Posts Tagged ‘Norwegian Black Metal’

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/

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/

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/

Is It Jazz? Records, the scion of Norways Dark Essence and Karisma Records, will launch their first release on the 27th May when the self-titled debut album from Jazz Prog Rockers SOFT FFOG hits the streets.  But those curious to hear what the label has in store for them need wait no longer, because today “Chun Li”,  the opening track from the SOFT FFOG album, has been released as a single, which can be streamed or downloaded from various services at:

https://isitjazzrecords.fanlink.to/Soft-Ffog_Chun-Li

Being the first band on the label is, as you can imagine, something the Instrumental Quartet is  very much looking forward to, as the band explains:

SOFT FFOG are super stoked to be the first band signed to Is it Jazz? Records and we’re looking forward to rising into the cosmos together! So,about us. Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if JIMI HENDRIX joined DEEP PURPLE and aimed at sounding like GENTLE GIANT – but failing miserably in the attempt because too much jazz had been consumed lately? Probably not, but anyhow,  SOFT FFOG´s sound is unique, and draws parallels with the aforementioned acts somewhat in style, compositions and aesthetics, but is more rooted in jazz – with prolonged solos and improvisations.

And of course the time has now come, and we are happy to release the first single from our upcoming album.  The song is the opener on the album, and kicks off with a «The Who-esque» intro with a twisted indie rock melody, then progresses into a fuzzed out Gentle Giant-like riff. Guitar solo ahead! And then concludes with a bang!

SOFT FFOG’s genesis in 2016 was somewhat unusual in that it came about as a one-off gig commissioned by the Kongsberg Jazz Festival. Despite the success of this event, the band did not get the momentum it needed to be a proper working entity, and, combined with the busy schedules of the respective musicians, each with their other bands and projects, SOFT FFOG only played gigs every now and then. Playing live, did however,  help to define and refine the band’s  sound, so much so, infact, that founder  Tom Hasslan decided that  2020 was the right time for SOFT FFOG to record their first album.

The band consists of Tom Hasslan (KROKOFANT) who also wrote the album, on guitars, Axel Skalstad (KROKOFANT) on drums, Trond Frønes (RED KITE, GRAND GENERAL) on bass, and Vegard Lien Bjerkan (WIZRD) on keyboards.  It’s safe to say that individually the members of SOFT FFOG have probably played with everyone in the Norwegian Jazz scene, and now  they have a vehicle that allows them to do their own thing. By combining influences from KING CRIMSON with TERJE RYPDAL, DEEP PURPLE with PAT METHENY, SOFT FFOG have produced an album of blistering guitar solos, gnarly bass, crazy drums and supersonic keyboard playing!

Recorded at Studio Paradiso with Christian Engfelt engineering and producing, and mastered by  Herbrand Larsen, and with artwork by Tor Einar Evju and layout by Tom Korsvold,  track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Chun Li
2. Zangief
3. Ken
4. Dhalsim

“Soft Ffog” will be released in CD and LP formats and is now available to pre-order from

Bandcamp: https://softffog.bandcamp.com/album/soft-ffog
Webshop: https://isitjazzrecords.no/shop/

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Softffog
Booking: jazztom@hotmail.com
Website:  https://isitjazzrecords.no/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IsItJazzRecords/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isitjazzrecords/
Contact:  post@isitjazzrecords.no

Dark Essence Records have welcomed Norwegian Black Metallers TILINTETGJORT to their roster, and will release the band’s debut full-length album later this year.

TILINTETGJORT, which translated means “Destroyed”, was formed in the early summer of 2020 by three Oslo-based musicians:  Den Gamle and Hazzlegard on guitars, and Sturt: on bass.  By the end of the summer the trio was joined by Tybalt on drums  and Svik on vocals, cementing their place in the now five-piece  lineup.

The newly formed  TILINTETGJORT set out to create Avantgarde Black Metal  that finds its inspiration not only in the ’90’s Black Metal, in which the band is strongly rooted, but also in ’70’s Prog Rock along, with a variety of other experimental genres.

2021 saw TILINTETGJORT dedicate themselves to the creative process, with the band releasing the digital single ” Vinter og Høst” in September of that year, and as well as making their live debut alongside VED BUENS ENDE and MORTEM in Oslo.   

By the time 2022 came along, TILINTETGJORT was ready to begin recording the band’s debut album, entering the Chaka Khan Studio in January.  The resulting material was enough to pique the interest of Dark Essence Records, who signed the band a month later. 

“TILINTETGJORT is extremely happy to have signed with Dark Essence Records” commented the band, and are “looking forward to a long and productive partnership. Busy times ahead!”

More details about TILINTETGJORT’s debut album will be released at a later date, and in the meantime, more information about the band can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tilintetgjortnor

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tilintetgjortnor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tilintetgjortnor/
Band Contact: tilintetgjort@gmail.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/

Known the world-over for their  authenticity and integrity when it comes to portraying their Norse heritage, Norway’s HELHEIM will be back this Autumn  with their eleventh full-length album “WoduridaR”,  which  promises a return to the roots that the band forged almost 30 years ago.

As a follow up to 2017’s “LandawarijaR” and 2019’s “Rignir”, “WoduridaR” fuses the aggression of the former with the focus on the atmosphere and melodies and the use of clean vocals of the latter, something that the band found exciting, and are interested in developing further.  For  good measure, the judicious use of elements from all of HELHEIM’s releases has produced an album that sums up their legendary career.

“WoduridaR” is an Old Norse word, which  can be translated as “The Wild Rider”, and lines can be drawn directly between the album’s title to Odin’s many names and meanings.  It is not, however, a concept album, with the tracks being  independent from  each other, and each one free to tell its own story .

As a taster of what fans can expect from “WoduridaR”  Dark Essence Records have released the title track from the album as a single, and it can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at

https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Helheim_WoduridaR_Single

In addition, Visual Artist Costin Chioreanu has produced a video for the track “WoduridaR”  which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/7-1NQImMowU

Commenting on “WoduridaR”, HELHEIM had this to say:

With “WoduridaR” we have returned to the harshness and the paradigms of “LandawarijaR”, with explosive,  mid-paced melodies that have an emotive refrain which summons the northern flames. Helheim never falters, Helheim never surrenders.

 “WoduridaR”  was recorded by VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjørnar E. Nilsen at Bergen’s Conclave & Earshot Studio.  With artwork by Tom Korsvold, tracklisting for “WoduridaR”  is as follows:

  1. Vilje av stål
  2. Forrang for fiender
  3. WoduridaR
  4. Åndsfilosofen
  5. Ni s soli sot
  6. Litil vis madr
  7. Tankesmed
  8. Det Kommer i Bølger
  9. Hazard (LP & digital only)

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 29th October, “WoduridaR”  will be available in CD, Double Silver LP, and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered from:

Webshop:  https://darkessencerecords.no/kar218-helheim-woduridar/
Bandcamp: ttps://helheim.bandcamp.com/album/woduridar
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

As well as having been confirmed for Hellfest and the Dark Troll Festival in 2022, HELHEIM will play the following two dates in Bergen this week.

Thu 05 Aug: Victoria Cafe & Pub, Bergen, Norway (celebrating the venue’s 15th Anniversary)
Fri 06 Aug:  Beyond the Gates Uprising Festival, USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Helheim Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helheimofficial/
Helheim  YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/frosjo
Helheim Bandcamp:  https://helheim.bandcamp.com
Helhiem SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com
Booking: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
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:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Over the past months, Norwegian Black Metal icons TAAKE have released a series of 10″ splits with three different bands (WHOREDOM RIFE, DEATHCULT and HELHEIM), on three different labels, and, as always happens in the case of vinyl releases, fans have been asking for a CD version. 

