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KARISMA RECORDS ADDS EXPERIMENTAL ROCKERS FERVENT MIND TO ITS ROSTER

Norway’s Karisma Records have found another up and coming band to add to their already impressive roster,  in the shape of Experimental Rockers FERVENT MIND.

Formed in 2014 by vocalist and composer Live Sollid, FERVENT MIND draws its inspiration from bands such as PORCUPINE TREE, MEW, MASSIVE ATTACK, RADIOHEAD and SUSANNE SUNDFØR, mixing these diverse elements to create a sound that is both unique and original, and which balances on a fine line between the rough and the delicate.

Aside from Live on vocals and effects, FERVENT MIND’s lineup includes Simen Skrebergene on electric guitar, Martin Sandvik Gjerde on keyboards, Martin Skrebergene on electric bass, and Henrik Håland on drums.   Together they play experimental rock with elements from both post rock and metal, as well as from dream pop, trip hop and contemporary jazz, and they have garnered quite a reputation for their intense and energetic live performances.

With Karisma Records set to release the band’s debut full-length album in the Spring of 2019, FERVENT MIND had this to say about the collaboration:

We are super happy to announce that we have signed with the record label Karisma Records! Awesome times are ahead of us, and we can’t wait to show you our album!

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

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PSYCHEDELIC PROG FOLK ROCKERS TUSMØRKE PREMIER NEW VIDEO

With their latest release “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” set to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 30th November, Norway’s TUSMØRKE have released a video for “Skattegravere i Grefsenåsen” , the opening  track from the album.

The stop motion video by Sondre Bergersen Mæland of Wild Man Movies can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hqbZ6DauXyg

Commenting on the song , TUSMØRKE had this to say:

“Skattegravere i Grefsenåsen”  was written during the winter of 2015 and recorded in Det Ytre Rommet  during 2017 and 2018 by Benediktator. The inspiration for the lyrics came from a folk tale by Asbjørnsen & Moe,  as well as from the legends about children who find  silver under rocks in the wilderness. There are stories of poor people stepping on stones and hearing the clang of metal and finding buried and forgotten treasure. There are also stories of people hearing the sound, only to realise later what it must have been and going on the spend the rest of their lives searching for the spot, never to find it again and driven mad with frustration and the lust for coin.

“Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” itself is a a concept album that explores the rich history and mythology of Norway’s capital city Oslo. Vardøger are premonitions that precede an actual event. Utburder are infants who are abandoned in the woods at birth and whose haunting cries reverberate eerily through the night .

TUSMØRKE describe “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” as “the signs of things to come and the sounds of the unwanted”, and, as the “vol 1” part of its title suggests, the album  is the first part of a series of compilations that feature songs, demos, outtakes and curios that didn’t QUITE make it onto TUSMØRKE’s albums themselves.  It will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition vinyl formats with the  first LP being released on transparent orange vinyl (limited to 700 copies) with a 4 page lyric booklet and an A2 poster.

With artwork by the renowned Norwegian artist Arne Bendik Sjur  “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1”, is available to pre-order in all formats from https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/osloborgerlig-tusm-rke-vard-ger-og-utburder-vol-1

Tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Skattegravere i Grefsenåsen
  2. Hovedøya
  3. Gamle Oslo
  4. Djevelen fra Oslo
  5. Kjentmannen
  6. Akers Akropolis
  7. Alvene i Oslo
  8. Gamle Aker Kjerke

Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og Utburder vol 1

TUSMØRKE recently released a single taken from the album for the track “Kjentmannen” which can be streamed and downloaded at https://karismarecords.lnk.to/kjentmannen

Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR,  TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments,  and is comprised of  Benediktator on Bass, vocals, Glockenspiel and percussion, Krizla on Flute, vocals, electronics and percussion,  The Phenomenon Marxo Solinas on Minimoog Model D, Korg CX3, William de Blaise on harpsichord, Steinway & Sons Grand Piano, Hohner Clavinet D6, Mellotron M400, Hammond C3, Wurlitzer 200 and Solina String Ensemble, Dauinghorn on  Clavinet, Hammond, grand piano, acoustic and electric guitars, and additional flute, and HlewagastiR on Drums and percussion.

Photo by Terje Skår

TUSMØRKE’s will be holding a listening and Q&A session at the Platebutikken Big Dipper in Oslo on Tuesday 27 November.  Details of the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/2115575042036695/

They will also be celebrating the release of “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” with the following two shows supported by SAMMAL and BISMARCK:

30 November:  Røverstaden, Oslo
https://www.facebook.com/events/289436484979229/

01 December:  Inside, Bergen
https://www.facebook.com/events/552001755238553/

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

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ALTERNATIVE ROCKERS LJUNGBLUT RELEASE NEW VIDEO

With their sixth full-length album “Villa Carlotta 5959” having  hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 2nd November, Norwegian Alternative Rockers LJUNGBLUT have today revealed an atmospheric new video for the track  “Himmelen som vet”.  The video, directed and shot by Edvard Brendsrød,  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/otl9HvJSkns

To  celebrate the release of “Villa Carlotta 5959” LJUNGBLUT are set to play their only live dates of 2018.  The shows will take place in Norway as follows:

09 Nov:  Papirhuset, Tønsberg
10 Nov:  Papirhuset, Tønsberg
12 Nov:  Kulturkirken Jacob, Oslo

Formed in 2005 by Kim Ljung  as a vehicle for material he didn’t think would be suitable for  either SEIGMEN or ZEROMANCER , bands for whom he is both the bassist and main songwriter, LJUNGBLUT eventually expanded from a solo project, which saw the release of three albums, into a fully fledged band.  Dan Heide (ZEROMANCER, RED7) on guitars, Ted Skogmann (APOPTYGMA BERZERK) on drums , Joakim Brendsrød on keys and Sindre Pedersen on bass, joined Ljung, on keys and vocals, and, as a quintet, the band released two independent albums with Norwegian lyrics.

Encompassing a wide range of tempos and dynamics,  “Villa Carlotta 5959” is an album that presents the listeners with a cohesive sound and a melancholy mood, swathing Ljung’s characteristic vocals in vintage synths and instruments .    Recorded live in the studio and mixed by Alex Møklebust (SEIGMEN / ZEROMANCER) and Terje Johannesen, guest artists on “Villa Carlotta 5959” include Ljunggren (A-HA, ZEROMANCER), Ginge Anvik (SUBGUD, soundtrack composer) and  Terje Johannesen.

With artwork by Hanne-Christine Flåten , “Villa Carlotta 5959” is available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, as well as a Limited Edition Turquoise LP,  and is available from all the usual retailers and streaming services, as well as direct from Karisma Records at

Bandcamp (all versions) : https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/
Webshop (CD and LPs): https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

Ljungblut - Villa Carlotta 5959

More information about LJUNGBLUT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ljungblut-86549322482/

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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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NEW ALBUM DETAILS, NEW VIDEO & NEW SINGLE FROM PSYCHEDELIC PROG FOLK ROCKERS TUSMØRKE

Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og Utburder vol 1

Eccentric and Prolific  are two adjectives that perfectly describe Norwegian Psychedelic Prog Folk Rockers  TUSMØRKE who are ready to release their third album in twelve months.  Titled “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1”, it will hit the streets on the 30th November on Karisma Records.

As a taster, the band have released a single taken from the album.  The track, “Kjentmannen” can be streamed and downloaded at https://karismarecords.lnk.to/kjentmannen 

Being a band that moves fast, there is so much of TUSMØRKE’s material that gets left out, either through lack of space or lack of studio time, therefore, as the “vol 1” part of the album title suggests “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” is the first part of a series of compilations that feature songs, demos, outtakes and curios that didn’t QUITE make it onto TUSMØRKE’s albums themselves.

It is also a concept album that explores the rich history and mythology of Norway’s capital city Oslo. Vardøger are premonitions that precede an actual event. Utburder are infants who are abandoned in the woods at birth and whose haunting cries reverberate eerily through the night . So here you have the album in a nutshell – the signs of things to come and the sounds of the unwanted.

With artwork by the renowned Norwegian artist Arne Bendik Sjur, tracklisting for “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” as follows:

  1. Skattegravere i Grefsenåsen
  2. Hovedøya
  3. Gamle Oslo
  4. Djevelen fra Oslo
  5. Kjentmannen
  6. Akers Akropolis
  7. Alvene i Oslo
  8. Gamle Aker Kjerke

“Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition vinyl formats.  The  first LP will be released on transparent orange vinyl (limited to 700 copies) with a 4 page lyric booklet and an A2 poster, and is now available to pre-order in all formats from https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/osloborgerlig-tusm-rke-vard-ger-og-utburder-vol-1

As well as the upcoming releases, TUSMØRKE, who are known for their offbeat sense of humour,  are treating fans to a new video for a track from their previous album “Fjernsyn i farver”.  Directed by Aleksander U. Serigstad, the video, for the track “Tøyens Hemmelighet” is even more amusing and out there than their previous forays, and  sees the intrepid band members being lured into the Oslo Botanical Gardens by a mysterious figure who goes by the name of Zatek.

The video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/EvhRlAFxQG0

Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR,  TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments,  and is comprised of  Benediktator on Bass, vocals, Glockenspiel and percussion, Krizla on Flute, vocals, electronics and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø on Clavinet, Hammond, grand piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and additional flute, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solinas on Minimoog Model D, Korg CX3, William de Blaise on harpsichord, Steinway & Sons Grand Piano, Hohner Clavinet D6, Mellotron M400, Hammond C3, Wurlitzer 200 and Solina String Ensemble, and HlewagastiR on Drums and percussion.

