Airbag co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist, Björn Riis will release his second solo album, Forever Comes to an End, on May 19th 2017 through Norwegian label Karisma Records. The album is the follow-up to his highly acclaimed and awarded debut, Lullabies in a Car Crash. Björn Riis is a respected guitarist, and has a huge following on his guitar page http://www.gilmourish.com/
Forever Comes to an End feature seven songs, with inspiration from classic rock, prog and movie scores. Björn’s unique guitar playing has a centre role, with soaring leads, heavy riffs and beautiful textures. Lyrically, the album deals with broken relationships and loss and the emotional duality between resentment and forgiving.
The album is very much a tribute to all of Björn’s musical influences. From the dark and dirty riffs of Toni Iommi and Zakk Wylde, to the emotional playing of David Gilmour and Steven Rothery. The melodic and sombre voice of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness and the cinematic landscapes of composers like Thomas Newman and John Barry.
Forever Comes to an End feature appearances from Airbag’s Henrik Fossum (drums) and Asle Tostrup (programming), Simen Valldal Johannessen from Oak (piano) and Norwegian singer, Sichelle Mcmeo Aksum (vocals).
Norwegian photographer Kjetil Karlsen, has provided the front cover image, taken in beautiful Beisfjord near Narvik in Northern Norway. Design and layout is by Asle Tostrup.
1. Forever Comes to an End
3. The Waves
7. Where are You Now
“Lullabies in a Car Crash” (CD/VINYL, Karisma Records, 2014)
“Forever Comes to an End” (CD/VINYL, Karisma Records, 2017)