Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Accept announce "Too Mean To Die" European tour

 Accept announce "Too Mean To Die" European tour

ACCEPT have been flying the flag of classic metal for decades, and with their latest album, "Too Mean To Die", they have once again proven themselves to be international chart stormers with top 10 placings worldwide.

Now, after a long absence due to Corona, they are proud to announce they will finally be returning to European stages in 2022, with their usual driving energy full of irrepressible power.
They will be playing the new album "Too Mean To Die" and the ACCEPT classics.
Watch the tourtrailer here: https://youtu.be/Tu6_dZlQpCA
For decades, ACCEPT have stood for pure metal, great melodies and unforgettable live moments. Their three exceptional guitarists will undoubtedly transform audiences into a surging mass and blow the virus into oblivion.
Because, according to Wolf Hoffmann: "We are too mean to die! Weeds do not die! ACCEPT won't let it get them down!"
Philip Shouse adds: "The best thing that will happen for us is to go to the airport, get on a plane, fly to you and play a big, fantastic gig".
The words say it all, because 'The Best Is Yet To Come' is not only an outstanding song from the new record, it also sums up the current situation - things can only get better.
ACCEPT will be supported in Europe by none other than PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, who unforgettably brought venues around the world to boiling point with MOTÖRHEAD and stands for pure Rock N Roll, because even without Lemmy (R.I.P.), Phil has the controls set to 12 or 13!
The US speed/thrash wrecking ball veterans FLOTSAM & JETSAM complete the billing and can't wait to play the stages to the ground.
Too Mean To Die – Tour 2022
10.12.2021 JAP – Tokyo Club Citta
11.12.2021 JAP – Tokyo Club Citta
15.01.2022 D – Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
16.01.2022 B – Brussels La Madeleine
18.01.2022 D - Frankfurt Batschkapp
19.01.2022 F – Paris Bataclan
21.01.2022 E – Pamplona Burlada
22.01.2022 E – Madrid La Riviera
23.01.2022 E – Barcelona Razzmatazz 1
25.01.2022 F – Ramonville Bikini
26.01.2022 F – Villeurbanne Transbordeur
28.01.2022 CH – Zürich Komplex
29.01.2022 AT – Telfs Rathaussaal
30.01.2022 HU – Budapest Barba Negra
01.02.2022 CZ – Zlin Hala Euronics
02.02.2022 PL – Warsaw Progresia
04.02.2022 EST – Tallinn Helitehas*
05.02.2022 SF – Helsinki House Of Culture*
06.02.2022 SF – Tampere Pakkahuone*
08.02.2022 SWE – Stockholm Fryshuset*
09.02.2022 NOR – Oslo Rockefeller*
11.02.2022 SWE – Gothenburg Tradgarn*
12.02.2022 DK – Copenhagen Vega*
13.02.2022 D – Bremen Aladin
15.02.2022 D – Berlin Huxley´s
17.02.2022 D – Ulm Ratiopharm Arena
18.02.2022 D – München Tonhalle
19.02.2022 D – Filderstadt FILharmonie
20.02.2022 D – Geiselwind Eventzentrum
22.02.2022 D – Leipzig Haus Auensee
23.02.2022 D – Saarbrücken Garage
25.02.2022 RUS – Moscow Glavclub*
26.02.2022 RUS – St. Petersburg Cosmonaut*
28.02.2022 UKR – Kiev Stereoplaza*
* NO Phil Campbell
Today, the band also kick off the pre-order for their brandnew "Too Mean To Die" Glow In The Dark vinyls.
Pre-order your copy here: http://nblast.de/AcceptTMTD-Glow
"Too Mean To Die" is also available in various other formats, here: http://nblast.de/Accept-TooMeanToDie

Monday, 6 April 2020

Prog Rockers Arabs In Aspic Release Single From Upcoming Album


With the 12th June having been set as the release date for "Madness and Magic", the seventh full-length album from Prog Rockers ARABS IN ASPIC, Karisma Records have today released the single "I Vow to Thee, My Screen", which is the opening track from the album.   
According to the band, the song "describes the fascination and fear of our addiction to being entertained. The lyrics are heavily inspired by the British patriotic hymn, “I Vow to Thee, my Country,” written by Cecil Spring-Rice in 1918".
"I Vow to Thee, My Screen" can be streamed or downloaded from a number of different services at  https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/arabsinaspic    
Based in Trondheim in Norway, ARABS IN ASPIC's lineup of Jostein Smeby on Guitars + vocals, Stig Jørgensen on Organs + vocals, Erik Paulsen on Bass + vocals, Eskil Nyhus on Drums + cymbals and Alessandro G. Elide on Percussion + gongs,  all have an uncanny ability to perform a variety of styles, which include aspects of classic rock, funk, pop, prog, heavy rock, bossanova, a capella.  
The resultant sound is a distinctive mix of loud, heavy guitars and drums, 12 string acoustics, funky bass and percussion, screaming Hammond organs, soft Rhodes, Mellotrons and 70's Synths, topped with plentiful vocal harmonies, which point to ARABS IN ASPIC's roots in what is known as the "Golden Era" of rock.
With ethereal artwork by Julia Proszowska, tracklisting for the "Madness and Magic" is as follows:
1. I Vow to Thee, My Screen
2. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 1
3. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 2
4. High-Tech Parent
5. Madness and Magic
6. Heaven in Your Eye
Commenting on "Madness and Magic", the band had this to say:
"Madness and Magic"  is the first Arabs in Aspic album written for two drummers, with more acoustic guitar parts than previous albums. All the music was written and arranged in our studio and carefully put together like a puzzle with 50,000 pieces, to take the listener on a journey through life's “Madness and Magic”, both musically and lyrically. 

The lyrics for "Madness and Magic" reflect on how easily both children and adults are affected in the digital age, but also how helpless we are when we have to put our lives in the hands of specialists. Many ideas came up after a brief meeting with Doctor Death. The message of "Madness and Magic" is up to the listener to decide. For you are capable of thinking for yourself, right?

"Madness and Magic" will be available in CD,  black vinyl and Limited Edition Green and Yellow Splatter vinyl, and Digital formats, and is now available to pre-order at:
Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/
Bandcamp:  https://arabs.bandcamp.com

More information about  ARABS IN ASPIC can be found  on the band's  Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/arabsinaspic/  or on their website at http://www.arabsinaspic.org/
A video of Arabs in Aspic live can be seen at https://youtu.be/v3jekw2m19c

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Prog Rockers Airbag Reveal Details And New Single From Upcoming Fifth Full-Length Album


Taken from the official press release 

Four years since the release of "Disconnected",  Prog Rockers AIRBAG are set to release their fifth full-length album.  Titled "A Day at the Beach", the album will be released on the 19th June on Karisma Records, and today the label has given the band's many fans a taste of what they can look forward to by releasing a track from the album.
The track is titled "Machines and Men", and  AIRBAG describe it thus:  "This was one of the very first songs written for the album. The initial demo was basically just guitars, drums and vocals and during a period of working in the studio, rehearsing, and playing the song live, it slowly evolved into something new and fresh that defined most of the material we were working on. The lyrics describe the facts of war in a cold and objective fashion, only to turn to the spectator  with a warning and a chance to look away".

"Machines and Men" can be streamed or downloaded at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/airbag_machines-and-men

Hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, AIRBAG  was formed in the mid 2000's by five high school class mates, which included two of today's members Asle Tostrup (vocals) and Bjørn Riis (guitars).  AIRBAG is a band that is able to blend diverse musical styles and sounds, with a strong narrative listening experience. Today's lineup also includes Henrik Bergan Fossum (drums) and "A Day at the Beach" will be AIRBAG's first album as a trio, and will also feature talented guest musicians including WOBBLER's Kristian Hultgren.

Featuring  six new songs recorded during the  autumn and winter of 2019-20, and inspired  by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, "A Day at the Beach" sees AIRBAG  creating a powerful sound combining ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock.  The result is a stunning selection of songs revealing a mature band looking forward from its already impressive legacy.

Once again teaming up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes, "A Day at the Beach" was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo and  produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis. Cover design, is, as always, by vocalist Tostrup.   Track listing for "A Day at the Beach" is as follows:

1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

Airbag explains:

The album is the result of a strong collaboration between all three of us. Having lost two original members since our last album, we were forced to rethink how we write and create new music, but it also allowed us to venture into something new that turned out to be very inspiring.

Lyrically, “A Day at the Beach” is very much a story of us and them, told by a husband, father and brother leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people in power observing at a safe distance.

"A Day at the Beach" will be available in CD, black and coloured vinyls and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-day-at-the-beach
Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
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

A video of AIRBAG A video of AIRBAG performing in Quebec in 2019 can be seen at https://youtu.be/3fFoN-JJr-U  

Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airbagsound/
Airbag Booking: bjorn@airbag.no  
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Swedish Bay Area Thrasher DEFIATORY Unleash first teaser for upcoming video King In Yellow taken of their new album Hades Rising Out Now!

Swedish Bay Area Thrasher DEFIATORY Unleash first teaser for upcoming video King In Yellow taken of their new album Hades Rising Out Now!
with two full length's now under their belt and new shows coming up
Defiatory is gearing up for their new release of the track King In Yellow taken of their new jaw breaking album Hades Rising a total must have for any Thrash or Death Metal fan for the matter. with glowing reviews all over the globe and fantastic reception of their comeback album Defiatory present their first little glimpse into the world of KING IN YELLOW, the video is directed and produced by Standard Film Team Sweden.

Check out the Video Teaser below!

Sunday, 23 September 2018


, ORKAN’s lineup, comprised of founder members Gjermund Fredheim (TAAKE’s live guitarist notorious for having created Black Metal’s only banjo solo) and  drummer Rune Nesse, along with bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE), are well qualified to able to create an uncompromising sound that is not just emotion-filled, but also varied.

