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  • Shark Island 'S’Cool Bus' (Deluxe Edition) CD + Poster Signed

    Deko Entertainment

    Shark Island 'S’Cool Bus' (Deluxe Edition) CD + Poster Signed

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    Release Date: 25/02/2022

    Deko Entertainment is excited to dust off the 1986 independent release of Shark Island 𝐒’𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐁𝐮𝐬.

    This hidden gem is remastered and repackaged along with bonus tracks “Bang A Gong (Live)” and “I'm Electric (Original Studio Recording)”. Limited edition bundles are available for pre-order including the classic Shark Island poster signed by Richard Black!

    This Bundle Includes:

    - One (1) S'Cool Bus (Deluxe Edition)

    - One (1) Autographed Poster 11 X 17

    - One (1) Sticker

     Richard Black was once known as the “King of the Sunset Strip”. Shark Island was also the house band at the world famous Gazzari’s on the Sunset Strip, Bill Gazzari even helped produce their first single. Signed to Epic Records in 1989 the band released their debut album “Law of the Order”, and also saw the tracks "Dangerous" and "Father Time" featured in the movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, as well as the song "My City" from the movie Point Break. Richard would go to be part of the short-lived supergroup Contraband which also featured Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO), and member of L.A. Guns, Ratt and Vixen.

    They released one album in 1991 before disbanding. Shark Island was resurrected in 2005 and recorded and released the album “Gathering of the Faithful” in 2006 and followed it up with “Bloodline” in 2018. The band then teamed up with Deko Entertainment for the 2020 expanded release of “Bloodline 2.020” and now have resurrected their long lost self-released debut “S’Cool Bus” for this re-packaged “Deluxe Edition”.

    Taking you back to the beginning with tracks produced by Rick Derringer and previously unreleased tracks, including a blistering live version of “Bang A Gong” and the original studio recording of “I’m Electric” A must have for Shark Island fans!

    For fans of Ratt, Michael Schenker Group, Contraband and Arena Rock!

    Tracklisting:
    1. Déjà vu
    2. Sex Drive
    3. Excess Marks The Spot
    4. Here Come Trouble
    5. Puss N Boots
    6. Read My Lips
    7. Automatic Girls
    8. New York, New York
    9. Palace of Pleasure
    10. Bang A Gong (Live)
    11. I'm Electric (Original Studio Recording)

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  • Hexerei 'Ancient Evil Spirits' PRE-ORDER

    Sentient Ruin Laboratories

    Hexerei 'Ancient Evil Spirits' PRE-ORDER

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    Hexerei 'Ancient Evil Spirits' PRE-ORDER

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    Release Date: 25/02/2022

    Berserk Finnish raw black metal disease Hexerei bring us their venom-soaked debut full-length abomination "Ancient Evil Spirits", a deranged aural gateway to unseen depths of madness and total hell that will reshape the listener's idea of terror and toss them into the outermost circles of insanity.

    Comprising of four primordial stabs of blown out and feral homicidal rawness, "Ancient Evil Spirits" overboils from the witches cauldron with the quintessence of evil like an acid-drenched spell, invoking ancient evil forces, uncontrolled hysteria, and malevolent plague-ridden rituals to torment the listener with merciless violence and abandon.

    Reminiscent in its malevolence and primeval cruelty to ancient black metal cults like Darkthrone, Mayhem, Cultes Des Ghoules, and Katharsis, Hexerei however push these limits further and redefine the very concept of total aural filth by working the formula into a wider canvas, with lengthier compositions, an even more perverse emphasis on primitivism, and a more unpredictable and ambitious songwriting that has unearthed truly unsettling and terrifying new manifestations of the craft.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Essence of Ancient Evil
    2. Doom of Abysmal Graves
    3. Howling Necromantical Imprecations
    4. Unholy Ceremonial Invocation
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  • Dare 'Road To Eden' CD PRE-ORDER

    Legend Records

    Dare 'Road To Eden' CD PRE-ORDER

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    Legend Records

    Dare 'Road To Eden' CD PRE-ORDER

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    Release Date: 01/04/2022

    Road To Eden follows Dare’s critically acclaimed albums Sacred Ground (2016) and Out Of The Silence 2 (2018). Both albums reached Number #1 in the Amazon Classic Rock Charts in four countries including the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Dare entered the top #5 in the official UK Rock charts, number #6 in the US Amazon Classic Rock Charts and Number #1 in Japanese rock imports.

    Road To Eden is destined to be another modern DARE classic. Produced by their lead singer songwriter Darren Wharton (ex-Thin Lizzy) at his studio the majestic mountains of North Wales. The new album has a harder rock edge than previous albums, whilst still retaining the atmospheric sound, and anthemic melodies that has become the band’s signature trademark.

    Road To Eden features ten brand new beautifully crafted songs that captures the very heart of DARE.

    With a full headline UK tour set for the UK in October 2022, plus dates in Spain, Scandinavia, and Germany, it’s going to be an exciting year for the band.

    “We wanted to write an album that translated well to live performance,” says Darren. “Road To Eden has some great anthems, energy and power. We can’t wait to play the new songs live.”

    With previous DARE albums now having well over 4 million streams on Spotify, it’s clear that for the growing army of DARE fans, the wait is nearly over, as they prepare to join DARE on The Road To Eden.

    Band Line-Up: Darren Wharton-Vocals, Keyboards / Vinny Burns-Guitars / Nigel Clutterbuck-Bass Guitar / Kev Whitehead-Drums / Marc Roberts-Keyboards. Produced by Darren Wharton.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Born In The Storm (4:45)
    2. Cradle To The Grave (4:21)
    3. Fire Never Fades (3:51)
    4. Road To Eden (4:07)
    5. Lovers And Friends (3:43)
    6. Only The Good Die Young (4:37)
    7. I Always Will (4:24)
    8. Grace (3:44)
    9. The Devil Rides Tonight (3:49)
    10. Thy Kingdom Come (4:30)
    11. Born In A Storm (Romesh Remix) (4:21)

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  • Krokofant w/Storløkken & Håker Flaten 'Fifth'

    Rune Grammofon

    Krokofant w/Storløkken & Håker Flaten 'Fifth'

    £12.99

    Ever since this expanded line-up of Krokofant released their first album 'Q'� two years ago, there's been an unanimous request for a follow-up by writers and fans alike. UK's Prog magazine concluded their 'Q'� review with 'This expanded line-up is said to continue. It should do, they have something very special'�. And here it is, if possible, an even finer album!

    Thus the expanded Krokofant is everything a progressive jazz and rock fan could wish for; positive energy, melodic riches, excellent musicianship and a touch of magic served with a healthy respect for the past and a foot in the future. Guitarist Tom Hasslan's tunes are perfect vehicles for Ståle Storløkken to present the full scope of his playing; from sheer pastoral beauty to full on jazz skronk.

    The same can be said about Mathisen, who is given ample room for soloing as well as laying down some amazing unison interplay with the guitarist. The tunes are rich in harmonic structures and melodic hooks, but there is also room for adventures into more free passages.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Watcher Of The Fries
    2. Big Heavy Thing
    3. Five Flat Pennies
    4. Pretty Frypan
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  • Krokofant 'Krokofant III'

    Rune Grammofon

    Krokofant 'Krokofant III'

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    Krokofant 'Krokofant III'

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    Krokofant typify a new and invigorating movement currently sweeping across the Nordic region: hard boiled improvisation and strong instrumental personalities bolted onto rock beats and driving rhythms.

    Equally powerful on record and on stage, Krokofant pull no punches, sounding off like some unholy three-way marriage of early 70s jazz rock (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Terje Rypdal), the sprawling progressive odysseys of King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator, and the fierce heat of John Zorn or Peter Brötzmann'™s harsh free jazz ensembles.

    If their 2014 debut album was a fresh breath of youthful energy, the follow-up showed a trio more confident of their abilities after extended live work. Their third album in just three years follows in this tradition, with Mathisen's fat syntheziser tones adding a new colour to the soundscape. They still ally a strong discipline with wide, exploratory arcs, Tom'™s agile guitar and Jørgen'™s snaking sax fighting to break out, just held in check by Axel'™s tough, rhythmic tumble.

    Only 23 years old, the young drummer is something of a sensation, combining pure energy with superior technical skills. This is a trio where you can hear the individuals pushing each other to new hights while keeping the solid group foundation intact.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Tommy Synth
    2. Clazz
    3. Juice
    4. Double Dad
    5. Wrong Turn
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  • Kjetil Mulelid 'Piano'

    Rune Grammofon

    Kjetil Mulelid 'Piano'

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    Kjetil Mulelid 'Piano'

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    Still only 29 years old when composing and recording this album, Kjetil Mulelid is one of the brightest talents in Norwegian jazz, and these days that really says something. Kjetil was sceptical when we first suggested a solo piano record back in early 2018, fully aware that solo piano in jazz is considered the ultimate challenge.

    But the idéa slowly grew on him and when the pandemic exploded and other plans had to be scrapped, he suddenly had the time as well as the means to do it. Thus the bulk of the album was written in a hectic lockdown period and recorded on a steaming hot June day in the legendary Athletic Sound studio on their unique and characteristic Bösendorfer grand piano from 1919.

    Of the piano Kjetil says the sound is one of a kind, very clear and not typically 'perfect'� like most new ones. We can only wholeheartedly agree, it sounds great and is also very well recorded and mixed, giving the impression that you sit next to him, and not in a concert hall.

    In turn melancholy, joyful and playful, always elegant, the album fully shows Kjetil'™s harmonic and melodic mastery and the influence from early introductions to classical masters like Debussy, Chopin and Beethoven.

    Whether staying with the tune or taking off on improvised flights, there is an ease and assurance in his playing that betrays his young age.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Beginning
    2. Skjong
    3. Dancers
    4. Point Of View
    5. Le Petit
    6. Love Story
    7. For You I'll Do Anything
    8. Sailor's Song
    9. Blooming
    10. Kanskje I Morgen
    11. The Sun
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  • Kjetil Mulelid Trio 'What You Thought Was Home'

    Rune Grammofon

    Kjetil Mulelid Trio 'What You Thought Was Home'

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    Only 28 years old, Kjetil Mulelid comes across as an exceptionally mature pianist and composer. His trio's debut '�Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House'� (2017) received wide international acclaim, with writers most typically mentioning Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans.

    All About Jazz noted their conversational style and sometime gospel feel, Textura made a point out of their melodic sense and folk-like character while The Wire noted the grooves, rich harmonies and lyrical melodies and concluded about "just how magical this album is". "What You Thought Was Home" continues in this tradition, with eight new beguiling Mulelid compositions expertly balancing energetic, often rhytmically complex and harmonically rich music with beautiful and evocative melodies.

    It's not all about Mulelid though, bassist Bjørn Marius Hegge and drummer Andreas Winther effortlessly conjure additional layers, tones and textures, incorporating a sense of calm; an unhurried yet constantly unfolding sound world which can be said to be distinctively Scandinavian, most typically heard in Hegge's sole composition "Bruremarsj (Wedding March)".

    Tracklisting:
    1. What You Thought Was Home
    2. Folk Song
    3. Bruremarsj = Wedding March
    4. Tales
    5. Far Away
    6. A Cautionary Tale Against A Repetitive Life
    7. Waltz For Ima
    8. When Winter Turns Into Spring
    9. Homecoming
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  • Fire! Orchestra 'Ritual'

    Rune Grammofon

    Fire! Orchestra 'Ritual'

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    Fire! Orchestra 'Ritual'

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    As brilliant as their previous album "Enter" is, with "Ritual" they have outdone themselves and produced a beast of beauty and power, extremely well executed, beautifully recorded and produced from only two days in the studio. Free improvisations, spontaneous horns, keyboard frenzy, abstract electronics, guitar mayhem and not to forget; those glorious twin voices of Mariam Wallentin and Sofia Jernberg. It's about mysteries and rituals; in music and in life.

    Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gusfasson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what you could call jazz purists; they all play in many different groups and contexts, including The Thing (Gustafsson), experimental folk-electronica outfit Tape (Berthling), and skewed blues-pop unit Wildbirds & Peacedrums (Werliin).

    Sofia Jernberg and Mariam Wallentin have been on board since the beginning, the same goes for horn players Niklas Barnö, Jonas Kullhammar, Mats aleklint, Per oeke Holmlander and Anna Högberg. Basically a Swedish ensemble, the orchestra now also counts Norwegian, Danish and French players.

    Members of Fire! Orchestra share a wide background, combining jazz, improvised music, contemporary music, rock, garage, psych, and what have you. As they proclaim on their site: "Please make up your own genre and mind - listen freely - don't buy our labeling attempts... labeling sucks". A sentiment that basically sums up Rune Grammofon as well, so we couldn't agree more.

    Tracklisting:
    Ritual, Part 1
    Ritual, Part 2
    Ritual, Part 3
    Ritual, Part 4
    Ritual, Part 5
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  • Sunzoom 'Sunzoom' PRE-ORDER

    Colorama Records

    Sunzoom 'Sunzoom' PRE-ORDER

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    Sunzoom 'Sunzoom' PRE-ORDER

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    Release Date: 06/05/2022

    Sunzoom have been making a stir from their Liverpool base and this highly anticipated debut is not to be missed.

    Lo-fi and DIY in equal measure, the record was only conceived of 4 weeks into the first lockdown when songwriter Greg McVeigh decided that recording music was the only way to stay sane. Building a makeshift studio in the kitchen of his North Liverpool home (and deciding to name the new project SUNZOOM after a favourite Captain Beefheart track) Greg set about learning the processes of home recording from the ground up.

    The album theme draws upon the peculiar aspects of lockdown; isolation, spiritual introspection, longing to be somewhere else, weird dreams, drinking too much and takes the listener on a journey of escape. The songs move the record through fields, countries, time, space, memories and longings to finally end back at home in the reality of the four walls.

    Digging into some past unreleased recordings, poems, unfinished snippets of tunes and writing new songs (usually sung into his phone during months of daily beach walks with his dog) Greg began to build a record within the claustrophobic environment of summer 2020. Friends were able to collaborate (by the magic of old recordings and new parts sent via email) and in early 2021 Sunzoom entered ARK Recording Studios in Liverpool to add live drums and vocal parts subsequently spending a month mixing the record back home in the familiar surroundings of the kitchen where the concept first began.

    The result is a snapshot of the period that magically transforms personal and public strife into glorious pop-folk psychedelia.

    Vinyl is limited to 500 copies on black vinyl, no download card.

    Tracklisting:
    1. The Sun's Everlasting
    2. Pour Me Another Wine
    3. Anytime Soon
    4. A Simple Song
    5. The Garden Birds of India
    6. Willowhedge
    7. Osaka Radio
    8. Let's go
    9. The Place Where The Long Shadows Grow
    10. Hell No
    11. Soul Parade
    12. Home On The Range

    Bonus Tracks (CD Only)
    13. The Happy Fly
    14. Hell No (Original Demo)
    15. Pour Me Another Wine (Alternative take)
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  • Espen Eriksen Trio 'End Of Summer'

    Rune Grammofon

    Espen Eriksen Trio 'End Of Summer'

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    Espen Eriksen Trio 'End Of Summer'

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    After the highly successful "Perfectly Unhappy" album with Andy Sheppard, the trio is back with a new album featuring seven brand new songs from the pianist.

    Captivating and lyrical, always melodic, often melancholic and uplifting at the same time, these are all real tunes. After 10 years, four albums and regular touring on four continents, the trio is tighter than ever and have reached an almost telepathic level of interplay.

    "End Of Summer" was recorded in Oslo in April during lockdown. After getting all their concerts cancelled because of the pandemic, Espen says it was very inspiring to still be able to meet in a recording studio to make new music and keep it all alive.

    This being their first recording in five years as a trio, Espen is also keen to stress that the collaboration with Andy was not a one-off and that the plan is to "continue working together for a very long time".

    Tracklisting:
    1. Where The River Runs
    2. Back To Base
    3. Dancing Demons
    4. End Of Summer
    5. Transparent Darkness
    6. A Long Way From Home
    7. Reminisence
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  • Elephant9 'Arrival Of The New Elders'

    Rune Grammofon

    Elephant9 'Arrival Of The New Elders'

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    After a solid run of five studio albums and 2019's two double live albums, Psychedelic Backfire I and II, Elephant9 had taken their groovy mix of high energy rock and power jazz as far as they could.

    In this respect Arrival Of The New Elders comes as a welcome and most timely addition to their recorded output. More varied, mature and reflective, they are as groovy as ever, but more structured and less jam oriented, with the longest tracks clocking in around the seven minute mark.

    Having built a solid live reputation even before their brilliant 2008 debut Dodovoodoo, the trio boasts what is probably the strongest rhythm section in Norway, complemented with keyboard magician extraordinaire, the one and only Ståle Storløkken. And boy, does he excel himself on this album, notably with more focus on the Rhodes than before. That said, this is nothing if not another strong group effort from what has been a very tight unit straight from the outset.

    Seven brand new compositions from Storløkken and one from Hængsle make way for what we consider to be their finest and most cohesive album to date.

    Arrival Of The New Elders was recorded by trusted stalwart Christian Engfelt, with early Dungen producer Mattias Glavå handling the mixing duties.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Arrival Of The New Elders
    2. Rite Of Accession
    3. Sojourn
    4. Tales Of Secrets
    5. Throughout The Worlds
    6. Chasing The Hidden
    7. Chemical Boogie
    8. Solar Song
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  • Elephant9 'Greatest Show On Earth'

    Rune Grammofon

    Elephant9 'Greatest Show On Earth'

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    Elephant9 'Greatest Show On Earth'

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    Elephant9 blends the virtuosic precision of King Crimson and Yes with the jazz-fusion explorations of electric Miles, Weather Report and the Tony Williams Lifetime. Key and time signatures change constantly as the quartet helters and skelters between tightly composed sections, driving kosmische interludes and bucolic Canterbury excursions. Rolling Stone (US)

    This sums it up pretty well when it comes to reference points, but it's also necessary to add that Elephant9 have developed quite a personal and identifiable style - through previous albums, touring and close collaborations with Reine Fiske and Terje Rypdal.


    On this, their fifth studio album, they are back to the core trio of their two first albums, with Ståle Storløkken (keyboards), Nikolai Hængsle (bass) and Torstein Lofthus (drums).

    "The Greatest Show On Earth" displays some truly astonishing playing and is a more dynamic, structured and focused album with all tracks clocking in between five and seven minutes.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Way Of Return
    2. Actionpack1
    3. Farmer's Secret
    4. Dancing With Mr. E
    5. Mystery Blend
    6. Freaks
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  • Elephant9 with Reine Fiske 'Silver Mountain'

    Rune Grammofon

    Elephant9 with Reine Fiske 'Silver Mountain'

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    It's not often a "jazz" band take the big step from the club scene to a 1300 capacity rock venue like Oslo's Rockefeller. But then again, Elephant9 is not your ordinary jazz band, often being named as Norway's best live band - surely quite rare for an instrumental band - they are equally popular in jazz and rock circles.

    On this, their fourth studio album, Elephant9 once again join forces with Reine Fiske - the quite excellent Swedish guitarist from Dungen and The Amazing - for an epic slice of mindblowing modern rock'n'jazz prog psychedelia.

    "Silver Mountain" is their finest album so far, where all the parts fall into place. The core trio is still Ståle Storløkken, Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen and Torstein Lofthus, three of Norway's finest musicians.

    Guest Reine Fiske brings another dimension to the band and is now so integrated that he might as well be considered a permanent member. "Silver Mountain" is an epic double album containing five tracks between 10 and 22 minutes, four tracks being originals in addition to the most spaced out version of "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" you're likely to encounter.

    Needless to say, this comes highly recommended!

    Tracklisting:
    1. Occidentali
    2. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
    3. Abhartach
    4. Kungsten
    5. The Above Ground Sound
    6. Occidentali
    7. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
    8. Abhartach
    9. Kungsten
    10. The Above Ground Sound
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  • Hedvig Mollestad 'Tempest Revisited'

    Rune Grammofon

    Hedvig Mollestad 'Tempest Revisited'

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    Hedvig Mollestad must surely be one of the hardest working musicians on the Norwegian music scene at the moment, with 'Tempest Revisited'� being her third album in a mere 18 months, all at a consistently high artistic level. Her first solo album, 'Ekhidna'� (2020), received a Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy), appeared on several jazz and rock best of the year lists and got her into Downbeat's '25 for the future'� selection.

    'Tempest Revisited'� draws lines back to 1998 and the very beginning of Rune Grammofon. This was the year we released 'Electric'�, the collected electronic works of Arne Nordheim, one of Norway's greatest composers. It was also the year when parts of 'The Tempest'�, possibly his most cherished and well-known work, was chosen to be performed at the opening of Parken, the new cultural house in oelesund, birthplace of Hedvig Mollestad.

    To celebrate 20 years, the culture house was ready for a new storm, and the first name that came to them was Hedvig, a local artist that was already making waves on the international scene with her power-trio. Hedvig took inspiration from the front of the house, adorned with Nordheim's score for 'The Tempest'�, at the same time making a direct connection to the sometime heavy weather conditions of this coastal area in the northwest part of Norway.

    One could say it's a big paradox that over all this might be Hedvig's most lyrical and less aggressive collection of music. On the other hand it's quite a dynamic record, lots of light and shade and enough sonic parts at work to evoke the elements, the mighty Gran Cassa drum only one of them.

    The music included here was adapted from the initial performance in 2018 and produced by Hedvig in the studio the following year for this album release.

    The musicians included are old friends Marte Eberson from the Ekhidna band, Ivar Loe Bjørnstad from her trio and Trond Frønes (Red Kite) on bass as well as a horn section of three.

    Yet another triumph in a more than impressive discography.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Sun On A Dark Sky
    2. Winds Approaching
    3. Kittiwakes In Gusts
    4. 418 (Stairs In Storms)
    5. High Hair
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  • Hedvig Mollestad 'Ekhidna'

    Rune Grammofon

    Hedvig Mollestad 'Ekhidna'

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    Hedvig Mollestad 'Ekhidna'

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    Widely praised from Rolling Stone to Downbeat, Mojo to Wire and Jazzwise; electrifying guitarist Hedvig Mollestad hits us with a multifaceted and dynamic progressive jazzrock monster high on fierce riffs, rich textures, vibrant solos and strong melody lines.

    In May 2018 Hedvig received an invitation from Vossajazz - the much loved annual festival established in 1973 - to write the commission work for 2019. This came at the right time, she had been thinking about writing for a bigger group than the trio, and this would be a good opportunity.

    To make it suitable for album release the full festival version was edited, sharpened and recorded from scratch in Amper Tone studio in Oslo. In addition to Hedvig on guitar, the line-up includes powerhouse drummer Torstein Lofthus (Elephant9) and percussionist Ole Mofjell, the youngest member, but with solid experience from the European improvisation scene. Keyboard duties are handled by Marte Eberson, probably most known from her five years with Highasakite, and Erlend Slettevoll (The Core and supergroup Grand General, Rune Grammofon 2013).

    Hedvig first met trumpeter Susana Santos Silva in Mats Gustafsson's NU-ensemble. Ekhidna is a figure from Greek mythology; half woman, half snake. Hevig is keen to stress that it's not a concept album as such, but loosely tied to themes of human struggle and being a mother in times when our increasing inability to live in harmony with nature paints a bleak picture.

    Tracklisting:
    1. No Friends But The Mountains
    2. A Stone's Throw
    3. Antilone
    4. Slightly Lighter
    5. Ekhidna
    6. One Leaf Left
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  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio 'Ding Dong. You're Dead'

    Rune Grammofon

    Hedvig Mollestad Trio 'Ding Dong. You're Dead'

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    Only nine months after her momentous debut solo album Ekhidna, the guitarist is back fronting her trio. With their previous album, Smells Funny, this explosive and expansive trio experienced a breakthrough of sorts, having gone from strength to strength through five albums since their 2011 debut Shoot!, gathering respect from both rock and jazz camps.

    With the hypnotic title track, the spacious ballad 'Four Candles'�, and a generally more varied mood, Ding Dong. You're Dead. is the trio's most dynamic album to date.

    That said, there's still enough solid and creative riffing here to satisfy the headbangers, as well as the jazzheads, as they further explore the free and open landscapes most notably started with their Black Stabat Mater album and continued with Smells Funny.

    As recent performances have shown, online and in the flesh, this trio radiates confidence and have become a surefire hit on the Norwegian live scene. And while we rightly praise Hedvig's exceptional abilities, let's not forget how important the rhythm section is to make it all work so well.

    Ellen Brekken is an accomplished bassist, driving the band just as hard on the electric bass as on the acoustic.
    Then there's Ivar Loe Bjørnstad, not your regular rock drummer, not your regular jazz drummer, but in possession of just the right amount of loose swagger.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Leo Flash' Return To The Underworld
    2. All Flights Cancelled
    3. Ding Dong. You're Dead.
    4. Gimbal
    5. Magic Moshroom
    6. The Art Of Being Jon Balkovitch
    7. Four Candles
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  • Bird In The Belly 'After The City' CD PRE-ORDER

    GFM Records

    Bird In The Belly 'After The City' CD PRE-ORDER

    £8.49

    Release Date: 25/02/2022

    Critically acclaimed folk group Bird in the Belly return with their third record ‘After the City’. A concept record based around the novel ‘After London; or Wild England”. 'After London; or Wild England' (1885) by Richard Jefferies, is an early example of post-apocalyptic fiction.

    Jefferies tells the story of England’s rebirth following an unspecified catastrophe. Cities decay and collapse, pet cats and dogs go feral and festering human bodies are left to rot, before the country is ultimately returned to nature. Jefferies doesn't detail what preceded the end of fictional England, so taking poems (Cotton Famine Poetry, Plague Poetry) and Broadside Ballads, we constructed a backstory for ‘After London’.

    ‘After the City’ begins with a song representing a bustling metropolis, where the only nature available is the flowers on the window sill. Each of the four songs that follow represent a different Horseman of the Apocalypse; Plague, War, Famine, and Death, which leave behind nothing but smokeless chimneys.

    An interlude marks the end of life as was and songs in the second part of the album are directly adapted from Jefferies’ novel, describing the country’s slow rot and eventual renewal.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Tragic Hearts of Town
    2. Litany
    3. Jemmy is Slain
    4. Famine, Fever, Frost
    5. Pale Horse
    6. Smokeless Chimneys
    7. Landmark
    8. After London
    9. Lay Low Lay
    10. The Ships
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  • Cruzados 'She's Automatic' PRE-ORDER

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    Cruzados 'She's Automatic' PRE-ORDER

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    Cruzados 'She's Automatic' PRE-ORDER

    £20.49

    Release Date: 28/01/2022

    Signed by record executive Clive Davis, Cruzados released their debut album "Cruzados" (1985) and "After Dark"(1987) on Arista Records spawning the singles and
    videos "Motorcycle Girl" and "Bed of Lies" which quickly became MTV favourites and chart toppers, with the latter single reaching the #4 position on the Billboard chart in 1987.

    The Cruzados original songs and fan favourites in their live shows would eventually find their way into blockbuster motion pictures such as Roadhouse, From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Gun Men, and more.

    The Cruzados would appear as themselves in the hit motion picture Roadhouse as well. Cruzados are excited to release their long awaited and much anticipated third album, a collection of 11, all new original songs titled "She's Automatic!" The new album promises to deliver the bands signature rock and roll sound and spirit that first put Cruzados on the map some 30 years ago.

    The bands new line-up features Cruzados co-founder bassist/songwriter Tony Marsico, vocalist Ron Young (Little Caesar), guitarist Loren Molinare (The Dogs), guitarist Mark Tremalgia and drummer Rob Klonel.

    The album includes guest performances by John Doe (X), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), David Hildago and Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Gia Ciambotti (Bruce Springsteen), Melanie Vammen (The Muffs,The Pandoras), Greg Kuehn (TSOL), Jimmy Z (Rod Stewart), Buck Johnson (Aerosmith), among others.

    For fans of The Blasters, Los Lobos, Jason and The Scorcher, and Rock and Roll!

    Tracklisting:
    1. On The Tilt a Whirl
    2. Across This Ghost Town
    3. Nine Million Tears
    4. She's Automatic
    5. Son Of The Blues
    6. Sad Sadie
    7. Long Black Car
    8. Let Me Down
    9. Wing And A Prayer
    10. 54 Knockouts
    11. Rock That Boat
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