Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

Cor Scorpii PR1

With “Ruin” their long-awaited sophomore full-length album set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 15th June, Norwegian Extreme Melodic Metallers COR SCORPII have released a single from the album.  Titled “Fotefar” the single is available to hear and download in digital format at the following:

https://darkessencerecords.lnk.to/Fotefar

“Ruin” is the result of a song writing process which was both lengthy and, at times, quite  arduous for the band.  Drawing its inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal,  “Ruin” is a chance for COR SCORPII’s members to reveal their  hidden talents by making use of instruments not usually used by metal bands, such as the accordion and mandolin.

A follow up to COR SCORPII’s critically acclaimed debut album “Monument”, which was released eight years ago, also on Dark Essence Records, “Ruin” is an album that successfully blends epic, soaring melodies, with the harshness of extreme metal.  It features guest appearances by the classical singer Annika Beinnes, as well as Mats Lerberg (I SWEAR DAMNATION, ex-FUNERAL) who lend their considerable vocal talents to three tracks each.

“Ruin was recorded at various locations over a period of three years and was mixed by Børge Finstad in his Toproom Studio, and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at his Kvalsonic Lab.  With artwork by Novans V. Adikresna of the Marnov Studio, tracklisting on “Ruin” is as follows:

  1. Svart Blod (Hovmod star for fall)
  2. Hjarteorm
  3. Skuggevandrar
  4. Fotefar
  5. Helveteskap
  6. Ri di Mare
  7. Ærelaus
  8. Siste Dans

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Founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the legendary WINDIR, COR SCORPII’s lineup of Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Inge Jonny Lomheim on  bass guitars, accordion and programming, Ole M. Nordsve on drums, Rune Sjøthun on  rhythm guitars, mandolin and programming, and Thomas S. Øvstedal  on vocals,  recently welcomed a new arrival into its ranks in the shape of Erlend Nybø  on lead guitars.

“Ruin” will be released in CD, Double LP and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

CD & Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
All formats: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

A video of COR SCORPII performing the track “Oske og innsikt” from the album “Monument” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/opnCrZvVLtE


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii/
Bandcamp: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/corscorpiiofficial/videos
Band Contact & Booking : thomas.ovstedal@corscorpii.net
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

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Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will continue to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a European tour in October of this year which will consist of a total of 17 shows and will feature material from all of the band’s albums. TAAKE will be accompanied by Dark Essence Records label-mates ORKAN and SLEGEST, along with BÖLZER and ONE TAIL ONE HEAD.

The routing of eleven out of the seventeen shows are as follows, whilst the remaining shows will be announced at a later date:

04.10: U Basyla,  Poznan, PL
05.10: Way of Darkness,  Lichtenfels, DE
06.10: 013,  Tilburg, NL
07.10: Neushoorn,  Leeuwarden, NL
10.10: De Casino, St-Niklaas, BE
11.10: Petit Bain,  Paris, FR
12.10: Resonanzwerk,  Oberhausen, DE
13.10: Night Fest Metal IX, Arlon, BE
14.10: Dynamo,  Zurich, CH
15.10: Backstage,  Munich, DE
17.10: A38,  Budapest, HU

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Having kicked off the  25th Anniversary celebrations with a show in the band’s home town of Bergen,  TAAKE’s  iconic frontman and founder , Hoest,  has, over the years, honed the band’s trademark “Helnorsk Svartmetall ” sound  to perfection.  For a quarter of a century Hoest has always remained true to the spirit of Norwegian Black Metal, both in the studio and on the stage, and has never allowed  the icy, dangerous edge, much beloved by Black Metal fans, to stagnate, keeping it fresh with surprising twists and turns.

Hoest’s  powerful presence, which dominates any stage on which he sets foot, coupled with a live lineup of experienced and highly skilled musicians, and an  extensive back catalogue to draw from, has always ensured that  TAAKE’s performances are an experience that is guaranteed to enthral.

