Posts Tagged ‘Classic Rock’

Dark Essence Records, the label that gave the  Swedish Rockers their recording start back in 2014, have welcomed ALFAHANNE back into the fold, something the band is more than happy about:

ALFAHANNE is back where it all started at Dark Essence.  We got side-tracked but now we are right back on track and where we belong. It feels so great to be on Dark Essence again – to be part of their roster, and we  couldn’t be more pleased about this. Everyone at the label has always felt like friends and we enjoyed working with them on the release of our first two albums, and  will enjoy working with them again on the release of our fifth.  So  now let the darkness begin…

When ALFAHANNE burst onto the scene in 2010 their minds were fully set on bringing the danger back to rock n roll.  Playing what they call “Alfapocalyptic Rock”, ALFAHANNE  mixes Black Metal with Classic Rock and Punk, and good old Rock n Roll, creating their own style of music. A style that has earned them plaudits from critics and fans alike.

With a lineup comprising Pehr Skjoldhammer on guitars and vocals, Fredrik Sööberg on guitars, Jimmy Wiberg on bass,  Niklas Åström on drums, and Stefan Eriksson on keyboards, ALFAHANNE’s stage debut came at 2014’s Inferno Metal Festival where their show garnered them high praise. 

 Since  then, their high energy, exuberance, and easy going, friendly  interaction with the fans (both on and off the stage) make them guaranteed crowd pleasers and much in demand for club and festival appearances.

The band’s popularity is not limited to fans, as the list of guests of the ALFAHANNE’s previous albums demonstrates.  A list that fans of extreme genres will find mouth-watering and that includes fellow Dark Essence artists Hoest (TAAKE) and V’gandr (HELHEIM), as well as other titans of the Scandinavian scene such as Dolk (KAMPFAR), Erlend Hjelvik (KVELERTAK), Spellgoth (HORNA, TURMION KÄTILÖT), Nattfursth (SORHIN), David Lindh (YVONNE and BRODER DANIEL),  Sanrabb (GEHENNA) and Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING).

With work progressing on their fifth studio album, ALFAHANNE had this to say about what fans could expect:

Having already released four album,  Eskilstuna´s finest will soon be back with a new one. Once again we will explore the darkness of mankind and continue to widen our musical realms.  The new material will mark the beginning of a new era for the band and the fifth album will truly be a monster. Its release will make it clear that ALFAHANNE is an unstoppable force…

ALFAHANNE have already been confirmed to appear at Steelfest Open Air in Finland and Rock Away Winter in Borås, Sweden, in May, the Spetakkel Festivalen in Larvik, Norway in September, and the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in the Netherlands in December.

Details  about the new album will be released in due course, and more information about ALFAHANNE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial

A video of ALFAHANNE performing the track “Indiehora” from their album “Alfapokalyps”, live at Inferno Festival 2014, and featuring  V’gandr of TAAKE & HELHEIM can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/alOrLodpTGg  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on Bandcamp: https://alfahanne.bandcamp.com
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@darkessencerecords.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:  https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Bjorn Riis 2017 PR1

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

Bjorn Riis Coverart PR

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

Bjorn Riis 2017 PR2

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

Tiebreaker PR 2016

With their sophomore full-length album “Death Tunes” released at the end of last year on Karisma Records, Norwegian Rockers TIEBREAKER have revealed a new video for a track from the album, one in which they wanted to give their fans a taste of what it was to be like on the road with the band.

The video, for the track “Pan American Grindstone”, was filmed and edited by Martin Bremnes,  with additional footage by Espen Krøll and Tiebreaker, and can be seen at https://youtu.be/S3PWwKfG-cA


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As the band explains: “This film was shot in Bergen and Oslo during our Death Tunes tour of Norway last fall. We wanted to capture the spirit of being on the road as a rock & roll band in Norway; backstage shenanigans, good friends, long winter drives, reckless stage antics, and hard work. All of which is best enjoyed  holding a cold bottle of brew in one hand and throwing horns with the other”.

Formed in 2011 and hailing from Odda, Hordaland, a part of Norway known for its deep fjords and brutal landscapes, TIEBREAKER’s  lineup consists of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums.  It is a lineup with an amazing chemistry both in the studio and on-stage – something that has propelled TIEBREAKER to the top ranks of Norway’s rock scene.

“Death Tunes”,  which was written over a period of three months in a small cabin in the west of Norway, was recorded at the Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, which is owned by Kjartan Kristiansen of the DUMDUM BOYS, and was produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland.  The engineer/mix/master on “Death Tunes” is Nick Terry (TURBONEGRO, KVELERTAK, LIBERTINES) with assistant engineers Kim Lillestøl and Espen Andersen.  Altogether a heady mix of talent that was able to come together with TIEBREAKER to produce a high-octane album, packed with melodic riffing and spiced up with a dash of bluesy melancholy.

