Karisma Records have just released the new album by Airbag’s mastermind Bjørn Riis titled A Storm Is Coming.
With A Storm Is Coming, Bjørn Riis, also known for his work as the co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist of Norwegian Prog Rockers AIRBAG, has managed to combine the art of rock, prog and atmospheric pop, to produce a prog rock album laden with atmosphere, and which is both heavier, but at the same time more tender, than his previous releases.
With its themes of human relationships and loss, A Storm Is Coming is written as a dialogue between two people. Formed of six epic songs and clocking in at 51 minutes, the album was recorded at the Subsonic Society in Oslo, mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL).
In addition to Bjørn Riis on vocals, guitars and a wide variety of instruments, the album features performances by Henrik Bergan Fossum (AIRBAG) on drums, Simen Valldal Johannessen (OAK) on keys, Ole Michael Bjørndal on guitar, Kristian Hultgren (WOBBLER) on bass, and Mimmi Tamba on guest vocals.
The album was recorded in Subsonic Society in Oslo, mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel). In addition to a limited Digisleeve CD version, two different vinyl versions will be released: A limited, one-time pressing on marble vinyl with an alternate portrait album cover, and a standard version on black vinyl. Both versions will be 180g vinyl.
Watch Bjørn Riis unpack the gorgeous 180g grey marble limited edition vinyl of A Storm is Coming with an alternate cover artwork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqE–jUeEbM
1. When Rain Falls
3. You And Me
5. This House
In other news, Bjørn Riis next live appearance will be on the 17 May at the three-day Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec, Canada, where fellow Karisma Records label-mates AIRBAG and OAK are also scheduled to perform.
Other live dates include:
September 6-8: 2 Days Prog +1 festival, Veruno, Italy NO TICKET REQUIRED
October 25: Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands BUY TICKETS
October 26: De Cacaofabriek, Helmond, Netherlands BUY TICKETS