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Bushman's Revenge is a Norwegian power trio who seamlessly meld jazz improvisation with heavy metal dynamics and prog rock. The band was founded in 2003 by guitarist Even Helte Hermansen, bassist Rune Nergaard, and drummer Gard Nilssen. After establishing a near rabid live following in clubs and garnering some festival invitations, the band's debut, Cowboy Music, was recorded for saxophonist Jon Klette's Jazzaway Records in 2007. After an extended Western European tour and appearances at jazz festivals, Bushman's Revenge signed to Rune Grammofon. Their debut for the label, You Lost Me at Hello in 2009, garnered near universal acclaim from critics. In 2010, the band issued Jitterbug, which featured keyboardist Stale Storløkken in a guest capacity and revealed the band turning more toward the rock side of their persona; they even included a cover of Metallica's "Damage." A Little Bit of Big Bonanza and Never Mind the Botox followed in 2012. The trio toured not only in Europe but also in Japan. The live album Electric Komle was released in 2013, followed by Thou Shalt Boogie in early 2014, with concert appearances in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Upon returning to Europe, they played the festival circuit and worked on new material in the studio. The activity resulted in two simultaneous releases in 2016: a studio offering entitled Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen that opened with a reading of McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation," and the LP-only live set Bushman's Fire. ~ Thom Jurek
2003 in Oslo, Norway