Photo by Terje Skår

TUSMØRKE’s next live appearance will be at the Haugaland Progfestival, Norway  on the 3rd of November.
https://www.facebook.com/events/258708274953965/

They will also be celebrating the release of “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” with two shows supported by SAMMAL and BISMARCK.

30 November:  Røverstaden, Oslo
https://www.facebook.com/events/289436484979229/

01 December:  Inside, Bergen
https://www.facebook.com/ events/552001755238553/

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

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ALTERNATIVE ROCKERS LJUNGBLUT RELEASE NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

With their sixth full-length album “Villa Carlotta 5959” set to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 2nd November, Norwegian Alternative Rockers LJUNGBLUT have released a second single from the album.   The track “235” can be streamed or downloaded at http://phonofile.link/ljungblut-235

Commenting on the track, and its rather unusual name of “235”, LJUNGBLUT founder Kim Ljung had this to say:

Why 235? A Manchester casino goes by this name. Lorry (ZEROMANCER band member and LJUNGBLUT sound engineer) and I were  there some years ago.  Lorry was doing well with the chips up until the point where I convinced him to head for the Roulette wheel. All on red. Broke in no time. Inspiration.

 Sindre (bass) wrote this one. He sent me a demo and asked me if it had the the right feel to make it a LJUNGBLUT track. Of course it had. I loved it instantly! Its stomping beat and the blend of both laid back and feisty guitars, triggered off a wave of words and ideas for vocals.

 His way of thinking about music is different to mine. Which is great and refreshing. Same goes for Dan (guitars) who has also written several songs on the upcoming album “Villa Carlotta 5959”. The guys have really cracked the code on how to compose songs in real Blut-fashion. I believe “235” was the very last song on the album that we rehearsed together, and made ready for live-recording, with  some twists regarding notes, and re-arranging.  Plus lifting the track up one key, meant that I had to push it vocally a bit more. It definitely suited the lyrics and the energy of “235”.

 For the mix, Alex (SEIGMEN/ZEROMANCER bandmember and LJUNGBLUT co-producer/mixer) and I decided to keep the room alive. We pushed up all faders for mono and stereo-room to get the live-feel even more present in the track. 

 The lyrics are quite easy. It has obsessive-compulsive disorder written all over it. I think everyone in the band can relate to these words to a certain extent!

Formed in 2005 by Kim Ljung  as a vehicle for material he didn’t think would be suitable for  either SEIGMEN or ZEROMANCER , bands for whom he is both the bassist and main songwriter, LJUNGBLUT eventually expanded from a solo project, which saw the release of three albums, into a fully fledged band.  Dan Heide (ZEROMANCER, RED7) on guitars, Ted Skogmann (APOPTYGMA BERZERK) on drums , Joakim Brendsrød on keys and Sindre Pedersen on bass, joined Ljung, on keys and vocals, and, as a quintet, the band released two independent albums with Norwegian lyrics.

“Villa Carlotta 5959” is, in fact, the last in the trilogy of the Norwegian language albums and in it Ljung creates smorgasbord filled with fascinating subjects ranging from the historical and factual, such as the tracks “Hasselblad”, which is about the 12 Hasselblad cameras left behind on the surface of the Moon, and “Superga”, which refers to the province of Turin, Italy, best known for  its Cathedral and the plane crash that killed the Torino football team in 1949, to the personal ,  with tracks like “Min Krig” (My war) and “Aldri helt stille” (Never completely quiet), which address the subject of Ljung’s chronic migraines.

Encompassing a wide range of tempos and dynamics,  “Villa Carlotta 5959” presents the listeners with a cohesive sound and a melancholy mood, swathing Ljung’s characteristic vocals in vintage synths and instruments .    Recorded live in the studio and mixed by Alex Møklebust (SEIGMEN / ZEROMANCER) and Terje Johannesen, guest artists on “Villa Carlotta 5959” include Ljunggren (A-HA, ZEROMANCER), Ginge Anvik (SUBGUD, soundtrack composer) and  Terje Johannesen.

“Villa Carlotta 5959” will be released in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats, as well as a Limited Edition Turquoise LP.  Artwork is by Hanne-Christine Flåten,  and track listing is as follows:

  1. Hasselblad
  2. Oktober
  3. Til Warszawa
  4. 235
  5. Superga
  6.  Diamant
  7. Himmelen som vet
  8. Ohnesorg
  9. Aldri helt stille
  10. Min Krig

Ljungblut - Villa Carlotta 5959

“Villa Carlotta 5959” is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp (all versions) : https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/
Webshop (CD and LPs): https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

To  celebrate the release of “Villa Carlotta 5959” LJUNGBLUT will play the following dates in Norway

09 Nov:  Papirhuset, Tønsberg
10 Nov:  Papirhuset, Tønsberg
12 Nov:  Kulturkirken Jacob, Oslo

More information about LJUNGBLUT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ljungblut-86549322482/

A video for the title track from LJUNGBLUT’s 2016 album “Ikke alle netter er like sorte”  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ukmQo13JkPY

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DOBBELTGJENGER RELEASE NEW SINGLE

With their second full-length album “Limbohead” having hit the streets in March of this year on Karisma Records, Norway’s DOBBELTGJENGER have given fans a brand new single with which to fill the void in between releases.

Titled “Paper Cutter”, the single is available to stream and download at https://KarismaRecords.lnk.to/PaperCutter

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,  prefer to eschew conventional labels in order to produce “straight-to-the-point” and refreshing alternative rock songs without being shackled by any “genre” pre-conceptions.

“Limbohead” itself has been described as a “colourful, varied and addictive rock album”,  which pretty much sums up DOBBELTGJENGER, whose lyrics tell tales of deep-rooted neuroticism,  and whose eclectic  sound contains contagious grooves, a futuristic guitar sound and soulful rock vocals.  They also clearly demonstrate that as a band DOBBELTGJENGER is not averse to  injecting a dose of fun into the proceedings now and then.

“Limbohead”  comes in CD, 12″ Vinyl and Digital formats and is available from all the usual retailers and streaming services,  as well as from https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com and https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

A video by Jarle H. Moe for the track “Calling Tokyo” from “Limbohead”  can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/m3vkKr_vM8o

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

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PROG POP/ROCKERS OAK RELEASE SECOND SINGLE FROM UPCOMING SOPHOMORE FULL-LENGTH

When a band’s members all come from backgrounds as diverse as classical piano, electronica, prog and hard-rock, and if they manage to pull it all together in a consummate fashion to create a unique sound, you would be safe to guess that the band was Norway’s OAK.   And, with their latest full-length album “False Memory Archive” due out on Karisma Records on the 19th October,  the Pop/Rockers have released the title track as a single, about which they have this to say:

If you are somewhat loose with everyone’s  conception of what ‘Pop’ actually is, then  the track “False Memory Archive” is the album’s pop leitmotif,  which still unmistakably sounds like OAK.  It also happens to be the album’s title track and, as such, it serves as a kind of introduction to the theme of the whole album.  It is a song that appears  light and happy in its expression, but all the while it still contains its fair share of darkness

The track “False Memory Archive” is available from, or can be heard at http://smarturl.it/OakFMA

Since starting out as a folk-rock duo, and releasing their 2013 debut album “Lighthouse”, OAK’s lineup of Øystein Sootholtet (Bass, guitars, banjo, keys & programming), Simen Valldal Johannessen (vocals, piano, keys & lyrics), Sigbjørn Reiakvam (drums, percussion, programming & keys), Ole Michael Bjørndal (guitars) and Stephan Hvinden (guitars), have made considerable strides as both musicians and songwriters as their sophomore album demonstrates.

There is still a nod in the direction of the debut full-length, but “False Memory Archive” is both darker and groovier , whilst retaining that successful amalgam of sound that is neither wholly progressive pop, nor wholly progressive rock,  but which is absolutely trademark OAK  and is comprised of catchy elements and stunning vocal harmonies, which create that unique duality that defines them as a band.

“False Memory Archive” was recorded in Oslo at the Ljugekroken Studio and the Tøyen Church, and 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

OAK - False Memory Archive CD

“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/

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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LJUNGBLUT ALBUM DETAILS AND NEW TRACK REVEALED

Karisma Records have revealed details of “Villa Carlotta 5959”, the upcoming release from Alternative Rockers LJUNGBLUT, as well as releasing the first single from the album. The single, for the track “Hasselblad”, whose cover features a photo by the photographer Bjørn Opsahl and a guest appearance by A-HA and ZEROMANCER’s Erik Ljunggren, along with his wide array of analogue synths, can be heard below, and is available to stream and purchase from https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/track/hasselblad as well as from various streaming and digital services via http://phonofile.link/hasselblad

About the track, band founder Kim Ljung had this to say:

It was just one of those days. An early morning.

I read somewhere about the twelve Hasselblad cameras left on the moon. Made some fresh coffee and locked myself into the studio without any particular ideas in my head.
In a few hours it was all there. Lyrics and everything.

A real special feeling when it happens. The guys loved the demo. A few weeks later we rehearsed “Hasselblad” as a band, keeping it close to the original idea. Of course, Ted added a real great drum-pattern. It was only just over a 2-minute arrangement though. Right after I wrote it, I was visting Erik Ljunggren in his studio. Blown away by the collection of modular and vintage synthesizers, I asked him if he wanted to contribute for the end part. The Arp 2600 and the Oberheim Matrix creating most of the magic. All analogue. It was perfect.

The drums, the bass, the guitar (with the Morley flanger pedal), the Omni and the Roland strings were all recorded live. I believe it was the third take.
Sincerely happy with this one. Enjoy.

When he formed LJUNGBLUT in 2005, Ljung was looking for a vehicle for the material he didn’t think was right for either SEIGMEN or ZEROMANCER, for whom he is the bassist and main songwriter. Three solo albums later, LJUNGBLUT evolved further with the addition of full-time members, some of whom had collaborated on LJUNGBLUT’s first two albums. Joining Ljung (keys and vocals) are Dan Heide (ZEROMANCER, RED7) on guitars, Ted Skogmann (APOPTYGMA BERZERK) on drums , Joakim Brendsrød on keys and Sindre Pedersen on bass, and, as a quintet, the band released two independent albums with Norwegian lyrics.

“Villa Carlotta 5959”, which will be LJUNGBLUT’s sixth full-length album, is the last in the trilogy of the Norwegian language albums. It is an album in which Ljung explores matters both historical and personal. Whilst tracks like “Hasselblad”, about the 12 Hasselblad cameras left behind on the surface of the Moon, and “Superga”, which refers to the province of Turin, Italy, best known for its Cathedral and the plane crash that killed the Torino football team in 1949, deal with actual events and places, tracks like “Min Krig” (My war) and “Aldri helt stille” (Never completely quiet), are much more personal, dealing, as they do, with Ljung’s chronic migraines.
The basis of “Villa Carlotta 5959” having been recorded live in the studio and mixed by Alex Møklebust (SEIGMEN / ZEROMANCER) and Terje Johannesen, Ljung’s characteristic vocals are embraced by a plethora of vintage synths and instruments. With its wide range of tempos and dynamics, “Villa Carlotta 5959” presents the listeners with a cohesive sound and a melancholy mood.

Guest artists on “Villa Carlotta 5959” include Ljunggren (A-HA, ZEROMANCER), Ginge Anvik (SUBGUD, soundtrack composer) and Terje Johannesen. With artwork by Hanne-Christine Flåten, track listing for “Villa Carlotta 5959” is as follows:

01. Hasselblad
02. Oktober
03. Til Warszawa
04. 235
05. Superga
06. Diamant
07. Himmelen som vet
08. Ohnesorg
09. Aldri helt stille
10. Min Krig

Ljungblut - Villa Carlotta 5959

 

“Villa Carlotta 5959” is set for release on Karisma Records on the 2nd November in CD, Digital and Vinyl, as well as a Limited Edition Turquoise LP formats. It is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp (all versions) : https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/
Webshop (CD and LPs): https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

LJUNGLUT will play the following dates in Norway to celebrate the release of “Villa Carlotta 5959”

09 Nov: Papirhuset, Tønsberg
10 Nov: Papirhuset, Tønsberg
12 Nov: Kulturkirken Jacob, Oslo

More information about LJUNGBLUT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ljungblut-86549322482/

A video for the title track from LJUNGBLUT’s 2016 album “Ikke alle netter er like sorte” can be seen at https://youtu.be/ukmQo13JkPY

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KARISMA RECORDS INKS DEAL WITH RHYS MARSH

Karisma Records have welcomed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer RHYS MARSH to their roster, and plan to release MARSH’s latest album “October After All” in early 2019.

MARSH, born in London, but now living in Trondheim, Norway, began his career in 2008, and, over the next five years released three studio albums, and one live album, under the name of RHYS MARSH AND THE AUTUMN GHOST, with a lineup that featured members of JAGA JAZZIST, ANEKDOTEN, WOBBLER, WHITE WILLOW, ÄNGLAGÅRD, HIGHASAKITE, EMMERHOFF & THE MELANCHOLY BABIES, FLASHBACK CARUSO AND THE DIVINE COMEDY.

In the spring of 2014, MARSH joined with Ketil Vestrum Einarsen and Mattias Olsson, and together the three musicians formed the KAUKASUS project which released the highly acclaimed debut album “I”. The spring of 2015 saw the release of “Midnight Twilight” by MARSH’s original London-based band MANDALA.

In the midst of all these projects and collaborations, MARSH found time to release his first solo endeavour in the Autumn of 2013. The five-song collection of covers was titled “Suspended In A Weightless Wind”, and included covers of NICK DRAKE’S ‘Things Behind The Sun’ and KING CRIMSON’S ‘Moonchild’.

This was followed by MARSH’s debut solo album “Sentiment” in the autumn of 2014. Written and recorded over a two-year period, “Sentiment” was to prove to be MARSH’s darkest and most progressive, and yet most accessible, work to date. Its follow up, “The Black Sun Shining”, was a 42-minute song-cycle, written and recorded in only seven days.

Since then, MARSH has been working on his next album, “October After All”, which Karisma Records will release on a date as yet to be decided. Once again MARSH is handling most of the instrumental duties, but the album will also feature contributions from Arve Henriksen on trumpet and Kåre Kolve on saxophone, as well as a choir which includes the talents of Rohey, Silje Leirvik, Anders Bjermeland and Tim Bowness.

More information about RHYS MARSH can be found at http://rhysMARSH.com/

A video for the track “Wondering Stars” from RHYS MARSH’s sophomore full-length album “Black Sun Shining” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/NuTeWy6jN38

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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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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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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

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

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SYMPHONIC ROCKERS GALASPHERE 347 RELEASE VIDEO OF TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Galasphere 347

Symphonic Rockers GALASPHERE 347, whose self-titled debut full-length album is due to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 20th July, have today released a video from the album.

The video, by Stephen Bennett, is titled “The Voice of Beauty Drowned Part I”. It is, as the band explains: “A song of longing and loss”, and forms a part of the opening track from the album.

The video can be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/JfDNft1idqw

Formed in 2018 GALASPHERE 347 is an Anglo-Scandinavian collaboration from members of HENRY FOOL, WHITE WILLOW and WESERBERGLAND. Its lineup of Stephen James Bennett on vocals, keyboards and guitars, Ketil Vestrum Einarsen on keyboards, programming and flute, Jacob Holm-Lupo on guitar and bass, and Mattias Olsson on drums, keyboards and guitars, incorporates the technical spectacle of progressive rock, with the distorted insistence of Krautrock, via the intimacy of the singer-songwriter’s oeuvre.

Galasphere 347

For their debut album, which is composed of three long-form pieces, GALASPHERE 347 have produced a work that is on an epic, widescreen, scale. It is replete with a powerful and dynamic drum sound that intertwines itself with liquid bass lines, grinding guitars, mellifluous flute and lush analogue keyboards, the whole of which is topped off by passionate vocals.

GALASPHERE 347 recently had this to say about it: “Our debut album is like a progressive rock cruise in outer space—with Stephen James Bennett at the helm. An amalgamation of the four band members’ collective musical past, stewed together in an intergalactic recording studio”.

Mixed by Jacob at Dude Ranch Studios, Sandøya, Norway and mastered by Andy Jackson, best known for his work with PINK FLOYD, and with artwork by Jarrod Gosling, tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. The Voice of Beauty Drowned
2. The Fallen Angel
3. Barbarella’s Lover

The album will be available in CD, 12″ Gatefold LP and digital formats and is now available to pre-order from the following:

CD: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/cd/
LP: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/vinyl/
All Formats: https://galasphere347.bandcamp.com/

More information about GALASPHERE 347 can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/galasphere347/

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KRAKOW DEBUTS VIDEO OF TRACK FEATURING PHIL CAMPBELL FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Krakow - minus CD

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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KARISMA RECORDS SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM FROM SYMPHONIC ROCKERS GALASPHERE 347

Karisma Records have inked a deal with Anglo/Scandinavian Symphonic Rockers GALASPHERE 347 and are set to release the band’s debut self-titled album on the 20th July.

Formed in 2018, and with a lineup whose pedigree includes bands such as as WHITE WILLOW, HENRY FOOL, ÄNGLAGÅRD, THE TIM BOWNESS BAND, WESERBANDLAND and NECROMONKEY, GALASPHERE 347 creates music on an epic, widescreen, scale, replete with a powerful and dynamic drum sound that intertwines itself with liquid bass lines, grinding guitars, mellifluous flute and lush analogue keyboards, the whole of which is topped off by passionate vocals.

As can be expected from the varied geographical locations of members Stephen James Bennett on vocals, keyboards and guitars, Ketil Vestrum Einarsen on keyboards, programming and flute, Jacob Holm-Lupo on guitar and bass, and Mattias Olsson on drums, keyboards and guitars, GALASPHERE 347 draws from a variety of influences.

Together, these vastly experienced musicians seamlessly incorporate the technical spectacle of progressive rock with the distorted insistence of Krautrock, via the intimacy of the singer-songwriter’s oeuvre, to produce a three-track album that spans a total of forty minutes, or, as the band says, “Just about enough time to reach Jupiter at the speed of light”.

Mixed by Jacob at Dude Ranch Studios, Sandøya, Norway, mastered by Andy Jackson, best known for his work with PINK FLOYD, and with artwork by Jarrod Gosling, tracklisting for GALASPHERE 347’s debut album is as follows:

1. The Voice of Beauty Drowned
2. The Fallen Angel
3. Barbarella’s Lover

Commenting on the new album, GALASPHERE 347 had this to say: “Our debut album is like a progressive rock cruise in outer space—with Stephen James Bennett at the helm. An amalgamation of the four band members’ collective musical past, stewed together in an intergalactic recording studio”.

The album will be available in CD 12″ Gatefold LP and digital formats and is now available to pre-order from the following:

CD: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/cd/
LP: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/vinyl/
Bandcamp: https://galasphere347.bandcamp.com/

A video teaser for GALASPHERE 347’s debut album can be seen at https://youtu.be/xY1jPL-MmEk

More information about GALASPHERE 347 can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/galasphere347/

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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

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PLENTY REVEAL A NEW SINGLE AND A NEW VIDEO FROM UPCOMING ALBUM. TIM BOWNESS COMMENTS

Karisma Records have good news today for fans of PLENTY who have waited three decades for a new release from the band that was formed in 1986 from the remnants of the eccentric Liverpool-based Post-Punk ensemble A BETTER MOUSETRAP and the Art Rockers from Warrington, AFTER THE STRANGER, and is the immediate predecessor to Tim Bowness’ NO-MAN band. Because today they bring you two tracks from the upcoming album “It Could Be home” . One is a single release for the track “Hide” and the other is a lyric video for the track “Every Stranger’s Voice”.

Of “Every Stranger’s Voice” Bowness has this to say:

“Every Stranger’s Voice” was one of the last songs written by Plenty during its first incarnation and dates from 1990. It’s one of the grand ‘doomed romantic ballads’ that partly defined Plenty and early No-Man. I always felt it was one of the strongest songs we’d come up with, but it had the misfortune of emerging in the month that No-Man got its first record and publishing deals so was abandoned very shortly after being written. Michael Bearpark’s searing solo on the track is a real highlight for me. Bob Hodds’ atmospheric video ambiguously captures the emotional ‘force of nature’ that drives the lyric”.

The video by Bob Hodds for “Every Stranger’s Voice” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/eVgNNSIKwEQ

With regard to the single “Hide”, Bowness went on to say:

“”Hide” is one of the few Plenty pieces that betrays the band’s origins as part of the thriving Liverpool Post-Punk/Art Pop scene of the 1980s. It was written in 1987 and was an important part of the live performances we did at the time. All two of them! I always liked the fact that the song itself hid a dark lyric about mental illness and the desire for retreat behind a jaunty and propulsive musical facade. As I croon about someone’s tragic decline and stasis, Brian and David’s playing exudes something joyous and surprising. The lyric was inspired by a friend who also provided part of the inspiration behind No-Man’s Animal Ghost”.

“Hide” is available from all the usual streaming and download services details of which can be found at http://phonofile.link/hide

“It Could Be Home”, which features PLENTY’s most enduring lineup of Tim Bowness on vocals, Brian Hulse on guitars and keyboards, and David K Jones on bass, was recorded between the spring of 2016 and the summer of 2017, when the band got together once more to re-record their 1980 catalogue of 16 songs, along with one completely new one.

“It Could Be Home” Remains faithful to both the spirit of the original recordings, and the era in which they were written, with PLENTY re-writing some of the lyrics and streamlined some of the song arrangements in order to finally produce “It Could Be Home”. It is an album that showcases the origins of the styles that were subsequently to become the trademarks of Bowness and NO-MAN. Significantly, it also reveals a variety of shades to Bowness’ singing, as Jones’s powerful bass playing and Hulse’s inventive guitar parts and pulsating electronics, push his vocals into territories he has rarely explored since the 1980’s.

It is an album that could, essentially, be described as a re-discovered gem of the Art Pop genre in which PLENTY’s cover of THE ROLLING STONES’ “As Tears Go By” is given a radical synth-heavy overhaul, “Hide” and “Climb” possess a driving Post-Punk energy, while pieces like “Foolish Waking” and “Strange Gods” anticipate the timeless atmospheric melancholy of Bowness’ music and the direction which it is taking. “The Good Man”, the band’s first new song in 27 years, provides a seamless link between PLENTY’s past and its present.

PLENTY_by Mark_Taylor_1987_2

Set for release on Karisma Records in CD, Digital, LP and Limited Edition Blue Vinyl formats on the 27th April, “It Could Be Home” is mixed and instrumentally augmented by Norwegian producer Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL), and mastered by THE PINEAPPLE THIEF’S Steve Kitch. The album also features contributions from former PLENTY guitarist Michael Bearpark, pianist Peter Chilvers (BRIAN ENO, KARL HYDE) and NO-MAN violinist Steve Bingham.

With artwork by Carl Glover, tracklisting on “It Could Be Home” is as follows:

01. As Tears Go By (Rolling Stones cover)
02. Hide
03. Never Needing
04. Broken Nights
05. Foolish Waking
06. Strange Gods
07. Every Stranger’s Voice
08. Climb
09. The Good Man
10. It could be Home

“It Could Be Home” is now available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl versions from the following:

Blue vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/it-could-be-home/
Black vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/it-could-be-home-2/
Digipak CD: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/it-could-be-home-3/
All formats including digital: https://weareplenty.bandcamp.com

More information about PLENTY can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Plenty-music-534648273575174

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NEW ALBUM FROM PSYCHEDELIC PROG FOLK ROCKERS TUSMØRKE COMING IN MAY

Hot on the heels of their surprising children’s album, released on Karisma Records in late 2017, Norwegian Psychedelic Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE are set to release “Fjernsyn i farver”, their sixth full length album, on the 4th May.

Never having been a band that is afraid of anyone, or anything, even the extremely complex, and rather baffling theories of existence, TUSMØRKE are happy to tackle any subject matter they perceive to be significant, and are quite prepared to wrestle their musical way through ideas that they barely comprehend. Which brings us to the somewhat mind-blowing concept on which “Fjernsyn i farver” is based.

Or maybe that should be “concepts” because “Fjernsyn i farver”, which translated means “Colour Television”, is loosely based on the two concepts of Light and Time and their relationship with reality. Or, as the band explains:

“Everything we see is a reflection made by light from the sun hitting an object. The reflected light is registered by our eyes, but the reflection is also sent out in all other possible directions, travelling at the speed of light. The unobstructed reflections would travel forever onwards into space, therefore, theoretically, if we could devise a means to move faster than light, we could overtake these reflections and view them again, seeing history backwards.

“The second idea is that light is invisible until it hits something and is reflected back, creating an image in colour which the human eye can see. So if there were no physical objects to reflect the light, there would be an eternal totality, a darkness of sorts, since light would not be seen”.

“Fjernsyn i farver”, which will be available in Dikipak, Digital Download, 12″ Vinyl and Limited Edition Purple Vinyl formats, is served up with TUSMØRKE’s brand of psychedelic prog folk, so that whilst the ideas may seem a little “out there”, the music is very accessible and, as always, interesting.

With artwork by Linn Solveig Halvorsrød and design by Tom Korsvold, tracklisting on the album us as follows:

1. Fjernsyn i farver (Colour Television)
2. Kniven i kurven (The Knife in the Basket)
3. Borgerlig tussmørke (Civil Twilight)
4. 3001
5. Death Czar
6. Tøyens hemmelighet (The Secret of Tøyen)

“Fjernsyn i farver” is now available to pre-order from the following:

BandCamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/fjernsyn-i-farver
EU webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
US webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments, and is comprised of Benediktator on Bass, vocals, Glockenspiel and percussion, Krizla on Flute, vocals, electronics and percussion, The Phenomenon Marxo Solinas on Minimoog Model D, Korg CX3, William de Blaise on harpsichord, Steinway & Sons Grand Piano, Hohner Clavinet D6, Mellotron M400, Hammond C3, Wurlitzer 200 and Solina String Ensemble, and HlewagastiR on Drums and percussion.

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

Photo by Terje Skår
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LJUNGBLUT INKS DEAL WITH KARISMA RECORDS – NEW SINGLE RELEASED

In a surprise announcement today that will please fans of Kim Ljung of SEIGMEN and ZEROMANCER, not only did Karisma Records reveal that they would be releasing the sixth full-length album from Ljung’s LJUNGBLUT project, they have also released an exclusive new single which will not be available on the album.

Titled “Alt godt”, the single is a stripped down and melancholy song imbued with the characteristic Ljungblut sound. “Alt godt” is produced by Ljungblut, mixed by Terje Johannessen and mastered by Chris Sansom. With a cover photo by Julia Beyer and band photos by Christian Roth Christensen, “Alt godt” is available from the 12th February from all digital streaming and download services. It can be heard at http://phonofile.link/ljungblut-alt-godt

Formed by Ljung in 2005 in Tønsberg, Norway, as a vehicle for songs that he felt didn’t fit in with either SEIGMEN or ZEROMANCER, LJUNGBLUT became a fully fledged band in 2011 with the addition of full-time members, some of whom had collaborated on LJUNGBLUT’s first two albums. Joining Ljung (keys and vocals) are Dan Heide on guitars, Ted Skogmann on drums , Joakim Brendsrød on keys , and Sindre Pedersen on bass.

With five independently released albums under their belts, LJUNGBLUT are set to release their much-awaited sixth full-length album, which will be titled “Villa Carlotta 5959”, on Karisma Records in the fall of 2018.

