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Ester Segarra

The final routing for the joint SHINING/TAAKE European tour set to take place this winter has been confirmed, with four additional dates being added.  The tour is part of a series of live appearances to mark the  20th Anniversary of NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING.  Joining  these two titans of the stage on the tour will be TAAKE’s Dark Essence Records label-mates SLEGEST.

Routing as follows:

02 Dec: NUKE, Berlin, DE
03 Dec: Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec: Underworld, London, UK
05 Dec: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
06 Dec: UBU, Rennes, FR
07 Dec: De verlichte Geest, Roeselare, BE
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec:  Backstage, Munich, DE
11 Dec: Circolo Colony, Brescia, IT

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The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanded and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most dynamic live performers today.

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Whilst the name SLEGEST is perhaps not as familiar to fans as SHINING and TAAKE, the band has been earning rave reviews both for their studio output and for their live performances, earning them an ever-increasing fan base.  In the wake of his departure from VREID, where he played guitar on four of the iconic band’s albums, Ese formed SLEGEST in 2010, and the band has since then perfected a special blend of classic heavy rock and old-school black metal that is both dark and sinister, whilst being propelled along by a down and dirty groove that is immediate and catchy.  The band’s second full-length album will be released in November on Dark Essence Records.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

The official video for the track “Vilja & Dröm”, from SHINING’s “IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends”   can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/QO1JZ0qTSuE


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

The official video of TAAKE’s  performance at 2016’s Hellfest can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/pQgOjt6H-Mk


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More information about SLEGEST can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/slegest/ and on the band’s website at http://www.slegest.no/
The official video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”, the  opening track from the album “Løyndom”, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CHdUCDbyB5g


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
SHINING
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com
TAAKE
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp:  http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com
SLEGEST
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Bandcamp: https://slegest.bandcamp.com
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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With the vinyl version long-sold out and much in demand from fans,  Dark Essence Records are set to re-release TAAKE’s “…Doedskvad” in LP format.  The cover art for the LP differs from the original Dark Essence release, and is the one that was used for the limited edition splatter vinyl that was available on Perverted Taste, and which also sold out and is no longer available.

First released in 2005, and acknowledged by many to be a Black Metal masterpiece, “…Doedskvad” forms  the final part of TAAKE’s classic Trilogy, which includes the  “Nattestid” and “Bjoergvin” albums.  It was recorded at the legendary Grieghallen Studios, with guest appearances from Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST), NORDAVIND (ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST) and Taipan (ORCUSTUS).

The new vinyl edition will hit the streets on the 16th September and is  available to pre-order now from http://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/doedskvad-2/  or http://taake.bandcamp.com/album/doedskvad , as well as from the Dark Essence Records  North American webshop at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/item/41647

Tracklisting for “…Doedskvad” as follows:

  1. Hordalands Doedskvad part I
  2. Hordalands Doedskvad part II
  3. Hordalands Doedskvad part III
  4. Hordalands Doedskvad part IV
  5. Hordalands Doedskvad part V
  6. Hordalands Doedskvad part VI
  7. Hordalands Doedskvad part VII

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Founded by Hoest, one of the most  the most respected frontment in the genre, TAAKE’s Helnorsk Svartmetall sound remains true to the traditions of  Norwegian Black Metal, but never allows itself to become stale, introducing fresh, and often musically controversial , ideas with each album.  The use of a banjo on the track “Myr” on the band’s 2011 album “Noregs Vaapen, for example, initially caused consternation amongst  some of the diehard Black Metal fans,  but is now acknowledged as an eccentric  stroke of genius, and is one of the most anticipated songs at TAAKE concerts.

Following a string of festival appearances this summer, and with two North American tours behind them, TAAKE will hit the road in Europe during December for a series of dates with Niklas Kvarforth’s SHINING.  With these two dynamic and high profile frontmen taking to the stage on the same bill, the tour is understandably much anticipated by fans.   Dates will be announced shortly.

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

“…Doedskvad” can be heard below and on BandCamp at facebook.com/taakeofficialhttp://taake.bandcamp.com/album/doedskvad


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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Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Bandcamp:  http://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar.erevik.nilsen@gmail.com
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence North America Webshop: http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

 

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As part of a series of live appearances to mark the band’s 20th Anniversary, NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING will hit the road in December along with Norwegian Black Metal titans TAAKE.

Full details of the tour are not yet available, but confirmed routing so far is as follows:

02 Dec:  TBA, Berlin, DE
03 Dec:  Into Darkness Festival, Neushoom, Leeuwarden, NL
04 Dec:  Underworld, London, UK
08 Dec:  Kulturfabrik, Esch – sur -Alzette, LU
09 Dec:  Matrix, Bochum, DE
10 Dec,  Backstage, Munich, DE

More dates will be announced shortly.

