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LATEST NEWS FROM
DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

 

NEW ALBUMS RELEASED AND NEW ARTIST SIGNING

 

Welcome to the second Dark Essence Records Newsletter. Dark Essence Records is a record label specializing in Black and Extreme metal. We are based in Bergen, Norway, and we aim to release quality music for world-wide distribution.

We send out newsletters out a few times a year to update our followers on the latest information on Dark Essence releases, news about the artists we work with, details about their live performances and tours, and maybe special offers. We hope you will find it interesting and enjoy reading it.


The latest and greatest news is that new albums from KRAKÓW and MOMENTUM was released last week, and on Monday 16th the new album from GALAR is released! We also have some news for you on Dark Essence precence on BLASTFEST 2015, the Dark Essence label night at INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL 2015, and also we want to share the excellent news about our new signing - THE 3rd ATTEMPT.

We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Google+, via our label website or webshop

If you'd like to get an instant taste of the kinds of music we release, why not check out our SoundCloud page where you will find a track from each of Dark Essence Records releases.

And don't forget, if you are a fan of the more progressive side of the music spectrum, why not check out our sister-label Karisma Records at the lable's webpage, Facebook page or Google+. We want to introduce SEVEN IMPALE who is definately a band to follow for those of you who are into progressive music of the hard sort.

We have also included some special offers just for our newsletter readers. Check them out below!


Untill next time! 

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DARK ESSENCE RELEASES KRAKÓW’S NEW FULL-LENGHT ALBUM ‘AMARAN’
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Post by Kristine, February 13, 2015
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Dark Essence Records proudly presents Kraków’s third full-lenght studioalbum ‘Amaran’!

With the release of their 2nd album, "Diin", the Bergen post metal bandKrakow received much praise and recognition for their special take on the genre.
On their 3rd album, "Amaran", the band has developed their style further, and made an unique and atmospheric record that will definitely stand out. This time, the band explores both the more calmer sides of their sound as well as the more experimental drone sides. This makes "Amaran" a highly variated album, filled with both dreaming soundscapes and a sinister and harsh atmosphere. With the addition of drummer Ask Ty Arctander (Kampfar), the band also have another strong musician in the line-up that has helped to broaden their sound.
 
Krakowhas again worked with producer Iver Sandøy in Solslottet and Duper Studio, and "Amaran" is set to be one of the most uniqe post metal albums of 2015.






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HOW TO ORDER THE ALBUM 

To purchase this album as physical product from webshop (creditcard/ Paypal): Click here

To stream or download the amaran or diin in your preferred digital music service click here:
DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/Krakow_Amaran
DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/KRAKOW_Diin




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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Record website 
Dark Essence on SoundCloud
Dark Essence on Facebook 
Dark Essence Webshop
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack (Albums in dig format)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/krakowband
Website: /www.krakowofficial.com/
SoundCloud: /soundcloud.com/krakow_band
Band Contact: contact@krakowofficial.com





 

DARK ESSENCE INKS DEAL WITH THE 3RD ATTEMPT, THE NEW BAND FROM FORMER CARPATHIAN FOREST GUITARISTS

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Post by Kristine, February 14, 2015
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When CARPATHIAN FOREST guitarists Tchort and BloodPervertor announced last year that they were leaving to set up a new band, THE 3rd ATTEMPT, they knew that they were leaving behind them the security of one of the most iconic Norwegian Black Metal bands of all time, and one with a huge following, to start something completely new and unproven, at a time when labels are reluctant to dip their toes into uncharted territories and new bands emerge in their hundreds every week, only to disappear into nothingness. But when you have two musicians with the skill and experience of Tchort (GREEN CARNATION, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex EMPEROR, ex BLOOD RED THRONE) and BloodPervertor (APOSTASY, ex-CARPATHIAN FOREST, ex NEONGOD) who have the desire to work in an environment that could re-ignite the enthusiasm and creativity they felt they had lost, then a move was inevitable. Interest from various labels was certainly not slow in materialising and today the band are pleased to be able to announce that they have inked a deal with one of Norway’s foremost labels, Dark Essence Records.



