Metal, metal and punk!

Lizzies, Screamer, Vokonis, Vånna Inget, Iron Lamb, Fejd, Siena Root and Månegarm

It’s time to return to our real musical roots and present the extreme good news that we got our hands on a batch of metal records, new, unplayed, i.e. in mint condition, which we now are selling att good prices at Discogs.

Lizzies: On Thin Ice (The Sign Records, 2018) and Good Luck (The Sign Records, 2016). Spanish heavy metal inspired by bands like Iron Maiden and Motörhead.

Screamer: Highway Of Heroes (The Sign Records, 2019). Swedish heavy metal influenced by bands from the 70s and 80s. This could be the bands hardest album.

Vokonis: Grasping Time (The Sign Records, 2019). The band has been classified as Swedish progressive doom/sludge with inspiration from bands like Mastodon.

Vånna Inget: Vi Tar Alla Minnen Härifrån ( Gaphals, 2017). Swedish punk influenced band based in Malmö, but has its roots in Småland. A 100 page booklet, Regnbågar Och Krockade Bilar is included.

Iron Lamb: Blue Haze (The Sign Records, 2018). Swedish hard rock band formed in Stockholm 2009. ‘Influenced by past times, but not stuck there’…as the sticker on the album states.

Fejd: Trolldom (Dead End Exit Records, 2016). Swedish folk metal formed in 2001.

Siena Root: Pioneers (Gaphals, 2014). Swedish old school root rock band formed in Stockholm 1997 and finds inspiration from 60s and 70s rock music.

Månegarm: Havets Vargar (Displeased Records, 2018). Swedish band classified as folk/viking metal, but also as black metal. Formed in Norrtälje in 1995.

(source: wikipedia, on certain dates and facts of bands).

If you find any of these new LP vinyl records of your liking they are all available at the metalsouth Discogs shop. Good health and Happy holidays!

A C D C P W R U P

In hard times the search for the positive is important. All of a sudden something happens that helps you to scatter heavy thoughts and reminds you to smile and laugh again. It was not really expected for an old AC/DC fan like myself…been there since the start in 1973…that a new album would be released. Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams are all unexpectedly back and Stevie Young is there again taking the place of the deeply missed Malcolm Young, who passed away in 2017. Angus Young gives the impression to never retire and will surely produce AC/DC riffs in one form or the other.

In connection to the recent release, I read some reviews in Swedish media with only a few really good beats of ‘Shot In The Dark’ from the Power Up album (Columbia, Nov. 13, 2020) in mind. The grading of 1-5, normally, or 1-10, messes up my expectations of the album and the ones I read gave only 3 of 5 with rather uninspired comments. These reviews give a feeling that the album has not been listened through enough times to form the base of a fair review. It has also been interesting to follow the marketing campaign of the album on social media and Brian Johnson in one clip explains that the main reason of the album is ‘to create some happiness, laughs and pay tribute to Malcolm’.

In that sense, this is a top album with a top-top score from metalsouth. It creates happiness, gives a lot of laughs and brings forward the positivism now heavily needed. The sound is technically perfect and the songs are without order all worth to listen through…at high volume. Thanks to the AC/DC boys for the hard work, which now creates hope for better times. Mission accomplished!

Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden, July 19, 2015.

200, New Genre, Election Day!

metalsouth passes 200 used records offered for sale at the Discogs site (via link below). The collection of used albums there offered may seem without structure. As explained earlier, there is no direct structure, but more being a mirror of musical upbringing and taste of the undersigned. Therefore, we now also bring Hip Hop into the shop based upon impressions and proposals from own and now adult children and their friends.

It is Election Day in USA today, November 3, 2020. metalsouth would like to honor this big day, by here promoting only US music. We wish the American voters the best of luck.

We congratulate Discogs, which turned 20 year old yesterday. ’13 million releases, 7 million artists and almost 60 million items for sale from 150,000 sellers’ (source: Discogs CEO Kevin Lewandoski, mail, 3 Nov., 2020).

http://www.discogs.com/seller/metalsouth/profile

The tip of the day for Swedish viewers is a documentary about ‘Jan Johansson – a small film about a big artist’ today on channel SVT1 9:00 p.m. Jan Johanssons important role in Swedish music life and the music careers of his two sons Jens and Anders has recently been described at metalsouth.

