music, which is built around two main themes that are connected to each other by three different musical intermezzos,  I tried to capture some sort of lyrical snapshot of each of three places that are very dear to me.  Åsa Ree contributed with both the doubling of the lead vocals and with some beautiful backing harmonies.

In  the tradition of some of last centuries’ best Nordic rock, JORDSJØ’s duo of multi instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC) and drummer Kristian Frøland, meld Progressive rock with interesting melodies, whilst giving the whole a Folk-inspired twist.  And, for  “Pastoralia”, they have  produced an album that is a musical journey that travels from minimalist mellotron passages to a full on rock tempest, and which sees JORDSJØ moving  further into jazzy, progressive,  musical landscapes.

Thematically, the album is based on dreams, a longing for freedom and the fictional place “Pastoralia”, where every day is like tropical nights in Northern Norway, where the forest people dance around campfires.

Joining the duo on “Pastoralia” are a number of guests including Ola Mile Bruland (ACTIONFREDAG), Håkon Knutzen, Vilde Mortensen Storesund, Mats Lemjan, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Åsa Ree (MEER, TUSMØRKE, WOBBLER).

Recorded and produced in its entirety by JORDSJØ between March and November 2020, in the basement of Bjørnerød Gård  in Våler, Østfold, and with artwork by  Sindre Foss Skancke, tracklisting for “Pastoralia” is as follows:

  1. Prolog
  2. Skumring i Karesuando
  3. Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd
  4. Pastoralia
  5. Fuglehviskeren
  6. Beitemark
  7. Vettedans
  8. Jord III

Set for release on Karisma Records on the 7th May, “Pastoralia” will be available in CD, Digital and black Vinyl formats as well as in a blue Vinyl version which will be limited to 600 copies.  It is now available to pre-order from the following:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com 

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

A video for the track ” Hulderheimen”  from JORDSJØ’s self-titled 2015 release can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/F-kRpbd0kGI

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

With a firmly established reputation for welcoming some of the finest Prog and Rock acts, both long-established as well as new, to its roster, Norway’s Karisma Records is also  making a name for itself by taking some of the legendary, and long-unavailable,  recordings of its established artists and making them once again available to fans. And, declining to take the easy route, the re-releases are often either re-mixed or re-mastered (in this case by Jacob Holm-Lupo), and  in formats not previously available.

Next up in its catalogue of re-releases come three albums from ARABS IN ASPIC, a band that has been in the forefront of 70’s inspired progressive rock and proto-hard rock in Norway for the past fifteen years.   The three re-releases in question will be “Progeria”, “Far Out in Aradabia” and “Strange Frame of Mind”, all of which will be available in CD, Digital, Black Vinyl and Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl formats.

2003’s mini-album “Progeria”, was released as a CD only, and was the first outing for ARABS IN ASPIC, which, at this point was as a mixture of the psychedelic space rock akin to Hawkwind, and the heaviness and darkness of early Black Sabbath.  At the time of “Progeria’s” release the band had released several demo and was very active in the live scene in the Trondheim area. Their rehearsal space was located in the Hells Angels club house in Trondheim, much to the consternation of the local police!

Released in 2004, again in CD only, “Far Out In Aradabia”  saw ARABS IN ASPIC becoming bolder and more adventurous with their song writing sound.  Having enlisted a keyboard player, the band’s musical inspirations had become broader as well, and ARABS IN ASPIC started to venture more into the realms of progressive rock.  It is interesting to note that the last track on the album was a 65 minute studio jam, which was eventually edited down to 19 minutes.  “Far Out In Aradabia” was also the first album on which Julia Proszowzka did the artwork, and she has worked with the band ever since.

By the time “Strange Frame of Mind” appeared as a CD in 2010, ARABS IN ASPIC had recruited Hammond virtuoso Stig Arve Jørgensen on keys and backing vocals after seeing him perform FOCUS’ “Hocus Pocus”!  “Strange Frame of Mind” is very much an album that serves as a bridge between early ARABS IN ASPIC, and the band they are today.

In addition to the individual re-re releases of each of the three albums, Karisma Records will also be releasing a Limited Edition LP box set titled “I-III”.  Aside from all three of the albums in an exclusive “Aspic” coloured vinyl, the box will include a slip mat and a 12 page booklet with stories and photos from the early days of ARAB IN ASPIC.

