22
March
2017

DETAILS AND VIDEO TEASER REVEALED FOR SECOND ALBUM FROM AIRBAG GUITARIST BJØRN RIIS

Norway’s Karisma Records have today revealed details of the sophomore full-length album from AIRBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS. Titled “Forever Comes to an End”, the new album is follow up to 2014’s highly acclaimed, and award-winning, “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, and is set for release on the 19th of May.
Written and produced by Riis himself, and engineered and mastered by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, “Forever Comes to an End” features guest appearances from AIRBAG?s Henrik Fossum on drums and Asle Tostrup on programming, Simen Valldal Johannessen from OAK on piano, and vocals from the Norwegian singer, SICHELLE MCMEO AKSUM.

A haunting image, shot in Beisfjord, near Narvik in Northern Norway, by the photographer Kjetil Karlsen, forms the highly evocative artwork for “Forever Comes to an End”, and track listing is as follows:

1. Forever Comes to an End
2. Absence
3. The Waves
4. Getaway
5. Calm
6. Winter
7. Where are You Now

A highly respected guitarist within the Internet guitar community, and with his own blog, followed by thousands of fans each week, Riis’s musical journey started back in his very early teens when bands like KISS and BLACK SABBATH held sway along with the heavily guitar-oriented side of the classic rock era of the ’70’s. The subsequent emergence of Progressive Rock bands such as PINK FLOYD, PORCUPINE TREE, MARILLION AND GENESIS, together with genres like Electronica and Movie Scores, also played a huge role in the formation of the nascent guitarists’ musical direction.

“Forever Comes to an End” pays tribute to all these diverse influences. From the dark and dirty riffs of Toni Iommi and Zakk Wylde, to the emotional playing of David Gilmour and Steven Rothery. The melodic and sombre voice of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness and the cinematic landscapes of composers like Thomas Newman and John Barry. And the whole is brought together by Riis very skilled and very individual touch.

“Forever Comes to an End” will be available in CD, 12″ Vinyl and Digital Download formats and a short video teaser for the album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/FZ1tXevQrl4

More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisGuitarPage and on his website at http://www.bjornriis.com whilst those interested in guitar tutorials and equipment related matters may like to check out Riis’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA

Music by BJØRN RIIS can be found at https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com

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16
March
2017

PIONEERING EXPERIMENTAL ROCKERS VIRUS REVEAL VIDEO FOR TRACK FROM UPCOMING 7″ EP

Norway’s Pioneering Experimental Rockers VIRUS are set to release a two-track 7″ EP titled “Investigator” on the 21 April, and have today released a video for the title track. According to the band “Investigator is dedicated to Columbo?s right eye… Peter Falk, who played the lead role in the classic detective series, had a glass eye. We believe that the eye was a separate character in the series and should have been credited as such. It should also have won the Oscar for best supporting actor many times during the seventies.”
The video, by David Hall of Uneasy Sleeper, is streaming exclusively at the following:

Decibel Magazine (US)
http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2017/3/16/video-premiere-virus-investigator

Metal Hammer (UK)
http://teamrock.com/feature/2017-03-16/enter-the-weird-and-wonderful-world-of-norways-avant-rock-adventurers-virus

Never Mind the Hype (NL)
https://nmth.nl/video-virus-investigator-columbo/

MetalFan (RO)
http://www.metalfan.ro/stiri-rock/virus-scoate-un-videoclip-nou-pentru-piesa-investigator-16312.html

VIRUS was formed in 2000 by guitarist and vocalist Carl “Czral” Michael Eide who wanted to move on from avant-garde Black Metal of VED BUENS ENDE, and create a new kind of experimental metal / rock. The band’s first, and only, demo was released that same year, and was followed by three full-length studio albums before signing with Karisma Records.
It was the partnership with Karisma Records that led to the release of the band’s critically acclaimed “Memento Collider” in 2016, an album which saw VIRUS return to its original three-piece lineup of of Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide on guitars and vocals, Petter “Plenum” Berntsen on bass and Einar “Einz” Sjursø on drums. Together they create an otherworldly sound that is filled with flowing bass lines, experimental riffs and groovy rhythms.

With artwork by the Trine + Kim Design Studio (http://www.trineogkim.no/ ), tracklisting for “Investigator” is as follows:

Side A: Investigator
Side B: The Blue Flags Of The Dead

VIRUS Investigator PR

“Investigator” will be released in two formats – 7″ Black Vinyl and as a Digital Download, and will only be available directly from Karisma Records. Pre-orders have now opened and “Investigator” can be ordered in vinyl format from http://shop.karismarecords.no/product/virus-investigator-7-vinyl and in both vinyl and digital formats from https://virus.bandcamp.com/album/investigator

More information about VIRUS can be found on their website at http://virusnorway.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial

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6
March
2017

KARISMA RECORDS SIGNS PSYCH ROCKERS HIMMELLEGEME

With their second signing of 2017 Karisma Records have yet again mined that rich seam of bands that runs through the town of Bergen on Norway’s rainy west coast, and, once again, they have hit paydirt in the shape of Psychedelic Rockers HIMMELLEGEME.

Formed two years ago, HIMMELLEGEME ‘s music is influenced by both Blues and Atmospheric Prog Rock, which together combine to create an otherworldly and timeless sound. With their heavy-hitting riffs, chilling melodies and melancholic lyrics, written in both Norwegian and English, HIMMELLEGEME create music that depicts past events in their own lives, as well as in the lives of others.

HIMMELLEGEME’s lineup of Aleksander Vormestrand on guitars and vocals, Hein Alexander Olson on lead guitar, Lauritz Isaksen on keyboards, Erik Alfredsen on bass, and Thord Nordli on drums, have spent the past year exploring new sounds and putting the finishing touches on their new material. Recorded during the fall and winter of 2016 at the Broen Studios in Bergen, HIMMELLEGEME ‘s as yet-untitled album is set for release during 2017, and, according to the band, fans can expect that ” With eyes closed and the mind transported to caverns of serenity” they should be ready to “experience a slight conversion from everyday mentality, to a spacious state of inebriation? ”

Commenting on their collaboration with Karisma Records HIMMELLEGEME had this to say:

“Himmellegeme is very excited about joining forces with Karisma Records and having them release our debut album! We think this will help set us on a steadier path for our future endeavours as a band.

We spent last year finishing the songs for the album, and entered Broen Studios with Anders Bjelland (ELECTRIC EYE / HYPERTEXT) in the late fall of 2016. He worked with us as our producer and sonic wizard. He also mixed and mastered the album. We came back in early January to listen to the final cut, and we were quite pleased with the result!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far – thanks to Anders for putting up with our shit ?n shenanigans – and of course a big thanks to Karisma for helping us with our upcoming release”.

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

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23
February
2017

DOBBELTGJENGER SIGNS WITH KARISMA RECORDS

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

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

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14
February
2017

NEW VIDEO FROM ROCKERS TIEBREAKER GIVES FANS A TASTE OF LIFE ON THE ROAD

With their sophomore full-length album “Death Tunes” released at the end of last year on Karisma Records, Norwegian Rockers TIEBREAKER have revealed a new video for a track from the album, one in which they wanted to give their fans a taste of what it was to be like on the road with the band.

The video, for the track “Pan American Grindstone”, was filmed and edited by Martin Bremnes, with additional footage by Espen Krøll and Tiebreaker, and can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/S3PWwKfG-cA

As the band explains: “This film was shot in Bergen and Oslo during our Death Tunes tour of Norway last fall. We wanted to capture the spirit of being on the road as a rock & roll band in Norway; backstage shenanigans, good friends, long winter drives, reckless stage antics, and hard work. All of which is best enjoyed holding a cold bottle of brew in one hand and throwing horns with the other”.

Formed in 2011 and hailing from Odda, Hordaland, a part of Norway known for its deep fjords and brutal landscapes, TIEBREAKER’s lineup consists of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums. It is a lineup with an amazing chemistry both in the studio and on-stage – something that has propelled TIEBREAKER to the top ranks of Norway’s rock scene.

“Death Tunes”, which was written over a period of three months in a small cabin in the west of Norway, was recorded at the Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, which is owned by Kjartan Kristiansen of the DUMDUM BOYS, and was produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland. The engineer/mix/master on “Death Tunes” is Nick Terry (TURBONEGRO, KVELERTAK, LIBERTINES) with assistant engineers Kim Lillestøl and Espen Andersen. Altogether a heady mix of talent that was able to come together with TIEBREAKER to produce a high-octane album, packed with melodic riffing and spiced up with a dash of bluesy melancholy.

“Death Tunes” is now available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats from all the usual retailers and direct from Karisma Records at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/tiebreaker or from the US website at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/band/tiebreaker as well as from https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

TIEBREAKER’S next live appearance will be on the 18th February at the John Dee in Oslo, Norway, when they are special guests at the launch of the new album from ORANGO.

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

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16
January
2017

KARISMA RECORDS TO RELEASE MAGIC PIE BACK CATALOGUE

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:

Magic Pie Motions of Desire PR

“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 Tranqulity’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

Magic Pie Circus of Life PR

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

Magic Pie The Suffering Joy PR

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 below and at https://youtu.be/6FW8HFXMejw

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7
December
2016

PSYCHEDELIC ROCKERS SHAMAN ELEPHANT STREAM ENTIRE ALBUM AHEAD OF RELEASE DATE

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“Crystals” the debut full-length album from Psychedelic Rockers SHAMAN ELEPHANT is streaming in its entirety ahead of its December 9 release date on Karisma Records. The album can be heard at the following:

Prog UK

Visions Germany

With a lineup that comprises Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen on vocals and guitar, Jard Hole (LINT) on drums, Ole-Andreas Sæbø Jensen on bass, and Jonas Særsten (ex-TIEBREAKER) on keyboards, SHAMAN ELEPHANT is a band that exudes energy, both in the studio and on stage. And with its heavy riffs, flowing melodies and improvisation, “Crystals” is the perfect debut showcase for the Norwegians, who add elements of Jazz and Prog Rock to their Psychedelic Rock sound, giving it its own distinct individuality.

Artwork for “Crystals” is by Kåre Thomsen. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Crystals
2. Shaman in the Woods
3. I.A.B.
4. Tusko
5. The Jazz
6. Stoned Conceptions

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More information about SHAMAN ELEPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shamanelephant and on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/shaman-elephant

“Crystals” is available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl formats from http://shop.karismarecords.no/artist/shaman-elephant or in all formats including digital at https://shamanelephant.bandcamp.com As well as from the Karisma Records US Webstore at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com

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December
2016

PSYCHEDELIC ROCKERS SHAMAN ELEPHANT REVEAL SECOND TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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Psychedelic Rockers SHAMAN ELEPHANT have today revealed a second track from their debut full-length album Crystals. The track, titled “Shaman in the Woods”, can be heard streaming on the following sites:

Team Rock, UK
Visions, Germany
Rock Hard, Italy
Lords of Metal, Benelux
Rocking, Greece
Music & Riots, Portugal
Kvlt, Poland
Nordic Spotlight, USA
Spark Rock Magazine, Czech Republic

Set for release on Karisma Records on the 9th December “Crystals” was recorded at the Solslottet and Duper Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, and is an album full of heavy riffs, flowing melodies and improvisation. There is Psychedelic Rock aplenty, spiced up with Jazz and Prog Rock.

