Posts Tagged ‘Progressive Rock’

Airbag 2020 PR4

Four years since the release of “Disconnected”,  Prog Rockers AIRBAG are set to release their fifth full-length album.  Titled “A Day at the Beach”, the album will be released on the 19th June on Karisma Records, and today the label has given the band’s many fans a taste of what they can look forward to by releasing a track from the album.

The track is titled “Machines and Men”, and  AIRBAG describe it thus:  “This was one of the very first songs written for the album. The initial demo was basically just guitars, drums and vocals and during a period of working in the studio, rehearsing,  and playing the song live, it slowly evolved into something new and fresh that defined most of the material we were working on. The lyrics describe the facts of war in a cold and objective fashion, only to turn to the spectator  with a warning and a chance to look away“.

“Machines and Men” can be streamed or downloaded at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/airbag_machines-and-men

Hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, AIRBAG  was formed in the mid 2000’s by five high school class mates, which included two of today’s members Asle Tostrup (vocals) and Bjørn Riis (guitars).  AIRBAG is a band that is able to blend diverse musical styles and sounds, with a strong narrative listening experience. Today’s lineup also includes Henrik Bergan Fossum (drums) and “A Day at the Beach” will be AIRBAG’s first album as a trio, and will also feature talented guest musicians including WOBBLER’s Kristian Hultgren.

Featuring  six new songs recorded during the  autumn and winter of 2019-20, and inspired  by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, “A Day at the Beach” sees AIRBAG  creating a powerful sound combining ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock.  The result is a stunning selection of songs revealing a mature band looking forward from its already impressive legacy.

Once again teaming up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes, “A Day at the Beach” was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo and  produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis. Cover design, is, as always, by vocalist Tostrup.   Track listing for “A Day at the Beach” is as follows:

1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

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Airbag explains:

The album is the result of a strong collaboration between all three of us. Having lost two original members since our last album, we were forced to rethink how we write and create new music, but it also allowed us to venture into something new that turned out to be very inspiring.

Lyrically, “A Day at the Beach” is very much a story of us and them, told by a husband, father and brother leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people in power observing at a safe distance.

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“A Day at the Beach” will be available in CD, black and coloured vinyls and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-day-at-the-beach

More information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website at http://www.airbagsound.com/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound

A video of AIRBAG performing in Quebec in 2019 can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/3fFoN-JJr-U


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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airbagsound/
Airbag Booking: bjorn@airbag.no
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Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
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Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
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Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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Karisma Records have set the 12th June as the release date for “Madness and Magic” the seventh full-length album from Prog Rockers ARABS IN ASPIC, who are greatly looking forward to the fact that working with the label means that they will be able to focus solely on making and playing their music and bringing it to a wider audience, both in a studio setting and live.

“Madness and Magic” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and with artwork by Julia Proszowska, tracklisting for the album is as follows:

  1. I Vow to Thee, My Screen
  2. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 1
  3. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 2
  4. High-Tech Parent
  5. Madness and Magic
  6. Heaven in Your Eye

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Commenting on the album, the band had this to say:

“Madness and Magic”  is the first Arabs in Aspic album written for two drummers, with more acoustic guitar parts than previous albums. All the music was written and arranged in our studio and carefully put together like a puzzle with 50,000 pieces, to take the listener on a journey through life’s “Madness and Magic”, both musically and lyrically.

The lyrics for “Madness and Magic” reflect on how easily both children and adults are affected in the digital age, but also how helpless we are when we have to put our lives in the hands of specialists. Many ideas came up after a brief meeting with Doctor Death. The message of “Madness and Magic” is up to the listener to decide. For you are capable of thinking for yourself, right?

A video teaser for “Madness and Magic” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/LgOVdwtLQRI


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With their musical roots embedded in what is known as the “Golden Era” of rock, and hailing from Trondheim in Norway, ARABS IN ASPIC’s lineup comprises Jostein Smeby on Guitars + vocals, Stig Jørgensen on Organs + vocals, Erik Paulsen on Bass + vocals, Eskil Nyhus on Drums + cymbals and Alessandro G. Elide on Percussion + gongs.  Together they form an ensemble of musicians whose playing includes aspects classic rock, funk, pop, prog, heavy rock, bossanova, a capella.  

