Bokassa’s Jørn Kaarstad to Chaoszine: “Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Use Your Illusion II’ is the ultimate rock album of all time”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 2.9.2021

Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, hard rock trio Bokassa have recently made a name for themselves with their brand of hard-hitting, melodic, catchy punk and metal fused stoner riffs, right from the first full length “Divide & Conquer” (2017). During the Worldwired tour with Metallica, the band released the critically acclaimed Crimson Riders (2019). On top of this, the Norwegians were nominated for the prestigious Spellemann-Award for Breakthrough of the Year in 2020. Now, Bokassa are ready to enter the explosive next chapter with their exciting new album, “Molotov Rocktail”!

Vocalist and guitarist Jørn Kaarstad’s unmistakably raspy voice and crushing guitar riffs hit satisfyingly hard with the snappy drumming and fat bass tone of drummer Olav Dowkes and bassist Bård Linga. Songs like “Hereticules” effortlessly pull off the transition between melodic choruses and punishing breakdowns, while the title track “Molotov Rocktail” is two minutes of pure stoner punk paradise with its dense songwriting and dynamic production. The album closer’s intro riff (“Immortal Space Pirate 3 Too Old For This Sith”), meanwhile, could be lifted straight off a classic Behemoth album. On “Molotov Rocktail”, Bokassa’s daring but cohesive tightrope act of singalongs and neck breaking grooves is highly contagious – mixed and mastered by Machine (Clutch, The Bronx) the powerhouse from Trondheim misses no chance to entrance the listener with every second of runtime!

Chaoszine had recently an opportunity to video interview band’s vocalist / guitarist Jørn Kaarstad about the upcoming album as well as several other topics including touring with Metallica on a European stadium-tour in 2019, the ultimate rock album for Jørn and what lies ahead for the group when it comes to future shows and music. You can watch the entire video interview below:

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