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“Mayhem In Blue”, the new album form Psychedelic Prog Black Metallers HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, is set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 14th October.  The album will be the third full-length release for the Greek trio, whose debut album “Pneuma” appeared in 2012, followed by 2014’s “”Oi Magoi”.

Commenting on what fans can expect from “Mayhem In Blue”, the band had this to say: “It’s been two and a half years since the release of our last album, and with “Mayhem In Blue” we have set out to express our more aggressive side, without sacrificing any of the psychedelic melodies that are  an integral  part of what we like to call HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’ s “weird black sound”.  If anything, in fact, the sound is more enticing and trippy than ever.

“Featuring the mixing talents of Dimitris Douvras (ROTTING CHRIST etc) and the exceptional mastering abilities of Alan Douches (CHELSEA WOLFE, MOTORHEAD etc), we feel that the result is an album that elevates our signature psychoprog black metal sound to new levels”.

Artwork for the six-track album is by Olia Pishchanska.

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Formed in Thessaloniki in 2010, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR’s lineup is composed of Haris (KATAVASIA, TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?)  on Synths, Theoharis (TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?, REX MUNDI,) on guitars and vocals, and J Demian (BLACKDRAWN, DOL AMMAD, WARDRUM TRANSCENDING BIZARRE?) on bass and acoustic guitars.  The band’s debut full-length album “Pneuma” was released on Code666/Aural Music in 2012, followed by the sophomore album “Oi Magoi” in 2014.

More information about HAIL SPIRIT NOIR can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/

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


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hail-Spirit-Noir-260062670728238/
Band Contact: transbizarre@yahoo.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
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 BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence USA Webshop: http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Norwegian Black Metallers SVARTELDER have announced that their debut full length album “Pyres” is set to hit the streets on the 1st of June.  Released on Dusktone, the six-track album will be available as a a digipack CD , as well as a Limited Edition A5 Digi CD limited to 100 copies and is now available to pre-order from the label at http://www.dusktone.eu/product/svartelder-pyres/

With a lineup that comprises members of CARPATHIAN FOREST,  NORDJEVEL, IN THE WOODS, DEN SAAKALDTE, PANTHEON I, OLD FOREST and DOEDSVANGR, speculation about “Pyres”  has been high, and in order to give fans a taste of what to expect, Dusktone has produced a video teaser for the album which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hAJx_Gl6tKA


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Recorded in Norway at the Woodscave Studio. and mastered by the WSL Studio in France,  and with artwork by Khaos Diktator (ARDITI, NORDJEVEL, HORNA etc.)  “Pyres” is the follow up to SVARTELDER’s  “Askebundet” EP, which was released on Dusktone last year.

Tracklisting for “Pyres” as follows:
01 – Guds Helvete
02 – Ingen Vet Jeg Var…
03 – Stygian Macrocosmos Pt. I
04 – Stygian Macrocosmos Pt. II
05 – Realm of Breathing Eyes
06 – Devil Of The Flesh

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Founded by  frontman Doedsadmiral,  SVARTELDER’s lineup includes Maletoth on bass and guitars, AK-47 on drums, and Kobold on keys.  It is this lineup of musicians, with an extensive experience garnered over the years and hailing from different musical backgrounds and influences, that gives SVARTELDER’s Norwegian Black Metal sound a distinctive edge.

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

If you are interested in reviewing “Pyres” please email info@dusktone.eu  and ensure you include links to your publication/zine/music blog etc.

The CD version of SVARTELDER’s 2015 EP “Askebunded”  is available from https://dusktone.bandcamp.com/album/svartelder-askebundet-dusk029cd whilst the digital version is available from http://svartelder.bandcamp.com/album/askebundet-ep .

