Posts Tagged ‘Black Metal’

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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Cor Scorpii PR1

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

Cor Scorpii albumArt PR

“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

Avast Logo PR

Dark Essence Records has inked a deal with Blackgazers AVAST, which will see the label release the band’s debut full-length album in the Autumn.

Hailing from Stavanger, in Norway, AVAST is a band that reviewers and promoters place in a variety of genres, with Blackgaze and Post-Black Metal at the forefront.  But it could equally be said that the band’s roots lie in Punk Rock and Hardcore, given that AVAST’s lyrics are not centred around the usual Black Metal themes, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on Social and Environmental issues.

Whichever genre you’d like to put them in, there is, however, absolutely no doubt that AVAST’s lineup of Hans Olaf Myrvang (AGENDA) on bass and vocals Trond Salte (AGENDA) on guitars  and  Ørjan Lund (NAG) on drums,  skilfully fuses the aesthetics of Black Metal with the atmospherics of Post-Rock to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing.

Avast PR

Having previoiusly released a two-track EP in 2016, AVAST have spent the past year in the recording studios working on their new album “Mother Culture”, a concept album that examines the myths upon which modern civilization is based.  It is a work that addresses the potential for a global catastrophe, and is based on the philosophical novel “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn.

More information about AVAST can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/avastband/

A video of AVAST performing at 2016’s Tunghørt Festival can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/GvGGkVI7cFc


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband
Bandcamp: http://avastband.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/avastband
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/57bnwC7iMKBRlWnMF9lzmy
Band Contact:  avastband2016@gmail.com
Booking : siloenbooking@gmail.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

Acarash PR2

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 given fans a taste of what to expect by revealing the opening track ” Cadaver Dei”, about which the band has this to say:

Cadaver Dei” is our way of welcoming you to the tomb of ACÂRASH. The track is a celebration of the free spirit and the will to rebel against all that reduces life. To us the concept of opposition is an essential philosophical theme, acknowledging spiritual contradictions and human mortality. True opposition is a progressive and noble act of thought.”

Cadaver Dei”  can be heard at the following:

Bandcamp: http://acarash.bandcamp.com/track/cadaver-dei


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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3yrLzQtnNvrnP6v3r52ffR?si=XiRpk9TmQTeIhbkHlHqfCQ
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/0S_vWPGwcto


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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.

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.

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

Acârash AlbumArt PR

“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

ACÂRASH’s next live appearance will be on the 4th May at Kvarteret in Bergen, Norway, supporting VULTURE INDUSTRIES.

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/

Acarash PR1

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

 

Cor Scorpii PR1

With “Ruin” their long-awaited sophomore full-length album set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 15th June, Norwegian Extreme Melodic Metallers COR SCORPII have released a single from the album.  Titled “Fotefar” the single is available to hear and download in digital format at the following:

https://darkessencerecords.lnk.to/Fotefar

“Ruin” is the result of a song writing process which was both lengthy and, at times, quite  arduous for the band.  Drawing its inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal,  “Ruin” is a chance for COR SCORPII’s members to reveal their  hidden talents by making use of instruments not usually used by metal bands, such as the accordion and mandolin.

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 an album that successfully blends epic, soaring melodies, with the harshness of extreme metal.  It features guest appearances by 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.

“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, 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

Cor Scorpii albumArt PR

Founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the legendary WINDIR, COR SCORPII’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,  recently welcomed a new arrival into its ranks in the shape of Erlend Nybø  on lead guitars.

“Ruin” will be released in CD, Double LP 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

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Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will continue to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a European tour in October of this year which will consist of a total of 17 shows and will feature material from all of the band’s albums. TAAKE will be accompanied by Dark Essence Records label-mates ORKAN and SLEGEST, along with BÖLZER and ONE TAIL ONE HEAD.

