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("The Rhino") has terrified the Arctic!!!

SIISSISOQ is the name of a young Greenlandic heavy metal group, that put out their debut-CD Siissisoq (ulocd141) in 1998 - leading to two month as no.1 on the Greenlandic TOP20. They played their way directly into the hearts of young Greenlanders - presenting new hard rock - grunge - punk -like music - with surprising lyrics (in Greenlandic) - telling strange stories about animals and people.
Karl Enok Mathiassen

SIISSISOQ means "The Rhino" in Greenlandic. A Rhino in the Arctic? How come? The explanation is simple! The group-leader and songwriter - 20 years old KARL ENOK MATHIASSEN - went to Africa some years ago to participate in a wellfare-project - building a school in Zimbabwe. In his freetime - he went to see all the African animals that he never met in cold and icy Greenland.

And when he came back to the Northgreenlandic town of Uummannaq (where Santa Claus also lives!) his friends started to call him "siissisoq" - "rhino". That made it easy for him to choose a name for his own group - and while he was at it - why not also write songs about some of the other animals he met while he was away from Greenland?

Karl Enok on Bass guitar
This is why you meet a lot of non-Greenlandic animals in the songs: Zebras - hippopotamus - snakes - pigs - horses - and rhinos. Synonyms for different people in Uummannaq - and creating an absurd lyrical universe which young Greenlanders loves - while the grown-ups are upset! Basic elements for a big hit!

To non-Greenlanders a lot of the lyrical universe is hard to capture - but still you can enjoy the freshness and aggression of the music - presenting a new singer - JENS SAMUELSEN - 21 years old, 25 years old drummer VILLADS KRISTIANSEN, and of course guitarist KARL ENOK.

Their fame outside of Greenland is slowly starting. A newly published compilation-CD - "Rock from the cold seas" - presenting the best hardrock from Iceland, Faroe Island, Samiland and Greenland - opens with a song with SIISSISOQ - leading to enthusiastic reviews in Icelandic musicpress.

Siissisoq was in Iceland at Nordpopp in Oct. 1999 and in Copenhagen, Denmark at Christiania and Ungdomshuset, N°rrebro to give Live concert. And have been touring Greenland - where young people in all cities go wild at their concerts. And they just received a so called "Silver-ULO" - the Greenlandic sales-prize - for selling more than 3000 Cds to Greenlands 50000 inhabitants - the same as 6-time platinium in Europe!

Jens Samuelsen
If you are into grunge or heavy - and wants to hear how METALLICA or NIRVANA has influenced music in the high north - you can listen to a some soundclips

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If you want to know what Siissisoq singing about in this soundclips, here is some translations:

(Zobie)After rising from my grave, I eat the flowers (I felt hunger). I took them - shook them - eat them - and drank the water. My neighbour grave comes to life too, I find food for him, he got quite out of control. He said: Don┤t pretend to be good against the others - they hate you anyway!

(Cow) You big cow - with big tits - you don┤t even get mad when you see red!

(Naughty Redpoll) A: You┤re an ill-bred little scoundrel who┤ll never make it to Heaven. You couldn┤t even make your own cold disappear - your huge hole is so bad! B: I will not be treated in this way by fools with the initials J.... and G.. It┤s even worse when you turn the cross upside down! A: You┤re the most stupid person in the world - I can hold my own against you - I┤ll stab you in no time - get out - fly away at once. B: I┤ll come back - invisibel - and drag your big eyes out of your head - you┤re so feminine. Don┤t do these bad things against us - as long as we can see with our own eyes - you must believe us. I┤m in the middle of the flames - and if I get tired of waiting - I┤ll come up.

(horse) is instrumental.

CD distribution:
International: ULO - Greenlandic Music
Scandinavia: MNW - Scandinavia
Iceland & Faroe Island: TUTL - FAROE ISLAND

Another found at the internet about Siissisoq


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