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With two critically acclaimed solo albums already to his name, AIRBAG co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist BJORN RIIS will kick off 2018 in style with the release of a mini-album on Karisma Records in February.

Titled “Coming Home”,  the five-track album will include a newly recorded semi-acoustic version of the title track from Bjorn’s 2014 debut album “Lullabies in a Car Crash”,  as well as a duet with the Norwegian singer SICHELLE.

Bjorn’s  interest in music started in his early teens, an era of guitar-led bands that preceded the emergence of the Progressive Rock movement, which, together with Electronica and Movie Scores, also served to influence him and lead him to develop a style filled with soaring leads and gorgeous textures.   Today he has become a much-respected guitarist within the musical community, with his own blog which is followed by thousands of fans.

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Not unnaturally, therefore, guitar playing takes centre-stage on his releases, and “Coming Home” is no exception.   As Bjorn explains:  “I’ve always felt that the guitar is an extension of me and a more comfortable and natural way of expressing myself musically”.

Talking about “Coming Home” itself Bjorn had this to say:   “I’m really happy and proud of the vocals this time, and the duet with Sichelle on “Drowning” is very emotional.  Lyrically, “Coming Home” deals with the fear and insecurity of being forgotten by the people around you. You imagine all these dramatic scenes and wonder if you’ll ever be missed if something really was to happen”

A regards the idea of including the track “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, which features  AIRBAG and BJØRN RIIS BAND touring guitarist Ole Michael Bjørndal on lead guitar, Bjorn went on to explain: “Lullabies just fit right into the mood and theme of this album. It’s almost become a new song. It’s very honest and moving” .

The front cover image for “Coming Home”,  is from a collection titled “Sorrow” by the Norwegian photographer Kjetil Karlsen, who provided the much-lauded  cover image for Bjorn’s second full-length album “Forever Comes to an End”.  The design and layout is by Asle Tostrup.

Tracklisting for “Coming Home”,  which will be released in MCD format on Karisma Records on the 20th February,  is as follows:

1. Daybreak 4:00
2. Coming Home 6:44
3. Drowning 6:14
4. Tonight’s the Night 3:16
5. Lullabies in a Car Crash (alternative version) 6:29

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More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisMusician/   and on his website at http://www.bjornriis.com,   whilst those interested in guitar tutorials and equipment related matters may like to check out Bjorn’s  YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA

Music by BJØRN RIIS can be found at https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band contact:  bjorn@airbag.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisMusician/
Website:  http://www.bjornriis.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.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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Norway’s Karisma Records have today revealed details of the sophomore full-length album from AIRBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS.  Titled “Forever Comes to an End”, the new album is follow up to 2014’s highly acclaimed, and award-winning,  “Lullabies in a Car Crash”,  and is set for release on the 19th of May.

Written and produced by Riis himself, and engineered and mastered by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, “Forever Comes to an End” features guest appearances from AIRBAG’s Henrik Fossum on drums  and Asle Tostrup on programming,  Simen Valldal Johannessen from OAK on piano, and vocals from the Norwegian singer, SICHELLE MCMEO AKSUM.

A haunting image, shot in Beisfjord, near Narvik in Northern Norway, by the photographer Kjetil Karlsen, forms the highly evocative artwork for “Forever Comes to an End”, and track listing is as follows:

  1. Forever Comes to an End
  2. Absence
  3. The Waves
  4. Getaway
  5. Calm
  6. Winter
  7. Where are You Now

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A highly respected guitarist within the Internet guitar community, and with his own blog, followed by thousands of fans each week, Riis’s musical journey started back in his very early teens when bands like KISS and BLACK SABBATH held sway along with the heavily guitar-oriented side of the classic rock era of the ’70’s. The subsequent emergence of Progressive Rock bands such as PINK FLOYD, PORCUPINE TREE, MARILLION AND GENESIS, together with genres like Electronica and Movie Scores, also played a huge role in the formation of the nascent guitarists’ musical direction.

“Forever Comes to an End” pays tribute to all these diverse influences.  From the dark and dirty riffs of Toni Iommi and Zakk Wylde, to the emotional playing of David Gilmour and Steven Rothery. The melodic and sombre voice of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness and the cinematic landscapes of composers like Thomas Newman and John Barry. And the whole is brought together by Riis very skilled and very individual touch.