The title track from “Askebundet” can be heard below and at http://svartelder.bandcamp.com/track/askebundet-2


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Svartelder
BandCamp: http://svartelder.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/svartelderofficial
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVeDEaDys9CBykcr9lWRBeQ
Band Contact:   Svartelderofficial@gmail.com
Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Dusktone:  http://www.dusktone.eu/
Dusktone Bandcamp:  https://dusktone.bandcamp.com/album/svartelder-askebundet-dusk029cd
Contact: info@dusktone.eu

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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

 

 

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Just short of twenty years after its release, ESOTERIC’s sophomore full-length album “The Pernicious Enigma” has finally found its way onto vinyl courtesy of Aesthetic Death Records.  Recorded in 1996 at Rich Bitch Studios, and originally released as a double CD in 1997, the vinyl version of “The Pernicious Enigma” is available as a triple gatefold LP strictly limited to 600 copies and can be bought directly from the band’s Webstore at http://www.esotericuk.net/Store

Having never been completely satisfied with the original mix of “The Pernicious Enigma”, the Experimental Doomsters decided to transfer the album from the original multitrack tapes in order to be able to remix the tracks and bring out some of the details that had been buried or subdued in the original release.  The remixing and remastering was carried out during 2015/16 by ESOTERIC’s Greg Chandler at his Priory Studios (http://www.prioryrecordingstudios.co.uk/ ).  Now, without actually having changed the overall feel of the album, and with a level of clarity and definition that far surpasses the original, “The Pernicious Enigma” is much closer to the band’s original vision. Artwork is by Simon Phillips.

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Only one more of ESOTERIC’s six full length albums  now remains to be released on vinyl, and it is anticipated that “Metamorphogenesis” will also appear in LP format in the future.

ESOTERIC are currently working on what will be their seventh full-length album, and a follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed “Paragon of Dissonance”.  Eschewing any serious touring whilst they focus on the preparations and recording for the new album, the band are planning to play a few one-off shows and festivals this year.  Confirmed appearances to date as follows:

28th May: No Fun Intended, Eiger Studios, Leeds, UK
3rd June: Temples Festival, Bristol, UK
1st July:  Under the Black Sun Festival, Bornicke, Germany
15th Oct:  Autumn Souls of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

More information about ESOTERIC can be found on the band’s website at http://www.esotericuk.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial

ESOTERIC recently joined forces with the German artist Vinsterwȃn (http://vinsterwan.jimdo.com/ )  who designed some exclusive merchandise for the band, which is available from their webshop at http://www.esotericuk.net/Store

A video of ESOTERIC performing the track “The Blood of the Eyes” live can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/UZK-zeuEAAw


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Seven tracks from ESOTERIC can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk/sets/esoteric


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial
Website: www.esotericuk.net
Webstore: http://www.esotericuk.net/Store
BandCamp: https://esotericuk.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/esotericuk
Band Contact & Booking: greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

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When Irish Doomsters MOURNING BELOVETH released their sixth full-length album “Rust and Bone” at the end of 2015, one track stood out in particular, not only because its lyrical content was open to speculation, but also because musically it was such a departure from the band’s usual heavy, doom-laden sound, and Death Metal inspired vocals.

The track in question was “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”,  a  poignant, and hauntingly beautiful, acoustic interpretation of the famous W. B. Yeats  poem.  It was a track that also saw vocalist Darren Moore take a backseat and guitarist/backing vocalist Frank Brennan step to the fore to give voice to the song that had been in his mind for a long time.

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When the band joined forces with John Mulvaney to create a video for “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”, and released it on the 24th April this year, which was the date that marked the Centenary of the Easter  Uprising,  there were more than a few who questioned what Yeats would have thought of his words being interpreted by a metal band, and some who questioned whether the video, and indeed the song itself, was the band’s  tribute to those who died in the rebellion that was to shape the future of Ireland.  This, despite MOURNING BELOVETH having made it very clear that it was a tribute to all who had fought and died for freedom throughout the world.

Commented the band: “We were at rehearsals one day, talking about the questions that fans kept asking about “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”,  and it occurred to us that it might be a good idea to informally film ourselves giving our unscripted thoughts about what lies behind the track, the recording process, how such a different sound came about, and what it might lead to in the future.  YouTube seems to be the “go to” place for music fans these days, and it looked like it might be a much more interesting way to do it, rather than just writing an explanation.  We are grateful to John Mulvaney who kindly gave us a hand  turning it into something coherent, and you can see the results, which we have titled “A Terrible Interview Is Born”, below and at https://youtu.be/atfJvCiDRSM


