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EXPERIMENTAL POST METALLERS KRAKOW REVEAL STUNNING NEW VIDEO

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Norway’s KRAKOW have revealed another stunning new video for a track from their latest album “minus”.

The video, by Esteban Farias, is for the track “The Stranger” and can be seen below and at  https://youtu.be/N27mhTwaRL8

Here is what the band have to say about the video:

Imagine a world where all you know to be true is also the opposite. Where every truth has an alternate side, and where there are heads on both sides of the coin and where the mirrors point both ways. Doesn’t take much to make that leap of faith, now does it? But still, beyond the second truth may be another, and another, and yet another version of reality. Layers, levels, dimensions, infinite snapshots of moments frozen in time, always existing yet forever lost. 

This is the gift The Stranger carries, as he walks towards you, kaleidoscope in hand and an inviting smile. Ahead of you is a journey through KRAKOW’s complete musical universe, a distillation of all that KRAKOW ever was or will ever be. All the same this is like nothing the band has ever created before – a perfect song, a perfectly told story, a perfect snapshot of the Krakowian spirit. 

 The choice is yours now, and only you will see what is there for you to see.

 Esteban Farias has outdone his talent on this one and truly captured the essence of The Stanger! Thank you.

“minus” was recorded in the famous Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy.  It is, effectively,  two albums-worth of material distilled into one, very focussed, gem.  According  to the band, “minus” is “the pinnacle of achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence, representing the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group, and as story tellers.  It 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 from whence no light can escape.

Available on Karisma Records in Digipak, 12″ Vinyl, and Digital formats, “minus” includes a guest appearance from  MOTÖRHEAD’s Phil Campbell on the opening track, and ends with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen-based musical veterans.

Krakow - minus CD

“minus” is available from all the usual retailers and streaming services, as well as direct from Karisma Records at:

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

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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ENSLAVED X KRAKOW:  IVAR AND FRODE DISH THE DIRT ON EACH OTHER’S BANDS

This press release was sent out via Karisma Records at the request on Nuclear Blast.  Enjoy! Copyright © 2018 Nuclear Blast Records, All rights reserved.

Black avantgarde Norwegians ENSLAVED recently toured across Europe and the United Kingdom alongside co-headliners High On Fire and support band KRAKOW. We caught up with Ivar from Enslaved and Frode from KRAKOW at the bands’ sold out London show to see how the tour has gone and to find out who is willing to dish the dirt on each other’s bands. Find out what happened, below and here:  youtu.be/OFmLmVBHjgY

Order ENSLAVED’s latest album E here: nuclearblast.com/enslaved-e
Order KRAKOW’s latest album minus here: karismarecords.no/artists/krakow

Formed in Bergen, Norway, in 1991, Enslaved had evolutionary zeal in their eyes from the start. Even as they emerged from the nascent Norwegian black metal scene of the early ‘90s, guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson demonstrated a fervently idiosyncratic approach to making extreme music. By eschewing the wilful conservatism of their peers in favour of an outward-looking ethos, Enslaved’s reputation grew rapidly in the wake of extraordinary, epic albums like their primitive but insidious debut Vikingligr Veldi and its strident follow-up Frost (both 1994). By the late ‘90s, the band had morphed into a wildly progressive and adventurous beast, always retaining the core, aggressive tenets of their musical roots but increasingly in thrall to the limitless possibilities that music, in its entirety, truly presents. Widely acknowledged as a powerful and ferocious live band, Enslaved entered the 21stcentury by flexing new muscles on the acclaimed likes of 2003’s Below The Lights and its groundbreaking successor, Isa (2004). Now as much a part of the flourish progressive rock and metal realm as they were loyal servants of the extreme metal underground, Bergen’s finest hit a rich vein of form as the years passed, with albums as diverse and challenging as 2008’s Vertebrae and 2010’s Axioma Ethica Odini joyfully expanded the Enslaved musical universe, drawing in countless new acolytes along the way.

In 2015, Enslaved released their 13th studio album, In Times. A tour-de-force of hypnotic prog intensity and scabrous, blackened pomp, it exuded an air of completion and finality that led perfectly into 2016’s extravagant celebrations, as Enslaved marked their 25th anniversary with some truly life-changing shows that explored all shadows and hidden corners in the band’s colossal catalogue. In Times represented the end of an era and the opening of a gateway to somewhere entirely new.

Despite rarely pausing for breath – not just as a result of Enslaved’s hectic touring schedule, but also due to numerous extracurricular projects – Ivar and his comrades have somehow managed to piece together yet another full-length milestone in the shape of their 14th studio effort, the elegantly titled E. Written amid a burst of creativity, grabbed at the tail-end of the band’s 2016 US dates, the new album marks the majestic birth of a revitalised and newly inspired Enslaved. Against the logistical odds, a new dawn was coming.

An album full of revelatory moments, spine-tingling dynamics and exquisite but alien atmospheres, E showcases a refreshed Enslaved line-up via songs that take the band into unprecedented territory. From the grandiose, weather-beaten riff-scapes of 11-minute opener Storm Son to the wild, psychedelic frontier squall of Sacred Horse and the muscular, sax-

powered shoegaze barrage of monstrous closerHiindsiight, it is both a typically bold and fearless statement from this most inventive of modern metal bands and a thrilling sideways step that harnesses the spirit of old and sets it loose in a whirlwind of imagination. Conceptually, too, Enslaved are making giant forward strides. While past albums frequently focused on notions of individuality and isolation, E offers a transformative fresh perspective.

14 albums and 26 years into a career that shows no signs of losing neither momentum nor its magical, effervescent creative sheen, Enslaved are once again evolving before our ears and eyes. This time, however, even the sky is no limit. Stronger than ever and manifestly thrilled to be in such rude health, Ivar avows that life in Enslaved has never been more rewarding. And the best is yet to come.

KRAKOW was formed in Bergen, Norway in the fall of of 2005. The post metal collective received much praise and recognition for their special take on the genre with their second album diin, which was voted the 3rd best metal album of the year by Metal Hammer Norway in 2012.

Their third album, amaran, saw the band develop their style even further. The band made a unique and atmospheric record that stands out against its competition. With this album, the band explored both the calmer side of their sound, as well as the more experimental and drone aspects. This makes amaran a highly varied album, filled with both dreamy soundscapes and sinister, harsh atmospheres.

Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, the band then created their latest offering, minus. The pinnacle 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’s 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.

With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.

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EXPERIMENTAL POST METALLERS KRAKOW REVEAL NEW VIDEO

Their latest album “minus” may have been released at the end of last month, but Norway’s Experimental Post Metallers KRAKOW still have a few surprises left in store for their fans. as today they release a brand new video for a track from the album.

The video, which is for “tidlaus”, the closing track on the album, was filmed in the studio whilst KRAKOW were recording “minus”. As the band explains: “We record the basics live, then we lay down the rest. The song itself is inspired by Warduna and Death in Vegas – a typical Krakow song except for the ending. Calm, mellow, eerie and powerful”.

The video for “tidlaus” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/4vik2_G3KMc

“minus” was recorded in the famous Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy. It is, effectively, two albums-worth of material distilled into one, very focussed, gem. According to the band, “minus” is “the pinnacle of achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence, representing the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group, and as story tellers. It 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 from whence no light can escape”.

Krakow - minus CD

Available on Karisma Records in Digipak, 12″ Vinyl, and Digital formats, “minus” includes a guest appearance from MOTÖRHEAD’s Phil Campbell on the opening track, and ends with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen-based musical veterans.

“minus” is available from all the usual retailers and streaming services, as well as direct from Karisma Records at:

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 they are 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 Pumpehuset , Copenhagen, Denmark
30.09.2018 U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
01.10.2018 Proxima , Warsaw, Poland
02.10.2018 UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
03.10.2018 Kulturfabrik, Esch-sur-Alzett, Luxembourg
04.10.2018 Mezz , Breda, Netherlands
06.10.2018 Waterfront , Norwich, UK
07.10.2018 Plug , Sheffield, UK
08.10.2018 Academy 2, Manchester, UK
09.10.2018 Tivoli, Dublin, Eire
10.10.2018 Limelight, Belfast, Northern Ireland
12.10.2018 Asylum , Birmingham, UK
13.10.2018 Desertfest , Antwerp, Belgium
14.10.2018 SWX , Bristol, UK
15.10.2018 The Dome , London, UK
16.10.2018 La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris, France
20.10.2018 Hulen, Bergen, Norway (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

KRAKOW recently released a video by Esteban Sebastián Farias for the track “sirens” from “minus” which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/QrdaI8Txfk0

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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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KRAKOW DEBUTS VIDEO OF TRACK FEATURING PHIL CAMPBELL FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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With their new album “minus” set for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August, Norway’s KRAKOW have debuted a video for the track “black wandering sun” from the album.
With this song, and video animated by Esteban Sebastián Farias, KRAKOW pay tribute to their influences, a concept enhanced by the guest appearance of Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.

The band explains:

“black wandering sun is an homage to our heroes who passed during the last couple of years, pulling inspiration from their universe, tipping the hat to their words and visiting them as the stars they are. And to top it off we were helped out by Phil who did the most rock n’ roll solo to provide the glitz and stardom the song needed to reach the summit of heaviness. The video is a reflection of the story the song tells, yet it becomes its own story, like a parallel trail through the universe, much like everything else that’s going on with this album. Godspeed, you Starman!”

The video, is streaming exclusively via various media outlets, and can be accessed via this smartlink: http://smarturl.it/black.wandering.sun

Or directly at the following:
Metal Hammer, UK:
https://www.loudersound.com/features/krakow-team-up-with-phil-campbell-for-a-spectacular-new-animated-video
No Clean Singing, USA:
https://www.nocleansinging.com/2018/05/30/an-ncs-video-premiere-krakow-black-wandering-sun/
La Grosse Radio, FR:
https://www.lagrosseradio.com/metal/webzine-metal/video-metal/p22293-exclu-krakow-avec-phil-campbell.html
Slam magazine, DE:
http://www.slam-zine.de/php/exklusive_videopremiere_black_wandering_sun_von_krakow,13584,45604.html
Lords of Metal, NL:
https://www.facebook.com/lordsofmetal/
Bergenfest, NO:
https://www.bergenfest.no/nyheter/premiere-krakow/
Metalfan,RO:
http://www.metalfan.ro/stiri-rock/krakow-lanseaza-un-nou-single-in-colaborare-cu-phil-campbell-si-un-videoclip-animat-16863.html
Imperiumi, FI:
https://www.impe.fi/news/1/24149
Ultraje,PT:
http://ultraje.pt/krakow-black-wandering-sun/
Metalhead,IT:
http://www.metalhead.it/?p=132644
Kvlt,PL:
http://kvlt.pl/newsy/nowy-teledysk-zespolu-krakow/

Whilst the video gives fans a first taste of what to expect from “minus”, KRAKOW explain more about their latest endeavours:
“Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, we give you “minus”. The pinnacle 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.

“With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where “we all become stories”, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won’t.¬

“minus” 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.

“So, this is “minus”. An album that defies any attempt at genre definition. There are guests, who bring glitz and rock n’ roll, as well as a grounding force to the core of the mountain. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in the centre of a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves. But if we allow ourselves to search, we will find the cracks in the fabric and find a way to get close.

“It’s a collection of contradictions, is what we’re saying. It’s a KRAKOW album”.

Photo by Franscisco Munoz

Fans can also expect more visual representations for those willing to delve even deeper into the songs themselves, with several music videos lined up, telling the stories from slightly different angles, or even from completely flipped viewpoints, allowing the band to elaborate without giving everything away.

With artwork by renowned tattoo artist and long-time KRAKOW collaborator Thomas Hooper, tracklisting for “minus” is as follows:

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

“minus” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats and the CD and LP versions are now available to pre-order from the following:

Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

KRAKOW’s next live appearances will be at Bergenfest on the 12 June.

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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EXPERIMENTAL POST METALLERS KRAKOW REVEAL DETAILS OF UPCOMING ALBUM

Norwegian Experimental Post Metallers KRAKOW have today revealed the following tantalising facts about their upcoming fourth full-length studio album titled “minus”, which is set for release on Karisma Records on the 31 August:

minus
mi•nus \ˈmī-nəs\

preposition
1. less by the subtraction of; decreased by.
2. lacking or without.

adjective
3. involving or noting subtraction.
4. algebraically negative.
5. less than; just below in quality.
6. Informal. having negative qualities or characteristics; inferior.
7. Mycology. (in heterothallic fungi) designating, in the absence of morphological differentiation, one of the two strains of mycelia that unite in the sexual process.

noun
8. minus sign.
9. a minus quantity.
10. a deficiency or loss.
11. Informal. a person or thing with no apparent abilities, usefulness, etc.

Six songs. Nine singers. Three guitarists. Two drummers. One bassist. KRAKOW is back with a new album, summarized in title as minus. The result of laborious and intense work over the course of a year, with two and a half albums’ worth of music chiselled down to one perfected collection of songs, the band is finally ready to reveal details of its upcoming album.

With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from distant future to nearer past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey through stories, as much a reflection of those we tell as a revelation of those we won’t.

Stunning visually, a complete physical design inspired by the music and defined by the patterns that shaped those songs, the vinyl and CD editions promise to be gems as suited to the stereo as to the shelf above it.

And the music, as always stretching towards the outer borders of any attempted genre definition covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the absolutely ungroovy, the dense, the airy, the naked, and, always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape before the singer stands there alone with his last story. There are guests, they bring glitz and rock n’ roll as well as a grounding force towards the mountain core. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves, we must find those cracks on our own.

It’s a collection of contradictions, is what we’re saying. It’s a KRAKOW album.

KRAKOW’s next live appearances will be at Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo on the 31 March and at Bergenfest on the 12 June.

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

The Official Video for the track “Luminauts” from KRAKOW’s “Amaran” album can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/LhgvJpo8_SI