Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Next Life are Hai Nguyen Dinh, Tormod Christensen and Katrine Evensen Bolstad doing vocals. They make music that fetishistically explores the twin worlds of Deathmetal and game music with a preciousness that somehow skirts into the art-rock realm. Cock Rock Disco, where they are going to release their debut album Electronic Violence
in early 2006, calls their sound “Gameboy Deathmetal” and when you see them on stage, you know why. Exploding drum blasts alternate with abrupt tempo changes and melodic riffing, sideshow melodies and horrormovie atmospheres as if Mister Bungle or Fantomas had merged with Darkthrone and Emperor. Basically it’s real guitar, synth guitar, Nintendo “vocals” and programmed beats – made to fit a metal archetype.