Posts Tagged ‘Progressive Rock’

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Norway’s KARISMA RECORDS have announced their first signing of the year, and, in keeping with the label’s reputation for finding the best amongst the nascent talent on the Norwegian scene, they have inked a deal with DOBBELTGJENGER, who, according to the band themselves, play “paranoid, dark and catchy rock”.

Commenting on their joining forces with Karisma, DOBBELTGJENGER had this to say: “We are very pleased to have signed with Karisma Records. It’s a privilege to sign with a label with so many original and bold artists! Now we are heading to the studio to record a new, punk-inspired, and more hands-on record. The album is already written and we are really looking forward to sharing it with the world! ”

Formed in 2015 in the rainy streets of Karisma’s home town of Bergen,  DOBBELTGJENGER’s lineup of  Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON,  OSSICLES) on drums, Jakob Sønnesyn (DEPRESNO,  9 GRADER NORD) on bass, Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) on guitars and vocals, and Knut Martin Rasmussen Langeland on guitar, draw their inspiration from everything from old videogames, to their own neuroticism, to bands like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, THE MARS VOLTA  and  RADIOHEAD.

DOBBELTGJENGER’s debut full-length album, “When I’ve Gone to Space” appeared in late 2016, and whilst  this first album is heavily influenced by progressive rock and elements of jazz and psychedelia, the follow up album, which the band are currently working on,  and which is expected to be released in 2018, marks a noticeable shift away from a purely psychedelic expression and towards a more varied and, as the band mentioned previously,  punk-inspired direction.  It’s a direction in which allows DOBBELTGJENGER to explore paranoid and angular mind games through the use of explosive stoner riffs and electric slide-guitars.

A video for the title track from DOBBELTGJENGER’s debut album “When I’ve Gone to Space”,  which frontman  Wikne describes as being “A lonely journey into space – about diving into oneself and into the vast and strange “space” where lost astronauts in search of inner peace meet”, can be seen below and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcHqvfhblh0


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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://www.facebook.com/dobbeltgjengerofficial/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyGofEc5xSOmxVDmiuSaulg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL/
Snapchat: DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL
Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/2fj2XxUCPutZwFUM4ZB9rk
Band contact: dobbeltgjengerband@gmail.com
Booking: jorgen@agenturet.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 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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Now that the release date of the 10th June for “Disconnected” is  very close, Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a third video teaser for their fourth full-length album, which will be out on Karisma Records.  The short, and very tantalising teaser, can be seen below, and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ajfgbro-mAE


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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), AIRBAG was Formed in 2004.  Since then the band’s reputation has gained a solid, and ever increasing,  following amongst prog fans the world-over, whilst  their three previous full-length releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), have received much critical acclaim.

Produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes once again on board, “Disconnected” sees AIRBAG continuing to develop the sound that blends different musical styles with soaring guitars and soulful vocals to create lush soundscapes .  AIRBAG’s music has been described as “scenic, epic rock”, and it is that, and more.

“Disconnected” takes as its theme the sense of  alienation that exists between the individual and society and  each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.  Artwork  for the album is  designed by vocalist Tostrup

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

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AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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

“Killer” the opening track from “Disconnected” can be heard below and at http://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/track/killer


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AIRBAG’s “Disconnected” is available in CD, double 12″ vinyl and digital download formats on Karisma Records and can be pre-order in both CD and 12″ vinyl format from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/airbag   as well as in both formats or digital download from https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com

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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With “Disconnected”, the fourth full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG, set to hit the streets on the 10th June, Karisma Records have today  debuted  the album’s opening track, “Killer”, which can be heard exclusively on the following:

Team Rock at  http://teamrock.com/news/2016-05-03/airbag-premiere-new-track-killer

Rock Hard at https://www.rockhard.de/news/newsarchiv/newsansicht/43717-airbag-feiern-killer-songpremiere.html

“Disconnected”  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, whilst lyrically each of the six tracks explore the sense of alienation that exists between the individual and society

As guitarist Bjorn Riis explains:   “Killer was one of the first songs written for “Disconnected”.  I had this idea of this ruthless corporate guy who uses everyone to gain success. Sort of Bateman from American Psycho meets Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko. He’s outside, or disconnected from, the rules of our society”.

“Musically, Killer is slightly different from what we’ve done before. There’s more emphasis on the drums, different rhythm patterns and electronic elements, and it really was a band effort, where everyone was contributing ideas and trying out new stuff”.

“Disconnected, sees Airbag once again team up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the artwork is  designed by vocalist Tostrup.

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

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Formed in 2004 AIRBAG’s lineup consists 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).  The band’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock, and with three hugely successful album releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), AIRBAG has gained a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press.

AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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 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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Three tracks from AIRBAG including “The Greatest Show On Earth” can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/airbag-on-karisma-records


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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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Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a second video teaser for their upcoming album “Disconnected”, which is set for release on Karisma Records on the 10th June.   The teaser can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/yNSHHd5xOx0


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With its lush soundscapes underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals “Disconnected”  further expands the blending of musical styles and sounds that make AIRBAG a unique listening experience.  The album itself is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society and  each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.

For the production of “Disconnected, Airbag has once again teamed up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the artwork is  designed by vocalist Tostrup.

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

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Formed in 2004 AIRBAG’s lineup consists 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).  The band’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock, and with three hugely successful album releases, “Identity” (2009),  “All Right Removed” (2011) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2013), AIRBAG has gained a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press.

AIRBAG will be performing a release show at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, on the 10th June.  Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/airbag-oak-billetter/495325

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

The first video teaser from “Disconnected” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/gG8vNaWnm1g 


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Three tracks from AIRBAG can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/sets/airbag-on-karisma-records


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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