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THE BRIMSTONE SOLAR RADIATION BAND

Crossover Prog • Norway


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Norwegian outft BRIMSTONE SOLAR RADIATION BAND can trace it's history back to the tail end of the 90's, when Rolf Edvardsen and Truls Biff Eriksen left the metal scene of their teenage years behind in search of new musical territories to explore.

After initially flirting with music Inspired by artists like Nick Cave, the duo starts exploring the US West Coast sound. This lush musical foundation is spiced with elements from more psychedelic-oriented bands though, with The Byrds, Santana and Pink Floyd as particular influences.

With a musical direction staked out they start making demos, using the moniker Brimstone. Eriksen handles bass and drums while Edvardsen takes care of everything else needed to complete the songs.

In this creative process the duo also starts getting a need for playing this material live, and it's rather obvious that some additional members are needed to realize that wish. Finding musicians willing to ply their trade at psychedelic-oriented sophisticated rock in a town where the music scene consists of either pop or metal acts isn't the easisest of tasks though, and to state that the search for the additional band members turned out to be frustrating and less than fruitful may probably qualify as the understatement of the decade. At last they contact an old aquaintance from the metal scene, now a highly regarded drummer known for his distinctly jazz-influenced style. His name is Thomas Grønner, and while initially rather sceptical about the stylistic direction of Brimstone he's talked into joining. His brother Øyvind Grønner joins the band at the same time, a talented guitarist, keyboardist and percussionist.

A rehearsal space is then located, and soon after Brimstone hits the live circuit in Bergen, soon getting a good reputation locally. With positive receptions aplenty they decide to record a 5-track EP, which also turned out to be a succesful venture. One of the most satisfying results of this EP was the track The Magic Dragon, given extensive airplay by nationwide radio channel NRK P3. This lead to Brimstone landing gigs all over Norway, and following one of those gigs in Oslo Brimstopne found themselves booked to one of Norway's major summer rock festivals - Øyafestivalen - as well as a band signed by indie label Big Dipper Records.

And so Brimstone started to make their debut album. They entered the recording studio in high spirits following these major lucky breaks, but as time went by and mo...
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3.60 | 5 ratings
The Brimstone Solar Radiation Band
2004
3.71 | 7 ratings
Solstice
2005
4.00 | 15 ratings
Smorgasbord
2009
3.88 | 12 ratings
Mannsverk
2014

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Going Out (as Brimstone)
2001
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Sanctimonious High
2009

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 Mannsverk by BRIMSTONE SOLAR RADIATION BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.88 | 12 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Norwegian band BRIMSTONE started out as The Brimstone Solar Radiation band back in 1998, and released three full-length productions using this original moniker, the aptly named "Smorgasbord" from 2009 the most recent of these. Following a five year pause they have returned with a shortened band name and their fourth full-length album, "Mannsverk", released through the Norwegian label Karsima Records.

Psychedelic progressive rock is the name of the game for Brimstone on their fourth full-length production "Mannsverk", an album that consists of vintage instruments and a vintage sound that alongside what I'd describe as a more contemporary production, as far as song structure and arrangements are concerned, ends up as a compelling and sophisticated disc. Personally I noted what to my ears were certain similarities Beardfish's 2009 album "Destined Solitaire", and in my opinion most of the people who enjoyed that production, will also enjoy this one. Especially if they also might enjoy a band with more of a psychedelic touch, and songs with a generally stronger emphasis on bass guitar and drums.

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4 stars Brimstones Mannsverk comes in the row of surprisingly leading norwegian productions of the last year, even though it has because of its well defined characteristics and refined production a very special identity. Its Retrosounds and atmospheric moments combine to a warm and fresh rhythmic build with catching melodies. In the foreground stand the dreamy, but powerful soundscapes, that were created by an array of 70ies instruments, that were superbly engineered to keep them in ballance with the certain musical freshness, that keeps the album lightweighted, but emotional though. Playfully spacey, alternating with rough parts full of power, mixed into a charismatic conception of musical lust and identity.

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 Smorgasbord by BRIMSTONE SOLAR RADIATION BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 15 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Great third effort by this Norwegian band, with an aptly named album to boot.

As one might guess by looking at the cover art, this is a production with quite a lot of 60's and 70's to be found. The general style is retro, but enveloped in a distinctly modern mix and production this makes for a rather intriguing sonic experience.

Musically we're treading in the lighter art rock territories, with wandering layered guitars providing both distinct themes as well as subtle and often fragmented details. 70's sounding electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin being the main instruments of choice. Driving, elegant rhythms forms a high quality backdrop, and the lead vocals soars brilliantly above both in calmer as well as more emotional territories. Careful use of strings, reeds and organ provides the remaining details.

In style we're dealing with a band blending the sound of the Fab Four with 70's psychedelic and west coast rock, adding in elements from art rock as needed for the added sophistication. Generally positive and uplifting melodies, and pretty often energetic to boot. If the lighter side of the retro art rock universe is your thing, this is an album that should give you much joy.

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