The thriving Rock and Prog scene around Bergen, Norway, has already seen the emergence of bands like Seven Impale, Tiebreaker, D’accorD and Ossicles, and the newest addition to this burgeoning scene is Shaman Elephant. Over the past few years, the four piece has been drawing bigger and bigger crowds in their home town, and, after releasing the digital EP “More” in 2015 they were snapped up by Karisma Records.
The band’s sound is firmly grounded in the late 60’s and early 70’s psychedelic and progressive Proto Hard Rock style, but mixed with a modern touch. With a great groove provided by drummer Jard Hole (also in the band Línt) and Ole-Andreas Jensen on bass, they form the backbone for keyboardist Jonas Særsten and guitarist and vocalist Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen. Their debut shows great variation within the more progressive and psychedelic sounds of the past, with songs veering towards drug induced fantasies. They entered the Solslottet Studio in the spring of 2016 with producer Iver Sandøy (producer of Enslaved, Krakow, Seven Impale), and the result is amazing!
“Crystals” is a gem for any music fan with their heart in the 70’s.
BT - 5/6
Rock Tribune - 8.5/10
Scream Magazine - 5/6
Classic Rock - 7/10
Ungtro - 4/5
Laut.de - 4/5
Musicwaves - 4/5
Visions Magazine - 9/12
Disagreement - 8/10
Rock Hard - 7/10
Prog Magazine - Album of the week
Karisma Records and 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.
Music distributed in Norway is done through Border Music.
Furthermore, all Karisma Records and 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.
Digital webshop can be found here Karisma & Dark Essence Records
Sony RED Distribution
Plastic Head Distribution
Non Stop Music (Switzerland)
Rock Extremum (Slovakia / Czech Republic)
Soulfood Distribution (Germany / Austria)
Sound Pollution (Sweden)
Soundforge Music Group (Greece)
Soyuz Music (Russia)
Target Distribution (Denmark)
Modern Invasion Music (Australia)
Southbound (New Zealand)
Karisma Records is an independent record label based in Bergen, Norway. We work mainly with rock and progressive music even though our main focus is simply quality music for musically minded people. In oposition to popular trend we maintain a strong belief in the physical album complemented by digital alternatives, and our records are avaliable worldwide in multiple formats.
Karisma Records is currently the home of Airbag, Bjørn Riis, Seven Impale, Tiebreaker, Brimstone, D’AccorD, Fatal Fusion, Ossicles, Magic Pie, Rendezvous Point and Nordagust.
If you want to submit your music to Karisma Records please send a link to stream or download your music together with a brief presentation of the band and any other relevant links via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send mp3’s or other large files via e-mail. Physical copies sent to our address is also unnecessary.
Dark Essence Records AS
Tel: +47 95 74 92 19 (Martin)
Tel: +47 922 66 316 (Bjørnar)
+47 412 11 208 (Kristine)