SHAMAN ELEPHANT’s lineup of Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen on vocals and guitar, Jard Hole (LINT) on drums, Ole-Andreas Sæbø Jensen on bass, and Jonas Særsten (ex-TIEBREAKER) on keyboards, describe the album as “A psychedelic flying carpet ride taking you across a diverse musical landscape. Let the Shaman Spell fly you through waterfalls of melting melodies and fields of mastodontic riffs – open your third eye and prepare for the crystallized illusions”

Artwork for “Crystals” is by Kåre Thomsen. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Crystals
2. Shaman in the Woods
3. I.A.B.
4. Tusko
5. The Jazz
6. Stoned Conceptions

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“Crystals” is available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl formats from http://shop.karismarecords.no/artist/shaman-elephant or in all formats including digital at https://shamanelephant.bandcamp.com As well as from the Karisma Records US Webstore at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com

More information about SHAMAN ELEPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shamanelephant and on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/shaman-elephant

A very short “teaser” video for “Crystals” can be seen below

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22
November
2016

PSYCHEDELIC ROCKERS SHAMAN ELEPHANT DEBUT A TRACK FROM THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM

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With its impeding release not too far away, Psychedelic Rockers SHAMAN ELEPHANT have debuted the title track from their upcoming album “Crystals” ahead of its 9th December release date. The track can be heard streaming on Rock Hard at https://www.rockhard.de/news/newsarchiv/newsansicht/45802-shaman-elephant-feiern-crystals-songpremiere.html

“Crystals” will be the first full-length album from the Norwegians, whose previous release was the three-track EP “More”. Whilst there is no doubt that SHAMAN ELEPHANT’s sound, replete with heavy riffs, flowing melodies and a good dose of improvisation, fits easily into the Psychedelic Rock genre, it is the additional elements of Jazz and Prog Rock that makes their music just that little bit different.

Recorded at the Solslottet and Duper Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, and with artwork by Kåre Thomsen, tracklisting for “Crystals” is as follows:

1. Crystals
2. Shaman in the Woods
3. I.A.B.
4. Tusko
5. The Jazz
6. Stoned Conceptions

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SHAMAN ELEPHANT’s lineup of Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen on vocals and guitar, Jard Hole (LINT) on drums, Ole-Andreas Sæbø Jensen on bass, and Jonas Særsten (ex-TIEBREAKER) on keyboards, are known for the energy they exude both in the studio and on stage. They also have a pretty good idea of what people can expect from the new album, as they rather intriguingly explain “Crystals” is a psychedelic flying carpet ride taking you across a diverse musical landscape. Let the Shaman Spell fly you through waterfalls of melting melodies and fields of mastodontic riffs – open your third eye and prepare for the crystallized illusions”

More information about SHAMAN ELEPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shamanelephan and on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/shaman-elephant

A very short “teaser” video for “Crystals” can be seen below and at at https://youtu.be/W8J_bXMBXWU

“Crystals” is available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl formats from http://shop.karismarecords.no/artist/shaman-elephant or in all formats including digital at https://shamanelephant.bandcamp.com As well as from the Karisma Records US Webstore at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com

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15
November
2016

PROG ROCKERS FATAL FUSION STREAM SECOND TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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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

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.

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4
November
2016

PROG ROCKERS FATAL FUSION REVEAL TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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Norwegian Prog Rockers FATAL FUSION, whose third full-length “Total Absence” will be out on Karisma Records on the 25th November, have today debuted the track “Shadow of the King”, which can be heard below and at the following:

YouTube at https://youtu.be/0PTRFkVRz2s

SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/fatal-fusion-shadow-of-the-king

Bandcamp at: http://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com/album/total-absence

With “Total Absence” FATAL FUSION are showing their darker side, on an album that is filled with epic melodies that range from the exotic to the wistful. There is no doubt that FATAL FUSION owes much to the great prog bands of the 70’s, but the band’s use of hard rock, classical music, jazz, psychedelia and Latin ensures that their sound is uniquely their own.
Adding to the band’s uniqueness is the way in which 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 make use of “classical” rock instruments such as vintage synths, Mellotron and Hammond, organ along with the more usual instruments one would expect to hear today.

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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Upcoming shows for FATAL FUSION:

10 Nov: Buddy Scene NY, Drammen, Norway
26 Jan: Release Concert, John Dee, Oslo, Norway

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/

“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.

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

FATAL FUSION’s album “The Ancient Tale” can be heard on Bandcamp at https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com/album/the-ancient-tale

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21
October
2016

ROCKERS TIEBREAKER CELEBRATE ALBUM RELEASE WITH NEW VIDEO. TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

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Rockers TIEBREAKER are celebrating today’s release on Karisma Records of their latest album “Death Tunes”, with a video for the track “Anywhere But Here”, which is going to be a definite crowd pleaser for fans of the classic rock sound brought bang up to date.

The “Anywhere But Here” video can be seen below and on the Karisma Records YouTube channel as well as at a selection of webzines as follows:

KARISMA RECORDS YOUTUBE
https://youtu.be/1e26RUPX-X4
NEVER MIND THE HYPE (NETHERLAND)
https://nmth.nl/video-tiebreaker-anywhere-but-here/
GAFFA (NORWAY)
http://gaffa.no/nyhet/111566/indre-demoner-og-angst-i-ny-musikkvideo-fra-tiebreaker/
SPARK MAGAZINE (CZ)
http://www.spark-rockmagazine.cz/tiebreaker-?-melodicke-riffy-riznute-bluesovou-melancholii

Written over a period of three months in a small cabin in the west of Norway, and produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland, “Death Tunes” is a high-octane album that is packed with melodic riffing and a hint of the kind of bluesy melancholy that hearkens back to Rock’s heyday and the truly great bands like LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and BAD COMPANY, but with a whole new fresh approach.

TIEBREAKER’s lineup of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums have an indisputable chemistry both in the studio and on stage. And it is the energy and skill that has taken TIEBREAKER to the top ranks of the Rock scene in Norway, and is quickly earning the band fans all over the world.

With artwork by by Robin Gnista , tracklisting for “Death Tunes”, which includes the video single “Anywhere But Here”, is as follows:

1. Hell
2. Pan American Grindstone
3. Cannonball
4. Commando
5. Anywhere But Here
6. The Deep
7. Building Up to Die
8. Killer
9. Float Away
10. Heavy Lifting

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The track “Killer” from “Death Tunes” can be heard below and at http://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com/track/killer

“Death Tunes” is now available on CD, whilst the vinyl edition will appear on the 19th November. Orders and vinyl pre-orders from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/tiebreaker or from the US website at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/band/tiebreaker as well as from https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

TIEBREAKER will be making a series of live appearances in support of “Death Tunes”. Routing as follows:

04.11.16 Husnes, 5460 Bar
05.11.15 Etne, Phoenix
11.11.16 Kristiansand, Østsia
12.11.16 Sandnes, Tribute
17.11.16 Bergen, Garage
18.11.16 Haugesund, Flytten
19.11.16 Stord, Arena
24.11.16 Trondheim, Mrs Lundgren
25.11.16 Oslo, TBA
26.11.16 Skien, Lundetangen Pub

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More shows to be announced.
More information about the band can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tiebreakerofficial/

TIEBREAKER’s debut full-length album can be heard on Bandcamp at https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com/album/we-come-from-the-mountains

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14
October
2016

KARISMA RECORDS RELEASES DETAILS OF THIRD FULL-LENGTH ALBUM FROM PROG ROCKERS FATAL FUSION

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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/

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

FATAL FUSION’s album “The Ancient Tale” can be heard on Bandcamp at https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com

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16
September
2016

NORWEGIAN ROCKERS TIEBREAKER STREAM TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM

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With their new album “Death Tunes” set to be released on Karisma Records this Autumn, Norwegian Rockers TIEBREAKER have offered fans a glimpse into what will be the band’s second full-length album with the track “Killer” which is streaming exclusively on Vive Le Rock at http://vivelerock.net/tiebreaker-stream-exclusive-track/ and Metal Hammer Norway at http://www.metalhammer.no/?p=6391

Combining the sound of Rock & Roll brought up to date, plus the raw energy of early Garage Rock, TIEBREAKER quickly found itself amongst the top Norwegian Rock Bands, thanks to the chemistry of a lineup comprised of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums. Furthermore, it’s a chemistry that works equally well in either a studio setting or a live environment.

“Death Tunes” was written over a period of three months in a small cabin in the west of Norway, and was produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland. Recording took place at the Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, owned by Kjartan Kristiansen of the DUMDUM BOYS, whilst the engineering/mixing/mastering is by Nick Terry (TURBONEGRO, KVELERTAK, LIBERTINES) with assistant engineers Kim Lillestøl and Espen Andersen. The end result is a high-octane album packed with melodic riffing and spiced up with a dash of bluesy melancholy.

The ten-track album, which includes the video single “Anywhere But Here”, will be released in CD and digital formats on the 21st October, whilst the vinyl edition will be available from the 19th November . Artwork for “Death Tunes” is by Robin Gnista. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Hell
2. Pan American Grindstone
3. Cannonball
4. Commando
5. Anywhere But Here
6. The Deep
7. Building Up to Die
8. Killer
9. Float Away
10. Heavy Lifting

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“Death Tunes” is available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl formats from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/artist/tiebreaker or from the US website at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/band/tiebreaker as well as from https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com where the album is also available digitally.

TIEBREAKER will perform a series of shows in support of “Death Tunes”. Routing as follows:

14.10.16 Odda, Iris Scene
04.11.16 Husnes, 5460 Bar
05.11.15 Etne, Phoenix
11.11.16 Kristiansand, Østsia
12.11.16 Sandnes, Tribute
17.11.16 Bergen, Garage
18.11.16 Haugesund, Flytten
19.11.16 Stord, Arena
24.11.16 Trondheim, Mrs Lundgren
25.11.16 Oslo, TBA
26.11.16 Skien, Lundetangen Pub

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

A video of TIEBREAKER playing live at the ABC Studios filmed by Gregor from tripidea.com and produced by Kjetil Ulland, can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ptT_aigL474 and on the Karisma Records channel at https://youtu.be/UWE8nMkAfWo

TIEBREAKER’s debut full-length album can be heard on Bandcamp at https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com/album/we-come-from-the-mountains

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12
September
2016

PSYCHEDELIC ROCKERS SHAMAN ELEPHANT REVEAL VIDEO TEASER AND DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM

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Karisma Records has today released details of the debut full-length album from Psychedelic Rockers SHAMAN ELEPHANT. Titled “Crystals” and recorded at the Solslottet and Duper Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, the six-track album is due for release on the 9th December.

With a lineup that comprises Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen on vocals and guitar, Jard Hole (LINT) on drums, Ole-Andreas Sæbø Jensen on bass, and Jonas Særsten (ex-TIEBREAKER) on keyboards, SHAMAN ELEPHANT is a band that exudes energy, both in the studio and on stage. With its heavy riffs, flowing melodies and improvisation, the band’s music fits easily into the Psychedelic Rock genre, but also includes elements of Jazz and Prog Rock.

SHAMAN ELEPHANT ‘s only release to date is “More”, a three-track EP which was released digitally in 2015, so what can the band’s fans expect from the first full-length album? According to the band’s intriguing description, “Crystals” is “A psychedelic flying carpet ride taking you across a diverse musical landscape. Let the Shaman Spell fly you through waterfalls of melting melodies and fields of mastodontic riffs – open your third eye and prepare for the crystallized illusions”

Artwork for “Crystals” is by Kåre Thomsen. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Crystals
2. Shaman in the Woods
3. I.A.B.
4. Tusko
5. The Jazz
6. Stoned Conceptions

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A very short “teaser” video for “Crystals” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/W8J_bXMBXWU

SHAMAN ELEPHANT’s next live appearance will be at the Vill Vill Vestival in Bergen Norway, on the 16th September.

More information about SHAMAN ELEPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shamanelephant and on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/shaman-elephant

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30
August
2016

PROG ROCKERS SEVEN IMPALE DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Photo by Annabel Lee

Photo by Annabel Lee

With a date of the 16th September set for the release on Karisma Records of “Contrapasso”, the second full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE, a track from the album is now streaming to give fans a taste of what they can expect. The track, “Languor” can be heard at the following:

Rock Hard: https://www.rockhard.de/news/newsarchiv/newsansicht/44799-seven-impale-languor-vom-contrapasso-album-feiert-premiere.html

Having earned themselves seventh place in the Progarchives.com best albums of the year poll with their 2014 debut full-length “City of the Sun”, SEVEN IMPALE are eager to show fans how far this group of musicians have developed since then, commenting:

“Finally the day (or at least one of the days) we have waited for! We are very happy to present the track “languor” from “Contrapasso”. We feel that song captures the essence of the album with darker lyrics, heavier guitars, bigger drums, more everything! Still we are sure we are the same band that you heard on “City of the Sun”, but now a couple of years older and more mature. We are very excited and hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do!”

The nine-track album was recorded at the Solslottet Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands like ENSLAVED and KRAKOW. Artwork for “Contrapasso” is by the Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Lemma
2. Heresy
3. Inertia
4. Languor
5. Ascension
6. Convulsion
7. Helix
8. Serpentstone
9. Phoenix

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SEVEN IMPALE’s lineup 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 seamlessly combine their various musical disciplines, from classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz, and rock to electronic, to give their sound an original approach that eschews genre boundaries. “Contrapasso” builds on SEVEN IMPALE’s early sound, and demonstrates how much more confident and mature these young musicians have become, whilst the youthful enthusiasm that permeates all they do, is still very evident.

A release party for “Contrapasso” will take place on the 7th October at Kvarteret in Bergen.

“Contrapasso” is available to pre-order now in both CD and vinyl editions from http://shop.karismarecords.no/artist/seven-impale or https://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com As well as from the Karisma Records US Webstore at https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/pre-orders

More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band?s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

SEVEN IMPALE’s “City of the Sun” can be heard at http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-the-sun

Tracks from Karisma Records releases, can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

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26
August
2016

DETAILS OF THE SOPHOMORE FULL LENGTH ALBUM FROM ROCKERS TIEBREAKER REVEALED

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Karisma Records have today revealed the details and artwork for the sophomore full-length album from Norwegian Rockers, TIEBREAKER. Written over a period of three months in a small cabin in the west of Norway, the album, titled “Death Tunes”, was recorded at the Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, owned by Kjartan Kristiansen of the DUMDUM BOYS, and produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland. The engineer/mix/master on “Death Tunes” is Nick Terry (TURBONEGRO, KVELERTAK, LIBERTINES) with assistant engineers Kim Lillestøl and Espen Andersen, and it is set for release on October 21st, whilst the vinyl edition will hit the streets on November 18th.

The follow up to their debut album “We Come From the Mountains”, which was released internationally on Karisma Records in 2015, “Death Tunes” is a high-octane album, packed with melodic riffing and spiced up with a dash of bluesy melancholy. If you can imagine the sound of today’s Rock & Roll, combined with the raw power of early Garage Rock, then understand exactly what TIEBREAKER are all about.

With artwork by Robin Gnista and the video single “Anywhere But Here”, tracklisting for the ten-track album is as follows:

1. Hell
2. Pan American Grindstone
3. Cannonball
4. Commando
5. Anywhere But Here
6. The Deep
7. Building Up to Die
8. Killer
9. Float Away
10. Heavy Lifting

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With their roots forged amongst the deep fjords and brutal landscapes of Odda, Hordaland, and with an ingrained work-ethic, TIEBREAKER first saw the light of day in 2011. The band consists of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums. It is a band whose studio and on-stage chemistry has raised TIEBREAKER to the top ranks of Norway’s rock scene, affording them the opportunity to tour extensively both at home and abroad. They have shared the stage with bands such as ENSLAVED, KVELERTAK, VINTAGE CARAVAN, etc., as well as earning themselves repeat invites to prestigious showcase festivals.

TIEBREAKER are set to perform a series of shows in support of “Death Tunes”. Routing as follows:

14.10.16 Odda, Iris Scene
04.11.16 Husnes, 5460
11.11.16 Kristiansand, Østsia
12.11.16 Sandnes, Tribute
17.11.16 Bergen, Garage
18.11.16 Haugesund, Flytten
19.11.16 Stord, Arena
24.11.16 Trondheim TBA
25.11.16 Oslo, Pokalen
26.11.16 Skien, Lundetangen Pub

More shows to be announced.

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

A video of TIEBREAKER playing live at the ABC Studios filmed by Gregor from tripidea.com and produced by Kjetil Ulland, can be seen below an on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ptT_aigL474 as well a on the Karisma Records channel at https://youtu.be/UWE8nMkAfWo

TIEBREAKER’s debut full-length album can be heard on Bandcamp at https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com

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5
August
2016

PROG ROCKERS SEVEN IMPALE REVEAL ARTWORK AND DETAILS OF SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Photo by Annabel Lee

Photo by Annabel Lee

Karima Records have set the 16th September as the release date for “Contrapasso”, the second full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE, and if the band’s debut album, “City of the Sun”, is anything to go by, it is a date that many fans will be looking forward to.

Having earned itself seventh place in the Progarchives.com best albums of 2014 poll, “City of the Sun”, with the unique SEVEN IMPALE sound still in the early stages of development, showed the promise of things to come from this young band. And with “Contrapasso” SEVEN IMPALE are well on the way to fulfilling that early promise, with an album that shows a new maturity, and the confidenceto explore their sound further, imbuing it with more complexity and harder soundscapes, along with tracks that are more catchy and upbeat . Genre boundaries are not something that concern these musicians, allowing them to create a sound that is interesting and varied, and which is still full of SEVEN IMPALE’s youthful enthusiasm.

The nine-track album was recorded at the Solslottet Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands like ENSLAVED and KRAKOW. Artwork for “Contrapasso” is by the Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Lemma
2. Heresy
3. Inertia
4. Langour
5. Ascension
6. Convulsion
7. Helix
8. Serpentstone
9. Phoenix

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SEVEN IMPALE was formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, and its relatively young members bring with them a considerable diversity of musical disciplines, from classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz, and rock to electronic. The lineup 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 demonstrates how easily these musicians are able to fuse together all these influences to give the band its fresh, original, approach.

More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band?s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

SEVEN IMPALE’s “City of the Sun” can be heard below and at http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-the-sun

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29
June
2016

PROG ROCKERS SEVEN IMPALE COMPLETE WORK ON SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Photo by Annabel Lee

Photo by Annabel Lee

With their 2014 debut album “City of the Sun” earning itself seventh place in the Progarchives.com best albums of the year poll, fans have been curious to hear what SEVEN IMPALE will bring to the table next. And today Karisma Records have announced that “Contrapasso”, the sophomore full-length album from the young Norwegian Prog Rockers, is set for release in the Autumn.

Whilst details are still being kept under wraps, the label had this to say about what to expect: “As you can imagine with such a young band, SEVEN IMPALE have grown a lot since their debut. They have continued to explore the unique sound they started to develop on “City of the Sun”, and, as their confidence has grown, they have taken that sound further, becoming more experimental, and adding complexity and harder soundscapes, along with more catchy and upbeat tracks. Let’s just say that SEVEN IMPALE don’t believe in genre boundaries, and thankfully, they have lost none of their youthful enthusiasm in the process”.

“Contrapasso”, was recorded at the Solslottet Studio, with the band once again calling upon the services of Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands like ENSLAVED and KRAKOW, to name but a few. “This time our producer, Iver Sandøy, has taken an even bigger part in making decisions regarding the arrangements and instrumentation” commented the band, who went on to explain that “The process of recording this album has been quite different from last time. There have been countless edits and changes from the material we brought with us into the studio. It’s been a long road which has been worth every step, and the result makes it all the more clear why, once again, we chose to work with Iver.

“Early on in the process of creating the album, our vision for “Contrapasso” had much more of a thematic concept, and we think this comes through in the form of a more unified (though quite diverse) album. We’re not going to go too much into the meaning of the lyrics, but you could call it a darker counterpart to “City of the Sun”. Darker not only in concept, but also darker and heavier in sound, but with an even bigger dynamic range. In many ways it’s weirder and more experimental, while still sounding 100% like SEVEN IMPALE.”

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. What sets the band apart from many of the new arrivals on the scene is the sheer diversity of musical disciplines that the members bring with them. From classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz and rock to electronic, SEVEN IMPALE have fused all their experience and influences and created a sound that is uniquely theirs.

More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band?s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale

SEVEN IMPALE’s “City of the Sun” can be heard below and at http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-the-sun

Tracks from Karisma Records releases, can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale
Bandcamp: http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sevenimpale
NRK: http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/SevenImpale/default.aspx

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9
June
2016

NORWEGIAN ROCKERS TIEBREAKER COMPLETE WORK ON SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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With their high-octane melodic riffing and their ability to easily combine the essence of what this era’s rock & roll is all about, with the raw energy of early garage rock, TIEBREAKER have proved themselves to be big crowd pleasers, both on and off stage, not only in their native Norway, but world-wide. So today’s announcement that a new album is on the way will come as very welcome news to the band’s many fans. The album will be titled “Death Tunes” and is set to be released on Karisma Records around September time this year.

During the fall of 2015 TIEBREAKER took themselves off to a small cabin in the west of Norway to write “Death Tunes”, which they completed over a period of three months. The ten-track album was recorded in December at the Amper Tone Studio in Oslo, which is owned by Kjartan Kristiansen of the DUMDUM BOYS, and produced by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland. The Engineer/mix/master on “Death Tunes” is Nick Terry (TURBONEGRO, KVELERTAK, LIBERTINES) with Assistant engineers Kim Lillestøl and Espen Andersen.

According to TIEBREAKER the intention is “to take rock & roll away from the tiring circuit and make it a melodic-blazing, ass-slinging, foot-through-the-floor sprint”, and with “Death Tunes” it would seem that the band’s intentions are becoming reality. Producer Bjarte Lund Rolland had this to say about the album and the band themselves: ” I loved working with them, they were able to pick up the feedback I gave on their material and came back with improvements every time. They initially impressed me live, they had a priceless chemistry and an amazing lead singer, and looked like they had played together for decades. After hearing demos of “new” stuff I was convinced they could write some really interesting things too. They have a timeless quality that’s rare for such a young band. They’re the antithesis to hipster-rock, boasting real musicianship and writing groovy, riffy, beautiful music.”

