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This press release was sent out via Karisma Records at the request of Nuclear Blast Records UK.  Please enjoy!  Copyright © 2018 Nuclear Blast Records, All rights reserved.

Black avantgarde Norwegians ENSLAVED recently toured across Europe and the United Kingdom alongside co-headliners High On Fire and support band KRAKOW. We caught up with Ivar from Enslaved and Frode from KRAKOW at the bands’ sold out London show to see how the tour has gone and to find out who is willing to dish the dirt on each other’s bands. Find out what happened below or here:  youtu.be/OFmLmVBHjgY


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Order ENSLAVED’s latest album E here: nuclearblast.com/enslaved-e

Order KRAKOW’s latest album minus here: karismarecords.no/artists/krakow

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Formed in Bergen, Norway, in 1991, Enslaved had evolutionary zeal in their eyes from the start. Even as they emerged from the nascent Norwegian black metal scene of the early ‘90s, guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson demonstrated a fervently idiosyncratic approach to making extreme music. By eschewing the wilful conservatism of their peers in favour of an outward-looking ethos, Enslaved’s reputation grew rapidly in the wake of extraordinary, epic albums like their primitive but insidious debut Vikingligr Veldi and its strident follow-up Frost (both 1994). By the late ‘90s, the band had morphed into a wildly progressive and adventurous beast, always retaining the core, aggressive tenets of their musical roots but increasingly in thrall to the limitless possibilities that music, in its entirety, truly presents. Widely acknowledged as a powerful and ferocious live band, Enslaved entered the 21stcentury by flexing new muscles on the acclaimed likes of 2003’s Below The Lights and its groundbreaking successor, Isa (2004). Now as much a part of the flourish progressive rock and metal realm as they were loyal servants of the extreme metal underground, Bergen’s finest hit a rich vein of form as the years passed, with albums as diverse and challenging as 2008’s Vertebrae and 2010’s Axioma Ethica Odini joyfully expanded the Enslaved musical universe, drawing in countless new acolytes along the way.

In 2015, Enslaved released their 13th studio album, In Times. A tour-de-force of hypnotic prog intensity and scabrous, blackened pomp, it exuded an air of completion and finality that led perfectly into 2016’s extravagant celebrations, as Enslaved marked their 25th anniversary with some truly life-changing shows that explored all shadows and hidden corners in the band’s colossal catalogue. In Times represented the end of an era and the opening of a gateway to somewhere entirely new.

Despite rarely pausing for breath – not just as a result of Enslaved’s hectic touring schedule, but also due to numerous extracurricular projects – Ivar and his comrades have somehow managed to piece together yet another full-length milestone in the shape of their 14th studio effort, the elegantly titled E. Written amid a burst of creativity, grabbed at the tail-end of the band’s 2016 US dates, the new album marks the majestic birth of a revitalised and newly inspired Enslaved. Against the logistical odds, a new dawn was coming.

An album full of revelatory moments, spine-tingling dynamics and exquisite but alien atmospheres, E showcases a refreshed Enslaved line-up via songs that take the band into unprecedented territory. From the grandiose, weather-beaten riff-scapes of 11-minute opener Storm Son to the wild, psychedelic frontier squall of Sacred Horse and the muscular, sax- powered shoegaze barrage of monstrous closer Hiindsiight, it is both a typically bold and fearless statement from this most inventive of modern metal bands and a thrilling sideways step that harnesses the spirit of old and sets it loose in a whirlwind of imagination. Conceptually, too, Enslaved are making giant forward strides. While past albums frequently focused on notions of individuality and isolation, E offers a transformative fresh perspective.

14 albums and 26 years into a career that shows no signs of losing neither momentum nor its magical, effervescent creative sheen, Enslaved are once again evolving before our ears and eyes. This time, however, even the sky is no limit. Stronger than ever and manifestly thrilled to be in such rude health, Ivar avows that life in Enslaved has never been more rewarding. And the best is yet to come.

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KRAKOW was formed in Bergen, Norway in the fall of of 2005. The post metal collective received much praise and recognition for their special take on the genre with their second album diin, which was voted the 3rd best metal album of the year by Metal Hammer Norway in 2012.

Their third album, amaran, saw the band develop their style even further. The band made a unique and atmospheric record that stands out against its competition. With this album, the band explored both the calmer side of their sound, as well as the more experimental and drone aspects. This makes amaran a highly varied album, filled with both dreamy soundscapes and sinister, harsh atmospheres.

Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, the band then created their latest offering, minus. The pinnacle achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, minus has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group and as story tellers.  It’s an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape.

