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Founded in 2009

Hedvig Mollestad THOMASSEN - Born 1982-02-04 (Ålesund, Møre og Romsdal, Norway)

The HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO is a musical outfit headed by Norwegian guitarist Hedvig MOLLESTAD THOMASSEN, known for her activity in the new heavy prog outfit EL DOOM & THE BORN ELECTRIC. The band is made up of MOLLESTAD THOMASSEN on guitar, Ellen BREKKEN on double bass, and Ivar LOE BJØRNSTAD on drums. The trio formed in 2011 as an outfit for MOLLESTAD THOMASSEN's jazz and prog rock inspired music ideas to be brought to fruition.

The trio released their debut album "Shoot!" September 23, 2011. The album is heavily based in a bluesy form of jazz fusion as well as a crunchy freeform prog rock reminiscent of LED ZEPPELIN and RUSH.

In 2013 they released their second album, "All of Them Witches", followed by their third, "Enfant Terrible", in 2014, both being very much in the same style as the debut.

Their music will appeal to fans of LED ZEPPELIN, THE MARS VOLTA, MOTORPSYCHO, and other jazz-influenced hard rock bands.

::::Andy Webb::::

See also: HERE ; and WiKi

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3.92 | 12 ratings
Shoot !
4.08 | 12 ratings
All Of Them Witches
2.80 | 11 ratings
Enfant Terrible
3.75 | 8 ratings
Black Stabat Mater
4.00 | 9 ratings
Smells Funny
4.05 | 18 ratings
4.00 | 14 ratings
Ding Dong. You're Dead.

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4.67 | 3 ratings
Evil In Oslo


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 Ekhidna by MOLLESTAD TRIO, HEDVIG album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.05 | 18 ratings

Hedvig Mollestad Trio Heavy Prog

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars This is quite a brillant mixed bag of progressive jazz fusion and heavy rock. Not a mass product that can be found on every corner, you bet. Sounds partially close to the likes of Elephant9, and yes, their drummer Torstein Lofthus is involved in the recordings too. Coming out of Norway Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen is a prolific jazz guitarist and music composer, no doubt. And then she has Marte Eberson and Erlend Slettevoll on her side, both keyboards and synths, as well as substituting the bass guitar to be expected. Furthermore Ole Mofjell is dealing with some percussion instruments. And finally the talent of Susan Santos Silva, imported from Portugal, who has an impressive contribution with her trumpet moreover.

It is said Hedvig is putting some mind games into practice here, which originally came up at the Norwegian Vossajazz Festival. That must have been a great inspiration. Roundabout fourty minutes of the recordings, which took place at the beginning of 2020, have got on 'Ekhidna'. The Terje Rypdal reminiscent deep toned trumpet strikes on the short opener No Friends But The Mountains. A remarkable heavy blues rock riff is leading into the next multi-varied song A Stone's Throw. A tour de force, switching to a jazzy ambiance again and again, due to fine electric piano input, yeah, on both channels. And Lofthus of course, who is serving a lively drum performance.

Partially gliding into some freestyled jamming the more extended Antilone shows a wonderful percussion drive. My favourite so far, powerful, provided with great dynamic. And then, due to Slightly Lighter, corresponding to the song title, the flow needs a switch to a charming relaxed experience after that. The diversified title track afterwards lives from the excellent interaction between the musicians. Not solely Susan Santos Silva has taken the opportunity to freak out a bit in between. One more left, One Leaf Left finally sees them on a beautiful patient and melodic direction, though ending with a strong and heavy expression nevertheless. What a superb album, close to a masterpiece, 4.5 stars.

 Smells Funny by MOLLESTAD TRIO, HEDVIG album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 9 ratings

Smells Funny
Hedvig Mollestad Trio Heavy Prog

Review by zbambus

4 stars Finally Hedvig Mollestad pulls it all together!

While the previous albums have been easy to enjoy, this is the album where everything finally works in Hedvig's favour and trancends the previous efforts.

The melodies are heavy but with a slightly jazzy feeling that enhances what could otherwise be determined a too bombastic approach.

Not one filler track on the album although not all tracks are of stellar quality.

Beastie, Beastie, First Thing To Pop Is The Eye, Sugar Rush Mountain and Lucidness are the stand out tracks.

Jurasek is the mellow alibi on the album and "drowns" a bit among the otherwise frenzy.

Bewitched, Dwarfed And Defeathered is also very good but not as good as the best. This track alternates between a very riff based theme that is a bit to repetetive, but also wander almost into free jazz at times.

Lucidness, which clocks in at over 8 minutes, is a track that grows on you. It comes across as a bit less catchy as the rest, but the atmosphere in the track grabs You and won't let Your attention wander during the whole workout.

To sum it up, the best album of her career so far and we can only hope that she aims to hold this level of excellence or better this effort in her next releases!

 Enfant Terrible by MOLLESTAD TRIO, HEDVIG album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.80 | 11 ratings

Enfant Terrible
Hedvig Mollestad Trio Heavy Prog

Review by Argonaught

2 stars I have been curious about some recent developments on the Norwegian jazz-rock, fusion and prog scene. One of the newer albums I have given a good couple of listens to was the "Enfant Terrible".

Well, this title describes with uncanny insight and accuracy how I felt about the album: it comes across as infantile and borderline terrible .. jk :)

People who are into prog and contemporary jazz have been spoiled rotten by hundreds, of not thousands of supremely talented bands and musicians.

I can't determine if the Hedvig Mollestad Trio members just lack the necessary skills to play anything like proper prog or fusion, or they purposefully chose to express themselves artistically in this album by sounding like a teenager garage band. The "Enfant Terrible" is unpleasantly loud, coarse and monotonous.

I do not feel this album has contributed much to the (sub)genre.

Thanks to Andy Webb for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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