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Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, GÅTE ("riddle" in Norwegian) blended traditional folk melodies from their native country with powerful, fuzzed-up hard rock and electronica. The band was formed in 1999 by two siblings with a strong musical training, singer Gunnhild SUNDLI and her brother Sveinung. Gunnhild's distinctive vocals, together with Sveinung's playing of the traditional Hardanger fiddle, successfully bridged the gap between Norwegian folk music and harder-edged rock sounds. Many of their songs were based on lyrics by contemporary poet Astrid KROG HALSE and folk musician Knut BUEN, while others were modern interpretations of traditional melodies.

After their first, independent EP in 2000, GÅTE were signed by Warner Music Norway, and in early 2002 released the commercially as well as critically successful "Gåte EP". By that time the two SUNDLI siblings had recruited the band's other members: Magnus Robot BØRMARK (guitars, synths), Martin Viktor LANGLIE (drums, percussion) and Gjermund LANDRØ (bass, vocals). Their debut album, "Jygri", also released in 2002, reached platinum status in Norway, as well as winning Spellemanprisen, the local equivalent of a Grammy Award. Its follow-up, "Iselilja", came out in the autumn of 2004.

After the release of "Iselilja", LANGLIE quit the band, and was replaced by Kenneth KAPSTAD. There were plans of launching the band in Europe, and they even played a few concerts in Germany in the summer of 2005, but by autumn the same year Gunnhild SUNDLI felt exhausted and needed a break, and the band went on an indefinite hiatus.

In 2006 a live album, simply titled "Liva", and featuring some of the band's most representative songs, was released on CD and DVD.

On October 24, 2009, the band made a comeback at the cultural festival UKA in Trondheim. What was supposed to be a one-off, led to a small summer tour (5 concerts) in 2010, culminating with a performance on the roof of the Oslo Opera House on August 20, which marked the end of the band.

Gammel (2000 - self-produced EP)
Gåte EP (2002 - EP)
Jygri (2002 - studio album)
Statt opp (2003 - EP)
Iselilja (2004 - studio album)
Liva (2006 - live album/DVD)

Raffaella Berry (Raff) - February 2009, updated by The Bearded Bard - March 2014

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 Jygri by GÅTE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.14 | 4 ratings

Gåte Heavy Prog

Review by Passionist

3 stars Evidently the tamer album of the band, Jygri is a nice album for one, who enjoys folk as it is and some heavier tunes. I loved the album the first time I heard it. Most of I was impressed of Gunnhild's vocals. The music seems to just back up lots of it.

There are a lot of vocal passages without real words. The first song tells a nice tale as far as I can understan Norwegian. The language is not a problem though, since Gåte is such a melodic band. You needn't consentrate on the lyrics. A great aprt of the melodics come from the violin working together with the drums, which makes a dynamical combo, you really feel like dancing to this.

Note that most of the songs tend to sound a bit similar, especially when playing folk on a lead violin and a heavy guitar in the back. That doesn't mean the music's any worse than what it is. In fact it's great.

Someone I know was teaching a class of 14-year-olds, they were learning Swedish and were supposed to sepak of Norway (that's the way it goes in my country). Some of the kids pointed out, that it's similar to Nightwish, and at that point I'm glad I was not the teacher, I would have laughed them out the class. The musics hardly heavy rock but folk.

The problem with the bands heavy-folk sound is, that it can't be recycled until eternity. It seems that the great vocals are often keeping the music interesting, and after the first 3-4 songs the rest are not as good. This makes the listening experience a bit tame, but if you sit down and enjoy them, they can be really entertaining.

I have yet to find a band that's alike, and I doubt I ever will. The great shame is, that they've done only 2 studio albums so far. This album is great folk, in the word's very sense, but don't expect it to bee too heavy. As I said, itäs not nearly as good as the second album. The record contains quite a few instrumental passages, and though they sound really nice, they don't really add to the listening experience, and you'd rather hear the beautiful female voice again.

Because of the, as some would say, thin experience after the best, first couple of songs, I couldn't give this album more than 3 stars, but after all my admiration, I'm very sure they're worth it. I sensed a great band arising after this and the second album, so here's waiting for some new material.

 Jygri by GÅTE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.14 | 4 ratings

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Review by sugarmice

3 stars Gåte (Norwegian for riddle) was a band from the middle Norway playing Norwegian folk music with influence of prog folkrock/progmetal, and a taste of electronica. You could also find realtionship to Bel Canto, Anneli Drecker and someone would say Bjørk.

You could also say that Gåte is a kind of renewal of traditional Norwegian music. Some of the lyrics come from traditional Norwegian folk songswritings. Stengd Dør (Closed Door) are based on the poems of the Norwegian poet Astrid Krogh Halse. Jygri is the first album released by the Gåte, and sold impressive 40000 copies in Norway. Jygrid is the name of huldra, a folkloric characters in a supernatural female creature. The song Jygri is an old Norwegian folk tune. The lyrics tells us aboat mother Jygri calling for her children by names. The music consists of guitaring, violins, synthesized keyboarding, drumming, and the distinctive voice of 17 years old Gunnhild Sundli. Sveinung Sundli is also knovn as the founder of Storåsfestivalen, one of the biggest Norwegian rock festivals. Gåte is also known as one of most energetic live bands in Norway.

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