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ARABS IN ASPIC will bring their distinctive sound, which can be described as a sweet mixture of loud, heavy guitars and drums, 12 string acoustics, funky bass and percussion, screaming Hammond organs, soft Rhodes, Mellotrons and 70’s Synths, topped with plentiful vocal harmonies, to the John Dee in Oslo on the 13 June when they celebrate the release of “Madness and Magic”, along with support THE FLYING NORSEMEN.

Details of the event can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/232347177761873/

Check out ARABS IN ASPIC on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/arabsinaspic/
or on their website at http://www.arabsinaspic.org/

A video of Arabs in Aspic live can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/v3jekw2m19c


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Website: http://www.arabsinaspic.org/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/arabsinaspic
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/dragedraug
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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The long-awaited fifth full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers MAGIC PIE is on its way.  Titled “Fragments of the 5th Element”  it is set to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 30th of August  in CD, Gatefold LP and Digital formats.

“Fragments of the 5th Element”  finds MAGIC PIE steering clear of the sterile perfection so often found amongst modern Prog bands  in order to create an album with a slightly more unpolished sound, and  a “rough around the edges” feel  that gives it an added bite.  From the genre-defying opener, to the  epic 23 minute closer, MAGIC PIE clearly demonstrate just why they have become a household name amongst Prog Rock fans, and why this album has been worth the long wait.

Mixed & Mastered by Rich Mouser (SPOCKS BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC)  at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, drums for “Fragments of the 5th Element”  were recorded at Lionheart Studio & Production, where Øyvind Voldmo Larsen also worked his magic as engineer.  All other recordings were made at Kim Stenberg’s Studio Basement.

With artwork and design by Kim Stenberg, based on original paintings by Eva Stenberg, tracklisting on “Fragments of the 5th Element”  is as follows:

1 – The Man Who Had It All
2 – P & C
3 – Table For Two
4 – Touched By An Angel
5 – The Hedonist

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A video for the track “P&C”  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/RYjgDG23YPY


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“Fragments of the 5th Element”  is now available to pre-order at https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/magic-pie/

More information about MAGIC PIE, whose lineup is comprised of Kim Stenberg on Guitars and Vocals, Lars Petter Holstad on  Bass and Vocals, Eirikur Hauksson on Lead Vocals, Jan Torkild Johannessen on  Drums, Eirik Hanssen on Vocals and Erling Henanger on Keyboards and  Vocals, can be found at  http://www.magicpie.net/  or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MagicPieOfficial/

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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 Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma Records on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

 

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Karisma Records are set to release the entire six-album back catalogue of the ’70’s Norwegian Prog legends RUPHUS. All the albums will be re-mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo,  who is working  with new digital transfers from the original master tapes which are stored in the Norwegian National Archives for posterity.

The first release, which is set to hit the streets on the 8th March, will be band’s debut album “New Born Day”, to be followed later by  “Ranshart”, “Let Your Light Shine”, “Inner Voice”, “Flying Colours” and “Manmade”.

Throughout their first incarnation, which lasted from 1970 to 1981, RUPHUS developed from playing hard, progressive rock,  to becoming one of the leaders in the jazz rock genre, whilst fielding a lineup that contained more members than a football team.

Originally released in 1973, “New Born Day” is widely regarded as one of the best albums to have emerged from the  Norwegian Prog scene.   Conceived  in a house in Meråker (near Trondheim) during  the summer of 1973, the band spent a month locked away working on their creation before entering the studio with producer Stein Robert Ludvigsen.

The lineup on “New Born Days” featured seven members, of whom only Kjell Larsen (guitar) and Asle Nilsen (bass, flute) would go on to play on all of RUPHUS’ albums between then and 1981.  Whilst the band nodded in the direction of the likes of KING CRIMSON, JETHRO TULL, YES and SAVAGE ROSE,  RUPHUS had a clear advantage when it came to stamping their own identity on their music by being fronted by not one, but two vocalists, with one of the female Prog  pioneers Gudny Aspaas combining her exceptionally powerful vocals with those of Rune Sundby.

