It`s aggressive rock, borderline metal and dangerously catchy! The Black Metal references are there, but first and foremost this is a modern Rock Album!
Engineered by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames) and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet) the album received great reviews in Europe with 8/10 in Metal Hammer UK and Metal Hammer Norway, 9/10 Sweden Rock Magazine, 5/6 Scream Magazine 90/100 Rock Tribune to name but a few. After only two days in sale the debut album from the Norwegian band Djerv crashed into the official Norwegian sales charts at an impressive # 8. They were also the highest newcomer and # 3 on Norwegian Artist Charts.
Djerv appeared on the radar early 2010. Spawned out of Trelldom, Animal Alpha and Stonegard they pull strings from their previous bands, but Djerv is something else. It sounds different. It`s aggressive rock, borderline metal and dangerously catchy. Yet wrapped in a blackmetal veil? Genres melt together as never before these days, and so seems to be the case with Djerv as well.
Their story is short but eventful. The first demos surfaced early 2010, and two weeks later they were booked for the most important festival in Norway, the Oya festival. They went on to tour Norway in June and played several of the bigger Norwegian festivals during the summer. In August 2010 they released the “Headstone EP which generated some good press for the band and several key magazines in Europe featured them as one of the bands to keep an eye out for in 2011. In addition Dimmu Borgir has helped promote Djerv when they invited Agnete to participate on their latest album, “Abrahadabra”. Amongst them the lead track of the album, “Gateways” where Agnete does a stunning performance both on the track and in the video. She also did a critically acclaimed performance on the last Solefald Album “Norrøn Livskunst”.
“Working with a singer at Agnetes level is truly rewarding and something one very rarely get to do. Her control, range and performance is stunning – not to mention the great lyrics! She is definitely one of the best singer I`ve had the pleasure working with, and I really hope I get to do it again”- Matt Hyde
Djerv spent most part of the fall of 2010 working on their debut. The album was engineered by Daniel Bergstrand in Oslo, before the band traveled to LA to team up with Grammy Award winning producer Matt Hyde to work on the mix. The album is mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, and it`s written and produced in its entirety by Djerv.
Where the “Headstone EP” (2010) was a taste of what was in the making, their debut album cranks it up several levels displaying Djerv`s unique sound and songs in a raw and powerful production. It`s truly something very original about Djerv and their debut album.
“Normally it takes me like 30 seconds to figure out how to mix an album, to decide what sound I`m going for, as the inspiration of the band is so obvious to spot out. But when listening to the Djerv album I had no obvious direction on the mix as their music is truly unique. It`s absolutely awesome and it`s totally different from anything else I`ve heard in a long long time” - Matt Hyde
Drummer Erlend Gjerde comments;
“We tried to explore the borderlines between rock, metal and on some tracks there are more or less obvious black metal references. The overall sound is quite stripped down, groove-oriented and melodic, yet it has some of those cold black metal-influenced riffs accompanying the dark moods of the music. We are very happy with the way it turned out, now we`re just anxious to get on the road and present it to as many people as possible”
In 2011 Djerv toured Norway and Europe to steadily growing audiences. They are also scheduled for 2012 performances at The Eurosonic showcase Festival in Holland, Inferno Switzerland Hellfest in France, And a European tour for the summer of 2012 is in the making.
The band is wrapping up the video for the track Headstone that will be ready for a March release. In the meantime check out the video for the song Madman here: www.youtube.com/watch
Metalhammer Uk had this to say about Djerv`s London performance:
“… when a band can unleash the kind of turbo-charged thrust that would peel a layer off Kvelertak fans, and when it`s embodied by both a voice and physical presence as unique and fearless as Agnete`s, you`re blasted into the realms of revelation from the off.”Jonathan Selzer, Metalhammer UK
“Djerv are onto something big with their clever combination of hard rock and black metal… A talented band that are only just getting started”– Terrorizer Magazine
“Agnete Kjølsrud’s the star of the show, her vocals could take paint off your dad’s car!”– Metal Hammer UK