BOKASSA unveil new single & album plans ahead of METALLICA tour




BOKASSA are incredibly fucking good. The songs they write, their whole energy and vibe is such a breath of fresh air. When I heard their music a year ago, they blew my head off. Getting a chance to introduce them to a wider audience is going to be super cool.”
Lars Ulrich (Metallica) talking to Kerrang! in Jan 2019

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.
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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’:
        1. Brologue
        2. Charmed & Extremely Treacherous
        3. Vultures
        4. Mouthbreathers Inc.
        5. Wrath Is Love
        6. Crimson Riders
        7. Captain Cold One
        8. Blunt Force Karma
        9. Immortal Space Pirate 2
Rollicking first single ‘Mouthbreathers Inc.’ is available right now at: and 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)
Stay tuned for more exciting BOKASSA news soon and meanwhile, find them online at:

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!