April 5, 2023

Norwegian progressive rock group AVKRVST, who recently signed to InsideOutMusic are pleased to reveal details on their debut album titled The Approbation, set for release on the 16th June, 2023.  The album cover and tracklisting can be seen below.

At the young age of 7 years old, Martin Utby and Simon Bergseth made a pact that they would form a band when they got older. Now, 22 years later they’ve done just that. An album is ready – 55 minutes of music inspired by everything they grew up listening to – everything from Mew, Anekdoten and Porcupine Tree to Opeth, Neal Morse and King Crimson.

All the music has been written at a small cabin, deep into the Norwegian forests (Alvdal, Norway). 

Simon (composer, guitars, bass and vocals) and Martin (composer, drummer and synths) have later been joined by Øystein Aadland on bass/keys, Edvard Seim on guitars and Auver Gaaren on keys.

The band are also pleased to share the new video for the album’s first single “The Pale Moon” which you can see here:

 “The Pale Moon” is also available on all digital platforms at: https://avkrvst.lnk.to/ThePaleMoon-Single

The band had this to say about the video: “The video for «The Pale Moon» is portraying a lonesome soul and his daily chores on a cabin far away from civilization – on his journey towards the end of life. All faith and hope is gone and the character is starting to lose his mind. Is he alone? Is there someone else present? Or is it just his mind playing games?”

The video was directed by AVKRVST and co-directed, shot and edited by Simen Skari, and the album artwork for The Approbation was created by Berlin-based artist and illustrator Eliran Kantor, who is well-known for his intriguing cover creations for metal bands.

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Tracklisting:

1.Østerdalen 0:26

2.The Pale Moon 6:15

3.Isolation 5:41

4.The Great White River 6:30

5.Arcane Clouds 6:05

6.Anodyne 10:15

7.The Approbation 13:37

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Earlier this year the band shared a teaser video of them working in the studio which you can see here: