Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

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With *Monocle”,  their first album for over a decade set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 8th September, ATROX have today debuted the opening track from the album  in the form of a video by Snorre Hovdal of Dispenser Media.

According to the band,  Hovdal was chosen because of his previous work with two of the band members on their DRONTHEIM project, and he was given the song with the brief that it should be dark. More than satisfied with the result, ATROX felt that ” that’s what happens when small boys play with rocks…witches come in many sizes”.  The video is currently streaming exclusively at the following:

Lords of Metal (Netherlands): http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/626
Eternal Terror (Norway) https://eternal-terror.com/articles/index.php?id=1829&type=A
Ultraje (Portugal): http://ultraje.pt/atrox-mass/
Legacy (Germany) http://www.legacy.de/exklusives/803-exklusive-video-premiere-atrox-mass.html
Spark Rock Magazine (czech republic) http://www.spark-roc kmagazine.cz/industrialove-atr ox-se-vraci-po-9-letech
Rock Tribune (Belgium), https://www.facebook.com/RockTribune/

About the track itself, the band had this to say: “The reason for us picking “Mass” for a video was due to the energy and structure of the song – which is aggressive and straight to the point.  It also represents the album well, giving you a vibe about what it’s all about; a darker side of us and how we’re observing the world around us”.

Today’s ATROX lineup comprises Rune Folgerø on Vocals,  viNd on Guitars, Rune Sørgård on Guitars & Technology, Tor Arne Helgesen on Drums and Erik Paulsen on Bass, and with “Monocle” the band is  back stronger than ever.  The sound has been fine-tuned so that what was once an atmospheric mix of Death and Doom Metal has become much more progressive, experimental and industrial.  It is an album that shows a darker side to the band, with more epic and atmospheric elements than before.  Consolidating the unique ATROX sound within the album are catchy and upbeat sections.

Artwork for “Monocle” is by Rune Folgerø and Erik Paulsen.  Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Mass
2. Vacuum
3. Heat
4. Finger
5. Suicide Days
6. For We Are Many
7. Movie
8. Target

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“Monocle” will be released in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/ and https://atrox.bandcamp.com

More information about ATROX can be found on the band’s website at http://www.atrox.no/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/atrox.no

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.atrox.no/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atrox.no
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/atroxband
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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After a lengthy hiatus Norwegian  Metallers  DEVAR are back with “Mausoleum”, a brand new full-length album that showcases to perfection the band’s unconventional  approach to writing and performing, drawing their influence from genres as far apart as Extreme, Black and Avantgarde Metal with a smattering of 70’s Prog Rock.    It’s an eccentric mix, but a highly successful one according to the press,  who variously hailed DEVAR’s  2009 debut album “Alternate Endings” as being “daring”, “original” and packed with “well-crafted songs”.

Originally formed as a solo project by Devar in 2002, it quickly became apparent to him that a full band was needed to fulfil his vision, eventually resulting in today’s lineup, formed of Devar on vocals, Obdsaija on  Drums and Percussion, Aadland on  Guitars and Ottoegil on Bass and  Keys

DEVAR’s return to the studio,  and the resulting “Mausoleum”,  shows a much more mature and reflective band, whose songs are more focused and perhaps have a more progressive edge.  It is an album that takes as its concept the feeling of someone standing on the edge of the end, whilst images of their lifetime flashes through their fractured and declining mind.

“Mausoleum” was recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, TAAKE, HELHEIM) at the Conclave & Earshot  Studios,  by Devar at the Alternate End Studios, and by Ottoegil at Internasjonalt Farvann.  It and was mixed and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) also at the Conclave & Earshot Studios.

With artwork by Tom Korsvold and photography by Ronny A. Sangolt, “Mausoleum” is set for release on the 29th September on Gymnocal Industries in Digipak CD, Gatefold DLP and Digital formats.  Tracklisting for “Mausoleum is as follows:

1. Mausoleum
2. House of Bones
3. Dead End Moon
4. Shadow Straggler
5. Cold black Rain
6. Narcissa Oriane
7. Ashes
8. Dead Wounds

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“Mausoleum” is now available to pre-order from www.gymnocal.com

A single for the track “House of Bones” from the upcoming album “Mausoleum” was recently released digitally and can be heard below and at http://devar.bandcamp.com/track/house-of-bones


