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

 

 

Support the musicians!

We must confess to regret some earlier statements on an upcoming ‘digital backlash’. To follow the Swedish authorities’ recommendations in the current situation on ‘social distancing, protection of our elderly and staying at home’ these times come in handy to look through own collection of different music media. The value and musical experience of our vinyl collection was yesterday increased with the help of, yes, digital tools. When going to the local records store doesn’t feel directly natural, purchases via the internet works very well. Deliveries take a few days more, but in this concrete example the 2 releases of the Helsingborg based punkrock band The Guilt was ordered and delivered within the week.

Let us here pass on the visual joy of receiving high quality and artistically created covers, sleeves and a transparent vinyl in the bands 1st album ‘The Guilt’ (Heptown Records, 2017, also includes free download) and the recently saluted ‘New Knives’ (Heptown Records, 2020) in a green version. And musically, well, an experience we must leave to the listener, but we recommend extremely highly volume.

Great initiatives to support musicians and culture workers are taken all over. A very inspiring article in the local paper HD.se was published yesterday and written by Stefan Lindqvist (Helsingborgs Dagblad, April 3, 2020). ‘You can never get too many band           t-shirts’ is the translated heading. Local artists like the great Helsingborg based band, Bai Bang, makes ‘living room gigs’, which are published on the HD.se home page and can also be found via YouTube.

Soon enough we will be back in the record stores, to buy, with the coffee and the good talks about albums and concerts. Still, continue to support the musicians. Buy for home deliveries, stream and download. Again, an album to download normally and fairly cost 99SEK.

Middle Of The Road and more!

I was 10 years old and went to 3rd grade. Middle Of The Road songs like Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep were played at the last class hour of all Fridays. Dancing and popcorn. Days long gone!

Another batch of records are placed at Discogs, for sale. Just have a look and let us know if anything is of interest. Take care in really tough times.

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

The Guilt – New Knives

‘Never underestimate the therapeutical power of driving and listening to very loud music’. This is the introductory sentence in the metalsouth welcoming in October 2013.

Picture this: The Helsingborg based punkrock duo, The Guilt, released their second album on March 13, 2020, New Knives (Heptown Records, 2020).

We analogue driven nerds at metalsouth have listened to this fantastic album streamed via wifi based Sonos speakers and picked up at Spotify. We have also downloaded this pulse increasing intense album via Itunes for only 99 SEK. We have downloaded it from Itunes to an Ipod Classic. We have listened to this dance stimulating album while driving to shop for groceries for ourselves and our old mother being isolated in these disturbing times. Technically arranged by connecting the Ipod Classic to the car stereo via aux cable.

It makes us feel better to listen to great music like this and we are grateful to bands like The Guilt to help out in these tough and worrying times. Therefore, with all cancelled live gigs in mind and always relevant stream, download, buy music, as much as possible. We, the nerds at metalsouth, now also know that the album New Knives can be purchased on vinyl. Take care!

https://www.facebook.com/theguiltsweden/

Recommended tracks: Enemy, New Knives, I Have No Invitation, Stick to Your Guns…but, enjoy all tracks in a really compact production.

Swedish Metal and more!

The metalsouth record sales inventory is now extended with new titles representing different genres to satisfy different tastes.

We would for obvious reasons this time like to to direct attention to one LP in particular for the reason of more concretely spreading wonderful metal inspired music.

Excruciate / Epitaph (Infest records, 1991) can be acquired via the metalsouth sales page at Discogs. This famous split LP of Swedish death metal contributes to wonderful listening via the great combination of a record player, an amplifier, big speakers and vinyl.

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

It’s time to live, listen and reuse!

In the name of good music and recycling metalsouth joins the record sales movement. We have internally discussed the ‘digital backlash’ to come. An online screen connected life creates finally an urge and return of the analog. After equipping our young ones with used and freshly repaired stereos from the early 90’s the response was overwhelmingly positive. Through the manual handling of the media, cover and the equipment it created a great feeling of here and now, they all said. Not to forget, is the sound normally better, if the media is in a fair shape.

metalsouth will from now on and again post a few records (vinyls, LP, EP) at Discogs.com for sale. The genres will reflect the upbringing and listening of us at metalsouth in a spontaneous way, i.e. all from pop, synth, blues, hard rock and heavy metal, i.e. no real structure , but just good music. If anything is of taste, please, feel free to make an order. Deliveries will be quick after payment.

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

2019 – The Year of Refused

Music like literature and film is subject to personal taste, which we use to escape and relax for a while. In the ruling circumstances the music of Refused from Umeå, Sweden, is the best support. After spending time during 2019 listening a lot to the excellent albums The Shape of Punk to Come (1998), Freedom (2015) and the latest War Music (2019) the year was crowned on December 12 at Mejeriet in Lund. The album War Music we would classify as one of the best during 2019 and the concert at Mejeriet as one of the hardest we’ve seen the band perform. The proud support at Mejeriet was Rome Is Not A Town, an indie rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden. A really good performance and warm up. The vinyl was acquired and runs repeatedly on the record player.

