Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

With a stellar reputation on the Oslo Prog Scene, and their 2021 third full-length album winning them plaudits and introducing them to a much wider audience, Norwegian duo JORDSJØ will be back in November with two new releases courtesy of Karisma Records.

Whilst not exactly new material, with one having had only a very limited release, and the other having undergone a substantial “refresh” and expansion, ”Nattfiolen Suite” and ”Jord Sessions” will come as a welcome, and worthy, addition to the JORDSJØ ‘s catalogue. 

Originally written and recorded for JORDSJØ’s second full-length album “Nattfiolen”,  the  ”Nattfiolen Suite” was a lengthy, virtually stand-alone piece, that proved to be much too long to fit on the album itself, and, as a consequence, was solely released digitally on Bandcamp.  However, such was its popularity that there  has been a growing demand for a physical release of ”Nattfiolen Suite”.  And Karisma Records is happy to oblige with the release of a 10″ gold vinyl edition, which will be strictly limited to 300 copies.

Fans of JORDSJØ who don’t have the means to play vinyl will not need to feel disappointed though, because ”Nattfiolen Suite” will be available as a bonus track on the CD version of the ”Jord Sessions” release. 

With artwork by Sindre Foss Skancke, tracklisting on ”Nattfiolen Suite” is as follows:

1. Nattfiolen Suite (part 1)
2. Nattfiolen Suite (part 2)

 “Jord” was considered by the band to be their first “proper” album, because, up until its release, JORDSJØ had only produced homemade tapes, which they sold to friends and a few die-hard collectors.  Its release is what really drew fans attention to the band, not only within Norway itself, but also world-wide.  However, JORDSJØ had never been happy with the mix, as the band explains

When “Jord “came out in early 2017, it was a different time for us. This was to date our fourth release and what would be our first proper album. Up until that point, we only sold our 50 homemade tapes to friends and a few die-hard collectors, but “Jord” got us a bigger audience, also outside Norway. The mixing was done badly and also with the intent of only a tape release, so we thought it deserved a refreshed look and the inclusion of  the other songs that had been recorded on the same weekend in the summer of 2016. Hence, the “Jord Sessions”.

”Jord Sessions”  has been re-mixed from scratch and, aside from a new organ track on “Abstraksjoner..” and some bells and percussion on “Valinors Lamper”, all other tracks on ”Jord Sessions”  remain true to the originals.  Its  underlying theme of alienation, roots and dreams, gives “Jord Sessions”  an organic and dynamic sound reminiscent of ’70s prog.  With traces of electronic music and folk, and the use of flute, guitars and a vast array of vintage synths “Jord Sessions”  has a warm,  vintage sound that still manages to sound fresh and interesting.

”Jord Sessions”  will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition Red Vinyl formats, and with artwork by Sindre Foss Skancke,  tracklisting is as follows:

01. Over Vidda
02. Abstraksjoner fra et Dunkelt Kammer
03. Jord I
04. I Momos Trädgård
05. La meg forsvinne
06. Jord II
07. Se Valinors Lamper
08. Nattfiolen Suite (CD only)

Both ”Nattfiolen Suite” and ”Jord Sessions” will be available on Karisma Records on the 25th November, and are now available to pre-order from the following:

Various services updated regularly: https://link.karismarecords.no/Jordsjo_Jord-Sessions  
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/kar241-kar245-jordsjo/
Bandcamp – https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com/music
US webshop – https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com/

By melding Progressive rock with interesting melodies, and giving the whole a Folk-inspired twist JORDSJØ’s lineup of multi instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC) and drummer Kristian Frøland pay reverence to the traditions of the best of last centuries’ Nordic Prog Rock whilst giving it their own individual take. 

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

A video of JORDSJØ  live in concert at Salt in Oslo in 2021 can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/17yyNaA14vo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no
Karisma Records US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com

On the 7th October, Dark Essence Records will release the album “Sverger Hemn” from BLODHEMN, the project from multi-instrumentalist Invisus that sees the Norwegian musician  apply his trademark aggressive sound to what will be BLODHEMN’s fourth full-length album. Only this time he has expanded that sound to produce an album that mixes Black Metal and Thrash with a well-judged serving of Rock’n’Roll.

