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DETAILS AND TRACK FROM UPCOMING SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH FROM PROG POP/ROCKERS OAK REVEALED

OAK - False Memory Archive CD

Adding yet another string to their already impressive Progressive bow, Karisma Records have inked a deal with OAK, and will release the band’s sophomore full-length album “False Memory Archive” on the 19th October.

In anticipation of the release, Karisma have debuted the first track from the album “We, the Drowned” which can be heard below and at http://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com/album/false-memory-archive

Starting life as a folk-rock duo, OAK’s current lineup of Simen Valldal Johannessen on vocals, piano, keys and lyrics, Sigbjørn Reiakvam on bass, acoustic / electric guitars, banjo, keys and programming, and Øystein Sootholtet on Drums, percussion, programming and keys, come from a diverse background that spans classical piano to electronica, prog- and hard-rock, and includes references to the alternative scene as well as progressive rock. The pulling together of all these different elements and skills helped create the rather unique OAK sound, and resulted in the 2013 release of the band’s debut album “Lighthouse”.

It’s now five years later, and OAK are back with “False Memory Archive”, which, with its nods in the direction of “Lighthouse”, make it a natural continuation of their debut. Meticulously crafted, with an increased use of electronics and low bass frequencies, “False Memory Archive” is both darker and groovier that its predecessor, whilst still maintaining that familiar Oak sound, which is neither wholly progressive pop, nor progressive rock, but a happy amalgam of both.

Having taken several steps both as songwriters and musicians, OAK have succeeded in producing a sophomore album that ended up in a slightly darker and more progressive territory, but one in which the light still shines through in the shape of catchy elements and stunning vocal harmonies, which create that unique duality that defines them as a band.
Recorded in Oslo at the Ljugekroken Studio and the Tøyen Church, “False Memory Archive” was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren and Oak at the Fascination Studios. With front cover artwork by Lisa Love and design by Deformat, and featuring a guest appearance on guitars by Bjorn Riis, tracklisting for “False Memory Archive” is as follows:

1. We, The Drowned
2. Claire De Lune
3. False Memory Archuve
4. Lost Causes (Bjorn Riis guesting on guitar)
5. Intermezzo
6. The Lights
7. These Are The Stars We’re Aiming For
8. Transparent Eyes
9. Psalm 51

“False Memory Archive” will be released in CD, Digital and Crystal Clear Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order at:

Bandcamp: https://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com
Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/oak/

OAK’s next live appearance will be on the 31 August, at the Close to the Rain Festival at the John Dee in Oslo.

More information about OAK can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/oakinoslo/ or on their website at http://www.oakinoslo.com

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NEW VIDEO AND TOUR DETAILS FROM EXPERIMENTAL POST METALLERS KRAKOW

Norway’s Experimental Post Metallers KRAKOW have released a new video from their upcoming album “minus” for the track “sirens”, about which the band had this to say:

“This just might be our most political song to date. And as with our music it just ended up that way. The song is at first glance a visualisation of a weird world gone sour. If you dig a little further, you will find pointers towards different warning signs about how we are slowly killing the planet.”

The video, by Esteban Sebastián Farias, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/QrdaI8Txfk0

The new album itself is due for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August, and was once again recorded in the renowned Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy. KRAKOW even brought in some help this time to tell these stories – the album ending with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen based musical veterans, whilst the opening track introduces the most rock n’ roll guitar solo, courtesy of one Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.

“minus” is effectively two albums-worth of material distilled into one, very focussed, gem. It is, according to the band, “the pinnacle of achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, “minus” has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group, and as story tellers. It is an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape”.

Tracklisting for “minus” as follows:

1. black wandering sun
2. sirens
3. the stranger
4. from fire, from stone
5. minus
6. tidlaus

Krakow - minus CD

“minus” is available in Didipak, 12″ Vinyl, and Digital formats, and is now available to pre-order from the following:

All formats: https://krakow.bandcamp.com/album/minus
Digipak and Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

The release of “minus” also sees KRAKOW set to tour Europe together with fellow countrymen ENSLAVED and HIGH ON FIRE, something which the band is very much looking forward to:

“It has been 10 years since last time we toured Europe together with Enslaved, and we are really excited about it! Not only are they close friends, but one of the best live acts around. Added to which, the prospect of being able to also tour with HIGH ON FIRE is a milestone for us. This has been one of our goals since the formation of KRAKOW! This is such a strong package and we can’t wait to hit the road with these gentlemen”

Routing for the tour:

29.09.2018 København/Danmark – Pumpehuset
30.09.2018 Poznan/Polen – U Bazyla
01.10.2018 Warsaw/Polen – Proxima
02.10.2018 Leipzig/Tyskland – UT Connewitz
03.10.2018 Esch-sur-alzette/Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik
04.10.2018 Breda/Nederland – Mezz
06.10.2018 Norwich/England, UK – Waterfront
07.10.2018 Sheffield/England, UK – Plug
08.10.2018 Manchester/England, UK – Academy 2
09.10.2018 Dublin/Irland – Tivoli
10.10.2018 Belfast/Northern Ireland, UK – Limelight
12.10.2018 Birmingham/England, UK – Asylum
13.10.2018 Antwerp/Belgia – Desertfest
14.10.2018 Bristol/England, UK – SWX
15.10.2018 London/England, UK – The Dome
16.10.2018 Paris/Frankrike – La Machine du moulin rouge
20.10.2018 Bergen/Norway – Hulen (Only Krakow)

More information about KRAKOW can be found on the band’s website at http://www.krakowofficial.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/krakowband

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KARISMA RECORDS TO RELEASE ENTIRE AIRBAG BACK CATALOGUE ON VINYL

Karisma Records is set to release vinyl editions of completely re-mastered versions of AIRBAG’s entire back catalogue which consists of “Identity” (2009), “All Right Removed” (2011), “The Greatest Show on Earth (2013) and Disconnected (2016).

The series will start with the Norwegian Prog Rockers’ fourth and latest album “Disconnected”, which was originally produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and has now been meticulously re-mastered for vinyl by White Willow mastermind Jacob Holm-Lupo.

The six-track album 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. Lyrically, “Disconnected” is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society. An exploration of what society expects from the individual, and the 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.

Tracklisting for “Disconnected” is as follows:

1. Killer
2. Broken
3. Slave
4. Sleepwalker
5. Disconnected
6. Returned

Formed in Oslo, Norway in 2004 AIRBAG’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock. 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), 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

Airbag

“Disconnected” will hit the streets on the 24th August, and will be available as a double album in heavyweight vinyl with a gatefold cover and printed inner sleeves. There will also be a limited edition white vinyl version. The Artwork is, as always, by vocalist Asle Tostrup. It is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/disconnected
Webshop Black Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/disconnected-2018-remaster-ltd-white-vinyl/
Webshop White Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/disconnected-2018-remaster-black-vinyl/

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 at http://youtu.be/iwK_hpJAPPA

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KARISMA RECORDS TO RELEASE COMPILATION OF EARLY RELEASES FROM PROG ROCKERS JORDSJØ

Jordsjø

Having released what the band like to refer to as their first “proper” album earlier this year, Karisma Records are set to release a 2CD compilation of JORDSJØ’s early work, which had previously only had a limited release on cassettes and vinyl.

The band itself hails from Oslo, Norway, and draws its inspiration from old horror movies, German 70’s Synth music, Swedish Prog, fantasy novels and Norwegian nature. The self-titled compilation “Jordsjø”, is a collection of all the song, seventeen in all, drawn from “Jordsjø”, “Jordsjø II” and the split release with BREIDABLIK, “Songs from the Northern Wasteland” cassettes.

As you would expect, the compilation is bursting with nods towards older Prog in general, and Scandinavian Prog in particular. With its underlying themes of alienation, roots and dreams, “Jordsjø” has an organic and dynamic sound which harks back to 70’s Prog, with traces of electronic music and folk. The use of of flute, guitars and a vast array of vintage synths results in a warm and vintage sound that still manages to sound fresh and interesting.

Most of the instruments on “Jordsjø” are played by multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC), with drummers Kristian Frøland, Martin Nordrum Kneppen (WOBBLER, TUSMØRKE) and Tore Flatjord. With guest artists Håkon Knutzen (guitars) and Vilde Mortensen Storesund (vocals), artwork for “Jordsjø” is by Elling Borgersrud.

Tracklisting is as follows:

CD1:
01. UK Original
02. Hulderheimen
03. Ogion
04. The Goddess (of Light)
05. Bilder fra en Skog
06. Hekseskogen
07. Postludium

CD2:
01. Mine Templer I
02. Den Klaustrofobiske Masken
03. Svarthelleren
04. Under Aurora B.
05. I Atuans Gravkammer
06. Betula Obscura
07. Se Valinors Lamper!
08. Fugløykallen
09. Solina, Min Dronning
10. I Momos Trädgård

Jordsjø

Set for release on the 7th September in Double CD and Digital formats, “Jordsjø” is now available to pre-order from:

https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/jordsjo/

JORDSJØ’s next live appearance is scheduled for the 26th October at the Union Scene Live in Drammen, Norway.

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

A video for the track ” Hulderheimen” from JORDSJØ’s 2015 release can be seen below at https://youtu.be/F-kRpbd0kGI