More information about LJUNGBLUT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ljungblut-86549322482/ or at www.ljungblut.com

A video for the title track from LJUNGBLUT’s 2016 album “Ikke alle netter er like sorte” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/ukmQo13JkPY

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KARISMA RECORDS DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING BJORN RIIS ALBUM

Bjørn Riis

With the 23rd February set for the release of “Coming Come”, the new solo mini album from AIRBAG co-founder BJØRN RIIS, Karisma Records have today debuted the title track, about which Bjørn had this to say:

“Coming Home” was initially written and considered for my last full-length album “Forever Comes to an End”, which was released on Karisma Records in 2017, and we did, in fact, record the drums for it. However, there was something different about this song. It had a much darker atmosphere and I decided that I would save it for a mini-album that I’d been wanting to do for some time. “Coming Home” was something of a dare because I don’t consider myself a singer and it’s a really a stripped down song, but I’m very happy with it. I like the duality between the sombre and naked opening and the huge stadium-like ending. Henrik Fossum from AIRBAG plays drums, whilst I do the vocals, guitars and keys”.

The track “Coming Home” can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/bjorn-riis-coming-home

As well as “Coming Home”, the five-track album includes a newly recorded semi-acoustic version of the title track from Bjørn ‘s 2014 debut album “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, and a duet with the Norwegian singer SICHELLE. With a front cover image from a collection titled “Sorrow” by the Norwegian photographer Kjetil Karlsen, who provided the much-lauded cover image for Bjorn’s second full-length album “Forever Comes to an End”, design and layout on “Coming Home” is by Asle Tostrup.

Tracklisting for “Coming Home” is as follows:

1. Daybreak 4:00
2. Coming Home 6:44
3. Drowning 6:14
4. Tonight’s the Night 3:16
5. Lullabies in a Car Crash (alternative version) 6:29

“Coming Home” will be available in MCD, Digital and 12″ vinyl formats and is now available to pre-order in all versions from https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com and in MCD and vinyl from https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

The BJØRN RIIS BAND will be playing two shows in the Netherlands in February to celebrate the release of the album. The first will take place on the 23rd at Boerderij in Zoetermeer, followed on the 24th with a show at the De Cacaofabriek in Helmond

A video teaser for “Coming Home” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/TWMPP2pjZ9g

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

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

A video by Kjetil Karlsen for the track Where Are You Now” from Bjørn Riis’s album ‘Forever Comes to an End’ can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/cuGTuNKKgso

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PLENTY SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM AFTER THREE DECADES. NEW TRACK DEBUTED

PLENTY_by Mark_Taylor_1987_2

It might have taken PLENTY three decades, including a long period of dormancy, to release a new album, but there is absolutely no doubting that PLENTY’s pedigree promises an album well-worth the wait.

Formed in 1986 from the remnants of the eccentric Liverpool-based Post-Punk ensemble A BETTER MOUSETRAP and the Art Rockers from Warrington, AFTER THE STRANGER, PLENTY would be the immediate predecessor to Tim Bowness’ NO-MAN band. With a sound that alternated between electro-pop anthems, poignant ballads and ambient experiments, and with a distinct nod towards contemporary artists such as THE BLUE NILE and PREFAB SPROUT, PLENTY found themselves positioned alongside icons such as DAVID BOWIE and PETER GABRIEL.

Three cassette releases appeared between 1987 and ’88, along with two live appearances the following year, as well as the obligatory lineup changes, until PLENTY called a temporary halt to proceedings in 1990, when band members found themselves involved with other projects, either musically or in their personal lives. It was a hiatus that was to last until 2016, when, between the spring of that year, and the summer of 2017, PLENTY’s most enduring lineup of Tim Bowness on vocals, Brian Hulse on guitars and keyboards, and David K Jones on bass, got together once more to re-record the band’s 1980 catalogue of 16 songs, along with one completely new one, in order to complete “It Could Be Home” – the album they had hoped to release three decades earlier.

Remaining faithful to both the spirit of the original recordings, and the era in which they were written, the band re-wrote some of the lyrics and streamlined some of the song arrangements in order to finally produce “It Could Be Home”. It is an album that showcases the origins of the styles that were subsequently to become the trademarks of Bowness and NO-MAN. Significantly, it also reveals a variety of shades to Bowness’ singing, as Jones’s powerful bass playing and Hulse’s inventive guitar parts and pulsating electronics, push his vocals into territories he has rarely explored since the 1980s.

Mixed and instrumentally augmented by Norwegian producer Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL), and mastered by THE PINEAPPLE THIEF’S Steve Kitch, the album also features contributions from former PLENTY guitarist Michael Bearpark, pianist Peter Chilvers (BRIAN ENO, KARL HYDE) and NO-MAN violinist Steve Bingham.

“It Could Be Home” is set to be released on Karisma Records in CD, Digital, LP and Limited Edition Blue Vinyl formats on the 27th April and the track “Every Stranger’s Voice” can be heard at below and at https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records/07-plenty-it-could-be-home-every-strangers-voice-1644

With artwork by Carl Glover, tracklising on “It Could Be Home” is as follows:

01. As Tears Go By (Rolling Stones cover)
02. Hide
03. Never Needing
04. Broken Nights
05. Foolish Waking
06. Strange Gods
07. Every Stranger’s Voice
08. Climb
09. The Good Man
10. It could be Home

In an album that could be described as a re-discovered gem of the Art Pop genre, the cover of THE ROLLING STONES’ “As Tears Go By” is given a radical synth-heavy overhaul, “Hide” and “Climb” possess a driving Post-Punk energy, while pieces like “Foolish Waking” and “Strange Gods” anticipate the timeless atmospheric melancholy of Bowness’ music and the direction which it is taking. “The Good Man”, the band’s first new song in 27 years, provides a seamless link between PLENTY’s past and its present.

“It Could Be Home” is now available to pre-order in CD and Vinyl versions from the following (digital pre-order will be available soon)

Blue vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/it-could-be-home/
Black vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/it-could-be-home-2/
Digipak CD: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/it-could-be-home-3/

More information about PLENTY can be found on the band’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Plenty-music-534648273575174

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BJØRN RIIS REVEALS VIDEO TEASER FOR UPCOMING MINI ALBUM

Karisma Records have today revealed a Teaser Video for the upcoming mini album from AIRBAG co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist BJORN RIIS. The video, which is as atmospheric and brooding as the album itself, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/TWMPP2pjZ9g

Titled “Coming Home”, the five-track album, which is set for release in MCD format on the 23rd February, will include a newly recorded semi-acoustic version of the title track from Bjorn’s 2014 debut album “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, as well as a duet with the Norwegian singer SICHELLE.

With a front cover image from a collection titled “Sorrow” by the Norwegian photographer Kjetil Karlsen, who provided the much-lauded cover image for Bjorn’s second full-length album “Forever Comes to an End”, design and layout on “Coming Home” is by Asle Tostrup. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Daybreak 4:00
2. Coming Home 6:44
3. Drowning 6:14
4. Tonight’s the Night 3:16
5. Lullabies in a Car Crash (alternative version) 6:29

Bjorn recently described how he felt about “Coming Home”, as well as explaining his decision to include the track “Lullabies in a Car Crash”:

“I’m really happy and proud of the vocals this time, and the duet with Sichelle on “Drowning” is very emotional. Lyrically, “Coming Home” deals with the fear and insecurity of being forgotten by the people around you. You imagine all these dramatic scenes and wonder if you’ll ever be missed if something really was to happen. “Lullabies” just fit right into the mood and theme of this album. It’s almost become a new song. It’s very honest and moving” . The track features AIRBAG and BJØRN RIIS BAND touring guitarist Ole Michael Bjørndal on lead guitar.

The BJØRN RIIS BAND will be playing two shows in the Netherlands in February to celebrate the release of the album. The first will take place on the 23rd at Boerderij in Zoetermeer, followed on the 24th with a show at the De Cacaofabriek in Helmond

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

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

A video by Kjetil Karlsen for the track Where Are You Now” from Bjørn Riis’s album ‘Forever Comes to an End’ can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/cuGTuNKKgso

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DOBBELTGJENGER DEBUTS SINGLE AND VIDEO AHEAD OF UPCOMING ALBUM

Self-styled Futuristic Retro Rockers DOBBELTGJENGER have released a single from their upcoming album “Limbohead” ahead of its release. The single, “Tin Foil Hat”, which also happens to be the opening track from the album, is available to hear and download at

Itunes: http://smarturl.it/ Itunes_TinFoilHat
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ Spotify_TinFoilHat

A video for the track “Tin Foil Hat” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/Oci_l50J14k

Drawing their inspiration from everything from astronauts lost in space to old video games, Norway’s DOBBELTGJENGER was formed in the musical cradle that is Bergen in 2015. The band features an experienced and skilled lineup of musicians that include 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.

Whilst the DOBBELTGJENGER ‘s 2016 debut album “When I’ve Gone to Space” was heavily influenced by progressive rock and elements of jazz and psychedelia, “Limbohead” represents a shift away from a narrow psychedelic expression towards a more eclectic sound. The end result is described by the band as a “punk-inspired, and more hands-on, record” replete with explosive stoner riffs and electric slide-guitars.

Lyrically, “Limbohead” recounts tales of deep-rooted neuroticism, a sort of colourful tapestry of an anxious reality, where doors are locked, in order to shut out the dangerous conspiracies of the world. But whilst the subject matter is serious, DOBBELTGJENGER are all about bringing back the groove and the fun to genres that sometimes take themselves a tad too seriously by using contagious grooves, a futuristic guitar sound, and soulful rock vocals that alternate between vulnerable falsettos, punkish screams and rhythmic narratives.

With artwork by Kristine Malde Lende, tracklisting for “Limbohead” is as follows:

1. Tin Foil Hat
2. Calling Tokyo
3. Like Monroe
4. Locking My Doors
5. Swing
6. In Limbo
7. Keep’em Coming
8. Radio
9. Mangrove

“Limbohead”, which will be released in CD, 12″ Vinyl and Digital formats is now available to pre-order from https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com and https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

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

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DETAILS OF UPCOMING ALBUM FROM PROG ROCKERS JORDSJØ REVEALED

Jordsjø - Jord

With the tape version of JORDSJØ’s upcoming album “Jord” featuring in a number of “Best Of 2017” lists, Karisma Records is off to a flying start with its 2018 releases, as the ubiquitous Bergen-based label reveals details of the album’s more conventional format release.

Replete with an underlying theme of alienation, belonging, and dreams, and following on from three cassette demos, “Jord” is considered by the band to be their first “proper” album. Whilst “Jord” makes use of flute, guitars and a vast array of vintage synths, and with a nod in the direction of 70’s Prog, Electronic and Folk, it is an album that takes on the warmth of its vintage sound, but emerges as something fresh and interesting.

Set for release on the 9th March in CD and Digital formats, and with artwork by Sindre Foss Skancke, tracklisting for “Jord” is as follows:

1. Over Vidda
2. Abstraksjoner fra et Dunkelt Kammer
3. Finske Skoger
4. Jord I
5. Jord II
6. La meg forsvinne
7. Postludium

Consisting of founder and multi instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMORKE, BLACK MAGIC ) and drummer Kristian Frøland, JORDSJØ was formed in Oslo, Norway in the autumn of 2014. The duo draw their inspiration from old horror movies, German 70s Synth music, Swedish Prog, fantasy novels and Norwegian nature, and together they create a charismatic, folk-inspired Symphonic Rock that stands out amongst the legion of Prog Bands.

Already hard at work preparing their next opus, “Jord”, will be followed by what the band calls “a kind of Intermezzo” titled “Nattfiolen” which will explore more deeply the mysticism that surrounds the forest.

JORDSJØ are confirmed to appear at the Close to the Rain Bergen Prog Festival in 2018 and more information about the band can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/

Past releases from JORDSJØ can be heard at https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com

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

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DOBBELTGJENGER ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED

You may be curious as to what Futuristic Retro Rock actually is, and, if you are, then the answer will be revealed on the 2nd March 2018 when Karisma Records releases “Limbohead”, the second full length album from Norway’s DOBBELTGJENGER.

Long-time fans of the band will, of course, know that DOBBELTGJENGER play music that is eclectic, and that they are all about bringing back the groove and the fun to genres that sometimes take themselves a tad too seriously. That’s not to say that DOBBELTGJENGER should not be taken seriously. Far from it. The lyrics of their new album tell tales of deep-rooted neuroticism, a sort of colourful depiction of an anxious reality, where doors are locked, in order to shut out the dangerous conspiracies of the world. But they do so using contagious grooves, a futuristic guitar sound, and soulful rock vocals that alternate between vulnerable falsettos, punkish screams and rhythmic narratives.

Formed in Bergen in 2015, DOBBELTGJENGER field an experienced and skilled lineup of musicians that include 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. With inspiration drawn from everything from astronauts lost in space to old video games, DOBBELTGJENGER’s debut album “When I’ve Gone to Space” was released in late 2016, and was heavily influenced by progressive rock and elements of jazz and psychedelia.

With “Limbohead”, however, DOBBELTGJENGER have moved away from a solely psychedelic expression and have shifted towards a more varied sound, to produce, what the band describe as a “punk-inspired, and more hands-on, record” which also makes good use of explosive stoner riffs and electric slide-guitars. They cite, as their inspiration, new genres in their already progressive and rock-driven expression. Amongst them 80’s Post Punk (TALKING HEADS, JOY DIVISION) and 90’s Stoner, Boogie and Grunge Rock (ZZ-Top, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, JEFF BUCKLEY)

With artwork by Kristine Malde Lende, tracklisting for “Limbohead” is as follows:

1. Tin Foil Hat
2. Calling Tokyo
3. Like Monroe
4. Locking My Doors
5. Swing
6. In Limbo
7. Keep’em Coming
8. Radio
9. Mangrove

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

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 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcHqvfhblh0

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AIRBAG CO-FOUNDER BJØRN RIIS SET TO RELEASE MINI-ALBUM IN THE NEW YEAR

With two critically acclaimed solo albums already to his name, AIRBAG co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist BJORN RIIS will kick off 2018 in style with the release of a mini-album on Karisma Records in February.

Titled “Coming Home”, the five-track album will include a newly recorded semi-acoustic version of the title track from Bjorn’s 2014 debut album “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, as well as a duet with the Norwegian singer SICHELLE.

Bjorn’s interest in music started in his early teens, an era of guitar-led bands that preceded the emergence of the Progressive Rock movement, which, together with Electronica and Movie Scores, also served to influence him and lead him to develop a style filled with soaring leads and gorgeous textures. Today he has become a much-respected guitarist within the musical community, with his own blog which is followed by thousands of fans.

Not unnaturally, therefore, guitar playing takes centre-stage on his releases, and “Coming Home” is no exception. As Bjorn explains: “I’ve always felt that the guitar is an extension of me and a more comfortable and natural way of expressing myself musically”.

Talking about “Coming Home” itself Bjorn had this to say: “I’m really happy and proud of the vocals this time, and the duet with Sichelle on “Drowning” is very emotional. Lyrically, “Coming Home” deals with the fear and insecurity of being forgotten by the people around you. You imagine all these dramatic scenes and wonder if you’ll ever be missed if something really was to happen”

A regards the idea of including the track “Lullabies in a Car Crash”, which features AIRBAG and BJØRN RIIS BAND touring guitarist Ole Michael Bjørndal on lead guitar, Bjorn went on to explain: “Lullabies just fit right into the mood and theme of this album. It’s almost become a new song. It’s very honest and moving” .

The front cover image for “Coming Home”, is from a collection titled “Sorrow” by the Norwegian photographer Kjetil Karlsen, who provided the much-lauded cover image for Bjorn’s second full-length album “Forever Comes to an End”. The design and layout is by Asle Tostrup.

Tracklisting for “Coming Home”, which will be released in MCD format on Karisma Records on the 20th February, is as follows:

1. Daybreak 4:00
2. Coming Home 6:44
3. Drowning 6:14
4. Tonight’s the Night 3:16
5. Lullabies in a Car Crash (alternative version) 6:29

More information about BJØRN RIIS can be found on the guitarist’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisMusician/ and on his website at http://www.bjornriis.com, whilst those interested in guitar tutorials and equipment related matters may like to check out Bjorn’s 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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PSYCHEDELIC ROCKERS HIMMELLEGEME RELEASE VIDEO OF TRACK FROM LATEST ALBUM

Himmellegeme

With their debut full-length album “Myth of Earth”, having hit the streets on Karisma Records just over a month ago, Psychedelic Rockers HIMMELLEGEME have released a video of the opening track “Natteravn”. The video, by the Oslo-based cinematographers Leander Håvik and Rasmus Even Hol Skjegstad, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/JVyIGFFbPQs

Harnessing influences from both Blues and Atmospheric Prog Rock, HIMMELLEGEME have produced an incredibly mature debut album with an otherworldliness to it that makes “Myth of Earth” timeless. The band’s use of heavy riffs, combined with chilling melodies and melancholic lyrics, creates a haunting atmosphere that permeates an album which depicts past events, not only in the lives of the band members themselves, but also in the lives of others

HIMMELLEMEME’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, spent the past year exploring new sounds and putting the finishing touches to their new material, which was recorded during the fall and winter of 2016 at the Broen Studios in Bergen, and produced by Anders Bjelland (ELECTRIC EYE / HYPERTEXT).

Himmellegeme

With artwork by Mina Nornes Westli, “Myth of Earth” is available in CD Digipak, Vinyl and Digital formats. Tracklisting for “Myth of Earth is as follows:

1. Natteravn
2. Hjertedød
3. Myth of Earth
4. Breath in the air like it’s fire
5. Kyss mine blodige hender
6. Fish
7. Fallvind

Himmellegeme - Myth of Earth LP

HIMMELLEGEME are set to appear at the Close to the Rain Bergen Prog Fest – Christmas Edition along with fellow Karisma Records label-mates WOBBLER on the 16th December at The Garage in Bergen.

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

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TUSMØRKE LAUNCHES FAIRY TALE VIDEO AND NEW SINGLE

When a band releases an album filled with fairy tale characters and a generous helping of magic in its storyline, it’s reasonable to suppose that there will be enough material for a video, and, indeed, for the latest single taken from their new album “Bydyra”, TUSMØRKE have treated us to one such video.

The single, “Lær de fattige å trylle” (Teach Magic to the Poor), is just one of the fifteen tracks on “Bydyra”, an album that consists of two original mini musicals, written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo, with those same children also taking part.

Whilst “Bydyra”, which translated means “Urban Wildlife”, is aimed at children, it is, nevertheless, appealing to adults as well, with its lyrical and musical exploration of relatively “grown up” themes such as urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

And this duality of appeal is perfectly illustrated in the subject matter of the track, “Lær de fattige å trylle”, and its humorous accompanying video, resonating clearly in a society where people are constantly encouraged to increase their spending by increasing their debt. As TUSMØRKE explain:

“Teaching magic to the poor is a cunning plot initiated by the dark lords of the spheres of finance. By employing the black arts of modern alchemy, even the destitute can become eager consumers, on credit. Thus, the basest elements of the population are turned into gold, as debt slaves to the banks. Never trust a sorcerer who wears a suit and not a robe.”