We salute the band for taking a standpoint, which is expressed by the singer and front man Dennis Lyxzén. He often takes the opportunity to speak about equality, solidarity and that he will use his life to have an effect on people via the music. We refer to the previous gigs with Refused at KB, Borgholm In Flames and Copenhell, described at metalsouth. The band also consists of David Sandström, Kristoffer Steen, Magnus Flagge and Mattias Bärjed.

Mattias Bärjed, previously The Soundtrack of Our Lives and Free Fall, we now happily and hopefully see as a permanent member of this excellent hardcore band.

2019 was privately a tough year with sad family events and a rowdy time of reorganization at work. 2020 is here and now is the time to start to live the dream. Red, Morgan Freemans character in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), is released from prison after more than 40 years. He states 2 options: ‘Get busy living or Get busy dying’.

Thanks to the existence and performance of bands like Refused there’s no other way than to look forward to what life now can give and we cannot await to experience all the good music, film-and literature that lie around the corner.

 

Swedish energy for Record Store Day

Record Store Day is here today, Saturday April 13, 2019, and we must take the opportunity to pay tribute to a couple of current Swedish hard rock-and metal productions. The Vinyl has become the natural choice for us when buying music and we would like recommend 6 albums, which are with Swedish origin.

Thundermother, Thundermother (Despotz records, 2018), formed by Filippa Nässil in Växjö 2009. A new and cruel line-up was formed in March 2017, which is right now harvesting on hard work on a tour in Europe.

Tribulation, Down Below (Century Media Records Ltd., 2018), formed in Arvika 2005. This and the previous album ‘The Children Of The Night’ (Century Media Records Ltd., 2015) voted Best Metal albums in their respective years of The Close-Up Magazine. More material on Tribulation from last summer is to be to found at this site.

Candlemass, The Door to Doom (Napalm Records Handels Gmbh, 2019), formed in Upplands Väsby 1984. The album is definitely a candidate for best metal album this year. With tracks like ‘Black Trinity’ and ‘House of Doom’ fantastic energy is created.

VA Rocks, Pull No Punches (Blackstar/Epiphone, 2016), Ida Svensson Vollmer, Klara Wedding and Frida Rosén had played together for 10 years when their first album was released in 2016. Their home base is Lund. Also now touring Europe adding massive groups of new fans with their AC/DC inspired sound and energy. Why not visit http://www.varocksofficial.com

Soilwork, Verkligheten (Nuclear Blast Gmbh, 2019), an all through metalsouth favorite, one of the reasons to start this site, with its roots in the next door village, Glumslöv. Started as Inferior Breed in 1995 and name changed to Soilwork 1996. ‘The Nurturing Glance’ and ‘Stålfågel’ kicks you right into this fantastic album.

Skraekoedlan, Eorpe (Fuzzorama Records, 2018), formed 2009 in Norrköping, the stoner influenced sound in theme produced albums has proven a success. The album needs to be listened through from first to last track…some knowledge in the Swedish language will help to get the story, but the music itself stands perfectly well!!

Have a great Record Store Day and buy buy buy!!

Helltown Outdoors goes Indoors

Joakim Johnn is the initiator of Helltown Outdoors, which took place in Helsingborg/Grytan on 21 July this passed summer. Local metal bands performed this wonderful and tropically heated day and evening. metalsouth was there!! Now Helltown Indoors moves Indoors to the Tivoli in Helsingborg. Tomorrow at 17.30 the gates open and the bands Humanity’s Last Breath, Kill the Kong, Ghost Iris, Chine and the metalsouth favorite Darkane will perform. Just be there, folks! But what happened to the base player in Mörbultad at Helltown Outdoors??…more to come at metalsouth.

Borgholm In Flames with Saturday Guests!

STILL HOT!

The second day of the festival didn’t not present any relief from the tropical heat. Record temperatures between 30-35 degrees C have been noted all over Sweden over the period of early May until this day. The arrangement adapted to this with water easily accessible to mix with beer, which is produced by a brewery, in which In Flames singer Anders Fridén has a part ownership.

Tribulation (SE)

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It’s, of course, tough to be first out in the afternoon when In Flames will conclude the day. To be early this day to see Tribulation enter the stage was really a winner. The crowd not too complete yet, but instead a feeling came trough that the pure fans were there. The band was formed in Arvika in Värmland, Sweden, which made me particularly interested and proud. Interested because it was the first time seing them live after many listenings of their albums (e.g. The Children of the Night, 2015, Century Media). Proud, because I was born in Karlstad, Värmland, and we spent many wonderful summers just outside of Arvika.

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Tribulation are Jonathan Hultén, Adam Zaars, Johannes Andersson and Jacob Ljungberg. Thank you for a great performance! With your darkness and great black sound you balanced the heat and sun this early afternoon. We hope to see you somewhere in the metalsouth region very soon.

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Satyricon (NO)

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Norwegian black metal at its best! The darkness set by Tribulation was concretely bridged into the performance of Satyricon. The band formed in 1991 was a first live experience for us, but gave a wish for more. To see more of their strong visuals and experimental shows is now on our list. Also here the light and sunny afternoon makes the demands on the show harder, but we are happy that musically it was super good!

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Graveyard (SE)

Gothenburg has produced many great bands and this festival makes this concrete in its band list. Graveyard is the next in line and was formed in 2006. The band we have covered in an earlier post from The Tivoli in Helsingborg. That gig with Graveyard had Free Fall as support, which has a natural link to another band member and performance mentioned here later. Again Graveyard dominates and shows that their blues oriented rock is perfect at an evening like this! No direct talk with the audience, but the band connects to the big crowd via its excellent music.

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Graveyard members are Joakim Nilsson, Jonatan Larocca-Ramm, Truls Mörck and Oskar Bergenheim. We are thankful that Graveyard continues and we look forward to more record releases and great performances like the one at Borgholm Brinner.

Refused (SE)

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When Bullet For My Valentine unfortunately had to cancel Refused was announced as joining the festival instead. According to Dennis Lyxzén the question even though asked only two weeks ahead of the festival was impossible to ‘refuse’. We at metalsouth with tickets already acquired since long celebrated this addition to the band list. In an earlier post from KB, Malmö, Refused are celebrated for the intense and energetic performance only they can do.

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Yes, Mattias Bärjed’s band Free Fall supported Graveyard at the described gig at the Tivoli, Helsingborg. Mattias was the guitarist of The Soundtrack of Our Lives and has since the band stopped (2012) been active with other bands and not to forget his own Free Fall. He has also in his own name composed soundtracks of films like Gentlemen (2014) and Call Girl (2012). Since a few years Mattias has toured together with Refused and we were so happy to see him enter the stage at Borgholm Brinner.

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Refused are so intense on stage and Dennis Lyxzén’s ‘acting’ on stage falls in line with the  punk oriented hardcore sound the now close to filled up court yard experiences. He moves, dances and juggles with the microphone together with a band who gives it all and has great fun on stage.

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Refused are Dennis Lyxzén, David Sandström, Jon Brännström, Kristofer Steen and also for this evening Mattias Bärjed. The bands political views are clear in their lyrics and  in Dennis Lyxzén’s introduction with a question, if we in the audience were ready for some ‘revolutionary rock’. He also towards the end of the performance took the opportunity to thank In Flames for the invitation, but with a challenge in that no women or women bands were to be found on the festival stage. A feeling in our minds was clear that this will probably not be without reaction from Anders Fridén, In Flames front man and host of the festival, who was soon to enter the stage as the concluding act of the festival. The tension was in the air to see if there was to be a reaction. Still Dennis Lyxzén made us  at metalsouth immediately to think about candidates like Thundermother, VA Rocks and Arre Arre, as our particular favourites!

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In Flames concludes the festival

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It was time for In Flames to conclude the 2 day festival by performing again as the headline act. Many of us asked how they were to attract the audience again and not copy the Friday ending show. This had In Flames, of course, had thought through and planned for some Saturday conclusion gig surprises. At the intro, and for a couple of songs, a string quartet was on stage and made us ‘second time in a row goers’ very surprised and tempted to stay to the final end of the show.

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And yes, Anders Fridén took up Dennis Lyxzén’s comment on no women being invited to the festival. He started by celebrate Refused as a band and Dennis Lyxzén’s dance-and microphone abilities. He could not himself treat a mic like that since his is wireless!!

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Luckily or was it all planned??…a woman violinist (sorry, that we don’t have the name) showed up as member of the string quartet on stage and Anders Fridén turned directly to Dennis Lyxzén and now waits to see a female band member in Refused!! If the verbal battle between the two singers was planned or not doesn’t really matter. The festival was a success with the band list it offered and from this debate only gives room for more bands next year and hopefully for many coming years.

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Musically, again In Flames performs as a world class band and we don’t need to go into details on song list. To be headline act two nights in a row demands a good long list of songs, which this band has! Anders Fridén was happy for the support and the ca. 9 000 sold tickets over 2 days must be considered a success. We can now only hope that the event also financially is a success to give In Flames the incentive to do this again. The Borgholm castle and the surroundings are just fantastic for a metal event. We would like to direct our outmost thanks for giving us the party of our lives over 2 days and we can only hope for a new gathering in 2019. Then maybe also with fireworks, barbecue possibilities and slightly less heat!

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(sources of information: many thanks to Wikipedia and Metal-archives.com for being there)