Arabs In Aspic – Strange Frame of Mind (Remastered) (2010/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:39 minutes | 457 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Karisma Records
Karisma Records release the three first albums from ARABS IN ASPIC, a band that has been in the forefront of 70’s inspired progressive rock and proto-hard rock in Norway for the past fifteen years. The three re-releases in question will be “Progeria”, “Far Out in Aradabia” and “Strange Frame of Mind”, all of which will be available in CD and Digital formats on June 18th 2021, and a little later on Black Vinyl and Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl formats (estimated release in August 2021).
Hailing from Trondheim in Norway, Arabs in Aspic has been mid-Norway’s flagship of 70s inspired progressive rock and proto-hardrock for the past 15 years. They’ve been described as a sweet mixture of loud, heavy guitars and drums, 12 string acoustics, funky bass and percussion, screaming Hammond organs, soft Rhodes, Mellotrons and 70s Synths, topped with plentiful vocal harmonies.
After “Far Out in Aradabia”, the band played quite a lot of shows and also recruited Hammond virtuous Stig Arve Jørgensen on keys and backing vocals after seeing him perform “Hocus Pocus” by Focus. Hence, the new material became more technical and more progressive again, and in many ways “Strange Frame of Mind” from 2010 is the link between early Arabs in Aspic and the band we know today. The band overall changed a lot, and they had a hiatus for a couple of years. Erik Paulsen joined in on bass, and the sound changed to a more progressive and classic 70s style.
The album was recorded at Studio Studio, run by TNT guitarist Ronnie Le Tekrø, but they were never pleased with the mastering job which was done by a guy who wanted them to sound like a 80s power metal band. Therefore, the album has been re-mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo. This one has been out of print for a long time, and finally here’s a proper re-release. Enjoy!
1. Aspic Temple (00:57)
2. Flying Norseman (04:12)
3. Dive into My Eye (04:30)
4. Mørket (04:30)
5. Fall til Marken (07:15)
6. Tv (05:00)
7. Strange Frame of Mind (03:40)
8. Have You Ever Seen the Rain Pt 2 (02:52)
9. Arabide (07:43)