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Addiktio; Photo Credit: Mari Strømsbo Gjørv
Meet Addiktio, a group consisting of several of Norway’s top musicians. On March 9th, the band will release debut album Verraton.
“Armeija” (English translation, “army”) is one of Addiktio’s more chaotic songs with references to The Dillinger Escape Plan and Mew, with drastic changes in moods, tempos, and harmonies. Hitting hard at times, then shifting to a sort of weirdo-blues and back, before crashing into mathematical formulas, it’s a guitar-riff-o-rama! In fact, half of the song is an everlasting riff part glued together by melodic simplicity and snippets of what one could dare call a chorus.
Behind the trio, you`ll find Norwegian music elites’ regular henchmen and part of a new generation of session musicians. Together they have featured on the Norwegian music scene for years. They`ve done rock, they`ve done jazz. Hell, they`ve even done pop, but make no mistake. These guys are metalheads to the bone, and hail from bands such as Shining and Benea Reach.
Now, as Addiktio, they have created an intricate and progressive symbiosis right in the intersection between rock, jazz, and metal. An atmospheric sound with huge soundscapes balancing or moving between delicate melodies and contrasting mathematical patterns.
Håkon Sagen’s insisting and brutally confronting guitar playing, and the backdrop of vintage bass and drum aesthetics from Thomas Gallatin and Ruben Oma, tears the listener between in-your-face-rock and uncontrolled but intricate expressions.
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