And, whilst waiting for “Sverger Hemn” to hit the streets, fans can hear a second track from the album, courtesy of Dark Essence Records, who have today released the single “Velg Din Gift”, which can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at:

https://link.darkessencerecords.no/Blodhemn_Velg_Din_Gift

Or alternatively on YouTube below and at https://youtu.be/L_9AvbGPRnw

About the track, Invisus had this to say:

“Velg Din Gift” is loosely based on the quote “find what you love and let it kill you”, or, pick your favourite poison so to speak. A rock n’ roll fuelled track about self-destruction and hell raising!” 

On “Sverger Hemn” Invisus draws  his inspiration from the area of Norway he knows best – Holmengraa on the island of Fedje.  Indeed, both visually and musically the material on the album is a natural progression from BLODHEMN’s previous releases, and explores aspects of being taken by the sea and of drowning. 

Whilst, with his use of different kinds of vocals and keyboards in order to explore various elements,  Invisus has, without a doubt, left his comfort zone on a couple of the tracks on “Sverger Hemn”, he has ensured that BLODHEMN still remains true to the essence of Black Metal on an album that has been a long-time in the making.

Once again Invisus plays every single instrument and handles the vocals on “Sverger Hemn”, with the drums being recorded in 2020 at the Conclave & Earshot Studio, and the rest of the instruments and vocals recorded at the Over Evne Studio.  BORKNAGAR’s Øystein G. Brun handled the mixing and mastering which was done at  the  Crosound Studio.

With artwork by Misantropic Art, tracklisting for ” Sverger Hemn” is as follows:

  1. Fraa Djupet…
  2. Vil Livet av Deg
  3. Bomb Bergen
  4. Farvel Feioey
  5. Opp or Lemmen
  6. Velg Din Gift
  7. Tid

“Sverger Hemn” will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition Transparent Blue Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/kar242-blodhemn-sverger-hemn/
North American Webshop: https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Bandcamp:  https://blodhemn.bandcamp.com/album/sverger-hemn

The next schedule live appearances for BLODHEMN are as follows:

Sat 10 Sept: Stereo, Bergen, Norway
Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1436940096727840

Fri 30 Sept: Rock In, Oslo, Norway
Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1155800054965766

Fri 21 Oct: Black & Heavy Nights Festival, Ovenpaa, Kopervik, Norway
Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/5219578861489844
(also appearing will be Dark Essence Records label-mates ALFAHANNE)

More  information about BLODHEMN can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Blodhemnnorway or on the band’s website at https://blodhemn.no/

Additional Information
Website: https://blodhemn.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blodhemnnorway
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blodhemn_official/ 
Band Contact and Booking: blodhemnband@hotmail.com
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:  https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

With their third-full length album “In the Hollow of a Wave” having hit the streets on Karisma Records almost year ago, Norwegian rockers MONSTEREO have decided that, on the 7th September, they will celebrate with a new, never -before released digi single. 

As the band explains:

We decided to mark the occasion of the anniversary of the release of “In the Hollow of a Wave”  with a B-side taken from the original recordings. The tune is called “The Mirror Black” and it has a late summer-ish ’90s vibe, layered with electric guitars and tons of acoustic guitars, some mellow piano and tasteful mellotron. And of course, the bendy solo guitar that can be heard running through a Leslie speaker.

Written by our guitarist and vocalist Ola Utaaker Segadal , it was a hard tune to have to omit from the album and we  discussed it for weeks, but eventually we had to accept that we needed to remove two tracks in order to fit the record on one vinyl, so there you go!

The initial idea was to include the song on  our  fourth album, which is scheduled to be recorded some time during 2023, but, as it transpired, Ola and Øyvind had written so many new songs that it would have been hard to fit these two in. But we really like the track, so it is nice to release “The Mirror Black” in this way instead of just hiding it away.