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More information about DEVAR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.devarband.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/devarband/

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Devar Website:  http://www.devarband.com
Devar Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/devarband/
Devar Bandcamp: http://devar.bandcamp.com/
Devar Twitter: http://twitter.com/devarband
Devar Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/devarband/
Band Contact: devarband@gmail.com
Gymnocal Industries website: http://www.gymnocal.com
Gymnocal Industries facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Gymnocal
Gymnocal Industries Bandcamp: http://gymnocal.bandcamp.com/
Gymnocal Industries Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gymnocal
Gymnocal Industries Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/gymnocal_industries/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2hHITzAr8OQCKoDBoZFrrH
Tidal: https://tidal.com/album/71736037
Info and Promos: gymnocalindustries@gmail.com

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Bergen may be known as being at the epicentre of Norwegian Black Metal, but with the help of Karisma Records, it is also fast developing a reputation for  giving birth to some of the most interesting new bands who inhabit the more Progressive side of the music spectrum.

One such band is HIMMELLEGEME,  whose Psychedelic brand of Rock, replete with heavy-hitting riffs, chilling melodies and melancholic lyrics, is influenced by both Blues and Atmospheric Prog Rock, and whose debut full-length album, “Myth of Earth”,  is set for release on Karisma Records on the 6th October.

HIMMELLEGEME’s lineup of Aleksander Vormestrand on guitars and vocals, Hein Alexander Olson on lead guitar, Lauritz Isaksen on keyboards, Erik Alfredsen on bass, and Thord Nordli on drums, spent the past year exploring new sounds and putting the finishing touches on their new material, the result of which is an album that depicts past events not only in the lives of the band members themselves, but also in the lives of others.

Recorded during the fall and winter of 2016 at the Broen Studios in Bergen, and produced by Anders Bjelland (ELECTRIC EYE / HYPERTEXT),  “Myth of Earth” is an album whose sound is otherworldly and timeless.  With artwork by Mina Nornes Westli,  tracklisting for “Myth of Earth is as follows:

1. Natteravn
2. Hjertedød
3. Myth of Earth
4. Breath in the air like fire
5. Kyss mine blodige hender
6. Fish
7. Fallvind

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HIMMELLEGEME are set to play four dates in Norway, one at the Fjellparkfestivalen in July, and three with VULTURE INDUSTRIES in the Autumn to celebrate the release of  “Myth of Earth.

21 Jul: Fjellparkfestivalen, Flekkefjord
29 Sep: Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger
30 Sep:  Blå, Oslo
21 Oct:  Flytten, Haugesund

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/himmellegemeband/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/himmellegemeband/
Band contact: himmellegeme.contact@gmail.com
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

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Norwegian Avant-garde metallers VULTURE INDUSTRIES have debuted the first twisted track taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Stranger Times’, which has been scheduled for release on the 22nd September on Season of Mist

The song “As the World Burns” is presented in the form of a lyric video, which was created by renowned Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu and  is currently being streamed exclusively by the official partners listed below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Spark (CZ)
Rock Hard (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Radio Metal (FR)
Inferno (FI)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Hardkjarni (IS)
Metal Italia (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Kvlt (PL)
Loud (PT)
Crank It Up (SE)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Metal Hammer (UK)

‘Stranger Times’, which will be VULTURE INDUSTRIES’  fourth full-length album, continues and expands the band’s quest to push the limitations of genre and sound. Their nine new tracks are as easily as masterfully spanning a wide range from dark rock to progressive-experimental metal, while keeping their wild roaming within the boundaries of the band’s unique and bizarre sonic universe. Yet VULTURE INDUSTRIES manage to harness their bold mix into recognisable structures and meaningful songs throughout that do not shy away from catchiness and, quite importantly, do not fall into the trap of being weird just for the sake of experimentation.

With a lineup that comprises Bjørnar E. Nilsen on: vocals, percussion & keyboard, Øyvind Madsen on guitars,  Eivind Huse on guitars and vocals, Kyrre Teigen on bass and vocals and Tor Helge Gjengedal on drums, VULTURE INDUSTRIES had this to say about the newly debuted track:

“This song represents  the rockier side of our new album and is one of my personal favourites. ‘As the World Burns’ deals with the interdependence of extreme world views that need each other to justify their existence – a theme that is quite relevant in our strange and hazy present. Once more we have teamed up with our friend and sixth band member, the brilliant Mr. Costin Chioreanu for a video. Of course, Costin also created the album artwork. These are the first fruits of our continued co-operation and I sincerely promise that there are a lot of more strange harvests to come your way. Take a bite!”