Commenting on their decision to sign with Dark Essence, the band had this to say: “Dark Essence signalled their interest in the possibility of working together as soon as we announced THE 3rd ATTEMPT, even before they had heard anything, and they have kept in close touch, actually making the effort to attend rehearsals and get to know our new members. In the end, it came down to a decision as to whether we wanted to sign with a large label and, as a new band, risk disappearing in the depth of their rosters, or whether we wanted to work with a label who was genuinely interested in us as a band, and who would be with us every step of the way, in all aspects. We also heard many good things about Dark Essence from the musicians already signed to them, so, Dark Essence it is! We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us with preparing and rehearsing the new material ready to enter the studio, and we are excited to see what the future will bring”.

Dark Essence Records comments on the signing: "When it was announced that Tchort and BloodPervertor were leaving and starting again from scratch with THE 3rd ATTEMPT, we were immediately interested in seeing what direction they would take, and opened a dialogue with them . We already knew what formidable musicians they were and what they were capable of, so Dark Essence’s Kristine Knapskog went along to rehearsals to check out their new material. She very much liked their enthusiasm and attitude, and their desire to work closely with a label and we are very happy to welcome them to the Dark Essence family “.

Aside from Tchort and BloodPervertor, THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s lineup includes frontman Kaahrl Ødemark (ex- MIDNATTSVREDE, ex-NECROCAVE) who was selected following online auditions that drew in submissions from all over the world, and drummer Tybalt (FORTID, DEN SAAKALDTE, ETHEREAL FOREST, ex- HEATHEN DEITY, ex-PANTHEON I) who was originally slated to join the band as session live drummer for an upcoming appearance, but after taking part in rehearsals, it was decided that he would become a full-time member.

The 3rd ATTEMPT’s debut live appearance will be at Blastfest, in Bergen, Norway, on the 18th February on board the boat “Showline”, which will take fans on a 5 hour cruise of Bergen’s spectacular fjord, and which kicks off the 4 day festival. (Link to event)

THE 3rd ATTEMPT recently debuted a demo track “The Beast Within”, which also features CARPATHIAN FOREST’s Daniel Vrangsinn on bass and Anders Kobro on drums, and which was used in a shortened form for the vocalist auditions. It is not a “finished” track. “The Beast Within” can be heard below and on THE 3rd ATTEMPT’s SoundCloud page 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no 
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-3rd-attempt
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 




NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS
SARKOM TALK ABOUT NEW ALBUM


With their third full-length album “Doomsday Elite” having been released on Dark Essence Records at the end 2013, and with a current lineup that includes Unsgaard (SO MUCH FOR NOTHING) on vocals, Sgt V (ex Svarttjern) on bass, Thrawn (ex DØDHEIMSGARD) on guitar, Nihil (ENDEZZMA) on guitar and Defest (SVARTHAUEG) on drums, SARKOM founder Erik Unsgaard recently spoke about the band’s next album, and why it has been a little longer in coming than originally planned:

The new album was supposed to be released last year, as a special Anniversary release to mark ten years since we released our demo. Unfortunately, personal matters got in the way and we only got as far as tracking the drums and some of the guitars. Added to which, we’ve recently had some technical problems, which everyone who has ever worked in a band will know about, so it’s just one of those things you get used to and eventually work around. Although we can’t actually make any definitive promises at this stage, we hope to get it finished within the next few months and hopefully get it released this year."

Continue reading on the Dark Essence website
DARK ESSENCE RELEASES PROGRESSIVE DOOM METALLERS MOMENTUM's THIRD FULL-LENGTH
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Post by Kristine, February 13, 2015
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"In “The Freak is Alive”, Momentum have carefully conceived an outer worldly concept. Dark, heavy and clever in its imagination and shadowiness, this is top quality weirdness."    (Ave Noctum 8,5/10)

Starting off as an extreme black/death metal project in 2003, Iceland's Momentum evolved to excel at blending tactful post-rock atmospheres, reminiscent of Isis and Cult of Luna, with a Neurosis-esque level of bone-crushing heaviness broken up by soft singing and relaxed clean passages, intense vocal layering over discordant, staccato bursts and sheets of additional eerie sound textures that explode into high-impact power chords.
 
