Narnia

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Narnia

Biography

The Lion roars again – The Narnia story so far… the first 20 years.

Vocalist Christian Liljegren and guitarist CJ Grimmark met for the first time in 1993, in Jönköping – a town in the south of Sweden. At this time Christian and his band Modest Attraction were just about to release their first album, The Truth in Your Face, and CJ was active as bandleader, vocalist & guitarist in a local band called Sentinel. They remained in steady contact during the years that followed.

In 1996 Modest Attraction released its second album Divine Luxury. At that time Liljegren phoned Grimmark and asked him whether he was interested in working together on a musical vision Liljegren had in mind. Since the late 80´s Christian had had a huge passion for bombastic, melodic, neoclassical hard rock & heavy metal, which he was not able to explore in the band Modest Attraction. CJ was instantly interested.  After having seen the animated movie about the The Witch & The Lion, Christian figured “Narnia” would be great name for the new band.

A few months later, as Modest Attraction guitarist Stephan Mohlin had to turn down a German tour for personal reasons, Christian phoned CJ and asked him to temporarily replace Stephan, which he did. Stephan soon left the band all together, and Grimmark was asked to become a full-time band member. Grimmark accepted.

During the time with Modest Attraction Liljegren and Grimmark kept working on their vision of the new band. They took a few old songs from Borderline, Modest Attraction & Sentinel, altered them to their own preferences, and added a couple of new songs. In September 1996 they settled in Topz Recording Studio to record their debut album.

The recording, the mix, and the mastering of the debut album Awakening was finished in the spring of -97.

Magnus Söderkvist, at that time at MTM Music, became Narnia’s agent and presented their album to 10 different Japanese labels at the MIDEM Festival in France. No less than nine of these labels immediately wanted to sign Narnia. Narnia decided to team up with Pony Canyon Inc., a solid label that worked with Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Joe Lynn Turner among others.

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Narnia – Now confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival

Narnia – Now confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival

December 10, 2019 // Now confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival PRESS RELEASE – December 10th, 2019: Narnia – Now confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival Narnia just announced that they are confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival in 2020. To celebrate this, they...

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Soli Deo Gloria
Compilation Album
(2021)


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“For those who have not yet discovered these masters of melodic hard rock, this is an excellent introduction. But a warning must be issued: It can become addictive!”

Sweden Rock MagazineSweden

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BURRN! MagazineJapan

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“The band’s repertoire can just as easily attract the attention of fans of melodic Heavy and Power (with some epic touches), as well as of Hard licked, why not AOR”
Metal IntegralFrance

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From Darkness to Light
Album
(2019)


Sverigetopplistan (The Swedish national record chart), week 32
#1 Vinyl #3 Hard Rock #3 Physical Album #17 Album
 


#1 POSITION in Sweden Rock Magazine’s “The Jury”. (4 reviewers on 9 international releases.)
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“After all these years, Narnia really has nothing to prove. But they do it anyway.”
Sweden Rock Magazine, Sweden

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We Still Believe – Made in Brazil
Live Album
(2018)

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“It was worth every second”
Metal Na Lata, Brazil

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“‘We Still Believe’ is in short a fantastically good record and without a doubt one of the best live records ever released!” Noizegate Music, Sweden

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“(Narnia) … went the extra mile to provide the listener with a true live experience”
Angelic Warlord, USA

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“This is definitely a must-have for power metal fans of all breeds”

The Pure Metal Fan, USA

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“Narnia shows on numerous occasions being virtuous live”
viriAOR ,
Spain

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“We Still Believe: Made In Brazil is a solid showing of all the band’s individual talents and their ability to bring the message of faith to their fans”
Hardrock Haven ,
USA

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Narnia
Album
(2016/2017)

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“Narnia The Lion roars again!”
Metal Na Lata, Brazil

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“It’s all killer with no filler”
Dangerdog,
 USA

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“This is arguably the BEST Narnia album to date.”
 The Pure Metal Fan, USA

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“Thanks for coming back, Narnia!”
Sweden Rock Magazine, Sweden

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“Pleasant surprises”
FFM-Rock, Germany

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“Love to press the repeat button”
Rock it, Germany

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“They continue to ram it home with force”
The Metal Resource – Mauce, The Netherlands

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“(Narnia) … truly kick started as they re-visit their melodic roots, but with an updated sound.”
Ravenheart Music, England

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“A strong new life mark”
CrossFire, Germany

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Press photos 2019: Mats Vassfjord

Press photos 2016: Mats Vassfjord

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