All three albums and the box set (which is limited to 300 copies) will hit the streets on the 18 June, are now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp:  https://arabs.bandcamp.com
US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com

Today, only Jostein Smeby on Guitars and Vocals and Eskil Nyhus on Drums and Cymbals, remain from the original ARABS IN ASPIC lineup, which now also includes  Stig Jørgensen on Organs and Vocals, Erik Paulsen on Bass and Vocals, and Alessandro G. Elide on Percussion and Gongs.  Despite rather modestly saying of themselves that they ” play music”,  dive deeper into ARABS IN ASPIC and you will find that the music the band produces  includes a multitude of aspects of classic rock, funk, pop, prog, heavy rock, bossa nova and a capella.  

More information about ARABS IN ASPIC can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/arabsinaspic/ or on their website at  http://www.arabsinaspic.org/

A video of Arabs in Aspic live can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/v3jekw2m19c

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arabsinaspic/
Website: http://www.arabsinaspic.org/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/arabsinaspic
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/dragedraug
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Osmose Productions have announced that the third full-length album from Black Metallers NATTVERD is set to hit the streets on the 30th April.  Titled “Vandring” it forms the final chapter of the Black Death trilogy which includes the 2019 EP “Skuggen, and 2020’s full-length “Styggdom”.

According to the band, whose lineup is composed of Ormr on Vocals and Guitars,  Atyr on Guitars, Sveinr on Bass, Antichristian on Drums, and Serpentr on Guitars, “Vandring” is “a more dynamic album than our last, because  we have challenged the core that is NATTVERD, whilst at the same time  staying true to the spirit that is the band. We have pushed some boundaries, which has resulted in more diverse tracks, that touch a lot on melancholy, and is even more aggression, with epic moments”.

As a taster of what to expect, a track from the album has been released as a single.  The track, “Naar Taaken Fortaerer Alt”, which features Geir Bratland (Gerlioz of DIMMU BORGIR, ex GOD SEED) on piano, can be streamed or downloaded from various  digital platforms at https://backl.ink/143962158

Additionally, a video by Grupa 13 also makes its debut, and can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/bCjivR_ATTQ

“Vandring” was recorded during March and April of 2020 at Velvet Recording in  Spydeberg, Norway, with producer Christer Krogh who also mastered the album.  With artwork by Khaos Diktator Design and Ormr, and with layout by Ormr, Doedsadmiral and Silere Omnia, tracklisting for “Vandring” is as follows:

1. Det Bloer Paa Alt Som Spirer
2. Martyrer Av Kristus
3. Naar Taaken Fortaerer Alt
4. Med Rive Og Lime
5. I Moerket Slumrer Ravnen
6. Gudsmenn, Deres Svik Erkjenn
7. Det Hvisker I Veggene
8. Langt Langt Der Borte I Det Fjerne

“Vandring”  will be available in CD, Digital, LP (both black and Limited Edition red versions), and Tape formats,  and is now available to pre-order from the following:

 Bandcamp: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/vandring
Osmose Productions Webshop: : http://bit.ly/nattverd-shop

Formed in the late 90’s, NATTVERD is a band that has always preferred that its output be judged on purely musical merits, rather than on the past or future reputations of its extremely skilled and experienced lineup, and to this end the true identities of its musicians have always been kept private. 

More information about NATTVERD can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nattverdofficial/  or on the band’s website at https://www.devilryproductions.com/nattverd



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nattverdofficial/
Website:  https://www.devilryproductions.com/nattverd
Bandcamp: https://nattverdofficial.bandcamp.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/nattverdofficial/
Webshop: https://www.devilryproductions.com/shop
Band Contact:  devilryproductions@gmail.com  
Osmose Productions:
Website: https://www.osmoseproductions.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/osmoseproductions/
Bandcamp: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/osmoseproductions/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OsmoseProd
Contact:  osmoseproductions@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karisma Records have inked a deal with MONSTEREO that will see the label release the Norwegian Rockers’ third full-length album later this year. 

MONSTEREO is a Bergen-based four-piece lineup consisting of Ola Utaaker Segadal on lead vocals and electric guitars, Øyvind Aase Fluge on electric guitars, Jørgen Stangeland Bach on Bass guitar, and Jon Bolstad on Drums. They have been serving up catchy melodies and energetic rock songs for over a decade.

With their upcoming album, which will be titled “In the Hollow of a Wave”, MONSTEREO are back with an album which is by far the heaviest the band has produced to date.

