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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

More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at and on his website at whilst those interested in guitar tutorials and equipment related matters may like to check out Riis’ YouTube channel at

Music by BJØRN RIIS can be found at

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VIRUS - Investigator

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)

Metal Hammer (UK)

Never Mind the Hype (NL)

MetalFan (RO)

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 ( ), 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 and in both vinyl and digital formats from

More information about VIRUS can be found on their website at or on Facebook at

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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