Watch/share "The Gospel" video (YouTube)
"Årabrot have always been both weird and heavy, with the ratio varying from album to album. On The Gospel, they're at their weirdest and best" -- The Wire
"A stunning return from an artist worth believing in" - 9/10 -- Terrorizer
Norwegian Grammy Award winning genre-defying band Arabrot premiere a video for the title track of their new album today via Brooklyn Vegan. Watch and share "The Gospel" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)
Arabrot kick off U.S. headlining tour dates next Wednesday, May 11th. Please see complete dates below.
These are the first North American dates supporting Arabrot's latest album The Gospel, released February 2016. Stream the full album via Bandcamp or Soundcloud.
After having recovered from throat cancer last year, singer Kjetil Nernes performs better than ever, exemplified on recent European tours. The Gospel was recorded partly with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago and partly in the old church in the woods of Dalarna, Sweden where the singer lives and runs his studio these days. The album features guest appearances by Ted Parsons (Swans, Godflesh), Stephen O'Malley of Sunn0))) and Andrew Liles (Current 93/Nurse With Wound) among others.
The Gospel is a collection of the music and lyrics written by Nernes while undergoing cancer surgery, treament and recovery.
During their 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. And after six full length albums and 6 EPs, the band continues to grow.
ARABROT U.S. TOUR 2016:
05/11 Seattle, WA @ The Highline *
05/12 Vancouver, B.C. @ The Media Club *
05/13 Tacoma, WA @ The Valley *
05/14 Portland, OR @ Panic Room *
05/17 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge *
05/18 Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull *
05/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex *
05/20 Tucson, AZ @ Exploded View Gallery
05/21 El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
05/22 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
05/23 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
* w/ Helen Money, Insect Ark
Album: The Gospel
Label: Fysisk Format
Release Date: February 26th, 2016
01. The Gospel
02. I Run
03. Tall Man
05. Ah Feel
06. And The Whore is This City
07. I Am the Sun
08. Darkest Day
09. Rebekka (Tragoedie)
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