Emerging from the Swiss Jura mountains, which in itself is the cradle of mechanical, clock like precision, the guys in Ølten follow their roots down to the core. One guitar, one bass, and one drum set is all it has taken them, to make their path down to the valley, grinding forward through stone and boulders since 2012. Their music is sheer and sharp – “Heavy rock porn sludge instrumental” is how they call it, and it’s working out quite well. Everything is lined up to the call of one massive distortion, a sonic representation of Edvard Munch’s «Scream», an infernal rhythmical march. First there was an EP back in 2013, quite raw and made with pure haste. Spring 2015 saw the release of a first album, Mode, on Hummus Records and Division Records. Two years later, after close to sixty shows across Switzerland and Europe, Ølten are taming the machines – it’s time to look inwards, the three craftsman of all things heavy make way for the mechanical, the cold and meticulous. With ‘Ambiance’, Ølten step away from the binary formula, in favour of grit, nuance, and ruthlessness. The result is a corporal convulsion, leaving behind chronic cramps, heavy breathing, and a sickening feeling deep down in the gut.
Christophe Macquat – guitar and synth
Marc Theurillat – drums
Sébastien Bandelier – bass

Ølten’s new album is called Ambiance, but If anything, it’s a dense ambiance, and there’s a palpable presence of a sonic threat – An untamable beast that doesn’t need to flex its muscles to display agility. The recording took place at the Studio Mécanique in la Chaux-deFonds with Julien Fehlmann. The album was tracked live with all three musicians in the same room.

Ølten’s music is a paradox in itself – Perfectly well adjusted like a mechanism, but loose in its shape. There are walls of noise, there are melodies that reinvent themselves over the course of a track, there’s syncopes, pulsations, the album is ascending all the way up to Golgotha. There’s mass. The band explains: ” We’ve been told we’re reinventing the machines of deconstruction.”  But further on, this deconstruction serves as the prelude to new assembling: Ølten is a closely intertwined gear, ever on the move, the limitless way the guitar, the bass and the drums construct layer upon layer of coherent new forms, continuously adding potential and force.

And it’s exactly there when everything is intertwined to the maximum, that the trio manufactures its own miracles – Somewhere close to auditory hallucinations through dense sounds. It’s powerful, massive, it’s skillful, complex, and prolific.


LP – Handmade screen printed test presses – lim. to 50 copies
LP – Label and pre-order exclusive color – lim. to 150 copies
LP – Band exclusive color – lim. to 250 copies
LP – Black LP – lim. to 400 copies
CD – Digisleeve 2 panels  Digital  

01. Igelkott  
02. Raus
03. Klark  
04. Lied  
05. Gover
06. Sludge
07. Popoutro
08. Pope

 – Produced by Ølten
 Recorded and mixed by Julien Fehlmann at Studio Mécanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Mastered by Magnus Lindberg at Vrtikl Audio in Bargamossen, Sweden
Artwork by Laurent Gudel
Cover picture by Michal Florence Schorro

 Bands in Town –
30/11/2018 : La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) @ Bikini Test w/ Abraham, Killbody Tuning
Dec. 6th – 15th – EU TOUR
14/12/2018 : Yverdon (CH) @ L’Amalgame w/ H E X
21/12/2018 : Düdingen (CH) @ Bad Bonn w/ The Burden Remains, Convulsif
22/12/2018 : Bern (CH) @ Dachstock w/ Unhold 26/12/2018 : Porrentruy (CH) @ Galerie du Sauvage w/ Darius
March – April 2019 – EU TOUR

Ølten – Gloom

Ølten – – Kapoe

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