The pairing of two such iconic bands will provide an interesting mix for fans, with SHINING’s DSBM roots matched with TAAKE’s Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Over the years both bands have taken the basic premises of their respective genres, and, whilst remaining true to them, have consistently kept them fresh  by expanding and experimenting,  sometimes taking them in directions that have surprised fans, but always maintaining the highest quality in terms of writing and musicianship.  Both Kvarforth and Hoest are, in fact, acknowledged to be two of the most exciting and dynamic live performers today.

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More  information about SHINING, can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial  and on the band’s website at www.shiningasylum.com

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SHINING
Website: www.shiningasylum.com
Shining on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shiningofficial
Niklas Kvarforth Official Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kvarforthofficialfanpage
Shining Webshop: http://www.shininglegions.com
Shining on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/shining-official
Official  YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/OfficialShining
Management and PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: luc@rtn-touring.com

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

 

 

Iconic Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will set out on a fifteen date European tour which will see the band play in Finland, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands.

Three Dark Essence Records label-mates will also be joining the lineup – KRAKOW and ORKAN (whose lineup includes TAAKE guitarist Gjermund) will join for  various dates, whilst the 3RD ATTEMPT (the new project from former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor) will make special guest appearances in Paris and London and on the two Spanish dates.  Bergen’s Extreme Metallers DOMINANZ  will join the tour for six of the dates.

Routing and lineup for the Stridens Hus 2015 tour as follows:

25 Sep: TAAKE – Ääniwalli  – Helsinki (FIN)
26 Sep: TAAKE – Mörkaste Småland, Hultsfred (SE)
29 Sep TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – From Hell,  Erfurt (DE)
30 Sep: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN –  Viper Room,  Wien (AT)
01 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Gala Hala,  Ljubljana (SLO)
02 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Alchemica Club,  Bologna (IT)
03 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Circolo Colony,  Brescia (IT)
04 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + ORKAN – Altherax,  Nice (FR)
05 Oct: TAAKE + KRAKOW + THE 3RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN – Razz 3,  Barcelona (ES)
06 Oct: TAAKE + THE 3RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Caracol,  Madrid (ES)
07 Oct: TAAKE + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – UBU,  Rennes (FR)
08 Oct: TAAKE + THE 3RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Glazart,  Paris (FR)
09 Oct: TAAKE + THE 3RD ATTEMPT + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Underworld,  London (UK)
10 Oct: TAAKE + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Neushoorn,  Leeuwarden (NL)
11 Oct: TAAKE + ORKAN + DOMINANZ – Luxor,  – Arnhem (NL)

TAAKE is one of the rare Black Metal bands that has continued to innovate and evolve over the years, without losing any of its original Norwegian Black Metal roots.  Hoest’s  unique brand of Helnorsk Svartmetall  translates perfectly to the live stage where the founder and frontman is acknowledged as one of the most dynamic and mesmerising performers around.  The current tour is in support of the band’s sixth full-length album “Stridens Hus”, which was released on Dark Essence Records at the end of last year.

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

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

Eight tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
Tour info: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Press contact: martin@propulsionmusic.no
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
Dark Essence Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Despite a history spanning over two decades, iconic Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have never previously  toured in North America, but  that is about to change with the band set to headline their first ever tour of the continent in June of this year.  Joining them on the thirteen-date tour will be US bands WOLVHAMMER for the whole tour, and YOUNG AND IN THE WAY for selected dates.  Routing as follows:

With Wolvhammer
14 June,  Brighton Music Hall , Allston, MA
15 June,  Théâtre Plaza  Montreal, QC
16 June,  Hard Luck,  Toronto, ON
17 June,  The Loft,   Lansing, MI
18 June, The Foundry, Lakewood, OH
19 June,  Altar Bar,  Pittsburgh, PA
20 June,  Cobra Lounge, Chicago, IL
21 June  Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
With Wolvhammer and Young And In The Way
22 June,  Fubar, St Louis, MO
23 June,  Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
24 June,  New Mountain, Asheville, NC
25 June,  Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
26 June,  Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

With their signature Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, which succeeds in staying  true to its Black Metal roots , whilst at the same time providing a freshness and originality that is all too often lacking today,  TAAKE has risen to iconic status not only in Norway, but world-wide.  Founder Hoest has proved time and again that his reputation as one of the best frontmen around is more than well-deserved.

“Stridens Hus”, the band’s sixth-full length, was released on Dark Essence Records at the end of last year, and in the same year TAAKE also released the  four-track “Kulde”  MCD on Svartekunst Produksjoner  and limited to 700 copies.