As regards the album itself, frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen commented:

“Stranger Times” continues  along the path that we started to explore on ‘The Tower’, I proudly believe ‘Stranger Times’ to be standing out as a defining work for us. It bridges the gap between styles that we have touched upon in the past, while at the same  time expands our scope and includes a more solid dose of rock in the mix. To me, it represents our most ‘solid’ album to date and is clearly the best produced one. I am curious to see how our fans will react, but being the kind and intelligent persons that they are, we actually expect a lot of love… and maybe a bit of trash just to remind us that we are mere mortals.”

With artwork by Costin Chioreanu, “Stranger Times” was recorded and mixed by  was Bjørnar E. Nilsen & Edmond Karban at the Conclave & Earshot Studios, Bergen, Norway and mastered by Chris Sansom at  Propeller Mastering, Oslo, Norway.  Guests on the album include Herbrand Larsen  on keyboards (on “Strangers”) and Hans Marius Andersen on trumpet (on “Strangers” and “The Beacon”)

1. Tales of Woe (4:37)
2. As the World Burns (5:22)
3. Strangers (7:10)
4. The Beacon (5:35)
5. Something Vile (4:17)
6. My Body, My Blood (2:27)
7. Gentle Touch of a Killer (5:03)
8. Screaming Reflections (5:32)
9. Midnight Draws Near (5:20)

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VULTURE INDUSTRIES are also set to embark on a series of live appearances and a European tour, which, according to the band  “Will  be our most ambitious tour to date and we are of course looking enthusiastically forward to visit all of our favourite places and people again. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present material from our new album ‘Stranger Times’ in concert format. We will of course supplement this with favourites from our catalogue. We much appreciate everyone, who has requests for a song or two to stop by our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries/ and drop us a comment.  Please feel cordially invited to let us know what you want to hear!”

Confirmed dates as follows:

01 Jul 17 Varniai (LT) Kilkim Žaibu Festival
17 Jul 17 Neukirchen-Vluyn (DE) Dong Open Air
26 Aug 17 Onkel Aksel (NO) Kristiansand
22 Sep 17 Hulen (NO) Bergen
23 Sep 17 Good Omens (NO) Trondheim
29 Sep 17 Checkpoint Charlie (NO) Stavanger (+Himmellegeme)
30 Sep 17 Blå (NO) Oslo (+Himmellegeme)
05 Oct 17 Duycker (NL) Hoofdorp (+Foscor)
06 Oct 17 Mukkes (NL) Leeuwarden (+Foscor)
07 Oct 17 Treibsand (DE) Lübeck (+Foscor)
08 Oct 17 From Hell (DE) Erfurt (+Foscor +Kauan +Odroerir)
09 Oct 17 Backstage (DE) München (+Foscor)
10 Oct 17 Jungle Club (DE) Köln (+Foscor)
11 Oct 17 Backstage (FR) Paris (+Foscor)
12 Oct 17 Asgaard (BE) Gent (+Foscor)
21 Oct 17 Flytten (NO) Haugesund (+Himmellegeme)
09 Nov 17 Boston Music Room (UK) London  (+Code)
10 Nov 17 Tiger Lounge (UK) Manchester (+Code)
11 Nov 17 Audio (UK) Glasgow (+Code)
15 Nov 17 Flying Circus (RO) Cluj
16 Nov 17 Fabrica (RO) Bucharest
17 Nov 17 Club Live & Loud (BG) Sofia
18 Nov 17 tba (GR) Athens
19 Nov 17 Eightball Club (GR) Thessaloniki
20 Nov 17 Club Fest Zemun (RS) Belgrade
22 Nov 17 Escape (AT) Wien

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
VULTURE INDUSTRIES
Vulture Industries Website: http://www.vulture-industries.net

Vulture Industries on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries

Vulture Industries on SoundCloud:  http://soundcloud.com/vulture-industries
Vulture Industries WebShop: http://vultureindustries.bigcartel.com/
Band Contact: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Management & Booking: Propulsion Music:  http://www.propulsionmusic.no/

 

