Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

Is it Jazz? Records have inked a deal with Norway’s SOLSTEIN, the latest project from multi-instrumentalist Jacob Holm-Lupo.  Inspired by jazz-rock, funk, prog rock and chill-out, SOLSTEIN, offers up an instrumental form of rock, where jazz harmony combines with proggy arrangements and soul/funk grooves.  The end result is a laid back, elegant, sound that oscillates between funky fusion and rock.

SOLSTEIN’s four- piece lineup have a  history that could be classed as illustrious.

On keyboards for SOLSTEIN is Brynjar Dambo, known for his work with WHITE WILLOW, PINE LAKE, DONNER, HAAKON ELLINGSEN

A published author of books on various artists including TOTO and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT,  Jacob Holm-Lupo himself, who will handle bass guitar, guitar and  keyboards, is known for his other projects WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL and DONNER. He is also a much respected producer and audio engineer, working out of his Dude Ranch Studio, whose name is very well known to  fans of many of the bands on Is it Jazz? Records’ sister-label Karisma Records, with whom he has had a long collaboration. 

Guitarist Stian Larsen was educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he specialised in Jazz. He has recorded with, amongst others, SMITH KOMMA JOHN, KÖÖK and PET ZOO, and played live with the likes of LÖV, DANIEL KVAMMEN and  BENDIK BAKSAAS, to name but a few.

Drummer Keith Carlock is a drum instructor who is a Grammy-winning recording artist and a Member of the Mississippi Musicians’ Hall of Fame.  STEELY DAN, DONALD FAGEN, WALTER BECKER, TOTO, JOHN MAYER and STING are amongst the myriad artists with whom he has recorded or played live.

The initial idea behind SOLSTEIN, which translated means “Sunstone,  was born from Jacob and Keith Carlock’s  2021 collaboration on “Hesitant Light”,  the debut album from DONNER, on which Keith’s playing pushed some of the material in a jazzier, funkier, direction that Jacob felt merited further exploration.

The band itself is named after a relatively rare rock whose main deposit is found along the coast in Southern Norway where Jacob lives on a small island. The Sunstone has copper-red crystals that refract light in a beautiful way when seen from different angles.

About their upcoming collaboration with Is it Jazz? Records, the band  had this to say:

SOLSTEIN are proud and pleased to sign with Is It Jazz? Records. We are looking forward to joining their artist roster and we feel their name reflects questions we often ask ourselves!

About their debut album, which will be titled “The Skerry” and which will be comprised of eight instrumental tracks, SOLSTEIN explained:

The making of our debut album has been a fun, light-hearted affair where zero fucks were given as to what the jazz police may have to say. Cheeky, 80’s-tinged fusion-soloing, pastel synths and a very open-minded interpretation of a Wayne Shorter classic are all par for the course. In fact there has only been one rule: No long solos. Keep it rock-length, not jazz-length.

More details about “The Skerry” will be revealed at a later date.

In the meantime, more  information about SOLSTEIN can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/solsteinband

Additional Information
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/solsteinband
Band Contact:  aslanlupo@gmail.com
Is it Jazz? Records
Website:  https://isitjazzrecords.no/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IsItJazzRecords/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isitjazzrecords/
Contact:  post@isitjazzrecords.no

Rockers WIZRD, a band who happily dip their collective toes into all kinds of genres, from Rock and Indie to Jazz and Prog, have joined the roster of Karisma Records, with the label planning to release the band’s debut album during the latter half of 2022. A collaboration about which WIZRD had this to say:

We are super stoked to be working with Karisma Records for our upcoming debut album! To be working alongside such a skilled group of people is both a great pleasure and an honour for us. Together, we will take this music to the stars… and beyond!

Formed at the Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim, WIZRD’s four-piece line-up of Hallvard Gaardløs  (SPIDERGAWD, DRAKEN and more) on bass and lead vocals, Karl Bjorå (MEGALODON COLLECTIVE and more) on guitar and vocals, Vegard Lien Bjerkan (SOFT FFOG and more) on keyboards and vocals, Axel Skalstad (KROKOFANT, SOFT FFOG and more) on drums, are all musicians who definitely know all the rules, but deliberately set out to break them.

