Producer / Engineer / Mixing / Mastering
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.
Borknagar, this was fun!BORKNAGAR RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND ADD NEW DRUMMER BJØRN DUGSTAD RØNNOW!
Norway’s avant-garde Metallers BORKNAGAR are finally back in the studio in order to record their 11th album, following up 2016’s acclaimed “Winter Thrice” release. The new album will be once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio (Opeth, Kreator, Amon Amarth, etc.) in March 2019 and is expected for a worldwide release via Century Media Records in fall of 2019.
The upcoming album will also be the first to feature new drummer Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow replacing Baard Kolstad, who has announced to be leaving the group in good friendship due to busy schedules, heavy touring and various other musical commitments. Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow has already recorded drums for the upcoming BORKNAGAR album at Strand Studio in Oslo and can be seen pictured above together with BORKNAGAR mainman Oystein G. Brun.
Øystein G. Brun comments: “So, again, we are about to set sail for new musical adventures. The horizon certainly looks broader, higher and shimmers even deeper than before. We are all extremely excited about this new album and the material therein. The album derives as a natural continuation from Winter Thrice, but we’ll take a huge leap forward as well. In all facets, that is. Baard leaving the band has been known to the band for quite some while, so absolutely no drama in regards to his departure. I am truly happy for the time we shared on and off stage over the past years and wish him nothing but the best for future to come. His future is indeed bright, the young man is already a legend!
Who is the new drummer? His name is Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow and has proven to be a stunning drummer. No wonder Baard hooked us up. A few months ago, we had our first rehearsal and during the past week, we recorded the drums for the new album at Strand studio in Oslo together with engineer Marius Strand. The recording session turned out stellar. I am deeply impressed by the level of professionalism, dedication and sweaty efforts Bjørn put into this album. A drummer of world class. Mark my words.
Last but not least we are stoked to once again be able to work with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio. We will spend the next months doing the remaining recordings in various studios and eventually do the mix/master of the album at Fascination Street Studio in March 2019.
This will be grandiose, in so many ways! More information will follow shortly.”
Baard Kolstad comments: “With lots of different ambitious musical projects and bands at the same time, I kind of always knew that it would come a time where I had to set some priorities. There's nothing but good memories and great experiences and valuable moments from the time I had with BORKNAGAR. My first step into the professional rock and metal world! I already look forward to follow BORKNAGAR closely in the time to come, something I know I will, as I'm good friends with all members, last but not least the new drummer and roomie Bjørn Dugstad! He was strongly recommended by myself to be the new BORKNAGAR drummer, and I'm so happy on behalf of both him and BORKNAGAR that they ended up choosing him!
Because we only made one record in the time I was a member of BORK, it was not an easy decision to choose to not join this one as the last chapter of this journey, but again, priorities for my own bands had to lead my decision and I know it would be a perfect kick start for a new drummer to feel connected with the material in the tours to come etc. I wish them all good times to come and can't wait to follow them further from the side!“
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow comments: "I'm honoured to take over the torch after my good friend Baard in this legendary band. It's already been an absolute pleasure working on and recording the upcoming album and I'm sure we'll have a blast out on the road in 2019. I can't wait to hit the stage with these guys!"
BORKNAGAR live shows announced so far for 2019 are as follows:
BORKNAGAR live 2019
26.-27.04.2019 Lichtenfels (Germany) – Ragnarök Festival
25.05.2019 Baltimore, MD (USA) – Maryland Deathfest
21.-23.06.2019 Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
14.-17.08.2019 Falun (Sweden) – Sabaton Open Air
More dates to be announced soon... ... See MoreSee Less
12 months ago
Timeline PhotosIN VAIN TO RELEASE THEIR FOURTH ALBUM - CURRENTS // PRE-ORDER NOW
Pre-order In Vain’s new album Currents and new merch at https://goo.gl/oa2VnW
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 https://goo.gl/oa2VnW
TRACKLIST SPECIAL EDITION:
1. Seekers of the Truth
2. Soul Adventurer
3. Blood We Shed
4. And Quiet Flows the Scheldt
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
TRACKLIST NORMAL EDITION:
1. Seekers of the Truth
2. Soul Adventurer
3. Blood We Shed
4. En Forgangen Tid (Times of Yore Pt. II)
6. As the Black Horde Storms
7. Standing on the Ground of Mammoths
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
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 ... See MoreSee Less
Radial Engineering Ltd. shared a pic from my studio!
Kahayan 8x4 MIDI selector (top unit) finally installed. Lets you choose between all glorious tube amps and cabinets on the fly.
Currently a Marshall JMP-1/Mesa 2:100, Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier, Engls Savage 120, Peavey 6505, Randall T2, Marshall 4x12 T75, Marshall 4x12 V30, Mesa Boogie 4x12 V30 and Engle 4x12 V60 is connected.
Soo many flavours at the push of a button. Awesome, can't wait to play with this thing!Pioneers of "dudebro" metal, Sphere is rocking the #JD7 for crazy amp distribution! ... See MoreSee Less
2 years ago
Strand Studio also offers video editing services. Ranging from Youtube content, full-fledged music videos or even combining video with audio recorded at the studio.
Mixed and edited at Strand Studio...
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Strand Studio shared a photo.
3 years ago
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
I've recorded at Strand Studio several times and it was an altogether positive experience. Strand is an organized and skilled engineer and producer.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.