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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 18:35

Ask the Slave - 'Box-set'

Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: Box-set
Catalog no.: 20.0034
Format:
  • Box-set containing:
    * Special Booklet
    * 3 Digipak CDs
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
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 All albums by Ask the Slave in a nice box-set with a special booklet.

Contents:

CDs:
1.   Kiss Your Chora (Remixed & Remastered - Bonus Tracks)
2.   The Order of Things (Remastered - Bonus Tracks)
3.   Good Things Bad People

  

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Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: Kiss Your Chora [Remixed & Remastered]
Catalog no.: 20.0031
Format:
  • Digipak CD (Bonus Tracks)
  • Digital Download
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
BUY:  Buy physical edition
  Buy digital download

 

In a DIY effort, Ask the Slave's debut, Kiss Your Chora, was recorded by the members themselves in their very own Studio Chora and released independently on CDR in a limited amount of 100 copies. Now, some 14 years later, through Norwegian cult label Crime Records, this long-out-of-print oddity will be made available again and this time on international ground. The album has been remixed and remastered, containing two bonus tracks.

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Bathtub   3:19
2.   Great Garbo   4:04
3.   Slave   3:33
4.   They Were The Brain Police   0:50
5.   Little Red Rooster   3:06
6.   Silver Cock   1:20
7.   Some Text Missing   6:53
8.   Hugging Radiators   3:33
9.   Bulldozer   4:48
10.   Greta Garbo [Acoustic Live Radio Performance]   3:25
11.   Bathtub [Live]   4:44

 

Line up: 

Elvar Atli Ævarsson    Guitar & Vocals
Gunnar Freyr Hilmarsson   Bass
Ragnar Ólafsson   Lead Vocals & Yogurt
Valur Árni Guðmundsson   Drums & Programming

  

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Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: The Order of Things [Remastered]
Catalog no.: 20.0032
Format:
  • Digipak CD (Bonus Tracks)
  • Digital Download
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
BUY:  Buy physical edition
  Buy digital download

 

Originally released in 2010 and only ever distributed in their native Iceland, Ask the Slave's sophomore offering, The Order of Things, will finally be available again and now overseas for the first time courtesy of Crime Records from Norway. The album has been remastered for this occasion and contains three bonus tracks, including one studio outtake.


Upon its original release, The Order of Things caused quite a stir in the Icelandic rock and metal scene. Confusing for some but rewarding for those accepting challenges, the album received heaps of praise from reviewers both locally and internationally. In attempting to pin down the album's sound, reviewers mentioned acts as diverse as Tool, Faith No More, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Sonic Youth, and Frank Zappa, all the while applauding Ask the Slave for developing their own unique way of approaching heavy rock music. 

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   The Order of Things   3:13
2.   Something Got in the Water   5:46
3.   I Fucked Up   2:43
4.   Peeling Skin   4:14
5.   For the Sake of Conversation   5:56
6.   A Place in the Forest   1:45
7.   Sleep Now   3:36
8.   Smell Yourself   2:38
9.   Zero   1:55
10.   Sleep Some More   4:54
11.   Slave   6:31
12.   The King of Prunes [Outtake]   3:15
13.   Zero [Acoustic Live Radio Performance]   1:59
14.   The Order of Things [Demo]   3:22

 

Line up: 

Elvar Atli Ævarsson    Guitar & Vocals
Engilbert Hauksson   Bass
Hinrik Þór Oliversson   Drums & Percussion
Ragnar Ólafsson   Lead Vocals
Valur Guðmundsson   Guitar

  

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 17:54

Ask the Slave - 'Good Things Bad People'

Artist: Ask the Slave
Title: Good Thing Bad People
Catalog no.: 20.0033
Format:
  • Digipak CD
  • Digital Download
Release date: 04.06.2021
Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: Iceland
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Dubbed by their local media as "brain-stimulating musical perverts", the original problem child of Icelandic rock, Ask the Slave, has been raising eyebrows since 2004, making music true to their credo of "wtf?!" Now, teamed up with esteemed Norwegian independent label Crime Records, and in collaboration with We Låve Rock Music, the band is ready to launch their third full-length album. The album in question, Good Things Bad People, is their first release in 11 years and their first to be distributed internationally.

Those already familiar with the group's back catalog will know better than expect a conventional rock record. In true Ask the Slave fashion, the album comprises a wide range of sounds and moods. Although presented in a coherent flow, the album manages to be at the same time heavy and dark, soft and beautiful, serious and angry, and silly. Brace yourselves for heavy riffs, grand choruses, clever guitar-interplay, haunting melodies, catchy pop hooks, twists-and-turns, odd time signatures, far-out character-play, and a healthy dose of internal band humor.

This album is released in co-operation with We Låve Rock Music.

 

Tracklist:

Track: Duration:
1.   Catch 22   2:42
2.   Wounded Knee   6:26
3.   White Vigilante   9:09
4.   Good Things Bad People   2:56
5.   Katie Mae   6:09
6.   Slave   2:45
7.   The Beginning of the Blues   4:21
8.   Eulogy   4:09
9.   Tag, You're It!   6:18
10.   Chain Gang   4:08
11.   Catch 33   3:44

 

Line up: 

Elvar Atli Ævarsson    Guitars & Vocals
Hálfdán Árnason   Bass & Synthesizer
Ragnar Ólafsson   Piano & Lead Vocals
Skúli Gíslason   Drums & Percussion
Valur Árni Guðmundsson   Guitars & Vocals

  

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Monday, 28 December 2020 21:34

Ask the Slave

 

On a dark and damp, probably cold and windy winter’s day, early 2004, in Reykjavík, Iceland, an avid amateur musician and literature student by the name of Ragnar Ólafsson picked up the phone and dialed the number on the poster which read “Singer wanted”. “Does that ever work?” you might ask, “has there ever been a band successfully established through musicians wanted ads?” Well, yes, Metallica for one. And by now you’re probably under the impression that Ask the Slave was as well. Not quite. That was a different band. But it is the story of how Ragnar met guitarist Elvar Atli Ævarsson, a fellow music enthusiast who, at the time, played with said group. Now picture this scenario, a couple of weeks later; two guys in their early twenties are bonding during a 6-hour long drive to a paying gig with a band that neither of them is very passionate about. The two young men are intrigued to learn that they share an interest in Frank Zappa, an appreciation for eccentric, forward-thinking music, and a deep passion for good ol’ rock & roll. This sounds more like the beginning of a fruitful relationship, doesn’t it? And it was. Although the group in question would be dismantled only the very next day following a rather disastrous gig, Elvar would remember this guy Ragnar a few months down the line when giving up on handling vocal duties in another music project of his. So, this time Elvar picked up the phone. And that’s how Ask the Slave was formed.

Perhaps it’s down to the fact that Ragnar was raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Elvar a West fjord native, both of them having recently relocated to the Iceland capital and being poorly connected to any of the tightly-knit local music scenes. Outsiders, the two of them. With no real motivation to “fit in” with a certain crowd. That might be it. Whatever the reason, Ask the Slave has always been on the fringe, indifferent to trends, welcoming of influences and inspiration from all music deemed of quality, regardless of traditions or “cool factors”. This has resulted in their music being described as eclectic and unpredictable.

Within a year from forming, the Ask the Slave ensemble had recruited Valur Árni Guðmundsson from a legendary Icelandic underground metal act. Joining as a drummer prior to the recording of the group’s debut, Kiss Your Chora, Valur would later switch to guitar and effortlessly adapt to the songwriting methods of Ask the Slave. Subsequently surrounding themselves with local metal cannons, Ask the Slave soon became a popular, albeit controversial, live attraction in the open-minded Icelandic metal community. This culminated in the release of 2010s The Order of Things, a bold record that received great praise from reviewers and local music nerds.

Fast-forward to 2012. Ask the Slave begins the writing process for their third record, which almost immediately is named Good Things Bad People. Then what happened? 9 years went by, fast. That’s what. Well, other stuff too. Stuff like babies, families, day jobs, success and touring in other bands, depression, education, members’ withdrawals. But through complicated circumstances, Good Things Bad People gradually took shape. Eventually, the arrival of seasoned rhythm duo Hálfdán Árnason and Skúli Gíslason in 2017 proved to be the ultimate shot of energy that the group so desperately needed to finally get the job done.

Good Things Bad People will be released on June 4th, 2021, by Crime Records in collaboration with We Låve Rock Music. This marks the beginning of Ask the Slave’s overseas adventures, as previous releases have so far only been distributed in Iceland. That’s about to change though, as Crime Records will additionally be re-releasing the first two albums, with bonus material, also offering the option of buying all three albums as a 3CD rigid box collector’s item.

 

Discography:

Box-set   Box   2021    Buy physical edition   Buy digital downloads of the albums (Bonus Tracks not included)
Good Things Bad People   Album   2021    Buy physical edition   Buy digital download
Chain Gang   Single   2021       Buy digital download
The Order of Things [Remastered]   Album   2021    Buy physical edition   Buy digital download (Bonus Tracks not included)
Kiss Your Chora [Remixed & Remastered]   Album   2021    Buy physical edition   Buy digital download (Bonus Tracks not included)

 

Band members: 

Elvar Atli Ævarsson    Guitars & Vocals
Hálfdán Árnason   Bass & Synthesizer
Ragnar Ólafsson   Piano & Lead Vocals
Skúli Gíslason   Drums & Percussion
Valur Árni Guðmundsson   Guitars & Vocals

 

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020 16:00

CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION!

Sometimes you hear something that grabs your attention straight away. Something different. But at the same time, something familiar, something you feel at home with straight away. And the only thing you are quite sure of is that you have to explore it some more. And more.

That was the first impression when I checked out a link sent to us one night. An unknown band for me, but the music was so intriguing and done in such an effortless and playful way. And without any boundaries. After hearing the music a handful of times that night, I just had to reach out to them to get more information. And maybe some more music to dig into.

Now, as I write this and listen to their music once more four months later, I'm still drawn into their musical landscape, moving from heavy, sometimes chaotic, progressive metal to melodic pop ballads via storytelling soundscapes fitting a motion picture.

Please let us introduce you to the Icelandic ensemble Ask the Slave!

In collaboration with We Låve Rock Music, we will release their third full-length album, "Good Things Bad People", in the spring of 2021.

Crime Records will also re-release Ask the Slave's two first albums in remastered versions with bonus tracks.

All albums will be presented in detail later on. So will the rigid collector's box...

Ask the Slave:
"We are extremely happy to announce that we have signed a deal with Crime Records from Norway. Rooting in metal but recently branching out to other, more ill-explained territories, Crime Records is an independent label run by true music lovers who understand and appreciate good, innovative music and offer great support, honesty, and respect to their artists. Needless to say, we are very proud to be part of this family."

Welcome to the family!

And we can't get out of this Covid 19-situation soon enough, so we can meet up, grab a beer together (you may leave the fish!), and get to experience you live on stage. Cheers!

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