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Årabrot – “Madonna Was A Whore” (Stereogum Premiere)

Norwegian noise-rock instigators Årabrot’s Bataille-referencing fifth album Solar Anus follows last year’s Bible and porn-influenced Revenge. Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Kjetil Nernes expounds upon the collection’s concept:

Gold indicates the sun as we hail Bataille’s take on the subject of abjection. Solar Anus betokened the Golden Calf — juxtaposed between utmost evil and greater sanctity. Such as the eternal radiance of heaven or the egregious iniquities of the abyss. Or the alchemist of The Holy Mountain converting faeces into gold.

The duo’s industrialized junkyard is still sweaty, lurching and may remind you of Arab On Radar On Alice Donut (On Biafra), but it’s more stripped-down, raw, and primitive than previous offerings. The eight songs were recorded and mixed by Steve Albini, who makes sure the drums, crazy-fuck vocals, and baritone guitar feel sturdy. (Collaborator Concept.Virus added electronics to some tracks after the recording session.) Take a listen to brief, powerful fist-pumper “Madonna Was A Whore.”

Årabrot – “Madonna Was A Whore”

Tracklist:

01 “Solar Anus”
02 “And The Ass Had Spoken”
03 “Madonna Was A Whore”
04 “Valkyrie”
05 “Nubile”
06 “Auto Da Fe”
07 “Odine”
08 “The Wheel Is Turning Full Circle”

Solar Anus is out 9/13 via Fysisk Format.

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