Karisma is a great fit for us! They love old school rock. That’s a vibe we can get behind and we are really happy that Karisma saw potential in our music. The people behind this great label are genuine music lovers. They are easy-going as well as hard working and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner says Ola Utaaker Segadal.

With this album MONSTEREO demonstrates their richest and broadest sound yet, with more keyboards, synths, and a variety of guitars, offering, according to the band, “teeth-grinding riffs, big choruses and rock-solid grooves”.

The tracks on “In The Hollow of a Wave” represent the best of two worlds. Catchy melodies, heavy riffs and a big sound, combined with exploratory instrumental sections that build towards a euphoric climax. MONSTEREO had this to say about their collaboration with Karisma Records:

We can’t wait to release our new album on Karisma records. Karisma’s roster is legendary, sporting some amazing bands and artists like KRAKOW, TUSMØRKE, RUPHUS, SHAMAN ELEPHANT, and we are super stoked to be part of the crew, says Øyvind Aase Fluge.

Rooted in 70’s Rock and Psychedelia, the band’s 2013 debut full-length “Spacesuits, On” brought MONSTERO’s Space Rock, with its jam-sections and exploratory feel to a wider audience. The 2014 follow up “Bright Dark” saw the band forming it’s musical identity, with distinctive guitar riffs and vocal melodies being given more prominence. Now, in 2021, “In The Hollow of a Wave” consolidates the bands musical expression with an all-out rock’n roll banger.

More  information about MONSTEREO can be found on the band’s Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen, or on their website at http://www.monstereo.no/ 

A video of MONSTEREO playing live at Kvarteret in Bergen can be seen at https://youtu.be/NrKLnLCsqcc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen  
Website: http://www.monstereo.no/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MONSTEREOBERGEN/ 
Band Contact:  monstereo.bergen@gmail.com
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

With just a month to go to the release of HYMNR’s debut full-length album “Far Beyond Insanity”, a second track from the album makes its debut.  Titled “Part.III” the track is streaming exclusively on “No Clean Singing” and can be heard at https://www.nocleansinging.com/2021/03/23/an-ncs-premiere-hymnr-part-iii/

Describing themselves as a “Black Metal band from unknown parts of the world” HYMNR plays its cards very close to its chest when it comes to its lineup, saying little more than that it is comprised of V on Vocals, V1 on Guitars and VII on Drums.   

 Intriguingly, the band did have this to say regarding both its formation, and its music:

HYMNR is an entity, a formation that spawned itself.  The music, the story, and the concept of HYMNR is its own tale, charting the tragic path that has led the world, humanity, and religion on a downwards spiral.

HYMNR is not so much a band as a concept that sets forth the old anguish-filled tales of how it all ended up where it did.

What HYMNR is, no one can say, except maybe the induvidual minds of the ones who are willing to embark on this journey.

HYMNR  needs to be heard and seen, and, above all, felt.

Mixed and mastered by Christer Krogh at  Velvet Recording,  and with artwork by David Thiérrée, tracklisting for “Far Beyond Insanity” is as follows:

Part.I
Part.II
Part.III
Part.IV

“Far Beyond Insanity” will hit the streets on the 23rd April in in CD, Digital and LP formats on Saturnal Records.

Additionally, a  Special Edition Vinyl , limited to 10 copies, which will contain a poster and a patch, will be available only directly from HYMNR.

The limited edition of “Far Beyond Insanity”, along with other formats,  is available to pre-order from https://www.devilryproductions.com/shop

“Part.I”, another previously debuted track from “Far Beyond Insanity”  can be heard at https://youtu.be/ehqu_R7TBJg

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

HYMNR  INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HYMNROfficial/
Website:  https://www.devilryproductions.com/hymnr
Bandcamp: https://hymnrofficial.bandcamp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hymnrofficial/
Webshop:  https://www.devilryproductions.com/shop
Band Contact:  hymnrofficial@gmail.com

SATURNAL RECORDS
“Far Beyond Insanity” pre-order: https://www.shop.saturnalrecords.com/category/preorders/
Website:  http://www.saturnalrecords.com/shop/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/saturnalrecords/
Contact: saturnalrecords@gmail.com

Karisma Records will release the final album from the back catalogue of Prog Rockers AIRBAG on the 11th June, and this completes the quartet of re-releases from the band that has been hailed as one of the most important to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, and one that has succeeded in garnering  a world-wide fan base.