The video for “Lær de fattige å trylle” by Aleksander U. Serigstad / Mondo Cane, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CFASvsogk4s

The single itself, released on the 27th October in digital format, is available from
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/track/l-r-de-fattige-trylle
Phonophile: http://phonofile.link/laer-de-fattige-aa-trylle

With artwork commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen, “Bydyra” is an album filled with enchantment as it follows the adventures of three magical creatures – a crow, a badger and a squirrel. Tracklisting on “Bydyra” is as follows:

01. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
02. Trefar (Tree Father)
03. Mellomspill (Interlude)
04. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
05. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
06. Vi er eid (We are owned)
07. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
08. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
09. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

Tusmørke - Bydyra CD

Karisma Records are set to release “Bydyra” on the 10th November in CD Digipak, Transparent Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital formats which are now available to pre-order from the following:

EU: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/tusmorke/
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/
USA: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

TUSMØRKE’s members, drawn from bands such as WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, field an almost dizzying variety of instruments, allowing the band develop its own unique take on Prog. Comprised of Benediktator on vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion and loads of handclaps, Krizla on vocals, flute and electronics, HlewagastiR on drums and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø on electric guitar, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solina on Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet, TUSMØRKE is proving to be popular not only with their studio output, but also live on stage.

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November, and will also play the following dates in Norway:

28 Oct: Brekkenparken, Skien
11 Nov: Big Dipper, Oslo
12 Nov: Sentralen UNG, Oslo
10 Dec: Blarollinger, Oslo

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

TUSMØRKE’s previous two singles can be heard at https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/bydyra

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TUSMØRKE RELEASES SECOND SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

When Norwgian Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE announced that their fifth full-length album “Bydyra” would consist of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo, and that children from the school would be taking part on the album, it certainly piqued the interest not only of the prog community, but also from music fans in general, who were interested in seeing what the result would be.

Having already released one single from the album, TUSMØRKE are giving fans and interested parties another glimpse into “Bydyra” with the release of the the track titled “Rottekongen” (The Rat King). According to the band: “When the Rat King isn’t devouring books in the library (literally), he roams about with his street gang, pestering strangers to make them feel unwelcome. These animals are pests, not pets”

“Rottekongen” is available from the following:

Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/track/rottekongen
iTunes/Tidal/Spotify/Tidal: http://phonofile.link/rottekongen
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4YOufzCK2W5ea4Ghh8XRIu

“Bydyra”, which translated means “Urban Wildlife”, is an album filled with enchantment as it follows the adventures of three magical creatures – a crow, a badger and a squirrel. But adult fans of TUSMØRKE need not be dismayed though, because it will also appeal to them with its lyrical and musical exploration of relatively “grown up” themes such as urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

With artwork especially commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen, and set for release on Karisma Records on the 10th November, tracklisting for “Bydyra” is as follows:

01. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
02. Trefar (Tree Father)
03. Mellomspill (Interlude)
04. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
05. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
06. Vi er eid (We are owned)
07. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
08. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
09. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

Tusmørke - Bydyra CD

TUSMØRKE’s members, drawn from bands such as WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, field an almost dizzying variety of instruments, allowing the band develop its own unique take on Prog. Comprised of Benediktator on vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion and loads of handclaps, Krizla on vocals, flute and electronics, HlewagastiR on drums and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø on electric guitar, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solina on Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet, TUSMØRKE is proving to be popular not only with their studio output, but also live on stage.

“Bydyra”, which is available in CD Digipak, Transparent Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital formats can now be pre-ordered from the following:

EU: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/tusmorke/
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/
USA: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November, and will also play the following dates in Norway:

28 Oct: Brekkenparken, Skien
11 Nov: Big Dipper, Oslo
12 Nov: Sentralen UNG, Oslo
10 Dec: Blarollinger, Oslo

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

Both “Rottekongen” and TUSMØRKE’s previous single, “Trefar”, or Tree Father, who “knows all that goes on in the forest. Where his knowledge dries out, the City Animals must seek out the Library to consult the letters printed on his pulped, dried and flattened children”, can be heard below

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TUSMØRKE DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Tusmørke - Bydyra CD

With TUSMØRKE fans (and their children) eagerly awaiting the November 10th release of “Bydyra” , the band’s fifth full-length album, Karisma Records have debuted a track from the album. Titled “Trefar” the track can be heard below and at http://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/bydyra

As some will already know, with “Bydyra” the Prog Folk Rockers have come up with something quite different, because this album has not only been written for children, there are also children performing on it. The title, which means “Urban Wildlife” gives an idea of the subject matter, which details the enchanting adventures of magical creatures that include a crow, a badger and a squirrel.

According to the band, the debut track is about the Trefar, or Tree Father, who “knows all that goes on in the forest. Where his knowledge dries out, the City Animals must seek out the Library to consult the letters printed on his pulped, dried and flattened children.”

Whilst it is true that “Bydyra” is aimed at children, TUSMØRKE have used their unique take on Prog Rock, seasoned it with humour, and produced an album that will also appeal to adults in its exploration of “grown up” subjects such as urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

Composed of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo “Bydyra” contains fifteen tracks and includes artwork especially commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen. Tracklisting for “Bydyra” is as follows:

01. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
02. Trefar (Three Father)
03. Mellomspill (Interlude)
04. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
05. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
06. Vi er eid (We are owned)
07. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
08. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
09. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments, and is comprised of Benediktator on vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion and loads of handclaps, Krizla on vocals, flute and electronics, HlewagastiR on drums and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø on electric guitar, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solina on Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet.

“Bydyra”, which is available in CD Digipak, Transparent Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital formats can now be pre-ordered from the following:

EU: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/tusmorke/
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/
USA: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November, and will also play the following dates in Norway:

07 Oct: Union Scene Live, in Drammem
28 Oct: Brekkenparken, Skien
11 Nov: Big Dipper, Oslo
12 Nov: Sentralen UNG, Oslo
10 Dec: Blarollinger, Oslo

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

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KARISMA RECORDS REVEALS DETAILS OF SECOND SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM FROM MAJOR PARKINSON

Major Parkinson - Blackbox

While fans of cult prog rockers MAJOR PARKINSON await the 27th October release of the band’s new full length album Blackbox, they can content themselves with the track Madeleine Crumbles, the second single to be released from the album. Karisma Records is releasing Madeleine Crumbles in all territories except for Norway, where the band is handling the release themselves. The single can be found at the following:

TIDAL / WiMP http://listen.tidalhifi.com/album/78681454
iTunes / Apple Music https://itunes.apple.com/album/-/id1282666065

With Madeleine Crumbles the outlandish Norwegians treat their listeners to a five minute pop journey that is at times playful, and at times nostalgic. The song, which features Linn Frøkedal (The Megaphonic Thrift), and a host of guest musicians, shows a densely orchestrated side of MAJOR PARKINSON rarely seen before, and the band had this to say of the track:
“Madeleine Crumbles may function as a soft introduction into the darkness of our Blackbox – A snappy, dancy and orchestral tune that sets a new personal record in guest musicians. Unlike most of our songs, this one was basically written within one single day by Jon Ivar and Lars, which says something about the immediate nature of these melodies.”
Blackbox will be the fourth studio album from the cult prog phenomenon that is MAJOR PARKINSON, and will be available on Degaton Records in Norway and on Karisma Records in the rest of the world. Aside from the previously mentioned Linn Frøkedal, who, in fact, makes a guest appearance on four tracks in total, Blackbox also features several other guest artists who, together, add their unique talents to the overall sound of the album, which the band spent the better part of two years creating.

Filled with frenetic horn sections, angelic strings, rusty hammers, paper planes and rocket ships, and under the guidance of sound maestro Yngve Leidulv Sætre, MAJOR PARKINSON’s lineup of Jon Ivar Kollbotn, Eivind Gammersvik, Lars C Bjørknes, Sondre Veland, Sondre Skollevoll, Øysten Bech-Eriksen and Claudia Cox, have come up with an uncompromising work, somewhere at the crossroads between progressive rock, cinematic pop, heavy industry and icy Arctic electronics.

With artwork by Martin Kvamme, tracklisting on Blackbox is as follows:

1. Lover, Lower Me Down!
2. Night Hitcher
3. Before the Helmets
4. Isabel – A Report to an Academy
5. Scenes from Edison’s Black Maria
6. Madeleine Crumbles
7. Baseball
8. Strawberry Suicide
9. Blackbox

Major Parkinson - Blackbox

Blackbox, which will be available in digipak, black vinyl, gold vinyl and in digital formats, can now be pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

More information about MAJOR PARKINSON can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/majorparkinson/ and on their website at http://www.majorparkinson.com

A video for the song Pretty Eyes, Pretty Eyes by MAJOR PARKINSON can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/-GrUZnB5Leg

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SYMPHONIC PROGGERS WOBBLER REVEAL PROMO VIDEO FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere CD

Wobbler

With just over a month to go until the release of “From Silence to Somewhere”, the fourth full-length album from Norway’s leading Symphonic Prog band WOBBLER, Karisma Records have released a promo video which not only gives fans a taste of the music they can expect to hear, but also an insight into the band itself.
It is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a group of people who, as they have matured and grown together as individuals and as musicians, have quite considerably changed the way they write and make their music. And most noticeably it is an example of a close and enduring friendship amongst the members of WOBBLER that gives the individual musicians the confidence to change, and exchange, ideas in a way that often takes an original idea in a completely unexpected direction, without egos getting in the way, and having a lot of fun while they do it.
The video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/sqrqPG7MZwk

“From Silence to Somewhere”, which is set for release on the 20th October, is comprised of four epic tracks that explore the idea of metamorphosis and alchemy. WOBBLER’s trademark sound, which makes use of copious amounts of Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and other classical analogue keyboards, and of course the renowned Rickenbacker Bass, is very much in evidence.
It is an album with a darker, more introspective edge than WOBBLER’s previous releases, but at the same time “From Silence to Somewhere” feels like a natural progression. Flamenco and Italian Renaissance music can be heard weaving their way subtly through the melancholy harmonies that are combined with powerful crescendos and high-energy, spinet-driven passages, whilst the guitar riffs range from the poignant to the edgy.

