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Dark Essence Records have set the 8th of June as the date for the release of the debut full-length album from Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH.    Titled “In Chaos Becrowned”, the eight track album was mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo,  and features artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven.

Tracklisting for “In Chaos Becrowned”, which will be released in Digi CD and LP formats, is as follows:

  1. Cadaver Dei
  2. Shadows Roam
  3. Gathering of Crows
  4. In Chaos Becrowned
  5. Ashes of the Mortal Mind
  6. Legio Obscura
  7. Sacrifice the Winter Wolf
  8. Cenotaph in Flesh

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ACÂRASH, whose lineup comprises Sølve Sæther on drums, Lukas Paulsen on guitars and Anlov P. Mathiesen on bass and vocals, was formed in Oslo in the fall of 2016,  and is rooted in the 80s and 90s avant-garde rockers THE VOID .  With members hailing from bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST, ACÂRASH is a band whose influences are varied, and which embraces tradition, yet manages to forge an identity all of its own.

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

With “In Chaos Becrowned”, ACÂRASH has  shown an ability to reinvent, whilst at the same time  preserve, in order to deliver a record that explores and develops the boundaries of rock and metal, and naturally alternates between raw catchiness, dark introspection, and progressive playfulness.

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

A series of short teaser videos from ACÂRASH’s debut full-length album “In Chaos Becrowned” can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/acarash/videos/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
Band Contact:  info@acarash.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

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Norway’s SLEGEST are shortly to head to the studio  to record what will be the band’s third full-length album.

All the new material has been written and rehearsed, and an early April date has been set for SLEGEST to begin recording,  with Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) at the helm in his Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen.  According to the band, the new album will show a different side of SLEGEST:

“Riff and sinestry ladies and gentlemen! We have as always turned our eyes inwards to make music. Nevertheless the new songs show a different side of SLEGEST, stained with the music we grew up with – the traditional heavy rock of the 80’s. At the same time we have had an almost ridiculous focus on the SLEGEST sound, so those of you who are into that won’t be disappointed. When the time comes, let this one spin in the face of life itself!”

It is anticipated that the new, as yet to be named, album will be finished by the end of May, with the release on Dark Essence Records sometime in the Autumn.

As well as working on the new album, SLEGEST have also been in Stavanger to record two tracks for an upcoming Limited Edition 7″ Vinyl.  Titled “Lagnad i E”, it will contain four tracks, two of which will be new, and two of which were recorded live.

Set to be released in May on RhinoRat Recordings,  and with artwork by Renathe H. Bryn, tracklisting for “Lagnad i E” 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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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/

The official video for “I Fortida Sitt Lys” from Slegest’s 2016 album “Vidsyn”  can be seen at https://youtu.be/itzR9V1JgN8


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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 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

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Having remained silent on the subject for a year now, Danish Black Metallers BLODARV are ready to announce their new drummer with the arrival of Galheim  (DENIAL OF GOD, AD NOCTUM, EXMORTEM, LIVJATAN) on a full time basis.

Commenting on the new addition to the band, founder and frontman Hugin had this to say:

“Not only do we consider Galheim to be the best Danish drummer that ever walked this earth, but also, and even more importantly, we consider him to be the only real match for BLODARV,  not just from a musical perspective, but also  when it comes to the ideology, visions, and essence of the band.  So much so, in fact, that we actually neither looked anywhere else, nor accepted any applications from anyone to take over the drummer’s vacancy.  Everyone in the band was in agreement that we didn’t just want a great drummer, we wanted one who was hewn from the same rock as BLODARV, and Galheim was that person.

“He has his roots firmly planted in the Danish Black Metal scene of the 90’s and is someone we can connect and sync with, both musically and on a personal level, because he shares and understands the passion and dedication that goes into a life’s work such as BLODARV. Not only do we want to keep the flame burning, we want to add fuel to the fire, elevate the band, and sharpen the knife that is BLODARV “.

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Conceived in 1994, and originally formed as a solo project on the Danish island of Bornholm, Hugin decided to develop and expand on the experience he had gained whilst playing in bands such as MISANTHROPIA, SANSÂGER and ARANRÚTH, and in 1999 he launched the first BLODARV demo.

Having turned BLODARV into a fully fledged band in 2002, Hugin has, since then, proved that in order to give a voice to his poetic and lyrical creations, he is totally unafraid to mix classical, industrial and ambient elements to form BLODARV’s distinctive take on Black Metal

With three full length albums, some very tasty limited edition boxed sets, and several EPs and Splits under their belts, Hugin confirms that, energized by the arrival of Galheim,  the band is now dedicating as much time as possible to rehearsing a formidable new stage show  and ensuring that BLODARV’s  raven banner will soon once again flutter proudly on stage.  “We will return stronger, darker, and more powerful than ever before”

More information about BODARV can be found on the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial and on their website at www.blodarv.net

The official video for the track “A Snowy Night In November” from BLODARV’s album “Gâst” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/9Y9CRabYO8Q


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band Contact : stafahugin@hotmail.com
Website : www.blodarv.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blodarvofficial
Youtube: www.youtube.com/huginofblodarv
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blodarv
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/blodarv
Webshop: www.blodarvshop.bigcartel.com
Myspace: www.myspace.com/blodarv
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blodarv
Management: www.patriciathomasmanagement.com
Label: www.selfmutilationservices.com
H & S Artwork: www.facebook.com/hammerartstudios

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Having just celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a show in their home town of Bergen, Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will make a welcome return to Japan where they are set to play four dates in July.  Supporting TAAKE on the tour will be BLOODSHOT DAWN from the UK,  and REMISSION and SEPTIK PIGGERY from Australia.  Routing is as follows:

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

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TAAKE’s “Helnorsk Svartmetall ” sound, honed to perfection by TAAKE’s iconic frontman and founder Hoest, has been keeping the spirit of Norwegian Black Metal alive for a quarter of a century, both in the studio and on the stage, whilst never  allowing the icy, dangerous edge, much beloved by Black Metal fans, to stagnate.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Sweden’s self-styled “Alfapokalyptic” Rockers ALFAHANNE, whose ability to marry Black Metal, Classic Rock and Punk with good old Rock n Roll creates a sound that is unmistakably theirs, have released a 7″ single  on  Iron Fist Productions.

The single follows the traditional format of two tracks.  Side A being a new original ALFAHANNE composition  titled “Kontroll”, whilst side B is a cover of “Dom Andra”, a track by KENT, one of Sweden’s most popular bands.   It is available to order direct from Iron Fist Productions via the label’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ironfistproductions1/

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A video of the live version of “Kontroll”, filmed in ALFAHANNE’s rehearsal studio, can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2ge–DO2J6c


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Formed in 2010, ALFAHANNE’s debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps” appeared on Dark Essence Records in 2014 and  was followed by “Blod Eld Alfa” in 2015.  “Det Nya Svarta”, the band’s third full-length  release hit the streets in April 2017 on Indie Recordings.  ALFAHANNE’s  lineup of Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass was recently augmented by the addition of Stefan Eriksson on keyboards.

It is a lineup whose skill, experience, and personality speaks volumes when you realise that the band are able to attract guest performers such as  TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, HELHEIM’s V’gandr,  KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik, Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT, Nattfursth from SORHIN, KAMPFAR’s Dolk, David Lindh from YVONNE and BRODER DANIEL and Sanrabb from GEHENNA, not just on their albums, but also on stage.

ALFAHANNE are set to bring their high-energy, charismatic, stage show to Stockholm Slaughter in April, the Karmoygeddon Metal Festival in Norway in May, as well as to Gamrocken in Sweden later the same month, whilst in August they will hit the stage at Wacken Open Air in Germany.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
BandCamp Dark Essence Records: https://alfahanne.bandcamp.com
BandCamp Indie Recordings:  https://alfahanneofsweden.bandcamp.com/album/det-nya-svarta
Spotify:  http://sptfy.com/Dv2
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Webshop: http://alfahanne.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact: alfahanneofficial@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: Olof@skrikhult.se

 

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Dark Essence Records have inked a deal with Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH, and will release their debut full-length album on a date as yet to be announced.

Formed in Oslo in the fall of 2016, ACÂRASH’s lineup is comprised of Sølve Sæther on drums, Lukas Paulsen on guitars and Anlov P. Mathiesen on bass and vocals. Founded on the pillars of the 80s and 90s avant-garde rockers THE VOID, ACÂRASH draws its inspiration from a variety of sources, including bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST.

Blending hard rock, doom and black metal,  ACÂRASH is a band that embraces tradition yet manages to forge a sound that it uniquely theirs. It is a sound where esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music, and mirror the nuances in both sound and musical contrasts.

With their debut album, Acârash reinvents and preserves, delivering a record that explores and develops the boundaries of rock and metal, and naturally alternates between raw catchiness, dark introspection, and progressive playfulness.

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Whilst full details of the album, which will be titled “In Chaos Becrowned”, will be announced shortly, it can, however, be revealed that it has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo, to produce a sound that fits the sharp delivery and the crispness of the music to perfection.

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

A series of short teaser videos from ACÂRASH’s debut full-length album “In Chaos Becrowned” can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/acarash/videos/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
Band Contact:  info@acarash.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records