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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

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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

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Nobody knows who the Norwegian vocalist behind some of the most talked about new Black and Extreme Metal bands to emerge over the last year is, but one thing is sure, he has an uncanny knack of being able to bring together talented musicians from well known, established bands, and give them the impetus to  create new projects. Projects that have allowed the individual musicians to bring their experience and different disciplines together to form bands that, whilst helmed by the same individual, are totally different one from the other.  Furthermore, in a saturated market, they are bands that  get snapped up by labels in very short order.

With NORDJEVEL and SVARTELDER having already released critically acclaimed albums on Osmose Productions and Dusktone respectively, and with DOEDSVANGR currently considering various recording offers, ENEPSIGOS,  the latest project of this shadowy individual,  has attracted interest from labels purely on the strength of two raw demo tracks, and the band has just agreed a deal with the French label Drakkar Productions for the release of their debut album.

Having eschewed his stage name of Doedsadmiral, in favour of V.I.T.H.R, for his work with ENEPSIGOS, the mysterious vocalist has called upon the talents of fellow countryman and former SARKOM guitarist Straff and Italian drummer Thorns known for his work with BLUT AUS NORD, DEATHROW, FIDES INVERSA, FROSTMOON ECLISPE and DARVAZA, to name but a few.  Together they have created a band that is dark and brutal, and whose roots in the traditions of early Black Metal are unmistakable.

Because it’s easy to talk about what a band is going to sound  like, but in reality it’s impossible for fans to form any kind of idea about a band without actually hearing any music, ENEPSIGOS have uploaded a ROUGH STUDIO MIX of the title track from their upcoming album “Plague of Plagues” and it can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/enepsigos-official/plague-of-plagues


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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/EnepsigosOfficial/
SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/enepsigos-official
Band Contact: Enepsigos666@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Drakkar Productions: http://www.drakkar666.com

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/momentumiceland
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/momentumiceland
Band Contact: momentumiceland@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence US Webshop:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

 

 

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

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Fans of Norway’s  CREST OF DARKNESS will have seen a short teaser video appear on Facebook this week showing frontman and founder Ingar Amlien signing what appears to be a contract, and today Italian label My Kingdom Music confirmed that it was indeed a new recording contract, and that the veteran Norwegian Extreme Metallers would be continuing their collaboration with the label for the release of their next album.  Commenting on the renewal of their long-standing relationship, which started thirteen years ago, My Kingdom Music had this to say:

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to continue with, and build on,  the strong relationship we have always had with CREST OF DARKNESS.  We first started working  together back in 2003, and we have watched the band develop its style and sound over the years, and we are very excited to be releasing their seventh full-length album towards the end of this year.  We have no doubts whatsoever that the new album will push the borders of their take on extreme metal to new limits.  CREST OF DARKNESS’ personal mix of Black, Thrash and Heavy Metal promises to make this the most mature and powerful album the band has ever released”.

Amlien himself gave some hints at what fans could expect from the album, as well as echoing the label’s sentiments about their working relationship: ” Over the years CREST OF DARKNESS and My Kingdom Music seem to have grown side by side, so I’m very happy to be able to continue working with a label that understands both our music and our vision, and with whom we have always been able to have an open and constructive dialogue.  Particularly as the new album is especially important to me as I’ve put a hell of a lot of myself and my emotions  into it.  I’ve always felt that when we are on stage, we create a sort of magic, and this time we have been able to transfer that magic to the recordings.  You could say this is my personal Black Mass.

“We are not going to reveal too much about the album at this stage except to say that it is currently being recorded at the MLP Studio with Nils Harald Mæhlum  at the helm.  We worked with Mæhlum on our first albums, and we recently got together again when we recorded last year’s “Evil Messiah” EP, and it felt natural so we decided to stick with him for the new album, and it’s proven to be a very good decision”.

The teaser video of Ingar Amlien signing the contract can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/vSv164A-v4Q


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CREST OF DARKNESS’ current  lineup, includes founder and frontman Ingar Amlien (ROQUEFIRE, CONCEPTION, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) on bass and vocals, Rebo on guitars, Bernhard (ex- PALE FOREST) on drums, and Kristian Wentzel on keyboards.  More information about CREST OF DARKNESS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial

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Nine tracks tracing the history of CREST OF DARKNESS, can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness/sets/crest-of-darkness


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The Official video of the track “Demon Child” from CREST OF DARKNESS’ 2013 album “In the Presence of Death” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/3-sNJCviSGY


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The official CREST OF DARKNESS playlist, which includes the  band’s entire catalogue can be heard on Spotify  HERE

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.crestofdarkness.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crestofdarknessofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/crest-of-darkness
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CRESTOFDARKNESSOFFIC
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/patriciathomas/playlist/7hW4CvcmbBGGriJtJBryx5
MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/crestofdarkness
My Kingdom Music:  info@mykingdommusic.net
http://www.mykingdommusic.net/
Band Contact and Booking: contact@crestofdarkness.com
Management and Booking:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/

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

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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

 

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Norwegian vocalist Doedsadmiral seems to have a magic touch when it comes to attracting some of the top Black and Extreme Metal musicians and forming them into new bands.   With his bands NORDJEVEL (which includes current and former members of MARDUK, RAGNAROK, FATAL IMPACT, TVANGESTE and BYRDI),  and SVARTELDER (with current and former members of CARPATHIAN FOREST,  IN THE WOODS, DEN SAAKALDTE, PANTHEON I and OLD FOREST) being snapped up instantly by labels , and with debut albums that have taken the Black Metal sector by storm, the somewhat mysterious frontman has done it again with the formation of DOEDSVANGR.

Joining him in DOEDSVANGR’s  lineup is Shatraug (HORNA, SARGEIST, BEHEXEN and NIGHTBRINGER) on guitars,  and Anti-Christian (TSJUDER,  BEATEN TO DEATH) on drums,  and the band has already finished writing their debut album and is now ready to enter the Klang Studios in Oslo with producer  Bjarne Stensli, who will record, mix and master it.    According to DOEDSVANGR, the album, which will be titled “Satan Ov Suns”,  is a “very dark work, very  evil and with extreme variations, but with a lot of groove”.

DOEDSVANGR, who are currently looking for a label, have posted a rough demo track to give fans an idea of what to expect from the band, and it can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/doedsvangrofficial/black-sun-nimbus


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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/doedsvangrofficial
SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/doedsvangrofficial
Band Contact: Doedsvangrofficial@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com