“The Mirror Black”  is produced, mixed and mastered by Iver Sandøy, who also plays mellotron and percussions on the track, and was recorded at the Duper Studio in January 2020. With additional recordings in the  Solslottet studio and in Ola’s house later the same year, and with artwork by Robert Høyem, “The Mirror Black” can be downloaded or streamed from a number of services at

https://link.karismarecords.no/Monstereo_The_Mirror_Black

To further mark the occasion MONSTEREO are scheduled to play the following two shows:

Fri 9 Sept at Hulen in Bergen
Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/3320304674869731

Sat 10 Sept at Revolver in Oslo
Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/413196497294559

Supporting  MONSTEREO in Bergen will be GREEN SKY ACCIDENT, whilst joining them at the Oslo show will be fellow Karisma Records artists KOSMODOME.

MONSTEREO’s lineup includes Ola Utaaker Segadal on lead vocals and electric guitars, Øyvind Aase Fluge on electric guitars, Jørgen Stangeland Bach on Bass guitar, and Jon Bolstad on Drums and more details about the band can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen, or on their website at http://www.monstereo.no/ 

A  video for the track “A Sudden Rush”, from MONSTEREO’s 2021 album “In the Hollow of a Wave” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/GXaW8vat4p8

Additional Information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen  
Website: http://www.monstereo.no/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MONSTEREOBERGEN/ 
Band Contact:  monstereo.bergen@gmail.com
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no
Karisma Records US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com

With the release of TUSMØRKE’S latest album “Intetnett”  scheduled for the 7th October, Karisma Records have today revealed a second single what will be the third album from the anarchic band that is aimed primarily at children. 

Taking as its theme story of  two evil scientists who plant a self-teaching system called Intetnett onto the computers of an unsuspecting school, and which then proceeds to take control of an ant colony living in the school kitchen by using electronic impulses.   The system soon jumps from the ants, to human hosts, taking over the minds of both pupils and teachers.  Except of course, the minds of those who do not quite “fit in”, namely one of the teachers who is a technophobe, and a substitute teacher who does not yet have the necessary login info to access the computers, along with a small group of pupils.

The track chosen for the new single is a piece with an almost disco-beat  titled “Maurenes Jenka”  in which the band invite you to:

Lose yourself in the crowd and forget yourself to the enticing rhythms of the jenka dance! The ants invite you to a wonderful party game where everyone jumps in time. Get in line, this dance is easy enough for even father to join in.

You can download or stream “Maurenes Jenka”  from a number of services at https://link.karismarecords.no/Tusmorke_Maurenes-Jenka

The thing about  TUSMØRKE is that while they may aim some of their albums at children, and entertaining though those albums may be, the band also has a serious message to impart to its adult listeners. And, by introducing a fascinating mix of subjects ranging from  artificial intelligence, to advancements in technology, to the Singularity, and  Mesopotamian gods,  TUSMØRKE reminds us all of our old, long-forgotten histories.

In fact, “Intetnett” serves as a warning about the direction mankind is taking with technology, where our world is becoming a totalitarian nightmare where no one thinks for themselves, no one dreams anymore, and human culture itself is in peril. But all in not lost, because, long-ignored by humans, and consequently fading away, the old Mesopotamian Gods want to help humankind regain its freedom, and the only way to do so is by using Magic – better known as the old technology from a bygone era.  

Enter our misfit heroes – the Norwegian teacher, the substitute and the children, who are given instructions on how to summon a Golem, a creature of legend that will be able to confront, and hopefully defeat,  Intetnett, thereby  pulling the plug on the dangerous computers.

Written for, and first performed at, the Aktivitetsskolen Nordstrand,  “Intetnett” is actually comprised of  two original musicals – “Intetnett” and “Når Enden er Golem” and will quite possible be the band’s final children’s release. It was recorded  at Det Ytre Rommet, Holy Space! and the Nordstrand Skole by a lineup that includes Benediktator (bass, vocals, guitars, synths, percussion, whistling), Krizla (flute, vocals, piano, synths, percussion) and HlewagastiR (drums).