After the release of their debut album, "Fixation, at Rest" in 2010, the band has been playing around Europe, and visiting festivals like Eistnaflug, Iceland Airways and Roadburn. And it was during the Roadburn Festival in 2014, the band connected with Dark Essence Records, who will release their second album "The Freak is Alive".

Momentum’s upcoming release, 'The Freak is Alive', sees the band travelling further into a world of their own. A world portrayed through the artwork, lyrics and concept of frontman Holaf where songs connect on a surreal journey through subconsciousness leaving just enough untold for the observer to get lost in their own interpretation.



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HOW TO ORDER THE ALBUM 

To purchase this album as physical product from webshop (creditcard/ Paypal): Click here

To stream or download the amaran or diin in your preferred digital music service click here:

DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/Krakow_Amaran
DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/KRAKOW_Diin



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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Contact Dark Essence Records: post@karismarecords.no

Band Website: www.momentumiceland.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/momentumiceland 
Twitter https://twitter.com/momentumiceland
BandCamp: http://momentum.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation:  https://www.reverbnation.com/momentumiceland
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/momentumiceland


 

INTRODUCING SEVEN IMPALE: 

MUSIC TIP FOR THE METAL FAN WITH A TASTE FOR THE HARD AND COMPLEX 
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Post by Kristine, February 14, 2015
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Seven Impale's debut album, called "City Of The Sun", was released on KARISMA RECORDS - Dark Essence Records' sisterlabel on September 1st 2014.

Since the formation of 
Seven Impale, this young progressive rock band has been working hard to form their own unique sound. Formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, Seven Impale’s relatively young lineup consists of Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards.

The album, recorded and produced by Iver Sandøy (Enslaved, Kraków etc.) in Solslottet and Duper Studio, consists of six varied and complex tracks. Although the music has a firm basis in Classic Progressive Rock, it is highly diversified. The band is never afraid to enter explore much harder soundscapes than usually is expected in progressive rock - the band rely on elements normally found in the metal genre. With the inclusion of saxophone, the band also have a lot of jazz elements in their music.  Seven Impale challenges the standard genre boundaries, like Norwegian Shining and Jaga Jazzist has done before.

This excellent debut album was voted no. 3 on the mighty The ProgArchives Top Albums of 2014
"This is the first full length album released by the band, and even from such a young band, the maturity of sound is absolutely stunning. The band has a sound unique to themselves, and they use it to its fullest capacity. This album is a ferocious showing of the power prog can have and it’s no surprise this young band stole the number 3 spot on this year’s poll."

"City Of The Sun" is a debut that will have a huge impact on any fan of progressive rock. 


 
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HOW TO ORDER THE ALBUM 

To purchase this album as physical product from webshop (creditcard/ Paypal): Click here

To stream or download Seven Impale in your preferred digital music service click here: 
KarismaRecords.lnk.to/SevenImpale


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Label website: www.karismarecords.no
Contact Karisma Records: post@karismarecords.no
Band website: www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

 
DARK ESSENCE SPECIAL OFFERS
DARK ESSENCE SPECIAL OFFERS

We want to give our newsletter readers some special offers from the Dark Essence webshop as a thanks for following the label and our artists. In this newsletter we are happy to offer the following items;



15% Discount on TAAKE - STRIDENS HUS CD in Digitpack or Jewelcase cover. Click image to be directed to webshop. Enter code: TAAKECD
 


20% discount on KRAKÓW - AMARAN double vinyl in gatefold coverClick image to be directed to webshop. Enter code: AMARANLP
 

Order by clicking image or go to webshop.
Offer is valid untill March 1st 2015 or as far as stock last. Offer is valid for Dark Essence webshop customers who subscribe to the Dark Essence Newsletter only and cannot be combined with other discount. 
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NEXT DARK ESSENCE RECORDS RELEASE UP IS GALAR's 'DE GJENLEVENDE'

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Post by Kristine, February 14, 2015
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On Monday February 16th 2015 Dark Essence
is set to release Galar's album titeled
'De Gjenlevende'.