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

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

Eight  tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

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

Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records G+: google.com/+DarkessencerecordsNo
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have announced that they will play a series of dates in both Colombia and Mexico in the new year.  The tour will start on the 10th January and routing is as follows;

COLOMBIA
Jan 10:  Teatro La Mama,  Bogota,
Jan 11:  Barnaby Jones, Medellin
MEXICO (with RAGNELL)
Jan 14:  Kalipso Bar, Guadalajara
Jan 15: Bunker Sala de Conciertos,  San Luis Potosi
Jan 16: Plaza Mascarones , Puebla
Jan 17: Billar Billys,  Mexico City
Jan 18: La Cadena del Rock,  Leon

With “Stridens Hus”, the band’s sixth-full length set for release on the 8th December, TAAKE will be holding a Release Party at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 5th of December, which will also feature performances from fellow Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA and Dark Essence label-mates ALFAHANNE.   ALFAHANNE’s debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps”,  includes guest appearances from Hoest himself, as well as from TAAKE’s bass player V’gandr.

“Stridens hus” is recorded and produced by Bjornar E.  Nilsen at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  As with all TAAKE albums, frontman and founder Hoest plays all the instruments himself, with a few more or less prominent guests.  Album artwork from a photo by Nekrographie. Track Listing as follows:

1. Gamle Norig
2. Orm
3. Det fins en Prins
4. Stank
5. En Sang til Sand om Ildebrann
6. Kongsgaard bestaar
7. Vinger

TAAKE, whose Helnorsk Svartmetall sound has elevated them to iconic status not only on the Norwegian Black Metal scene, but world-wide, also recently released a four-track MCD on Svartekunst Produksjoner.  Entitled “Kulde” and limited to 700 copies,   “Kulde” contains guest appearances from CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn and VULTURE INDUSTRIES’  Bjornar E. Nilsen.

The band is so far confirmed for the following appearances in 2015
23 Jan:  Hulen,  Bergen , NO
01 May:  Karmøygeddon Festival, Koppervik, NO
25 Jul,  Stonehenge Festival, Steenwijk,  NL
14 Aug,  Rockstadt Extreme Fest,  Rasnov RO

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

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

 

Tracks from all of DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

 

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

Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records G+: google.com/+DarkessencerecordsNo
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

 

 

With the traditional three year wait between TAAKE albums now over, Dark Essence Records has today announced the first details  of what will be the iconic Norwegian band’s sixth full-length album.  Titled “Stridens hus”, the seven-track album is set for release on the 8th December world-wide, with the exception of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where the album will appear on the 12th of the month .   The label has also debuted the track “Det fins en Prins” from “Stridens hus” and it can be heard below and at  https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/taake-det-fins-en-prins

 

“Stridens hus” is recorded and produced by Bjornar Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  As with all TAAKE albums, frontman and founder Hoest plays all the instruments himself, but this time members of the TAAKE live band have also contributed to the recording.  Album artwork from a photo by Nekrographie. Track Listing as follows:

1. Gamle Norig
2. Orm
3. Det fins en Prins
4. Stank
5. En Sang til Sand om Ildebrann
6. Kongsgaard bestaar
7. Vinger

With a career spanning over two decades, Hoest has always remained faithful to his trademark Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, but he has never allowed the grass to grow under his feet, and, with each release, he has breathed new life into an often stale and derivative genre;  his unique and innovative twists ensuring that  Black Metal  still remains fresh and relevant today.  And “Stridens hus” is no exception.  But the whole is without a doubt unmistakably Hoest’s TAAKE:  varied, intense, unique and unpredictable.

TAAKE is currently in the middle of the Kulde Tour which will end on the 26th October.  Other confirmed upcoming shows as follows:

2014
22 Oct: Barrak Music Club, Ostrava, CZ
23 Oct: F-Haus, Jena, DE
24 Oct: Phantoms of Pilsen Festival, Pilsen, CZ
25 Oct: Mega Club, Katowice, PL
26 Oct: Progresja, Warsaw, PL
14 Nov: Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival, Helsinki, FI
05 Dec:  John Dee,  Oslo, NO
2015
14 -18 Jan, Mexico, details TBA
23 Jan:  Hulen,  Bergen , NO
01 May:  Karmøygeddon Festival, Koppervik, NO
25 Jul,  Stonehenge Festival, Steenwijk,  NL
14 Aug,  Rockstadt Extreme Fest,  Rasnov RO

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

Photo by Nekrographie

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

 

Eight  tracks from TAAKE can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/taake-official/sets/taake

 

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sets/dark-essence-records

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records G+: google.com/+DarkessencerecordsNo
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords