Hedvig Mollestad Trio

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Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen – guitar
Ellen Brekken – double bass and electric bass
Ivar Loe Bjørnstad – drums

Jazz or metal? Stonerswing? Or doomjazz maybe? For every new record by Hedvig Mollestad Trio critics try to invent an adequate genre name for their spellbinding, uncompromising and visceral music. The music magazine Classic Rock came closest: Jazz Sabbath. The band’s eclectic mix of influences ranges from Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix to John Coltrane and contemporary jazz and metal music. This has proved to be a recipe for success: Hedvig Mollestad Trio has a steady growing international fan base.

Founded in 2009 after Mollestad was awarded “the young jazz talent of the year” by Molde jazzfest, the trio was signed by Rune Grammofon in the following year. After four studio albums and a live double LP they will release a new studio record early 2019.

Whether your heart lies within the jazzy stuff or you like the heavy beats of good ol’ rock’n’roll, the trio has become a live favorite, and have played everything from dirty small clubs all around the world, to classy concerts halls opening for John McLaughlin and also big metal and music festivals like Roadburn, Tons of Rock, Berlin Jazz Festival, London Jazz festival, Tampere Jazz Happening and Øyafestivalen.

The album, in any case, gives you dark-churning Tony Iommi riffs, a touch of Sonny Sharrock wildness, and traces of doom metal and stoner rock, without ever sounding retro. (…). The guitar playing is explosive but focused, and the cohesion within the band is unshakable. However dense or spaced out this music gets, there’s no question that it sounds alive. – Nate Chinen, New York Times

Shoot! (2011)
All of them Witches (2013)
Enfant Terrible (2014)
Black Stabat Mater (2016)
Evil in Oslo (2016)

All albums on Rune Grammofon

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