With artwork by the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen, “Intetnett” features a  whopping total of 21 tracks and  will be available in CD, Digital, and Limited Edition White Vinyl formats, the latter of which will come with a 12-page lyric booklet. 

Tracklisting as follows:

  1. Satt i system                                      12. Den nye tida
  2. Det beste for budsjettet                    13. Synth etisk
  3. Han er litterær                                  14. Kunstig uintelligens
  4. Varslerduett                                      15. Gudenes krig
  5. Vikaren                                              16. Verdensarvingen
  6. Jakelstigen                                         17. Enki Dumuzi Absu (CD only)
  7. Vi drikker ikke melk                       18. Før flommen
  8. Vi er elever                                        19. Enkis sang
  9. Maurenes Jenka                              20. Golem
  10. Undringstimen (CD only)              21. Kontakten brytes
  11. Kunstig Intelligens

“Intetnett” is now available to pre-order from:    

Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/kar224-tusmorke-intetnett/
Bandcamp:  https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/intetnett

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Tusmorke/
Bandcamp:  https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com 
Band contact: tusmorke.booking@gmail.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
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 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music

Whilst Norway  is, without a doubt, the spiritual home of Black Metal bands, when applying the term “bands” it is very easy to forget that some of those “bands” quite often involve only one musician, and that these musicians are invariably multi-instrumentalists, who rely solely on themselves to create the concept. and write and perform the material in the studio.

One such artist is Invisus, who, since forming BLODHEMN in 2004, and over three full-length albums, has perfected his approach to Black Metal,  with a concept that utilises to perfection that distinctive and aggressive BLODHEMN sound, so integral to the genre.  

However, on “Sverger Hemn”, BLODHEMN’s upcoming fourth album, Invisus takes the opportunity to step out of his comfort zone.  That’s not to say that he strays far from his trademark icy, aggressive sound, far from it, because he remains true to the heart of his music, whilst, at the same time, using different kinds of vocals and keyboards in order to experiment and explore various elements on a couple of the tracks.   The result is an album that is an exhilarating mix of Black Metal and Thrash, seasoned with Rock’n’Roll.

With “Sverger Hemn” set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 7th October, the label has released a single from the album in order to whet the appetite of fans who have been waiting a long time for BLODHEMN’s latest release. 

The track, “Fraa Djupet…”, which Invisus explains “takes you into the distressed scenario of fighting the storms and waves to stay afloat. From the depths the undead reap…“, can be streamed or downloaded from various services at https://link.darkessencerecords.no/FraaDjupet

As well as on YouTube below and at https://youtu.be/oJ_-0uPMl6g

“Sverger Hemn” is an album that took a long time to write and produce, and observant fans of BLODHEMN’s music will notice that musical and visual threads from previous releases progress naturally into the new material.  Indeed, much of Invisus’ vision draws inspiration from, and is centred on, the area around Holmengraa on the island of Fedje in Norway,  and, not unnaturally, explores aspects of drowning and  being taken by the sea.

Once again Invisus plays every single instrument and handles the vocals on “Sverger Hemn”, with the drums being recorded in 2020 at the Conclave & Earshot Studio, and the rest of the instruments and vocals recorded at the Over Evne Studio.  BORKNAGAR’s Øystein G. Brun handled the mixing and mastering which was done at  the  Crosound Studio.

With artwork by Misantropic Art, tracklisting for ” Sverger Hemn” is as follows:

  1. Fraa Djupet…
  2. Vil Livet av Deg
  3. Bomb Bergen
  4. Farvel Feioey
  5. Opp or Lemmen
  6. Velg Din Gift
  7. Tid

“Sverger Hemn” will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition Transparent Blue Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/kar242-blodhemn-sverger-hemn/
North American Webshop: https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Bandcamp:  https://blodhemn.bandcamp.com/album/sverger-hemn

More  information about BLODHEMN can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Blodhemnnorway or on the band’s website at https://blodhemn.no/

Additional Information
Website: https://blodhemn.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blodhemnnorway
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blodhemn_official/ 
Band Contact and Booking: blodhemnband@hotmail.com
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:  https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Round about the time that Karisma Records were preparing to release “Everything to Everyone”,  the fourth solo album from AIRBAG co-founder BJØRN RIIS, the much respected guitarist posited the idea that perhaps the label would be interested in a new mini album, one in which the inspiration he derived from PINK FLOYD could be given free rein.

Of course, Karisma Records were not about to pass up on such an intriguing proposition, and thus work commenced on “A Fleeting Glimpse”, a four-track mini album, which will be released on the 30th September of this year.

Bjørn has always had a huge admiration for PINK FLOYD in general, and guitarist DAVE GILMOUR in particular, and he has long wanted to try and write new material, that, as he says “really tries to get as close to the PINK FLOYD sound, without actually copying or simply  doing covers”.   And with “A Fleeting Glimpse”, he has more than fulfilled that ambition.

So, for aficionados of both Bjørn and PINK FLOYD, Karisma Records are today releasing a single taken from the upcoming album, and not just any single, because “Dark Shadows (part 1)” features guest vocals by none other than DURGA McBROOM, one of PINK FLOYD’s backing singers during the ’80’s and ’90’s.

“Dark Shadows (part 1)” is available to stream or download from your preferred services at:

https://link.karismarecords.no/Bjorn-Riis_Dark-Shadows-part-1

Accompanying the track is a video directed by Anne-Marie Forker which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/eaFW7z20wVQ

It is a track about which Bjørn has this to say:

Dark Shadows (part 1)  was originally written for “Everything to Everyone”. I always liked the mood of this song  so,  for this project, I did some changes to the arrangements and wrote the lyrics. I’m very pleased with how it turned out because it is a powerful blend of both me and my sound and some familiar Floydian moods.

About working with DURGA McBROOM he went on to say:

It was such a thrill for me to work with Durga McBroom and have her beautiful voice on one of my songs. I grew up with that voice! She delivered a truly stunning performance.

McBroom herself seems to have relished the opportunity to have taken part,  saying:

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. I think the song has a unique sound, and Im honored to have been asked to sing on it.

“A Fleeting Glimpse”  was recorded at the Double Decker Studios, Oslo (Pymlico) and the Riis Studio, Oslo. It was mixed at Subsonic Studio by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL).

Aside from Bjørn on vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards, and  guest vocals from Durga McBroom,  “A Fleeting Glimpse” also features appearances from Arild and Øyvind Brøter from PYMLICO, Per Øydir and Mimmi Tamba.

Coming in at just under 30 minutes, tracklisting for “A Fleeting Glimpse” is as follows:

1. Dark Shadows (part 1)
2. A Voyage to the Sun
3. Summer Meadows
4. Dark Shadows (part 2)

“A Fleeting Glimpse” will be available in Digisleeve CD, Digital and  Limited Edition Transparent Blue Vinyl  LP formats, and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/kar240-bjorn-riis-a-fleeting-glimpse/
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com/album/a-fleeting-glimpse
North American Webshop: https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com/

Bjørn was still in his teens when   guitar-led bands were at the forefront of the rise of the Progressive Rock movement, and this, together with an interest in Electronica and Movie Scores, influenced the young guitarist and led to him developing a style that is filled with soaring leads and gorgeous textures.  