Having recently debuted the track “I flammar skal du eldast”, from their latest album “Element”, the Norwegian Black Metallers now show just how varied their sound can be, with the release of a video for the track “Heim”, which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hQ_kqCeeM9U

As drummer Rune Nesse explains:

We are excited to present Orkan’s very first music video! ”Heim” is a song that clearly stands out from the rest of the tracks on our new album, Element, and, when choosing which track to use in the making of a music video, we were all quick to agree on this particular song.  When filming we set out to convey the mood and atmosphere of the track and we’re pleased to share the result of this process with you now!

“Element” itself came into being during a particularly difficult time for ORKAN.  Having started on it in 2015, the band had to fight their way through the ravages of cancer and a rare muscular disease, but won through and have produced an album whose songs are more layered  and with a more and complex production than their debut full-length “Livlaus”.

It  is a ferocious album that deals with the power of the four elements, and stands as an homage to the unforgiving strength of the earth as witnessed by the landscape of ORKAN#s native land – the Island of Stord.  Whilst taxing in both mind and body to make given the circumstances, the resulting album has proved to be as rewarding as it was difficult to achieve,  drawing you in and totally enveloping you in darkness

With photography by Atle Helland and artwork by Tom Korsvold, the tracklisting on “Element” is as follows:

1. Lenker
2. I flammar skal du eldast
3. Iskald til beinet
4. Motstraums
5. Avmakt
6. Den våte grav
7. Heim

“Element” will hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on October 5th, 2018 in CD and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp: https://orkan1.bandcamp.com
Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

ORKAN will be joining TAAKE, BÖLZER and ONE TAIL ONE HEAD for the following nine shows on the twenty-date tour:

04.10: U Basyla, Poznan, PL
05.10: Way of Darkness, Lichtenfels, DE
06.10: 013, Tilburg, NL
07.10: Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, NL
08.10: The Dome, London, UK
09.10: Rebellion, Manchester, UK
10.10: De Casino, St-Niklaas, BE
11.10: Petit Bain, Paris, FR
12.10: Resonanzwerk, Oberhausen, DE

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

The previously debuted track ” I flammar skal du eldast” from “Element”  can be heard below and at http://orkan1.bandcamp.com/track/i-flammar-skal-du-eldast

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ORKANMETAL
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OrkanOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orkan_official/
Bandcamp: https://orkan1.bandcamp.com
Band Contact and Booking:  orkanband@gmail.com

Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
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 Webshop North America:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
Dark Essence Records KlickTrack (Digital formats):  shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

Monday, 20 August 2018

Blood Of Serpents - Sulphur Sovereign (2018) - Review

Band: Blood Of Serpents
Album title: Sulphur Sovereign
Release date: 25 September 2018

01. Mater Tenebris
02. In Darkness, Brotherhood
03. Devil's Tongue
04. Evictor Of Christ
05. As The Temple Burns
06. Canticle
07. As Nocturnal Dimensions Beckon
08. Upon Waters Dark
09. Prophet Of A False Faith
10. A Void Between Worlds

Black metallers Blood Of Serpents hails from the deep forests of Småland, Sweden, and Sulphur Sovereign is the bands' second full length album, and the first one featuring drummer Christoffer Andersson and vocalist Thomas Clifford known from Throne Of Heresy and Abscession. The band debuted in 2012 with the EP Leave You To The Flies, which was followed in 2013 by the second EP Mind Made For Murder and finally in 2014 by the debut full-length Black Dawn.
The new album Sulphur Sovereign is slated to be a standout black metal release of 2018 and upon hearing the first track it becomes clear what we are in for, this is pure crushing evil black metal, without leaving to much room for melodies, but yet there's some space for some indulgent impeding melodic patterns that arise from the shadows to make everything a bit more audacious, with all this the band carriers forward the style that has a lot in common with bands such are Marduk, Belphegor, Funeral Mist and Dark Funeral.

The thing that made me fall in love with this record is the sound intensity and the speed, mostly because I'm a huge sucker for bands like Marduk or Belphegor and it's quite clear that fans of those bands will love this album. Each one of the tracks on this album breaks the standards of today's black metal production. Blood Of Serpents know clearly what they are doing in terms of building up the hype and mystery surrounding the album, just listen for example to the majestic almost epic track  "As The Temple Burns" and you'll understand what's my point.

Each track brings back memories of the good old days when albums of black/death metal pioneers like Belpegor, early BehemothEndstille,... were dominating the scene with their ferocious uncompromising black metal. Blood Of Serpents with Sulphur Sovereign have released that kind of an album that will change the scene for the better with raging guitars, insane drums and harsh vocals from the depths of hell.
The band offers throughout the album very dense and rich sound that reminds in the first place especially to Marduk's early output Frontschwein or Serpent Sermon. So, I think that you understand what are you in front of and if you are a fan of the bands mentioned above then Blood Of Serpents new album Sulphur Soverreign will be your lucky hit for sure! The album drops on 25th of September so be sure to not to miss out this majestic album from these Swedish black metal masters. This is an anti-theistic opus for those who see through the thin veil of religious servitude, it's an album that in the first place draws on a respectful Swedish black/death tradition, but yet it's not just repeating the old patterns.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 8/10