Arabs In Aspic has always delivered very great cover art and their new album Madness And Magic is no exception. Julia Proszowska has made the art on all the albums and done a fantastic job. The track I Vow To Thee, My Screen,
Hailing from Trondheim in Norway, Arabs in Aspic has been mid-Norway’s flagship of 70s inspired progressive rock and proto-hardrock for the past 15 years. Their wide range of influences make a very rewarding listen, including stoner-rock music, 60s psychedelic rock, and the 70s heavy weights, with prime influences being Black Sabbath and Wetton-era King Crimson, hence their name.
They’ve been described as a sweet mixture of loud, heavy guitars and drums, 12 string acoustics, funky bass and percussion, screaming Hammond organs, soft Rhodes, Mellotrons and 70s Synths, topped with plentiful vocal harmonies – and this is also what they give us on their seventh album.
Madness And Magi builds on where they left on Syndenes Magi, showcasing the acoustic side of the band more without losing any of their heaviness. This is evident in the fact that Madness And Magic is their first album written and recorded with two unique drummers.
About the lyrical themes, the band says: «The lyrics of 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. Because you are capable of thinking for yourself, right? ».