The Gospel, according to Årabrot frontman Kjetil Nernes, is about a warrior’s re-entry into the world after a bloody battle. The saga is very much his own, with the singer having written it while conquering throat cancer. And, in true Årabrot form, it’s a story told in dismantled, warped verses. Melody arrives as a life preserver, like on the 10-minute slab “Faustus.” But, by and large, the album is a celebration of life out of joint. The enigmatic Norwegian leaned a little on Steve Albini, Steven O’Malley of Sunn0))) and Ted Parsons of Swans. Fans of the latter in particular, or experimental rock generally, should get right with The Gospel.
Score: 8 out of 10
Producer: Milton von Krogh