With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
BandCamp: http://krakow.bandcamp.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KrakowOfficial
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/krakowofficial/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
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Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
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With their new album “minus” set for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August, Norway’s KRAKOW have debuted a video for the  track “black wandering sun”  from the album.

With this song, and video animated by Esteban Sebastián Farias, KRAKOW pay  tribute to their influences, a concept enhanced by the guest appearance of Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame. The band explains:

“black wandering sun is an homage to our heroes who passed during the last couple of years, pulling inspiration from their universe, tipping the hat to their words and visiting them as the stars they are. And to top it off we were helped out by Phil who did the most rock n’ roll solo to provide the glitz and stardom the song needed to reach the summit of heaviness. The video is a reflection of the story the song tells, yet it becomes its own story, like a parallel trail through the universe, much like everything else that’s going on with this album. Godspeed, you Starman!”

The video, is streaming exclusively via various media outlets, and can be accessed HERE

Or directly at the following:

Metal Hammer, UK
No Clean Singing, USA
La Grosse Radio, FR 
Metalhead,IT
Slam magazine, DE
Lords of Metal, NL
Bergenfest, NO
Metalfan,RO 
Imperiumi, FI
Ultraje,PT
Kvlt,PL

Whilst the video gives fans a taste of what to expect from “minus”, KRAKOW explain more about their latest endeavours:

“Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, we give you “minus”. The pinnacle achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, “minus” has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group and as story tellers.  It is an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape.

“With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.­

“minus” was once again recorded in the renowned Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy.  KRAKOW even brought in some help this time, to tell these stories, the album ending with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen based musical veterans, whilst the opening track introduces the most rock n’ roll guitar solo, courtesy of one Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.

“So, this is “minus”.  An album that defies any attempt at genre definition. There are guests, who bring glitz and rock n’ roll, as well as a grounding force to the core of the mountain. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in the centre of a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves. But if we allow ourselves to search, we will find the cracks in the fabric and find a way to get close.

“It’s a collection of contradictions, is what we’re saying. It’s a KRAKOW album”.

Fans can also expect more visual representations for those willing to delve even deeper into the songs themselves, with several music videos lined up, telling the stories from slightly different angles, or even from completely flipped viewpoints, allowing the band to elaborate without giving everything away.

With artwork by renowned tattoo artist and long-time KRAKOW collaborator Thomas Hooper, tracklisting for “minus” is as follows:

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1: black wandering sun
2: sirens
3: the stranger
4: from fire, from stone
5: minus
6: tidlaus

“minus” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats and the CD and LP versions are now available to pre-order from the following:

Karisma Records Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

KRAKOW’s next live appearances will be at Bergenfest on the 12 June.

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
BandCamp: http://krakow.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
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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When KRAKOW announced that they would be performing a special show for their Dark Essence Records Label Night appearance at 2016’s Blastfest, nobody was really sure what the Post Rockers would pull out of the bag, including the band themselves, other than that it would involve an augmented lineup.

What transpired was a set that included lasers, electronics and two drum kits, with KRAKOW’s lineup of Kjartan Grønhaug on guitars, René Misje on guitars and vocals, Frode Kilvik (AETERNUS, GAAHLS WYRD, GRAVDAL) on vocals and bass and Ask Ty Arctander (KAMPFAR, HADES ALMIGHTY) on drums and vocals, being joined on stage by the band’s producer, and some-time session drummer, Iver Sandøy on keys and drums, Cato Olaisen, who drummed on the ‘diin’ album, and Rune Hals, on drums, whilst Ask moved between drums and vocals.

The set that this augmented line-up went on to perform, consisted of only 4 songs selected from the band’s three full-length albums “Monolith”, “diin” and “Amaran”. One of the tracks, “vitriol”, had never been performed live before, whilst the remaining three took on a whole different aspect, close to their true expression, but with new nuances and added shading, bending and distorting in ways that even KRAKOW itself did not know ahead of time.

So successful was the event that KRAKOW and Dark Essence Records have now decided to release the session in digital format. Titled, appropriately enough, “Alive” and with artwork by Thomas Hooper, track listing is as follows:

1. Monolith
2. Vitriol
3. Of Earth
4. Mound

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Set for release on the 24th March, “Alive” is now available to pre-order from https://krakow.bandcamp.com/album/alive

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

More music from KRAKOW can be heard on the band’s BandCamp page at https://krakow.bandcamp.com

The Official Video for the track “Luminauts” from KRAKOW’s “Amaran” album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/LhgvJpo8_SI


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: http://www.krakowofficial.com/
BandCamp: http://krakow.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
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