Madness And Magic is the seventh full-length album from Arabs In Aspic and will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats, and again with artwork by Julia Proszowsk. The new album comes three years after the well-received album Syndens Magi.
Commenting on the album, the band had this to say: «Madness And Magic is the first Arabs in Aspic album written for two drummers, with more acoustic guitar parts than previous albums. All the music was written and arranged in our studio and carefully put together like a puzzle with 50,000 pieces, to take the listener on a journey through life’s Madness And Magic, both musically and lyrically».
«The lyrics for Madness And Magic reflect on how easily both children and adults are affected in the digital age, but also how helpless we are when we have to put our lives in the hands of specialists. Many ideas came up after a brief meeting with Doctor Death. The message of Madness And Magic is up to the listener to decide. For you are capable of thinking for yourself, right?».
Arabs in Aspic hail from Trondheim, Norway. Their music is firmly rooted in the classic sounds of the early 70’s hard rock/prog period wi8th Hammond, Mellotron, Rhodes and hard guitars and drums and no fear of 3 part vocal harmonies! The title track Syndens Magi (The Magic Of Sin) from the previous album Syndens Magi.
The band is led by Jostin Smeby (guitar and vocals as well as lyrics) who initially brought the project together in 1997. In 2006 they went by Arabs In Aspic II dropping the II in 2012 and returning the name Arab In Aspic.Cover artist Julia Proszowska is also considered a member of the band, and has painted and drawn all album covers, reflecting the music on each release.