Since 2020, WIZRD have been hard at work on their album which will be produced by Norwegian film score composer and JAGA JAZZIST drummer Martin Horntveth. Recorded at the Studio Paradiso in Oslo by Marcus Forsgren (BROR FORSGREN, JAGA JAZZIST) and Horntveth, the album was mixed by Bergen based musician and producer Matias Tellez (YOUNG DREAMS, GIRL IN RED). More information regarding the album will be released in due time.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WIZRDTHEBAND/
Band Contact:  hallvardgaardlos@hotmail.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
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 Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
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:  https://karismarecords.indiemerch.com

With just over a month to go until the release of “In the Hollow of a Wave”, the third full-length album from Norwegian Rockers MONSTEREO, Karisma Records have today released a new single taken from the album.   Titled “Wings I: Everlasting Darkness”, the band had this to say about it:

“Wings I” is the soundtrack of supersonic spacetravel. A modern take on the 70s progressive rock. With obligatory duelling guitars, rumbling organs, several high pitched vocal tracks and spaced-out-synthesizers. A cacophony of sound culminating in a rock’n roll banger that pushes the pop format to the edge of outer space.

“Wings I: Everlasting Darkness” can be download or streamed from a variety of services at

https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Monstereo_WingsIEverlastingDarkness

Whilst the lyric video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/x-TnCVFMQUk

For over a decade now MONSTEREO’s lineup of Ola Utaaker Segadal on lead vocals and electric guitars, Øyvind Aase Fluge on electric guitars, Jørgen Stangeland Bach on Bass guitar, and Jon Bolstad on Drums have been delighting fans with their energy-filled rock songs.  

And, for “In the Hollow of a Wave”, MONSTEREO have used that energy to great effect, producing an album that is filled to the brim with the band’s trademark catchy melodies, heavy riffs and big sound,  all of which are seamlessly combined with exploratory instrumental sections that lead the listener towards a euphoric climax. 

The sound on “In the Hollow of a Wave”,  is far richer, and more broad,  than anything  the band has come up with before.  With the deft  use of more keyboards, synths, and a variety of guitars, MONSTEREO have, without a doubt,  produced their heaviest album to date, which,  according to the band, is filled with “teeth-grinding riffs, big choruses and rock-solid grooves”.

With artwork by Robert Høyem, track listing for “In the Hollow of a Wave” is as follows:

  1. Third Eye Seeing
  2. A Sudden Rush
  3. Wings I: Everlasting Darkness
  4. Jigsaw
  5. Witness
  6. Wings II: Beyond Horizons
  7. Wings III: Icarus
  8. Golden

Set for release on the 17th September, “In the Hollow of a Wave” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered at:

Bandcamp: https://monstereo.bandcamp.com
Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/product/preorder
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/ 

A  video for “A Sudden Rush”, the recently released first  single from the album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/GXaW8vat4p8

More  information about MONSTEREO can be found on the band’s Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen, or on their website at http://www.monstereo.no/ 

Additional Information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen  
Website: http://www.monstereo.no/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MONSTEREOBERGEN/ 
Band Contact:  monstereo.bergen@gmail.com
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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/

With the 17th September set for the release of MONSTEREO’s latest studio outing, Karisma Records have revealed details of “In the Hollow of a Wave”, the third full-length album the Bergen Rockers.

Known for over a decade as a band that serves up energetic rock songs, MONSTEREO have come up with an album that is by far their heaviest to date, with a sound that is richer and broader than anything they have ever produced.  With more keyboards, synths, and a variety of guitars, “In the Hollow of a Wave” is,  according to the band, an album of filled with “teeth-grinding riffs, big choruses and rock-solid grooves”.

