Rockshots Records is proud their latest signing of dark industrial metal band Karmic Link for the release of their third album “Dark Metropolis” on October 19th, 2018. This next full length follows the band’s two previous albums “Esoterica”(2010) and debut “No Light But Rather Darkness Visible”(2008).
Karmic Link was founded by Stathis Kassios (Nightfall, ex-System Shock) whom after a period of extensive recording and live experience wanted to give birth to a surrealistic musical project. The outcome has been a dose of dark industrial coldness with Mediterranean energy along with atmospheric landscapes, progressive and instrumental madness, electro breakdowns plus hard rock pentatonic moments.
The band’s current line up features an international cast consisting of band founder Stathis Kassios (ex-keyboard player of Sweden’s System Shock and of Greece’s Nightfall), Evan Hensley (guitar, bass) (ex-Nightfall, Dark Hound), hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, USA and Sweden’s Kim “Kimbo” Gustavsson (drums, guitar) currently based in Oslo (Norway).
Stathis Kassios comments:
“Karmic Link is promoting thought provoking concepts, ideas, heretic and hermetic philosophies to explain today’s chaotic world and the Dystopian times to come in a globally connected world…Karmic Link is the bitter yet powerful sound of our personal life’s soundtrack filled with anxiety for the future ruled by technology.”
The band’s first single “Random Phantom” in support of “Dark Metropolis” is now streaming at the following link:
Album pre-order – http://bit.ly/
1. Random Phantom
2. Dark Metropolis*
3. The Tone Of C
4. False Spots On The Highway
5. Your Fire Will Burn For Centuries
6. RiaMa (instrumental)
8. Lost Magic Alchemy
Album and live line-up
Stathis Kassios: Keys, Vocals, Samples
Evan Hensley: Guitars, Bass
Kim ‘Kimbo’ Gustavsson: Drums, Guitars
Produced by Stathis Kassios & Evan Hensley
Mixed by Stathis Kassios & George Frangelis at SoundHouse Studios Athens (www.soundhousegr.com)
Mastered by George Frangelis at SoundHouse Studios Athens
All music & lyrics by Stathis Kassios
Artwork & Design by Stathis Ridis (Lucifer’s Child)
Photography by Anastasia Michail
Guitars & Bass recorded in Nashville (USA) at Twilight Cloud Studio
Drums & more guitars recorded in Oslo (Norway) at Pluto Hill Studio
Keys recorded in Athens (Greece) at Cyberia Studio
Vocals recorded in Athens at SoundHouses Studio
Guest vocal appearance in “Dark Metropolis’’ by Vassilis Mazaris (Daylight Misery)
Guitars on Random Phantom, Dark Metropolis, Endless, Lost Magic Alchemy, Nostalgia, by Evan Hensley
Bass on all tracks by Evan Hensley
Drums on Dark Metropolis, The Tone of C, False Spots on the Highway, Your Fire Will Burn for Centuries by Kim ‘Kimbo’ Gustavsson
Guitars on The Tone of C, False Spots on the Highway, Your Fire Will Burn for Centuries by Kim ‘Kimbo’ Gustavsson
Album Line Up:
Stathis Kassios – Keyboards, Vocals
Evan Hensley – Guitars, Bass
Kim Kimbo Gustavsson – Drums, Guitars
*Dark Metropolis track features a guest vocal appearance by Vassilis Mazaris (Daylight Misery)
UPCOMING RELEASE – Dark Metropolis (2018)
No Light But Rather Darkness Visible (2008)
Karmic Link is the brainchild of Stathis Kassios (Nightfall, ex-system Shock) who, after a period of extensive recording and live experience, gave birth to a surrealistic musical project. In 2006, he started experimenting on some songs with Mina G., a charismatic mezzo-soprano, full of karmic ideas. The link was established and the result was mixed and mastered in the famous Tico Tico studios in Finland. So sinners…beware. Karmic Link so far consists of Mediterranean energy, doses of industrial coldness, atmospheric landscapes, progressive bits, instrumental madness, dark pop tunes, electro breakdowns, funky grooves and hard rock pentatonic moments.
“Karmic Link is promoting thought-provoking concepts, ideas, heretic, and hermetic philosophies to explain today’s chaotic world and the dystopian times to come in a globally connected world…Karmic Link is the bitter yet powerful sound of our personal life’s soundtrack filled with anxiety for the future ruled by technology.” Stathis Kassios
The group’s debut album “No Light but Rather Darkness Visible” was released in 2008 and the concept behind this intriguing title, is questioning the Eastern vs Western modern conflict but from a metaphysical point of view. Guest musicians on the CD include Bob Katsionis (Firewind), who recorded and performed all rhythm and lead guitars, and Jani Liimatainen (Sonata Arctica), who laid down leads on one of the two instrumental songs of the album.
Although coming from a warm Mediterranean country, Greece, Stathis Kassios embarked on a life-changing trip in 2008 in cold Sweden where he met Evan Hensley coming from Nashville, Tennessee and Kim Kimbo Gustavsson who is Swedish. The 3 musicians started jamming and working together with great success in System Shock’s “Urban Rage” album and Karmic Link’s thought-provoking concept studio album ‘’Esoterica’’ released in 2010.
Karmic Link’s new album Dark Metropolis (2018) is an album sourcing musicianship from Greece, Norway, and USA, different cultures bound together to offer an alternative metal experience!