Hailing from Oslo, Norway, sludge metal trio Rongeur was formed in late 2012 and consists of Dag Ole (bass/vocals), Ken-Robert (guitar/vocals) and Jon (drums/vocals), who have been part of bands like Ampmandens Døtre, Exeloume, Untime and Martyrs in the past. The band was formed with the intent of making raw, heavy and honest music and inspiration came from various sources and artists like Eyehategod, Seigmen, High on Fire, Neurosis, Darkthrone and Arthur Schoupenhauer.
Rongeur’s first release was a compilation of demos, the Catastrophist (2013) and As the Blind Strive (2014), issued on cassette by the British label Aonair Productions in December 2015. These demo recordings were then released on compact disc by Disiplin Media in April 2015 with a worldwide distribution deal. The release received great feedback from various publications worldwide. Furthermore, in March 2015 Rongeur entered the studio of Jørgen Karlstrøm (ex-Hexed) at PhatCat Studios in Oslo to record four crushing tracks. Two of these were released as a digital split release with Ampmandens Døtre in September 2015, and the remaining two tracks were released as the “God and I/Good War” 7” vinyl single via Ampmandens Records in April 2016.
In late January 2017 the band recorded nine new tracks at Norsk Lydstudio to be featured in their debut full length album “An Asphyxiating Embrace”. The record was later mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at Caliban Studios and the new tracks are situated musically and lyrically in the same dark unforgiving environment as before, and there still seems to be no hope in sight.
“The album “An Asphyxiating Embrace” is in essence a frustrated observation of the human inadequacy to make rational choices.” Says guitarist/vocalist Dag Ole “It dwells on the metaphysical aspects of social norms, religion and politics, but without being dogmatic about any of these. Rather it poses more questions than it offers answers. So hope and relieve has to be found elsewhere, if anywhere.”
“An Asphyxiating Embrace”
[June 01, 2018]
doom, post-metal, sludge, stoner
Base: Oslo, Norway
Label / Booking / Press:
Poacher Records/Ampmandens Records
Viral Propaganda PR
Mixed and mastered by Ruben Willem at Caliban Studios
All music and lyrics written by Rongeur
Mellotron and keys by Rune Andersen
Guest vocals on Wellpisser by Bjørnar Kristiansen
Guitar solo on Wellpisser by Audun G. Jakobsen
Artwork and layout by Ole Nymoen Design
Band photos by Endre Lohne