“Death Tunes” is now available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats from all the usual retailers and direct from Karisma Records at  http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/tiebreaker or from the US website at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/band/tiebreaker  as well as from  https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

TIEBREAKER’S next live appearance will be on the 18th February at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, when they are special guests at the launch of the new album from ORANGO.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tiebreaker on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/tiebreakerofficial/
Tiebreaker on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5ZcJxEdOudYfHcOx8ILDw
Tiebreaker on Bandcamp:  https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com
Band Contact: tiebreakertheband@gmail.com
Tiebreaker Booking: ragnar@timeoutagency.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
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
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor

 

The 11th September will see the release on Dark Essence Records of ALFAHANNE’s sophomore full-length album “Blod Eld Alfa”, and today the label has debuted one of the nine tracks from the album.  The track, “Skallerormsgift”,  which actually received its first ever public airing on BBC Radio One last week, features KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik on guest vocals and can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/alfahanne-skallerormsgift-featuring-kvelertaks-erlend-hjelvik

Well known both on stage and in the studio for their brand of high energy Black Metal laced with Punk and Classic Rock, ALFAHANNE is a band that, since its inception in 2010, has managed to attract high profile musicians to guest with them not only on their releases but also live.  TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth all featured on the debut album “Alfapokalyps”, whilst on the new album, as well as Hjelvik,  Spellgoth from HORNA and TURMION KÄTILÖT and Nattfursth from SORHIN add their distinctive styles and voices to the release.  Also making a return appearance is SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, with whom ALFAHANNE has a history of collaboration.

Mastered by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen at Bergen’s Earshot Studios, and with  artwork by Trine Grimm Lothe, “Blod Eld Alfa”  features ALFAHANNE’s trademark sound, a sound that  is full of the swagger and attitude that makes the band such a success both in the studio and on the stage.

Track listing for “Blod Eld Alfa” is as follows:

1. Alfa Kropp Alfa Blod (with Nattfursth)
2. Besatt
3. Skallerormsgift (with Erlend Hjelvik)
4. Vänd Inte Ryggen Till
5. Blodad Tand
6. Hora (Tills Du Dör) / Huora Kuolemaansa (with Spellgoth)
7. Arkeologen
8. Berserk
9. Slutdestination Eskilstuna (with Niklas Kvarforth)

With a lineup of musicians who have a couple of decades of experience under their belts in bands like VINTERLAND and early MAZE OF TORMENT,  ALFAHANNE was formed in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 2010 and features Pehr Skjoldhammer on Vocals and Guitar, Fredrik Sööberg on Guitars, Niklas Åström on Drums and Jimmy Wiberg on Bass.

Confirmed upcoming live dates for ALFAHANNE as follows:

07 August, Jalometalli Metal Music Festival, Oulu, Finland
26 September, Moriska Paviljongen,  Malmo, Sweden

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

Fan-filmed video of ALFAHANNE performing the track “Indiehora”  from their 2014 album “Alfapokalypse”,   live on stage with HELHEIM’s V’gandr  can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/ZUZpioeW_Gk

Several tracks from ALFAHANNE, including tracks featuring TAAKE’s Hoest, HELHEIM’s V’gandr and SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/alfahanne/sets/alfahanne

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alfahanne on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfahanneofficial
Alfahanne on Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/alfahanne
Alfahanne on YourTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnEhv8tEx2GNRAqVduRMQ
Alfahanne on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/alfahanne
Band Contact: nickeastrom@hotmail.com
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: toni@thedamager.com
Dark Essence Records Contact and Promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no

Karisma Records have inked a deal with Rockers TIEBREAKER that initially sees the label release two full-length albums from the band.   First up will be the re-release of TIEBREAKERS’s debut full-length album “We Come From The Mountains”, which was previously self-released in Norway, and which Karisma plans to release internationally in both CD and digital formats in the autumn of this year.   In the meantime, the band plans to move to a cabin in the Norwegian countryside during  August to concentrate on their sophomore full-length album, about which more details will be released at a later date.

Formed  by five childhood friends in 2011 in Odda, Hordaland, TIEBRAKER emerged from the Norwegian underground and within a few very short years grew into one of the finest rock bands in the country.  With their high-energy shows, TIEBREAKER have established a solid reputation on the live circuit, playing over 200 shows since 2013, including a tour of Texas, where the band played eleven shows in nine days.

TIEBREAKER’s lineup of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums, create a sound that blends classic  70’s rock with today’s dirty rock and blues style and a pinch of prog thrown into the mix.   A perfect fit for Karisma Records growing roster of top notch bands.

To coincide with the announcement of their new record deal, TIEBREAKER have debuted a video of the band playing live at the ABC Studios.  Filmed by Gregor from thetripidea.com and produced by Kjetil Ulland, the video can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ptT_aigL474  or on the Karisma Records channel at https://youtu.be/UWE8nMkAfWo

Upcoming  confirmed live dates for TIEBREAKER as follows:

12 June:  Bergenfest 2015, Bergen, Norway
03 July: Skånevik Bluesfestival, Skånevik, Norway
24 July: Utkantfestivalen, Gulen, Norway
25 July:  Fabrikken 2015, Huglo, Norway
11 Aug:  Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway
14 Aug:  Festivalen Sin, Moss, Norway
03 Sept:  Betong, Oslo, Norway
04 Sept:  Ålvik Rock, Ålvik, Norway

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tiebreaker on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Tiebreakertheband
Tiebreaker on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5ZcJxEdOudYfHcOx8ILDw
Band Contact: tiebreakertheband@gmail.com
Tiebreaker Booking: ragnar@timeoutagency.com
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
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor