PRISTINE – release new single, ‘Aurora Skies’

Norway’s finest rock outfit, PRISTINE, has released a brand new single called ‘Aurora Skies’. Watch the official visualizer:

Commented singer and main songwriter, Heidi Solheim:“‘Aurora Skies’ is a really special song for me, and one of my absolute favourites on the upcoming album. The song came to me after I’d been home in the north for a while in the darkest winter season. I’m from a very quiet farm with several kilometers to the nearest neighbour. You are completely alone and it is a real therapeutic experience for me, and a great place to write music. This particular time I felt overwhelmed with sadness, as you do some times in life. I felt lost and alone, and couldn’t find my way out. When I was a kid I was told that the northern light was magic. It had supernatural powers and could come down and carry you away if it so chose to. So at some point I put on my warmest winter clothes and went outside, looked up into the sky and said to myself “God.. Please let me be hypnotised”. And this became the chorus of the song.”

Behind The Song features…
Watch vol. 4 here:
Watch vol. 3 here:
Watch vol. 2 here:
Watch vol. 1 here:
Watch the most recent single, ‘Cause & Effect’ here:
Also watch the first single, ‘Sinnerman’, here:

»Road Back To Ruin« is slated for release on April 19, 2019 via Nuclear Blast and is now available for pre-order as stream/download, CD and vinyl (black, blue) via this link:

The fifth album by Norwegian rock band PRISTINE marks a point of evolution as well as diversification in their sound. Heidi Solheim, Tromsö native and driving force behind the band, fuses musical as well as lyrical variety on the eleven songs that are »Road Back To Ruin« – despite the newly introduced variety this record is still unmistakably PRISTINE.

The album title, »Road Back To Ruin«, according to the singer, came out of frustration. It’s about social circumstances, in which opinions and values are shifting towards a certain direction. The separation from or the fear of “the others”, being used by influential people to gain even more power. Distrust being spread and walls being built – things that have been done over and over in history and still society seems to be walking right into the same trap once again. People lacking nobleness and empathy, but are gaining hatred – something thatHeidi has feared. Hence the last line in the album’s credits is: “Take care of each other. Be generous, including and kind.”

»Road Back To Ruin« was recorded at Paradiso Studio in Oslo, together with producer Øyvind Gundersen and technician Christian Engfelt. The song ‘Sinnerman’ was written during last year’s tour – a real banger and the perfect opening track. The title track sounds massive and heavy, and the same can be said for ‘Blind Spot’ which features an intro sung in Arabian by Syrian artist Racha Rizk, followed by an almighty riff by Espen Elverum Jacobsen, the band’s secret weapon.

At the end of this broad musical spectrum there’s ‘Cause & Effect’, which features the “The Arctic Philharmonic“ string orchestra and bears a certain James Bond feeling. The not so typical but amazing ‘Your Song’, was inspired by NEIL YOUNG‘s acoustic recordings. 

Heidi SolheimEspen Elverum Jacobsen (guitar), Gustav Eidsvik (bass) and Ottar Tøllefsen (drums), as the core of the band, incorporate a wide variety of styles and influences with a great mutual musical understanding. Studio guests Anders Oskal and Hansi Enzesperger add a unique flourish in the form of a Hammond Organ.

2019 will see the band bring back rock to the clubs. After »Detoxing« (2012) and »No Regret« (2013) had only been released in Norway, »Reboot« was the first album to also see a release outside the band’s home country. 2017, »Ninja« marked the debut for Nuclear Blast which is now followed by »Road Back To Ruin«. All albums are available digitally, on CD as well as on vinyl.

More on »Road Back To Ruin«:
Trailer #1 (recording process):
Trailer #2 (songwriting):

„Road Back To Ruin Tour“presented by: Classic Rock, Eclipsed, Piranha, Kulturnews, Musix, Start Magazin und Rockantenne
03.05.2019 – DE Biberach, Abdera + THE BREW*
04.05.2019 – AT Dornbirn, Spielboden + THE BREW*
05.05.2019 – DE Tuttlingen, Stadthalle + THE BREW*
07.05.2019 – TBA+ THE BREW*
08.05.2019 – DE Chiemgau, Blues Club + THE BREW*
09.05.2019 – DE Augsburg, Spectrum + THE BREW*
10.05.2019 – DE Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal + THE BREW*
11.05.2019 – DE Bensheim, Rex + THE BREW*
13.05.2019 – DE Berlin, Musik & Frieden + NI SALA**
14.05.2019 – DE Kiel, Orange Club + NI SALA**
15.05.2019 – DE Hamburg, Knust + NI SALA**
17.05.2019 – DE Oldenburg, Cadillac + NI SALA**
18.05.2019 – DE Bückeburg, Schraubbar + NI SALA**
19.05.2019 – DE Frankfurt/M., Nachtleben + NI SALA**
20.05.2019 – DE München, Backstage + NI SALA**
21.05.2019 – DE Köln, Yard Club + NI SALA**
23.05.2019 – DE Oberhausen, Zentrum Altenberg + NI SALA**
24.05.2019 – DE Lichtenfels, Paunchy Cats + NI SALA**
25.05.2019 – DE Osnabrück, Westwerk + NI SALA**
21.06.2019 – DE Netphen-Deuz, Freak Valley Festival***
PRISTINE supporting
** PRISTINE headlining
*** PRISTINE only

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