Robert Burås, guitarist with one of Norway’s most popular rock groups Madrugada, was found dead in his Oslo apartment on July 12. The 31-year-old died of a suspected overdose.
“Robert dedicated his life to music. He was a vital part of Madrugada as a guitar player and songwriter for 12 years,” wrote the surviving band members in a tribute posted the following day on Madrugada’s official Web site.
“Robert died at a time when he was at his most creative. His recorded work as well as live appearances in Norway and abroad comprise an everlasting contribution to the legacy of Norwegian rock,” the message continues.
Over the course of the past year, Burås had committed his energies to side project My Midnight Creeps, and on recording a new album with Madrugada, release details for which have not been announced.
Madrugada crossed European borders with their moody 1999 album “Industrial Silence,” the first of six albums released through EMI.
Their most recent studio album “The Deep End” was released in early 2005. The same year, the band grabbed a hat-trick of trophies at the annual Norwegian industry gala Spellemannprisen.