July 17, 2023

Norwegian progressive rock group AVKRVST recently released their debut album ‘The Approbation‘ on the 16th June, 2023. Today, the band is pleased to share the 3rd single from the album “Isolation.”  

You can hear the single below.

Stream or buy the album here: https://avkrvst.lnk.to/TheApprobation

The Approbation is a concept album about a bleak soul who is left solely with his thoughts, isolated on a cabin deep into the dark forests, far away from civilization. The 49 minutes long concept album contains 7 songs, which take the listener though the thoughts of a man struggling towards the acceptance of death, being hauled into the abyss.

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“AVKRVST have just delivered a must-listen for modern prog fans”

Prog Magazine

“This impressive debut album proves AVKRVST to be a true contender within the genre.”

The Prog Report

“This is the best debut record I’ve heard in 2023 by some distance.”

The Progressive Aspect

*****

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 

Watch the video for the first single “The Pale Moon” here:

Watch the video for the album’s second single “Arcane Clouds” here:

And: watch the video on how to pronounce “AVKRVST” here!

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 created an album inspired by everything they grew up listening to fromMew, Anekdoten and Porcupine Tree to Opeth, Neal Morse and King Crimson, yet unique in its own right.

The Approbation was written and recorded at a cabin in Alvdal (Norway) during a rainy, cold autumn and winter. Simon (composer, guitars, bass and vocals) and Martin (composer, drummer and synths) were later joined by Øystein Aadland on bass/keys, Edvard Seim on guitars and Auver Gaaren on keys.

Sonically, The Approbation is a massive sounding piece of music. It’s everything from lush, melancholy moods to heavy, more aggressive atmospheres capturing the feeling of a cold, gloomy autumn – a dark sky, filled with gazing stars above the mist.