The Oslo-based hardcore/metal act Oberst are finally out with their highly anticipated debut album "Paradise"! The album is now available on all streaming services, and you can listen to it in its entirety here: https://orcd.co/paradiseoberst
“This band complement a strong sense of self with open-minded songwriting and the result is as inviting as it is exciting and emotive.” - 8/10, Metal Hammer, UK
“This opus is a promising start for Oberst.” - Kerrang!, UK
“…no one can ignore this band anymore.” 92/100, Counter Culture, NL
“…already in our daily playlist.” 90/100, Musika, BE
Oberst blends their many influences seamlessly into a unique sound, be it hardcore, post metal, progressive metal and rock. Their huge, warm and atmospheric riffs meet hectic, catchy elements driven by intense and at times manic vocals.
Originally formed around the mutual interest in music rather than any particular genre, the band later found common ground in bands like Mastodon, Baroness, Converge and Cult of Luna. However, influences that are unique to each of the members has become just as defining, ranging from classic rock and jazz to modern pop.
Guitarist Dennis Estensen comments: «The process of making this album took a lot of effort and a long time for us. I feel we really took a giant leap from our debut EP in terms of songwriting and production. We’re really proud to finally release it to the world, and even more proud to get this out with Indie Recording behind the release. I feel this record is going to sound fresh and exiting for a lot of people, not just for the typical rock & metal-fan».
The concept of «Paradise» deals with themes of the pre-apocalyptic sort, and tells of escape from dystopia and utopia alike, friendship, hate and love. From the band members viewpoint, the record is a glance at the current state of the world and how it has been the last 5 years. The story revolves around a group of people, fleeing from their assailants. Sickened by the state of their world, they construct a vessel called the «Dreambeast» and attempt a journey to a new one.
Mixing and mastering of the album was handled by Stamos Koliousis (Djerv, Fight The Fight, The New Death Cult). Drummer Johan Fredrik Bolli comments: «When it comes to production and mixing, we wanted to bring our more «artsy» influences like post metal, hardcore and progressive metal in to a bit of an accessible stadium rock kind of sound. Big, clear and punchy». Mixing- Engineer Stamos Koliousis adds: «Oberst was an exciting band to work with as they combine elements of the classic noise-rock and post hardcore US scene with math rock and often pure rock attitude, at the same time as they make every note and beat sound completely their own. It`s great to see more bands realizing that you can sound heavier by turning the gain knob down».