Posts Tagged ‘Norwegian Viking Metal’

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Norse Black Metallers HELHEIM are set to join Dark Essence Records label-mates TAAKE for a number of dates on the iconic band’s upcoming North American tour.  Whilst HELHEIM will not be joining the tour until the 27th May, GosT is set to be the main support on all but three of the  dates.

Routing as follows:

20 May: El Corazon, Seattle, WA (not Helheim)
21 May:  Star Theater, Portland, OR (not Helheim)
23 May:  The Independent, San Francisco, CA (not Helheim)
24 May: The Regent, Los Angeles, CA (not Helheim)
26 May:  Brick by Brick, San Diego, CA (not Helheim or GosT)
27 May:  Club Red, Mesa, AZ (not GosT)
28 May:  Sister Bar, Albuquerque, NM (not GosT)
29 May:  The Roxy, Denver, CO
31 May:  Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
01 June: Reggies, Chicago, IL
02 June: Agora, Cleveland, OH
03 June:  The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI
04 June: Velvet Underground. Toronto, ON
05 June: Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
06 June: L’Anti Bar & Spectacles, Quebec City, QC
07 June: Théâtre Fairmount, Montreal, QC
08 June: The Middle East, Boston, MA
09 June: The Foundry, Philadelphia, PA
10 June: Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY

With his exciting stage presence and formidable writing skills, founder and frontman Hoest has made sure that, whilst remaining true to TAAKE’s Black Metal roots, he has never allowed the band to become formulaic or mired in the past.  His approach has always been to bring something new and original, and, at times, totally unexpected, to TAAKE’s signature Helnorsk Svartmetall sound. Which has led the band, and Hoest himself, to be regarded as one of the most respected bands and artists in the Norwegian Black Metal scene.

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

TAAKE’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://taake.bandcamp.com

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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Dark Essence Records label-mates HELHEIM, whose vocalist/bassist V’gandr also happens to play in TAAKE, has been acknowledged for over two decades as a Norse Black Metal band in the truest sense, eschewing the “comic book” aspects that plague so many of the bands claiming to belong in that genre.  Through their music and lyrics HELHEIM explore the darker aspects of the North-European pre-Christian culture, and bring a modern interpretation that captures the spirit of the Norse heritage in ways that have eluded both to researchers and archaeologists.  The band’s ninth full-length album “landawarijaR” was released at the beginning of the year, once again to considerable critical acclaim.

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

HELHEIM’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://helheim.bandcamp.com

The official video for the track “Baklengs mot intet” from HELHEIM’s 2017 album “landawarijaR” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/kRiimctYXiQ


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The USA’s GOST, is, in founder Baalberith’s own words  “Directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness, which many people do not believe exists. The power of the Devil. The power of Satan. The power of Baalberith”.  LIttle is known about mask-wearing Baalberith, but his music, which has been described by the zine Spin as “bridging extreme metal with the more synthetic tones of darkwave, dance, and classic horror soundtracks”, makes an interesting addition to the lineup.  GOST’s sophomore full-length “Sans Paradisi” was released on Blood Music in 2016

More information about GOST can be found at https://www.facebook.com/gost1980s/

GOST’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at https://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/non-paradisi

The official video for “Maleficarum” from GOST’s 2016 album “Non Paradisi” can be seen  below and at https://youtu.be/PWzYY4PQcpc

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TAAKE & HELHEIM
Taake Website: http://taake.svartekunst.no/
Taake on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taakeofficial
Taake WebShop: http://svartekunst.bigcartel.com/
Svartekunst Produksjoner: http://svartekunst.no
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
Taake & Helheim 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 SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Dark Essence Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack:  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION GOST
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/gost1980s/
Bandcamp: https://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/non-paradisi
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/gost1980s/
Webshop: http://gost1980s.bigcartel.com
Management:
Go Down Believing  – allen@godownbelieving.com
Booking:
North America: Maxx Vick: maxx@tonedeaftouring.com
Europe: Tony Boden: tony@arteryglobal.com
Rest Of The World: allen@godownbelieving.com

 

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With their ninth full-length album “landwarijaR” earning huge plaudits for Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM, the band have now released a second video from the album, this time for the track “Ymr”, which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ikkKoB56JVM


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Like the preceding video for the track “Baklengs mot intet”, “Ymr” was directed by Guilherme Henriques, and this time the band  concentrates on live footage filmed at Inside Live & Rock Café bt Mathis Backe interspersed with film of some of the glorious scenery that surrounds HELHEIM’s home town of Bergen.

“Ymr” also has a theme running through it, one that is in contrast to that expressed in the “Baklengs mot intet”.  As HELHEIM’s V’gandr explains:

“With “Ymr” Helheim explores the terrain that might result from the  complete enlightenment of knowledge. The tree of life is the symbol of this path and you may wonder if this enlightenment is of a positive or of a negative energy. When the One with the one eye closes it, that is when we must open up ours and see what lies ahead.  “Ymr” is the primal scream, the essence of man and to grow from there you have to climb. Whereas “Baklengs mot intet” showed no hope in its cloak of negativity, “Ymr” might kindle a tiny spark – but that’s up to the eye of the beholder or should I say, the ears of the listener.”