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“We also thought that fans might like to see the original version of the “A Terrible Beauty Is Born ” video as well.  The version that was released was in  black and white, a medium we felt lent the right atmosphere, particularly since some of the footage we used was from the era of pre-colour photography.  Having looked at it again, the colour version gives a slightly different perspective, so for those who are interested in comparing the two, the black and white version can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hOf24w_b7jI


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and the colour version below and at https://youtu.be/P8eXGnLiL-o


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Formed in 1992 and with six full-length albums and a plethora of compilations and splits under their belts, MOURNING BELOVETH are based in the market town of Athy, in County Kildare.  Aside from Moore and Brennan, the band’s  lineup includes Pauric Gallagher on Guitar, Brendan Roche on Bass and Tim Johnson on Drums.  More information about MOURNING BELOVETH can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand

Confirmed live appearances for MOURNING  BELOVETH so far this year are as follows:

07 May:  Acherontic Arts Festival, Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
08 May: Florinsmarkt, Koblenz, Germany
11 Sep:  Doom Over Sofia, Club Live & Loud, Sofia, Bulgaria
29 Oct: Dutch Doom Days, Baroeg, Roterdam, Netherlands

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand
Bandcamp: https://mourningbelovethofficial.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO49P3z5I4yWVmC9ig0kJYw
Merchandise:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/merchandise/
Van Records:  http://www.van-records.de/
John Mulvaney: jpmulvanetti@gmail.com
Band Contact:   darren@mourningbeloveth.com
Booking:  husky@continental-concerts.de
PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com

Airbag PR1

With “Disconnected”, the fourth full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG, set to hit the streets on the 10th June, Karisma Records have today  debuted  the album’s opening track, “Killer”, which can be heard exclusively on the following:

Team Rock at  http://teamrock.com/news/2016-05-03/airbag-premiere-new-track-killer

Rock Hard at https://www.rockhard.de/news/newsarchiv/newsansicht/43717-airbag-feiern-killer-songpremiere.html

“Disconnected”  takes AIRBAG’s trademark blending of musical styles, combined with lush soundscapes, soaring guitars and soulful vocals, a step further along the band’s musical journey, whilst lyrically each of the six tracks explore the sense of alienation that exists between the individual and society

As guitarist Bjorn Riis explains:   “Killer was one of the first songs written for “Disconnected”.  I had this idea of this ruthless corporate guy who uses everyone to gain success. Sort of Bateman from American Psycho meets Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko. He’s outside, or disconnected from, the rules of our society”.

“Musically, Killer is slightly different from what we’ve done before. There’s more emphasis on the drums, different rhythm patterns and electronic elements, and it really was a band effort, where everyone was contributing ideas and trying out new stuff”.

“Disconnected, sees Airbag once again team up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the artwork is  designed by vocalist Tostrup.

TRACKLIST
1.     Killer
2.     Broken
3.     Slave
4.     Sleepwalker
5.     Disconnected
6.     Returned

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Formed in 2004 AIRBAG’s lineup consists of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass).  The band’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock, and with three hugely successful album releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), AIRBAG has gained a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press.

AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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

A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA


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Three tracks from AIRBAG including “The Greatest Show On Earth” can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/airbag-on-karisma-records


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen,  jt@airbagsound.com
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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Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a second video teaser for their upcoming album “Disconnected”, which is set for release on Karisma Records on the 10th June.   The teaser can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/yNSHHd5xOx0


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With its lush soundscapes underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals “Disconnected”  further expands the blending of musical styles and sounds that make AIRBAG a unique listening experience.  The album itself is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society and  each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.

For the production of “Disconnected, Airbag has once again teamed up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the artwork is  designed by vocalist Tostrup.

TRACKLIST
1.     Killer
2.     Broken
3.     Slave
4.     Sleepwalker
5.     Disconnected
6.     Returned

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Formed in 2004 AIRBAG’s lineup consists of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass).  The band’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock, and with three hugely successful album releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), AIRBAG has gained a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press.

AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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

The first video teaser from “Disconnected” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/gG8vNaWnm1g 


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Three tracks from AIRBAG can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/airbag-on-karisma-records


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A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA 


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen,  jt@airbagsound.com
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