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Norway’s SLEGEST have released a video for a track from “Lagnad i E”, their upcoming Limited Edition 7″, which will be released on RhinoRat Recordings on the 13th June.  According to the band, the video, for the track “Maler Lys I Mørketid”,  was “made by our good friend and nature photographer Håvard Nesbø, and combines blistering landscapes with live heavy rock motion picture. Play loud!”

The video for “Maler Lys I Mørketid”  can be seen below and on SLEGEST’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/GkYKltp7VEw


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Comprising  four tracks in all – two of which are live and were recorded during the band’s appearance at the Fres Festival in 2017, and  two of which are brand new, and have never been released before.

With artwork by Renathe H. Bryn, tracklisting for is as follows:

  1. Maler Lys I Mørketid
  2. Blodets Varme Gjennom Meg
  3. Rooted In Knowledge (live in Fresvik)
  4. Ho Som Haustar Aleine (live in Fresvik)

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“Lagnad i E” will be available as a Limited Edition double 7″, with 50 copies released on white vinyl and 200 on black.

“Lagnad i E” is now available to pre-order from the following:

Direct from the band at https://slegestwebshop.bigcartel.com/product/slegest-lagnadie-7-vilnyl
From RhinoRat Recordings at https://rhinorat.no/store

SLEGEST are currently working on their third full-length album, which is  being recorded at Conclave and Earshot Studios  in Bergen.   Drums have already been recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR), and Herbrand Larsen will be handling the mixing.  It is anticipated that the album will hit the streets on Dark Essence Records in the Autumn of this year.

In October  SLEGEST are set to join Dark Essence Records label-mates TAAKE for part of the latter’s European tour.  Dates so far confirmed are:

13.10: Night Fest Metal IX, Arlon, BE
14.10: Dynamo, Zurich, CH
15.10: Backstage, Munich, DE
17.10: A38, Budapest, HU
20.10: Viper Room, Vienna, AU

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More information about SLEGEST can be found on the band’s website at http://www.slegest.no/ or their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/slegest/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/slegest/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Slegest Contact:  slegest@slegest.no
Slegest Website: http://www.slegest.no/
Slegest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slegest
Slegest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slegest/
Slegest Bandcamp: http://slegest.bandcamp.com/
Slegest YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxopPg_tfCFrTNKELnzmkfw
Slegest SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/slegest
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 on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
RhinoRat Recordings:  http://rhinorat.no

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With a couple of days to go before its release on June 8, Dark Essence Records are streaming the debut full-length album from Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH in its entirety.  Titled “In Chaos Becrowned”, and mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo, the album can be heard below and at https://acarash.bandcamp.com/album/in-chaos-becrowned


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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. By seamlessly blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  creates  soundscapes in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music.  And, with “In Chaos Becrowned”, the band  demonstrates a marked 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.

Here is what ACÂRASH themselves have to say about their debut album:

“Born in darkness and ritual suffering, this album is a procession through demonic, blackened parts of the human experience and beyond.

“It is also a straightforward heavy metal feast and pilgrimage, while honouring occult naturalism and the concept of chaos and mortality.

“In Chaos Becrowned”  is a ceremonial welcome to the tombs of ACÂRASH.  An unholy sacrament and a celebration of free spirits.

“At the end of the day this album is for the true headbanger and the last rebellious souls among us”.

 With artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven, “In Chaos Becrowned” is available in Digi, CD and LP formats.  Tracklisting 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’s next live appearance will be their album release concert  at Krøsset in Oslo, on the 22nd June.

The band recently released a video by  drummer Sølve Sæther , for the title track of “In Chaos Becrowned”, and it  can be seen at below and at https://youtu.be/-MSPfWl0D6U


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

“In Chaos Becrowned” is available from all the usual retailers, as well as from the following:

Bandcamp (all formats):  https://acarash.bandcamp.com/releases
Dark Essence Records (CD & Vinyl):  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acarash666/
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

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With their new album “minus” set for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August, Norway’s KRAKOW have debuted a video for the  track “black wandering sun”  from the album.

With this song, and video animated by Esteban Sebastián Farias, KRAKOW pay  tribute to their influences, a concept enhanced by the guest appearance of Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame. The band explains:

“black wandering sun is an homage to our heroes who passed during the last couple of years, pulling inspiration from their universe, tipping the hat to their words and visiting them as the stars they are. And to top it off we were helped out by Phil who did the most rock n’ roll solo to provide the glitz and stardom the song needed to reach the summit of heaviness. The video is a reflection of the story the song tells, yet it becomes its own story, like a parallel trail through the universe, much like everything else that’s going on with this album. Godspeed, you Starman!”