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With music by by H’grimnir and V’gandr,  lyrics by V’gandr and  artwork by H’grimnir, “landawarijaR”   was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).  Artists  performing guest vocals on the album include William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD), Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE),  Bjornar E Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and Ottorpedo.

Tracklisting for “landawarijaR” is as follows:

1. Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr

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“landwarijaR” is available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, from all the usual retailers, and with related merchandise, at  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and https://helheim.bandcamp.com and from  the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

HELHEIM’s next live appearance will be at Norway’s Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, in April

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

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

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HELEHIEM’s much anticipated ninth full-length album “landawarijaR”  is set to hit the streets on the 20th January on Dark Essence Records, but fans don’t need to wait until then to hear it, as the album is streaming in its entirety ahead of its release date at the following locations:

Kaaoszine, FIN: 
http://kaaoszine.fi/viikinkimetallia-norjan-vuonoilta-helheimin-uusi-albumi-kaaoszinen-ensisoitossa/
Metal.de, DE:
http://www.metal.de/specials/helheim-albumpremiere-landawarijar-201199/
The Cult Never Dies, UK: 
http://www.cultneverdies.com/p/events.html
Lords of Metal, NL:
http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/513
Friedhof Magazine, ESP: 
http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/helheim-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nuevo-album-landawarijar
Musick Magazine, PL:
http://www.musickmagazine.pl/archiwa/6115
No Clean Singing, US: 
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/01/17/an-ncs-album-premiere-and-a-review-helheim-landawarijar/
La Grosse Radio, FR:
http://www.lagrosseradio.com
Ultraje, PT:
http://ultraje.pt (from Wednesday)

Music for the seven-track album is by  H’grimnir and V’gandr with lyrics by V’gandr.  It was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, where it was produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).  Artists  performing guest vocals on the “landawarijaR”   include William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD),  Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE),  Bjornar E Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and Ottorpedo.

With artwork by H’grimnir, tracklisting for “landawarijaR” is as follows:

1.Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr

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Just as HELHEIM’s “raunijaR” followed in the same vein as its predecessor “Asgards Fall”, “landawarijaR” continues where “Heidindomr” ended.  Through the songs, and the two videos that will also appear,  Helheim are continuing their exploration and modern interpretation of the darker aspects of the North-European, pre-Christian , in order to capture the spirit of the Norse heritage in ways that have eluded both to researchers and archaeologists.

One of the above-mentioned videos, for the track ‘Baklengs mot intet’, was recently revealed and will be followed at a later date by “Ymr”.  Produced and directed by Guilherme Henriques, the video for ‘Baklengs mot intet’ is a visual illustration of the inner battle, the bottomless despair, and endless futility experienced by a Walker of the Way.  It can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/kRiimctYXiQ


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“landwarijaR” is available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and is available to pre-order, along with related merchandise, at  https://www.darkessencerecords.no/shop/ and https://helheim.bandcamp.com as well as at the US website at https://darkessence.aisamerch.com.

HELHEIM’s next live appearance will be at Norway’s Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, in April

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

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

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Dark Essence Records have announced that the 20th January has been set for the release of “landawarijaR” the much-anticipated ninth full-length album from Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM.

“landawarijaR” will contain seven tracks, all of which bear the hallmarks of HELHEIM’s traditional Norse heritage.  A Heritage  of which they are rightly proud and to which they have remained true, eschewing the temptation to turn themselves into the Viking parodies that so many bands have espoused.   With “landawarijaR” HELHEIM use their lyrics to express the need to include the Norse Heritage into modern life by emphasising the importance, mystery and never-changing wonder of the Runes.

Just as HELHEIM’s “raunijaR” followed in the same vein as its predecessor “Asgards Fall”, “landawarijaR” continues where “Heidindomr” ended.  All four albums incorporate the use of Timpani and Horns, and the new album also has a number of artists performing guest vocals including William Hut, Morten Egeland (NARROWHEAD), Pehr Skjoldhammer (ALFAHANNE),  Bjornar E Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and Ottorpedo.

With music by by H’grimnir and V’gandr,  lyrics by V’gandr and  artwork by H’grimnir, “landawarijaR”   was recorded at the Conclave and Earshot Studios in Bergen, and produced by Bjornar E. Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BLACK HOLE GENERATOR) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED).

Tracklisting for “landawarijaR” is as follows:

1. Ymr
2. Baklengs mot intet
3. Rista blodørn
4. landawarijaR
5. Ouroboros
6. Synir af heidindomr
7. Enda-dagr

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HELHEIM recently announced that two songs from the album were being turned into videos by Guilherme Henriques, who is both producing and directing the videos.  ‘Ymr’ and ‘Baklengs mot intet’ are the songs that been chosen because, as the band  explained, they are  “neatly intertwined into a dualism which Guillherme will portray”.  The videos are expected to be debuted in the run-up to the release of “landawarijaR”.