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Norwegian Black Metallers SARKOM, whose fourth full-length album “Anti-Cosmic Art”  was released on Dark Essence Records at the end of last year, have today revealed a video of a track from the album.  Produced and directed by Andreas Luggen Martinussen , Edited by Kolbjørn Voll Hjelmerud and with music and lyrics by SARKOM founder and frontman E. Unsgaard, the video for the track “Seen through the eyes of a pedophile priest” can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/fBsh5tKBrhg 


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Dealing, without a doubt,  about a controversial subject, Unsgaard had this to say about the track itself and the video:

“I got the idea for this song after seeing the documentary “Deliver Us From Evil”.  Pedophilia is something most people despise and don’t want to talk about, but it’s a deadly serious theme as these predators actually live amongst us.  I did some research and the lyrics are based on how I would interpret the mind and thoughts of a pedophile.  As for the video itself, it turned out pretty much as I had envisioned it, and I am very satisfied with the result.  More so because it gave us the chance to work with a professional team with extensive experience gained in TV production.  They also seemed to enjoy doing something different as working on this kind of music/video project was something new to them.  I mean, the last TV production they worked on was “Paradise Hotel”…

SARKOM is set to appear at Inferno Festival in Oslo for the Dark Essence Label night which will take place at Blå on Wednesday 12th April.  For their appearance the band will  play a special set which will include songs that have rarely, or never, been played live.  Additionally, the set will feature a guest appearance from BEASTCRAFT’s Sorath Northgrove.

Other Dark Essence Records bands scheduled for the event are SLEGEST, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR and SULPHUR.

SARKOM will also be appearing at the Dark Easter Metal Meeting in Munich, Germany, on the 15th April.

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

Dark Essence Records released SARKOM’s third full-length album “Doomsday Elite” in both CD and Digital formats in 2013,  followed by the release of  the band’s two earlier albums – 2006’s “Aggravation of Mind” and 2008’s “Bestial Supremacy” in Digital format.  All three albums are available from, and can be heard at, https://sarkom.bandcamp.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Sarkom Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
Sarkom Bandcamp:  https://sarkom.bandcamp.com
Sarkom Website: http://www.sarkomsect.com/
Sarkom MySpace: https://myspace.com/sarkom
Band Contact: e.unsgaard@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence USA Webshop: http://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

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With their second signing of 2017 Karisma Records have yet again mined that rich seam of bands that runs through the town of Bergen on Norway’s rainy west coast,  and, once again, they have hit paydirt in the shape of Psychedelic Rockers HIMMELLEGEME.

Formed two years ago, HIMMELLEGEME ‘s music is influenced by both Blues and Atmospheric Prog Rock, which together combine to create an otherworldly and timeless sound.  With their heavy-hitting riffs, chilling melodies and melancholic lyrics, written in both Norwegian and English, HIMMELLEGEME create music that depicts past events in their own lives, as well as in the lives of others.

HIMMELLEGEME’s lineup of Aleksander Vormestrand on guitars and vocals, Hein Alexander Olson on lead guitar, Lauritz Isaksen on keyboards, Erik Alfredsen on bass, and Thord Nordli on drums, have spent the past year exploring new sounds and putting the finishing touches on their new material.  Recorded during the fall and winter of 2016 at the Broen Studios in Bergen, HIMMELLEGEME ‘s as yet-untitled album is set for release during 2017, and, according to the band, fans can expect that ” With eyes closed and the mind transported to caverns of serenity”  they should be ready to “experience a slight conversion from everyday mentality, to a spacious state of inebriation… ”

Commenting on their  collaboration with Karisma Records HIMMELLEGEME had this to say:

“Himmellegeme is very excited about joining forces with Karisma Records and having them release our debut album! We think this will help set us on a steadier path for our future endeavours as a band.

We spent last year finishing the songs for the album, and entered Broen Studios with Anders Bjelland (ELECTRIC EYE / HYPERTEXT) in the late fall of 2016. He worked with us as our producer and sonic wizard. He also mixed and mastered the album. We came back in early January to listen to the final cut, and we were quite pleased with the result!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far – thanks to Anders for putting up with our shit ’n shenanigans – and of course a big thanks to Karisma for helping us with our upcoming release”.

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/himmellegemeband/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/himmellegemeband/
Band contact: himmellegeme.contact@gmail.com
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