Boomkat Product Review:
“The seventh album from the Norwegian rock pioneers Årabrot might as well have never seen the light. In summer 2014 the band's frontman and songwriter, Kjetil Nernes, was diagnosed with a deadly throat cancer. Thanks to extensive surgical treatment Nernesis now fully recovered, although the disease has of course left its mark. The Gospel is a collection of songs that were written during the period of illness and treatment and is ÅRABROT’s first album since the self-titled 2013 album.
The Gospel was recorded in Steve Albini's Electrical Audio in Chicago and is mixed by Milton Von Krogh. Besides core member Kjetil Nernes Årabrot has passed by a shifting cast of contributors over the past four years. The Gospel helps browse. Ted Parsons (Killing Joke, Swans, Prong), Andrew Liles (Current93, Nurse With Wound), Stephen O'Malley (Sunn0)))), Karin Park and Kristoffer Lo (Highasakite). Stranglehold singer Erlend Hjelvik also makes a guest appearance with some Norse vocal lines of the song Ah Feel.
The Gospel marks the beginning of a new era in ÅRABROT development, execution of a shift that has been suggested in recent EP In Modi and You Bunch of Idiots. This is Årabrot at its most confrontational and disturbing, while the vocal focus and the distinguished tracks such as The Gospel make this ÅRABROT’s most accessible album to date.”