A series of stills from the video shoot by the photographer Mathis Backe of Yggdrasil Photo (http://yggdrasilphoto.net ), and featuring HELHEIM’s lineup of Vgandr on bass and vocals, Hgrimnir on rhythm guitar and vocals, Noralf on rhythm and lead guitar and Hrymr on drums and programming , were recently published, and can be seen on HELHEIM’s Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway

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

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The official video of the track “Dualitet og Ulver” which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, from HELHEIM’s ”Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” album can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA


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Nine tracks covering 20 years of HELHEIM’s history can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial/sets/helheim-player


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

 

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Norwegian Viking Metallers HELHEIM have completed work on what will be the band’s ninth full-length album, which is set for release on Dark Essence Records in January 2017.  In the run-up to the release of the album, which will be titled “landawarijaR”, the band will be releasing two videos of tracks from the album, the first of which will appear in November.

Whilst no information about the album is available yet, HELHEIM have confirmed that the tracks being used for the videos are ‘Ymr’ and ‘Baklengs mot intet’, two songs which, as the band  explained ” are neatly intertwined into a dualism that will be portrayed visually  by Guilherme Henriques, who is both producing and directing the videos”.

As a little taste of what fans can expect from the videos, HELHEIM have published a series of stills from the video shoot by the photographer Mathis Backe of Yggdrasil Photo (http://yggdrasilphoto.net ), and these can be seen on the band’s Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway

Bergen-based HELHEIM not only has the distinction of being one on Norway’s oldest Viking bands, it is also one of the bands that has always been  true to its Norse heritage.  The band’s lineup of Vgandr on bass and vocals, Hgrimnir on rhythm guitar and vocals, Noralf on rhythm and lead guitar and Hrymr on drums and programming,  incorporates the local myths and folklore into the subject matter of the band’s songs, and frequently make use of traditional instruments.  HELHEIM’s live performances use special effects that emphasize and enhance the themes that wind their way through the band’s music .

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

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The official video of the track “Dualitet og Ulver” which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, from HELHEIM’s ”Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” album can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA


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Nine tracks covering 20 years of HELHEIM’s history can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at http://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial/sets/helheim-player

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

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MISTUR fans have waited a long for the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut  “Attende”, but that wait is finally over, with Dark Essence Records announcing that the new album, “In Memoriam”,  will hit the streets on the 29th April.

Having already debuted the opening track from the album (which can be heard at http://mistur.bandcamp.com/track/downfall ) MISTUR have today revealed a second track in the form of a lyric video.  The video by Marte Ø Kornerud  for the track “Distant Peaks”  includes Cover Art & Portraits by Bjarne Egge,  and Nature Photography by Marte and Liv Ø Kornerud, and is currently streaming exclusively on the following:

Metal Hammer Norway at:  http://www.metalhammer.no/
Legacy:  http://legacy.de/exklusives/item/33542-exklusive-video-premiere-mistur-distant-peaks
Lords of Metal at: http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/361

Recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, and in the band’s private studio, “In Memoriam” was produced by MISTUR main man Espen Bakketeig and mixed by Bjørnar E. Nilsen.  The album bears all the hallmarks of MISTUR’s special brand of Sognametal, this time with longer, more epic songs, complex  layered arrangements, clever melodies and a touch of progressive elements, whilst never losing the unique Sognametal style that lies at the very heart of the band.

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With cover-art by Bjarne Egge, “In Memoriam” is now available to pre-order in CD and digital formats from http://mistur.bandcamp.com/ and as a special bundle from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/mistur.  Track listing for the six-track album is as follows:

1. Downfall
2. Distant Peaks
3.  Firstborn Son
4.  Matriarch’s Lament
5.  The Sight
6.  Tears of Remembrance

Formed in 2004 by Espen Bakketeig (VREID (live), ex- SIGTYR) on Synths, Vocals and Programming and Andre Raunehaug (EMANCER, ex-SIGTYR)  on Guitar,  today’s lineup also includes Oliver Øien on Vocals, Stian Bakketeig (VREID, ex WINDIR, ex COR SCORPII) on Guitar,  Ole Hartvigsen (EMANCER, KAMPFAR) on Bass, and Tomas Myklebust (EMANCER (live), VREID (live), GALAR)  on Drums.

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MISTUR’s next live appearance will be on the 23rd March at Blå, in Oslo, when the band will be joined by label-mates the 3rd ATTEMPT, LUCIFER’S CHILD and ORKAN for the Dark Essence Records Label night at Inferno Festival.

More information about MISTUR can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mistur.no/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mistur-334339291694

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Mistur Website: http://www.mistur.no/
Mistur Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Mistur-334339291694
Band Contact and Booking: mistur@mistur.no
Dark Essence Records contact and promo: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords