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Part- way through their European Tour with SUFFOCATION, BELPHEGOR and GOD DETHRONED, Norwegian Black Metallers NORDJEVEL have today released a video for the track “Devilry”, taken from their new album “Necrogenesis”

The video, by Grupa 13 Production, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/wCajxcgrW2g


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A follow up to Nordjevel’s 2016 self-titled debut full-length album, “Necrogenesis” sees the band’s core of founder and vocalist Doedsadmiral (SVARTELDER, DOEDSVANGR, ENEPSIGOS) and bassist DzeptiCunt (ex-RAGNAROK), being joined by Destruchtor (MYRKSKOG, ex-MORBID ANGEL) on guitars and backing vocals, and Dominator (ex-DARK FUNERAL) on drums.

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Talking about the effect the new arrivals have had on the band, Doedsadmiral recently had this to say:

With the addition of Destruchtor and Dominator to the band’s lineup, NORDJEVEL has never been so strong. “Necrogenesis” is a much darker and violent album. It is also more varied and mature, both musically and lyrically. We definitely did not want to get stuck in a rut and churn out an identikit version of our debut, and, fortunately, we all felt that we wanted to go in the same direction, so we were all able to work together extremely well on the new songs.  Having said that, “Necrogenesis” was a hard bastard of an album to complete, and at times we felt that the universe was conspiring against us, so it became a very personal album for all of us.

“Necrogenesis”, which was released on Osmose Productions on the 29th March, was recorded at Velvet Recording in Spydeberg, Norway, “Necrogenesis” and was engineered by Nordjevel and Christer Krogh, and mixed and mastered by Patric Darkhyrys at his WSL Studios in France.

With Artwork and layout by Vincent Fouquet of Above Chaos, tracklisting for “Necrogenesis” is as follows

1. Sunset Glow
2. Devilry
3. The Idea Of One-Ness
4. Black Lights From The Void
5. Amen Whores
6. The Fevered Lands
7. Nazarene Necrophilia
8. Apokalupsis Eschation
9. Panzerengel
10. Venom Of Serpents (Bonus Track Vinyl, Digipack)

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“Necrogenesis” is available in CD Jewel Case, Limited Edition CD Digipack (with bonus track), Limited Edition Double Gatefold Vinyl in Blood Red (with bonus track), Limited Edition Double Gatefold Vinyl in Black (with bonus track), Digital, and Limited Edition Audio Tape formats. It is available from all the usual retailers and streaming services, or can be ordered direct from the following:

Webshop:  https://osmoseproductions-label.com/nordjevel-necrogenesis-2019/
BandCamp: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/necrogenesis

 Remaining dates on the current tour:

17 April: Geneve (SUI) @ L’usine
18 April: Luzern (SUI) @ Schuur
19 April: Mannheim (GER) @ MS Connexion
20 April: Zwickau (GER) @ Seilerstrasse
21 April: Brno (CZE) @ Melodka
23 April: Bucharest (ROM) @ Quantic Club
24 April: Cluj Napoca (ROM) @ Form Space
25 April: Ostrava (CZE) @ Barrak Music Club
26 April: Budapest (HUN) @ Durer Kert (No God Dethroned)
27 April: Kranj (SLO) @ Subart
28 April: Graz (AUT) @ Explosiv
30 April: Roma (ITA) Orion Club
01 May: Paderno Dugnano (ITA) Slaughter Club
02 May: Munich (GER) Backstage

In June NORDJEVEL will hit the European trail again when they will support POSSESSED on the “Devils Over Europe” tour.  Dates and routing to be announced.

NORDJEVEL are also set to appear at Brutal Assault in Jaromer, CZ in August.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.nordjevel.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nordjevelofficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/nordjevelofficial
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBQPM_iEe9kJeZq_nFdcug
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nordjevel
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nordjevel/
Band Contact:  nordjevel@gmail.com
The Flaming Arts Agency: http://www.theflamingarts.eu
Booking and Management:  info@theflamingarts.eu
PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Osmose Productions: http://www.osmoseproductions.com/
Osmose Bandcamp: http://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/
Contact: osmoseproductions@gmail

 

 

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HELHEIM’s V’gandr and VULTURE INDUSTRIES’ Bjornar E. Nilsen come face to face with each other in a new video to talk about their upcoming “Strange Rain” tour.   In the video, the two musicians discuss each other’s bands, as well as what fans can expect from the tour, which includes MADDER MORTEM and CAELESTIA.

All four  bands are very different, spanning the range and diversity of the Norwegian metal scene, and all are known for their dynamic live performances.  Which makes “Strange Rain” a tour that will appeal to a wide variety of fans, who are sure to discover  new favourites along the way.

The video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hjGhAVl3TeA


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Routing for the tour is as follows:
   

 Apr 21 Dark Easter Metal Meeting , Münich, DE (Helheim only)
Apr 25 Quantic Club , Bucharest, RO
Apr 26 Flying Circus , Cluj Napoca, RO
APR 27 Vörös-Kék Yuk, Budapest, HU
APR 28 Nova Chmelnice , Prague, CZ
APR 29 Backstage, Paris, FR
MAY 01 The Underworld , London, UK
May 02: Logo, Hamburg, DE
MAY 03 Konfus, Esbjerg, DK
MAY 04 Skullcrusher, Dresden, DE

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With their new album “Rignir” set to hit the streets  during the tour, HELHEIM have released a third single.  Titled “Isud”, which, in keeping with the weather-themed album, means “Ice”, the single can be streamed or downloaded at the following https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/Isud

It can also be heard on YouTube at https://youtu.be/I7HC9tHRT5o  or below


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Inspired by the local weather in Bergen, and drawing further inspiration from the
ljóðaháttr, an Old Norse alliterative verse form used largely in the Eddas, “Rignir”, which means Rain, was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen, with long-time collaborators Bjornar E. Nilsen mixing and producing the album  alongside the band , and Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) handling the mastering. 

Ole André Farstad makes a guest appearance on the album, playing Lap Steel  Guitar on the track Ísuð, and, with artwork by H’grimnir, tracklisting for “Rignir” is as follows:

1. Rignir
2. Kaldr
3. Hagl
4. Snjóva
5. Ísuð
6. Vindarblástr
7. Stormviðri
8. Vetrarmegin

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Set for release on the 26 April  “Rignir” will be available in CD, Blue Vinyl (limited to 500 copies), and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered from:

All formats:  https://helheim.bandcamp.com
CD & Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop:  https://darkessence.aisamerch.com

More information about HELHEIM, and the other bands on the tour can be found at the following:

HELHEIM
Website: http://www.helheim.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway

VULTURE INDUSTRIES
Website: http://www.vulture-industries.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries/

MADDER MORTEM
Website: http://www.maddermortem.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mmortem/

CAELESTIA
Website: http://caelestia.website/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caelestiaband/

The official video of the track “Dualitet og Ulver” from HELHEIM’s ”Heiðindómr ok mótgangr” album, which features a guest appearance from TAAKE’s Hoest, can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/P_fw_nsSHeA


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Helheim Website: http://www.helheim.com
Helheim Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helheimnorway
Helheim  YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/frosjo
Helheim Bandcamp:  https://helheim.bandcamp.com
Helhiem SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/helheimofficial
Band Contact: helheim@helheim.com
Booking: bjornar@propulsionmusic.no
Dark Essence contact: post@karismarecords.no
Dark Essence Records: www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darkessencerecords
Dark Essence Records Bandcamp:  http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/
Dark Essence Records YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/DarkEssenceRecords
Dark Essence Records Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkessencerecords/
Dark Essence Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarkEssenceRec
Dark Essence SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records
Dark Essence Records Webshop: https://www.darkessencerecords.no
Dark Essence Records North American Webshop:  http://darkessence.aisamerch.com/

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Photo by Anne-Marie Forker

Norwegian Prog Rockers  JORDSJØ are back with “Nattfiolen”, an album filled with acoustic guitars, flutes, tape echo, analogue synths and Hammond organ.  Warm and dreamy, “Nattfiolen” reflects the band’s longing for a simpler life close to nature, and an imaginary past where life is centered around music.

And today Karisma Records have released a single from the album that perfectly illustrates the folk-inspired Symphonic Prog, one could almost say Forest Prog, that typifies  JORDSJØ’s musical output.   The single, for the track “Stifinner” can be streamed or downloaded at  https://orcd.co/stifinner

Led by multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (ex-Tusmørke), JORDSJØ was formed in Oslo in 2014, and is a band that draws its inspiration from old horror movies, German 70s Synth music, Swedish Prog, fantasy novels and Norwegian nature.  So much so, in fact, that when, just over a year ago, JORDSJØ first spoke about “Nattfiolen”, they referred to it as “a kind of Intermezzo that will explore more deeply the mysticism that surrounds the forest”.

“Nattfiolen” is the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed debut “Jord”.   Recorded and mixed in JORDSJØ’s  own studio, “Nattfiolen” is mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel, etc.) at the Dude Ranch Studio.

With cover art by Sindre Foss Skancke and band photos by Anne-Marie Forker, track listing for “Nattfiolen” is as follows:

  1. Ouverture
  2. Stifinner
  3. Solens Sirkulære Sang
  4. Septemberbål
  5. Mine Templer II
  6. Til Våren
  7. Ulvenatt

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Set for release on the 24th May in CD and digital formats, “Nattfiolen” is now available to pre-order from the following: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/jordsjo/

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

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Photo by Anne-Marie Forker

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


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma Records on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: www.karismarecords.no
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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Having announced that they will release the entire back catalogue of the ’70’s Norwegian Prog legends RUPHUS, and hot on the heels of the release of the first album “New Born Day”, Karisma Records are ready to reveal the details of “Ranshart”, the second of what will be a total of six releases.

A versatile and ground-breaking band, RUPHUS, with their long, melodic, compositions and multiple, intertwined themes, were regarded as being the Norwegian equivalent of YES, not just in style, but also in skill.

Starting out playing hard progressive rock, RUPHUS adopted a revolving door policy as regards their lineup, and as members left and others joined, the sound changed accordingly, sending RUPHUS in a direction that would eventually make them leaders in the field of Jazz Rock. Only Kjell Larsen (guitar) and Asle Nilsen (bass, flute) would go on to play on all of RUPHUS’ albums.

By  the time RUPHUS’  sophomore album “Ranshart” was released in 1974, the original seven-man lineup had become five. with  three of the seven original members having left the band, including the two vocalists, who were replaced by Rune Østdahl.

As with all the re-issues in the series, “Ranshart”, which was originally recorded at the Roger Arnhoff studios in October 1974, has been re-mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel, etc) using digital transfers from the original master tapes which are stored in the Norwegian National Archives for posterity.

With original artwork by Kathinka Rasch Andersen “Ranshart” will be available in CD, LP and limited Edition LP on yellow vinyl.  Tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Love is my Light
  2. Easy Lovers
  3. Fallen Wonders
  4. Pictures of a Day
  5. Back Side

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Set for release on the 7th June, “Ranshart” is now available to pre-order in all formats from https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/ruphus/

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

A video of RUPHUS playing live at the studios of Norway’s  NRK TV can be seen at https://youtu.be/5RnuFIuAn0U


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebandruphus/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma Records on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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With its May 3 release date a little under a month away, Karisma Records have released a second single from BJORN RIIS’ upcoming third full-length album “A Storm Is Coming”.

The single, titled “Stormwatch”, can be streamed or downloaded at the following: https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/BjornRiis_Stormwatch

According to Riis, “Stormwatch” did not start out as it ended up:

“Stormwatch” originated as a completely different song but after countless rewrites, it turned into a 15 minute piece that in many ways sums up the theme of the new album, “A Storm is Coming”. The lyrics are a dialogue between two individuals, describing the violent tension and frustration in a relationship. As the song progresses, the storm unfolds. I’m very proud of how it turned out. There are a lot of musical references throughout that are sort of a homage to my influences and it was great fun working with both Henrik Bergan Fossum (drums) and Mimi Tamba (vocals). They both delivered outstanding performances. 

With “A Storm Is Coming”, Riis, also known for his work as the co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist of Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG, has managed to combine the art of rock, prog and atmospheric pop,  to produce a prog rock album laden with atmosphere, and which is both heavier, but at the same time more tender, than his previous releases.

With its themes of human relationships and loss, “A Storm Is Coming” is written as a dialogue between two people. Formed of six epic songs and clocking in at 51 minutes, the album was recorded at the Subsonic Society in Oslo, mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL).

In addition to Bjørn Riis on vocals, guitars and a wide variety of instruments, the album features performances by Henrik Bergan Fossum (AIRBAG) on drums, Simen Valldal Johannessen (OAK) on keys, Ole Michael Bjørndal on guitar, Kristian Hultgren (WOBBLER) on bass, and Mimmi Tamba on guest vocals.

With artwork by Asle Tostrup,  tracklisting on “A Storm is Coming” is as follows:

1 When Rain Falls
2. Icarus
3. You And Me
4. Stormwatch
5. This House
6. Epilogue

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“A Storm is Coming” will be available in Digisleeve CD, Digital, and two different vinyl formats, which include a limited edition, one-time-only pressing on marble vinyl with an alternative portrait album cover, as well as a standard black vinyl version.  All formats are now available to pre-order from the following:

All formats: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com
CD & Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/bjorn-riis/
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

BJORN RIIS’ next live appearance will be on the 17 May at the three-day Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec, Canada, where fellow Karisma Records label-mates AIRBAG and OAK are also scheduled to perform.

In September he is also set to appear at the 2 Days Prog + 1 Festival in Veruno, Italy.

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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.

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

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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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Band contact:  bjorn@airbag.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BjornRiisMusician/
Website:  http://www.bjornriis.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/bjornriis/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6JRXuFfSeZ1AzenPh_krpA
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lucyinblue/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0bdyvIoOnl9swUeOCi1Afw
Bandcamp:  https://lucyinblue.bandcamp.com
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/lucyinblueofficial/
Band contact and booking: lucyinblueband@gmail.com
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma Records on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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Below you will find all the details in both English and Norwegian

ENGLISH

Close to the Rain, Bergen Prog Festival, is back with its third edition. This time in the excellent venue USF Verftet, one of the most renowned venues in Bergen. Verftet is known for hosting concerts with acts such as Devin Townsend, Steven Wilson, Swans, Opeth, Katatonia and Anathema, and is equipped with top of the line PA and acoustic treatment. Being literary by the sea, it is the perfect spot for Close to the Rain. A total of 8 band will fill the program spanning the 7th and 8th of June, and we’re proud to announce two of the giants from the Norwegian prog-scene: Leprous and Airbag
https://www.facebook.com/closetotherain.no/

LEPROUS
With a calendar filled with sold-out shows in Europe and North America, Leprous is quickly becoming one of the lead acts of the Norwegian prog scene. 2017 saw the release of their 5th studio album “Malina” to critical and public acclaim. Since then the band has been touring non-stop, filling venues in North and South-America, Europe and Asia. After a 4 year absence, Leprous is finally back in Bergen, headlining the Friday at Close to the Rain.
https://www.facebook.com/leprousband/

AIRBAG
Fresh back from the floating Caribbean festival Cruise To The Edge, AIRBAG returns to Bergen. This time with an exclusive set marking the 10 year anniversary of their debut album “Identity”. On CTTR the band will perform the album in its entirety.
https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound/

OAK
Following the release of their second album “False Memory Archive”, OAK has taken a big leap towards the front of the Norwegian prog scene. In addition to being booked to Close to the Rain, the band is scheduled to play Night of the Prog 2019, one of the biggest genre festivals in the world. With a sound that can draw references to acts such as Talk Talk, Pink Floyd and Steven Wilson, and boasting members of the Airbag and Bjørn Riis live bands, Oak is definitely one to watch!
https://www.facebook.com/oakinoslo/

PANZERPAPPA
…have since their formation in 1998 become an institution in the Norwegian prog-rock scene. Due out with their seventh album “”Summarisk Suite” on the 3rd of May, the band describes their music as “Progressive Rock with a friendly face”, reminiscent of inspirational precursors such as Samla Mammas Manna, King Crimson, Henry Cow, Univers Zero and Frank Zappa, while at the same time sounding unmistakably… Panzerpappa!
https://www.facebook.com/Panzerpappa-112379508814650/ 

SWIFAN EOLH & THE MUDRA CHOIR
…is a new band from Norway, continuously busy discovering their unique kinds of brew, mixing elements of rock, jazz, psychedelic, progressive etc. Founded in 2015, the band just released the debut album “The Key” (2019) on Apollon Records Prog to great reviews.
https://www.facebook.com/mudrasiddhi/

THE WINDMILL
…is a Norwegian progressive rock band formed in 2001 in the outskirts of Oslo. Musically the band can best be described as symphonic neo prog, influenced by several bands from the golden years of the seventies, such as Genesis, Pink Floyd, Camel and others. The debut album “To be continued …” was released May 2010, and the followed up by “The Continuation” in 2013 to great reviews around the world. 5 years later, 2018 saw the birth of “Tribus” to great acclaim from fans and critics. In addition to seeing The Windmill at this years Close to the Rain, they can be seen at Summers End, the UKs longest running prog-festival.
https://www.facebook.com/The-Windmill-142175499160527/

Tickets available from https://www.ticketmaster.no/artist/close-to-the-rain-bergen-prog-festival-billetter/1010760

NORSK

Close to the Rain, Bergen Prog Festival, er tilbake i tredje utgave, og for første gang på Bergens storstue USF Verftet. Totalt vil 8 band fylle programmet som går over to dager, og vi er stolt av å kunne presentere gigantene Leprous og Airbag som to av årets hovedattraksjoner.
https://www.facebook.com/closetotherain.no/

LEPROUS
Med en kalender fylt av utsolgte konserter i både Europa, Asia, Sør- og Nord-Amerika har Leprous blitt et godt kjent navn i alle kriker og kroker, og er et av Norges største og mest aktuelle progband om dagen. I 2017 kom studioalbumet «Malina», som har skutt dem til værs og med høye terningkast og fulle hus verden over. Etter en omfattende turne i Sør-Amerika returnerer bandet til Bergen for første gang på 4 år, hvor de headliner fredagen på Close to the Rain.
https://www.facebook.com/leprousband/

AIRBAG
…fra Oslo er nylig tilbake fra den flytende festivalen Cruise To The Edge i Karibien. Bandet er nå klare for å returnere til Bergen, og denne gangen med en helt spesiell konsert eksklusiv for CTTR hvor de spiller debutalbumet “Identity” i sin helhet i forbindelse med albumets
10-årsjubileum.
https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound/

OAK
I etterkant av slippet av OAKs andre album, «False Memory Archive», har bandet tatt et svvmilssteg mot fronten av den norske progrockscenen. Utover å være booket til årets Close to the Rain, kan bandet ses på årets Night of the Prog festival i Tyskland, en av verdens største festivaler i sjangeren. Bandet har et uttrykk som kan beskrives med referanser til band som Talk Talk, Pink Floyd and Steven Wilson, og med medlemmer av livebandet til Airbag og Bjørn Riis, er definitivt Oak et orkester å få øynene opp for.
https://www.facebook.com/oakinoslo/

PANZERPAPPA
…har siden oppstarten i 1998 blitt en institusjon i den Norske progrockscenen. Bandet er aktuelle med «Summarisk Suite» som slippes 3 mai, og kan beskrives musikalsk som progressiv rock med et vennlig ansikt. Utover å låte genuint kan en finne linker til inspirasjonskilder som Samla Mammas Manna, King Crimson, Henry Cow, Univers Zero og Frank Zappa i bandets musikk.
https://www.facebook.com/Panzerpappa-112379508814650/

SWIFAN EOLH & THE MUDRA CHOIR
…er et nytt band fra Norge. Bandet mikser elementer fra rock, jazz, psykedelia og prog og ble grunnlagt i 2015. Debutplaten «The Key» ble sluppet på Apollon Records Prog i 2019, og har mottatt strålende kritikker.
https://www.facebook.com/mudrasiddhi/

THE WINDMILL
…ble grunnlagt i 2001 i utkanten av Oslo. Musikalsk kan bandet beskrives som symfonisk neo-prog, inspirert av band fra det gylne 70-tallet som Genesis, Pink Floyd og Camel. Debuten “To be continued…” ble sluppet I 2010 og fulgt opp av «The Continuation» i 2013. Fem år senere slapp bandet “Tribus” til strålende mottakelse fra kritikere og fans. I tillegg til å se The Windmill på årets Close to the Rain er de booket på Summers End, den lengstlevende festivalen for progressiv rock i Storbritannia.
https://www.facebook.com/The-Windmill-142175499160527/

Billetter fra https://www.ticketmaster.no/artist/close-to-the-rain-bergen-prog-festival-billetter/1010760

Billettpris:
Dagspass Fredag: 490
Dagspass Lørdag: 490
Helgepass: 890

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Bjorn Riis 2019 PR1

Photo by Anne-Marie Forker

Fans of Atmospheric Prog Rock will have something to look forward to on the 3rd of May, because that’s the date that Karisma Records will release “A Storm is Coming”, the latest album from BJORN RIIS,  also known as the co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist of Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG.

And, as a taster of what’s to come, Karisma have today released “Icarus”,  a single of a track from the album, and about which Riis had this to say:

Icarus” is based on a chord progression that I had lying around, and which seemed to fit the more stripped down, rock production that I had in mind for the new album. The title refers to the old Greek tale about Icarus flying too close to the sun and getting burned. This hubris is translated to a relationship between two people where one is constantly being burned for trying too much.

I’m very proud of the vocals on this one and I think we managed to create a sound that’s, at least for me, a bit different to what I’ve done on previous albums. “Icarus” features Henrik Bergan Fossum (AIRBAG) on drums and Kristian Hultgren (WOBBLER) on bass.”

“Icarus” can be streamed or downloaded at the following:

https://orcd.co/icarus

A follow up to 2017’s critically acclaimed “Coming Home” MLP, “A Storm is Coming” will be the third full-length album from Riis, and promises to be heavier, but at the same time more tender, than his previous releases. It is formed of six epic songs, clocking in at 51 minutes, and is built around the central themes of human relations and loss, written as a dialogue between two people.

Recorded at the Subsonic Society in Oslo, and majestically combining the art of rock, prog and atmospheric pop, “A Storm is Coming” was mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL).

In addition to Bjørn Riis on vocals, guitars and a wide variety of instruments, the album features performances by Henrik Bergan Fossum (AIRBAG) on drums, Simen Valldal Johannessen (OAK) on keys, Ole Michael Bjørndal on guitar, and Mimmi Tamba on guest vocals.

With artwork by Asle Tostrup,  tracklisting on “A Storm is Coming” is as follows:

1 When Rain Falls
2. Icarus
3. You And Me
4. Stormwatch
5. This House
6. Epilogue

Bjorn Riis A Storm Album Art PR

“A Storm is Coming” will be available in Digisleeve CD, Digital, and two different vinyl formats, which include a limited edition, one-time-only pressing on marble vinyl with an alternative portrait album cover, and a standard black vinyl version.  All formats are now available to pre-order from the following:

All formats: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com
CD & Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/bjorn-riis/
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

BJORN RIIS’ next live appearance will be on the 17 May at the three-day Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec, Canada, where fellow Karisma Records label-mates AIRBAG and OAK are also scheduled to perform.

Bjorn Riis 2019 PR2

Photo by Anne-Marie Forker

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.

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

Bjorn Riis 2019 PR3

Photo by Anne-Marie Forker

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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