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Årabrot Release Single & Video For “Horrors of the Past” – Taken From New Album out 13th October

August 21, 2023
Photo Credit: Pål Laukli

Årabrot Share new single and video for
“Horrors of the Past”

Album, Of Darkness & Light out 13th October on Pelagic Records

EU/UK tour dates this November

Fiord-forged and resolute, Norwegian gothic rock duo Årabrot today release their latest single “Horrors of the Past” accompanied by an animated nightmarish video (created by Chilean designer, Kartess). Their tenth album, Of Darkness and Light, will be released 13th October on Pelagic Records.

Operating out of Djura Missionshus, their home studio in the deconsecrated church in rural Sweden where they live with their two children, Årabrot is the iconic duo of vocalist/guitarist Kjetil Nernes and his wife, vocalist/keyboardist Karin Park.

This new album is already shaping up to be one of the most expressive in terms of range for the compelling musicians and their creations. The new track delivers this immense atmosphere that simply engulfs you. Elements of dazzling tonality surge through this dramatic soundscape, the vocal notes deliver this hypnotic cadence with the melody and the perfectly positioned balance.

Of the new single, Kjetil explains, “We were out driving and hit and killed a cat. Its fur covered the windshield. It was brutal. I had a vision of a metaphysical journey through a storm of animal fur. I couldn’t see a thing until symbols and memories of the past suddenly emerged in front of me. I was working my way out of a nightmarish past.” He adds, “The original out-of-tune iPhone demo was called ‘Beatles’. The demo was made years ago. We are happy to see it still feels right. “

With its origins going back 20 years now, Årabrot’s list of achievements is long: collaborating with fellow innovators Stephen O’Malley and Lustmord; working with such producers as Steve Albini and Billy Anderson; winning a Norwegian Grammy.

The band’s friend and collaborator Lustmord has written: “Born of the long dark winters of Norway, Årabrot was too black for metal and too avant-garde for punk, so it forged its own path… It is The Velvet Underground if Johnny Cash was a member and Nico was able to sing. It is Camus, Sartre, Poe and Burroughs, cut-up and regurgitated in an unholy erotic mass.”

The last two decades have seen Årabrot shapeshift through multiple iterations; they’ve tried on different shapes and sizes, encompassed different moods and explored the outer reaches of various genres and yet never sounded less than entirely themselves.

Of Darkness and Light bursts with infectious melodies and shines with the massive production of Alain Johannes, whose work on Mark Lanegan’s 2020 album, Straight Songs of Sorrow, won over Nernes, and who, as a musician, has performed with the likes of PJ Harvey and Them Crooked Vultures. With Johannes at the helm, Of Darkness and Light was recorded entirely at Djura Missionshus, a.k.a. The Church of Årabrot – the first album to be recorded entirely in the church.

Theatrical, bombastic, dancing on the line between the macabre and the comical, Of Darkness and Light is, among other things, a celebration of the hooks and swagger and almighty power of rock. The Birthday Party and Swans are still references, but so are Queens of the Stone Age and Ghost. Fittingly, the album’s title references Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, a philosophical text centered on transcending our own limitations.

The latest single, follows previous singles, “We Want Blood” and “You Cast Long Shadows”.

Årabrot comes gloriously into their own in a live setting – with Kjetil holding court with liturgical flamboyance, whilst Karin gives herself over to a hypnotic rhythm of their own making. The pair are most electrifying to witness when performing; their symbiotic devotion is palpable as they perform in the clothes they were married in. And the songs on Of Darkness and Light sound as though made just to be experienced in a live setting – no light show, no pyrotechnics are a match for their apocalyptic revelry. 

Rest assured, as long as there is breath in their bodies, this pair will be found preaching rock and roll under the neon-lit Årabrot cross.

Don’t miss Årabrot’s tour this November – support from Jaye Jayle (solo) and Karin Park:

01/11 – DK Copenhagen, Stengade
02/11 – DE Bremen, Zollkantine
03/11 – DE Bochum, Die Trompete
04/11 – NL Eindhoven, Stroomhuis
05/11 – BE Liege, La Zone
06/11 – FR Paris, Glazart
07/11 – UK Nottingham, Old Cold Store
08/11 – UK Leeds, Lending Room
09/11 – UK Glasgow, Hug & Pint 
10/11 – UK Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
11/11 – UK London, Boston Music Room

12/11 – FR Tourcoing, Le Grand Mix
14/11 – FR Nantes, Decadanse
15/11 – FR Nilvange, Le Gueulard Plus 
16/11 – CH Yverdon-Les-Bains, l’Amalgame 
17/11 – IT Bologna, Circolo Dev
18/11 – IT Rome, RCCB
19/11 – IT Milan, Legend Club
20/11 – FR Colmar, Grillen
21/11 – CZ Prague, Underdogs
22/11 – PL Krakow, Gwarek
23/11 – PL Poznan, Pod Minoga
24/11 – DE Leipzig, Noel’s Ballroom
25/11 – DE Berlin, Urban Spree

Of Darkness and Light Tracklisting:

Hangman’s House

You Cast Long Shadows

Horrors Of The Past


Cathedral Light

We Want Blood


Skeletons Trip The Light Fantastic

Swan Killer

Love Under Will

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