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MarjaSunday 07th of November 2004 04:29:58 AM
Music - Does anyone know of any cool Norwegian rock bands?
Im also learning Finnish and have been listening to bands who sing in the native language, its an interesting way to get used to hearing a new language and enjoyable too! :)
tmoonSunday 07th of November 2004 04:37:37 AM
- Sorry, no, but I've been doing the same with other languages.

I find it a great way to learn vocab - if you pick one band, become a big fan of theirs and learn their song lyrics, read about them, buy their music, even go and see them...

My favourite foreign-language band at the moment is Bløf, the Dutch-language group from Zeeland (SW Netherlands). I have already bought seven of their albums and two more are on the way... listen to them loads in my spare time, as much as English-language bands even... planning to see them sometime, don't know when though.
MarjaSunday 07th of November 2004 04:46:12 AM
- Yeah, Im really into a Finnish band called Eppu Normaali and have been learning the lyrics. Ive found the songs helpful with pronunciation too. :)
GiuseppeSunday 07th of November 2004 07:25:12 PM
- Kings of Convenience.
The National Bank.

Is my favourite Norwegian bands.
MarjaSunday 07th of November 2004 07:34:08 PM
- Takk Giuseppe!
I will check them out! :)
learningnorwayMonday 08th of November 2004 09:38:56 AM
Good Norwegian Bands - Kaizers Orchestra

A very good norwegian band. I suggest checking them out. They are the real reason I started learning Norwegian.
blato73Saturday 13th of November 2004 10:52:41 PM
- [quote]Originally posted by mekare

Does anyone know of any cool Norwegian rock bands?
Im also learning Finnish and have been listening to bands who sing in the native language, its an interesting way to get used to hearing a new language and enjoyable too! :)[/quote]

Great bands: deLillos,Jokke & Valentinerne (in norwegian)
Motorpsycho (songs in english)
but u can try also Raga Rockers, Bob Hund


MarjaSaturday 13th of November 2004 11:06:07 PM
- Thanks blato :)
KellendilWednesday 01st of December 2004 02:09:26 PM
- bob hund is swedish to my knowledge.

You asked for rock bands (great taste in music by the way ;) ) You should try "Gåte"

Don't know how clear the vocals are, and she sings in "nynorsk" (one of the two languages here in norway.. )

The music is cool though :)
MarjaThursday 02nd of December 2004 02:32:22 AM
- Thanks for the feedback Kellendil :) and complimenting my musical tastes! :) I will check Gåte out and hopefully find some of their music to listen to!
ExpandomanFriday 03rd of December 2004 06:50:34 AM
- i listen to a norwegian black metal band called dimmu borgir, but you have to get their old stuff for them to be speaking norwegian, and it's even hard to understand when the speak english because music like that is hard to understand
blato73Tuesday 07th of December 2004 09:25:41 PM
- Hi mekare!
If u manage to find deLillos songs , here is great link for you:
Peter fra LAWednesday 08th of December 2004 03:55:07 PM
Norwegian Non-Metal -
Aside from black metal, and evil metal :) and other metal metal, Norway is starting to flourish in international recognition of its bands, and some of them are not metal :)

Norwegian music
by Tor Marcussen

Produced by Nytt fra Norge for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs January 2002. The author is responsible for the contents of the article. Reproduction permitted.

Any account of popular music In Norway has to begin with a-ha, the only Norwegian band which has achieved resounding international success and has created songs of real quality.

But a-ha is not alone. Lene Marlin, a teenager from Tromsø in north Norway is indisputably talented and the newcomers in the pop-band Briskeby show signs of promise. Bel Canto has also received some degree of international recognition and the rather more sombre rock group Madrugada is becoming known both at home and abroad. In the field of jazz Norway has a shining star in saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

New talent

During the last five years a new generation of musicians and artists has emerged who enjoy being in the limelight and who concentrate unashamedly on the commercial aspect. Parallel to the increasing number of "soap" stars and programme leaders on a multitude of TV-channels have appeared artists who have no objection to dressing the part, to being stars. There has been a positive change in mentality

This has admittedly produced a number of bands and artists who have embarrassingly little musical talent, but who nevertheless have made a try. The most important thing is that those who do have real talent are not afraid of being pop stars and no longer find it an embarrassment. A pop singer like the image and clothes- conscious Espen Lind would have been unthinkable ten years ago.

