Norwegian rock trio BOKASSA are thrilled to announce the release of new album, ‘Crimson Riders’ on June 21st, via a freshly inked deal with Brighton-based record label, MVKA (home to Zeal & Ardor).

BOKASSA fuse stoner rock riffs and groove with the energy and volatility of punk and hardcore, into their own unique brand of stoner punk. Their 2017 debut album, ‘Divide & Conquer’ was lauded by critics across the globe. Metal Hammer UK hailed it as one of the best debuts of 2017, describing them as “intense, unpretentiously creative, and relentlessly rhythmic.”

‘Crimson Riders’ was recorded back home in Trondheim’s Brygga Studio, with production by the band together with Yngve Andersen (Blood Command), mixing by Simon Jackman, and mastering by the legendary Brian ‘Big Bass’ Gardener. The record is set for a 21st June release on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

Pre-order now at: https://ada.lnk.to/bokassa

BOKASSA enthuse, “We are very excited to release ‘Crimson Riders’. Nine songs which revolve around everything from cults, religion, and border patrols to beer-drinking anti-heroes and immortal space pirates! Sonically, the album gives the listener everything from classic stoner-punk tracks, groovy desert songs, and high speed thrash metal, to hardcore-oriented sing-a-longs. This time we also played around with both cellos and saxophone in the studio so expect a few curve-balls here and there.”

Track listing for ‘Crimson Riders’:

Brologue
Charmed & Extremely Treacherous
Vultures
Mouthbreathers Inc.
Wrath Is Love
Crimson Riders
Captain Cold One
Blunt Force Karma
Immortal Space Pirate 2

Rollicking first single ‘Mouthbreathers Inc.’ is available right now at: https://ada.lnk.to/bokassa and https://youtu.be/194WBIujs10. When asked about the song, the band explain, “‘Mouthbreathers Inc.’ is written from the perspective of a dictator/cult leader when everything starts going south – which it inevitably always does. The track makes for classic BOKASSA with a pummelling lead riff, angry vocals, breakdowns, and a hooky chorus to sing along to while the throne crumbles. Watch out for the sneaky saxophone lick!”
In early 2018, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich played BOKASSA on his radio show, ‘It’s Electric’, calling them “insanely fucking cool” and his “favourite new band”. Fast forward to 2019, and BOKASSA are set to hit the road with Metallica this summer, declaring, “We are extremely excited to support the legendary Metallica alongside Ghost – over 25 concerts in Europe. We are an underground rock band from Norway, so I don’t think we can even imagine how big and awesome this is going to be, but we are insanely excited for this opportunity!”
Catch the band at the following dates:
Supporting Metallica:
May 1 – Lisbon, Estadio Do Restolo (Portugal)
May 3 – Madrid, Valdebebas (Spain)
May 5 – Barcelona, Estadi Olympic Lluis Companys (Spain)
May 8 – Milan, SNAI San Siro Hippodrome (Italy)
May 10 – Zurich, Letzigrund (Switzerland)
May 12 – Paris, Stade De France (France)
June 8 – Dublin, Slane Castle (Ireland)
June 11 – Amsterdam, Johan Cruiff Arena (Netherlands)
June 13 – Cologne, Rheinenergiestadion (Germany)
June 16 – Brussels, Koning Boudewijnstadion (Belgium)
June 18 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium (UK)
June 20 – London, Twickenham Stadium (UK)
July 6 – Berlin, Olympiastadion (Germany)
July 9 – Gothenburg, Ullevi (Sweden)
July 11 – Copenhagen, Telia Parken (Denmark)
July 13 – Trondheim, Granasen (Norway)
July 16 – Hämeenlinnam, Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto (Finland)
July 18 – Raadi, Airfield (Estonia)
July 21 – Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium (Russia)
August 14 – Bucharest, Arena Nationala (Romania)
August 16 – Vienna, Ernst-Happel-Stadion (Austria)
August 18 – Prague, Airport Letnany (Czech Republic)
August 21 – Warsaw, PGE Narodowy (Poland)
August 23 – Munich, Olympiastadion (Germany)
August 25 – Mannheim, Maimarktgelande (Germany)
BOKASSA headline shows:
May 2 – Seville, Sala Even (Spain)
May 11 – Paris, Les Etoiles (France)