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Album Review

Norwegian sextet Kaizers Orchestra reside in the gray area between Scandinavian death metal, traditional folk, and Tom Waits-inspired Tin Pan Alley pop. Their second full-length, Evig Pint, is the soundtrack to a nightmarish carousel that refuses to let off its 12 terrified children. Those 12 tracks are fueled by a sinister pump organ, alley-can drums, and a brutal horn section that sound like a klezmer group on the banks of the river Styx. Vocalist Janove Ottesen sounds like a man possessed. His ability to go from a gentle Thom Yorke whisper to a full-throated Apache war cry is jarring — you can hear the spit flying from his jowls on the terrific opener "Di Grind." Kaizers Orchestra, renowned for their cathartic live shows, have managed to create a record that balances the production with the off-the-cuff intensity that so many bands fail to capture in the studio. Each time the organ begins to pulse it's the air in-between the notes that sets your hairs on end, a trick that's used frequently but effectively on Evig Pint. When the band tones down the cacophony, like on the hypnotic "Min Kvite Russer," it's not so much a reduction in fury as it is a beast in a different body. That all of the lyrics are in Norwegian matters little, as Ottesen's inflections are more than successful at getting his point across, resulting in a record that should have no problem connecting to — and will most likely succeed in converting — the masses on a global level.


Formed: Bergen, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Norwegian sextet Kaizers Orchestra build cathartic rock songs that borrow heavily from the dirges of Tin Pan Alley and Eastern European folk music. Formed in the late '90s in the city of Bergen, the band consists of Jan Ove Ottesen and Geir Zahl on vocals/guitar/oil barrel, Helge Risa on pump organ, Øyvind Storesund on accordion and bass, guitarist/percussionist Terge Vinterstøen, and Rune Solheim on drums. Their signature sound eventually led to a record deal with Scandinavian label Broiler...
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