With artwork by Thomas Kaldhol (Samuel Jackson 5, Panzerpappa, Lukas Kasha etc) , and a running time of 47 minutes, tracklisting on “From Silence to Somewhere” is as follows:

1. From Silence to Somewhere
2. Rendered in Shades of Green
3. Fermented Hours
4. Foxlight

Formed in Hønefoss in 1999, WOBBLER’s current lineup features current and former members of TUSMØRKE, WHITE WILLOW, THE CHRONICLES OF FATHER ROBIN and JAGA JAZZIST. With Lars Fredrik Frøislie on keyboards and backing vocals, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass, bass clarinet and bass pedals, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion and recorder, Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo on vocals, guitar, glockenspiel and percussion, and Geir Marius Bergom Halleland on lead guitar and backing vocals, the band can avail itself of a considerable array of instruments that have a huge, and very interesting impact, on the overall sound.

WOBBLER will be joining fellow Karisma Records band-mates TUSMØRKE and JORDSJØ at the Proggens Grøde, which will be held at the Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo on the 29th September.
More information about WOBBLER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial

“From Silence to Somewhere”, is available either as CD Digipak or Jewel Case, each with a 12 page booklet, as well as in Digital format. LPs are available either in standard black and in a limited edition Transparent orange/black marble vinyl limited to 500 copies only. CD and vinyl formats are available to pre-order from smarturl.it/Wobbler_Europe, or from smarturl.it/Wobbler_USA in the USA. All formats, including digital, can also be pre-ordered at https://wobbler.bandcamp.com/album/from-silence-to-somewhere

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere LP

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere marble LP

Live footage of WOBBLER performing the track “Rubato Industry” from their debut album “Hinterland” can be seen at https://vimeo.com/168318632

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KARISMA RECORDS ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF UPCOMING ALBUM FROM TUSMØRKE

Tusmørke - Bydyra CD

The folks at Karisma Records have surprised everyone by, almost literally, pulling a rabbit out of their hat with the upcoming release from their new signing, Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE, whose new album is very different indeed in both concept and guest artists. Titled “Bydyra”, which translated means “Urban Wildlife”, this will be the fifth full-length album from the Norwegians. What is surprising about it is that this is the first album that TUSMØRKE have written specifically for, and performed with, children.

Coming in with a whopping 15 tracks, “Bydyra” is composed of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo. It is a unique work that explores the relatively “grown up” subjects of urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

With “Bydyra” TUSMØRKE have succeeded in blending their unique take on Prog Rock with a substantial dose of humour to create an album that will be enjoyed equally by both children, who will be enchanted by the characters and their adventures, and by adults, who will succumb to the psychedelic prog folk overtones. It is a journey filled with magical creatures that serve to charm and educate at the same time.

Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments, and is comprised of Benediktator on vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion and loads of handclaps, Krizla on vocals, flute and electronics, HlewagastiR on drums and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø on electric guitar, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solina on Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet.

Set for release on the 10th November, and with artwork especially commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen, tracklisting for “Bydyra” is as follows:

1. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
2. Trefar (Three Father)
3. Mellomspill (Interlude)
4. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
5. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
6. Vi er eid (We are owned)
7. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
8. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
9. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at Proggens Grøde at the Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo along with Karisma Records label-mates WOBBLER and JORDSJØ on the 29th September, and at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November.
More information about TUSMØRKE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tusmorke/

The official video for the track “Offerpresten” from TUSMØRKE’s 2014 album “Riset Bak Speilet” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/2kMmWp2DqtQ

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KARISMA RECORDS REVEALS DETAILS OF UPCOMING MAJOR PARKINSON ALBUM. NEW SINGLE AVAILABLE

Major Parkinson - Blackbox

Having snapped up the Norwegian cult prog rockers MAJOR PARKINSON, Karisma Records have announced today that the title track from the upcoming album Blackbox is available as a single. The single will be available on all digital platforms and can be heard below or found on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/4oyfrz7JZ99cDwymD8MtwD

The album Blackbox will be the fourth studio album from the outlandish prog phenomenon that is MAJOR PARKINSON. Set for release on the 27th of October of this year, and available on Degaton Records in Norway and Karisma Records in the rest of the world, the band spent the better part of two years creating Blackbox. Recorded partly in the legendary Duper Studio, and partly in MAJOR PARKINSON’s own dungeon – Degaton Studio, Blackbox is an uncompromising work, somewhere at the crossroads between progressive rock, cinematic pop, heavy industry and icy Arctic electronics.

With Linn Frøkedal (MISTY COAST, LOW FREQUENCY IN STEREO) contributing her haunting vocals on no less than four tracks, she is joined by a a plethora of guest musicians who have all added their unique talents to further elevate the Blackbox experience. In the able hands of sound maestro Yngve Leidulv Sætre, Blackbox is an album filled with frenetic horn sections, angelic strings, rusty hammers, paper planes and rocket ships.

According to MAJOR PARKINSON, Blackbox is an unparalleled journey through cinematic, progressive soundscapes and otherworldly melodies which have been forged in stainless dark matter and filled to the brim with musical excess. It is a treasure chest pulled patiently from the ocean floor, through shoals of curious starfish. It’s a night ride through a snowy and moonlit mountain pass, under the pale flicker of oddly shaped constellations!

With artwork by Martin Kvamme, the album will be available as digipak, black vinyl, gold vinyl and in digital formats. The tracklisting on Blackbox is as follows:

1. Lover, Lower Me Down!
2. Night Hitcher
3. Before the Helmets
4. Isabel – A Report to an Academy
5. Scenes from Edison’s Black Maria
6. Madeleine Crumbles
7. Baseball
8. Strawberry Suicide
9. Blackbox

Blackbox is now available to pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

More information about MAJOR PARKINSON, whose lineup comprises Jon Ivar Kollbotn, Eivind Gammersvik, Lars C Bjørknes, Sondre Veland, Sondre Skollevoll, Øysten Bech-Eriksen and Claudia Cox, can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/majorparkinson/ and on their website at http://www.majorparkinson.com

A video for the song Pretty Eyes, Pretty Eyes by MAJOR PARKINSON can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/-GrUZnB5Leg

Whilst a video of the band performing live at Ricks in Bergen can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/NllHj0mOoJY

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KARISMA RECORDS SIGNS NORWAY’S LEADING SYMPHONIC PROGGERS WOBBLER. ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED

Norway’s leading Symphonic Prog band WOBBLER have inked a deal with Karisma Records and are set to release their fourth full-length album, “From Silence to Somewhere” on the 20th October.

Formed in Hønefoss in 1999, WOBBLER’s current lineup features current and former members of TUSMØRKE, WHITE WILLOW, THE CHRONICLES OF FATHER ROBIN and JAGA JAZZIST. With Lars Fredrik Frøislie on keyboards and backing vocals, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass, bass clarinet and bass pedals, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion and recorder, Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo on vocals, guitar, glockenspiel and percussion, and Geir Marius Bergom Halleland on lead guitar and backing vocals, the band can avail itself of a considerable array of instruments that have a huge, and very interesting impact, on the overall sound.

“From Silence to Somewhere” offers up a sound that is enigmatic, multi-flavoured and adventurous, with the use of copious amounts of Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and other classical analogue keyboards, and of course the renowned Rickenbacker Bass . The guitar riffs go from poignant to edgy. Melancholy harmonies combine with powerful crescendos and high-energy, spinet-driven passages, flavoured with a touch of Flamenco and Italian Renaissance music to produce and album comprising four epic tracks that explore the idea of metamorphosis and alchemy. It is a natural continuation from WOBBLER’s previous albums, but with a darker, more introspective edge.

With artwork by Thomas Kaldhol (Samuel Jackson 5, Panzerpappa, Lukas Kasha etc) , and a running time of 47 minutes, tracklisting on “From Silence to Somewhere” is as follows:
1. From Silence to Somewhere
2. Rendered in Shades of Green
3. Fermented Hours
4. Foxlight

More information about WOBBLER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial , whilst their previous releases can be heard at https://wobbler.bandcamp.com/

Live footage of WOBBLER performing the track “Rubato Industry” from their debut album “Hinterland” can be seen below and at https://vimeo.com/168318632

Rubato Industry – Live at Musikkflekken 21.02.2015. (NB! RAW CUT / CAMERA MICHROPHONE AUDIO) from Wobbler on Vimeo.

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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/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: https://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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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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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.