Aside from the upcoming European tour, TAAKE will be making a number of Festival and club appearances this year including Stockholm Slaughter in Sweden, Incineration Festival in the UK, Tuska Live in Finland, In Flammen Open Air in Germany, Beyond the Gates in Norway and the Colony Summer Fest in Italy.

TAAKE will also be heading for Japan to play a series of dates in July.  Routing as follows:

26 July:  Soma, Osaka,
27 July:  Imaike 3 Star, Nagoya
28 July:  Cyclone, Tokyo,
29 July:  Cyclone, Tokyo

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TAAKE’s seventh full-length album “Kong Vinter” was  released on Dark Essence Records at the end of 2017 and is available,  along with the band’s other releases and exclusive merchandise,  from the following, as well as all the usual retailers:

Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com/
EU Webshop: www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial  or on their website at http://taake.svartekunst.no/

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/OAIIbnrYC7Q


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
Taake Management & Booking: Propulsion Music http://www.propulsionmusic.no/
email: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

Cor Scorpii PR1

Fans of the Norwegian Extreme Melodic  genre in general, and of COR SCORPII in particular, have waited eight long years for the follow up to the band’s debut album “Monument”, and now, at last, the long wait is over with the band set to release their sophomore full-length “Ruin” on the 15th June on Dark Essence Records.

The result of a lengthy, and at times arduous, song writing process, “Ruin” draws its inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal.  Revealing the hidden talents that can be found amongst its members, COR SCORPII have, on “Ruin”,  made use of instruments that are unusual for a metal band, such as the accordion and mandolin.

Recorded at various locations over a period of three years, “Ruin” was mixed by Børge Finstad in his Toproom Studio, and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at his Kvalsonic Lab. Seamlessly blending epic, soaring melodies, with the harshness of extreme metal, “Ruin” includes  guest appearances by the classical singer Annika Beinnes, as well as Mats Lerberg (I SWEAR DAMNATION, ex-FUNERAL) who lend their considerable vocal talents to three tracks each.

With artwork by Novans V. Adikresna of the Marnov Studio, tracklisting on “Ruin” is as follows:

  1. Svart Blod (Hovmod star for fall)
  2. Hjarteorm
  3. Skuggevandrar
  4. Fotefar
  5. Helveteskap
  6. Ri di Mare
  7. Ærelaus
  8. Siste Dans

Cor Scorpii albumArt PR

Founded in 2004 as an offshoot of the legendary WINDIR, COR SCORPII’s lineup of Gaute Refsnes on keyboards, Inge Jonny Lomheim on  bass guitars, accordion and programming, Ole M. Nordsve on drums, Rune Sjøthun on  rhythm guitars, mandolin and programming, and Thomas S. Øvstedal  on vocals,  recently welcomed a new arrival into its ranks in the shape of Erlend Nybø  on lead guitars.

“Ruin” will be released in CD, Double LP and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

CD & Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
All formats: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

A video of COR SCORPII performing the track “Oske og innsikt” from the album “Monument” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/opnCrZvVLtE


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialcorscorpii/
Bandcamp: https://corscorpii.bandcamp.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/corscorpiiofficial/videos
Band Contact & Booking : thomas.ovstedal@corscorpii.net
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

Acarash PR2

Dark Essence Records have set the 8th of June as the date for the release of the debut full-length album from Norwegian Occult Hard Rockers ACÂRASH.    Titled “In Chaos Becrowned”, the eight track album was mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at the Caliban Studios in Oslo,  and features artwork by Lasse Almqvist Scherven.

Tracklisting for “In Chaos Becrowned”, which will be released in Digi CD and LP formats, is as follows:

  1. Cadaver Dei
  2. Shadows Roam
  3. Gathering of Crows
  4. In Chaos Becrowned
  5. Ashes of the Mortal Mind
  6. Legio Obscura
  7. Sacrifice the Winter Wolf
  8. Cenotaph in Flesh

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ACÂRASH, whose lineup comprises Sølve Sæther on drums, Lukas Paulsen on guitars and Anlov P. Mathiesen on bass and vocals, was formed in Oslo in the fall of 2016,  and is rooted in the 80s and 90s avant-garde rockers THE VOID .  With members hailing from bands such as LONELY KAMEL, ZECTION8, FAUSTUS and DEEP REST, ACÂRASH is a band whose influences are varied, and which embraces tradition, yet manages to forge an identity all of its own.

