Producer / Engineer / Mixing / Mastering

Marius Strand @ Strand Studio - Marius Strand @ Strand Studio - Producer / Engineer / Mixing / Mastering in Oslo

Strand Studio was initially founded by musician, producer and engineer Marius Strand purely for enthusiastic reasons, but now among references are bands like Chrome Division (feat. members from Dimmu Borgir), The Wretched End (feat. members from Emperor, Dark Funeral), Susperia, Insidious Disease (feat. members of Dimmu Borgir and Old Man’s Child) and In Vain.

Marius Strand likes to play several musical instruments and dig deep into recording hardware and software. The soul purpose is to deliver the highest quality possible for a very fair price. No project is finished before the client is happy. All genres are equally welcome, even though rock and metal music have been most common. Services offered are production, tracking, mixing, mastering and video editing/production.

4 weeks ago

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Alien Orchestra!

Alien Orchestra
ALIEN ORCHESTRA - a new album drum recording 2018 with Baard Kolstad!
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6 months ago

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Susperia will return with their long-awaited first full-length studio album since 2009, titled "The Lyricist", on March 16th via Agonia Records. Watch a video trailer for the album at this link:

"The Lyricist" was recorded at three different studios in Norway between February 2015 and May 2016. The album was later mixed and mastered at Strand Studio (Chrome Division, The Wretched End, In Vain) by Marius Strand. Cover design and artwork was prepared by Vincent Fouquet, Above Chaos

The first single together with pre-orders and album formats will be revealed in January 2018!

1. I Entered
2. Heretic
3. The Lyricist
4. My Darkest Moment
5. Day I Died
6. Void
7. Feed The Fire
8. W**** Of Man
9. Come Alive
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6 months ago

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Pre-order In Vain’s new album Currents and new merch at

More than 10 years after their grand debut, In Vain returns with their fourth album Currents, on January 26th 2018.

The pioneers of progressive extreme metal return with a consummate and complete offering. Without question, Currents is the definite pinnacle of In Vain’s career so far. Unique, innovative and catchy compositions with longevity that merge elements from many different genres, whilst still maintaining a carefully balanced dynamic. In Vain retains a principal focus on solid songwriting with cleverness and an original edge. Top notch musicianship in all ranks and a sublime guest performance on drums by Baard Kolstad (Official). Add to that a stellar, organic production tweaked to perfection by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Katatonia, Devin Townsend, Kreator, etc) at Fascination Street Studios.

The album title, Currents, reflects on the colossal shifts and changes of our time. The present world is characterized by continental flows of people, traditions and cultures. Migration of people across continents and borders. Cultures merging. Dramatic shifts in lifestyle from one generation to the next. These are all currents - movements that distort old patterns, create tensions as well as new opportunities. These enduring shifts are some of the topics that In Vain addresses on Currents through a series of epic and monumental songs.

Currents also echoes In Vain’s musical landscape. Since its inception, the band has developed its own trademark sound through extensive exploration and seamless combination of musical genres. Currents goes to new extremes when it comes to further developing this approach. The music and lyrics of the album unite to form its own creative Current; A rich synthesis underlining the very idea of cultural and musical merging, and the album concept and artistic vision has been captured brilliantly by cover designer Costin Chioreanu (Paradise Lost, Enslaved, At The Gates, etc) and his stunning artwork.

The backdrop for the album has been a rigorous artistic and spiritual expedition across the world. Songwriter Johnar Håland comments: “Since the release of Ænigma we have been unknotting threads, followed traces, found disparities and drawn new parallels. In search of both lyrical and spiritual inspiration for Currents we embarked on a journey that took us across several continents. We have put the utmost of our hearts, souls and minds into Currents and we are sincerely grateful to everyone involved in this massive musical undertaking.” Singer Sindre Nedland adds: “Through all the experimentation, In Vain has always had a solid foundation in aggression and melody, and Currents sees these two extremes united in a way that feels unforced, and pretty damn authoritative at the same time. It has been a long and hard process, but the result is everything we hoped it would be: Catchy, intense and unusual.”

In Vain will release Currents in two editions:

SPECIAL EDITION (incl 2 bonus tracks):
This is the ultimate physical experience, clocking in at about one hour and consisting of nine songs. This is your indisputable choice if you want the full and extended Currents experience. The following physical options are available:

1. CD in trifold digisleeve. 2 bonus tracks. Includes booklet with lyrics to all songs. Ltd to 1000x.
2. Double black vinyl in gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves containing lyrics to all songs. 2 bonus tracks, A2 poster (Ltd to 500x).
3. Double solid grey vinyl with swamp green and sea blue speckles in gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves containing lyrics to all songs. 2 bonus tracks, A2 poster (Ltd to 500x).

Please note that the bonus tracks on the special editions will not be available on streaming or download services.

This version consists of seven songs with a complete running time of about 43 min. This is the same version that will be available on all digital platforms. The normal edition will be available in the following physical formats:

1. CD in 4pg digipak.
2. Single black vinyl in regular cover, with printed inner sleeve.

To pre-order Currents and new merch, please go to our webshop at

1. Seekers of the Truth
2. Soul Adventurer
3. Blood We Shed
4. And Quiet Flows the Scheldt
5. Origin
6. En Forgangen Tid (Times of Yore Pt. II)
7. Ghost Path
8. As the Black Horde Storms
9. Standing on the Ground of Mammoths

1. Seekers of the Truth
2. Soul Adventurer
3. Blood We Shed
4. En Forgangen Tid (Times of Yore Pt. II)
5. Origin
6. As the Black Horde Storms
7. Standing on the Ground of Mammoths

In Vain:
Johnar Håland – Guitars, synth pads, bgv
Sindre Nedland – Lead vocals and clean vocals
Alexander Bøe – Bass
Kjetil DP – Solo guitar
Andreas Frigstad - Vocals

All songs composed by Johnar Håland
All lyrics written by Johnar Håland except En Forgangen Tid (Times of Yore Pt. II) by Sindre Nedland
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios
Drums recorded at Urban Sound Studios by Thomas Wang
Vocals and strings recorded at Strand Studio by Marius Strand
Guitars, saxophone, bass, organs and additional vocals recorded in private facilities
Band photos by Jørn Veberg
Cover design by Costin Chioreanu
A&R by Erlend Gjerde

Guest musicians:
Baard Kolstad (Leprous, Borknagar) - Drums
Kristian Wikstøl (From Strength to Strength) – Hardcore vocals
Matthew Kiichi Heafy (Trivium)– Vocals
Matthew Kiichi Heafy appears courtesy of Roadrunner Records
Simen Høgdal Pedersen – Vocals
Audun Barsten Johnsen - B3 Hammond and church organ
Magnhild Skomedal Torvanger – Violin and viola
Ingeborg Skomedal Torvanger – Cello
Line Falkenberg - Saxophone
Additional orchestration by MIDAS Productions - Music creation and production

In Vain, Oslo, 14 November 2017
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Abyssic 'Op.II' Studio update.

Bass! ⚡️⚡️
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Lars Vegas

The first time I was recording at Strand studio I was really scared. It was the first time I had ever recorded clean vocals but Strand made me feel welcome and helped me get a better understanding of it, and the rest is history.

Lars Vegas Fight The Fight 07/03/2018

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I've recorded at Strand Studio several times and it was an altogether positive experience. Strand is an organized and skilled engineer and producer.

The Wretched End, Emperor 19/07/2016

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Baard Kolstad

It’s refreshing when entering a studio where high-end drums, gear and everything else is set up in order and ready to go. It’s makes for a smooth process. A technician with good patience, well trained ears and persistence at all times is conditional for me be to be able to give my absolute best performance and M. Strand qualifies in all of these categories.

Leprous, Rendezvous Point, Borknagar 19/07/2016

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I have worked with Marius Strand several times, recording albums for Susperia, Black Comedy and Gromth in his studio. He is a very skilled musician and sound engineer, and he delivers perfect results everytime.


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Nils Fjellström (Dominator)

Recording with Marius at Strand Studio is easily one of my best studio experiences. Equipment is top notch and Marius is very coherent and has a great ear for what you’re trying to capture when playing. I look forward to recording there again.

Dark Funeral, The Wretched End, AeonChild 19/07/2016

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Aki Viitala

I’ve recorded drums at Strand Studio, and I would gladly recommend his services to all professional bands. The studio is equipped with state of the art drums and Marius Strand has the know-how to use it brilliantly. I will continue to use Strand Studio’s services in the future.

Shot at Dawn 19/07/2016

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Ørjan Paulsen

Strand Studio is without doubt a professional and flexible studio with all the right high-end gear. The level of producing, mixing as well as songwriting makes for a smooth process and the preference for tracking my drums.

Riptide, Screams of Scarlet, Once Awake 19/07/2016

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Bjørn Tore Erlandsen

We have used Strand studio several times. All the way professional, from recording sessions to the mastering. You will not find a better engineer or a better studio for Metal in Norway.

Aspherium 19/07/2016

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Andre Tjalve Kvebek

I’ve been working with Strand Studio consistently for all my releases the last 6-7 years. Collaborating towards a sound that suits the project is being highly prioritized here and I always end up with a result far better than expected.

Den Saakaldte, Beyond the Moon, Pantheon I, ex-1349 19/07/2016

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Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow

I do all my recordings in Strand Studio. It is the best drumsound I have come across in Norway and the recording process is extremely efficient and professional every time. I love not having to worry about anything else than playing well.

Sphere, Viper Solfa 19/07/2016

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HaaN / Gamle Erik

I've used Strand Studio for several albums with great results. Strand is very skilled at his job and delivers every time. Definitely my go-to place for my recording and sound engineering needs

Svarttjern, Repulsive Aggression 19/07/2016