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CD review DUNDERBEIST "Tvilja"

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2017 von Markus W. in Dunderbeist, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Indie Recordings

(7/10) Norwegian rock and metal outfit Dunderbeist worked on a new EP that hits the shelfs in March. This disc is the highly anticipated successor of the 2015 release “Hyklere", an album that received very positive feedback from fans and media.

"Tvilja", the new EP of the six Norwegians, comes with five tracks. Based on classic rock, Dunderbeist embarks on a dark trip that sounds pretty good. "Kometen Kom" is the first track and it the title indicates the fact that the lyrics are kept in Norwegian. Since my Norwegian isn't existing I can't tell you a lot about what the tunes are about. What I can say though is that the opener is a melodic rocker, mostly kept in mid-pace and spiced-up with a good melodic approach.

Things get darker with "Terpentin" before "Vakum"'covers the scenery with melancholy. You might have a need for a more uptempo track and you'll get it. The title track feels almost light-hearted compared to what you got served beforehand. "Isvind (grå gås)" is already the last song on this EP and brings back the mournful vibe, even though the chorus got a slightly different expression.

Dunderbeist's new EP is a well-crafted piece of creation. It will not turn the world upside down but it comes with almost 30 minutes of good music that's worth to be checked out.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Kometen Kom
  2. Terpentin
  3. Vakum
  4. Tvilja
  5. Grå gås (Isvind)

 

Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 10th, 2017

CD review DUNDERBEIST "Tvilja"
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Interview with Ronny Flissundet from DUNDERBEIST

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2015 von Markus W. in Dunderbeist, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Interview

Norwegian Dunderbeist released their newest album "Hyklare" a few weeks ago. The five-piece from Hamar put ten songs on the album that are a great mix of different styles - all in Norwegian. Furthemore the band has planned already some shows in Norway and it was great to get some new inisghts from guitarist Ronny Flissundet:

 

Markus' Heavy Music Blog: Hej Ronny, you guys have released your new album "Hyklere" a few eeks ago. What have been the first reactions?

Ronny Flissundet: The feedback so far has been great, both among our fans and from the media.
Almost all of the „Hyklere“ tunes have already found their way into our live set, and we are getting a massive response on the new stuff while performing, which is the best feeling in the world actually.
Album reviews have been really good both here in Norway and abroad, so we can’t complain, really. Seems like we did at least something right.

MHMB: It is already your sixth full-length album. How would you describe it and what are the main differences to "Songs of the buried"?

Ronny: Ever since our beginning we have released an album every year, and been overly wreckless, energetic and creative. In 2012 we did 2 album releases, and after finishing “Songs of the buried” (an album the band feel as a bit too stressed), we decided that on our next record we would be spending a lot more time in the creative phase. So we did. We lowered our shoulders, didn’t have to work against a deadline, and let the creativity flow. And spent shitloads of hours, days and weeks in our little stinking hole of a combined studio and rehearsal space. Good times!
Anyhow, we wanted to make this album a bit different. More personal and without any restraints or concepts or anything that would limit the outcome. The result, as you can hear on “Hyklere”, is a lot more diverse, emotional and progressive, in many ways. And a bit more stripped down in the whole sound. Ah, it sucks trying to describe this. You get so stuck in your own work after a two-year (or so) period of focusing only on the songs, the musicians and all the details, so one gets a bit blind, I guess. Maybe you will experience the album different than this, and that’s cool. We feel we ended up with something we can stand proud of. A legacy. At least to this point. 

Another thing that differs between the previous and the new album is of course the language. “Hyklere” is in many ways the sequel to our 2011 self-titled album in our native tongue of Norwegian. That colors the expression and the feel of the songs a whole lot as well. 

MHMB: How was the songwriting for the new album? Are you all involved to the song writing?

Ronny: A couple of the songs were written in an early stage. „Spaan“ and „Groms“ were written before „Songs of the buried“, I think. That is something I think may be heard comparing the albums too. These songs have a more Dunderbeist 2011/12 feel to them than the rest of the „Hyklere“ tracks.
And a lot of the songs and ideas from the album, Torgrim (singer) wrote at home in his small toilet actually, due to tight family space (and great tile acoustics!)
But all of us write the music and bring the ideas. And as a group, we work with one another’s sketches, pulling them painfully apart and putting the pieces back together, recording numerous preproduction versions and rehearsing the new versions live. This way, all of us get their saying, in this democratic entity of Dunderbeist.

Photo: Promo

Photo: Promo

MHMB: The new album sounds very diverse. How would you describe your style?

Ronny: I wouldn’t. I’ve tried a zillion times, but it is too damn hard to come up with any fitting description really. It is hard rock. With elements of metal, but also pop music and progressive rock. And a whole bunch more. Our inspirations go wide, and we try making something that all of us find exciting and different, something we ourselves would want to check out and listen to.

MHMB: Where do you guys take your inspiration from? I guess you call a lot of quite different bands to your favorites looking on the unique mix of style in your sound.

Ronny: Well, we are five different guys that all puts bits of ourselves into the music, so the inspirations come from all kinds of directions.  Some bands appeal to all of us and have of course inspired a lot. Like Mastodon, Faith No More, Witchcraft, Doomriders, Motorpsycho, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, and the list goes on through rock history.
I personally these days get inspired by bands like Cult of Luna, Elder, Kollwitz, Russian Circles, Latitudes and Neurosis.
But other band members also get stuff from all kinds of other stuff from Feist to Alt J to Darkthrone to Toto (!). 

MHMB: The new album is kept in Norwegian? What was the reason to keep it to your native language?

Ronny: In 2010 we recorded and released an EP called „Rovmord“. None of us had at the time ever done anything in Norwegian before, and feeling that pulling that off went well, we followed up by our first full album in Norwegian ( „Dunderbeist“ – 2011).
That album is in retrospect the album we as a band feel are the best one we ever did (before „Hyklere“, that is..). When sung in Norwegian, the whole sound changes. I don’t know why and how, but in that process you start writing the songs different as well. There’s a special feel to our own language, and that makes us better as a band in some weird way. We wanted to continue that project, and decided this new album should be in Norwegian, and we haven’t regretted that for a second. 

MHMB: What are the songs about and where do you guys take the inspiration from for the lyrics?

Ronny: The songs on the new album are mostly of personal matters. The darker aspects of ones inner sufferings and self-despite and struggles. A dead honest description of one’s first thoughts on matters, without any filters. You know, the way one always limit and adapt oneself, knowing that someone will read/listen to what you have to say and judging you for it afterwards. That kind of hypocrisy is some of what we’re trying to describe with the thematics of „Hyklere“ ( meaning „hypocrites“ in english).

Torgrim (singer) writes all the lyrics, well 98 percent or so, till I have gotten through with my inputs and suggestions. We play ball a lot on the lyrics and vocal stuff in the preproduction phases of the songwriting.
But the inspiration for the words and lyrics are all somewhere back in Torgrim and his artsy mind.

MHMB: Will we see you guys on tour pretty soon? You're playing some shows in Norway, but how is it with the rest of Europe? Are there any plans?

Ronny: We haven’t booked anything outside of Norway yet, since we will be focusing on our home territory in the first part of the „Hyklere“ tour. We did book some German shows in April, though, but they had to be cancelled (before they ever were announced) since we got this other opportunity of supporting one of Norway’s greatest 90s bands (MHMB: Seigmen) on their reunion tour in the same period. Sometimes you have to make these awfully hard choices. But we will return to Europe (I say this like Norway isn’t a part of Europe, but you know what I mean, sitting here on the North tip of the continent on a frosty iceberg writing this in runes on cave walls). The fall/winter seems like a good period for this, so make sure you learn Norwegian while waiting, and you can all sing along on the „Hyklere“-tunes, and come have a chat with us. We’re nice people and we don’t bite. At least not before midnight.

       MHMB: Ronny, thanks for all the insights and I hope to see you with  
       Dunderbeist in the rest of Europe pretty soon.
Interview with Ronny Flissundet from DUNDERBEIST
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CD review DUNDERBEIST "Hyklere"

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2015 von Markus W. in Dunderbeist, Hardrock, Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) Dunderbeist is active since seven years. The guys from Hamar, Norway have released six albums with "Songs of the buried" as being the last one; published in 2012.

Three years later Dunderbeist placed their new album in the record shops. "Hyklere" (engl. "Hypocrites") is the name of the new disc. The name of the longplayer shows already that the language isn't English this time. Dunderbeist have decided to go for a title in Norwegian and the same goes for the songs. Lyrics in the native tongue, ten in total. Of course I haven't understood a word of what they are singing. According to the label info the album is about human's dark inner. It's about the fact that human beings act according to their environment. 

However, since I can't understand the lyrics the focus went more on the music which is fascinating enough. The Norwegian lyrics are more the additional factor that gives the album this 'exotic' touch.

The music of Dunderbeist is quite complex. The band merges different styles and create a mix that is hard to describe. Their are hardrock moments before things turn into more rock, followed by more prog parts and rounded of by some folk elements. And from time to time you find some pure metal outbursts on the album too. 

The thing which keeps those elements togteher is a strong melody that makes the songs easy digestable. 

The following tracks give you a bit of an idea about the range of Dunderbeist's music. "Gryta" belongs to the harder songs on the album. The same goes for the cool "Spaan". The beginning of this track has a cool groove before out turns into a mighty headbanger based on a heavy riff.

A rocker in a more moderate pace is "Langsint" and with "Sjøldestruksjon" the album also contains a melocholic half ballad. The song starts acoustic before it builds up to a heavy piece with a more solemn vibe.

Dunderbeist's new album became an interesting release with many surprising moments. The album demands some time which is worth to invest. It sounds cool, but it needs to be discovered.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Skaubror
  2. Gryta
  3. Punktum mortale
  4. Groms
  5. Langsint (og tresk)
  6. Sjøldestruksjon
  7. Slagord
  8. Spaan
  9. Titusentimer
  10. Vardøgger (Det var jo da)

 

Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: Alternative Rock

CD review DUNDERBEIST "Hyklere"
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