His undoubted skill stood him in good stead when he became one of the the founder members, lead guitarist, producer and main songwriter of one of Norway’s most successful  Prog bands AIRBAG, and today he is also a prolific solo artist.  Moreover, such is his knowledge of, the guitar, and all things related, that his YouTube channel has become an extremely successful  destination for guitar fans.  The channel can be seen  at https://www.youtube.com/c/BjornRiisMusic

More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisArtistPage  and on his website at https://www.bjornriis.com/ 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band contact:  bjorn@airbag.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisArtistPage
Website:  https://www.bjornriis.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bjornriis/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/BjornRiisMusic
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 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music

Is it Jazz? Records seems to be getting its pick from the talented alumni of Norway’s prestigious Grieg Academy, as signalled by the label’s latest signing, AKSEL RØED’S OTHER ASPECTS,  the new project from Jazz saxophonist  Aksel Røed.

Putting together an octet, which is what AKSEL RØED’S OTHER ASPECTS is, in order to bring his musical vision to fruition, is no mean feat, but that is what Røed has successfully achieved.  Having attracted some of the finest young Norwegian musicians, as well as those with a proven track record,  to the ranks of AKSEL RØED’S OTHER ASPECTS, the band will now become the focus of Røed’s attention.  As he explains:

OTHER ASPECTS started out in 2019 as an ambitious project for me to write some music for a school project at the Grieg Academy.  But, having put this octet together, I have not been able to put it aside and it is now my main focus in music.

The ensemble is my biggest to date with all original music composed for an eight piece band.  Other Aspects’ debut album` “Do you dream in colours?”  was recorded at fashionable Duper Studios in May 2020 in Bergen, and the band, consisting of some of my best friends and finest young musicians in Norway, perfectly executed my visions as composer and leader. 

On trumpet and flugelhorn we have my dear brother, the amazing Lyder Øvreås Røed, and on second trumpet, my good friend and colleague for many years, Andreas Hesselberg Hatzikiriakidis.  The saxophone section consists of Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll on soprano and tenor, known from some of my favorite bands such as BEAR BROTHER and MASTER OOGWAY. On baritone sax and bass clarinet is  Michael Barnes, my long time mentor, friend and the musical leader of BERGEN BIGBAND. He is an Aussie who writes the best scores for large ensembles in Bergen.  As for myself, I try to lead the band from the tenor stand. Sigurd Steinkopf keeps the drums going and Sverre Sæbø holds the bas,  and Isach Skeidsvoll gives new meaning to the phrase “playing the piano”.


OTHER ASPECTS allows me to constantly drift into different directions and usually with short notice. The music is composed but not set, meaning its perfectly acceptable,  and even encouraged to think and play outside the box. Most of the magic within the band lies in the free improvisation.  

In terms of inspiration I find it in the old saxophone recordings of Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders, but also in the composing mind of Django Bates and Charlie Hadens Liberation Orchestra I.e. Despite all of the references, I still think (and hope) that the music undoubtedly sounds like “Aksel Røed”

As to his decision to sign with Is it Jazz? Records, it seems that both label and artist are of the same mind when it comes to their home town of Bergen:

I am very pleased to have signed with Is It Jazz? and their team. I strive to keep Bergen as active and attractive as I can musically, and I have no doubt in my mind that such a professional and local label has my back in doing so.

More information about AKSEL RØED’S OTHER ASPECTS can be found at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082226721671

Additional Information
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082226721671
Band Contact:  akseltr@hotmail.com
Is it Jazz? Records
Website:  https://isitjazzrecords.no/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IsItJazzRecords/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isitjazzrecords/
Contact:  post@isitjazzrecords.no

When bands release music in a 7″ vinyl format, usually in a limited edition, it can mean that the majority of fans who don’t have anything on which to play vinyl are unable to access the music easily.  And, with this in mind, on the first Friday of the first six months of 2022, Norwegian Black Metallers SARKOM have been releasing their entire back catalogue of 7″ vinyls in digital format, and in chronological order. 

Starting in January, and ending in June, the band will have released a total of ten tracks, representing the crushingly dark, guitar-driven sound for which SARKOM has become known over the band’s 19 years of existence.

