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Norway’s Dark Essence Records have inked a deal with Italian Extreme Ritual Artists DARKEND, and will be releasing the band’s fourth full-length album during 2019 on a date as yet to be announced.

Playing what the band calls Extreme Ritual Art, DARKEND was formed in 2006 by drummer, and only remaining original member, Valentz,  who describes the fledgling band as “young guys wanting to let our energy out. And black metal was the only way –  the left hand path we all aimed for”.

Having undergone the inevitable round of member changes, Valentz has today found the ideal lineup of  like-minded spirits with Animæ on Vocals, Antarktica on Grand Piano/Ambience, Ashes and  Nothingness on Lead Guitars, and Vinterskog on Bass.   Together they create music that “lies at the border between magic and spirituality, where cults and rituals can wander free in the wisdom of infinity, at the crossroads between life and death. Swallowed by the energy of the ceremony, engulfed  by  the dense smoke of incense, for DARKEND there’s no difference between good and evil, dream and reality”.

DARKEND’s enthusiasm at having been selected to be released on Dark Essence Records, a label whose roster boasts some of the most iconic bands in the Black and Extreme Metal genres, and which is well known for its unerring ability to pick out the best of the upcoming batch of Black and Extreme Metal artists, is obvious as the following comments from the various band members demonstrate:

Valentz (drums): I’m very proud that Darkend is now part of Dark Essence’s family. We’ll spread our art together! On all of you!

 Animae (vocals): I feel honoured that  such an enlightened darkness has chosen to give loud voice to this shadowed universe that is relentlessly shaking, inside.

Ashes (guitars): I’m really excited to start working with Dark Essence. The hard work over the years has finally paid off. For us it really has been a big achievement. I thank all my friends and all the staff that supports us and stands by us!

Nothingness (guitars): We are really thrilled to start a partnership with Dark Essence Records. Their contagious enthusiasm will surely allow us to reach new goals and will bring our music a step forward.

Antarktica (keys, song writing): For the new album we wanted something different from ‘The Canticle of Shadows’, yet with the same sound matrix. After more than a year of song writing and hard work, and months locked in the recording studio, we got the result we were aiming for. So we couldn’t be prouder than signing for Dark Essence! We are happy they loved our work and we can’t wait for the album to be released!

Vinterskog (bass): Ever since I first got into black metal, I felt a connection with Norway and its artistic aura. And now, signing and working with one of the best labels not only from the country but from everywhere,  everything started is a big checkmark on my dreams list, and I am looking forward to this great collaboration!

To sum up , we can’t wait to start working with Dark Essence Records because we believe that their wide roster is attractive. It’s extreme, but not strictly bound to a music genre. It’s wider, complex… and we felt we had the music that could fit it! It was a total pleasure when they told us they liked our art. We closed a circle and started drawing together the next lemniscate!

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More information about DARKEND can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/darkendofficial/  or on the band’s website at https://www.darkend.it

A video for the track “Of the Defunct” with Attila Csihar on guest vocals from DARKEND’s 2016 album “The Canticle of Shadows” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/Gvj30UkXEKA


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darkendofficial/
Website: https://www.darkend.it
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEndBand
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/darkendband
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkendcult/
Bandcamp: https://darkend.bandcamp.com
Band contact & Booking: info@darkend.it
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

 

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Avast PR2 Katharina Ueland

With their debut full-length album “Mother Culture” having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records last month, Norwegian blackgazers AVAST have today premiered a video for a track from the album.

The video for the track “The World Belongs to Man” can be seenbelow and at https://youtu.be/s_pYSniSOTk.


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About the track itself, the band had this to say:

“The World Belongs to Man” is the contemporary story of humankind and reflects where we find ourselves today as we begin to realise that our way of life is slowly killing the planet.  The song also express anger and frustration at not being able to stop this process, knowing that to be able to do so would require such radical political, economic and cultural changes that certain powerful people would lose both money and power in the process.

 Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, AVAST consists of Hans Olaf Myrvang (AGENDA) on bass and vocals, Trond Salte (AGENDA), Ørjan Lund (NAG) on guitars, and Stian Steensnæs (LIK) on drums. Together  they fuse the aesthetics of black metal with the atmospherics of post-rock in order to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing, and whose lyrical themes are not centered around the usual black metal topics, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on social and environmental issues.

Avast PR1 Katharina Ueland

AVAST will be celebrating the release of “Mother Culture” and rounding off the year with two shows in Norway:

23 Nov: Victoria Pub and Cafe, Bergen
24 Nov: Vaterland, Oslo

Looking ahead to 2019 AVAST have already been confirmed to appear at Trondheim Calling in January and the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo in April.

“Mother Culture” is available in CD, Digital and limited edition white vinyl formats from all the usual retail and streaming services as well as directly from the following:

Bandcamp:  https://avastband.bandcamp.com
Dark Essence Records: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/avast/
US Webshop:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avastband
Bandcamp: http://avastband.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avastband/
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/avastband
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/57bnwC7iMKBRlWnMF9lzmy
Band Contact:  avastband2016@gmail.com
Booking : post@siloenbooking.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 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

 

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Norwegian Black Metallers SVARTELDER have today revealed details of their second full-length album “Pits” which is set for release on Dusktone in January 2019.

Founder and frontman Doedsadmiral (NORDJEVEL, DOEDSVANGR, ENEPSIGOS) shared some information about the album:

“Despite there being a theme running through the lyrics of its seven tracks,  “Pits” is not a concept album.  Nor was it ever our intention to make it one. It  is an album that explores ones deepest pain and misery.  That difficult battle to crawl out of the pit of despair and back to the world, only to find that the world has deteriorated into something lifeless and miserable. So much so, in fact, that you just want to let go and once again fall back into your pit .

“With our previous releases, the debut full-length “Pyres” and the “Askbundet” EP, we felt that SVARTELDER was still finding itself, and with “Pits” we have pushed ourselves even further musically.  As an album “Pits” is more, aggressive and more melancholic than its predecessors.  In fact, you could say that “Pits” is more of all that makes SVARTELDER what it is”.

To give fans a taste of what they can expect from “Pits”, SVARTELDER have debuted a track from the album, which can be heard below and on  YouTube at  https://youtu.be/w9oyjXDQDdc


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“Pits” was mixed and mastered by Patric at the WSL Studios in France,  whilst much of the recording itself was done in the individual studios of band members Doedsadmiral on vocals,  Tjalve on bass and guitars, Renton on synth and Spektre on drums.

Tracklisting  for “Pits” is as follows:

Part.I
Part.II
Part.III
Part.IV
Part.V
Part.VI
Part.VII

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With artwork by Khaos Diktator Design, “Pits” will be available in CD, Digital, Black Vinyl and Limited Edition (100 copies) Deep Blue Vinyl  formats and can be pre-ordered now at https://dusktone.bandcamp.com/album/pits

Svartelder Pits Promo

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SvartelderOfficial/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/svartelder/
SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/svartelderofficial
Band Contact:   Svartelderofficial@gmail.com  Management & PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Dusktone:  http://www.dusktone.eu/
Dusktone Bandcamp:  https://dusktone.bandcamp.com
Dusktone Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dusktone/
Contact: info@dusktone.eu

 

Ragnarok and Devo

Ragnarok in the studio with Devo

Twenty five years after having been formed by iconic drummer Jontho, veteran Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK have entered the studio to begin work on what will be the band’s ninth full-length album.  The, as yet unnamed,  album is expected to be released during late May 2019 on Agonia Records.

Work on the album is progressing well, with drum tracks having already been laid and work on guitars having begun. As with RAGNAROK’s last three albums, “Psychopathology” (2016), “Malediction” (2012) and “Collectors of the King” (2010),  the band has chosen to record in Sweden’s Endarker Studio, with Devo (MARDUK) once again producing, because, as Jontho, who has now switched roles from drummer to frontman,  explained:

Why change something that works?  We know the studio so well by now and how good the facilities are, and,  after three albums,  Devo really understands what RAGNAROK wants and how we work.  He’s a great producer and we’re really looking forward to seeing what he does the new material.