Swedish musical excellence

In the latest post we could forward the joy in reading the world class drummer Anders Johansson in his book ‘Trumslagarpojken (BokFab, 2017, freely translated: The Drummer boy) describing a colorful time touring and living together with Yngwie Malmsteen. Yngwie, born June 30, 1963, was elected into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Yngwies excellent guitar playing leads us Swedes further on to Janne Schaffer, who turns 75 years today, Happy Birthday!! Janne is indeed still active as a solo artist and a stable band member in bands like Electric Banana Band. Janne has played with ABBA, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and members from Toto. As the ikon and the super skilled guitar player he is young artist like Leslie Tay and Daniel Adams-Ray want Janne to play on their albums. Janne has also played together with Ted Gärdestad and Björn J:son Lindh. Janne and Björn had the band Hörselmat (freely translated: ‘Hearing foods’) together and co-operated on each others albums (source: Helsingborgs Dagblad, Malin Eijde, Sept. 24, 2020).

Björn J:son Lindh, flute-and keyboard player and a strong song writer, took a great part in my upbringing. His very particular flute playing became his brand and who can forget his composed film music in the police thriller ‘The Man On The Roof’ (SF, 1976). A great movie, by the way, based upon the book ‘Den Vedervärdige Mannen från Säffle’ by Sjöwall/Wahlöö, whose 10 police thrillers formed the base and inspiration of todays Nordic Noir.

Säffle is not far from Karlstad, which is the biggest town in the Värmland district in Sweden. According to my dear mother Björn J:son Lindh (born Oct. 25, 1944, dead Dec. 21, 2013) and family lived in the same apartment house and even in the same entrance in Karlstad, as the newly born undersigned and parents. Björn must have been 17-18 years old and probably set his plans of becoming one of Swedens most appreciated musicians. The undersigned was too young to become friends with Björn, but is lifelong starstruck!

metalsouth takes the opportunity to pay tribute to these fantastic Swedish musicians by offering their work in the form of used, but good quality records (LPs, vinyl) at:

http://www.discogs.com/seller/metalsouth/profile

We also congratulate Discogs for passing 13 million releases in the database of which metalsouth contributes with 150…but there is more to come!

Blues rock and Jazz in Swedish

Record Store Day is tomorrow August 29, 2020. We pay tribute to record store owners, who supply us listeners and collectors with not only the vinyl, as a media, but also the intense joy attached. To visit  a local record store is great fun. Always a good cup of coffee and a nice talk about a new release or an upcoming concert (these days mainly digital).

For a continued support of the musicians, we would like to strongly recommend Larkin Poe‘s latest album Self Made Man (Tricky-Woo Records, 2020). The two sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell are so greatly talented, that we have to apologize for not discovering their music until only recently. The blues rock coming out of the speakers is heavy and joyful. We are on our way to listen through and collect their previous albums.

Sky High, from Borlänge (SE), founded by Swedish guitar legend Clas Yngström celebrates 40 years with the gatefold double album 20 från 40 (Pike Records AB, 2020). A bit in the same style as Larkin Poe and the comparison is fun. Long experience contra not so long, but both bands sound so well, are fully comparable and world class.

A summer not like other summers with the home, as the base and with only day trips in the local area. In a way really nice, since it has led to a slower pace, more spontaneous meetings and nice talks…still with two metres distancing. I took the opportunity to read Trummslagarpojken (the Drummer boy, freely translated) by Anders Johansson (Bokfabriken, Malmö, 2017). Anders is one of two sons of legendary Swedish Jazz pianist Jan Johansson. He sadly died in a car crash 1968, when Anders was 6 and his brother Jens 5 years old. Jan Johansson’s Jazz på svenska together with Georg Riedel (AB Megafon,1964) is a rarity, found on a flee market trip this summer. Piano and base only, so balanced and simple and the starting track Visa från Utanmyra moves us back to our early years during the 1960s. Anders and Jens are today highly respected musicians. Anders: Yngwie Malmsteen, Hammerfall, Manowar and more. Jens: Stratovarius, Rainbow, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen and more. Anders has formed and now runs the power metal band Tungsten together with his two sons Karl (bass guitar) and Nick (guitar), and Mike Andersson (song). The book, in case you are fluent in Swedish, is highly recommended. Anders here tells unbelivable stories from the co-operation with Yngwie Malmsteen. How can so good music come from so rowdy circumstances? Great fun!

Keep an eye on the Record Store Day drops 2020. There are a lot of interesting objects for an extended collection and a really great and joyful time!!

metalsouth goes 100!