Available to download or stream from a number of platforms including Spotify, Apple, YouTube, etc.,  a rundown of all the releases is as follows:

TO RUIN SOMETHING THAT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE   Track listing is:

To Ruin Something That Was Never Meant To Be
Black-Bondage Suicide

Originally released in 2009, and now completely sold out, the digital version was released in January 2022 and is available from all the usual platforms including:

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/48m5UTmBkfbBDxv4jupsU3?si=OCM0Zkk-QYeMu8pg5JzFLQ&utm_source=copy-link
YouTube: 
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kS_MStAza0UlS8m3RtKKFE-0WLNf_qI7c

EXIT TERRA  Tracklisting is:

Exit Terra
Hallucinating the Superior Psychologist

Originally  released in 2010 , and now completely sold out, the digital version was released in February  2022 and is available from all the usual platforms  including:

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2ll0nR8XsJB3hgMS55GAPz?si=6t4E1o1zRvKuXGrvQ-HgHQ&utm_source=copy-link

YouTube:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mG6naIO12HM-Wt5xi0B6F_4MfcPpjDJ0Y

DISINTEGRATE   (single)

Originally released in 2012 and now completely sold out, the digital version was released in March 2022 and is available from all the usual platforms including:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0fWA2c3n6pTXB7EDW6Ldvr?si=nPv2LVMsROqwsvPsadX6Ug&utm_source=copy-link
YouTube:
https://youtu.be/y5Sz2Fm4nnc

SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF A PAEDOPHILE PRIEST Track listing is:

Seen Through the Eyes of a Paedophile Priest
Goatcraft Torment (Urgehal cover)

Originally released in 2016 and now completely sold out, the digital version was released in April 2022 and is available from all the usual platforms including:

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2VBTrS3LtqPOnbnear6Vuv?si=DYE7__e2TFK-xApe3thaPQ&utm_source=copy-link
YouTube:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kPd84sfQ5ScgChu06DUuXG8kjx3w-mzd8

ROCK BOTTOM MANIFEST  (single)

Originally released in 2021, and with some vinyl copies still available from www.katakomben.no, the digital version was released in May 2022 and is available from all the usual platforms including:

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2CssSmrj5QWb4lDhUQCKTd?si=qtN3Rz0iQHScaaotEi4yuQ&utm_source=copy-link
YouTube:
https://youtu.be/FQV5vj02exY

SVØPT I EN DYNGE AV DRITT Tracklisting is:

Svøpt i en Dynge av Dritt
Breathe (The Prodigy cover)

Originally released in 2021, and with some vinyl copies still available from www.katakomben.no, the digital version was released in June 2022 and is available from all the usual platforms including:

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/3OSqjVcdpPIkxU8zcRpff6?si=10e0VJcsRs-Em1LWdauyXQ&utm_source=copy-link
YouTube:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_na9-jIhQW0bPVOEKMPQHcceXANmwNuV6w

The official video of SARKOM’s cover of THE PRODIGY’s “Breathe” can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6sOGKBo02Gc

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Sarkom Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
Sarkom Bandcamp:  https://sarkom.bandcamp.com
Sarkom Merchandise including  vinyls & T’s: https://www.facebook.com/sarkom/photos_albums
Band Contact and Booking: e.unsgaard@gmail.com

Since first appearing in the Norwegian scene in 2004, BLODHEMN founder Invisus has worked tirelessly to further Black Metal’s iconic sound with his distinctive and aggressive approach, releasing three full-length albums, on which he performed all the vocals and instruments.

With a live lineup that, aside from Invisus on vocals,  includes Hauk (AMONG GODS) on bass, Dan on drums, Xarim (DJEVELKULT, DEN SAAKALDTE) on guitars and Anneland (ELSKOV, VONBROT, MUNNHUGGER, CAPRISE) on guitars, BLODHEMN has rightly earned a stellar reputation for its work both in the studio and in front of an audience.

Joining the Dark Essence Records roster for the release of the band’s fourth full-length album, has, it could be said, been twelve years in the making for BLODHEMN, as Invisus explains:

I had a good experience working with some of the Dark Essence people in the past.  Granted, at that time it was more on the music production side, but still, it has been a collaboration since recording “Brenn Alle Bruer” 12 years ago.

Inking the deal with Dark Essence Records, therefore, feels like finally finding the right street door after a long night out. Their good reputation amongst artists, and in the industry in general, was key to my decision to kick open this particular door.

I’m looking forward to finally getting the new album out and joining forces with the Dark Essence team to force-feed you thrashy black metal with a glaze of rock n’ roll. Skål!

Details of the upcoming album will be coming up in the near future, and in the meantime, more information about BLODHEMN can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Blodhemnnorway or on the band’s website at https://blodhemn.no/

Additional Information
Website: https://blodhemn.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blodhemnnorway
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blodhemn_official/ 
Band Contact and Booking: blodhemnband@hotmail.com
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:  https://darkessence.indiemerch.com
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Having recently announced the details of label’s first ever release (from Jazz Prog Rockers SOFT FFOG), Is it Jazz? Records have today revealed more about DATADYR, the band destined to produce the label’s second release, which will be available on the 10th June.

Based in Bergen, Norway, DATADYR is a trio of musicians who are all graduates of the Grieg Academy,  where their jazz studies provided the inspiration for their music, which can be characterized by its use of traditional jazz, newer directions in jazz and musical improvisations.

All three have considerable experience with other bands and projects. Bassist Øystein Høynes, for instance, has deep-dived into both American and Scandinavian Jazz, something that can be heard in DATADYR’s music.  He likes to explore the differences in genres and mix them up, and his playing is “groovy and playful”, with a desire to drive the music forward.  Already a well-known figure on the Scandinavian Jazz scene, Høynes has played on albums by the FINNSETH TRIO, HERKULES and ATARI, and is currently playing with ATARI, TARA MARTINE, TREVERKET, and HVO.

During his time at the Grieg Academy drummer Amund Nordstrøm turned his focus towards jazz, free jazz and free improvisation. With a style that is energetic, playful and which pays great attention to tone and texture, it is somewhat extremist but nevertheless displays a controlled musical direction, with  clear references to older American and Scandinavian jazz. In a short time Nordstrøm has succeeded in making a name for himself on the music scene in Bergen. He has played a number of concerts in both Norway and Europe and released albums with AVIAN ART, THOMAS LOSSIUS SEPTETT and GUNSLINGING BIRD, with more in the works with bands such as DATADYR, CORT PIIL, MØ: SAN, DUMBO CASINO and SHAKAI.

Guitarist Odd Erlend Mikkelsen has, for several years, been involved in the Rock and Metal scene with bands like DREAMARCHER and KRYPTOGRAF. However, during the last four years he studied Jazz at the Grieg Academy, exploring improvisation. Through his studies he has developed a sound that combines the energy and abrasiveness of classic rock guitar playing, with the harmonic and rhythmic ideas derived from modern jazz.

Having used their experience and their studies to hone their musical skills and develop their distinctive sound – which ranges from the heartfelt and gentle to the energetic and explosive, DATADYR are now ready with their debut full-length album “Woolgathering”, about which the band had this to say:

It’s great to finally release our album on Is it Jazz? Records! There hasn’t been a proper label for jazz/improvised music in Bergen for a while now so Is it Jazz? Records came along at just the right time for us.

“Woolgathering” is a collection of our favourite songs which were written early on in DATADYR’s career. Some of them go all the way back to 2018. while some of them are more recent. It’s a good mix of all our influences as a band and as individual musicians. “Woolgathering” means to daydream, to gather your thoughts – a fitting title in our opinion. 

Further details about “Woolgathering” will be released in due course, and more information about DATADYR  can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Datadyrmusic

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Datadyrmusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpLXhM4Pd4bZxJ0UEkAzgpg
Booking: datadyrepost@gmail.com
Website:  https://isitjazzrecords.no/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IsItJazzRecords/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isitjazzrecords/
Contact:  post@isitjazzrecords.no