“Forever Comes to an End” will be available in CD, 12″ Vinyl and Digital Download formats and a short video teaser for the album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FZ1tXevQrl4


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More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage  and on his website at http://www.bjornriis.com  whilst those interested in guitar tutorials and equipment related matters may like to check out Riis’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA

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Music by BJØRN RIIS can be found below and at https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band contact:  bjorn@airbag.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage
Website:  http://www.bjornriis.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.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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Photo by Anne-Marie Forker/www.forkerfotos.com

Now that the release date of the 10th June for “Disconnected” is  very close, Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a third video teaser for their fourth full-length album, which will be out on Karisma Records.  The short, and very tantalising teaser, can be seen below, and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ajfgbro-mAE


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With a lineup consisting 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), AIRBAG was Formed in 2004.  Since then the band’s reputation has gained a solid, and ever increasing,  following amongst prog fans the world-over, whilst  their three previous full-length releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), have received much critical acclaim.

Produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes once again on board, “Disconnected” sees AIRBAG continuing to develop the sound that blends different musical styles with soaring guitars and soulful vocals to create lush soundscapes .  AIRBAG’s music has been described as “scenic, epic rock”, and it is that, and more.

“Disconnected” takes as its theme the sense of  alienation that exists 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.  Artwork  for the album is  designed by vocalist Tostrup

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

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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

“Killer” the opening track from “Disconnected” can be heard below and at http://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/track/killer


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AIRBAG’s “Disconnected” is available in CD, double 12″ vinyl and digital download formats on Karisma Records and can be pre-order in both CD and 12″ vinyl format from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/airbag   as well as in both formats or digital download from https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com

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

 

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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

 

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With their fourth full-length album, “Disconnected”,  set for release on the 10th June on Karisma Records, Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a video teaser to give everyone a taste of what to expect from an album that takes the listener on a sonic journey filled with lush soundscapes underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals starting with the opening track, ‘Killer’, and ranging right through to the thirteen-minute long title track, “Disconnected”.  The teaser can be seen below and on Karisma Records’ YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/gG8vNaWnm1g


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Without a doubt AIRBAG have mastered  the art of creating a strong narrative listening experience by closely tying together lyrical themes and music,  and “Disconnected” ventures even deeper into blending musical styles and sounds, which create the unique listening experience that is AIRBAG.  The album itself is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society, what society expects from us as individuals, and our resultant failure to live up to those expectations. Each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.  Guitarist Bjørn Riis gives us some insight into the thought processes and musical ideas that went into the making of “Disconnected”:

“The early demos for “Disconnected” were written during a couple of months in late 2014. The idea and inspiration for most of the lyrics, and the title track in particular, came from me realising that I had to make some changes in my life. I was tired of the daily routine, working 9 to 5 in an office doing basically nothing and never having enough time for my family and music. I took a year off and started writing for the album.

“We discussed the theme for the songs and gave them a single title, reflecting different persons or ways of being disconnected to society and what’s expected of us and how we fail to live up to those expectations.

“As for the music, we have done three albums prior to this and those songs will always be a part of what we do, but you also want to look forward and explore new sounds and musical ground. We talked a lot about wanting to use more electronic elements and giving more room for the drums, allowing them to be more percussive and basically avoid the usual rock formula on all songs. We also wanted to do a more stripped down production and create a more spacious and dynamic sound”.

“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.

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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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

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

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

 

Not only is ARIBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS releasing a debut solo album, but he has also drawn the artwork that will be used for the cover, aided and abetted by AIRBAG frontman ASLE TORSTRUP who designed the cover.  Titled “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, the album is set for an Autumn release on Karisma Records, who recently debuted RIIS track “Stay Calm”, which can be heard above and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/bjorn-riis-stay-calm

According to RIIS, “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, which will be co-produced by long-time AIRBAG collaborator Vegard Sleipnes  and will feature AIRBAG’s  Henrik Fossum on drums and Tostrup who will provide programming,  is very much a personal album.  Like many musicians who work in established bands, a solo album is an opportunity to explore different musical directions that might not necessarily fit in with their primary band’s material. It is an exploration that RIIS very much relishes, and he considers that some of the material he has produced for “Lullabies in a Car Crash” is some of his best to date.

More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage

A video teaser for “Lullabies in a Car Crash” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/6MQBMgvGr-Q

 


Tracks from all of Karisma Records releases can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/karisma-records

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Bjørn Riis on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage