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Årabrot, Hellfest 2019.
|Also known as||Arabrot|
|Genres||Noise-rock, Sludge metal, Doom metal, post-punk,|
|Associated acts||Haust, Okkultokrati, Nernes Skagen, Concept.virus|
|Past members||Vidar Evensen (2001-2013)|
Kristian Kallevik (2001-2003)
Jon Øvstedal (2001-2010)
The band is named after a garbage dump in Haugesund, Norway. Etymologically, the name may refer to the place where the rivers or currents meet.
Since starting out in 2001, Årabrot’s main core has been Kjetil Nernes (songwriter, guitar and vocals), Vidar Evensen (drums and visuals) and Jon Øvstedal (bass), and in recent years noise artist Stian Skagen (Electronics) has been a regular on-and-off member of the band. They have also collaborated with producers such as Billy Anderson (Melvins, Neurosis), Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh, Maribel) and Steve Albini (Nirvana, Big Black, High on Fire). Their first three albums were released on Norway Rat Records before they signed to their current home Fysisk Format with the I Rove EP.
In 2009 they were nominated in the metal category of the Norwegian award Spellemannprisen for the release The Brother Seed, which was produced by well-known musician and producer Steve Albini. In the years following this album, Arabrot spent time playing at unorthodox venues. For instance, they did live scores at silent film showings ("Faust" from 1926 in Trondheim, "Häxan" from 1922 at Øyafestivalen, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" from 1920 and "Die Nibelungen" from 1924 at Verdensteatret in Tromsø) and did commissioned work for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.
Amidst these activities, Arabrot produced the exploratory EPs AbsoluteNegativism, I Rove and Mæsscr, two albums under the Nernes Skagen moniker, as well as two full-length albums: The Billy Anderson-produced double album REVENGE and Solar Anus, again featuring Steve Albini as a producer. For Solar Anus, they were nominated and subsequently won Spellemannprisen in the metal category. This album saw wide international praise, and was described by Drowned in Sound as "...ferocious, funny, colossal, guttural, hopeful and terrifying. It’s a tidal wave of noise from few hands. Like its title, it’s a contradiction, a dichotomy, a triumph. It shouldn’t work, but it does, infinitely well. It’s art from the lowest of sods. It’s a fucking triumph."
Årabrot's 2012 EP Mæsscr was produced by Serena Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen and contains covers of Death in June and Lee Hazlewood, as well as two new tracks. The release was premiered by The Quietus on August 14, 2012.
In 2013, original member Vidar Evensen left the band. The band changed their name to the current Arabrot, and released their self-titled sixth album in August 2013 to 8/10′s in NME, Rock Sound, Metal Hammer & Terrorizer. The artwork was done by Johannes Høie.
Årabrot has a side project called Nernes Skagen, consisting of Årabrot-singer Kjetil Nernes and concept.virus and Årabrot-collaborator Stian Skagen. The duo has released two albums on Fysisk Format, Ad Undas (2009) and Confession (2011). The band says that they completed a nine-day tour after vocalist Nernes blew his lung the first show, and that Nernes’ riff arm has steel implants after being manhandled by police and dog.
Arabrot's lyricism includes macabre renditions of classic works like the Bible and Dante's Inferno and philosophical themes derived from the historical avant-garde. The band also draw inspiration from the existentialism of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre; the surrealism of Georges Bataille and Comte de Lautréamont; the eroticism of Henry Miller and Marquis de Sade; the romantic writings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas de Quincey; mystic thinkers such as Aleister Crowley and Jorge Luis Borges, oppositionals like Federico García Lorca and the Norwegian contrarian Jens Bjørneboe.
- K:N (Kjetil Nernes): guitar, vocals (2001-)
- Sofus K (Kristian Kallevik): bass (2001-2003)
- Deadly Nightshade (Jon Øvstedal): bass, keyboard, guitar (2001-2010)
- Marakel (Vidar Evensen): percussion (2001-2013)
- Magnus Nymo: Drums
- Johannes Høie: Illustration and artwork (2013-)
- Emil Nikolaisen (from Serena Maneesh): Bass live (2010-)
- Karin Park: Piano, backing vocals (2013-)
- Magnus Nymo (from FORK, REDD): Bass live (2011-)
- Åse Bredeli Røyset (from Deathcrush): Bass live (2011)
- Concept.virus (Stian Skagen): Electronics (2009-)
|2003||Rogues Gallery||LP||Safe as Milk|
|2005||Proposing a Pact with Jesus||CD||Norway Rat Records|
|2006||Rep.Rep||CD, Double LP||Norway Rat Records|
|2009||The Brother Seed||CD, LP||Norway Rat Records|
|2009||Absolute Negativism (EP) feat. Concept.virus||CD||Norway Rat Records|
|2009||I Rove (EP)||CD||Fysisk Format|
|2010||Revenge||CD, Double LP||Fysisk Format|
|2011||Solar Anus||CD, LP||Fysisk Format|
|2012||Mæsscr (EP)||LP||Fysisk Format|
|2013||Arabrot||CD, MC, LP||Fysisk Format|
|2014||Murder As Art (EP)||LP||Fysisk Format|
|2014||I Modi (EP)||LP||Fysisk Format|
|2015||You Bunch of Idiots (EP)||LP||Fysisk Format|
|2016||The Gospel||CD, LP||Fysisk Format|
|2018||Who Do You Love||LP||Pelagic Records|