Acarash PR1

By blending hard rock, doom and black metal, ACÂRASH  has succeeded in forming  a  sound in which esoteric poetry and ritualistic contemplation are central to the music, and mirror the nuances in both sound and musical contrasts.

With “In Chaos Becrowned”, ACÂRASH has  shown an ability to reinvent, whilst at the same time  preserve, in order to deliver a record that explores and develops the boundaries of rock and metal, and naturally alternates between raw catchiness, dark introspection, and progressive playfulness.

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

A series of short teaser videos from ACÂRASH’s debut full-length album “In Chaos Becrowned” can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/acarash/videos/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/acarash/
Band Contact:  info@acarash.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

3rd Attempt PR1

It’s been well over two months since The 3rd ATTEMPT promised that the second instalment of their track-by-track concept video would appear within days of the December release on Dark Essence Records of their second full-length album “Egocidal Path”.   The two-part video was intended to give a  very personal insight into frontman and lyricist Ødemark’s  emotionally charged, and highly personal lyrics, with the first part describing the first four tracks on the album, and the second highlighting the last four tracks.

Unfortunately, a series of problems and mishaps caused the second part to be delayed until now, because, as Ødemark explains,  “Everything went fucking wrong.  It really did.   Every single step of the creation of this two-part video  was hit by either technical issues, a computer breakdown, lack of time, and of course, the inevitable noob mistake.  It could be said that the whole process was a series of disasters, but perhaps that’s why I couldn’t be more proud of the final outcome.

“This has been my first video creation ever, I had a vision and the motivation, and in order to make it happen I began learning all the technical stuff there is to learn about every aspect of  video making (animation, recording, lights, editing, post production, encoding etc.)  Add to this the fact that I had 0 Budget, so all the costs came from my already empty pocket.  But anyway, if there is no money, it has to be replaced by ingenuity and knowledge, and I wouldn’t let anybody interfere with it or give me a hand. I was set on proving I could do it all myself – and I did!”.

The  video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/pZu7ZVRPmUo


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The 3rd ATTEMPT was formed by former CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort (GREEN CARNATION) and BloodPervertor (OPUS FORGOTTEN) and, aside from Ødemark on vocals,  the band’s lineup is completed by Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) on drums.   “Egocidal Path” is the follow up to the band’s 2015 debut album “Born in Thorns”, and,  with it, according to Tchort, the 3rd ATTEMPT took a ” huge leap towards the true sound and identity of the band.  While our debut album “Born in Thorns” represented the CARPATHIAN FOREST era of our song writing, “Egocidal Path” is a newly written album that is more aggressive, tighter, and in-your-face.  It also showcases the fantastic drumming skills of Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE) and the vocal range and creativity of Ødemark”

Ødemark  himself explains  what he sought to achieve with the two concept videos:  ” I wanted to give a visual context to our music, and,  at the same time,  give as much of an insight into the thinking behind the lyrics without it being a written explanation that nobody bothers to read anyway.    This lead me to creating what you are now seeing.  Yes, I do give a general idea of what each song is about, but I don’t set out to explain the lyrics line by line, I want those who are interested to discover  things for themselves.

“As regards the visual content,  I decided to create a two completely different scenarios. With the first video, I wanted to convey the sense of chaos associated with the self-destructive lifestyle aspect of Black & Roll, and to do this I had to adopt a “0 tolerance for political correctness”. So if the mere sight of the naked human body or drugs offends you in any way, if you do not want to  see the whole of what life involves  without getting “offended”, well, this one is not for you.  Life is, what life is, with or without your personal approval.   With its hints at decadence and personal corrosion, the first video contains a lot more symbolism.  The  barbed wire and the pain is real though,  and people can  decide for themselves what it all means.

