NEW TAAKE ALBUM “AVVIK” OUT NOW!

Taake "Avvik" album out now

New album by TAAKE out now!
“Avvik” is available as limited edition digipack (3000 ex, one pressing only) and in digital formats. All six songs from the recent split 10″ releases (some of them in new versions), plus an exclusive acoustic version of Nattestid ser Porten vid 1.

Dark Essence Records set to release CD version of TAAKE tracks from recent 10″ split series.

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TAAKE have released a series of 10″ splits with three different bands (WHOREDOM RIFE, DEATHCULT and HELHEIM), on three different labels, and, as always happens in the case of vinyl releases, fans have been asking for a CD version. 2nd July, they will be releasing a limited edition Digipak CD, along with a Digital version, of the six TAAKE tracks from the series, along with a very special acoustic version of “Nattestid ser Porten vid I”, acknowledged by Black Metal fans the world-over as not only a classic TAAKE track, but a classic of the whole genre itself.

Dark Essence Records to release split EP from Taake and Helheim

Taake / Helheim - Henholdsvis

Norwegian Black Metal icon Hoest has cast some positivity into the hell that has been 2020, with the release of two TAAKE 10″split EPs, one with DEATHCULT (on Edged Circle Productions) and one with WHOREDOM RIFE (on Terratur Possessions), and now, as the year draws to a close, a third split has been announced. The […]

Black Metal sales campaign

Black Metal Sales Campaign - Dark Essence Records

We’re continuing our series of summer sale campaigns and this week we’ll focus on our Black Metal bands.

NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

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True to their word Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE are set to return to North America to play some parts of the country they didn’t reach on their first US tour in 2016, as well as re-visit some locations. Routing as follows: 20 May: El Corazon, Seattle, WA 21 May: Star Theater, Portland, OR 23 May: […]

SLEGEST DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Slegest - Vidsyn

Dark Essence Records have debuted a track from “Vidsyn”, the sophomore full-length album from Norway’s SLEGEST. The track, titled “Wolf” is streaming exclusively on the following: Friedhof Magazine- ESP http://friedhof-magazine.com/noticias/slegest-estrenamos-en-exclusiva-su-nuevo-sencillo-wolf Metal Hammer – NO TBA Ultraje – PT http://ultraje.pt/slegest-wolf/ Musick Magazine – PL TBA Lords of Metal – NL http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/streams/view/id/457 Legacy Magazine – DE http://www.legacy.de/exklusives/item/34175-exklusive-song-premiere-slegest-wolf […]

SHINING TO HIT THE ROAD WITH TAAKE AS PART OF 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR EVENTS

Shining Taake Tour PR SHINING TO HIT THE ROAD WITH TAAKE AS PART OF 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR EVENTS Dark Essence Records

As part of a series of live appearances to mark the band’s 20th Anniversary, NIKLAS KVARFORTH’s SHINING will hit the road in December along with Norwegian Black Metal titans TAAKE. Full details of the tour are not yet available, but confirmed routing so far is as follows: 02 Dec: TBA, Berlin, DE 03 Dec: Into […]

NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN DEBUT TRACK FEATURING TAAKE’S HOEST AND ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

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On the eve of the release of their sophomore full-length album “Livlaus”, Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN have debuted a second track from the album. The track “Uforgjengeleg” features TAAKE frontman and founder Hoest on guest vocals. It can be heard below and at https://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/orkan-uforgjengeleg-featuring-taakes-hoest “Livlaus”, which is out on Dark Essence Records on the 11th […]

NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE AUTUMN TOUR DATES

Taake Tour 2015PR NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE AUTUMN TOUR DATES Dark Essence Records

Iconic Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE will set out on a fifteen date European tour which will see the band play in Finland, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands. Three Dark Essence Records label-mates will also be joining the lineup – KRAKOW and ORKAN (whose lineup includes TAAKE guitarist Gjermund) will […]

ALFAHANNE DEBUTS TRACK FEATURING KVELERTAK FRONTMAN FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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The 11th September will see the release on Dark Essence Records of ALFAHANNE’s sophomore full-length album “Blod Eld Alfa”, and today the label has debuted one of the nine tracks from the album. The track, “Skallerormsgift”, which actually received its first ever public airing on BBC Radio One last week, features KVELERTAK frontman Erlend Hjelvik […]

NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN DEBUT TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