But it all begain with a-ha. Three self-confident youngsters decided as children that they wanted to be pop stars. Pål Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen from an Oslo suburb decided when they were 13 that they wanted to be like the Beatles : later The Doors also appeared. And it was not just a question of boyish dreams. The boys wanted to conquer the world with their music and they succeeded. After the two Oslo boys came into contact with Morten Harket, who possessed a rare natural talent, the young, ambitious group left for London to try its luck. There was a period of difficult days in shabby flats but also musical develop-ment. After a succession of broken promises from bragging agents and managers in the record trade, they recorded "Take On Me." On its first release it was a flop in England, but the song lived its own life. When an American agent heard it, he was enthusiastic. A new recording was made accompanied by a trail-blazing music video, where the combination of animation techniques and ordinary film made a strong impression. The video was a success on influential TV-channels like MTV. And in 1986 "Take On Me" became a hit ­ topping the lists in the USA and subsequently throughout the world.

But a-ha was not just a one-hit wonder band. Shortly after came other songs like "The Sun Always Shines On TV" and "Manhattan Skyline", now classics. a-ha achieved worldwide fame and toured Japan Australia, the USA and Europe. All this is now history, but a-ha still retains its popularity. For after a six-year break the three decided that they had unfinished work to do and started afresh in 1999. They performed at a concert in connection with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo and once again entered the recording studios. The result was the album "Minor Earth, Major Sky; which topped the European hit lists in 2000. They returned as a much more confident and mature live band and held award-winning concerts in Germany. Over one million sold copies of their comeback album indicate that we can expect more high quality pop music from a-ha.

At their comeback concerts in Germany a-ha took with them the new big pop band in Norway, Briskeby. These are the foremost representatives of the new generation of pop musicians in Norway, who perform with pride and self-confidence and are musically well trained. The front figure and lead vocalist is Lise Karlsnes who is only 21 years old, but performs with admirable assurance. She is Norway's new queen of pop. The group's debut album "Jeans for Onassis" has sold more than 100,000 copes in Norway alone and the singles "This Is Propaganda" and "Wide Awake" have attracted attention all over Europe, particularly in Germany.

Lise Karlsnes' title of queen of pop is shared with the vocalist in the Danish/Norwegian band Aqua, Lene Nystrøm. She is Norwegian while the band is Danish. Sales of their hit tune "Barbie Girl", reached epidemic proportions throughout the world, but Aqua can scarcely be called Norwegian. They have now disbanded.

Northern star

Indupitably Norwegian, however, is Lene Marlin. This teenager from Tromsø in the far north, who writes her own music and lyrics, took Norway, and subsequently the rest of Europe, by storm with her song "Unforgettable Sinner." With her acoustic guitar, youthful charm and fine lyrics she has been compared to Suzanne Vega and is a good example of the new generation of Norwegian artists equipped with self confidence and a strong desire to be a pop star. Malin's debut album has sold more than one milllion copies.

A similar accomplishment was that of the group M2M , Marion Ravn and Marit Larsen. They are even younger than Malin, but have already scored a success in the USA where they have figured on the hit lists and toured with the young bloods of the band Hanson - with pure ultra-commercial pop.

The group Secret Garden was a big international success after it won the European Song Contest with its mixture of New Age and Irish folk music. Rolf Løvland, the brains behind the project, has achieved both national and international success. He also wrote the song with which the Norwegian duo Bobbysocks won the European Song Contest in 1985.

More interesting perhaps in a musical context is Bel Canto. This group too has its background in Tromsø. The vocalist, Anneli Drecker, delivers a delightful mixture of pure pop while experimenting with more ethnic forms of vocal expression. She has also been an actress and an interpreter of more advanced musical styles. This year she has appeared as the "fourth member" of a-ha and sung a number of duets with its lead vocalist Morten Harket at a-ha's concerts in Norway and abroad.

Similar to Bel Canto is the group D'Sound. They are perhaps a little more into pure black musical styles such as soul, rhythm and blues and funk, but sound highly modern with their knowledge of techno and hip hop. Their leading performer and vocalist, Simone, has natural talent and the group is starting to look abroad.

