Posts Tagged ‘Norwegian Black Metal’

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  

With less than a month to go to the release of “The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder”, the much-anticipated third full-length album from ENDEZZMA,  Dark Essence Records have provided a further glimpse  into the darkness  the Norwegian Black Metallers  are so adept at creating with the release of a new single taken from the album, along with an accompanying video.

The single, titled “Wild Glorior Death”  can be streamed or downloaded at

https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Endezzma_Wild-Glorior-Death

Whilst the video for “Wild Glorior Death”  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/BmugxJ3v1yM  

The band point out that with its powerful build up to the climax the video is the perfect visual accompaniment to the track:

“Wild Glorior Death” is a true manifest and a real gate to the core of the mythical and philosophical depth of the album. In this song you find the essential battle of strength, untamed forces and the unbound darkness. A rapture of oppressive sonic splendour visualized by the video that follows the track. The journey builds up through a real violent and epic storm and through the thunder the listener will experience that the song represents the turning point in the storyline of the album. The Archer claims his throne through “Wild Glorior Death”

With “The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder”, ENDEZZMA have taken massive strides with their song writing, and have produced an album that bridges the gap between dark anthems and primitive aggression.  Recorded at the Vika Studio and the Malpherno Studio in Norway, the album was  mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm.  Artwork is by Stefan Todorovic/Kahos Diktator Design, and the tracklisting is as follows:

  1. The Awakening
  2. The Name of the Night is a Strong Tower
  3. Anomalious Abomination
  4. The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder
  5. Formless and Void
  6. Garden ov Heathen
  7. Wild Glorior Death
  8. Open Your Eyes and Stab the Sight
  9. Arrows of Equilibrium
  10. Closure

“The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder” will hit the streets on the 22nd January,  and will be available in Digipak CD, digital and LP formats, with an A2 poster included with the vinyl version.  It is now available to pre-order from the following:

Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Endezzma bandcamp: https://endezzma.bandcamp.com
US webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

Founded in 2006 by frontman M. Shax,  the band’s  current lineup is comprised of M. Shax  on vocals, M. Malphas on guitars, Nihil on Rythm Guitar,  Skriu on  Drums and Aske on bass.  It is a lineup whose talent and experience makes it ideal to perform music that is brutal, fiercely intense, and yet aesthetically mystical for which ENDEZZMA is noted.  

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

Additional Information
Endezzma  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endezzma/
Endezzma on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/endezzma_official/
Band contact:  endezzma@online.no
Band booking: micha@redback-promotion.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 Records Spotify Singles Playlist:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3zgBdILyKSQ6wjZQCSD2Xg
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/

Norwegian Black Metal icon Hoest has cast some positivity into the hell that has been 2020, with the release of two TAAKE 10″split EPs, one with DEATHCULT (on Edged Circle Productions) and one with WHOREDOM RIFE (on Terratur Possessions), and now, as the year draws to a close, a third split has been announced. 

The new EP will see TAAKE join forces with HELHEIM, and will be the last of the three 10″ splits.  Titled ”Henholdsvis”  the EP will appear on Bergen’s eponymous Dark Essence Records, the long-time label of both bands,  and is set for release on the 5th March 2021.

For “Henholdsvis” TAAKE has recorded two new tracks, “Brotne Bein og Mannefall” and “Ein Baat i Foss”,  whose lyrics are based on poems by the famed Norwegian writer Arne Garborg (1851-1924).  With these new tracks, the band has produced the kind of Black Metal fans crave – dark, cold and gritty.

HELHEIM, on the other hand, will present two covers.  The first is a re-mastered version of EMPEROR’s “Heksesabbat / Witches Sabbath”, which originally appeared on the tribute album “A Tribute to Emperor – In Honour of Icon E” in 2012, and which has now been totally remastered.  For the second of the two covers HELHEIM have chosen to go down a very interesting  path by recording a very different,  and original, version of “Orkan” , from TAAKE’s  “Noregs Vaapen” album.

Recorded by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) at his Conclave and Earshot Studios in the bands’ hometown of Bergen, and with artwork by H’grimnir, tracklisting for “Henholdsvis” is as follows:

1. Brotne Bein og Mannefall – Taake
2. Ein Baat i Foss – Taake
3. Orkan – Helheim
4. Heksesabbat – Helheim

“Henholdsvis” will be released in 10″ black vinyl as well as in red, white and blue vinyl, limited to 333 copies each.  It will also be available in digital format and can now be pre-order from the following:

http://darkessencerecords.no/taake-helheim-henholdsvis/
Helheim bandcamp: https://helheim.bandcamp.com
Taake bandcamp: https://taake.bandcamp.com
US webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
DARK ESSENCE RECORDS
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/
TAAKE
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
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  
HELHEIM
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
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 Records have unleashed “The Name Of The Night Is A Strong Tower”, a devastating new single and video taken from the upcoming album from Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA.  The album itself,  titled  “The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder”, will be the band’s third full-length to date, and will launch the label’s 2021 releases.

“The Name Of The Night Is A Strong Tower”  can be streamed or downloaded at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/thenameofthenight

The video for “The Name Of The Night Is A Strong Tower”  can be seen blow and at https://youtu.be/FLwlxcdbL_I

Here is what the band have to say about the track:

With The Name Of The Night Is A Strong Tower, we open the tunnels to The Archer’s mythical universe and oppressive landscape. As we let the philosophical perception of death collide with the sight of a grand epic awakening.

Who are we and what do we chase and hunt for if not a greater, intense progress of our burning idol known as death? Or, The Archer when he, upon his arrival announces: The Name Of The Night Is A Strong Tower.

ENDEZZMA was formed in 2006 by frontman M. Shax,  and the band’s  current lineup includes a plethora of talented and experienced musicans.  Together,  M. Shax  on vocals, M. Malphas on guitars, Nihil on Rythm Guitar,  Skriu on  Drums and Aske on bass, demonstrate a  brand of brutal, fiercely intense, and yet aesthetically mystical approach to their music.  

“The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder”, was recorded at the Vika Studio and the Malpherno Studio in Norway, and was mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, and with it, ENDEZZMA have taken a huge step forward in their song writing, and produced an album that bridges the gap between dark anthems and primitive aggression. 

The cover art for “The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder” is by Stefan Todorovic/Kahos Diktator Design, and the tracklisting is as follows:

  1. The Awakening
  2. The Name of the Night is a Strong Tower
  3. Anomalious Abomination
  4. The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder
  5. Formless and Void
  6. Garden ov Heathen
  7. Wild Glorior Death
  8. Open Your Eyes and Stab the Sight
  9. Arrows of Equilibrium
  10. Closure

“The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder” will hit the streets on the 22nd January,  and will be available in Digipak CD, digital and LP formats, with an A2 poster included with the vinyl version.  It is now available to pre-order from the following:

Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Endezzma bandcamp: https://endezzma.bandcamp.com
US webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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

Additional Information
Endezzma  on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endezzma/
Endezzma on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/endezzma_official/
Band contact:  endezzma@online.no
Band booking: micha@redback-promotion.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 Records Spotify Singles Playlist:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3zgBdILyKSQ6wjZQCSD2Xg
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/