Posts Tagged ‘Prog Rock’

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Norway’s Karisma Records have today revealed details of the sophomore full-length album from AIRBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS.  Titled “Forever Comes to an End”, the new album is follow up to 2014’s highly acclaimed, and award-winning,  “Lullabies in a Car Crash”,  and is set for release on the 19th of May.

Written and produced by Riis himself, and engineered and mastered by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, “Forever Comes to an End” features guest appearances from AIRBAG’s Henrik Fossum on drums  and Asle Tostrup on programming,  Simen Valldal Johannessen from OAK on piano, and vocals from the Norwegian singer, SICHELLE MCMEO AKSUM.

A haunting image, shot in Beisfjord, near Narvik in Northern Norway, by the photographer Kjetil Karlsen, forms the highly evocative artwork for “Forever Comes to an End”, and track listing is as follows:

  1. Forever Comes to an End
  2. Absence
  3. The Waves
  4. Getaway
  5. Calm
  6. Winter
  7. Where are You Now

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A highly respected guitarist within the Internet guitar community, and with his own blog, followed by thousands of fans each week, Riis’s musical journey started back in his very early teens when bands like KISS and BLACK SABBATH held sway along with the heavily guitar-oriented side of the classic rock era of the ’70’s. The subsequent emergence of Progressive Rock bands such as PINK FLOYD, PORCUPINE TREE, MARILLION AND GENESIS, together with genres like Electronica and Movie Scores, also played a huge role in the formation of the nascent guitarists’ musical direction.

“Forever Comes to an End” pays tribute to all these diverse influences.  From the dark and dirty riffs of Toni Iommi and Zakk Wylde, to the emotional playing of David Gilmour and Steven Rothery. The melodic and sombre voice of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness and the cinematic landscapes of composers like Thomas Newman and John Barry. And the whole is brought together by Riis very skilled and very individual touch.

“Forever Comes to an End” will be available in CD, 12″ Vinyl and Digital Download formats and a short video teaser for the album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FZ1tXevQrl4


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More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage  and on his website at http://www.bjornriis.com  whilst those interested in guitar tutorials and equipment related matters may like to check out Riis’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA

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Music by BJØRN RIIS can be found below and at https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band contact:  bjorn@airbag.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage
Website:  http://www.bjornriis.com
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Having released “King For A Day”, the fourth full-length album from MAGIC PIE, Karisma Records are now set to release the first three albums from the Norwegian Prog Rockers, who have become a household name amongst Prog fans worldwide with their blend of Classic Prog and  70’s Hard Rock.  Fronted by guitar supremo Kim Stenberg, MAGIC PIE are known for their epic, high-octane melodic Prog Rock which includes touches of heaviness, superb vocal harmonies and the kind of terrific musicianship that sets them aside from the usual run of the mill bands.

The three albums, which have previously only been available as CDs, will be released in both Digital and Double Gatefold Vinyl formats on the 31st March.  Details of the albums as follows:

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“Motions of Desire”,  MAGIC PIE’s first release, is now considered one of the classic debut albums, and  has been hailed by some as one of the 25 best Prog albums of all time.  It was Sea of Tranquility’s album of the year in 2005.

Tracklisting on “Motions of Desire”
1 – Change
2 – Motions of Desire
3 – Full Circle Poetry
4 – Without Knowing Why
5 – Illusion and reality Part 1
6 – Illusion and reality Part 3
7 – Illusion and reality Part 4
8 – Dream Vision

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Next up we have “Circus of Life” which once again garnered much praise, and consolidated MAGIC PIE’s  growing reputation amongst the cognoscenti of the Prog scene.

Tracklisting on “Circus of Life”:
1 – Part I: Welcome
2 – Part II: Freakshow
3 – Part III: What if…
4 – Part IV: Trick of the mind
5 – Part V: The clown
6 – Pointless Masquerade
7 – Watching The Waters

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MAGIC PIE’s third album “The Suffering Joy” more than lived up to the expectations generated by the band’s previous releases.  Not only was “The Suffering Joy” voted the Best of the Year by the readers of Sea of Tranqulity, making MAGIC PIE the first ever three-time winner of the best CD of the year award, it also beat legendary artists such as YES, URIAH HEEP and STEVE HACKET (GENESIS) to the number one spot in Paperlate.nl.

Tracklisting on “The Suffering Joy”:
1 – A Life’s Work, Part 1 (Questions Unanswered)
2 – A Life’s Work, Part 2 (Overture)
3 – A Life’s Work, Part 3 (A Brand New Day)
4 – A Life’s Work, Part 4 (The Suffering Joy)
5 – Headlines
6 – Endless Ocean
7 – Slightly Mad
8 – Tired
9 – In Memoriam

“Motions of Desire”, “Circus of Life” and “The Suffering Joy” are now available to pre-order from https://magicpie.bandcamp.com or http://shop.karismarecords.no/artist/magic-pie

2017 live appearances for MAGIC PIE so far confirmed:
25 Mar, Gamla, Oslo, NO
13 May, Parkteatret, Moss, NO
2-3 June, Garage, Bergen, NO
3-4 Nov, Høvleriet, Haugesund, NO
03 Dec, The Bedford, London, UK

 

More information about MAGIC PIE can be found on the band’s website at http://www.magicpie.net/  or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MagicPieOfficial/

The video for the track “Trick of the Trade” from MAGIC PIE’s 2015 album “King For A Day” can be seen at https://youtu.be/6FW8HFXMejw

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Magic Pie Website:  http://www.magicpie.net/
Magic Pie on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MagicPieOfficial/
Magic Pie on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KimStenberg1975
Management and Booking:  JT@magicpie.no
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Known for  using classical rock instruments such as vintage synths, Mellotron and Hammond Organ, along with the usual modern rock instruments,  Norway’s FATAL FUSION have come up with an album that is infused with hard rock, classical music, jazz and psychedelic influences giving the band its unique sound.  It is also an album that allows the band to reveal its darker side.

Filled with epic melodies that range from the exotic to the wistful,  “Total Absence” will be released on Karisma Records on the 25th November, and today the band and label have released a second track from the album.  The track they have chosen is “Forgotten One”,  and it’s one that could very easily fit into the soundtrack of an epic Fantasy film with its deceptively gentle, almost folkish melodies, but one that does not allow the listener to forget that FATAL FUSION’s music has its roots firmly planted in Prog Rock.

“Forgotten One” can be heard below and at https://youtu.be/Gtw0fmE6skc


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Tracklisting for the seven-track album as follows:

  1. The Gates of Ishtar
  2. Shadow of the King
  3. Forgotten One
  4. Astral Flight
  5. The Emperor’s Letter
  6. Endless Ocean Blue
  7. Total Absence

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FATAL FUSION’s lineup of Erlend Engebretsen on Keyboards, Lasse Lie on Bass, Audun Engebretsen on Drums/Percussion, Stig Selnes on Guitar, and Knut Grøntvedt on Vocals will hit the stage at the John Dee, in Oslo, Norway, on the 26th January to celebrate the release of “Total Absence”.

More information about FATAL FUSION can be found on the band’s website at http://www.fatalfusion.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Fatal-Fusion-49222763785/

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“Total Absence” is now available to pre-order from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/fatal-fusion-total-absence-cd and the US website at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com  in CD format , as well as at https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.fatalfusion.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatal-Fusion/49222763785
BandCamp:  https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thefatalfusion
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Norwegian Prog Rockers FATAL FUSION, whose third full-length “Total Absence”  will be out on Karisma Records on the 25th November, have today debuted the track “Shadow of the King”, which can be heard  below and at the following:

YouTube at https://youtu.be/0PTRFkVRz2s


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SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/fatal-fusion-shadow-of-the-king


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Bandcamp at: http://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com/album/total-absence


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With “Total Absence” FATAL FUSION are showing their darker side,  on an album that is filled with epic melodies that range from the exotic to the wistful.  There is no doubt that FATAL FUSION owes much to the great prog bands of the 70’s, but the band’s use of hard rock, classical music, jazz, psychedelia  and Latin ensures that their sound is uniquely their own.

