Norwegian quintet OKKULTOKRATI has just issued a video for the title track to their impendingRaspberry Dawn album which is nearing release through Southern Lord later this month. Watch below! Also, the band will be touring Europe this Autumn, including supporting TRAP THEM alongside VENOM PRISON on the Crown Feral Europe 2016 tour.
OKKULTOKRATI sounds like they’re playing to you from a different dimension. Lead as always by grand visionary and songwriter Erik Svarte, their new album Raspberry Dawn is weird, wired, and quite possibly the holy grail for those looking for radical rock reinvention and new sensations in the current era. The new video for the title track comes through a premiere at Loud And Quiet, where the band’s Erik Svarte issues some insight on the creation of the video and album: “Our 2014 album was about the ‘Night Jerks’. The creeps that come out at night, lurking the streets up to no good. That album is a picture of the darker sides of human lives. ‘The Raspberry Dawn’, on the other hand is a distraction to all of this. When the night turns into dawn, before the sunrise, the surroundings interfere with these darker sides of the urban nighttime. This moment, when the sky turns pink, can fool the shittiest person and make their focus shift to the next day and those hours of innocence until their mischief once again begins. The scummier a man is, the more important this rebirth is. This video shows a few night jerks celebrating the raspberry dawn.”
Raspberry Dawn will be released on CD, LP, and all digital platforms via Southern Lord on September 23rd; preorders are available HERE.
On Raspberry Dawn, OKKULTOKRATI thrusts the heretic rock and roll that they have cultivated since their 2008 inception into more extraordinary situations. Classic ’70s riffing, snotty punk, and brash, old-school metal are inventively mixed with pulses and spikes of darkwave and ice cold, psychedelic repetition. They execute these infectious tunes effortlessly, playing with the attitude they retained from their roots in rural hard rock attitude, and busting a propulsive stomp that aligns them closer to the clarity of recordings from decades past, also exemplified by spring reverb twangs that ping across the mix like rubber bands. Erik Svarte’s electric guitars are run through high power fuzz mechanisms that rattle and roar like powerful engines. Vocalist Henning’s hoarse snarls and cries take on many forms but retaining an audible link to metal with their prickly delivery, phrased in triumphant catchy guises. An instant example of this is heard on the title track; a glorious rock anthem celebrating the bad boys of rock and roll such as Iggy Pop, the Ramones, and Alan Vega (RIP). The fresh addition of synth player Feffe Severin on Raspberry Dawn allows OKKULTOKRATI to fully expand in to their new stage, where nothing and everything is sacred. Adding organ touches, violent slaps of static, and blown out sci-fi overtures to the collective, Severin compliments perfectly the band’s preexisting taste for the curious and the macabre, amping-up both the drama and the feel-good extremes that they have always lathered their sound in.
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