Archive for Dark Essence Records

Slegest release new video

Posted in News with tags , , , on 5th October 2013 by Pieni

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After making “Ho Som Haustar Aleine” available for streaming, Slegest release it now in video form:

The track is featured on their upcoming album “Løyndom”, which will be released on October 15th via Dark Essence Records. See cover artwork and track listing here.

Slegest online:
http://www.slegest.no/
https://www.facebook.com/slegest
http://soundcloud.com/slegest

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“Ho Som Haustar Aleine”, from Slegest debut album, available for streaming

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 27th September 2013 by Pieni

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After departing from Vreid, guitarist Ese engaged on a solo project which he named Slegest. Dark Essence Records is proud to release his debut album “Løyndom” (Secret) on October 15th, but until then one can take a listen to the first track “Ho Som Haustar Aleine” on the label’s Soundcloudhttps://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/slegest-ho-som-haustar-aleine

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Track-list:
1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength

Slegest online:
http://www.slegest.no/
https://www.facebook.com/slegest
http://soundcloud.com/slegest

Sarkom’s new track “Doomsday Elite” available for streaming

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 17th September 2013 by Pieni

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Sarkom will release their third full-length, “Doomsday Elite”, on October 15th via Dark Essence Records and you can now listen to the title-track on the label’s Soundcloud:  http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/sarkom-doomsday-elite

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The lineup in “Doomsday Elite” features Unsgaard on vocals, Sgt V on bass, Sagstad and Strönen on the guitars and Renton on drums and effects. Also, there will be several guests from the black metal finest: Psy Coma (The Kovenant), Haan (Svarttjern), Nachtgarm (Negator), Thrawn (Paradigma) and V. Larsen. Mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio, here’s the track-list:

1. Doomsday Elite
2. I Utakt Med Gud
3. No Loose Ends
4. Inside a Haunted Chapel
5. Predators in Disguise
6. Solemn Disorder ‘til Human Extinction
7. Cosmic Intellect
8. Stigma

Sarkom online:
https://www.facebook.com/sarkom
http://www.sarkomsect.com/
https://myspace.com/sarkom

Dark Essence Records:
www.darkessencerecords.no
http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords

Vulture Industries post new video for “Lost Among Liars”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 11th September 2013 by Pieni

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On the verge of releasing their third album “The Tower” (on the 27th of September in Europe and the 1st October in North America), avant-garde black metal band Vulture Industries released an animated video for the track “Lost Among Liars”. It can be seen on the following locations:

Metal Hammer in the UK:
www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-nordic-avant-metallers-vulture-industries-premier-their-stunning-new-video-with-metal-hammer/
Zillo in Germany:
http://zillo.de/template.cgi?page=news_detail&id=2456
Pyro in Norway:
http://p3.no/pyro/premiere-pa-fantastisk-ny-vulture-industries-video/#more-30293
Roadburn in The Netherlands:
www.roadburn.com/2013/09/video-premiere-vulture-industries-lost-among-liars/
Rocking.gr in Greece:
www.rocking.gr/news/Apokleistiko-To-Rockinggr-sas-parousiazei-to-neo-video-clip-twn-Vulture-Industries/17178/
This Is Rock in Spain:
http://thisisrock.net/home/?p=1305

The video was made by young Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu, who also designed the cover art for the album itself. It is a surreal critique of today’s society, showing several characters with their own duties, functions and stories of oppression, restitution, control and freedom.

“The Tower” can be pre-ordered at http://vultureindustries.bigcartel.com/, in digipack CD or gatefold double LP, the latter available in three different colours (solid white, transparent green and black). The LP versions, as well as the digital edition, will include the bonus track “Blood Don’t Eliogabalus”

Vulture Industries will be supporting the first leg of Leprous’ European tour, starting in their homecountry:

13/9: John Dee, Oslo, Norway
14/9: Tribute, Sandnes, Norway
15/9: Buddy, Drammen, Norway
16/9: Parkbiografen, Skien, Norway
17/9: Musikken Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden
18/9: Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
20/9: Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
21/9: A2/Sputnik, St Petersburg, Russia
22/9: Tapper Club, Tallinn, Estonia
24/9: TBC, Gdansk, Poland
25/9: Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
26/9: Kwadrat, Kracow, Poland
27/9: Alte Zuckerfabrik, Rostock, Germany
28/9: Beta, Copenhagen, Denmark

Vulture Industries online:
http://www.vulture-industries.net
https://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries

Studio update from Galar’s camp

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 11th September 2013 by Pieni

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After releasing their second album “Til Alle Heimsens Endar” with Dark Essence Records, back in 2010, Norwegian black-folk Galar have renewed their deal with the label for two more albums. The duo is currently in Conclave & Earshot Studios, in their hometown Bergen, working with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen on their third full-length, which should be titled “De Gjenlevende” (The Bereaved). Once again, it’s written entirely in Norwegian, but the fans should expect “longer and more epic songs”. “De Gjenlevende” is a concept album, drawing inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies, and it should be released early next year.

Watch a video of the drum recordings on the band’s official YouTube channel:

Galar online:
http://www.galar.no/
https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
http://www.youtube.com/user/galarofficial

Sulphur – Thorns In Existence [2010]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 19th June 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Sulphur
Album: Thorns in Existence
Release year: 2011
Genre: Blackened Death Metal

Sulphur, who formed from the ashes of nineties black metal band “Taakeriket” and are made up of ex-members of Gorgoroth, Aeternus and Enslaved, have been a fierce, dominating force to be reckoned with in the Norwegian metal scene. Following a few years of laying dormant, Sulphur are back and fiercer than ever with “Thorns In Existence”.

”Revelations” begins with an eerie yet cheesy keyboard introduction, the kind that would be heard in a low-budget horror film. The guitars and drums, while greatly composed, are lighter and more melodic than expected. “True Father Of Lies” follows after, continuing from where “Revelations” finished. The guitars are less melodic and focus more on violent riffs, whilst the drums favour an aggressive approach as well. The vocals are ruthless and unrelenting, keeping the track beastly and heavy. A huge improvement from the first track “Revelations”, though the keyboard section on this track has a hint of cheesiness.

“The Purifying Flame” begins with a very creepy set of sound effects which are soon replaced by ferocious guitar riff and a brutalising drum pattern. The vocals, again are ruthless sounding, unrelenting in their aggression throughout most of the track. The strained whisper-like vocals combined with the slow guitar riff bring a new dynamic to the track. The guitar solo is most impressive, blending well with the stream of double bass pedal. The next track, “Hunting Sickening Seas” starts with a slow, brutalising and shockingly good intro. The vocals have more of a death element which mixes in well with the slow intro. There is a use of clean vocals on the track which gives it more a creepy sound. The acoustic section about half way through the track is a surprise yet a welcome break in between the storm of guitars, vocals and drums.

“Luna Noctiluca” follows after with a slow-paced, brutal and melodic guitar and drums section. The tempo increases with the introduction of the vocals. There is a contrast of clean vocals and screams, which works well with the music. The guitar solo is certainly a highlight of the track and perhaps one of the most enjoyable things about the album. “Into Nothingness” fades its way next. Even after the faded intro, the track seems weak and soft. In some sections, the vocals sound odd and the drums are semi-audible. in the same way it began, it fades out, making way for “Inverted Visions of Eternal Salvation”. It begins with a half-muted intro which soon turns beasty and aggressive. The drum work is intelligent, whilst the guitars are masterfully played and composed. The vocals are still going strong, working well with the synth sections. The track ends on a very creepy note.

“Ravner Beiter I Banesår”, which roughly translated means “Ravens pastures in his death-wounds”, blasts its way next, turning up the level of violence and brutality. The vocals are more slow-paced compared to the guitars and drums, though just as beastly and savage. There are some melodic riff use in one or two sections of the track, which is a pleaser for those who prefer melody over brutality. The track ends with a dramatic symphonic section. “Throne of Illusion” is the second to last track, beginning with a ghastly synth riff, similar to one found in a previous track. The guitars and drums that follow are nothing short of violent, savage and barbaric. The vocals have the bloodthirsty sound to them, as is to be expected. The breakdown towards the end is extremely unexpected however brings a whole new level to both the track and the album.

“A Crimson Line” is the final track of the album. The introductory riff is similar to one found on a Lamb of God album, only with more bite. The brutality and melody contrasts and blends brilliantly and the vocals are still going stronger, perhaps stronger than what they have been for the rest of the album. The use of keyboards and drums only on part of the track is just pure genius. “A Crimson Line” is certainly one of the best tracks on the album.

It’s easy to see why Sulphur have been a dominating force in the Norwegian metal scene. “Thorns In Existence” combines the best of black metal and death metal and mixed in a vast amount of musical genius and talent. This is certainly one of the best albums to come out of Norway since the early days of the Norwegian black metal scene.

5/5

Nico Davidson