And Dark Essence Records are happy, as always, to oblige. So,  on the 2nd July, they will be releasing a limited edition Digipak CD, along with a Digital version, of the six TAAKE tracks from the series, which will include a very special acoustic version of “Nattestid ser Porten vid I”, acknowledged by Black Metal fans the world-over as not only a classic TAAKE track, but a classic of the whole genre itself.

The release is titled “Avvik”, which translated means “anomaly” or “deviation”, which makes it a very appropriate title given that the tracks from the splits would never really fit into any of TAAKE’s own releases.   You could, of course,  also argue that TAAKE mastermind Hoest has always ploughed a very  individual  furrow with his Helnorsk Svartmetall sound, standing outside the mainstream of Black Metal, and therefore making the choice of title doubly apt. 

All the tracks of “Avvik” have been recorded and re-mixed by VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjørnar E. Nilsen, and re-mastered for digital release by Herbrand Larsen at their Conclave & Earshot Studio in Bergen.

Some  of the re-mixes have some very surprising guests, who do not appear on the originals and are exclusive to this release. These include Dr Mikannibal of SIGH who did TAAKE the honour of adding her saxophone to a slightly longer version of the Sisters of Mercy cover “Heartland”.  Whilst TAAKE’s live guitarist (and banjo legend) Gjermund created the acoustic version “Nattestid ser Porten vid I”.

Track listing for “Avvik” is as follows:

1. Ubeseiret
2. Heartland
3. Nattestid ser Porten vid I
4. Slagmark
5. Ravnajuv
6. Brotne Bein og Mannefall
7. Ein Baat i Foss

“Avvik” is now available to pre-order at the following:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com 
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

TAAKE will hit the road in January of 2022 with KAMPFAR for the long-awaited tour which was previously cancelled due to the pandemic.

More information about TAAKE can be found on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial

The official video for the track “Umenneske ” from the TAAKE’s 20018 self-titled  album  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/qaRelAEOauk

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3048972372
Taake Bandcamp:  https://taake.bandcamp.com
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
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 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:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

Osmose Productions have announced that the third full-length album from Black Metallers NATTVERD is set to hit the streets on the 30th April.  Titled “Vandring” it forms the final chapter of the Black Death trilogy which includes the 2019 EP “Skuggen, and 2020’s full-length “Styggdom”.

According to the band, whose lineup is composed of Ormr on Vocals and Guitars,  Atyr on Guitars, Sveinr on Bass, Antichristian on Drums, and Serpentr on Guitars, “Vandring” is “a more dynamic album than our last, because  we have challenged the core that is NATTVERD, whilst at the same time  staying true to the spirit that is the band. We have pushed some boundaries, which has resulted in more diverse tracks, that touch a lot on melancholy, and is even more aggression, with epic moments”.

As a taster of what to expect, a track from the album has been released as a single.  The track, “Naar Taaken Fortaerer Alt”, which features Geir Bratland (Gerlioz of DIMMU BORGIR, ex GOD SEED) on piano, can be streamed or downloaded from various  digital platforms at https://backl.ink/143962158

Additionally, a video by Grupa 13 also makes its debut, and can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/bCjivR_ATTQ

“Vandring” was recorded during March and April of 2020 at Velvet Recording in  Spydeberg, Norway, with producer Christer Krogh who also mastered the album.  With artwork by Khaos Diktator Design and Ormr, and with layout by Ormr, Doedsadmiral and Silere Omnia, tracklisting for “Vandring” is as follows:

1. Det Bloer Paa Alt Som Spirer
2. Martyrer Av Kristus
3. Naar Taaken Fortaerer Alt
4. Med Rive Og Lime
5. I Moerket Slumrer Ravnen
6. Gudsmenn, Deres Svik Erkjenn
7. Det Hvisker I Veggene
8. Langt Langt Der Borte I Det Fjerne

“Vandring”  will be available in CD, Digital, LP (both black and Limited Edition red versions), and Tape formats,  and is now available to pre-order from the following:

 Bandcamp: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/vandring
Osmose Productions Webshop: : http://bit.ly/nattverd-shop

Formed in the late 90’s, NATTVERD is a band that has always preferred that its output be judged on purely musical merits, rather than on the past or future reputations of its extremely skilled and experienced lineup, and to this end the true identities of its musicians have always been kept private. 

