Seven Impale “Summit”

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Progressive/ Heavy Jazz Rock

Release Date: 26/05/2023

We’ve waited long for life signs from SEVEN IMPALE, meanwhile the members have been busy with life. Vocalist/guitarist Stian graduated from the Grieg Academy as an opera singer and launched an international career. Keyboardist Håkon joined Enslaved. Some got kids, and some finished their education. Life happened. Though, truth being told, the guys have kept the band, if not warm, at least lukewarm. And now, the long-awaited third album from SEVEN IMPALE is finally here, seven years after Contrapasso

Big Red Fire Truck “Trouble In Paradise”

Artist: Big Red Fire Truck
Title: Trouble In Paradise
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird’s Robe Records
Distribution: MGM
Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date: 04/08/2023

Australian hard rock group Big Red Fire Truck have announced their new record Trouble In Paradise will be released on August 4, 2023.

Lead single Trouble In Paradise recently premiered on triple j radio to strong fan support and has already reached the ears of and earned praised from the members of Steel Panther:

Michael Starr: “I rate it. A strong 4 out of 5 Eddie Van Halens. It’s commercially awesome. The chorus is catchy, the pre-chorus is catchy, there’s a killer guitar solo in it, the backgrounds are big and juicy and wet and the guitar tone is pretty bitchin. His vocals are fn killer too. I was stoked to hear it… There’s so much 80s dripping off that track, I couldn’t get enough of it.”

Magnify The Sound “Don’t Give Us That Face”

Artist: Magnify The Sound
Title: Don’t Give Us That Face
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Crispin Glover Records
Distribution: Stickman Records

Genre: Experimental/ Improv
Release Date: 21/04/2023

Magnify the Sound has been performing their unique sound since 2010. The band consists of two renowned musicians who join forces in an improvised interplay between guitar, drums, and electronics. Trond Engum, one of the founding members of the legendary The 3rdand The Mortal and The Soundbyte, brings with him his expertise in guitar and electronics. Carl Haakon Waadeland contributes with his signature style of playing, evolved over several decades of developing his drumming expression in numerous different musical constellations. 

The album Don’t Give Us That Face captures the essence of this constellation.  The result is a unique blend of improvisation and composition, creating a dynamic and captivating musical experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. 

Pam Risourié “Days Of Distortion”

Artist: Pam Risourié
Title: Days Of Distortion
Format: CD, Digital 
Labels: Atypeek Music/ Icy Cold Records/ Araki Records/ Shoredive Records/ Pyrrhic Victory Recordings

Distribution: Audioglobe
Genre: Shoegaze
Release Date: 07/04/2023 (EU)

After 3 EPs defining the contours of their aesthetic at the crossroads of influences between dream pop, slowcore and post-rock, Pam Risourié will release their first full length album Days of Distortion.

Taking the form of an underground dive, like a dream breaking apart and echoing along walls of guitars, days of distortion deepens the universe of Pam Risourié; it invites us to explore a mental landscape, through the prism of an introspective trip where feelings of absence, derealization and impersonality are put into perspective, in a sensitive and clair- obscur night.

The album opens with You Are the Sound, a tunnel-shaped track that combines the sonic influences of the band with a classical orchestration, and, as a watermark, a pop and minimalist melody. These melodies are based on naturally ethereal vocals, far from the typical shackles of shoegaze and its drowned treatment, leading the following of days of distortion to resolutely dream-pop atmospheres: High On A Wire and Spectre explore the diversity of its themes, plunging into this ocean of distortion which is, before all, mental and inner. The dancing post-punk, at the crossroads of influences between Sonic Youth and Fontaines D.C., of A Star Among The Candlesthus concludes the A-side of the record.

Hex A.D. “Delightful Sharp Edges”

Artist: Hex A.D.
Title: Delightful Sharp Edges
Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records 
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: 12/05/2023

Hex A.D. returns with their most epic project to date! The upcoming double LP Delightful Sharp Edges is a concept album that deals with genocide. The record is a three-part narrative that takes the listener on a musical and lyrical journey into the horrors and tragedies of organized liquidation on a massive scale. Musically speaking the band has ventured into new melodic territories inspired by Thin Lizzy and Wishbone Ash, as well as having gone deeper into their doomy and progressive roots. The stories told through the lyrics have dictated much of the musical expression on this massive piece of work, and it’s safe to say that this album sees Hex A.D. show their most larger-than-life tendencies.

Never has a Norwegian band gone this far in creating a proper concept album in the proud tradition of the masters from the 1970s, and this one truly hits the mark. It has become a roller-coaster ride of emotions, from the haunting, sweet and the epic to the doomy and spine chilling. To be able to reproduce this grand new sound in a live setting, the band have added a second drummer and an additional guitar player. Both musicians go back decades with the members of Hex A.D, either as stand-ins or from associated past projects. 

Kodiak Empire “The Great Acceleration”

Artist: Kodiak Empire
Title: The Great Acceleration
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird’s Robe Records

Distribution: MGM
Genre: Progressive/ Experimental Rock

Release Date: 02/06/2023

Australian progressive/experimental rock group Kodiak Empire will release their new record The Great Acceleration on Friday 2 June.

The record continues their successful partnership with Australian label Bird’s Robe, which began in 2021 with the international release of their Silent Bodies record.

Featuring their acclaimed singles The Difference and Animist which blend influences as diverse as The Mars VoltaSilverchair and Circa Survive, the record reveals the young group’s potential as one of the most truly exciting prospects on the world progressive music scene.

Mike Solo, Director of Bird’s Robe, says this of the record: “When the guys showed me the makings of this record a few years ago, I found myself completely immersed in the world they created. I’m so excited to share this with as many people as possible, it deserves to be heard and appreciated. They’re a lovely group of guys and have done such a great job putting these songs together. Please give it a share and a listen if you like it!”

Kodiak Empire have earned plaudits for their live shows, including performances alongside COG, sleepmakeswaves, Caligula’s Horse & more.

1. The Difference
2. Within the Comfort 3. Animist
4. Maralinga
5. Marcel


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Lars Fredrik Frøislie “Fire Fortellinger”

Artist: Lars Fredrik Frøislie
Title: Fire Fortellinger
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: 70’s Prog

Release Date: 02/06/2023

Debut solo album from Wobbler’s Lars Fredrik Frøislie! Fitting perfectly into the 70s prog-rock tradition where the keyboardist makes a solo album between the band albums, this is music Frøislie has been doing, mostly alone, during the pandemic. Had it not been for the pandemic, much of the material would probably have ended up on a new Wobbler album – but then run through the Wobblergrinder and with English lyrics. In other words, this is unpeeled and raw, as spontaneous as possible without going through too many rounds of processing. Trying to preserve the impulsive – much of what you hear is improvised, and one-takes (preferably with playing errors and piano strings that break and the like). Trying to preserve the human aspect to a large extent, avoiding click tracks, auto-tune, MIDI or too much technology. Expect lots of old analogue keyboards such as cembalo, Mellotron, MiniMoog, Yamaha CP70 andHammond organ.

Four tunes; Four stories. The first song Rytter av dommedag is themed around Ragnarok, when King Rakne awakens in his large burial mound outside Romerike and, together with the old gods, creates real mischief. 

Klidas “No Harmony”

Artist: Klidas
Title: No Harmony

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird’s Robe Records
Distribution: MGM
Genre: Experimental Rock

Release Date: 02/06/202

Italian experimental rock group Klidas will release their debut record No Harmony on Friday 2 June through Australian labelBird’s Robe.

The band originally came together in 2014, before expanding to a lineup incorporating guitars, bass, drums, saxophone, keyboards & synth. They cover a wide array of genres, from jazz to psychedelia, alternative rock & prog.

The band’s name is a Czech word meaning ‘giant of silence.’ In the band’s words: “silence is a prerequisite and indispensable pillar of every listening experience. Every act of sound, however chaotic, gives way to silence.”

Lumsk “Fremmede Toner”

Artist: Lumsk
Title: Fremmede Toner
Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Dark Essence Records
Distribution: Plastic Head 
Genre: Folk Prog Rock
Release Date: 05/05/2023

Fremmede Toner takes its name from a collection of poems by Norwegian author André Bjerke and his translations of the most famous poets in Europe and North America like Nietzsche, Goethe, Swinburne etc. This record is based on some of these poems and the idea to compose music to the Norwegian versions, and then try to mirror these songs using the original poems. The songs are not the same, but in a way similar. Musically, Lumsk continues on the path which earned them international recognition in the past; A unique blend of metal and Nordic folk music bound in rich textures and clever arrangement, this time delivering their most varied and intriguing album to date.

Leagus “Flora Eallin”

Artist: Leagus
Title: Flora Eallin
Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Is it Jazz? Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution

Genre: Contemporary Experimental
Release Date: 28/04/2023

Leagus is a contemporary and experimental musical duo from Sápmi, Norway, whose music alternates between formal composed parts, open structures, and free improvisation, and ranges from subdued, minimalistic, psalm-like pieces, to more rock-oriented improvised parts.

Consisting of pianist Herborg Rundberg and guitarist Kristian

Svalestad Olstad, Leagus was originally formed in 2013 by Herborg, as part of her Masters degree in Rhythmic Music at the Tromsø Conservatory, where Kristian had also received his Masters degree in the same subject two years earlier.