Arabrot has been an outsider on the Norwegian music scene since their beginning in 2001. During the first few years they received little recognition from the glossy establishment in their homeland, but Arabrot carved their own path and quietly built a reputation among music fans in Europe as a daring and uncompromising live band. Today, Arabrot is one of Europe’s defining underground bands.
Arabrot first recieved widespread recognition with the Steve Albini produced third album, The Brother Seed (2009). Following this album, Arabrot went into a creative blaze the succeeding years. For instance, they did live scores at silent film showings (“Faust” from 1926 in Trondheim, “Häxan” from 1922 at Øyafestivalen, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 1920 and “Die Nibelungen” from 1924 at Verdensteatret in Tromsø) and did commissioned work for the highly regarded Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. In the middle of all this, Arabrot produced the exploratory EPs AbsoluteNegativism, I Rove and Mæsscr, two albums under the Nernes Skagen moniker, as well as two stand out albums: The gargantuan Billy Anderson-produced double album REVENGE and the needle-sharp Solar Anus, again featuring Steve Albini as a producer. For Solar Anus, they received the Norwegian Grammy in the metal category.
Arabrot’s flourishing lyricism adds an unmatched depth. Macabre renditions of classic works like the Bible and Dante’s Inferno meet philosophical themes derived from the historical avant-garde. The existentialism of Camus and Sartre; the surrealism of Bataille and Lautréamont; the eroticism of Henry Miller and de Sade; the romantic writings of Coleridge, Poe and de Quincey; mystic thinkers such as Aleister Crowley and Jorge Luis Borges, oppositionals like Féderico Lorca and of course Norway’s chief contrarian Jens Bjørneboe all make their way into Arabrot’s unique character.
Arabrot’s much anticipated self-titled sixth album, with stone cold artwork by Johannes Høie, was released in August 2013 to 8/10’s in NME, Rock Sound, Metal Hammer & Terrorizer!
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The Gospel CD/LP (Fysisk Format 2016)
Arabrot CD/LP/MC (Fysisk Format 2013)
Solar Anus CD/LP (Fysisk Format 2011)
Revenge CD/LP (Fysisk Format 2010)
The Brother Seed CD/LP (NorwayRat 2009, Fysisk Format 2010)
Rep.Rep – CD/LP (Norway Rat 2006, Urquinaona Records 2010)
Proposing a Pact with Jesus – CD (NorwayRat 2005)
For Lack of Dicipline You Will Die (Sheep Chase 2016)
You Bunch of Idiots 12″ (Fysisk Format/Eolian Records 2015)
I Modi 12″ (Fysisk Format 2014)
Murder As Art 12″ (Fysisk Format 2013)
Split with Rabbits 7” (Fysisk Format/ Eolian Records 2013)
Mæsscr 12” (Fysisk Format 2012)
Split with Okkultokrati LP (Fysisk Format 2011)
Madonna Was A Whore 7” (NorwayRat 2011)
The Wretched Child 7” (NorwayRat 2010)
I Rove CD (2009 Fysisk Format)
ABSOLUTENEGATIVISM EP (NorwayRat 2009)
HGSD – 7” (Norway Rat 2007)
Moneyshot – 7” (NorwayRat 2005)
Rogues Gallery – 12” vinyl only (Safe as Milk 2003)
Adding D to anger – 7” (Safe as Milk 2002)