And, as of today,  fans get their first taste of “In the Hollow of a Wave”, with the release of “A Sudden Rush” the first single from the album, which, according to MONSTEREO, is:

An all out, in-your-face rock and roll banger. Perfect for a late summer night drenched in beer and drunken conversations, or a 50/50 strawberry daquiri at a music festival. This is a classic 1970s rock tune, with blazing guitars and a speaker-ripping groove. A homage to legends such as AC/DC and Grand Funk Railroad, topped with a smidge of inspiration from local produce in Bergen’s Electric Eye and The Megaphonic Thrift

“A Sudden Rush” is available to download or stream from a variety of services at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Monstereo_ASuddenRush

Whilst a video for “A Sudden Rush” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/GXaW8vat4p8

MONSTEREO’s  lineup consistis of Ola Utaaker Segadal on lead vocals and electric guitars, Øyvind Aase Fluge on electric guitars, Jørgen Stangeland Bach on Bass guitar, and Jon Bolstad on Drums. Together  they have created an album whose tracks represent the best of two worlds and  is filled with MONSTEREO’s trademark catchy melodies, heavy riffs and a big sound, which combine  with exploratory instrumental sections to  build towards a euphoric climax. 

With artwork by Robert Høyem, track listing for “In the Hollow of a Wave” is as follows:

  1. Third Eye Seeing
  2. A Sudden Rush
  3. Wings I: Everlasting Darkness
  4. Jigsaw
  5. Witness
  6. Wings II: Beyond Horizons
  7. Wings III: Icarus
  8. Golden

“In the Hollow of a Wave” will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered at:

Bandcamp: https://monstereo.bandcamp.com
Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/product/preorder
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/ (US)

More  information about MONSTEREO can be found on the band’s Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen, or on their website at http://www.monstereo.no/ 

Additional Information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen  
Website: http://www.monstereo.no/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MONSTEREOBERGEN/ 
Band Contact:  monstereo.bergen@gmail.com
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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/

Karisma Records have inked a deal with MONSTEREO that will see the label release the Norwegian Rockers’ third full-length album later this year. 

MONSTEREO is a Bergen-based four-piece lineup consisting of Ola Utaaker Segadal on lead vocals and electric guitars, Øyvind Aase Fluge on electric guitars, Jørgen Stangeland Bach on Bass guitar, and Jon Bolstad on Drums. They have been serving up catchy melodies and energetic rock songs for over a decade.

With their upcoming album, which will be titled “In the Hollow of a Wave”, MONSTEREO are back with an album which is by far the heaviest the band has produced to date.

Karisma is a great fit for us! They love old school rock. That’s a vibe we can get behind and we are really happy that Karisma saw potential in our music. The people behind this great label are genuine music lovers. They are easy-going as well as hard working and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner says Ola Utaaker Segadal.

With this album MONSTEREO demonstrates their richest and broadest sound yet, with more keyboards, synths, and a variety of guitars, offering, according to the band, “teeth-grinding riffs, big choruses and rock-solid grooves”.

The tracks on “In The Hollow of a Wave” represent the best of two worlds. Catchy melodies, heavy riffs and a big sound, combined with exploratory instrumental sections that build towards a euphoric climax. MONSTEREO had this to say about their collaboration with Karisma Records:

We can’t wait to release our new album on Karisma records. Karisma’s roster is legendary, sporting some amazing bands and artists like KRAKOW, TUSMØRKE, RUPHUS, SHAMAN ELEPHANT, and we are super stoked to be part of the crew, says Øyvind Aase Fluge.

Rooted in 70’s Rock and Psychedelia, the band’s 2013 debut full-length “Spacesuits, On” brought MONSTERO’s Space Rock, with its jam-sections and exploratory feel to a wider audience. The 2014 follow up “Bright Dark” saw the band forming it’s musical identity, with distinctive guitar riffs and vocal melodies being given more prominence. Now, in 2021, “In The Hollow of a Wave” consolidates the bands musical expression with an all-out rock’n roll banger.

More  information about MONSTEREO can be found on the band’s Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen, or on their website at http://www.monstereo.no/ 

A video of MONSTEREO playing live at Kvarteret in Bergen can be seen at https://youtu.be/NrKLnLCsqcc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen  
Website: http://www.monstereo.no/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MONSTEREOBERGEN/ 
Band Contact:  monstereo.bergen@gmail.com
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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/

For their third full-length release, Norwegian Rockers DOBBELTGJENGER, have come up with “SMOOTH FAILING”,  an album chock-full of catchy songs and funky rhythms, which, according to the band, is

An explosive, dark and neon saturated party album, where naive, riff based “the Strokes-esque” themes are met with vigorous grooves and cheeky falsettos. The album is about the gritty “BOOM!”s, manic “FUN!”s, gut wrenching “OH FUCK!”s and terrifying “I LOVE Y…”s of life.

