Norwegian rock pioneers Arabrot are just coming down after a US tour in July , and are now planning to release their 7th full length album.
During these 12 years of existence, Arabrot has managed to upset people in every possible way. From the get go in Haugesund Norway, where it all started, they’ve been provoking people with controversial artwork and unusual press shots. The singer’s voice was described “ Sounds like someone who just escaped a mental institution”. They have grown from there and have become something of a cult band with hard core fans all over the world.
They’ve never done anything the usual way, but still Arabrot won the Grammy for best metal album in 2012.
Not bad for an rock band in Norway, a country with one of the most interesting metal scenes in the world.
Since then they’ve toured rock clubs in Scandinavia, Europe and the U.S. But they’ve also composed music for silent movies like “Die Niebelungen” and “ Doctor Caligari”. They’ve teamed up with The Quietus-founder John Doran on his spoken word tour. They’ve blown whole art galleries away with their brutal, yet sophisticated sound.
But it’s growing bigger and better. After having recovered from throat cancer last year, singer Kjetil Nernes performs better than ever. And after six full length albums and 6 EP’s, the songs are very solid.
The new album “The Gospel” is recorded partly with Steve Albini in Electrical Audio and partly in the old church in the woods of Dalarna, Sweden where the singer lives and runs his studio these days.
Ted Parsons, Stephen O’malley and Erlend Hjelvik (Kvelertak) are some of the musicians contributing on this album along with noise-lord Lasse Marhaug and Andrew Liles(Currant 93/Nurse With Wound) who’s also been playing live with the band at some occasions.
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