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It was 2005. Kim Ljung got personal.That’s when the Seigmen and Zeromancer songwriter / bass player first showed off his schizophrenia through his alias Ljungblut.With a close circle of friends he recorded the two albums “The Other side of all things” and “Influences for a new album”. Two years later “Capitals” was released.

“It’s all supposed to sound like the scars I’ve being trying to hide for a while. Songs about uncondiotional love and hate. A blank manual for heartache and headache”. Kim Ljung continues: “Listening to the album should give you the sense of being lonely in the company of others.” The first albums were released through his own label Pleasuredisc. Printed only in one thousand copies. All numbered and signed by himself. It sold out in no time.

In 2011 he decided to turn things around. His solid Ljungblut-partner Dan Heide wasn’t to be his only true compainion anymore. Ted Skogmann, who played drums on the first release, was taken up as a permanent member. So was Joakim Brendsrød, and Sindre Pedersen as well. A full band. All in time for their next adventure. “Norwegian lyrics felt suddenly right to make it even more a personal matter”, Kim explains. The following year saw the release of “Over skyene skinner alltid solen”, and the band played their first set of gigs at Total in Tønsberg. Two houses sold out. Since then, there has been no official shows – yet. “Ikke alle netter er like sorte” followed in 2016 – Ten songs were recorded live straight tape at the legendary Athletic Sound Studio in Halden, Norway. Every song on the album got it’s own video companion, as well.

After 5 independently released albums, their 6th album “Villa Carlotta 5959” was released on Karisma Records on November 2nd 2018, preceded by the two digital singles “Hasselblad” and “235”.

“There are traces and elements of Madrugada, Midnight Choir, latter-day Anathema, and even The The to be found within Ljungblut’s musical nuanced sphere. “Villa Carlotta 5959” has a deep-seated melancholy to it that verges on the pitch black at times, but there is always a glimmer of hope and light lurking underneath the surface of it all.”

Eternal Terror 4.5/6

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