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NAG (/na:g/) is a punk/metal trio from the Norwegian west coast. The band name is taken from the norse word for repressed anger and hatred, and it certainly suits their style. Although heavily influenced by the old-school of crust punk, hardcore and metal, they haven't simply recycled the sounds and themes of the past. Instead, they have overhauled and upgraded them. The result is a band tailor-made for post-social democratic Europe: Dark, hard, primitive, aggresive. And a bit strange.

The band's origins on Norway's west coast plays a key role in their sound and overall expression. NAG couldn't have existed anywhere else. After years of economic growth and prosperity, the European oil capital has been forced to look into the barrel of a gun called recession. Like the old empires, all great things must fall. The rich, prosperous and decadent has had their turn. Insecurity now reigns. Desperate times call for brutal fucking hardcore punk. In 2015 NAG was formed.


Through organising DIY-shows and playing in a long list of bands (including Hold Fast and Agenda), the guys in NAG have been a central part of the west coast punk scene in Norway for years. Their debut album, recorded and produced by themselves and mixed by Haust's Ruben Willem, shows a band evolving the sound of their label mates Årabrot and Okkultokrati into a behemoth of aggression and weirdness. From the first track to the last, NAG’s self-titled sonic debut is a brute. The catchy first single ‘Soon’ with its nordic chants, the Converge-esque ‘Master’ and the punk anthem ‘Empire’. All do a great job of conveying their misanthropic agenda. NAG claim to be highly regular middle-class guys, but we’re not convinced - it takes a twisted and tortured soul to make music with this extreme level of aggression! The artwork features the famous work of Halfdan Egedius "The Sorcerers of Skratteskjær" and illustrates another decisive point in Norwegian history, when the remaining few odinist sorcerers were chained to an island and left to be drowned by the tide…

We see NAG in the forefront of things to come here in Norway. A new era of heavy music from a scene with a lot of history and great bands.The album is scheduled for release on Fysisk Format September 2nd, 2016.


NAG is:
Hans Nag
Espen Nag
Arnfinn Nag

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released September 2, 2016

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NAG Stavanger, Norway

The future ain't what it used to be. Time to get off the couch and start a punk band.

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Track Name: Mute
unwise man
unwise man
unwise man
best to be
mute

unwise man
best to be

unwise man
mute

unwise man
unwise man
unwise man
best to be
mute
Track Name: Fray
ravaging
sickening
frightening
hatred

blood-shot eyes, cannot sleep
something terrible from the deep

ravaging
sickening
frightening
hatred

irrational and primitive
at least I fucking live

ravaging
sickening
frightening
hatred

what can we hate today?
throw me into the fray

what can we hate today?
throw me into the fray
Track Name: Master
I am no leader
I am no coach
I am no mentor
I am no whore

I want to be
I want to be

master
ruler
master
ruler

I can't inspire
I cannot teach
can't motivate
I want to hold your fate

in my hands
in my hands

master
ruler
master
ruler

want you on your knees
want you on your knees

want you to do what I please
want you to do what I please

master
ruler
master
Track Name: Soon
wise old chieftain
fat dumb earl

now they are dead
now they're forgotten

everything they thought was good
everything they thought was right
is wrong

wise old bishop
fat dumb king

now they are dead
now they're forgotten

everything they thought was good
everything they thought was right

now they are dead
now they're forgotten

everything they thought was good
everything they thought was right
is wrong
Track Name: Nothing
God is dead
what's left is dread

you are
nothing
nothing
nothing
nothing

ideas are dead
what's left is dread

you are
nothing
nothing
nothing
nothing

nothing
nothing
nothing
nothing

nothing
Track Name: Empire
rai, rai
rai, rai
rai, rai

light the beacons, gather your men
it is overdue we set sail again

we shall
tear it all down
tear it all down
we shall build
a social democratic empire

rai, rai
rai, rai
rai, rai

it is time to save, the sons of men
the public sector shall rise again

we shall
tear it all down
tear it all down
we shall build
a social democratic empire

tear it all down
tear it all down

tear it
all

build a
social democratic

empire
Track Name: What is Punk?
we dropped our axes
when we heard the call
we shall decide
once and for all

what is right
what is wrong

what is true
what is false

what is punk?
what is punk?

years go by
the young don't care
hair goes grey
we will get there

what is right
what is wrong

what is true
what is false

what is punk?
what is punk?

what is punk?
what is punk?
Track Name: The Last Viking
the last viking
did not get far
when they came for him
at a seminar

coffee mugs spilling
cookies are flying
tablets are crushing
shoulder to shoulder onward march

the last viking
died today
with pork in his mouth
at the convention buffet

coffee mugs spilling
cookies are flying
tablets are crushing
shoulder to shoulder onward march

to a hall to meet the Gods
to a hall to drink and fight

drink!
fight!

drink!
fight!
Track Name: Back to the Castle
where history ends we celebrate
a subsidised purchase of real estate

back to
the castle
back to
the castle

where history ends we celebrate
all the triumphs of our welfare state
back to the castle

back to
the castle
back to
the castle

where we shall rest
in peace

where we shall rest
in peace

where we shall rest
in peace

where we shall rest
in peace
Track Name: Easy Living
everything
is so pleasant

feet on the table
hands on my balls

my life is a dream
my life is a dream
my life is a dream

never wake me up

everything
is so pleasant

west of the world
all-knowing

my life is a dream
my life is a dream
my life is a dream

never wake me up

never wake me
never wake me

never wake me
never wake me

never wake me up
Track Name: Destination Hell
endless
nonsense

are we serious?
are we joking?

we can't fucking tell
unpleasant men destined for hell

endless
nonsense

are we serious?
are we joking?

we can't fucking tell
unpleasant men destined for hell

hell hell
hell hell

no one's laughing
no one's laughing

hell hell
hell hell

no one's laughing
Track Name: Ancient Wisdom
play along
go to school

play along
pay your tax

play along
reproduce

play along
pray you don't

fuck up

ancient wisdom
ancient wisdom
ancient wisdom

who the fuck are you?

play along
fake a smile

play along
pray we don't

slip, fall

ancient wisdom
ancient wisdom
ancient wisdom

who the fuck are you?

silly boy
silly girl
listen to

ancient wisdom

ancient wisdom
Track Name: What if you are Right
what if you are right
What if I am wrong

What if you are right
What if I am wrong

oh my God!
oh my God!

what if you are right
what if I am wrong

what if you are right
what if I am wrong

oh my God!
oh my God!
fucking hell!
oh my God!

what a sickening thought
what a sickening thought
what a sickening thought
what a sickening thought

how wrong can I be?