Adding to the band’s uniqueness is the way in which FATAL FUSION’s lineup of Erlend Engebretsen on Keyboards, Lasse Lie on Bass, Audun Engebretsen on Drums/Percussion, Stig Selnes on Guitar, and Knut Grøntvedt on Vocals make use of “classical” rock instruments such as vintage synths, Mellotron and Hammond, organ along with the more usual instruments one would expect to hear today.

Tracklisting for the seven-track album as follows:

  1. The Gates of Ishtar
  2. Shadow of the King
  3. Forgotten One
  4. Astral Flight
  5. The Emperor’s Letter
  6. Endless Ocean Blue
  7. Total Absence

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Upcoming shows for FATAL FUSION:

10 Nov:  Buddy Scene NY, Drammen, Norway
26 Jan:  Release Concert, John Dee, Oslo, Norway

More information about FATAL FUSION can be found on the band’s website at http://www.fatalfusion.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Fatal-Fusion-49222763785/

“Total Absence” is now available to pre-order from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/product/fatal-fusion-total-absence-cd and the US website at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com  in CD format , as well as at https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

A video of  FATAL FUSION performing “The Divine Comedy” from their album “The Ancient Tale” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/weR7jrkvi4Y


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FATAL FUSION’s album “The Ancient Tale” can be heard on Bandcamp at https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com/album/the-ancient-tale

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.fatalfusion.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatal-Fusion/49222763785
BandCamp:  https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thefatalfusion
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Norwegian Prog Rockers FATAL FUSION are back with their third full-length release “Total Absence”,  an album filled with epic melodies that are at times exotic, at times wistful, and at times have a quasi-folkish air, and which sweep the listener along on a prog-tinged journey that could be the soundtrack to a fantasy film.

“Total Absence” shows a darker side to the band, and  is set for release on the 25th November on Karisma Records.  Tracklisting for the seven-track album as follows:

  1. The Gates of Ishtar
  2. Shadow of the King
  3. Forgotten One
  4. Astral Flight
  5. The Emperor’s Letter
  6. Endless Ocean Blue
  7. Total Absence

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FATAL FUSION pays homage to the great progressive rock bands of the 70’s, whilst at the same time ensuring that the band’s sound remains unique, with its mix of hard rock, classical music, jazz, psychedelia  and Latin.  The lineup of Erlend Engebretsen on Keyboards, Lasse Lie on Bass, Audun Engebretsen on Drums/Percussion, Stig Selnes on Guitar, and Knut Grøntvedt on Vocals makes use not only of the standard rock instruments familiar to audiences today, but also of what are now considered to be “classical” rock instruments such as vintage synths, Mellotron and Hammond organ.

The band is currently busy rehearsing, ready to hit the stage.  Confirmed dates so far include a show at the Buddy Scene in Drammen on the 10th November, which will see the band performing songs from their previous two releases “Land of the Sun” and “The Ancient Tale” as well as debuting new material .  The release concert for “Total Absence”  will take place at the John Dee in Oslo on the 26th January.

More information about FATAL FUSION can be found on the band’s website at http://www.fatalfusion.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Fatal-Fusion-49222763785/

FATAL FUSION’s album “The Ancient Tale” can be heard below and on Bandcamp at https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com


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A video of  FATAL FUSION performing “The Divine Comedy” from their album “The Ancient Tale” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/weR7jrkvi4Y


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.fatalfusion.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatal-Fusion/49222763785
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thefatalfusion
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Dark Essence Records has set the 28th October as the release date for the sixth full-length album from Norwegian Alternative Metallers MADDER MORTEM.  Titled “Red In Tooth And Claw”,  the ten-track album will first be released in CD and Digital formats, with the vinyl edition hitting the streets on the 9th December.

With artwork by Christian Ruud, tracklisting for “Red In Tooth and Claw” is as follows:

  1. Blood on the sand
  2. If I could
  3. Fallow season
  4. Pitfalls
  5. All the giants are dead
  6. Returning to the end of the world
  7. Parasites
  8. Stones for eyes
  9. The whole where your heart belongs
  10. Underdogs

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Formed in 1993, and, having started out with a doom metal sound, MADDER MORTEM became one of the earliest bands from the contemporary Norwegian metal scene to break away from set genre boundaries.   With each of its releases MADDER MORTEM continued to develop, seamlessly transitioning into an experimental progressive metal band with a unique sense of groove and contrasting arrangements.

With a  lineup comprised of Agnete M. Kirkevaag on vocals, BP. M. Kirkevaag on guitar & vocals, Richard Wikstrand on guitars, Tormod L. Moseng on bass and Mads Solås on drums, and with seven years between the release of the band’s last album “Eight Ways” and “Red In Tooth And Claw”,  the band still maintains the trademark MADDER MORTEM sound, which is so well defined by Agnete’s massive vocals that range from the most tender whispers to the most violent screams.  All in all, the long-awaited album retains all of the band’s quirkiness, and gives it a catchy boost, with songs shifting between doomy melodies and hard-hitting riffs.

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As a taste of what fans can expect, MADDER MORTEM have put together a teaser of some of the songs from “Red In Tooth And Claw”, which can be heard at http://www.maddermortem.com/mp3/teasers/MM_RITAC_Teaser_01.mp3

More information about MADDER MORTEM can be found on the band’s website at http://www.maddermortem.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567

The video for the track “Armour”  from MADDER MORTEM’s album “Eight Ways” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/0J0jzOy57jg


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Whilst the video for the track “Where Dream And Day Collide” from the same album can be seen at https://youtu.be/yFesoRSuo0o


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Madder Mortem  Website: http://www.maddermortem.com/
Madder Mortem Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Madder-Mortem-10035071567
Band Contact and Booking: mail@maddermortem.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 SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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Karisma Records has today released details of the debut full-length album from Psychedelic Rockers SHAMAN ELEPHANT.  Titled “Crystals” and recorded at the Solslottet and Duper Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, the six-track album is due for release on the 9th December.

With a lineup that comprises Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen on vocals and guitar, Jard Hole (LINT) on drums, Ole-Andreas Sæbø Jensen on  bass, and Jonas Særsten (ex-TIEBREAKER) on keyboards, SHAMAN ELEPHANT is a band that exudes energy, both in the studio and on stage.  With its heavy riffs, flowing melodies and improvisation, the band’s music fits easily into the Psychedelic Rock genre, but also includes elements of Jazz and Prog Rock.

SHAMAN ELEPHANT ‘s only release to date is “More”, a three-track EP which was released digitally in 2015, so what can the band’s fans expect  from the first full-length album?  According to the band’s intriguing description,  “Crystals” is “A psychedelic flying carpet ride taking you across a diverse musical landscape. Let the Shaman Spell fly you through waterfalls of melting melodies and fields of mastodontic riffs – open your third eye and prepare for the crystallized illusions”

Artwork for “Crystals” is by Kåre Thomsen.  Tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Crystals
  2. Shaman in the Woods
  3. I.A.B.
  4. Tusko
  5. The Jazz
  6. Stoned Conceptions

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A very short “teaser” video for “Crystals” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/W8J_bXMBXWU


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SHAMAN ELEPHANT’s next live appearance will be at the Vill Vill Vestival in Bergen Norway, on the 16th September.

More information about SHAMAN ELEPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shamanelephant and on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/shaman-elephant

SHAMAN ELEPHANT’s “More” EP can be heard below


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Shaman Elephant Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shamanelephant
Shaman Elephant SoundCloud : https://soundcloud.com/shaman-elephant
Band contact and booking:  shamanelephantband@gmail.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords