Hard-hitting Norwegians on tour

Four of the most popular bands from Norway are on tour these days. Motorpsycho, Turbonegro, Dimmu Borgir, and Kaizers Orchestra are banging their drums at gigs close to you.

Dimmu Borgir 2003_1 (Foto: Alf Børjesson)

Tough Norwegian rockers hit Japan, Great Britain, Central Europe and the United States this week. They all play rock, in different ways, and most of them share a fascination for creative attire and entertaining live show. Turbonegro are famous for their denim outfits
and face paintings, Kaizer Orchestra for banging the oil barrels while wearing gas masks, Dimmu Borgir for their darker-than-night leather costume covered with nails and satanic lyrics, while Motorpsycho give great shows in ordinary jeans.

Dimmu Borgir has already toured the United States for a while, this week is the last for the band that got its name from a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Lake Mývatn, on Iceland. The band was started in 1993, and has since created a large base of loyal followers all over the world. The 1997 release of "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant" sold more than 150 000 copies and DB became one of the biggest names within black metal worldwide. They call their latest record, “Death Cult Armageddon” their most extreme album. So fare, they have been on top of the charts in five European countries 40 times, and in September, they were listed 170th on Billboard 200 in the United States.

Turbonegro have made a massive comeback with their "Scandinavian Leather" album, and have toured with, among others, Queens Of The Stone Age in the US earlier this fall. The success continued when the band received the Kerrang! prize "Spirit Of Independence" at the prestigious award show in London a few months ago. The infamous Turbonegro have already landed in Britain. The tour will coincide with the release of the band's third single from the acclaimed "Scandinavian Leather" album that was released earlier this year on Sweden's Burning Heart Records.

Kaizers Orchestra are returning once again to Central Europe with their ompa rock. Building their reputation through energetic live performances, the Kaizers is gradually increasing their fan base outside of Norway. On the domestic market, Kaizers Orchestra is a veritable institution. Platinum sales, lengthy tours, massive radio-play and headliner slots at major festivals have contributed to Kaizers Orchestra's solid status on the Norwegian scene. This fall, Europe is next on the Kaizers’ map.

Motorpsycho is one of Norway’s most exciting and uncompromising live band. Their first tour in Japan came together after an invitation from the Japanese band Quruli, who are extremely popular in their native country. Every year, the Japanese band organise a tour and invite a band to join. According to Motorpsycho, Quruli liked their two last albums so much that they invited the Norwegians with them.

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