Swedish progressive rock instrumentalists GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA have recently released their 5th studio album “ET EX” via InsideOutMusic worldwide.
Now, the group has launched a rehearsal video of the track “Square 5”, which can be seen here: https://youtu.be/-4HLHvQe58g
Next up, GBS will be playing a special Stockholm hometown show at the classic Södra Teatern venue together with Henrik Palm this weekend on Sunday, December 2nd.
More info: https://sodrateatern.com/magiskt-med-gosta-berlings-saga-och-henrik-palm/
Additionally, GBS have also been announced to appear at the next edition of Roadburn Festival, taking place April 11-14th, 2019 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
The band will appear there as part of “The Burning Darkness“, an event curated At The Gates/Disfear frontman Tomas Lindberg, who commented about the addition of GBS as follows:
“Nordic darkness. Desperate, melancholic Nordic darkness. Gösta Berlings Saga can be described as a complex, yet dynamic, very dark Swedish progressive band. Their soundscapes are challenging, yet still memorable. And, live they are a total beast, a heavy prog beast from the North. Their use of Fender Rhodes pianos, Moog Taurus bass pedals and Mellotron sounds root them in the prog tradition, but their special brand is deeply rooted in Swedish melancholy and the avant-garde RIO tradition of Universe zero and the like. Hypnotic, soulful, captivating, beautiful, yet dissonant, there are many ways to describe the mystery of their unique greatness. For me it is the emotional heaviness that strikes me as their speciality, not over using their technical abilities (read: not showing off with mind-twisting time changes and long solos), but focusing on the soul of the songs. If you are familiar with other Swedish prog greats such as Änglagård and Landberk, you won´t be disappointed. For me, they were a no-brainer for my curation, as I see them as one of the most interesting bands in Sweden today. Get ready to be blown away!”
Here is a list of the group’s upcoming shows:
GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA – Live:
Jan 18, 2019 – Malmö, Sweden – Plan B
Jan 19, 2019 – Göteborg, Sweden – Folk
April 11-14, 2019 – Tilburg, The Netherlands – 013 / Roadburn Festival
More dates to be announced soon…
Media quotes on “ET EX“:
“They might just get the attention their uniquely cinematic visions deserve.” – Prog Magazine
“Creating soundscape that conjure up visions of the icy clarity of their homeland, the quartet visit the melodic and dramatically cinematic.” – Louder Than War
Next to an initial Digipak CD format and the Digital Album format, “ET EX“ is also be available as 180gr. LP (with the entire album on CD as bonus) on black vinyl, but also as strictly limited runs on clear vinyl (100x copies via IOM webshop / CM Distro) and on silver vinyl (200x copies via the band directly).
Order “ET EX“ it its various formats here: https://gostaberlingssaga.lnk.to/ETEX
Or here from the IOM shop:
The music of GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA is an incredibly dynamic Nordic instrumental adventure, tilting from melodic, starkly beautiful lines shimmering like an aurora borealis over the desolate Arctic tundra, to powerful and aggressive riffs reminiscent of glacier calves crashing into rugged Scandinavian fjords. Over the years the band’s music has been compared to King Crimson, Goblin and Radiohead, mixed into their very own and peculiar sonic universe.
GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA was formed in 2000 in the Stockholm suburb of Vällingby, taking its bandname from one of the most famous works in Swedish literature, the debut novel of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, which was published in 1891. To date GBS had released 4 albums as follows: “Tid Är Ljud” (translated “Time Is Sound”) in 2006, “Detta Har Hänt” (translated “This Has Happened”) in 2009, “Glue Works“ in 2011 and most recentlly “Sersophane” in late 2016 via the band’s own label Icosahedron Music.
GBS have teamed up with InsideOutMusic as worldwide label partner for the launch their fifth studio album entitled “ET EX”, which was recorded throughout a year-long period from May 2017 until May 2018 in various studios with the help of producer Daniel Fagerström and mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering (Björk, The Mars Volta).
Stay tuned for more news on GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA coming soon…
GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA – Line-Up:
Alexander Skepp – Drums & Percussion
David Lundberg – Fender Rhodes, Mellotron & Synthesizers
Gabriel Tapper – Bass Guitar & Moog Taurus
Rasmus Booberg – Guitars & Synthesizers