Norwegian prog through 2020 – Part 2


There were a lot of expectations towards Conception’s first release in over 20 years. Unfortunately ex-Kamelot’s Roy Khan and the rest of the group underdelivered on State of Deception.

The Oslo-duo behind Astra dropped their first album with Oathkeeper – Part 1, playing progressive symphonic metal.

The third album that was released on April 3rd. was Kaffimann’s (yes, translated that would be coffee man) second album, called Cosmic Coincidence. The man behind the name plays instrumental prog rock with electronic elements.

April was the month we saw the return of the ex-Extols. First of we had this collaboration between David Husvik and Christer Espevoll from Extol, joining forces with Liam Wilson from Dillinger Escape Plan, and the Greek vocalist Eleni Zafiriadou from SEA+AIR. Under the band name Azusa, they released their second LP, Loop of Yesterdays, with the music being a blend of prog metal, post-hardcore, mathcore, and technical thrash metal.

The one-man project Diaspora published his third album. On Sorgmorgen (morning of sorrow) he plays heavy metal with strong prog elements.

The krautrockers in Weserbergland released their second album with Am Ende der Welt. The whole album consists of one long song of about 40 minutes.

From the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon we saw the trio I Like to Sleep, playing avantgarde jazz-rock with prog elements releasing their second album, Daymare.

The quartet calling themselves Kalle, released a self-titled debut, mixing progressive pop with avantgarde jazz and mathrock.

The avantgarde progrockers of Manes dropped the EP Young Skeletons.

Kanaan published their second album of the year called Double Sun.

The other ex-Extol band of this month were Mantric, releasing their third record, False Negative.

Norwegian-Polish duo Narrenwind put out the album I, Shaman, blending black metal with progressive rock.


One of Norway’s most profiled prog metal bands is Green Carnation. Veterans at the scene, it took 14 years from Acoustic Verses to Leaves of Yesterday to be released, showing that the group hadn’t forgotten their mastery of the genre.

Even though the group was formed back in 2003, it wasn’t until this month that the Fredrikstad-band Course of Fate released their debut, called Mindweaver.

I did a review of one of Dan Johansen’s albums some years ago. At that time, he was residing in China, and wrote music for video games. I do not know if his situation has changed since then, but he keeps producing prog metal tunes, and my guess is that Ancient Awakening is influenced by heavy metal, though his music is guitar-driven instrumentals.

Airhog released their debut, Fringerock, drawing influences from goth and prog rock/metal.

Abakas plays harder prog rock, and takes inspirations from 70s hard rock and stoner, yet have a softer touch to their music, bringing in a pop-rock approach on Marauders.

On the jazz-rock side, we find the trio EH3, short for Erland Helbø trio, and their album Improve Reality.

Another heavy prog band is Souls of Tide, who released their second album Black Magic on may 25th.

At the end of the month Undergrünnen dropped their album Ein Revnande Likegyldighet, adding psychedelic, kraut, and afro-rock into the mix.

Shaman Elephant, also a group who plays harder prog and psych, put out Wide Awake but Still Asleep.


Moving into the summer, there were several releases on the 12th of this month. First of was the instrumental djent band Navian, with their debut EP Reset.

Hedvig Mollestad released her first solo album outside her trio-project, called Ekhidna, still pumping out her jazz-rock.

Arabs in Aspic dropped their seventh album, called Madness and Magic.

The Oslo-trio Dim Gray published their debut album Flown, playing prog rock.

Not exactly a prog band, Kryptograf plays a mixture between doom and heavy psych on their self-titled first record.

One of the more well-known Norwegian prog bands is Airbag, who released their fifth album, A Day at the Beach on June 19th. It can be mention that the guitarist of the group, Bjørn Riis, can be found on the upcoming Marco Ragni release at the end of November.

The last group to release an album in June were Professor Tip Top. The prog rock band put out Tomorrow is Delayed in the end of this month.


Om Jon Skjeseth (570 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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