The video, is streaming exclusively via various media outlets, and can be accessed HERE

Or directly at the following:

Metal Hammer, UK
No Clean Singing, USA
La Grosse Radio, FR 
Metalhead,IT
Slam magazine, DE
Lords of Metal, NL
Bergenfest, NO
Metalfan,RO 
Imperiumi, FI
Ultraje,PT
Kvlt,PL

Whilst the video gives fans a taste of what to expect from “minus”, KRAKOW explain more about their latest endeavours:

“Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, we give you “minus”. The pinnacle achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, “minus” has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group and as story tellers.  It is an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape.

“With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.­

“minus” was once again recorded in the renowned Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy.  KRAKOW even brought in some help this time, to tell these stories, the album ending with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen based musical veterans, whilst the opening track introduces the most rock n’ roll guitar solo, courtesy of one Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.

“So, this is “minus”.  An album that defies any attempt at genre definition. There are guests, who bring glitz and rock n’ roll, as well as a grounding force to the core of the mountain. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in the centre of a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves. But if we allow ourselves to search, we will find the cracks in the fabric and find a way to get close.

“It’s a collection of contradictions, is what we’re saying. It’s a KRAKOW album”.

Fans can also expect more visual representations for those willing to delve even deeper into the songs themselves, with several music videos lined up, telling the stories from slightly different angles, or even from completely flipped viewpoints, allowing the band to elaborate without giving everything away.

With artwork by renowned tattoo artist and long-time KRAKOW collaborator Thomas Hooper, tracklisting for “minus” is as follows:

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1: black wandering sun
2: sirens
3: the stranger
4: from fire, from stone
5: minus
6: tidlaus

“minus” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats and the CD and LP versions are now available to pre-order from the following:

Karisma Records Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

KRAKOW’s next live appearances will be at Bergenfest on the 12 June.

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
BandCamp: http://krakow.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.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 on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
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

Aeternus PR2018

Veteran Norwegian Dark Metallers AETERNUS have completed work on what will be the band’s eighth full-length album.  Titled “Heathen”,  the seven-track album was recorded at Bergen’s Conclave & Earshot studios and  produced by Herbrand Larsen, and  is set for release on Dark Essence Records later this year.

One of the pioneers of the “Dark Metal” genre, AETERNUS was formed in 1993 by guitarist and frontman Ares.  The band’s sound is one that combines features from both Black Metal and Death Metal, interspersed with haunting, melodic interludes, all topped off with skilled musicianship. Commenting on what fans can expect from “Heathen”, an album which will also mark AETERNUS’ 25th Anniversary, the band had this to say:

” We feel we’ve produced seven great songs for “Heathen”, all with AETERNUS’ trademark sound, which is a mix of complex extreme music along with heavy riffs and of course some great melodic features.  You could say that we are more than satisfied with the results”.

Aside from Ares, AETERNUS’ lineup is composed of Phobos (GRAVDAL) on drums and KRAKOW’s Eld on bass, and sharp-eyed fans will notice that guitarist Specter is missing.   As the band explains:

“Before having fully completed the composition part of “Heathen”,  Specter felt that he had little more to  offer the band, and that his long search for music was not only taking up too much of his own time, but it was also slowing down AETERNUS’ progress,  and as a result, he decided that it was best for all concerned that he quit the band.  He did however compose several terrific riffs which we  feel are outstanding, and they have been included in the album. We would like to thank Specter for all his work with AETERNUS, and wish him all the best  for the future.

“This of course means that once again AETERNUS has recorded an album where Ares’ considerable skills have been put to good use, and he has composed and played all the guitar leads on “Heathen”.  We’re sure that having read this, fans are wondering what is going to happen as far as live performances go.  No problem there! We have hired Gorm, from the Norse metal band THYRUZ, to play live with us, and he has been busy rehearsing our material. He will be more than ready when AETERNUS hits the stage again”.