RAGNAROK will head for Canada later this month to appear at the Messe des Morts Festival in Montreal, and have been confirmed to appear at next year’s  legendary Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, Norway on the 19th April.

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

The official video for the title track  from  RAGNAROK’s “Collectors of the King” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/IdRPw1tPl5E


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ragnarokhorde/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2NOuABTjilCHH7RNw439Vq?si=vDWZ6gtORS-XI0-k8cUdfg
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
European Booking: info@massive-music.pl
Management: https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com

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If there is one thing that Hoest, the iconic leader and frontman of Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE,  has demonstrated with his trademark Helnorsk Svartmetall  sound  over the band’s twenty five year career, it is that it is possible for the genre not only to survive, but also to thrive and re-generate itself into something fresh and relevant, whilst losing none of its traditional feel.

And alongside TAAKE for many years now has been the Dark Essence Records label, based, like the band itself, in Bergen, and well known not only for its roster of long-established and extremely successful exponents of Black and Extreme Metal, but also for its unerring ability to sniff out the best of the new generation of bands coming up today.

Now, this hugely successful partnership between label and band has come up with a collaboration that will see the release of “7 Fjell”.  This career-spanning, limited edition box set will be a one-time only issue of 1,000 copies, and will contain seven picture discs that comprise all of TAAKE’s full-length albums to date. Each individual disc of seven tracks each (no bonus tracks), will come in a die-cut sleeve, and also included in the box will be  a TAAKE slip mat for your record player!   Of the seven albums, the last four have never before been released as picture discs.

“7 Fjell”, which translated  means the “7 Mountains”,  is a reference to both the seven mountains that surround Bergen, as well as the seven albums themselves.  With artwork by HELHEIM’s H’grimnir, based on a photo by Peter Beste, the picture discs are as follows:

Nattestid…. (1999)

  1. Nattestid ser Porten vid I
  2. Nattestid ser Porten vid II
  3. Nattestid ser Porten vid III
  4. Nattestid ser Porten vid IV
  5. Nattestid ser Porten vid V
  6. Nattestid ser Porten vid VI
  7. Nattestid ser Porten vid VII

…Bjoergvin… (2002)

  1. Over Bjoergvin graater Himmerik I
  2. Over Bjoergvin graater Himmerik II
  3. Over Bjoergvin graater Himmerik III
  4. Over Bjoergvin graater Himmerik IV
  5. Over Bjoergvin graater Himmerik V
  6. Over Bjoergvin graater Himmerik VI
  7. Over Bjoergvin graater Himmerik VII

…Doedskvad (2005)

  1. Hordalands Doedskvad I
  2. Hordalands Doedskvad II
  3. Hordalands Doedskvad III
  4. Hordalands Doedskvad IV
  5. Hordalands Doedskvad V
  6. Hordalands Doedskvad VI
  7. Hordalands Doedskvad VII

Taake (2008)

  1. Atternatt
  2. Umenneske
  3. Lukt til Helvete
  4. Doedsjarl
  5. Motpol
  6. September omsider
  7. Velg bort Livet

Noregs Vaapen (2011)

  1. Fra Vadested til Vaandesmed
  2. Orkan
  3. Nordbundet
  4. Du ville ville Vestland
  5. Myr
  6. Helvetesmakt
  7. Dei vil alltid klaga og kyta

Stridens Hus (2014)

  1. Gamle Norig
  2. Orm
  3. Det fins en Prins
  4. Stank
  5. En Sang til Sand om Ildebrand
  6. Kongsgaard bestaar
  7. Vinger

Kong Vinter (2017)

  1. Sverdets Vei
  2. Inntrenger
  3. Huset i Havet
  4. Havet i Huset
  5. Jernhaand
  6. Maanebrent
  7. Fra Bjoergegrend mot Glemselen

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“7 Fjell” is set for release on the 7th December and it is anticipated that demand for this item is going to be particularly high. It is therefore advisable to pre-order now from the following to avoid disappointment:

BandCamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com

Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/product-category/taake/

US Webshop: https://taake.aisamerch.com/item/65768

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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://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 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence Records on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

Hyperion Band PR

Swedish Black Metallers HYPERION will take time out of the studio, where they are busy recording the follow up to their highly acclaimed debut album ” Seraphical Euphony”,  in order to join BATUSHKA as main support on two dates on the Polish Black Metal legends upcoming tour.

