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Sex Magick Wizards: Your Bliss My Joy (Rune Grammofon)

The sophomore release from this Norwegian instrumental rock band, with all members of the quartet coming from an improvisation/jazz background that fuels their diverse interests in the rock format, from blistering runs, dark blues grooves and even a nod to Swedish folk jazz; a dynamic album of great technical playing but more importantly, a strong commitment to rock.

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UPC: 7033662022212

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2221CD
Squidco Product Code: 31055

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Athletic Sound, in Halden, Norway, by Dag Erik Johansen.


Henrik Sandstad Dalen-double bass, flute, synth

Ingvald Andre Vassbo-drums

Viktor Bomstad-guitar, vocals

Sigrid Aftret-saxophone

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Henrik Sandstad Dalen is a Norwegian bassist known for the groups Little Balcony, and Rowland's Evil Jazz Trio.

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Ingvald André Vassbø is a Norwegian drummer, known for the groups Barrage , Fungal, Juno, Kanaan, and Shamblemaths.

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Viktor Bomstad is a guitarist and composer based in Oslo/Tromsø He is a member of Sex Magick Wizards and Roar Dons.

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Sigrid Aftret is a Norwegian saxophonist originally from Fetsund. She is a member of Sex Magick Wizards, and active in Oslo's improvisation scene. She studied at Conservatoire De Paris Cnsmdp, Norges musikkhøgskole, and at University of Stavanger.

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track listing:

1. Qliphoth Chokehold 3:06

2. Exaltation 4:23

3. Hold Your Anger 3:02

4. Kheter Ascension 8:22

5. (The Joy Of) Dissolution 6:20

6. Father... Our Pain 4:52

7. Your Bliss My Joy 7:22
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"As is the common circumstance for so many new groups forming in Norway this century, Sex Magick Wizards met at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo where they studied jazz and improvisation. They released their promising debut album Eroto Comatose Lucidity in 2019 through a small label based in northern Norway, where leader and guitarist Viktor Bomstad was born. Now, an upcoming Your Bliss My Joy comes out from the renowned stables of Rune Kristoffersen, already well recognized rare gems finder and an exquisite ear.

With Your Bliss My Joy - Sex Magick Wizard's debut for Rune Grammofon - this young quartet take a big step forward from their promising first album, Eroto Comatose Lucidity, released in 2019 on the small Finito Bakalao label. Since then Ingvald André Vassbø (Kanaan) has taken over the drum duties from Axel Skalstad (Krokofant) and forms an explosive and fine-drawn rhythm section with bass player Henrik Sandstad Dalen.

Viktor Bomstad (28) was raised on a diet of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix before being introduced to Django Reinhardt, a turning point in his life. After several years of cultivating a more traditional jazz direction he became engulfed in the possibilities of free jazz. He later returned to his local roots, including a deep dive into traditional joik.

Sigrid Aftret (29) is an exciting sax player known for her strong musical presence and open approach to improvisation. She's been making waves on Oslo's fertile and ever growing improv scene, performing solo and in various constellations and band projects.

Henrik Sandstad Dalen (27) is firmly grounded in jazz and improvisation and is always looking to stretch the limits by challenging himself as well as the listener. He's a tireless source of any musical ideas that will develop the band as a living organism.

Ingvald André Vassbø (25) is a very active and in demand young drummer. He took over the sticks after Axel Skalstad (Krokofant), who played on their debut. Raised on progressive rock and jazz from a young age, he has ample experience with both heavy metal as well as improvisation. He's also a member of Kanaan and Juno, and played in Hedvig Mollestad's "Maternity Beat" project with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.

Opener "Qliphoth Chokehold" immediately sets the tone with a frantic, slightly angular yet controlled burst of energy, propelled by drummer Vassbø. "Exaltation", written by Aftret, nods to early 70s Swedish folkish prog, while the concluding title track brings to mind their mighty stablemates Fire! All in all, the new album is a more varied and dynamic affair and cultivates a more refined expression while retaining the pure energy of the debut. The tunes are more defined, at the same time opening up for a freer and more seamless interaction. The result is seven distinctive tracks where each member is allowed to shine without sacrificing the unifying quest for a strong group signature."-grzech, GPoint Audio

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