The most ethnic ,and paradoxically enough the most international singer we have in Norway is Mari Boine. She is a Sami and incorporates more modern pop expressions into her traditional "joik" ­ a type of yodelling which consists of rythmic sung poems or poetic songs. She has been invited to perform at a number of festivals of ethnic music through-out the world and has created her own special musical expression.

Madrugada operates within an entirely different musical field, a more dark and sombre one. The group has been compared to performers like Cris Isac and even Tom Waits. Contrary to expectations, Madrugada has topped the hit lists in Norway with its melancholy rock and played last year at several European festivals.

Even more dark and sombre are the Norwegian black-metal bands. Mayhem and Dimmi Borgur are to be found in the borderland between heavy rock and satanist rock .They have gained a reputation in Europe and live largely off the proceeds of album sales and live shows in Europe.

Like Simon & Garfunkel?

At the opposite end of the scale is the Bergen duo Kings Of Convenience. They are singer/song writers and have been compared to Simon & Garfunkel. But Kings of Convenience made their breakthrough in 2001 at a time when this genre was not particularly popular. They are now better known in Norway and have also attracted attention in England, where the blasé rock press has even made them front figures in a new wave which has been called after the group's debut album "Quiet is the New Loud".

Also low key, and rather different describes the music of Anja Garbarek, the daughter of saxophonist Jan Garbarek, though she tends to favour quiet jazz. Her 2001 album "Smiling and Waving" has been called strange, unique and exciting. She is based in London and her album was issued by the international company Virgin.

Espen Lind is Norway's best-known male pop star. Good looking, well-dressed and extrovert but above all an accomplished composer, arranger and musician. He writes catchy, pure pop and enjoys great success in Norway though he has not made a real breakthrough abroad.

Morten Abel is the second best-known male singer in Norway. Originally part of the successful September When band, he has been equally successful as a solo artist. He is more a rock artist than a pop star, but has the right attitude towards being in the limelight.

But in Norway there is also a rich store of purely local music - Norwegian pop. The DDE band from mid Norway are exponents of unassuming, accessible pop, well-suited for singalong and with a strong festive touch. A special Norwegian phenomenon are the pretty and vocally gifted girls who sell thousands of albums of traditional Norwegian folk melodies and modern versions of musical treasures. Herbjørg Kråkevik is a"natural". She is a richly gifted musician, actress, comedienne and singer and has become the darling of the Norwegians' after her album and concert tour with "Norsk Songbok" (The Norwegian songbook) - a collection of much loved,traditional songs, rendered with style and elegance.

Sissel Kyrkjebø belongs to the same genre. She sings to full houses at her Christmas concerts and has a God-given crystal -clear voice which never fails to impress, whether one likes her songs or not. She sang choir in the international film success "Titanic," and her voice has been compared to that of Céline Dion. Kyrkjebø has been unable to make an international breakthrough but has sufficient fans in Scandinavia to secure her rich earnings.

In rather more subtle style is the band De Lillos, headed by vocalist, composer and lyricist Lars Lillo Stenberg. De Lillos belongs to the very special group of intellectual cult bands which have reaped popular acclaim: strange, ironic and droll, but with a gift for very catchy melodies.

Equally subtle, but still popular is the band Di Derre, fronted by vocalist and composer Jo Nesbø who is also an established writer and combines good lyrics with catchy tunes in a very special way.

Ketil Bjørnstad also combines writing with composing. His books have been issued in England, Germany and a number of other European countries while his recordings are available worldwide through his contract with the German jazz-record company ECM and the international concern Universal. He operates constantly in the borderland between pure jazz, melodious ballads and pop and rock. He has given Norway one of its most beautiful songs in "Sommernatt ved fjorden" (Summer night by the fjord) and he tours Europe, the USA and the Far East with his group "The Sea Quartet", which plays modern, uncompromising jazz and contemporary music. His music accompanies films made by the avant-garde French film creator, Jean Luc Goddard.

A clear number one

But in the context of popular music in a wider sense, saxophonist Jan Garbarek stands foremost. He is in a class of his own as a representative of the new European jazz which is a continuation of American jazz. He has modernized the jazz and become a widely recognized artist on a worldwide scale - Norway's only really international star apart from a-ha. Jan Garbarek has played jazz for several decades, but not only that. In recent years his music has taken on an amost global character, which has earned him great personal success. His highly distinctive recording together with the classical vocal group, the Hilliard Ensemble, consisting of Gregorian chants and saxo-phone improvisations, was a major sales success with more than one million sold records. Garbarek is a worldwide name. playing to capacity audiences in prestigious concert halls in London, New York and Tokyo, for example.

Garbarek and Bjørnstad both use the guitarist Terje Rypdal, who has also made a name for himself with the German record company ECM, where he alternately records modern, contemporary music and jazz.

Nils Petter Molvær has also made recordings for ECM, but has recently switched to the more pop-orientated Universal. He plays crystal-clear trombone. mixing jazz, contemporary music and electronic techno in a way which has secured him a far wider public than the traditional jazz fans. So Norwegian pop music is flourishing.

Tor Marcussen is music critic in the newspaper Aftenposten


MarjaWednesday 08th of December 2004 08:03:33 PM
- Wow! Thanks Peter, thats fantastic! :)
I didnt realise Lene Marlin was Norwegian, I think she's really cool :)
KellendilMonday 13th of December 2004 09:35:25 AM
- None of those sing in Norwegian though :)
vikinggodWednesday 29th of December 2004 04:11:19 PM
- I am learning Norwegian too as well as Swedish and I find that the Black Ingvars have been exeptionally helpful with learning these languages even tho Norwegian is simular to Swede
RichardMThursday 30th of December 2004 02:23:40 PM
Scandinavian Music - Most of the best music that comes out of Scandinavia is sung in English however here's my top tips:

Kari Bremnes - Norway - beautiful clear voice
Lisa Ekdahl - Sweden - Swedish with a latin twist
Värttinä - Finland - Folk with great harmonies

ticklemepinkWednesday 19th of January 2005 09:49:25 AM
- Sondre Lerche is a fantastic norwegian artist! His music is truly extraordinary! Nathalie Nordnes, a-ha, and kings of convenience are also really great norwegian bands that i strongly reccommend...
eric151Wednesday 19th of January 2005 10:21:27 AM
- yeah kings of convenience are really really really good. they sing in english though
krs240Thursday 20th of January 2005 04:30:32 AM
- Besides the people already mentioned, Dina is another Norwegian artist, her song Bli hos meg was a hit. Theres turbonegro too. Ive never actually listened to their music, but they're from Norway.
eric151Thursday 20th of January 2005 06:34:28 AM
- turbonegro is pretty hard though, like metal and whatnot. but to each their own.
AshleeSaturday 22nd of January 2005 09:38:42 AM
- The 3rd and the Mortal

They're a sort of "atmospheric metal" band, but their lyrics are in English.

And yeah Dimmu Borgir! \m/ heheh kidding... Dimmu's a bit evil for me. I think their name is something to do with a mountain, but I've never been sure.
kerrynMonday 28th of February 2005 07:05:48 PM
norwegian music - im also always on the look out for good interntational music, and itll help me learn norwegian then thats good too...

A lot of people here are crazy about a band called Big Bang... but im not really liking them so much.. they do have a song called Girl in Oslo though!

other than that, yeah i also really like sondre lerche and kings of convenience.. theyre really layed back.

my housemate here gave me loads of scandinavian music, im not sure what is swedish/norwegian/finnish or whatever... but here are a few names to look up so see what you think...

surferosa (punk)
Ebba Gron (punk)
Sivert hoyem (singer songwriter, lead singer from madrugada)
Dimmu Borgir (black metal)
xploding plastix (electronic)
violent femmes (rock pop)
cornelis vreeswijk (singer songwriter)
nils petter molvaer (jazz?)
jokke and valentinerne (singer songwriters)
Marduk (Black Metal)
Popsixten (this has to be a joke...)
doktor kosmos (pop)
bengt sandh (comedy?)

and.... if you go here:
then you can read Baa Baa Black sheep in norwegian! surely theres no better way to learn a language than through nursery rhymes?!

kerrynMonday 28th of February 2005 07:07:06 PM
- the death/black/whatever metal scene is huge here... but i must admit that im no big fan of it...

but... i think Mortiis is from here... he invented his own genre: Troll Metal.