More information about NATTVERD can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nattverdofficial/  or on the band’s website at https://www.devilryproductions.com/nattverd



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nattverdofficial/
Website:  https://www.devilryproductions.com/nattverd
Bandcamp: https://nattverdofficial.bandcamp.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/nattverdofficial/
Webshop: https://www.devilryproductions.com/shop
Band Contact:  devilryproductions@gmail.com  
Osmose Productions:
Website: https://www.osmoseproductions.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/osmoseproductions/
Bandcamp: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/osmoseproductions/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OsmoseProd
Contact:  osmoseproductions@gmail.com

Taking into account the current world-wide Pandemic, and the effects it has had on the music scene,  Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL have decided to postpone the release of what will be their third full-length album, but, not wanting to disappoint fans they have decided to release an EP in the meantime. As the band explains:

We have been writing material for the upcoming full-length, and are still working on it now, but, due to the ongoing pandemic situation we decided to delay its release until late 2021, in the hope of being able to play live and tour with the album.

The five-track EP, which will hit the streets on Indie Recordings on the 7th May, takes its name from “Fenriir”, the monstrous wolf of Norse Mythology. It is not, however, a concept recording, as NORDJEVEL are quick to point out:

“Fenriir” is an EP that shows all sides of NORDJEVEL, from the very beginning, right up to where we are now.  We had a few extra tracks which we decided early on in the recording process didn`t fit our upcoming album, so we decided to include two tracks, the title track “Fenriir”, along with “Rovdyr”, and make them exclusively available for this EP.

To make the release more special, we also decided to record ” Gnawing The Bones” which is one of the new songs that will be on the upcoming album. We also wanted to include a live track, so we mixed and mastered a version of ” Det Ror Og Ror” which was recorded live at Brutal Assault in 2019 by Hugo Alvarstein.

And of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to record a cover of “Fallen Angel” by the mighty POSSESSED. It is our tribute to them as the pioneers they are for our music, and also to honour them after we had the pleasure of touring with them last year.

NORDJEVEL’s lineup on “Fenriir” includes Doedsadmiral on Vocals, Destructhor and Valla on Guitars, Dzepticunt on Bass and Dominator on Drums.  Vocals, bass and guitars were recorded at Velvet Recording, Spydeberg, Norway,  by Nordjevel and Christer Krogh, whilst drums recorded at Studio LV5 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

With Artwork and layout by Doedsadmiral and long-time collaborator Khaos Diktator Design, “Fenriir” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats.  Track listing for “Fenriir” is as follows:

  1. Fenriir
  2. Gnawing The Bones
  3. Rovdyr
  4. Fallen Angel (Possessed Cover)
  5. Det Ror og Ror (Live At Brutal Assault 2019)

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

Indie Recordings (CD, Black Vinyl, Transparent Vinyl): https://shop.indierecordings.no/collections/nordjevel
Band (Limited Edition Black/Green Swirl vinyl): https://www.nordjevel.no/product-page/fenriir-ep
Rockmark (Limited Edition Transparent Red Vinyl): https://rockmarkmerch.bigcartel.com/category/nordjevel
Katakomben (Limited Edition Brown Vinyl):  https://katakomben.no/collections/pre-order-1/products/nordjevel-fenriir-12-mlp-brown-katakomben-exclusive

More information about NORDJEVEL can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial or on the website at www.nordjevel.com

The official video for the track “The Fevered Lands” from NORDJEVEL’s 2019 album “Necrogenesis” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/gGfUbFnKz5Y

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.nordjevel.com   
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBQPM_iEe9kJeZq_nFdcug
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nordjevel
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nordjevel/
Band Contact:  nordjevel@gmail.com
Booking: info@district-19.com
Indie Recordings
Website: http://www.indierecordings.no/
Contact: Jelena@indierecordings.no