A couple of photos from the recording sessions can be seen below. More can be seen on Karisma Record’s Facebook page at HERE

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Formed in Odda, Hordaland, in 2011 by five childhood friends, TIEBREAKERS lineup comprises Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums. It is a band of musicians who embraces the ethos of hard work instilled into them by their industrial heritage, and exemplified by extensive live appearances, that culminated in a six-week European tour at the start of 2016.

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

A video of TIEBREAKER playing live at the ABC Studios filmed by Gregor from tripidea.com and produced by Kjetil Ulland, can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ptT_aigL474 and on the Karisma Records channel at https://youtu.be/UWE8nMkAfWo

TIEBREAKER’s debut full-length album can be heard on Bandcamp below and at https://tiebreaker.bandcamp.com

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25
May
2016

PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG RELEASE THIRD VIDEO TEASER FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

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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

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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23
May
2016

PIONEERING EXPERIMENTAL ROCKERS VIRUS DEBUT “ROGUE FOSSIL” VIDEO

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When renowned Romanian multi-media artist Costin Chioreanu says of his new video for pioneering experimental rockers VIRUS “I went beyond all my boundaries and I have a feeling I touched a bit of insanity” you know that it’s going to be something unique. Having made his mark not only as a graphic artist, but also as a stage artist, musician, animator and movie maker at a relatively young age, Chioreanu’s new animated video, for the track “Rogue Fossil” from VIRUS’ upcoming album “Memento Collider”, is the latest in a series of collaborations with artists from Karisma Records, and its sister label Dark Essence Records. The video is making its exclusive debut on the following:

Sterogum at http://www.stereogum.com/1878654/virus-rogue-fossil-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/

Team Rock at http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-05-23/virus-and-costin-chioreanu-combine-for-a-mind-melting-new-video

Set for release on Karisma Records on the 3rd of June, “Memento Collider” was recorded at the Amper Tone Studios in Oslo and includes a guest performance from VOIVOD’s Dan Mongrain. It is, without a doubt, an album that demonstrates the true essence of progressive rock.

Artwork for “Memento Collider” is by the Trine + Kim Design Studio (http://www.trineogkim.no). Tracklisting on the six-track album as follows:

1. Afield
2. Rogue Fossil
3. Dripping Into Orbit
4. Steamer
5. Gravity Seeker
6. Phantom Oil Slick

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For over a decade now VIRUS have maintained their status as one of the most unique bands to have emerged from Norway’s burgeoning progressive music scene, and “Memento Collider” sees the band returning to their original three-piece lineup of Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide on guitars and vocals, Petter “Plenum” Berntsen on bass and Einar “Einz” Sjursø on drums. Their otherworldly sound, replete with flowing bass lines, experimental riffs and groovy rhythms, is still the epitome of all that is contained in the definition of “progressive” and “experimental”, and with this, their fourth full-length release, VIRUS have come storming back with an album that is also catchy and melodic.

A pre-listening session for VIRUS’ “Memento Collider” will be held at Kniven in Oslo on the 26th May, whilst the release concert will take place at Pokalen in Oslo on the 24th June. Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/500013

Karisma Records recently debuted the track “Steamer” from VIRUS’ “Memento Collider” and it can be heard at http://virus.bandcamp.com/album/memento-collider

More information about VIRUS can be found on their website at http://virusnorway.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial

“Memento Collider” is available to pre-order in both CD and 12″ vinyl format from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/ as well as in both formats or digital download from https://virus.bandcamp.com/

Fan-filmed footage of VIRUS performing the track “Rogue Fossil” from “Memento Collider” live in New York can be seen velow and at https://youtu.be/VccXpd5Y3Nw

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3
May
2016

PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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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

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

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27
April
2016

PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG RELEASE SECOND VIDEO TEASER FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

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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

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

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

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20
April
2016

PIONEERING EXPERIMENTAL ROCKERS VIRUS DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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With the release date coming ever closer, Karisma Records have debuted a track from VIRUS’ fourth full-length album “Memento Collider”. The track, “Steamer” , which is being debuted exclusively on Metal Hammer Norway at http://hammer.kenspo.net/?p=4126 and Decibel Magazine at http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/4/18/virus-premiere

Undoubtedly one of the most unique bands to come out of Norway, VIRUS have, for over a decade now, developed their otherworldly style and garnered themselves a large following that spans both the metal and rock scene world-wide. “Memento Collider” heralds VIRUS’ return to their original 3-piece lineup of Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide on guitars and vocals, Petter “Plenum” Berntsen on bass and Einar “Einz” Sjursø on drums. This time the iconic trio have taken VIRUS’ idiosyncratic trademark sound of unusual flowing bass lines, experimental riffs and groovy rhythms a few steps further, to create a sound that is still very much experimental and progressive in the true sense of those definitions, but at the same time is catchy and melodic.

Set for release on the 3rd June and recorded at the Amper Tone Studios in Oslo, “Memento Collider” marks a spectacular return for VIRUS, where they once again demonstrate what the true essence of progressive rock is all about!

As with their previous releases, VIRUS have invited a guest to perform on the album, and on “Memento Collider” it is VOIVOD’s Dan Mongrain who contributes a guitar solo. Artwork for the album is by the Trine + Kim Design Studio (http://www.trineogkim.no/ ). Track listing as follows:
1. Afield
2. Rogue Fossil
3. Dripping Into Orbit
4. Steamer
5. Gravity Seeker
6. Phantom Oil Slick

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“Memento Collider” is available to pre-order in both CD and 12″ vinyl format from http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/ as well as in in both formats or digital download from https://virus.bandcamp.com/

More information about VIRUS can be found on their website at http://virusnorway.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial

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Fan-filmed footage of VIRUS performing a new song from the upcoming album in New York can be seen at https://youtu.be/VccXpd5Y3Nw or embedded using the following code:

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13
April
2016

PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG RELEASE VIDEO TEASER AND REVEAL DETAILS OF UPCOMING FOURTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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With their fourth full-length album, “Disconnected”, set for release on the 10th June on Karisma Records, Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a video teaser to give everyone a taste of what to expect from an album that takes the listener on a sonic journey filled with lush soundscapes underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals starting with the opening track, ?Killer?, and ranging right through to the thirteen-minute long title track, “Disconnected”. The teaser can be seen below and on Karisma Records’ YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/gG8vNaWnm1g

Without a doubt AIRBAG have mastered the art of creating a strong narrative listening experience by closely tying together lyrical themes and music, and “Disconnected” ventures even deeper into blending musical styles and sounds, which create the unique listening experience that is AIRBAG. The album itself is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society, what society expects from us as individuals, and our 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. Guitarist Bjørn Riis gives us some insight into the thought processes and musical ideas that went into the making of “Disconnected”:

“The early demos for “Disconnected” were written during a couple of months in late 2014. The idea and inspiration for most of the lyrics, and the title track in particular, came from me realising that I had to make some changes in my life. I was tired of the daily routine, working 9 to 5 in an office doing basically nothing and never having enough time for my family and music. I took a year off and started writing for the album.
We discussed the theme for the songs and gave them a single title, reflecting different persons or ways of being disconnected to society and what?s expected of us and how we fail to live up to those expectations.

As for the music, we have done three albums prior to this and those songs will always be a part of what we do, but you also want to look forward and explore new sounds and musical ground. We talked a lot about wanting to use more electronic elements and giving more room for the drums, allowing them to be more percussive and basically avoid the usual rock formula on all songs. We also wanted to do a more stripped down production and create a more spacious and dynamic sound”.

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.

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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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

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

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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15
February
2016

EXPERIMENTAL HARD ROCKERS VIRUS REVEAL FIRST DETAILS AND ARTWORK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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The 3rd June has been set as the release date for “Memento Collider”, the fourth full-length album from Experimental Hard Rockers VIRUS. The album, with cover art by the Trine + Kim Design Studio (http://www.trineogkim.no/ ), will appear on Karisma Records, who recently signed the band.

Whilst no further details about “Memento Collider” are currently available, the self-styled wayward Norwegian trio will give fans a taste of what is to come at Blastfest in Bergen on the 18th February, where they will showcase several tracks from the album.

VIRUS rose from the ashes of 90’s avant-garde black metal project VED BUENS ENDE in 2000 when guitarist and vocalist Carl “Czral” Michael Eide had the idea of creating a new kind of experimental metal / rock. Together with bassist Petter “Plenum” Berntsen and drummer Einar “Einz” Sjursø they released their first, and only, demo that same year. Three full-length studio albums followed, together with tours in Europe and the USA and a plethora of festival appearances.

More information about VIRUS can be found on their website at http://virusnorway.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial

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Fan-filmed footage of VIRUS performing a new song from the upcoming album in New York can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/VccXpd5Y3Nw

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1
February
2016

KARISMA AND DARK ESSENCE RECORDS INCREASE THEIR NORTH AMERICAN PRESENCE AND CELEBRATE WITH SPECIAL ITEMS FOR SALE

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Norway’s sister labels Dark Essence Records and Karisma Records have expanded their North American operations with new distribution deals which sees the label’s catalogues distributed physically by Sony RED, whist The Orchard will handle all the digital distribution.

In addition, to meet the ever-growing demand from fans, the two Bergen-based labels have joined forces with AISA (http://www.aisamusic.com/ ) to open their own new North American webshops. “We have always been aware that the cost of postage from Europe in general, and Scandinavian countries in particular, is very high, and, with both labels having grown so rapidly over the past few years, and demand from North American fans increasing daily, we thought it was time to offer those fans a fairer deal”, commented the label’s Bjornar Erevik Nilsen (VULTURE INDUSTRIES). “We are very excited to work with AISA on our new North America set up. For us this is a unique opportunity to get into this market on terms that are tailor made for our catalogue, size and profile. The new setup offers us a much higher level of control and market insight than before, and we expect sales and exposure to increase significantly. So far our experience with AISA have been very positive and we are happy to further pursue the cooperation.?

With output differing greatly one from the other, Dark Essence and Karimsa Records are not just used to working with established, internationally recognised bands. They have both also garnered a reputation for being able to sniff out some of the best new local and international bands and help them to grow and develop. As Nilsen went on to explain “We do not see ourselves as just businessmen whose job happens to be running labels, as if often the case these days. Everyone working directly with us is heavily involved in music, either as musicians, managers or huge fans, so for us it’s a matter of pride to discover and nurture the talent that is out there. The expansion into North America will help us to support our artists with merchandise that is printed in the USA itself, thereby helping to reduce costs whilst touring, which, as everyone knows, is massively expensive undertaking for bands. We have also appointed a local label manager, and we have a good network of people over there, who will be able to help our artists further”.