tragicallyhipSunday 20th of March 2005 04:36:14 PM
- and theres another band called kaizers orchestra..i do not know how to describe the music..i like it maybe you just try it out and see if you like it

oh and there is a very great swedish band..Kent

and for a finish band i would suggest yö or kotiteelious(i do not know how they are really spelled)..or ylivoima/uusi aukeam..that is kind of hip hop..which shouldnt be taken too serious
sqzSaturday 26th of March 2005 07:30:38 AM
- [quote]Originally posted by kerryn
my housemate here gave me loads of scandinavian music, im not sure what is swedish/norwegian/finnish or whatever... but here are a few names to look up so see what you think...

surferosa (punk)
Ebba Gron (punk)
Sivert hoyem (singer songwriter, lead singer from madrugada)
Dimmu Borgir (black metal)
xploding plastix (electronic)
violent femmes (rock pop)
cornelis vreeswijk (singer songwriter)
nils petter molvaer (jazz?)
jokke and valentinerne (singer songwriters)
Marduk (Black Metal)
Popsixten (this has to be a joke...)
doktor kosmos (pop)
bengt sandh (comedy?)

well, doktor kosmos (they rule!) are swedish, and so is cornelis vreeswijk i think... but sufrerosa, madrugada, dimmu borgir and jokke og valentinerne are norwegians, don't know about the rest of them.. then there is postgirobygget, ingenting and mods to mention a few :)
sqzSaturday 26th of March 2005 07:38:26 AM
- [quote]Originally posted by Ashlee
And yeah Dimmu Borgir! \m/ heheh kidding... Dimmu's a bit evil for me. I think their name is something to do with a mountain, but I've never been sure.[/quote]

Dimmu Borgir means either "dark town" or "dark castle," I'm not sure, it's very very old norwegian (norse?). Will try to find out :)
GmrxTuesday 29th of March 2005 03:29:44 PM
- As far as lighter music goes, Gåte isn't bad. Lumsk is a good example of a Norwegian language metal band, and then there are the metal bands that have Norwegian and English language songs: Dimmu Borgir, Einherjer, Enslaved, so on.
JessiSTuesday 29th of March 2005 05:07:25 PM
- Hello!
I´m new here and need your help. I´m searching for a norwegian song. It´s called "vikinger og verdensmestere". The song is from Christian Meyer. Maybe anyone of you know this song and can tell me were I can download it. Thanks in advance!!!
nochnaya vedmaFriday 01st of April 2005 07:10:08 PM
- i know a few norwegian black metal bands, but most sing (sing?) in english. some exceptions - early dimmu borgir (which means "dim/dark castle/citadel" in icelandic, and is volcanic crater or something like that in iceland, where stones look like castle ruins), early burzum ("det som en gang var" and "hvis lyset tar oss", though they're largely incomprehensible), darkthrone's "transylvanian hunger" (also largely incomprehensible), and some others that i can't think of.

none of these are actually very helpful, because they're hard to hear, and the songs aren't exactly sing-alongs. but they're better than nothing, and black metal might just be your cup of tea (was mine before i knew it).
BeateSunday 03rd of April 2005 07:48:35 PM
- what about Kaizers Orchestra or Black Debbath.
MetalChic450Monday 04th of April 2005 03:03:03 AM
- Right now i can only think of 2 Norwegian bands but they arnt rock there Black Metal and it is Dimmu Borgir and Old Mans's Child, Dimmu Borgir sometimes talks in Norwegian u should really check those bands out
Glemte_HageThursday 07th of April 2005 11:10:18 PM
- I'm a huge fan of Norwegian black metal, so I'll look out fine albums which have norwegian lyrics

Dimmu Borgir- For all tid, or Stormblast
Darkthrone-Transilvanian Hunger (Sic)
Isengard- Vinterskugge
Enslaved- Hordanes Land, Vikinglidr Veldi or Frost (a mixture of norwegian, old norse and icelandic depending on the song)
Windir- they sing clean vocals with norwegian lyrics,. quite catchy and not very heavy really
Gorgoroth- a few songs on each of their albums
Keep of Kalessin- few tracks on "Through times of war"
Arcturus- Apsera Hiems Symfonia
Lamented Souls- the origins of misery, hard rock with operatic vocals and some norwegian lyrics
Also, try getting some songs from my girlfriends bands
The Snafus
Multifarious (who haven't made a demo yet)