As with the previous AIRBAG re-releases, 2009’s “The Greatest Show on Earth”, 2011’s “All Rights Removed” and 2016’s “Disconnected”, “Identity” has been totally remastered by  Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL).

“Identity” was AIRBAG’s first full-length album, which gave fans a taste of what the future would look like for a band with a unique sound  that draws elements from classic and progressive rock, chill and jazz, and drawing their  influences from artist from a wide range of genres –  from Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree to Talk Talk, Radiohead and Marillion (Steve Hogarth era).

Comprising eight songs, and showcasing AIRBAG’s classic progressive rock sound, blended with scenic soundscapes, epic guitars and soulful vocals, the re-release will be available in a special Limited Edition Deluxe version, complete with a 12 page booklet and a die-cut sleeve, as well as in Limited Digisleeve and regular jewel case CD formats

This is what the band had to say about it:

“Identity” has a very special place in our hearts and many of the songs are still staples in our live performances. It’s the album that started it all and it seems to mean so much to so many of our fans around the world. We’re proud to release this deluxe version and present the music and artwork the way we always envisioned it. 

AIRBAG’s lineup on “Identity” is comprised of Asle Tostrup on vocals,  Bjørn Riis on  guitars & vocals, Jørgen Hagen on  keyboards, Anders Hovdan on  bass and Joachim Slikker on drums.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1) Prelude
2) No Escape
3) Safe Like You
4) Steal My Soul
5) Feeling Less
6) Colours
7) How I Wanna Be
8) Sounds That I Hear

In addition to “Identity”, Karisma Records will also be releasing a different version of  “The Greatest Show on Earth”, which was originally re-released in 2020 as a Limited Edition, and which sold out virtually immediately.  This was AIRBAG’s third full-length, and the first to be released directly onto  vinyl,  and the new 2021 version will be available as a double LP in Blue Vinyl. 

On “The Greatest Show on Earth”, AIRBAG’s lineup of  Bjørn Riis on guitars, Asle Tostrup on vocals Henrik Fossum on drums Jørgen Grüner-Hagen on keyboards and Anders Fossum Hovdan on bass,  along with engineer and co-producer Vegard Sleipnes, raised AIRBAG’s music  to the next level. 

It is an album that sees AIRBAG continue their journey through atmospheric soundscapes and dealing in serious topics by creating cinematic pictures  and drawing the listener’s emotions into the band’s world.  The distinctive AIRBAG sound is still there, but this time the album is a bit rougher,  with some heavier parts.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Surveillance (part 1)                  
2. Redemption                                 
3. Silence Grows                                              
4. Call Me Back                                 
5. The Greatest Show on Earth 
6. Surveillance (part 2-3)

Both “Identity” and “The Greatest Show on Earth” are now available to pre-order from:

Webshop Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/product/vinyl/
Webshop CD:  https://www.karismarecords.no/product/cd/
Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/ 

Formed in the mid 2000’s AIRBAG today is made up of Asle Tostrup on vocals,  Bjørn Riis on guitars, and  Henrik Bergan Fossum on drums, a trio that is adept at blending diverse musical styles and sounds with a strong narrative listening experience, as witnessed by their latest critically acclaimed album “A Day at the Beach” which, since its release in June 2020, has already been pressed 13,000 times.

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

A video of AIRBAG performing in Quebec in 2019 can be seen at https://youtu.be/3fFoN-JJr-U   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airbagsound/
Airbag Booking: bjorn@airbag.no
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
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 have set the 7th May as the date when they will their complete their ambitious task of releasing the entire back catalogue of Norwegian prog/jazz rock legends RUPHUS. 

From their early days playing hard progressive rock, to becoming one of the leaders in the field of jazz rock RUPHUS were regarded as a ground-breaking band – the Norwegian equivalent of YES if you like, not just in style, but also in skill, as evidenced by their long, melodic  compositions,  and multiple, intertwined themes.  

Originally released in 1979, “Manmade” was  a truly  worthy end to the career of a band who, over the years, has created a musical legacy that is as fresh, varied  and original today as it was over three decades ago.   And the reason why RUPHUS has been able to create so much variety in their sound is due in large part to the band’s revolving door strategy, with each new member bringing with them their own influences, skills and performances.