Karisma Records, concentrates on the more Rock-oriented and Progressive side of the musical spectrum and the label’s roster contains much-respected veterans such as AIRBAG, VIRUS, MAGIC PIE, D’ACCORD, BJORN RIIS, BRIMSTONE and NORDAGUST, and fast rising bands such as TIEBREAKER, OSSICLES, SEVEN IMPALE, RENDEZVOUS POINT, FATAL FUSION. To celebrate the launch of the Karisma Records North American webshop, the label will be making some rare test pressings available for purchase. The Karisma Records North American webshop can be found at http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Dark Essence Records, on the other hand, is well known in the fields Black Metal and the more Extreme Metal genres and their roster contains some very high profile bands, some of whom have been around for well over two decades, as well as some of the most exciting relatively new musicians to have appeared on the scene. The label’s roster includes TAAKE, HELHEIM, HADES ALMIGHTY, AETERNUS, COR SCORPII, SARKOM, SLEGEST, THE 3rd ATTEMPT, ALFAHANNE, SULPHUR, GALAR, KRAKOW, MOMENTUM, ORKAN, LUCIFER’S CHILD, MISTUR, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, RATTENFÄNGER, THE BATALLION. The new Dark Essence Records North American webshop will also be celebrating its opening by making some rare test pressings available for purchase. The webshop can be found at http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG29pw1gllinfj-U2QDM2JQ
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records North American Webshop: http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop: http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack: shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

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9
November
2015

KARISMA RECORDS SIGNS PSYCHEDELIC PROG ROCKERS SHAMAN ELEPHANT

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Bergen-based Karisma Records have announced that they have added another talented young band to their ever growing label. The band in question is SHAMAN ELEPHANT, who describe their musical style as Psychedelic Rock with elements from other genres such as Jazz and Prog Rock, and who aim to deliver energetic performances both in the studio and on the stage with their heavy riffs, flowing melodies and improvisations.

With a sound influenced by the ’70’s and drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as JIMI HENDRIX, The MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA and MOTORPSYCHO to STEELY DAN and BUSHMAN’s REVENGE, SHAMAN ELEPHANT’s lineup comprises Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen on vocals and guitar, Jard Hole (LINT) on drums, Ole-Andreas Sæbø Jensen on bass, and Jonas Særsten (ex-TIEBREAKER) on keyboards.

SHAMAN ELEPHANT are expecting to enter the studio to record their debut full-length album in the spring of 2016. This will be the follow up to 2015’s “More”, a three-track EP which was released digitally on Lyd iLøo Records.

More information about SHAMAN ELEPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shamanelephant and on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/shaman-elephant

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13
October
2015

JAZZ PROG ROCKERS OSSICLES DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO FOR TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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With their sophomore full-length album “Music For Wastelands” set to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 6th November, Jazz Prog Rockers OSSICLES have debuted a new video for a track from the album. The self-made video for “Family Tree” is a quirky look at some trips the band took during the summer, and it can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/Fj4GtIthcng

“Music for Wastelands” is a follow up to the band’s debut album “Mantelpiece”. Originally self-released, “Mantelpiece” was re-released on Karisma Records earlier this year, finally bringing the album that caught the attention of musical greats such as MIKE PORTNOY and PORCUPINE TREE’s STEVEN WILSON, to a wider audience.

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Speaking recently about “Music For Wastelands”, OSSICLES founders Bastian and Sondre Veland, the two cousins who formed the band in 2011, had this to say: “We both agree that with “Music for Wastelands” we have been able to define our own individual style and sound much more clearly, and we now sound more like ourselves rather than the music that originally inspired us”. T

he duo then went on to explain that the album is a concept story “told through the songs, and it’s composed as a single musical piece, which is something that will probably become clear the more you hear it, because it’s meant to be an album in which you can hear something new every time you listen to it. The structure itself is inspired by DAVID BOWIE’s album “Low”, where the more immediate songs – the ones that are easiest to like – appear first, and the more experimental songs come at the end. There are few limitations when it comes to genres, and the album features a lot of different styles, something that was necessary in order to properly portray the concept and the story”.

All instruments and vocals on the 14-track album are performed by Bastian and Sondre Veland, with guest appearances from Erlend Furuset Jenssen (saxophone) and Karin Mäkiranta (vocals). Artwork for “Music for Wastelands” is by Randi Veland and track listing is as follows:

1. Halfway Homes
2. Darkroom
3. Tectonic
4. Will It Last?
5. Family Tree
6. Exit Wound
7. Pale Summer Nails
8. The Red Heart
9. Goodnight Ghosts
10. In the Stereo
11. Girl with the Glass Eye
12. Pandemonium
13. Porcelain Doll
14. Music for Wastelands

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“Music for Wastelands” will be released in CD Digipack and digital formats and is now available to pre-order from Karisma Records BandCamp at https://ossiclesband.bandcamp.com/ or the webshop at http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/

More information about OSSICLES can be found on the band’s website at http://ossiclesband.wix.com/ossicles or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Ossicles

“Halfway Homes”, the opening track from “Music for Wastelands”, the upcoming album from Jazz Prog Rockers OSSICLES, can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/ossicles-halfway-homes

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25
September
2015

PROG METALLERS RENDEZVOUS POINT DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO

With their debut full-length album “Solar Storm” set for release on Karisma Records on the 6th October, and with an extensive European tour supporting LEPROUS about to begin, Prog Metallers RENDEZVOUS POINT have today debuted a new music video for the track “Para”, which also serves as a chance to hear a track from the new album. Directed by David Solbjørg at Twichy Films, the video has been debuted on legacy.de and can be seen at http://www.legacy.de/

RENDEZVOUS POINT’s individual members come from a variety of different musical backgrounds ranging from Classical to Pop to Metal, and several members play in some of Norway’s top bands. The lineup, which is composed of Geirmund Hansen on vocals, Baard Kolstad on drums (LEPROUS, BORKNAGAR, ICS VORTEX), Petter Hallaråker on guitar (ICS VORTEX, SOLEFALD), Nicolai Tangen Svennæs on keyboards (EMILIE NICOLAS) and Gunn-Hilde Erstad on bass, create a unique sound which is able to balance a mix of technicality, heavy riffs, epic harmonies and breathtaking melodies.

“Solar Storm” pushes the boundaries of the Progressive Metal genre with its unique sound and compositions. The album was, for the most part, written by keyboardist Svennæs and guitarist Hallaråker, with the rest of the band taking care of the arrangements. It is this collaborative effort that allows the listener to hear touches of each of the musician’s characteristic sound, such as Kolstad’s intense rhythms and Hansen’s beautiful melodies. It was Hansen and bass guitarist Gunn-Hilde Erstad who collaborated with the lyrics for “Solar Storm, whose subject focuses on human relations and self-destructive behaviour.

Mixed by Christer André Cederberg and Jens Bogren, and mixed and mastered by Tony Lindgren, all at Fascination Street Studios, and with album art by Costin Chioreanu, track listing for the seven-track album is as follows

1. Through The Solar Storm
2. Wasteland
3. Para
4. The Hunger
5. Mirrors
6. The Conclusion pt.1
7. The Conclusion pt.2

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Routing for RENDEZVOUS POINT’s upcoming tour with LEPROUS and SPHERE as follows:

25/09: Garage, Bergen (NO)
26/09: Familien, Trondheim (NO)
02/10: Forbraendingen, Copenhagen (DK)
03/10: Euroblast Festival, Cologne (DE)
05/10: Le Divan Du Monde, Paris (FR)
06/10: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes (FR)
08/10: RCA Club, Lisbon (PT)
09/10: Caracol, Madrid (ES)
10/10: Garaje , Murcia (ES)
11/10: Apolo 2, Barcelona (ES)
12/10: Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (FR)
13/10: Garage, London (UK)
14/10: Ruby Lounge , Manchester (UK)
15/10: The Fleece, Bristol (UK)
16/10: Jan Hertog, Maasmechelen (BE)
17/10: Substage , Karlsruhe (DE)
18/10: Backstage Club, Munich (DE)
19/10: Legend Club, Milan (IT)
20/10: Kiff, Aarau (CH)
22/10: Rockstadt , Brasov (RO)
23/10: Dom Omladine, Belgrade (SB)
24/10: Majestic Club, Bratislava (SK)
25/10: Nova Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
26/10: Progresja , Warsaw (PL)
27/10: Rockcafe , Riga (LV)
28/10: Nosturi , Helsinki (FI)
30/10: Bryggarsalen , Stockholm (SE)
31/10: John Dee, Oslo (NO)

The band will additionally be holding a Release Concert at Trashpop at the Aladdin Scene, in Kristiansand, Norway, on the 1st October.

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

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24
September
2015

TIEBREAKER DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO AND ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES SUPPORTING ENSLAVED

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Norwegian Rockers TIEBREAKER have debuted a music video for a track from their upcoming album “We Come From The Mountains”. The video for the track “Nicotine”, by Gregor from tripidea.com and studio production by Kjetil Ulland, together with an interview with TIEBREAKER guitarist Eirik Wik Haug can be seen can be seen exclusively on Metal Hammer at http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/features/2015-09-24/metal-hammer-are-premiering-tiebreaker-s-new-video

TIEBREAKER are set to embark on a 12 date Norwegian tour in support of ENSLAVED. Routing for the tour as follows:

30 Sep: Buen Hulturhus, Mandal
01 Oct: Folken, Stavanger
02 Oct: Høvleriet, Haugesund
08 Oct: Ælvespeilet Kulturhus, Porsgrunn
09 Oct: Jevnaker Hallen, Jevnaker
10 Oct: Energimølla, Kongsberg
16 Oct: Arena, Stord
17 Oct: Østsia, Kristiansand
21 Oct: Terminalen, Alesund
22 Oct: Blæst, Trondheim
23 Oct: Gregers, Hamar
24 Oct: Musikkflekken, Sandvika

The band was formed in 2011 in Odda, Hordaland, by five childhood friends, Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums. The band’s lineup took the ethos of hard work that had been instilled into them by their industrial heritage, and applied it to the music scene, making more than 200 live appearances since 2013, and gaining a large following and a solid reputation for high energy shows.

“We Come From The Mountains” was originally self-released by the band in Norway in 2014, and Karisma Records will release the album internationally on the 6th November. It’s an album filled with TIEBREAKER’s classic 70’s sound brought up to date with a dirty contemporary blues sound that will please fans of LED ZEPPELIN, RIVAL SONS, and DEEP PURPLE .

Artwork is by Robert Høyem from Overhaus (www.overhaus.no). Tracklisting on “We Come From The Mountains” as follows:

1. Early Morning Love Affair
2. Nicotine
3. Homebound pt 1
4. The Getaway
5. Where can Love Go Wrong
6. El Macho Supreme
7. Trembling Son
8. Homebound pt 2
9. Walk Away

TIEBREAKER are currently working on what will be the band’s sophomore full-length album and more information about the band can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tiebreakertheband

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tiebreaker on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tiebreakertheband
Tiebreaker on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5ZcJxEdOudYfHcOx8ILDw
Band Contact: tiebreakertheband@gmail.com
Tiebreaker Booking: ragnar@timeoutagency.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords

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17
September
2015

TIEBREAKER RELEASES DETAILS AND ARTWORK OF UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Karisma Records has today announced details of their upcoming release from Rockers TIEBREAKER.

Set to hit the streets on the 6th November in CD, digital and vinyl formats, “We Come From The Mountains” was, in fact, originally self-released in Norway in 2014 on the band’s own label. Now, finally, Karisma Records will bring TIEBREAKERS storming blend of classic 70’s rock brought right up to date and teamed with a dirty contemporary blues sound to a world-wide audience. And fans of LED ZEPPELIN, RIVAL SONS, DEEP PURPLE and WOLFMOTHER will not fail to be delighted by its release.

