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Ten best Norwegian albums of 2019

After all we are a Norwegian music webzine, as our readers probably have noticed as we’re still working on replacing all the Norwegian words with English ones, and you’ll get recommendation of articles in our native tounge, so we decided we would list up the albums we think deserve a spot on our unnumbered top ten list, with a bit of information about each album and band.

Moron Police – A Boat On The Sea

Moron Police’s third release have the intriguing underlying Scandinavian melancholy as a foundation. In addition there are a fair amount of catchy but adventures music on the album, and as a bonus huge chorus and rampant guitars. The album also contains inventive synths, a plethora of time-signature change, all the workings of an album of excess, yet it comes together to form a cohesive whole. Perhaps its most defining feature is that it sounds like Moron Police and no-one else, and no manner of superlative spluttering could really hope to capture its spirit.

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Panzerpappa – Summarisk Suite

The fairytale of the wonderful and highly original band Panzerpappa begins in the summer of 1996. Since then, the band has hardly looked back and become many music lovers favorites. The reason is that the band simply plays an incredibly fascinating and adventurous music.
The very skilled avant-garde rockers Panzerpappa are back with their seventh album Summarisk Suite. They decided to do something completely different on the new album and start from scratch, and you’ll even find one piece that is totally improvised (Belgerisk Improv), something the band to my knowledge haven’t done on any of their previous albums.

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Infringement – Alienism

The band Infringement is probably not so well-known around the world, but with their new album Alienism they deserve to be on the music lover’s radar! The band have matured and are better musicians than on their debut. The track Disorder starts with acoustic guitar and a peculiar piano effect. The music then becomes more and more symphonic with the presence of synths and suddenly a there are splendid progressive guitars before a nice vocal begins. Disorder is a varied song contrasted with harder and softer sections. In addition the song is well balanced with guitar and synth who interact exemplarily. The other assortment of songs is also very elaborate and with many good and well-functioning ideas.

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Glutton – Eating Music

Norwegian alt-rockers Glutton released the album Eating Music their most megalomaniacal album yet. This time the band have done the most in an utterly fascinating and interesting manner. It`s actual pretty original music with the intensity and punch not unlike what Mars Volta could do at their best. There are also an underlying and very fitting melancholy I enjoy together with the appealing unpretentious attitude. In addition the retro vibes is done in their own way and the psychedelic and jazzy elements freshen up the music.

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Motorpsycho – The Crucible

Trondheim’s psych-juggernauts Motorpsycho celebrating 30 year of existence reaching 23 longplays. A band I’ve (Jon) followed since they first set out to explore the experimental rock landscape and building up a solid fanbase throughout Europe, with records like Lobotomizer, 8 Sooting Songs for Rut and Demon Box. Last year’s The Crucible consisted of three songs only, yet clocking in on about 40 minutes, still showing a band willing to add new elements to their already rich sound.

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Umpfel – As the Waters Cover the Sea

For those of you who are familiar with the metal festival Karmøygeddon, on the South-Western edges of Norway, this is the region where the progressive rock/metal band Umpfel comes from. Four years after the debut, in the spring of last year, Andreas S. Sjøen who is the main motor behind this project, released an album that drew inspirations from the likes of Mike Patton, Haken, Leprous and a lot of jazz. It was a melodic, varied album, with a bunch of guest musicians, mostly Norwegians, but a couple of foreigners, namely Polish guitarist Jakub Zytecki, and Tymon Kruidenier of Exivious.

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Leprous – Pitfalls

With quality albums released every other year or so, Leprous has build a dedicated fan base, touring Europe with sold out shows. To big expectations the group released their latest record in late October of last year, with mixed critics, mainly because of the focus on vocalist Solberg’s voice. As he has been dominant throughout the band’s history, and got an exceptional voice, this weren’t too surprising for those of us who knew the band well. It was just another record with overall strong songs.

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Jordsjø – Nattfiolen

The Oslo-band Jordsjø (means Earth-Sea) have persistently published strong albums since the band was concieved back in 2015. We’re talking symphonic prog rock with Norwegian lyrics with partly mystic and nature themes. Their music sounds vintage, is filled with melancholy, with large swaps of instrumental sections which is layered with flute parts.

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Magic Pie – Fragments of the 5th Element

The Moss «collective» may have released an album that got less traction than their previous albums, but still hold as high standard as them. There’s been four years since King of the Day, but the band has matured their songwriting further, and with members being in their 50s, they may not bring in too much new inspiration and elements into their music, but why care when it sounds this good.

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Borknagar – True North

With over 20 years in the game, Borknagar can still suprise with the direction they take their music. On their eleventh album they are as strong as ever, bringing in playfulness into their songwriting, drawing from their own history of viking and folk metal, and hide Pink Floyd into the mix. If you’re into Enslaved, and is looking for more quality Norwegian folk metal, look no further.

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Om Jon Skjeseth (499 Artikler)
Proghead from Oslo, who writes mostly about progressive rock/metal, though may write about other rock and metal sub-genres, as well as electronic music, underground hip hop/rap, contemporary music, different kinds of jazz, folk, or anything I find interesting.

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