We are very proud to present that we now have reached 100 used vinyl album titles for sale at our Discogs site. We have hopes to reach various tastes and used records of different genres can be acquired. These are from many countries and not only Swedish, Synth-pop from the 80’s, folklore, soul, rock, hard rock, heavy metal and much more. It gives us joy that a couple of Swedish Metal albums from early 1990’s have reached new owners/listeners on the other side of the globe.

For this happy event we hereby present more rock and hard rock albums for sale.

Rush, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones and Caledonian soul of Van Morrison. Don’t miss the Swedish rarities of Little Gerhard, Jerry Williams and the guitar hero Lasse Wellander.

Sure, our roots are hard rock and metal, but still, we must present a 3 album box of the giant singer and actor Sven-Bertil Taube, who sings songs written by his father Evert Taube, Swedish national troubadour (sven-bertil taube sjunger evert taube, EMI, 1978).

We cannot guarantee authenticity of the included autograph, but we cannot either resist the feeling and wish that Sven-Bertil actually signed this classical box.

Detailed information on the 100 used albums related to prices and condition can be found at:

https://www.discogs.com/seller/metalsouth/profile

 

 

Swedish Death Metal Rarity!

In order to return to our roots we are also happy to post a Swedish death metal rarity from Desultory – Forever Gone (House of Kicks, HOK, 1992) at our Discogs seller page. Desultory was part of the Swedish death metal origins in the beginning of the 1990’s (source: Wikipedia). Entombed from this era and Entombed A.D. are other favorites at metalsouth and can here be studied further. The used Forever Gone album’s condition is described, priced and with shipping terms at:

https://www.discogs.com/seller/metalsouth/profile

1980’s LP’s at request!

We have noticed the great interest in 1980’s music and we’re therefore letting a batch of 18 used albums go via our Discogs seller page, as linked below. Please, find albums from excellent artist and bands like:

Vitamin Z, T’Pau, Breathe, Big Trouble, Howard Jones, The Knack, Platinum Blonde, Then Jerico, Paul Hyde and The Payolas, Sheila E., Annabel Lamb, Soulsister, Blast, Laura Branigans, Scritti Politti and Rick Astley.

Albums are for sale, with individual LP conditions described, priced and with shipping terms at:

https://www.discogs.com/seller/metalsouth/profile

Pat Benatar, Nina Hagen and Anita Lindblom

Pat Benatar (US), Nina Hagen (DE) and Anita Linblom (SE), what do they have in common? Completely different stiles, but having musical excellence effecting my upbringing and the time still living with my parents and two siblings. I was listening to Pat Benatar and Nina Hagen in my room in high volume with a closed door during the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s. My parents below in the living room listening to the Swedish popular music phenomenon Anita LIndblom with hits like ‘Sånt är livet’ (That’s the way life is; freely translated). That’s what these three have in common.

Used and a bit worn albums (reflected in the price), but still giving the good music experience of a a vinyl to be acquired at:

https://www.discogs.com/seller/metalsouth/profile

 

 

Ooga-chakka!

‘Hooked On A Feeling’ with Björn Skifs & Blåblus (Blue Swede) on the album Pinewood Rally (Electric & Musical Industries Svenska AB, 1973) went no. 1 on the US Billboard singles chart on the same day as another Swedish music phenomenon, ABBA, won the Eurovision with ‘Waterloo’ in Brighton, UK. This magic day was April 6, 1974. ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ was originally written by Mark James and recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1968 and it became a no. 5 hit song. Jonathan King added the ‘ooga-chakka’ lines in his version in 1971. Blue Swede used it in their version and the famous lines pops up in any proud music loving Swede’s memory (and own singing) of a historical date when great Swedish musical victories were harvested.

Björn Skifs is still going strong and is today 72 years old. As late as yesterday evening he performed the song ‘Håll Mitt Hjärta’ (Hold My Heart, Peter Hallström, music, Björn Skifs, lyrics, 2002) in the SVT broadcasted ‘En kväll tillsammans’ (An evening together) TV gala to collect money to support various risk groups in the fight of the corona virus. About 15 MSEK was collected during the 2,5 hrs excellent audience free show. By the way, its still open for contributions via the Swedish Radiohjälpen (90 1950 6).

(source of dates and names: Wikipedia)

A good copy of the Pinewood Rally album and many more can now be acquired at:

https://www.discogs.com/seller/metalsouth/profile