And, with less than a month to go to its 9th April release, Karisma Records have today given fans, old and new,  a further glimpse into what they can expect from a lineup that uses an impressive array of instruments and skills, all of which contribute to DOBBELTGJENGER’s distinctive and varied sound.

The glimpse into DOBBELTGJENGER’s universe comes in the form of a single taken from the album and titled “LIVING IN OVERDRIVE” which can be downloaded or streamed from a number of platforms at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/dobbeltgjenger_living-in-overdrive

According to the band:

“LIVING IN OVERDRIVE ” is about the flamboyancy and recklessness in «over-experiencing» life. Sometimes we see the relationships we encounter and the life that we are living in full color and in 5D. It’s intense, saturated, terrifying and exhilarating, all at the same time”. 

For a band whose avowed intention is to bring back not just the Groove, but also the Fun, in Rock Music, Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) vocals, guitars, bass and synths;  Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON & OSSICLES) drums, percussion, grunts and guitar solo on Johanna; Knut-Martin Langeland Rasmussen on guitars;, Bastian Veland on guitar, synth, percussion  etc., and Jone Kuven on bass, with Jonas Flemsæter Hamre (session saxophone), are expertly able to stretch their sound in all kinds of directions in order to produce an album is not just about fun, manic or otherwise, but which also comes with a darker side.

As  DOBBELTGENGER explain:

“SMOOTH FAILING”  has been brewing on different computers for over three years. The record was written in a quite tumultuous, manic and self-destructive period of primus motor Vegard Wiknes’  life. SMOOTH FAILING revolves around the delight and self-deception of doing all the wrong things in your life. It´s a dark party album, made for bad decisions!

With artwork by Klende, track listing for “SMOOTH FAILING” is as follows:

  1. ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM
  2. COME ON OVER
  3. JOHANNA
  4. DIVE IN
  5. BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS
  6. LIVING IN OVERDRIVE
  7. ELECTRICAL SEASONS
  8. LA DEE DA
  9. DO THE WRONG THINGS

“SMOOTH FAILING”  will be available in Digital, CD, and Vinyl formats and can now be pre-ordered from the following:

Webshop:  karismarecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com

A video for a previously released single “JOHANNA”, from DOBBELTGJENGER’s “SMOOTH FALLING” album  can be seen at https://youtu.be/bieplRiafAA

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
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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/

Known for their ability to stretch their sound in a variety of different directions, Norwegian Rockers DOBBELTGJENGER recently announced that their latest album “SMOOTH FAILING” was set for release on Karisma Records on the 9th April.  Welcome news indeed for fans who had been waiting three years for new material from a band whose avowed intention is to bring back not just the Groove, but also the Fun, in Rock Music.

And today, with the release of single “BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS”,  Karisma Records offers us another glimpse into what to expect from DOBBELTGJENGER’s third full-length album.  The image created in the mind’s eye by the title of the song itself is very apt for the subject matter,  as the band explains:

Building skyscrapers together with other people and within ourselves takes courage. Meeting and getting close to people is very scary, but incredible and beautiful. The height of the potential fall of a skyscraper and the majestic and impressive nature of them, makes them a perfect metaphor for new and intense relationships.

“BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS”, can be streamed or downloaded from a variety of services at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/dobbeltgjenger_buildingskyscrapers

A video for the single can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/4eYs4PXlQ3U

“BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS” is a totally different animal from the previously released single “JOHANNA”, and stands as a clear testament to the different sound that DOBBELTGJENGER’s lineup of Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) vocals, guitars, bass and synths;  Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON & OSSICLES) drums, percussion, grunts and guitar solo on Johanna; Knut-Martin Langeland Rasmussen on guitars;, Bastian Veland on guitar, synth, percussion etc., and Jone Kuven on bass, with Jonas Flemsæter Hamre (session saxophone), are able to bring to the band’s music.

With “SMOOTH FAILING” DOBBELTGJENGER have come up with an album that is full of catchy songs and funky rhythms, or, as the band says:

An explosive, dark and neon saturated party album, where naive, riff based “the Strokes-esque” themes are met with vigorous grooves and cheeky falsettos. The album is about the gritty “BOOM!”s, manic “FUN!”s, gut wrenching “OH FUCK!”s and terrifying “I LOVE Y…”s of life.

Of course, “SMOOTH FAILING” is not just about fun, manic or otherwise, and comes with  a darker side, as the band recently revealed:

This album has been brewing on different computers for over three years. The record was written in a quite tumultuous, manic and self-destructive period of primus motor Vegard Wiknes’  life. SMOOTH FAILING revolves around the delight and self-deception of doing all the wrong things in your life. It´s a dark party album, made for bad decisions!

With artwork by Klende, track listing for “SMOOTH FAILING” is as follows:

  1. ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM
  2. COME ON OVER
  3. JOHANNA
  4. DIVE IN
  5. BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS
  6. LIVING IN OVERDRIVE
  7. ELECTRICAL SEASONS
  8. LA DEE DA
  9. DO THE WRONG THINGS

“SMOOTH FAILING”  will be available in Digital, CD, and Vinyl formats and can now be pre-ordered from the following:

Webshop:  karismarecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com

DOBBELTGJENGER’s previous single “JOHANNA”, can be streamed or downloaded from the following  https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/DOBBELTGJENGER_JOHANNA

Whilst the video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/bieplRiafAA

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
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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/

With the release the  of the single  “Meldrøye”, taken from VESTINDIEN’s debut full-length album “Null” , Dark Essence Records have revealed another tantalising glimpse into what fans can expect to hear from a band whose initial brief foray into the music scene generated a considerable amount of interest thanks to their frenetic live shows, and enthusiastically received 2011 EP “We are the Lords of Hellfire”.

“Meldrøye”, about which VESTINDIEN say “Exploring and expanding one’s mind is crucial to help us understand that we are not placed above nature. We are nature”, can be streamed or downloaded from various services at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Vestindien_Meldroye

Despite having garnered a substantial following for themselves, VESTINDIEN called it a day seven years ago, and, for reasons known only to themselves, had remained silent.  Until now, that is, with the band’s original lineup of Torjus Slettsnok on vocals, Simon Skøien on guitars, Karl Johan Johannessen on drums and Pål Eirik Veseth on bass, storming back, having replaced their classic 90’s hardcore sound, with its heavy metal twist, with one that embodies the essence of Black Metal, Punk and Old School rock’n’roll.

The result of this new direction is a more introverted and less aggressive approach to music, resulting in “Null”, an album which still subtly hints at VESTINDIEN’s hardcore roots, but  whose songs are dark, desperate and desolate, with some hard-hitting punches of energy and groove.

Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 12th February 2021, tracklisting for “Null” is as follows:

1. Mot Dag
2. Berenberg
3. Meldrøye
4. Null
5. Ormegard
6. Ned
7. Øst for Sol

“Null” will appear in CD, DIgital and Black/Gold Vinyl formats, and can be pre-ordered from the following:

Webshop: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop/
Bandcamp: https://vestindien.bandcamp.com/album/null
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/ 

Named after the last surviving brothel in Bergen (now a museum),  more information about VESTINDIEN can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Vestindien/

Additional Information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vestindien/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/vestindien/
Band contact and booking:  book.vestindien@gmail.com
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records Australian Webshop:  https://www.heavymetalmerchant.com/bands/d/dark-essence-records/

According Norwegian Rockers DOBBELTGJENGER the band has re-emerged “out of a colourful mist of neon tainted snow, in a vintage pink escape car, (un)fresh out of an infernal rock disco at a beat up bar in nowhere Norway, while both down and high on life” to present their third full-length album “Smooth Failing”.

