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WITH a singing drummer, two guitarists and a bass player, the progressive hard rock band Nan Madol from Tønsberg, Norway, produces both a hard hitting and tender melodic soundscape
On September 24th, Nan Madol releases their first full length album with their own distinct musical identity, drawing inspiration from bands such as Tool and Mastodon. Recorded and mixed by Norwegian rock legend Alex Møklebust (Seigmen, Zeromancer), it is set to be released on the Naturecord label. Upon release date it will be available on all major streaming and download services, as well as on CD.
The concept album follows a storyline both in music and in lyrics. It depicts the rise and fall of a man with intensions of being a servant of the people, who ends up a dictator and a tyrant. The story is set to a fictive former civilization loosely based on historic references and knowledge of both our own pre- and current history, making the story ever relevant.
In 2006, blues-rock guitarist and vocalist Kolbjørn Enge packed down his guitars and bought a drum kit. He met rock guitarist Kristian Ring at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and they started jamming. In 2007 Kolbjørn met prog-rock guitarist Cristoffer Iversen at Vestfold University College, were they both studied to become teachers. Cristoffer was asked to join in, and soon he brought an insane amount of own material into the mix. All they needed to become a band now was a bass player. Kolbjørn asked his old music high school-buddie and to be brother in law, Pål Isdahl Solberg (also a guitarist) if he wanted to pack down his guitars and join in as a bass player. Luckily he did. In 2016 Kristian Ring left Nan Madol to focus on is personal life, and a long time guitar player, friend and fan of the band Petter Christian Bakke became the newest addition to Nan Madol. The name of the band, and much of the lyrics material was derived from Kolbjørn’s fascination of former civilizations, and especially the author Graham Hancock and his “Quest for the lost civilization”. The way leading to the studio, has consisted in creating their own sound, structuring songs, conceiving the concept idea for the album, and playing live shows whenever possible.
Band photo (by Espen Winther)
Cover art (by Marit Unni Bredesen)
Live photo (by Vigis Helmersen)
PERSON TO CONTACT:
Pål Isdahl Solberg
Phone: (+47) 48 31 52 81