The routing of eleven out of the seventeen shows are as follows, whilst the remaining shows will be announced at a later date:

04.10: U Basyla,  Poznan, PL
05.10: Way of Darkness,  Lichtenfels, DE
06.10: 013,  Tilburg, NL
07.10: Neushoorn,  Leeuwarden, NL
10.10: De Casino, St-Niklaas, BE
11.10: Petit Bain,  Paris, FR
12.10: Resonanzwerk,  Oberhausen, DE
13.10: Night Fest Metal IX, Arlon, BE
14.10: Dynamo,  Zurich, CH
15.10: Backstage,  Munich, DE
17.10: A38,  Budapest, HU

Taake European Tour 2018PR

Having kicked off the  25th Anniversary celebrations with a show in the band’s home town of Bergen,  TAAKE’s  iconic frontman and founder , Hoest,  has, over the years, honed the band’s trademark “Helnorsk Svartmetall ” sound  to perfection.  For a quarter of a century Hoest has always remained true to the spirit of Norwegian Black Metal, both in the studio and on the stage, and has never allowed  the icy, dangerous edge, much beloved by Black Metal fans, to stagnate, keeping it fresh with surprising twists and turns.

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.

Aside from the upcoming European tour, TAAKE will be making a number of Festival and club appearances this year including Stockholm Slaughter in Sweden, Incineration Festival in the UK, Tuska Live in Finland, In Flammen Open Air in Germany, Beyond the Gates in Norway and the Colony Summer Fest in Italy.

TAAKE will also be heading for Japan to play a series of dates in July.  Routing as follows:

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

Taake Japanese tour 2018PR

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 releases 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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Italian Dark Metallers SELVANS have confirmed that they have finished recording their second full-length studio album which will be titled “Faunalia”.

Selfans FaunaliaPR

Haruspex, the mastermind behind SELVANS,  had this to say about the album:

“Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m glad to inform you that the recording sessions of our second album “Faunalia” have finally ended!

‘Faunalia’ is the result of three years of hard work on our creature. We have improved some aspects of our sound and we have had the pleasure to collaborate with some italian Artists we strongly respect whose names will be revelead in due time…

This work represent an evolution of our sound and visual concept with a dark romantic approach to the typical italian sounds, giving new impetus to Selvans identity.

There are only a few steps left, then the album will be ready to be released via Avantgarde Music by the end of 2018.  But… let us tell the most impatient of you that we are going to play some new stuff
during the upcoming ‘Hirpi European Tour’.

The Haruspex”

Routing for the headlning tour, which takes its title “Hirpi” from  SELVANS’ 2017 live album,  is as follows:

10 May: Titty Twister, Parma (IT)
11 May:  Concilia Nocturna, Aarburg (CH)
12 May:  Farářova Sluj, Mladá Boleslav (CZ)
13 May:  Rudeboy, Bielsko-Biała (PL)
15 May:  Tartaros, Banská Bystrica (SK)
16 May:  Dongó, Győr (HU)
17 May:  Melodka, Brno (CZ)
18 May:  S8 Underground, Budapest (HU)
19 May:  Weberknecht, Wien (AT)

Selvans TourPR 

SELVANS was formed by frontman Haruspex after the demise of Italy’s legendary DRAUGR.  With SELVANS, Haruspex’s idea was to  breathe new life into  the rich and varied customs, mysticism and folklore that were left behind by the plethora of ethnic  inhabitants that populated Italy throughout the ages.  Combined with  SELVANS’ music and lyrics, Haruspex’s use of  aesthetics has created a band which,  visually, and, very importantly,  emotively, brings back to life those long-lost eras.   And this is something that is not limited to SELVANS’ studio output, but is vividly re-created on stage, as fans will be able to see for themselves on the upcoming tour.

Live footage filmed during the recording of “Faunalia”,  as well as studio the studio photos you can see below can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans,

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More information about SELVANS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans or on their website at http://www.templeofselvans.com/

A special video,  which was made as a tribute to the band’s late drummer Jonny,  for the track “Lupercale” from “Clangores Plenilunio”,  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/AJDfmpYFa4Q


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A video of SELVANS live at Menuo Juodaragis can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/DBmR4sEKHvU

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Selvans
Website: http://www.templeofselvans.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/templeofselvans
BandCamp: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/music
Webshop: https://selvans.bandcamp.com/merch
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/templeofselvans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/selvans_
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/selvans_official
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/templeofselvans
Band Contact:  info@templeofselvans.com
Booking:  Nighttime Production
booking@templeofselvans.com / nightimeproduction@gmail.com
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Avantgarde Music
Website: http://www.avantgardemusic.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/avantgardemusiclabel
Contact: info@avantgardemusic.com
Vendetta Records
Website: https://vendettarecords.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vendetta-Records-113775778703319/
Webshop:  http://vendettarecords.bigcartel.com