Norway’s stoner and heavy rock power trio Wolfnaut, after inking a deal with California’s long-standing and forever reliable Ripple Music, are getting ready to unleash their latest long player, in the form of the nine-track aural assault Return Of The Asteroid, which is poised to hit the streets on 21st April.
But before you can get your grubby paws onto this heavy rock stomper, we at The Shaman are thrilled to bring you the sublime Kjetil Andersen and Jan Gunnar Martinsen filmed and edited video for the album’s opener Brother Of The Badlands.
And about the four-and-a-half-minute track you will soon witness, the band says, ‘Brother Of The Badlands is a quite personal song about brothers who, for reasons only known to them, have fallen off the track and into some dark place. But it is also a song about hope. Your past can’t be remedied but you can rise again. The future is at your command.’
Now click play below to channel the Brother Of The Badlands…
More On Wolfnaut & ‘Return Of The Asteroid’
Wolfnaut (formerly known as Wolfgang) started life in the mid-1990s in the town of Elverum, a two-hour drive northeast of the Norwegian capital Oslo. Their energetic live shows and debut album, Welcome To The Cactus Mountains, went down a storm in their hometown, and the album even garnered a solid review in Kerrang! Wolfnaut reformed again in 2013, and the band released its second album, Castle In The Woods, to raving reviews in 2016. The band’s aptly titled third album III was released in 2022. III brought the Norwegian trio’s blend of catchy tunes and heavy stoner riffs to a larger international audience. For their fourth album, Wolfnaut has teamed up with US-based label Ripple Music to spread the word even further.
Return Of The Asteroid is the slightly darker and doomier cousin of III. Wolfnaut‘s penchant for writing catchy rockers is still very much alive and well on songs like Brother Of The Badlands, My Orbit Is Mine and G.T.R., but Return Of The Asteroid also sees the band developing their love for more dynamic songs. There is more of both light and shade on Wolfnaut’s fourth long-player, which can clearly be heard on offerings like The Mighty Pawns, Crates Of Doom and Wolfnaut’s Lament. The album even introduces a first for the band: a ballad! Arrows was originally released on Castle In The Woods in 2016, but the band didn’t feel that the hard rock approach on the original recording did the song justice. Stripped down to its core elements, the song now has a new lease on life.
Return Of The Asteroid was recorded at Audioskop Studio, Sofiemyr, Norway. Production was handled by the band, with invaluable help from engineer extraordinaire Bjørn Barstad. Swedish sound wizard Karl Daniel Lidén (Greenleaf, Lowrider, Dozer, Demon Cleaner) was enlisted to mix, master, and put the finishing touches to the album. Eminent graphic designer Mirko Masala created the visuals. With a career now spanning 25 years, four albums and countless live shows, Wolfnaut is ready to spread the word of Norwegian stoner rock to an even wider international audience. Now part of the Ripple Music family, expect to see the band somewhere on the road in the not-so-distant future.
Return Of The Asteroid Tracklist:
01. Brother Of The Badlands
02. My Orbit Is Mine
03. The Mighty Pawns
04. Crash Yer Asteroid
07. Something More Than Night
08. Crates Of Doom
09. Wolfnaut’s Lament
Kjetil Sæter – Guitars, Vocals, Piano
Tor Erik Hagen – Bass
Ronny ‘Ronster’ Kristiansen – Drums, Percussion
Return Of The Asteroid, the fourth album by Norway’s heavy rockers Wolfnaut, releases 21st April through Ripple Music and will be available on vinyl, compact disc and digital download.