Oregonian sludge rockers Norska have posted the opening track from their impending second album, Too Many Winters. It’s a bit of a rager, and it definitely carries with it the uptempo push for which the Pacific Northwest has become so widely characterized over the course of this decade — that, in itself, is something of a departure from what I recall of their self-titled debut, self-released in 2011 with later issue through Brutal Panda — but “Samhain” intrigues in dynamic as well, and if you make your way through its five minutes, make sure you stick around to the end, because there’s a triumphant kind of turn there that leads me to wonder how it will play out over the rest of the record that follows. If you’re wondering when we might find that out, the record hits May 26, also via Brutal Panda.
You can check out “Samhain” below, as well as the art and track info for Too Many Winters, which came down the PR wire. Norska play this year’s Stumpfest on April 22:
‘NORSKA: Announce New Album ‘Too Many Winters’; Stream New Song
Coming May 26th via Brutal Panda Records
Portland, OR doom / sludge juggernauts NORSKA (featuring members of YOB) have announced their sophomore full-length, Too Many Winters. Their first full-length since 2012, Too Many Winters will see its release on May 26th via Brutal Panda Records. Stream the opening track “Samhain” at this location.
Too Many Winters ebbs and flows across 6 songs and 40+ minutes of dark, bludgeoning, cosmic doom. Whether trapping the listener with waves of mounting dread and choking darkness or offering glimmers of hope through psychedelic, atmospheric flourishes, NORSKA have created a sonic landscape that is as heavy, claustrophobic and otherworldly as the cover art suggests. Too Many Winters was recorded by Adam Bradley Pike (RED FANG) at Toadhouse Studios in Portland, OR and mastered by Billy Barnett (YOB) at Gung Ho Studios. Cover art by Mark McCormick (Red Fang, YOB, Witch Mountain).
The band commented on the new album:
“Too Many Winters is a collection of our thoughts and musical ideas over the span of 5 years. It reflects our influences in and outside of the band.”
Physical pre-orders are available via this location while digital pre-orders are available here.
NORSKA recently performed with legendary TOOL drummer Danny Carey in Portland, OR at a benefit for YOB frontman Mike Scheidt. Video footage may or may not be available on YouTube. The band is also set to play at this year’s Stumpfest in Portland, OR on April 22nd alongside Elder and Intronaut. Additional dates will be announced shortly.
April 22 Portland, OR Stumpfest w/ Elder, Intronaut, etc.
Too Many Winters Tracklist:
3. Too Many Winters
4. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
5. Wave of Regrets
6. Fire Patience Backbone