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

Fan-filmed footage of AETERNUS on stage at Inferno Festival 2013 can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/H-us6-RajKY


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Aeternusofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AeternusNorway
Bandcamp:  https://aeternusnor.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/aeternusnorway
Band Contact & Booking Norway : Areslives@hotmail.com
Booking Europe  : http://www.district-19.com/
Booking USA : http://www.perditionbooking. com/site/about/
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
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

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With the 8th June set for the release of “In Chaos Becrowned”, the debut full-length album from Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH, Dark Essence Records have released a video for the title track.

The video, by  drummer Sølve Sæther , can be seen below and at: https://youtu.be/-MSPfWl0D6U


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Mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo,  and with 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.  It is a lineup that embraces tradition and is able to take the varied influences its individual members have gleaned from being part of bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST,  in order to create a sound that is fresh and distinctly theirs.

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By seamlessly blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  creates  soundscapes in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music.  And, with “In Chaos Becrowned”, the band  demonstrates a marked 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.

ACÂRASH’s next live appearance will be the Release Concert for “In Chaos Becrowned”, which will be held on the 22nd June at Krøsset in Oslo.

“In Chaos Becrowned” is now available to pre order from the following:

Bandcamp (all formats):  https://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei
Dark Essence Records (CD & Vinyl):  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

Cadaver Dei” , the opening track from “In Chaos Becrowned” can be heard below and at the following:


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Bandcamp: http://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3yrLzQtnNvrnP6v3r52ffR?si=XiRpk9TmQTeIhbkHlHqfCQ
YouTube: https://youtu.be/0S_vWPGwcto

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

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

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To paraphrase Ray Bradbury “something old and wicked this way comes” in the shape of the long-deleted SHINING album “Oppression”.  Set for release in September, “Oppression” will be available in Digipack format, as well as limited edition gatefold vinyl versions in different colours.

“Oppression” will be released on the newly-formed Black Metal label Colourless Art and SHINING founder and frontmam Niklas Kvarforth had this to say about the release:

“For too long, some of my work has been in limbo due to idiotic decisions and the worthless people that  proliferate throughout the music industry.  And this needs to end here and now.  We want our jewels of perdition and the attendant horrific sound to reach all of those who, without SHINING’s merchandising arm, Legions, cannot get their hands on these without being fobbed off with soulless products of inferior quality, that some outsider has had the nerve to spread without a single thought for our artistic vision”.

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For those who are not aware of the original album, “Oppression” is a collection of rare recordings and out-takes, mainly from the early days of SHINING’s twenty two year career.  Included are the debut 7″, some pre-production songs, weird electronica by Kvarforth.  And,  most intriguing for any SHINING fan out there, the cream of the crop is the inclusion of the celebrated but obscure studio track “Through Corridors Of Oppression”

Legions will also be issuing their own white vinyl edition of “Oppression” which will include a special poster.  Bundles are now available to pre-order from the Legions Webshop at http://www.shininglegions.com

As to what the future holds in store for both SHINING and himself, Kvarforth explained that:  “there is a lot happening right now. We are currently setting up upcoming tours for SHINING, working with all sorts of crazy shit,  while I myself will be recording with a very big Death Metal band, publishing the German edition of “When Prozac No Longer Helps” at long last,  and getting myself into shape for the shooting of a feature horror movie this summer.

But stay tuned, all will be revealed in time”.

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

SHINING releases and merchandise, including exclusive limited edition items not available elsewhere, can be found at http://www.shininglegions.com

Official SHINING videos can be found at http://www.shiningasylum.com/media.php

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking:    luc@doomstarbookings.com or benny@doomstarbookings.com

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In exactly one month, on the 15th June, “Ruin”, the sophomore full-length album from Norwegian Extreme Melodic Metallers COR SCORPII will hit the streets, and, in the meantime, Dark Essence have released a second track from the album.  The track “Skuggevandrar” is available both to stream, or to purchase as a single, from the following:

Smartlink to DIgital Platforms: https://darkessencerecords.lnk.to/Skuggevandrar

Bandcamp:  https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com/track/skuggevandrar


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As well as on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TROG-l4MLbk


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COR SCORPII was Founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the legendary WINDIR.  Today’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,  and Erlend Nybø  on lead guitars draw their inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal.

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 the result of a lengthy song writing process which proved, at times, to be quite  arduous for the band,  and gives its members an opportunity to reveal their  hidden talents by making use of instruments not usually used by metal bands, such as the accordion and mandolin.

Successfully blending epic, soaring melodies, with the harshness of extreme metal, “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,  and including featured guests such as 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, 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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“Ruin” will be released in CD, Double Gatefold Vinyl 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