From Iceland — Sign



Published September 13, 2013

When Sign’s frontman Ragnar Zolberg was 6-years-old he walked into a guitar school in Iceland with instrument in hand, dragging it on the floor because of his short height. He was dressed in ripped jeans and a leather jacket and he asked for guitar lessons, something that would play a huge role in his life. 2001 was the debut of Sign’s first album ‘Vindar og Breytingar.’ The album gained them a loyal Icelandic fan base and the song “Cassandra” reached #1 on the chart of Icelandic rock radio. In 2002, Sign were already playing all the major schools, clubs and events around Reykjavik. In 2005, Sign worked with New Yorkers Mark Plati and guitar legend Earl Slick (John Lennon, David Bowie) on their first international effort ‘Thank God For Silence.’ Between 2005-2007 they toured in Europe with The Answer, Wednesday 13 and The Wildhearts and gained a reputation as a thrilling live act. Rock critics praised the band as potentially “the next big thing from Scandinavia” and they were featured on compilation albums ‘Higher Voltage’ and ‘Maiden Heaven.’ The ladder, a tribute to Iron Maiden also featured Metallica, Machine Head & Avenged Sevenfold.
‘Maiden Heaven’ recieved a gold record at the 2009 Kerrang! Awards. In 2010, Ragnar moved to Sweden where he played guitar with Pain of Salvation. Work on a new Sign album started in Germany in 2010, produced by The Resetti Brothers but in 2013, Sign announced that they would finish the album with metal-guru Daniel Bergstrand. The album is due in the fall of 2013.

November 2, 2013
21:40 Gamli Gaukurinn

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