Artwork is by Robert Høyem from Overhaus (www.overhaus.no). Tracklisting on “We Come From The Mountains” as follows:

1. Early Morning Love Affair
2. Nicotine
3. Homebound pt 1
4. The Getaway
5. Where can Love Go Wrong
6. El Macho Supreme
7. Trembling Son
8. Homebound pt 2
9. Walk Away

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TIEBREAKER was formed in 2011 in Odda, Hordaland, by five childhood friends, Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums. The band’s lineup took the ethos of hard work that had been instilled into them by their industrial heritage, and applied it to the music scene, making more than 200 live appearances since 2013, and gaining a large following and a solid reputation for high energy shows.

TIEBREAKER are currently working on what will be the band’s sophomore full-length album and more information about the band can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tiebreakertheband

A video of TIEBREAKER playing live at the ABC Studios filmed by Gregor from tripidea.com and produced by Kjetil Ulland, was recently released both on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ptT_aigL474 and on the Karisma Records channel at https://youtu.be/UWE8nMkAfWo and can be seen below

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14
September
2015

JAZZ PROG ROCKERS OSSICLES DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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“Halfway Homes”, the opening track from “Music for Wastelands”, the upcoming album from Jazz Prog Rockers OSSICLES, which is set for release on Karisma Records on the 6th November, has been debuted today and can be heard below and at Soundcloud.

All instruments and vocals on the 14-track album are performed by cousins Bastian and Sondre Veland, who formed the band in 2011, with guest appearances from Erlend Furuset Jenssen (saxophone) and Karin Mäkiranta (vocals). Artwork for “Music for Wastelands” is by Randi Veland and track listing is as follows:

1. Halfway Homes
2. Darkroom
3. Tectonic
4. Will It Last?
5. Family Tree
6. Exit Wound
7. Pale Summer Nails
8. The Red Heart
9. Goodnight Ghosts
10. In the Stereo
11. Girl with the Glass Eye
12. Pandemonium
13. Porcelain Doll
14. Music for Wastelands

The two Veland cousins had this to say about the album: “Music for Wastelands” has a concept and a story that is told through the songs, and it’s composed as a single musical piece, which is something that will probably become clear the more you hear it, because it’s meant to be an album in which you can hear something new every time you listen to it. The structure itself is inspired by DAVID BOWIE’s album “Low”, where the more immediate songs – the ones that are easiest to like – appear first, and the more experimental songs come at the end. There are few limitations when it comes to genres, and the album features a lot of different styles, something that was necessary in order to properly portray the concept and the story.

“Very importantly, we both agree that with “Music for Wastelands” we have been able to define our own individual style and sound much more clearly, and we now sound more like ourselves rather than the music that originally inspired us”.

OSSICLES debut album “Mantlepiece” was originally self-released to much critical acclaim from the likes of musicians such PORCUPINE TREE’s STEVEN WILSON who said of it “I can’t believe that such young guys can make music like they do”, and MIKE PORTNOY, who, on the strength of the album, invited the band to appear live. “Mantlepiece” was re-released earlier this year on Karisma Records.

More information about OSSICLES can be found on the band’s website or on Facebook

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The official video for the track “Watersoul II” from OSSICLES debut album “Mantelpiece” can be seen below and at youtube or on Karisma Records YouTube channel

The track “1400” from OSSICLES debut album “Mantelpiece” can be heard below and at Soundcloud

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4
September
2015

ARTWORK AND DETAILS OF UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM FROM PROG METALLERS RENDEZVOUS POINT REVEALED

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When a band wins the title of most promising band in southern Norway and goes on to play a concert with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, you know that it’s a band worth keeping an eye on. And Progressive Metallers RENDEZVOUS POINT, have not only fulfilled their promise, but have exceeded it as their debut full-length album “Solar Storm” will demonstrate.

Mixed by Christer André Cederberg and Jens Bogren, and mixed and mastered by Tony Lindgren, all at Fascination Street Studios, and with album art by Costin Chioreanu, the seven-track album contains the logic-defying rhythms, fantastic melodies and epic arrangements that make RENDEZVOUS POINT not only a terrific studio band, but also an exceptional live band.

Track listing for “Solar Storm”, which is set for release on Karisma Records on the 2nd October, is as follows:

TRACKLIST
1. Through The Solar Storm
2. Wasteland
3. Para
4. The Hunger
5. Mirrors
6. The Conclusion pt.1
7. The Conclusion pt.2

With musicians who first met when they were studying music at the University of Agder, and who have gone on to play in some of the top bands in Norway, RENDEZVOUS POINT’s lineup includes Geirmund Hansen on vocals, Baard Kolstad on drums (LEPROUS, BORKNAGAR, ICS VORTEX), Petter Hallaråker on guitar (ICS VORTEX, SOLEFALD), Nicolai Tangen Svennæs on keyboards (EMILIE NICOLAS) and Gunn-Hilde Erstad on bass. Many will, in fact, recognise Hansen from his appearance on the Norwegian edition of The Voice.

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RENDEZVOUS POINT are set to embark on an extensive European tour in the Autumn with LEPROUS and SPHERE in support of the new album release. Routing for the tour as follows:

25/09: Garage, Bergen (NO)
26/09: Familien, Trondheim (NO)
02/10: Forbraendingen, Copenhagen (DK)
03/10: Euroblast Festival, Cologne (DE)
05/10: Le Divan Du Monde, Paris (FR)
06/10: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes (FR)
08/10: RCA Club, Lisbon (PT)
09/10: Caracol, Madrid (ES)
10/10: Garaje , Murcia (ES)
11/10: Apolo 2, Barcelona (ES)
12/10: Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (FR)
13/10: Garage, London (UK)
14/10: Ruby Lounge , Manchester (UK)
15/10: The Fleece, Bristol (UK)
16/10: Jan Hertog, Maasmechelen (BE)
17/10: Substage , Karlsruhe (DE)
18/10: Backstage Club, Munich (DE)
19/10: Legend Club, Milan (IT)
20/10: Kiff, Aarau (CH)
22/10: Rockstadt , Brasov (RO)
23/10: Dom Omladine, Belgrade (SB)
24/10: Majestic Club, Bratislava (SK)
25/10: Nova Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
26/10: Progresja , Warsaw (PL)
27/10: Rockcafe , Riga (LV)
28/10: Nosturi , Helsinki (FI)
30/10: Bryggarsalen , Stockholm (SE)
31/10: John Dee, Oslo (NO)

The band will additionally be holding a Release Concert at Trashpop @ Aladdin Scene, in Kristiansand, Norway, on the 1st October.

More information about RENDEZVOUS POINT can be found on the band’s Facebook page

The official video for the track “Wasteland”, from RENDEZVOUS POINT’S album “Solar Storm”, and which was released as a single earlier this year, can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel

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19
August
2015

JAZZ PROG ROCKERS OSSICLES REVEALS ARTWORK AND DETAILS OF SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

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When cousins Sondre and Bastian Veland formed OSSICLES in 2011, and went on to self-releasetheir debut full-length album “Mantlepiece”, which was largely written by the duo when they were 16/17 years old, the following year, few could have forseen the extraordinary response it was to receive from much-respected musicians such as PORCUPINE TREE’s STEVEN WILSON who said of it “I can’t believe that such young guys can make music like they do”, and MIKE PORTNOY, who invited the band to appear live as a result of hearing it.

As a taste of what to expect from OSSICLES in the future, “Mantlepiece”, along with some additional later material, was itself re-released by Karisma Records in July of this year as a double album, and now the band and label are ready to release OSSICLES sophomore full-length album “Music for Wastelands” which is due to hit the streets on the 16th of October.

All instruments and vocals on “Music for Wastelands” are performed by Bastian and Sondre themselves, with guest appearances from Erlend Furuset Jenssen (saxophone) and Karin Mäkiranta (vocals). Artwork for “Music for Wastelands” is by Randi Veland and track listing for the 14-track album is as follows:

1. Halfway Homes
2. Darkroom
3. Tectonic
4. Will It Last?
5. Family Tree
6. Exit Wound
7. Pale Summer Nails
8. The Red Heart
9. Goodnight Ghosts
10. In the Stereo
11. Girl with the Glass Eye
12. Pandemonium
13. Porcelain Doll
14. Music for Wastelands

The two Veland cousins had this to say about the album: “Music for Wastelands” has a concept and a story that is told through the songs, and it’s composed as a single musical piece, which is something that will probably become clear the more you hear it, because it’s meant to be an album in which you can hear something new every time you listen to it. The structure itself is inspired by DAVID BOWIE’s album “Low”, where the more immediate songs – the ones that are easiest to like – appear first, and the more experimental songs come at the end. There are few limitations when it comes to genres, and the album features a lot of different styles, something that was necessary in order to properly portray the concept and the story.

“Very importantly, we both agree that with “Music for Wastelands” we have been able to define our own individual style and sound much more clearly, and we now sound more like ourselves rather than the music that originally inspired us”.

More information about OSSICLES can be found on the band’s website or on Facebook

The track “1400” and the official video for the track “Watersoul II” from OSSICLES debut album “Mantelpiece” can be seen below

12
June
2015

KARISMA RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM FROM JAZZ PROG ROCK DUO OSSICLES

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Having recently signed the Norwegian Jazz Prog Rock duo Ossicles to their roster, and with the band’s sophomore full-length album “Music for Wastelands” set for release in October, Karisma Records will re-release OSSICLES debut double album “Mantelpiece” on the 17th July as a taste of things to come.

OSSICLES was fromed in 2011 by cousins Sondre Veland on drums, percussion, vocals and keyboards, and Bastian Veland on guitars, vocals, bass, upright bass and keyboards, and “Mantelpiece” was originally self-released in 2012 on OSSICLES’ own label No Weather Records. It was, for the most part, written when the duo were only 16/17 years old. Also included on the album is some later material, as well as tracks written during the recording process. Track listing for the nine-track album as follows:

1. Dewer’s Hollow
2. Luna’s Light
3. 1400
4. Moral Grey
5. Watersoul II
6. Barren Earth
7. Slur
8. Torn Pages
9. Silky Elm

According to the band, OSSICLES is a constantly evolving project influenced by a variety of genres including jazz, rock, avant-garde,ambient, noise and minimalism, and, young though they were when they wrote the bulk of “Mantelpiece”, the response to the album was extraordinary. It caused PORCUPINE TREE’s STEVEN WILSON to comment “I can’t believe that such young guys can make music like they do”, and it caught the attention of MIKE PORTNOY who invited the band to appear at the Progressive Nation at Sea Festival in 2014 – an invite they unfortunately had to turn down due to the prohibitive cost of travelling to the event.

OSSICLES are currently rehearsing with a full band, and are expected to hit the stage sometime soon. More information about OSSICLES can be found on the band’s website website or on Facebook

The track “1400” and the official video for the track “Watersoul II” from OSSICLES debut album “Mantelpiece” can be seen below

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9
June
2015

ROCKERS TIEBREAKER INK DEAL WITH KARISMA RECORDS AND DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO

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Karisma Records have inked a deal with Rockers TIEBREAKER that initially sees the label release two full-length albums from the band. First up will be the re-release of TIEBREAKERS’s debut full-length album “We Come From The Mountains”, which was previously self-released in Norway, and which Karisma plans to release internationally in both CD and digital formats in the autumn of this year. In the meantime, the band plans to move to a cabin in the Norwegian countryside during August to concentrate on their sophomore full-length album, about which more details will be released at a later date.