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Formed in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse, and with a lineup that now includes former GRIMNORTH bassist Sindre Hillesdal and frontman Einar Fjelldal (ex-GRAVEMACHINE), Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN are set to release a new full-length album, which will be titled “Livlaus”, on Dark Essence Records on the […]

NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Orkan Livlaus 2400x2400 NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM Dark Essence Records

With a release date set for the 11th September, Dark Essence Records have revealed details for the upcoming sophomore full-length album from Norwegian Black Metallers ORKAN. Titled “Livlaus”, the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio, with no editing of the basic tracks, whilst vocals and effects were added later. Hoest (TAAKE) and V’gandr […]

ALFAHANNE AND DARK ESSENCE RECORDS ANNOUNCE COMPETITION IN RUN-UP TO ALBUM RELEASE

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When details of ALFAHANNE’s debut full-length album “Alfapokalyps” were revealed prior to the album’s release on Dark Essence Records early last year, many were surprised to find that the Swedish band, who at that time were relatively unknown, had managed to attract guest appearances from artists such as TAAKE’s Hoest, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth, and HELHEIM’s […]

NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE SET TO EMBARK ON THEIR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Taake US TourPR NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE SET TO EMBARK ON THEIR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR Dark Essence Records

Despite a history spanning over two decades, iconic Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have never previously toured in North America, but that is about to change with the band set to headline their first ever tour of the continent in June of this year. Joining them on the thirteen-date tour will be US bands WOLVHAMMER for […]

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SIGNS NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN

Orkan PR3 DARK ESSENCE RECORDS SIGNS NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS ORKAN Dark Essence Records

Bergen-based Dark Essence Records, one of the fastest growing and most respected Norwegian labels, have announced the signing of Black Metallers ORKAN, and are set to release the band’s sophomore full-length album “Livlaus” later this year. ORKAN’s four-man lineup was formed in 2008 by TAAKE’s live guitarist Gjermund Fredheim and ex- BYFROST drummer Rune Nesse. […]

Dark Essence Records Label-Night @ Inferno Metal Festival 2015

Dark Essence Records label night Inferno 2015 Dark Essence Records Label-Night @ Inferno Metal Festival 2015 Dark Essence Records

The annual Dark Essence Records Label Night during the Inferno Metal Festival will take place on April 1st 2015. Doors open at 20:00 Venue: BLÅ (Directions here) Times for tomorrow’s shows will be as follows; 21:00 Galar 22:30 Momentum 23:30 Krakow 00:50 Taake We look forward to celebrating Infernos 15th anniversary!

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DARK ESSENCE LABELNIGHT @ INFERNO FESTIVAL 2015

Inferno Festival 2015 DARK ESSENCE LABELNIGHT @ INFERNO FESTIVAL 2015 Dark Essence Records

It has become tradition for Dark Essence Records to host a labelnight at Blå during the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, Norway. The next Dark Essence Records labelnight is now scheduled to take place on April 1st 2015. For the Dark Essence Records labelnight we will be bring with us Norwegian black metal band TAAKE, […]

TAAKE’s NEW ALBUM ‘STRIDENS HUS’ OUT TODAY

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DARK ESSENCE RECORDS proudly presents TAAKE’s sixth full-lenght studioalbum ‘Stridens Hus’ “Stridens hus” takes the unique Taake sound and develops it further. Still true to the spirit of the old Norwegian Black Metal, Hoest breathes new life into the genre by introducing different elements that ensure the sound remains fresh and relevant. Some parts are […]

NORWEGIAN BLACK METALLERS TAAKE ANNOUNCE MEXICAN AND COLOMBIAN TOUR DATES

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Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have announced that they will play a series of dates in both Colombia and Mexico in the new year. The tour will start on the 10th January and routing is as follows: COLOMBIA Jan 10: Teatro La Mama, Bogota, Jan 11: Barnaby Jones, Medellin MEXICO (with RAGNELL) Jan 14: Kalipso Bar, […]

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS RELEASES NEW TAAKE EP ‘KULDE’

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS releases new EP from TAAKE called 'Kulde'.

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS RELEASES NEW TAAKE EP “KULDE” As a warm-up to the upcoming Taake fullenght studioalbum “Stridens Hus” – DARK ESSENCE RECORDS is happy to release a new TAAKE EP. The EP is called “KULDE” (English: Cold). It contains exclusive new material from Taake and a cover of The Cure. You can listen to […]