After the 1978 release of the band’s fifth album “Flying Colours” RUPHUS lost three of its members. One of them was drummer Thor Bendiksen a loss that, on the surface, seemed almost unthinkable as he had been one of the original founding members.  But nothing seemed to deters the  band that has always relished change,  and Bjørn Jenssen proved to be a more than worthy replacement.  

Elsewhere Kjell Rønningen replaced Jan Simonsen on keyboards, whilst vocalist  Gudny Aspaas returned for her third stint with the band.  Along with original members Kjell Larsen on guitars and  Asle Nilsen on bass, both of whom were the only members to appear on all the band’s albums, RUPHUS decamped to the UK to record “Manmade” with producers Steven O’Donnell and Colin H. Jennings.

As with the previous five RUPHUS back-catalogue releases, the considerable skills of Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL, etc) were called upon to re-master “Manmade”, which will be available in CD, LP and a 250 copy Limited Edition White Vinyl Version.

With cover design by Bruno Oldani, tracklisting for “Manmade” is as follows:

  1. Clear View
  2. Snowy Days
  3. Greener Grass Elsewhere
  4. Dear Friend
  5. When the Tide Comes In
  6. Fashion of Today

“Manmade” is now available to pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/

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

A video of RUPHUS playing live can be seen below and at  https://youtu.be/u4yki9Xf3gc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebandruphus/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma Records on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
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/

For their third full-length release, Norwegian Rockers DOBBELTGJENGER, have come up with “SMOOTH FAILING”,  an album chock-full of catchy songs and funky rhythms, which, according to the band, is

An explosive, dark and neon saturated party album, where naive, riff based “the Strokes-esque” themes are met with vigorous grooves and cheeky falsettos. The album is about the gritty “BOOM!”s, manic “FUN!”s, gut wrenching “OH FUCK!”s and terrifying “I LOVE Y…”s of life.

And, with less than a month to go to its 9th April release, Karisma Records have today given fans, old and new,  a further glimpse into what they can expect from a lineup that uses an impressive array of instruments and skills, all of which contribute to DOBBELTGJENGER’s distinctive and varied sound.

The glimpse into DOBBELTGJENGER’s universe comes in the form of a single taken from the album and titled “LIVING IN OVERDRIVE” which can be downloaded or streamed from a number of platforms at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/dobbeltgjenger_living-in-overdrive

According to the band:

“LIVING IN OVERDRIVE ” is about the flamboyancy and recklessness in «over-experiencing» life. Sometimes we see the relationships we encounter and the life that we are living in full color and in 5D. It’s intense, saturated, terrifying and exhilarating, all at the same time”. 

For a band whose avowed intention is to bring back not just the Groove, but also the Fun, in Rock Music, Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) vocals, guitars, bass and synths;  Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON & OSSICLES) drums, percussion, grunts and guitar solo on Johanna; Knut-Martin Langeland Rasmussen on guitars;, Bastian Veland on guitar, synth, percussion  etc., and Jone Kuven on bass, with Jonas Flemsæter Hamre (session saxophone), are expertly able to stretch their sound in all kinds of directions in order to produce an album is not just about fun, manic or otherwise, but which also comes with a darker side.

As  DOBBELTGENGER explain:

“SMOOTH FAILING”  has been brewing on different computers for over three years. The record was written in a quite tumultuous, manic and self-destructive period of primus motor Vegard Wiknes’  life. SMOOTH FAILING revolves around the delight and self-deception of doing all the wrong things in your life. It´s a dark party album, made for bad decisions!

With artwork by Klende, track listing for “SMOOTH FAILING” is as follows:

  1. ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM
  2. COME ON OVER
  3. JOHANNA
  4. DIVE IN
  5. BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS
  6. LIVING IN OVERDRIVE
  7. ELECTRICAL SEASONS
  8. LA DEE DA
  9. DO THE WRONG THINGS

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

Webshop:  karismarecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com

A video for a previously released single “JOHANNA”, from DOBBELTGJENGER’s “SMOOTH FALLING” album  can be seen at https://youtu.be/bieplRiafAA

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://www.facebook.com/dobbeltgjengerofficial/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyGofEc5xSOmxVDmiuSaulg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL/
Snapchat: DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL
Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/2fj2XxUCPutZwFUM4ZB9rk
 Band contact: dobbeltgjengerband@gmail.com
Booking: jorgen@agenturet.no
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/