Formed by five childhood friends in 2011 in Odda, Hordaland, TIEBRAKER emerged from the Norwegian underground and within a few very short years grew into one of the finest rock bands in the country. With their high-energy shows, TIEBREAKER have established a solid reputation on the live circuit, playing over 200 shows since 2013, including a tour of Texas, where the band played eleven shows in nine days.

TIEBREAKER’s lineup of Thomas Espeland Karlsen on vocals, Eirik Wik Haug and Olav Areklett Vikingstad on guitars, Patrick Andersson on bass and Pål Gunnar Dale on drums, create a sound that blends classic 70’s rock with today’s dirty rock and blues style and a pinch of prog thrown into the mix. A perfect fit for Karisma Records growing roster of top notch bands.

To coincide with the announcement of their new record deal, TIEBREAKER have debuted a video of the band playing live at the ABC Studios. Filmed by Gregor from thetripidea.com and produced by Kjetil Ulland, the video can be seen below and on the band’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ptT_aigL474 or on the Karisma Records channel at https://youtu.be/UWE8nMkAfWo

Upcoming confirmed live dates for TIEBREAKER as follows:

12 June: Bergenfest 2015, Bergen, Norway
03 July: Skånevik Bluesfestival, Skånevik, Norway
24 July: Utkantfestivalen, Gulen, Norway
25 July: Fabrikken 2015, Huglo, Norway
11 Aug: Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway
14 Aug: Festivalen Sin, Moss, Norway
03 Sept: Betong, Oslo, Norway
04 Sept: Ålvik Rock, Ålvik, Norway

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tiebreaker on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tiebreakertheband
Tiebreaker on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5ZcJxEdOudYfHcOx8ILDw
Band Contact: tiebreakertheband@gmail.com
Tiebreaker Booking: ragnar@timeoutagency.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no

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3
June
2015

AVANT-GARDE ROCKERS VIRUS SIGN WITH KARISMA RECORDS

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Norwegian Avant-garde rockers VIRUS have signed a deal with Karisma Records that will see the label release the band’s fourth full-length album. Alongside a recent busy touring schedule, VIRUS have been writing and honing material for the new album which will be titled “Memento Collider” , and the band is currently at work on it in studio. “Memento Collider” is scheduled for release this winter, and more details will follow.

VIRUS was formed in 2000 from the ashes of 90’s avant-garde black metal project VED BUENS ENDE by Carl “Czral” Michael Eide with the idea of creating a new kind of experimental metal / rock. With Czral on guitars and vocals, he brought with him bassist Petter “Plenum” Berntsen and drummer Einar “Einz” Sjursø and the band recorded their only demo that same year.

Having been picked up almost immediately by Jester Records, VIRUS released their debut album “Carheart” in 2003, but Czral’s accident in 2005, which hospitalized him for a year, resulted in the band going on hiatus until the release of their sophomore album “The Black Flux” on Season of Mist in 2008. An album, incidentally, that earned them the title of “Album of the Year” in several publications, as did 2011’s follow up album “The Agent That Shapes The Desert”, which was released on the band’s own label Virulent Music.

VIRUS’ long awaited live debut came in 2011, and aside from club appearances and tours in both Europe and the USA since then, the band has appeared at a variety of prestigious festivals.
More information about VIRUS can be found on their website at http://virusnorway.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial

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Fan-filmed footage of VIRUS performing a new song from the upcoming album in New York can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/VccXpd5Y3Nw

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Virus Website: http://virusnorway.com/
Virus on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virusnorwayofficial
Virus on Bandcamp: https://virusnorway.bandcamp.com/
Virus Webstore: http://virulentmusic.bigcartel.com/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor

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12
May
2015

KARISMA RECORDS SIGNS PROCK ROCKERS RENDEZVOUS POINT

Fast becoming one of the go-to labels for the Progressive side of music, Karisma Records has today added another string to their bow by signing Norwegian Prog Rockers RENDEZVOUS POINT. The band will kick off their collaboration with Karisma Records with the release of a single titled "Wasteland", together with a music video, towards the latter part of May, to be followed by their debut full-length album in August.

Hailing from the southern part of the country, RENDEZVOUS POINT’s musicians met when they were all studying music at the University of Agder. Winning the title of the most promising band in Southern Norway in 2012, RENDEZVOUS POINT went on to perform at a concert with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. The band produces music that is heavy and complex, with epic arrangements, and glorious melodies sung by Gjermund Hansen, who many will recognise through his appearance on the Norwegian edition of The Voice.

Although relatively new as a band, RENDEZVOUS POINT consists of musicians that have a wide-ranging experience in projects that cover a variety of musical genres. As well as Hansen, the lineup consists of Petter Hallaråker on guitar (ICS VORTEX, SOLEFALD), Nicolai Tangen Svennæs on keyboard (EMILIE NICOLAS), Gunn-Hilde Erstad on bass and Baard Kolstad on drums. As well as being a member of bands such as LEPROUS, BORKNAGAR, ICS VORTEX, ABBATH, GOD SEED, drummer Kolstad won the Roland V-Drums World Championship in California in 2012.

RENDEZVOUS POINT are set to embark on a 29-date European tour in the Autumn with LEPROUS and SPHERE in support of the new album release. Routing for the tour as follows:

25/09: Garage, Bergen (NO)
26/09: TBA
02/10: Forbraendingen, Copenhagen (DK)
03/10: Euroblast Festival, Cologne (DE)
04/10: Progpower Europe, Baarlo (NL)
05/10: Le Divan Du Monde , Paris (FR)
06/10: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes (FR)
08/10: RCA Club, Lisbon (PT)
09/10: Caracol, Madrid (ES)
10/10: Garaje , Murcia (ES)
11/10: Apolo 2, Barcelona (ES)
12/10: Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (FR)
13/10: Garage, London (UK)
14/10: Ruby Lounge , Manchester (UK)
15/10: The Fleece, Bristol (UK)
16/10: Jan Hertog, Maasmechelen (BE)
17/10: Substage , Karlsruhe (DE)
18/10: Backstage Club, Munich (DE)
19/10: Legend Club, Milan (IT)
20/10: Kiff, Aarau (CH)
22/10: Rockstadt , Brasov (RO)
23/10: TBA
24/10: Majestic Club, Bratislava (SK)
25/10: Nova Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
26/10: Progresja , Warsaw (PL)
27/10: Rockcafe , Riga (LV)
28/10: Nosturi , Helsinki (FI)
30/10: Bryggarsalen , Stockholm (SE)
31/10: John Dee, Oslo (NO)

More information about RENDEZVOUS POINT can be found on the band’s Facebook page

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17
April
2015

PROG ROCKERS MAGIC PIE DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO ON PROG MAGAZINE

With their fourth full-length album "King For A Day" set to be released on Karisma Records on the 25th May.

Norwegian Prog Rockers MAGIC PIE have debuted a music video for the opening track from the upcoming release on Prog Magazine – Team Rock. The video for “Trick Of The Trade” can be seen here.

Formed in Moss, Norway in 2001, MAGIC PIE have become a household name on the Prog Scene with their blend of Classic Prog and 70’s Hard Rock inspired by bands such as SPOCKS BEARD, DREAM THEATER, GENESIS, PINK FLOYD, THE FLOWER KINGS, TRANSATLANTIC, KANSAS, DEEP PURPLE, YES etc., and consequently “King For A Day” is an album that is very much anticipated by Prog fans.

With artwork by Chris van der Linden of Linden Artworks and mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (SPOCKS BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, NEAL MORSE, DREAM THEATER etc.) at The Mouse House Studios in Los Angeles, “King For A Day” contains six tracks of Prog Rock that is at times melodic and epic, and, at others, heavy, and showcases the band’s superb vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship. It is now available to pre-order direct from Karisma Records.

Track listing for “King For A Day” as follows:
1 – Trick Of The Trade (6:09)
2 – Introversion (12:24)
3 – According To Plan (6:35)
4 – Tears Gone Dry (12:14)
5 – The Silent Giant (5:22)
6 – King For A Day (27:29)

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MAGIC PIE’s lineup of songwriter and producer Kim Stenberg on guitars and vocals, lyricist and melody co-writer Eirikur Hauksson (well known for his work with artists such as ARTCH, KEN HENSLEY and KERRS PINK) on lead vocals and guitar, Eirik Hanssen on vocals and guitar, Jan Torkild Johannessen on drums, Erling Henanger on keyboards and backing vocals and Lars Petter Holstad on bass and backing vocals, will play two shows in Norway to celebrate the release of “King For A Day”, the first being at the Parkteatret in Moss on the 13th May and the second at We Låve Rock In Hurum 2015 at the Holm Gård in Holmsbu, on the 23 May. Additional live and festival appearances will be announced soon.

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/magicpieband

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Fan-filmed footage of MAGIC PIE performing at ROSfest can be seen below

17
April
2015

MAGIC PIE’s 4th ALBUM ‘KING FOR A DAY’ CAN NOW BE PRE-ORDERED

KARISMA RECORDS is set to release the excellent new album from Norwegian prog rock band MAGIC PIE on May 25th 2015.

The album is titeled King For A Day.

MAGIC PIE’s previous three albums ?Motions of Desire? (2005), ?Circus Of Life? (2007) and ?The Suffering? (2011) were all very well received by both press and fans. KARISMA RECORDS will re-release all three albums later this autumn on both cd and vinyl (for the first time).

Links to Magic Pie King For A Day pre-orders:

CD
Vinyl
T-shirt
T-shirt + CD bundle

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27
March
2015

PROG ROCKERS MAGIC PIE REVEALS DETAILS AND ARTWORK OF UPCOMING ALBUM

Fresh from inking a deal with Norwegian Prog Rockers MAGIC PIE, Karisma Records have today announced details of what will be the band’s fourth full length album, which is set for release on the 25th of May in CD and digital formats, and, at a later date, on vinyl. Titled “King For A Day”, the album was mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (SPOCKS BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, NEAL MORSE, DREAM THEATER etc.) at The Mouse House Studios in Los Angeles, and contains six tracks of melodic, epic, and, on occasion, heavy, Prog Rock, that showcases superb vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship . Artwork for the album is by Chris van der Linden of Linden Artworks.

Track listing for “King For A Day” as follows:

1 – Trick Of The Trade (6:09)
2 – Introversion (12:24)
3 – According To Plan (6:35)
4 – Tears Gone Dry (12:14)
5 – The Silent Giant (5:22)
6 – King For A Day (27:29)

With a lineup that consists of songwriter and producer Kim Stenberg on guitars and vocals, lyricist and melody co-writer Eirikur Hauksson (well known for his work with artists such as ARTCH, KEN HENSLEY and KERRS PINK) on lead vocals and guitar, Eirik Hanssen on vocals and guitar, Jan Torkild Johannessen on drums, Erling Henanger on keyboards and backing vocals and Lars Petter Holstad on bass and backing vocals, MAGIC PIE was formed in Moss, Norway in 2001. The band’s blend of Classic Prog and ’70’s Hard Rock, inspired by bands such as SPOCKS BEARD, DREAM THEATER, GENESIS, PINK FLOYD, THE FLOWER KINGS, TRANSATLANTIC, KANSAS, DEEP PURPLE, YES etc., has made MAGIC PIE a household name on the Prog Rock scene, and “King For A Day” is a much anticipated album amongst fans.

MAGIC PIE will play two shows in Norway to celebrate the release of “King For A Day”, the first being at the Parkteatret in Moss on the 13th May and the second at We Låve Rock In Hurum 2015 at the Holm Gård in Holmsbu, on the 23 May. Additional live and festival appearances will be announced soon.