By the time “Smooth Failing” hits the streets on the 9th April it will have been three years since the release of its predecessor “Limbohead”, and, as a taste of what to expect from a band that manages to stretch its sound in all directions, Karisma Records have today debuted “JOHANNA”, a single from the album, along with a video for the track.  And it comes not before time, as DOBBELTGJENGER explain:

We have been waiting for SO long to release new material and we are DELIGHTED to bring forth this filthy, undomesticated and PINK(!) stoner-punk song! The video is recorded with a 2020-approved gear – an iPhone, and shot with the proper amount of social distance and in our singers living room. We all god damn need a mistress that can keep us safe in these fucked up times. So let JOHANNA put you in her comforting chains!

The single “JOHANNA”, can be streamed or downloaded at any of the following  https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/DOBBELTGJENGER_JOHANNA

Whilst the video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/bieplRiafAA

Vowing to bring back not just the Groove, but also the Fun, in Rock Music, DOBBELTGJENGER’s lineup of Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) vocals, guitars, bass and synths;  Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON & OSSICLES) drums, percussion, grunts and guitar solo on Johanna; Knut-Martin Langeland Rasmussen on guitars;, Bastian Veland on guitar, synth, percussion etc., and Jone Kuven on bass, with Jonas Flemsæter Hamre (session saxophone) have created a superbly focussed album, filled with catchy songs and funky rhythms, which the band describe as:

An explosive, dark and neon saturated party album, where naive, riff based “the Strokes-esque” themes are met with vigorous grooves and cheeky falsettos. The album is about the gritty “BOOM!”s, manic “FUN!”s, gut wrenching “OH FUCK!”s and terrifying “I LOVE Y…”s of life”.

This album has been brewing on different computers for over three years. The record was written in a quite tumultuous, manic and self-destructive period of primus motor Vegard Wiknes life. SMOOTH FAILING revolves around the delight and self-deception of doing all the wrong things in your life. It´s a dark party album, made for bad decisions!

With artwork by Klende, track listing for “Smooth Failing” is as follows:

  1. ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM
  2. COME ON OVER
  3. JOHANNA
  4. DIVE IN
  5. BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS
  6. LIVING IN OVERDRIVE
  7. ELECTRICAL SEASONS
  8. LA DEE DA
  9. DO THE WRONG THINGS

“Smooth Failing will be available in Digital, CD, and Vinyl formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop:  karismarecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com

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
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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/

Lucy in Blue PR3

Karisma Records have inked a deal with LUCY IN BLUE, one of the rising stars of the Icelandic Progressive music scene and are set to release the band’s sophomore full-length album “In Flight” on the 12th April 2019, to coincide with the band’s appearance at the iconic Roadburn Festival in Tilburg on the 14th April.

Formed in 2013, LUCY IN BLUE released their self-titled debut  album via Bandcamp in 2016, and,  since then,  the band’s young lineup of Arnaldur Ingi Jónsson on Keyboards and vocals, Kolbeinn Þórsson on Drums, Matthías Hlífar Mogensen on  Bass and vocals, and Steinþór Bjarni Gíslason on Guitar and vocals have been stunning crowds in their native Iceland with their soaring guitar solos and intense build-ups  that take the listener for a ride through the psychedelic soundscapes and the progressive song writing styles of the 1970’s.

Of their signing to Karisma Records, LUCY IN BLUE had this to say:

For 5 years we have been expressing ourselves through the sounds we make together. It feels great to now be able to share those sounds with more people outside our little island. We are very much looking forward to bringing more of our music into the world the help of Karisma Records.

Lucy in Blue PR1

Certainly their arrival at Karisma Records, gives LUCY IN BLUE the chance to bring their music to a much larger audience.  Young though they may be, the band’s elaborate grooves and delicate chord movements are played with unique musicianship.  Combined with ethereal harmonies and philosophical lyrics that deal not only with the whole spectrum of human emotion, but also touch on more political themes as well,  LUCY IN BLUE are a band to be reckoned with.

More information about LUCY IN BLUE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lucyinblue/

The track “Prickers’ Groove”  from LUCY IN BLUE’s self-titled debut album can be heard below and at https://youtu.be/cQh0klTHt9g


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Additional Information
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lucyinblue/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0bdyvIoOnl9swUeOCi1Afw
Bandcamp:  https://lucyinblue.bandcamp.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/lucyinblueofficial/
Band contact and booking: lucyinblueband@gmail.com
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/