The Hedvig Mollestad Trio, the heaviest jazz-rock outfit Norway’s ever produced, will release their third album, Enfant Terrible, on April 11 via the Rune Grammofon label. The group, consisting of Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen on guitar, Ellen Brekken on bass (upright or electric, as needed), and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on drums, whip up a furious storm of sound, combining Led Zeppelin-meets-Sonny Sharrock riffing and stoned/swinging rhythms with occasional side trips into quite meditative and beautiful jazz. The new album features some of their fiercest and most aggressive material yet—it’s not metal, but it will definitely inspire more headbanging than finger-snapping. The first single, “Laughing John,” is out now. Stream it below:
The “Laughing John” digital single includes a non-album B-side, “Mormone.” Get it from Amazon MP3.
Rune Grammofon has posted a second track from Enfant Terrible. Check out the eight-minute doom-jazz workout “Arigato, Bitch”: