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Reviews on concerts and new music releases

The Late Great /w A Million Pineapples @ Blårock Cafe, Tromsø

by Emīls Vilcāns

924d044fea2f48ae494c310b2c2c72d5Packing a crowded show at Tromsø’s Blårock Cafe, the local 6 piece folk-rock act The Late Great present themselves just as solid as their debut album – Songs From The 21st Century. Supported by the young all-girl indie-rock act from Tromsø – A Million Pineapples, the evening of 25th of November is colored with musical diversity and a masterful energy outbreak. Read the rest of this entry »

Moddi /w Archangel State Chamber Orchestra @ Studenthuset Driv, Tromsø

by Emīls Vilcāns

a3055015158_10Presenting his latest 4th studio album Unsongs, the northern storyteller Moddi, hailing from Senja, Norway, draws us into an insightful trip to 12 countries, giving voice to 12 silenced songs. The Archangel State Chamber Orchestra by his side and a guitar in hand, the troop magnificently builds a musically politic expression upon the stage of Studenthuset Driv, Tromsø on the 10th of November. Read the rest of this entry »

[Interview] Cliff Isaksen @ Kaia Bar, Tromsø

by Emīls Vilcāns

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On the rainy evening of 13th of October, with a beer in hand at the Tromsø’s center-based bar/bistro Kaia, I come across Cliff Isaksen. For the next 3 evenings this is the man whose voice and guitar, accompanied by Trond-Helge Nordli on drums, is going to make all those beer sobbing listeners shake their gate. After a brief talk, I find out about Cliff’s up-coming solo album and we both agree on an interview. Read the rest of this entry »

[Interview] Vederkast /w Heave Blood & Die @ Prelaten Kro & Scene, Tromsø

by Emīls Vilcāns

a1662973352_10On the evening of 22nd of October,  Prelaten Kro & Scene uncovers it’s stage to host Tromsø’s own hard rock/progressive metal craftsmen – Vederkast. With 5 months since the last encounter with the band, HTA had the chance to sit down and talk with the guys. Supported by Tromsø’s sludge/doom act Heave Blood & Die, the evening is balanced between the punk and the mystique.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tons of Rock festival @ Halden, Norway – Day 1

by Emīls Vilcāns

tor165Above the seemingly quiet streets of Halden, Norway lies the historical landmark of Fredriksten fortress. Its’ walls high and thick, cannons in every corner and a small village hidden within, the place has become an inspirational collision between history and culture. Where, centuries ago, people bravely fought for their homes, now happens one of the biggest metal/rock celebrations in Norway – Tons of Rock! Read the rest of this entry »

Russian Circles – Mota

by Emīls Vilcāns

UntitledOnly a month until the awaited release of their sixth studio album Guidance (August 5th, Sargent House), the Chicago based postmetal/rock trio Russian Circles unveil the next chapter on this hectic path. Continuing from the dying breath of the pilot single Vorel, we are granted the chance to look into Mota – a time driven reflection on the past and the upcoming. Read the rest of this entry »

LEAN – Tape

by Emīls Vilcāns

dasfasEmerging from the wild desert of Brooklyn, NYC, the stoner-garage rock quartet LEAN are the ones shaking the saloon. Being a reincarnation of the trashy garage act Stay At Home Dads, these fuzz-worshipers have been bashing out heavy riffs together since 2012. With loads of shows both as LEAN and other side-projects, the band is finally dropping a proper album in September, 2016 – Tape. Read the rest of this entry »