With the release of "Til alle heimsens endar" in 2010, the Bergen based band Galar received a lot of good response, which also ended up in their first live appearances. The core duo consisting of M. Kristiansen and A. B. Lauritzen have since worked steadily with their 3rd opus, "De 
gjenlevende", which they again recorded at Conclave & Earshot Studio with Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Once more, they recruited drummer Phobos (Aeternus, Gravdal) for the recording, joined by several session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet which fit in with the epic nature of the material, both musical and lyrical, that has been created for the six-track, concept album.

Jorge Blutaar, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies;
"Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself".

Once again, Galar offers an epic and monumental album, that also sees the band exploring a bit more harsher and extreme sound without losing their special symphonic elements.




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HOW TO ORDER THE ALBUM 

To purchase this album as physical product from webshop (creditcard/ Paypal): Click here

To stream or download Galar in your preferred digital music service click here:

DarkEssenceRecords.lnk.to/Galar_TilAlleHeimsensEndar



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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Dark Essence Record website 
Dark Essence on SoundCloud
Dark Essence on Facebook 
Dark Essence Webshop
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack (Albums in dig format)
Band website: www.galar.no


 
BLASTFEST 2015


DARK ESSENCE RECORDS has a big presence at BLASTFEST 2015 including DJs. Taake's Hoest will be DJ'ing on the Fjord Cruise where our new signing The 3rd Attempt also will be appearing on the 18th. 
Other DJs include our own Bjornar Erevik Nilsen (of Vulture Industries), Elefterios Santorinios of AETERNUS and Frode Kilvik of Kraków and Aeternus.

Alfahanne and SARKOM will be on stage on Friday February 20th.

 
Photo: Big DARK ESSENCE RECORDS presence at BLASTFEST including DJs. Taake (Official)'s Hoest will be DJ'ing on the Fjord Cruise where our new signing The 3rd Attempt will also be appearing on the 18th.  Other DJs include our own Bjornar Erevik Nilsen (he of Vulture Industries fame) Elefterios Santorinios of AETERNUS and Frode Kilvik of Kraków and Aeternus. And of course Alfahanne and SARKOM will be on stage on the Saturday
 
 
 
 
Festival website: http://blastfest.no/ 
DARK ESSENCE SPECIAL OFFERS
Dark Essence Special Offers

We want to give our newsletter readers some special offers from the Dark Essence webshop as a thanks for following the label and our artists. In this newsletter we are happy to offer the following items;



20% discount om MOMENTUM - 'THE FREAK IS ALIVE' TEE+CD BUNDLEClick image to be directed to webshop. Enter code: MOMENTUMBUNDLE


20% disount on GALAR - 'DE GJENLEVENDE' TEE+CD BUNDLE. Click image to be directed to webshop. Enter code: GALARBUNDLE

Order by clicking image or go to webshop.
Offer is valid untill March 1st 2015 or as far as stock last. Offer is valid for Dark Essence webshop customers who subscribe to the Dark Essence Newsletter only and cannot be combined with other discount. 




DARK ESSENCE LABEL-NIGHT WITH TAAKE,KRAKÓW, GALAR AND MOMENTUM 


Once again DARK ESSENCE RECORDS will bring some of our great bands to our label night during the INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL in Oslo, Norway.

As usual we will host our own label-night during the club day at BLÅ on April 1st. For the 2015-edition we will bring with us Norwegian black metal band TAAKE, doomish progressive stoner metal band KRAKOW, the melodic folk black metal band GALAR and from Iceland the progressive metal band MOMENTUM!

Visit the Inferno website for more details on the club-night and the bands we are bringing.

We hereby invite you all to join us during the 2015 INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL.

FOR MORE INFO

Link to Label-nigh event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1540935032816071/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Inferno website: http://www.infernofestival.net/no/Festival/News.aspx


CONTACT

Karisma & Dark Essence Records AS
P.O. Box 472 Sentrum
5805 Bergen
Norway


DARK ESSENCE DISTRIBUTION:
Dark Essence Records releases are distributed worldwide in physical formats through the PlasticHead Distribution (PHD) network. We work closely with all PHD local sub-distributors to coordinate promotion and marketing in the individual territory. Furthermore, all Dark Essence Records releases are made avalaible all over the globe in multiple formats and through a multitude of services like iTunes, WIMP, Spotify and Amazon. Our main distributor for digital content is Phonofile.

Customers can also order records and merchandise directly through via the label webshop.

 
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