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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::::

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3.92 | 13 ratings
Shoot !
2011
4.07 | 15 ratings
All Of Them Witches
2013
2.91 | 13 ratings
Enfant Terrible
2014
3.80 | 10 ratings
Black Stabat Mater
2016
4.00 | 15 ratings
Smells Funny
2018
4.06 | 26 ratings
Ekhidna
2020
3.50 | 29 ratings
Ding Dong. You're Dead.
2021
3.89 | 9 ratings
Tempest Revisited
2021
4.25 | 4 ratings
Hedvig Mollestad & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Maternity Beat
2022

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4.14 | 7 ratings
Evil In Oslo
2016

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 Smells Funny by MOLLESTAD TRIO, HEDVIG album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 15 ratings

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Smells Funny
Hedvig Mollestad Trio Heavy Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A really strong album from these Norwegians but a short one at under 36 minutes. Hedvig really shows her stuff on here in a multitude of ways from the song writing to the various styles of music she covers. It's pretty cool when Hendrix, Sharrock, Santana, Page and Rypdal come to mind. This lady can play but then so can Ellen on bass, man she can groove but like Hedvig she can do it all. Ivar on drums sounds like a Rock drummer more than a Jazz drummer and this is a band who crosses into both of these styles although I would call this more of a Rock album. Ivar is a maniac.

Over the six tracks we get some variety but it's all good. Probably my least favourite would be "Jurasek" which is fairly mellow with some relaxed Santana-like guitar. I've grown to appreciate this one. I'm not big on the heavy riffing to open and close "Bewitched, Dwarfed And Defeathered" but man the majority of the rest of this song makes up for it. We get jazzy stuff and some dissonant guitar which is cool then she lights it up. "First Thing To Pop Is The Eye" has a Page-like section to start which actually reminds me more of Lifeson on RUSH's debut. The rest is gravy with those intricate leads then atmospheric sounds all the while the bass and drums drive this along relentlessly. The guitar is crying then at 4 1/2 minutes we get some echo, love this. Check out the bass and guitar a minute later. She's lighting it up before 6 minutes.

The opener "Beastie, Beastie" is another highlight and a song I've played a lot. Powerful yet restrained. We get some hit and runs solos as well as a steady run of playing. Just love the sound of it. "Sugar Rush Mountain" is a ride at a high speed down that mountain. I like that drum intro and then they are off! The drums really stand out on this one. The closer "Lucidness" is my favourite. Experimental to begin as the guitar starts to cry out. Soon the guitar is reminding me of Rypdal as the bass and drums continue to remain experimental. Intense is the word. The guitar is crying out again after 4 minutes. So good. Check out that repetitive guitar melody beginning around 5 1/2 minutes and it continues for about a minute. How powerful is this after 7 1/2 minutes. Come on!

Easily 4 stars and one of those albums where there is a high appreciation for the way each member plays on this all instrumental album.

 Ekhidna by MOLLESTAD TRIO, HEDVIG album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.06 | 26 ratings

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Ekhidna
Hedvig Mollestad Trio Heavy Prog

Review by A Crimson Mellotron
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A healthy splash of heavy rock in-between fusion exploration in an excellent album that combines guitar-driven compositions with the avant-garde touch of refined jazz rock, this is 2020's 'Ekhidna' by Norwegian guitar player Hedvig Mollestad, released by her 'Trio'; The album, in fact, features a sextet of players, but the core of the collective is usually Mollestad alongside a bass player and a drummer. This mighty six-track release, however, does not feature a bassist, but a second Fender player, since this is Mollestad's preferred instrument, too, plus a fabulous percussionist, two keyboardists and a trumpet player, all delivering a tremendous performance on this album named after the mother of some of the most horrendous monsters in Greek mythology, and composed as a commission for the 2019 Vossajazz festival.

Not a concept album, this very tight 40-minute near-perfect record blends in effortlessly impressive guitar acrobatics, not some mindless shred-fest, with the complexity and challenging nature of progressive jazz - the end results are more than indicative that this is a very great album from the near-ambient beginnings of the short opener 'No Friends But the Mountains' to the first big introduction to the sound of 'Ekhidna', which is the heavy powerhouse 'A Stone's Throw', followed by the 10-minute frenzy of 'Antilone', full of energy and power, this composition displays the immense talents of each band member in a glorious fashion. The title track is another highlight of the album, very obscure, very unnerving and masterful, it is an enigmatic instrumental that will leave the listener in awe. The tranquil album closer 'One Leaf Left' surprises with the beautiful but bombastic final two minutes - Mollestad is uncompromisingly well-phrased, delivering a grandiose finale to this excellent album.

 Ding Dong. You're Dead. by MOLLESTAD TRIO, HEDVIG album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.50 | 29 ratings

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Ding Dong. You're Dead.
Hedvig Mollestad Trio Heavy Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars. I was disappointed with this record feeling that it pales with the only other album I have by this band called "Smells Funny". This power trio of bass, guitar and drums reminds me a lot of fellow Norwegians BUSHMAN'S REVENGE who have the same setup and sound. They rock hard too but also have that jazzy side and the guitarists for both bands can go Rypdal on us with those melancholic guitar leads. And humour also is a common denominator along with both bands being on the same label. Anyway the cover art seems like dark humour when connected with the title of this album and the pictures. I just am not into this total package but 3.5 stars because there is some excellent music on here. And I know there are some artistic themes going on with their cover arts I just don't like them at all.

The two tracks that standout for me are the opener which hits the ground running with jazzy guitar expressions before the guitar changes to a rock mode. That jazzy guitar is back at 4 1/2 minutes and I like that guitar solo starting before 6 minutes. A good song. Head bobbing time on "All Flights Cancelled" with that catchy guitar melody. Bright and energetic. The title track is okay but melancholic as they slow it down. "Gimbal" is my favourite. Really the only track I looked forward to hearing. That guitar melody just hits my sweet spot but she changes that style up unfortunately but returns with it before 4 minutes. "Magic Moshroom" composed by Ella the bass player would be in my top three but again I'm just not blown away by any of this to say the least. Experimental sounds to start with jazzy bass before the guitar starts to solo over top. Rypdal comes to mind here. Really disappointed the way the album ends with my two least favourite tracks.

Great band who like BUSHMAN'S REVENGE have a discography that is very much hit and miss depending on your tastes.

 Ekhidna by MOLLESTAD TRIO, HEDVIG album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.06 | 26 ratings

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Ekhidna
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 | 15 ratings

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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
2.91 | 13 ratings

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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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