More information about MAGIC PIE can be found on the band’s website or on their Facebook page

Fan-filmed footage of MAGIC PIE performing at ROSfest can be seen below

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23
March
2015

KARISMA RECORDS INK DEAL WITH PROG ROCKERS MAGIC PIE

Karisma Records have inked a deal with Norwegian Prog Rockers MAGIC PIE, and are set to release the band's fourth full-length album on the 25th May.

As well as the new album, information about which will be released shortly, Karisma will also be re-issuing the band’s three previous albums – 2005’s “Motions of Desire”, 2007’s “Circus of Life” and 2011’s “The Suffering Joy” – later this year in both CD format, and, for the first time, in vinyl format as well.

Formed in 2001 in Moss, Norway, MAGIC PIE has become a household name to Prog fans around the world with their blend of Classic Prog and Hard Rock inspired by bands such as SPOCKS BEARD, DREAM THEATER, GENESIS, PINK FLOYD, THE FLOWER KINGS, TRANSATLANTIC, KANSAS, DEEP PURPLE, YES etc.

MAGIC PIE’s lineup consists of songwriter and producer Kim Stenberg on guitars and vocals, lyricist and melody co-writer Eirikur Hauksson on lead vocals and guitar, Eirik Hanssen on vocals and guitar, Jan Torkild Johannessen on drums, Erling Henanger on keyboards and backing vocals and Lars Petter Holstad on bass and backing vocals. It’s a lineup where experience and superb musicianship combine to create epic prog rock with top notch vocal harmonies.

More information about MAGIC PIE can be found on the band’s website or on their Facebook page

Fan-filmed footage of MAGIC PIE performing at ROSfest can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/HY_JNuK8AmI

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17
October
2014

Pre-Order BJØRN RIIS’ album “Lullabies in a Car Crash”

KARISMA RECORDS is due to release BJØRN RIIS' debut solo album "Lullabies in a Car Crash" on November 03th.

KARISMA RECORDS is due to release BJØRN RIIS’ debut solo album “Lullabies in a Car Crash” on November 03th.

Bjørn Riis is AIRBAG‘s lead guitarist and main song writer. If you like Airbag you should check out ‘Lullabies in a Car Crash’!

The album will be available in all formats, and is available to pre-order from the KARISMA RECORDS Webshop.

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30
September
2014

SEVEN IMPALE’S DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE IN VINYL ON KARISMA RECORDS

"City of the Sun", the debut full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE is now also available on vinyl courtesy of Karisma Records, who also released the album in CD format earlier this month.

Recorded and produced at the Solslottet and Duper Studio by Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands such as ENSLAVED and KRAKOW, “City of the Sun” has been earning this young band much critical acclaim.

Track listing for “City Of The Sun” as follows:
1. Oh, My Gravity!
2. Windshears
3. Eschaton Horo
4. Extraction
5. God Left Us for a Black-Dressed Woman

The album itself is clearly rooted in early Classic Progressive Rock, but its five musically complex tracks reflect the variety of musical disciplines and influences the band’s six musicians bring to the mix, giving each track a distinct identity of its own. Classical orchestra and big band, metal and jazz, rock and electronica all blend together to give SEVEN IMPALE a sound that lifts the band up from the mundane and formulaic that all too often pervades the genre today.

Formed in Bergen, Norway, in 2010, SEVEN IMPALE’s 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. More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band’s Facebook page.

Both the vinyl and CD versions of “City of the Sun” are available from Karisma Records

Fan-filmed footage of SEVEN IMPALE’s appearance at this year’s Inferno Festival can be seen below and at youtube

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23
September
2014

KARISMA RECORDS RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM FROM FATAL FUSION ON VINYL

Having released FATAL FUSION's sophomore album “The Ancient Tale” in CD and digital versions in November of last year, KARISMA RECORDS are now set to please lovers of vinyl and Classical Prog Rock by releasing the album as a double gatefold edition.

The five-track album was produced by the band themselves with some additional help from Karisma Records and ENSLAVED?s Herbrand Larsen.

Track listing as follows:
I. City of Zerych
II. Halls of Amenti
III. The Divine Comedy
IV. Tears I?ve Cried
V. The Ancient Tale

Reaction to “The Ancient Tale”, which is a follow up to the band’s first full-length album “Land of the Sun”, which won the Prog Awards “Best Debut Album of 2010”, shows that FATAL FUSION is a band with a wide appeal that is not limited to Prog fans alone, paying homage as it does to the greats of Rock and Prog from the 70´s such as Genesis, Camel, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Rainbow.

FATAL FUSION’s distinctive sound comes from a blending of elements from different musical genres, including Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Space Rock, Classical Music and above all Progressive Rock. Add to this the band’s use of classical instruments, synths, mellotron and hammond organ, and it is easy to understand how the lineup of Audun Engebretsen (drums), Erlend Engebretsen (keyboards), Knut Erik Grøntvedt (vocals), Lasse Lie (bass) and Stig Selnes (guitars) is able to create such varied soundscapes.

“Halls of Amenti”, a track from “The Ancient Tale”, can be heard at SoundCloud , and the vinyl and CD versions of the album are available direct from Karisma Records and from all the usual retailers.

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29
July
2014

SEVEN IMPALE PREVIEW TRACK FROM UPCOMING DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Karisma Records has today debuted "Oh My Gravity!" the opening track from "City of the Sun", the debut full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE. The album itself, which was recorded and produced at the Solslottet and Duper Studio by Iver Sandøy, who has produced bands such as ENSLAVED, KRAKOW, etc., is due for release in September of this year, and "Oh My Gravity!" can be heard at SoundCloud.

With a relatively young lineup SEVEN IMPALE 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, and was formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010.

Whilst the prevailing influence throughout “City Of The Sun” clearly lies within the Classic Progressive Rock genre, SEVEN IMPALE’s music actually transcends several genres fearlessly and with deceptive ease. The five musically complex tracks that form the album are each distinctly different, something that only a lineup of musicians from a variety of disciplines as diverse as classical orchestra and big band, metal and jazz, and rock and electronica, could hope to create.

Track listing for “City Of The Sun” as follows:
1. Oh, My Gravity!                
2. Windshears                                      
3. Eschaton Horo                                 
4. Extraction          
5. God Left Us for a Black-Dressed Woman

More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band?s Facebook page

The whole of SEVEN IMPALE’s 2013 EP can be heard at SoundCloud.

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11
July
2014

ARTWORK FOR UPCOMING ALBUM FROM AIRBAG GUITARIST BJØRN RIIS REVEALED

Not only is ARIBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS releasing a debut solo album, but he has also drawn the artwork that will be used for the cover, aided and abetted by AIRBAG frontman ASLE TORSTRUP who designed the cover.

Lullabies in a Car Crash
Titled “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, the album is set for an Autumn release on Karisma Records, who recently debuted RIIS track “Stay Calm”, which can be heard at SoundCloud.

According to RIIS, “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, which will be co-produced by long-time AIRBAG collaborator Vegard Sleipnes and will feature AIRBAG’s Henrik Fossum on drums and Tostrup who will provide programming, is very much a personal album. Like many musicians who work in established bands, a solo album is an opportunity to explore different musical directions that might not necessarily fit in with their primary band’s material. It is an exploration that RIIS very much relishes, and he considers that some of the material he has produced for “Lullabies in a Car Crash” is some of his best to date.

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2
June
2014

KARISMA RECORDS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM FROM SEVEN IMPALE

With a critically acclaimed Digital EP released by the band last year as a taster of things to come, Karisma Records has set a release date of September 2014 for SEVEN IMPALE's debut full-length album "City Of The Sun". Recorded and produced by Iver Sandøy (ENSLAVED, KRAKOW, etc.) at the Solslottet and Duper Studio,  "City Of The Sun" consists of five musically complex tracks, each distinctly different one from the other, and transcending several genres with their range and variety, but whose roots clearly lie within Classic Progressive Rock.

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. What sets the band apart from many of the new arrivals on the scene is the sheer diversity of musical disciplines that the members bring with them. From classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz and rock to electronic, SEVEN IMPALE have fused all their experience and influences and created a sound that is uniquely theirs. Their appearance over the past year at festivals as diverse as the Oslo Jazz Festival and Inferno Festival, and the positive reaction of such different audiences, is a tribute to how successful their sound is.

Utilising elements normally found in the Metal genre “City Of The Sun” shows just how unafraid SEVEN IMPALE are to explore much harder soundscapes than one would normally expect from Progressive Rock, whilst the use of the saxophone, enables the band to showcase jazz elements in their music. There is no doubt at all that SEVEN IMPALE challenge the standard genre boundaries, in much the same way that Norwegian SHINING and JAGA JAZZIST have done before.

Track listing for “City Of The Sun” as follows:
1. Oh, My Gravity!                
2. Windshears                                      
3. Eschaton Horo                                 
4. Extraction          
5. God Left Us for a Black-Dressed Woman

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14
May
2014

KARISMA RECORDS TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM FROM AIRBAG GUITARIST BJØRN RIIS

Karisma Records announced today that they have inked a deal with AIRBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS for the release of his debut solo album.

The album, which will be titled “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, will feature AIRBAG’s Henrik Fossum on drums, whilst the band’s vocalist Asle Tostrup will provide programming. Long-time Airbag collaborator, Vegard Sleipnes, is set to co-produce the album together with RIIS. “Lullabies in a Car Crash” is expected to appear on Karisma Records in the Autumn of this year.

Commenting on his solo venture, BJØRN RIIS had this to say: ?I?m excited, it has been an interesting journey doing everything by myself. This is not a huge departure from the AIRBAG sound or format, but it is a chance for me to explore different directions and musical ground that might not have fit the band. It?s a personal album and I think some of the stuff is my best work to date.?

A video teaser for “Lullabies in a Car Crash” can be seen on Youtube.

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6
May
2014

AIRBAG ANNOUNCE LAST FEW SHOWS BEFORE TAKING A YEAR-LONG BREAK FROM PERFORMING LIVE

Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG are set to play three more shows before taking a break from live appearances whilst their vocalist Asle Tostrup embarks on a year-long trip around the world.

The shows will take place on the 24th May at the Progresja Music Zone in Warsaw, the 25th May at the Klubie Studio in Krakow and a newly announced show is set for the 14th June at the John Dee in Oslo, where they will be joined by Karisma Records label-mates FATAL FUSION. “It’s something that Asle and his girlfriend have been planning for a long time” commented the band, “and finally they are able to do it. It’s the journey of a lifetime and we will hopefully be receiving updates on his progress throughout their trip”.

It is expected that the band will start performing live again towards summer/autumn 2015, and in the meantime they will begin working on new material for their next album. According to AIRBAG, even their vacationing vocalist will be participating in the process thanks to modern technology. The band have also hinted that there will be some interesting news coming up soon, but have given no indication yet as to what this will be about.

AIRBAG’s third full-length album ?The Greatest Show on Earth?, was released at the end of last year on Karisma Records, and demonstrates an edgier side of the band, with the inclusion on some heavier passages. However, AIRBAG’s musical craftsmanship is still very much to the fore with a trademark sound that encompasses massive walls of sound, ambient textures and soulful soundscapes. The band’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).

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 here:

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