Permafrost: Femme Fatale

Permafrost is a post punk band from Molde, Norway, formed in 1982 by friends Frode Heggdal Larsen and Kåre Steinsbu. After some line up changes the group is now rounded out by Robert Heggdal and Trond Tornes who joined during the band's first reincarnation in 2001, and Daryl Bamonte who became a part of Permafrost in 2016 after another hiatus.

Not to be confused with the German black metal band of the same name, Permafrost take inspiration from the 1979 song by Magazine, and they emerge with a dark and cold post punk sound akin to the genre's forefront, and bands such as Pere Ubu, Fad Gadget, Wolfgang Press and suchlike. They have two EPs under their belt; Godtment from 1983 which came out originally in very limited run 50 tapes, and a self-titled EP which arrived in 2019. The band prepare for the release of their long overdue debut full length in 2021, and unveil Femme Fatale, a potent single produced by themselves, mixed by Paul Corkett (The Cure, Placebo), and mastered at Abbey Road.

In all the acuteness of its detailed production, and through an imposing performance, Femme Fatale sounds as if it comes straight from the mid-eighties when the band's roots originated and began to sprout into what's now their current state, a band thoroughly confident and venerable.

Femme Fatale is out on Permafrost’s own Fear of Music label.


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