“For the second Video, I wanted something radically different,  I didn’t  want people to have to drink twice from the same cup.   I needed to create a more realistic scenario as I wanted to depict depression, madness, confusion, mysticism,  and make it more personal.  I almost went too far with the cutting in the last scene, it all ended up with a pool of blood behind the scenes –  too much adrenaline, jeeze!”

3rd Attempt Promovideo PR

“Egocidal Path” is available in CD and Digital formats, with the vinyl version available soon from all the usual retailers as well as from the following:

All formats: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/3rd_attempt/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

A video, by Lukas Jaszak , for the track “I’ll Do It Now”  from The 3RD ATTEMPTS album “Egocidal Path” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/Ca0WwsIq0cs


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The newly re-edited version of  Part I of the  “Egocidal Path” concept video  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ud3fME7cAN8


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More information about the 3RD ATTEMPT  can be found on their  official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial or on the band’s website at https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://3rdattemptband.wordpress.com/
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
Bandcamp: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Band contact & booking: tchort@online.no
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DarkEssenceRecords/videos
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records

Himmellegeme PR1

With their debut full-length album “Myth of Earth”, having hit the streets on Karisma Records just over a month ago, Psychedelic Rockers HIMMELLEGEME have released a video of the opening track “Natteravn”.  The video, by the Oslo-based cinematographer  Leander Håvik, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/JVyIGFFbPQs


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Harnessing influences from both Blues and Atmospheric Prog Rock, HIMMELLEGEME have produced an incredibly mature debut album with an otherworldliness to it that makes “Myth of Earth” timeless.   The band’s use of heavy riffs, combined with chilling melodies and melancholic lyrics, creates a haunting atmosphere that permeates an album which depicts past events, not only in the lives of the band members themselves, but also in the lives of others

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HIMMELLEMEME’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 to their new material, which was recorded during the fall and winter of 2016 at the Broen Studios in Bergen, and produced by Anders Bjelland (ELECTRIC EYE / HYPERTEXT).

With artwork by Mina Nornes Westli, “Myth of Earth” is available in CD Digipak, Vinyl and Digital formats.   Tracklisting for “Myth of Earth is as follows:

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

Himmelgemme AlbumArt

HIMMELLEGEME are set to appear at the Close to the Rain Bergen Prog Fest – Christmas Edition along with fellow Karisma Records label-mates WOBBLER on the 16th December at The Garage in Bergen.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/himmellegemeband/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/himmellegemeband/
Bandcamp:  https://himmellegeme.bandcamp.com
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: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
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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With over two decades of Black Metal under their belts, RAGNAROK are no strangers to live appearances, and both they, and their fans, are always ready for more.  And to this end, the veteran Norwegians have inked a European booking deal with Massive Music.

“Live shows, and the opportunity they give us to connect directly with our fans, is something we all really enjoy, and it adds a whole new dimension to the music”,  commented RAGNAROK’s founder Jontho Panthera.  “We are therefore delighted to be able to announce that we will joining forces with Massive Music as regards European booking.  Massive have a huge amount of experience, and some formidable bands on their roster, and we are very excited about the possibilities this cooperation could bring.  We very much look forward to working together, and to bringing RAGNAROK to a stage near you!”

Ragnarok PRA

Anyone interested in booking RAGNAROK should contact info@massive-music.pl

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

A  video for the track ” Dominance and Submission” from  RAGNAROK’s eighth full-length album “Psychopathology” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/KGGck_iqy3E


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“Psychopathology”  can be heard below and on BandCamp at https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/psychopathology


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Eleven tracks spanning over two decades of RAGNAROK’s career can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial/sets/ragnarok-live-set-list

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial
Website: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RagnarokNorway
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ragnarokhorde/
Official Spotify Playlist:  http://spoti.fi/2c34nFG
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/ragnarokofficial
European Booking: info@massive-music.pl
Management: https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
Management Contact: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Label: http://www.agoniarecords.com
For promo copies: info@agoniarecords.com