As well as the two shows with BATUSHKA, HYPERION will also appear in Sweden in what will be their final shows of 2018, so that they can concentrate fully on the new album,  which will be released on Black Lion Records once completed. Upcoming shows as follows:

19 Oct: Klubs Melnā Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia (with Batushka)
Info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/200118643909212/

20 Oct: Rockclub Tapper Tallinn, Estonia (with Batushka)
Info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/167417083980673/

30 Nov: Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
Info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/298695747578960/

01 Dec: Copperfields, Stockholm, Sweden
Info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/552103061885553/

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Fans are advised that 80% of the tickets for theTallinn shows are already sold out, and anyone wishing to attend should get their tickets in advance and not rely on tickets being available at the door in order not to be disappointed

More information about HYPERION can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HyperionSwe/ or on the website at https://www.hyperion.nu

Fan-filmed footage of HYPERION performing the track “Blood of the Ancients” live in Berlin can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/TFAC9QFdBrg


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Hyperion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HyperionSwe/
Hyperion Website: https://www.hyperion.nu
Hyperion Bancamp: https://hyperionblacklion.bandcamp.com
Hyperion Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hyperionswe/
Hyperion YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hyperionsweofficial
Band contact and booking: info@hyperion.nu
Black Lion Records Website: https://blacklion.nu
Black Lion Records on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blacklionrecordsswe/
Black Lion Records Bandcamp: https://blacklionrecords.bandcamp.com
Black Lion Records on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blacklionrecordsswe/
Black Lion Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Blacklionrecswe
Black Lion Records on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdKzG_KjmK7A-PnunzLvzdQ
Information from: contact@blacklion.nu

Avast PR2 Katharina Ueland

Norwegian Blackgazers AVAST, whose debut full-length album “Mother Culture” is set to hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on the 26th October, have released a second single from the album, as well as an accompanying video by Ivar Vasstveit, about which the band has this to say:

“An Earnest Desire” is a tale about human ambition and how our desire to achieve great accomplishments often ends in catastrophe. The video emphasizes that ambition, and also shows how small and helpless we may appear in our interaction with nature and all of its forces.

The video, for the track “An Earnest Desire”,  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/VkNuu9XSOHw


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Whilst the single itself can be heard at, and purchased from, the following: http://smarturl.it/AnEarnestDesire

Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, AVAST consists of Hans Olaf Myrvang (AGENDA) on bass and vocals, Trond Salte (AGENDA) and  Ørjan Lund (NAG) on guitars, and Stian Steensnæs (LIK) on drums.  Together  they fuse  the aesthetics of black metal with the atmospherics of post-rock, in order to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing,  and whose lyrical themes are not centred around the usual black metal topics, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on social and environmental issues.

With artwork by Ole Nymoen, the track-listing for Mother Culture is as follows:

  1. Mother Culture
  2. The Myth
  3. Birth of Man
  4. The World Belongs to Man
  5. An Earnest Desire
  6. Man Belongs to the World

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AVAST have been confirmed to appear at next year’s Inferno Festival , and other upcoming live dates for include:

12 Oct: Tunghørt 2018, Folken, Stavanger, Norway
24 Nov: Vaterland, Oslo, Norway

“Mother Culture” will be released in CD, Digital and limited edition white vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp:  https://avastband.bandcamp.com
Dark Essence Records: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/avast/
US Webshop:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

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

Avast PR1 Katharina Ueland

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 (digital only):  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records