“New Born Day” is clearly a product of its time, and so it should be, representing, as it does, a period of rock history in which musicians performed their music together, in the same room, all at the same time.  However, fans who are discovering RUPHUS for the first time cannot fail to notice how Ludvigsen succeeded in producing an album that sounds fresh even today.

With artwork by Anders Kaardahl, “New Born Day” will be available in CD and digital formats as well as in heavyweight vinyl formats in regular black and limited edition blue vinyl.  Tracklisting for “New Born Day” is as follows:

  1. Coloured Dreams
  2. Scientific Ways
  3. Still Alive
  4. The Man Who Started It All
  5. Trapped In A Game
  6. New Born Day
  7. Day After Tomorrow

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“New Born Day” is now available to pre-order from

https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/ruphus/

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On the 8th March, RUPHUS will play a a special ‘re-release concert’ at Oslo’s Parkteateret to celebrate the reappearance of “New Born Day”.  Details of the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/504811426674712/

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

A video of RUPHUS playing live at the studios of Norway’s  NRK TV can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/5RnuFIuAn0U


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebandruphus/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma Records on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
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/

Oak PR1

Adding yet another string to their already impressive Progressive bow, Karisma Records have inked a deal with OAK,  and will release the band’s sophomore full-length album “False Memory Archive” on the 19th October.

In anticipation of the release, Karisma have debuted  the first track from the album “We, the Drowned” which can be heard below and at http://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com/album/false-memory-archive


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Starting life as a folk-rock duo, OAK’s current lineup of Simen Valldal Johannessen on vocals, piano, keys and lyrics, Sigbjørn Reiakvam on bass, acoustic / electric guitars, banjo, keys and programming, and Øystein Sootholtet on Drums, percussion, programming and keys, come from a diverse background that spans classical piano to electronica, prog- and hard-rock, and includes references to the alternative scene as well as progressive rock.   The pulling together of all these different elements and skills helped create the rather unique OAK sound, and resulted in the 2013 release of the band’s debut album “Lighthouse”.

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It’s now five years later, and OAK are back with “False Memory Archive”, which, with its nods in the direction of “Lighthouse”, make it a natural continuation of their debut. Meticulously crafted, with an increased use of electronics and low bass frequencies, “False Memory Archive” is both darker and groovier that its predecessor, whilst still maintaining that familiar Oak sound, which is neither wholly progressive pop, nor progressive rock, but a happy amalgam of both.

Having  taken several steps both as songwriters and musicians, OAK have succeeded in producing a sophomore album that  ended up in a slightly darker and more progressive territory, but one in which the light still shines through in the shape of catchy elements and stunning vocal harmonies, which create that unique duality that defines them as a band.

Recorded in Oslo at the Ljugekroken Studio and the Tøyen Church, “False Memory Archive” was  mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren and Oak at the Fascination Studios.  With front cover artwork by  Lisa Love and design by Deformat, and featuring a guest appearance on guitars by Bjorn Riis, tracklisting for “False Memory Archive” is as follows:

  1. We, The Drowned
  2. Claire De Lune
  3. False Memory Archuve
  4. Lost Causes (Bjorn Riis guesting on guitar)
  5. Intermezzo
  6. The Lights
  7. These Are The Stars We’re Aiming For
  8. Transparent Eyes
  9. Psalm 51

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“False Memory Archive” will be released in CD, Digital and Crystal Clear Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order at:

Bandcamp:  https://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com
Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/oak/

OAK’s next live appearance will be on the 31 August, at the Close to the Rain Festival at the John Dee in Oslo.

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

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Additional Information
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/oakinoslo/
Website: http://www.oakinoslo.com
Bandcamp:  https://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oakinoslo/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OakInOslo
Band contact and Booking: contact@oakinoslo.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 BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store (digital only):  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

Airbag PR1

Karisma Records is set to release vinyl editions of completely re-mastered versions of AIRBAG’s  entire back catalogue which consists  of  “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011), “The Greatest Show on Earth (2013) and Disconnected (2016).

The series will start with the Norwegian Prog Rockers’  fourth and latest album “Disconnected”, which was originally produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and has now been meticulously re-mastered for vinyl by White Willow mastermind Jacob Holm-Lupo.

The six-track album takes AIRBAG’s trademark blending of musical styles, combined with lush soundscapes, soaring guitars and soulful vocals, a step further along the band’s musical journey. Lyrically, “Disconnected” is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society. An exploration of what society expects from the individual, and the resultant failure to live up to those expectations. Each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.

Tracklisting for “Disconnected” is as follows:

  1. Killer
  2.  Broken
  3. Slave
  4. Sleepwalker
  5. Disconnected
  6. Returned

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Formed in Oslo, Norway in 2004 AIRBAG’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock.  WIth a lineup consisting of Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass), more information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website at http://www.airbagsound.com/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound

“Disconnected” will hit the streets on the 24th August, and will be available as a double album in heavyweight vinyl with a gatefold cover and printed inner sleeves. There will also be a limited edition white vinyl version.  The Artwork is, as always, by vocalist Asle Tostrup.   It is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamphttps://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/disconnected
Webshop Black Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/disconnected-2018-remaster-ltd-white-vinyl/
Webshop White Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/disconnected-2018-remaster-black-vinyl/

A video of AIRBAG playing “All Rights Removed” live in Oslo when the band supported Marillion on the Scandinavian leg of their world tour can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
MySpace: www.myspace.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Airbag Management: Jørn Terje Larsen,  jt@airbagsound.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 what the band like to refer to as their first “proper” album earlier this year, Karisma Records are set to release a 2CD compilation of JORDSJØ’s early work, which had previously only had a limited release on cassettes and vinyl.

The band itself hails from Oslo, Norway, and draws its inspiration from old horror movies, German 70’s Synth music, Swedish Prog, fantasy novels and Norwegian nature.   The self-titled compilation “Jordsjø”,  is a collection of all the song, seventeen in all,  drawn from “Jordsjø”, “Jordsjø II” and the split release with BREIDABLIK, “Songs from the Northern Wasteland” cassettes.

As you would expect, the compilation is bursting with nods towards older Prog in general, and Scandinavian Prog in particular.  With its underlying themes of alienation, roots and dreams, “Jordsjø” has an organic and dynamic sound which harks back to  70’s Prog, with traces of electronic music and folk.   The use of of flute, guitars and a vast array of vintage synths results in a warm and vintage sound that still manages to sound fresh and interesting.

Most of the instruments on “Jordsjø”  are played by multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC), with drummers Kristian Frøland, Martin Nordrum Kneppen (WOBBLER, TUSMØRKE) and Tore Flatjord.   With guest artists Håkon Knutzen (guitars) and Vilde Mortensen Storesund (vocals), artwork for “Jordsjø” is by Elling Borgersrud.

Tracklisting is as follows:

CD1:
01. UK Original
02. Hulderheimen
03. Ogion
04. The Goddess (of Light)
05. Bilder fra en Skog
06. Hekseskogen
07. Postludium

CD2:
01. Mine Templer I
02. Den Klaustrofobiske Masken
03. Svarthelleren
04. Under Aurora B.
05. I Atuans Gravkammer
06. Betula Obscura
07. Se Valinors Lamper!
08. Fugløykallen
09. Solina, Min Dronning
10. I Momos Trädgård

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Set for release on the 7th September  in Double CD and Digital formats, “Jordsjø” is now available to pre-order from:

https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/jordsjo/

JORDSJØ’s next live appearance is scheduled for the 26th October at the Union Scene Live in Drammen, Norway.

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

A video for the track ” Hulderheimen”  from JORDSJØ’s 2015 release can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/F-kRpbd0kGI


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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/ Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records  Karisma Records Webshop: 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