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!!

The Albums Of The Year!

A few days into the new year 2016 it feels necessary to put in a few words on the passed fantastic year 2015 of heavy metal and hard rock stemming from the metalsouth region. Numerous good albums have been released and highly effectful gigs are still fresh in memory.

Albums we would like to give honorable mentions to are 3 albums related to the metalsouth region, 1 album related to the northern part of Sweden and 2 US origin albums. Please, find the listing below first and foremost as highly recommended listenings and not as a serious attempt to make technical-or classifying analysis. It’s all about the feelings, but one album still, we feel, with a little stronger sense!!

sword-high countryThe Sword, High Country, US (Razor & Tie Recordings LLC, 2015).

The Sword has become us very warm at heart since the gig at KB, Malmö, together with Black Temple. The albums still grows by each listening.

 

clutch-pshychic-warfare-coverClutch, Psychic Warfare, US (Weathermaker Music LLC, 2015).

The album is highly listed in most Swedish Metal press and even the highest in some. The only pain is connected to our missing out of their tour passing by Copenhagen and Gothenburg. We hope for another chance towards the summer.

refused-freedomRefused, Freedom, SE (Epitaph Europe, 2015).

Swedish hardcore from Umeå. The album is an absolute must and the variation from song to song creates curiosity and the moment of surprises are many. A top album, which makes us book their coming gig at KB, Malmö, on Feb.26, 2016.

 

Hatesphere-New hellHatesphere, New Hell, DK (Massacre-records, 2015).

A really close an great encounter when supporting Soilwork at KB, Malmö. The album gives us joy and a wish to go back in the bands career. A great live band with many humorous connections to the audience.

 

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Soilwork, The Ride Majestic, SE (Nuclear Blast Records, 2015). Fantastic and goes without saying another masterpiece from band with roots in Helsingborg, Glumslöv and Landskrona (can it be more metalsouth…?). Earlier mentioned the great gig at KB, Malmö, together with T.A.N.K. (FR) and Hatespere (DK).

 

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Black Temple, It All Ends, SE (Razzia Notes, Century Media, 2015).

Last, but not least in our listing comes this phenomenal first album under the Black Temple name. The band has successfully toured heavily with The Sword and Swedish metal giants In Flames. Both events are covered at this blog.

 

We have during 2015 seen great concerts like AC DC at Friends arena, The Sword, Soilwork, Black Temple, Hatesphere and T.A.N.K. at KB Malmö. Danko Jones was angry at The Tivoli, Helsingborg, for the closing down of the club. Devil You Know, Papa Roach and Five Finger Death Punch played at the Tap 1 in Copenhagen, the same evening as the Snow Ball Xmas Beer introduction.

‘It’s all about the feelings’ and strong feelings we have from this year, but we would like to put forward Black Temple as the ‘hardest working band of 2015’, with its roots in this region and with the ‘best album of the year’, ‘It All Ends’. By this we would like to see the band at more occasions and at festivals coming up during 2016. We take the opportunity to congratulate Black Temple of taking part at the ‘MetalTown 2016 Indoors festival’ on March 12, 2016, at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg!! 2016 has all the great possibilities to be a great heavy metal year!!

 

 

 

 

The Tour Majestic with double heavy support!

DSC01333New Soilwork band member Marcus Wibom has some big shoes to fill of Ola Flink, who left just before the release of the latest album The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast Records, 2015). In the memory of many super energetic perfomances by Flink, Marcus Wibom filled not only the shoes of his predecessor, but also all square metres of the stage at KB, Malmö, this Friday evening November 27, 2015. A little bit of a new character of Soilwork, but millions of thanks to Ola Flink for all the wonderful music you have given over the years. Soilwork is world class this evening. All technical problems of microphones and sound is taken care of by Soilwork’s intensive and packaged performance. The album has received the lowest and the highest scores in Swedish reviews, but the metalsouth concept of finding the positive energy in the creative work of hard working musicans says that the album and the show performed is World Class!

Photo Gallery of Soilwork: Björn Strid, Sylvain Coudret, Dirk Verbeuren, Sven Karlsson, David Andersson and Marcus Wibom.

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The first entrance on stage this evening was French melodic death metalists T.A.N.K. – Think of A New Kind, which immediately created a good atmosphere and got the audience going. As being the first support T.A.N.K. really connected to us metalheads on the floor. A great start of a great evening. Already here we felt that the mimimal 295 SEK (30 EUR) for the ticket was well invested with a quick pay back!

Photo Gallery of T.A.N.K.: Olivier D’Aries, Raf Pener, Clément Rouxel, Nils Courbaron, Charly Jouglet.

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DSC01274 DSC01265When normally at KB the support has concluded the main act would enter the stage, but this evening guests at KB would really get their thirst for melodic death metal quenched. Danish Hatesphere entered and chances of a successful multicultural metal evening were obvious. Loads of fun and generous references from singer Esben ‘Esse’ Hansen on the recent football win of Sweden’s (or read Zlatan I’s two crucial goals) national team over Denmark in the European qualification play off round were stated. We’re happy to have met these intense Danish guys and the trifold efforts together with T.A.N.K. and Soilwork made this evening one of the best.

Photo Gallery of Hatesphere: Esben ‘Esse’ Hansen, Mike Park Nilesen, Jakob Nyholm and Peter ‘Pepe’ Lyse Hansen.

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Friday August 28, 2015 – It all comes together!

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I have a feeling that work tomorrow will be light, fun and easy. This will be the day when it all comes together!

Black Temple is support to The Sword at KB, Malmö, starts at 7:00 p.m. The Band releases it’s second record ‘It All Ends’ (Century Media Records 2015). We have tickets and we will buy records!!

http://www.blacktemple.se

https://www.facebook.com/blacktempleswe

Tickets at:

https://www.biljettforum.se/sv/event/sword-1

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The Sword just released a new album ‘High Country’ on August 21 (Razor & Tie, 2015) and Soilwork will also release a new and praised album ‘The Ride Majestic’ on August 28 (Nuclear Blast, 2015).

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It will be a just fantastic Friday and we hope to see many good metal friends at KB, Malmö. The ticket price is only SEK 250 and we cannot see a more priceworthy Friday evening event! 3 great album releases with a definite follow up later by metalsouth.

Upcoming events creates happiness!!

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Metalsouth is proud to list a couple of upcoming events, which will be covered.

AC/DC at the Friends Arena in Solna/Stockholm on Sunday July 19, 2015.

AC/DC established in 1973 the year when it all started. After the latest Black Ice Tour in 2009/10 I saw them three times. In Paris, in Gothenburg and in Stockholm. This time the intention is to also give our daughter the right schooling. The two sons had a heart thrilling experience together with my sister, brother, myself and 54.000 more in Gothenburg in June 2009. Now even my wife is forced to take the basic course in the right kind of music. Rock or Bust!!

Soilwork release of a new album ‘The Ride Majestic’ (Nuclear Blast Records) on     August 28, 2015.

Black Temple release of a new album ‘It All Ends (Razzia Notes Scandinavia Century Media Europe) on August 28, 2015. Also being support to The Sword at KB, Malmö, on the same day.

Danko Jones and band plays at the Tivoli, Helsingborg, on October 16, 2015.

Black Temple supports Melodic Death Metal Giants In Flames from Gothenburg at KB, Malmö, on October 23, 2015. The support will be on all Scandinavian dates of the In Flames Tour! Magic!! We’re sure it will not end by this…the sky’s now the limit, guys!!

Soilwork plays at KB, Malmö, and kicks off the new tour on November 27, 2015.

The listed events are all covered by metalsouth in presence and listening, which will mean a few more and hopefully interesting posts.

…there is also a rumour that Entombed A.D. will play in Gothenburg and Stockholm in January 2016…

A hectic, but very thrillling fall of 2015 followed by a great start of 2016.

A Challenge!

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As very often these days my thoughts go to my teenage boy’s room during the 1970’s with the small collection of LP’s and EP’s. BUT, it was only on its initital stage to be built up to a pretty substantial collection. LP albums at that time purchased at ca. 70 SEK (7EUR). Today, 40 years later, I can buy a used CD at the store of http://www.roadhouze.records for 79 SEK (8 EUR). I can also download a new album from Itunes for ca. 90 SEK (9EUR). Can anyone complain over prizes on good music today and can anyone refuse to pay for it??

I got nostalgic this evening I just picked out one of my of my absolute favourites from the Danish rockband Gasolin (1969-1978). I came in late in their career with the live album ‘Sådan’ (CBS Inc. 1976). It had a huge effect on me (just listen to songs like Good Time Charlie, Splittergal/totally crazy, Kvinde min/my woman and Hva’ gör vi nu, little du?/what do we do now you, little you (excuse the fantastic translations from Danish to Swedish and over to English!

Kim Larsen (song and rythm guitar), Franz Bekerlee (guitar and song), Wili Jönsson: Bass guitar, piano and song) and Sören ‘Charlie’ Berlev (drums) were my heroes. I even went to see them live in Malmö Folkets Park (the People’s Park) in August 1978, which was their last live performance. I can only regret that I came so late into their career, but what can you say…a bit poor planning of my parents, or was it planning???

I would hereby like to challenge all to take the same ride and listen to the album and proposed song. I would also like to challenge the members in all metalsouth mentioned bands…Soilwork, Darkane, Black Temple, Mörbultad, Riot Horse, Kayser, Free Fall, The Night Flight Orchestra and many more that you haven’t been inspired by these 4 fantastic Danes when it comes to the styles you have developed, which have contributed to where you are today. Challenge accepted??

These guys from Christianhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark, are metalsouth in real and pure origininality and quality! I found that out his evening!! I’m happy for this trip on a Wednesday evening…and an evening before a public holiday of tomorrow… Ascencion Day.!!

The Swift Passing of a Hot Summer

Now when darkness slowly moves closer to end sunny light lovely days it’s clearer in mind how important it is to live in the current and to enjoy those moments a hot and dry summer day brings. Some wonderful weeks here in the metalsouth region gave us more sun and D-vitamines than will last for a life time. It was great and it’s a privillege to live here with great access to cool waters in the canal Öresund between Sweden and Denmark. The Spring and Summer season was full of great music and great gigs, concerts and record buys. The following collage will be a summary of the Summer season of 2014. Less text and more pictures in order to catch up on coming events when October 11, tomorrow, will be a great Fiesta…Soilwork comes home to Helsingborg and the Tivoli after a long period of touring the world. All the winning factors are there for a great evening with among others also Kayser and Mörbultad. Please, join up!! Tickets are for sale at the Tivoli homepage. The link to be found below!

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Soilwork is back in town!

Well, it’s not so well in advance, but tomorrow October 11, Soilwork returns to their roots after world touring. At numerous times we have asked for this here in the metalsouth region. Please, come back here and play. Supporting acts are all Helsingborg related, but, of course, we look forward to one day having Soilwork and Darkane concerting together. Why not at the Glumslövs IP (soccer field) and we can really talk about homecoming. Soilwork and Darkane, you are hereby challenged to do this and it’s pretty easy to here make a comment and ask for help. From this blogger you are guaranteed energy of the same level you show on stage.

Check the link out for tickets and more information. Come on…again…the SEK 500 budget for the best evening of your life!!

http://www.thetivoli.nu/biljett

metalsouth raises before The Final Collapse

metalsouth more or less raises from the dead…

Due to a job change my mind has been occupied with getting the new stuff in and getting the old out!! Now when debits and credits have balanced finally and vacation time has arrived more great opportunities to catch up on several events during the Spring and Summer season are given.

Please, be ready for a season resume with great pictures and some real metalsouth impressions.

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…among others, the clinically well performing Joe Bonamassa at the Sweden Rock Festival, Norje, Blekinge. The best performance of the festival?? This is the opinion of many!

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Darkane as support together with Mörbultad (‘Battered’, Helsingborg hard core) to Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals at KB in Malmö. ENERGYYYY!!!

DSC00182…or Kayser as support to Outtrigger at Tivoli in Helsingborg earlier this Spring, which became a pretty peculiar situation, when the expected headline act all of a sudden became the support… Experience over youth?? Both give their best and the headline band was worth waiting and taking another final beer for!!

 

Since metalsouth is now up again, although stumbling…there will be more soon…

(Ref.: Some very inspirational lyrics in Soilwork’s song The Windswept Mercy in the double CD The Living Infinite, Nuclear Blast, 2013, for the title of this post and to just get going, get my act together and think about what’s important in life)

Record Store Day – April 19, 2014.

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Why buy a record, a CD or a vinyl, when you can subscribe to a streaming supplier like Spotify or Google Play Music free of charge (including commercials) or pay SEK99 per month for a premium version which is commercial free??

I say that there’s definitely room for both kinds of media. I pay the SEK99 per month, but use the streaming possibility to listen to new music and test new bands and new releases I have heard or read about. It has also been perfect for playlist of graduation-and jubilee parties in our home. When DJ’ing at my wife’s birthday party I never forget the question: ” Is it possible to wish a song” and the natural answer was: “Sit here yourself and play your own favorites for a while”. This led to that everything from country to modern house to heavy metal was played and raised the temperature in the house. A perfect party in many senses and the music was commented positively by many!!

Still, the visit to a record store, today often with used records, is a positive and genuine experience. Usually the staff is so knowledgeable that the musical experience from buying a record is sweetened with some valuable facts. I reward myself every Friday lunch a visit to Roadhouze records in Helsingborg. Normally, a couple of CD’s have been picked out for me by the staff from incoming collections during the week. It’s great! I meet a person who knows his/her stuff. I get to talk shop with someone for a while. I get my compact product, with the booklet, lyrics, stories and photos and not to forget I get the songs presented in the order of the artist. Normally, the artist/the band has an idea with the order of the songs and I still always mess up how songs are played when I use the streaming suppliers. It’s so much more to this than just downloading a song, consume it and throw it out. The music and the records is a life style and the best way to meet the artist/the band without really and actually meeting. In this sense even the vinyl is an even better experience!!

Record Store Day started in 2008 and is celebrated on the third Saturday in April. New record releases are made this day. Artists/bands are performing in record stores all over the world. On Saturday April 19 is time again. Due to Easter holidays this coming weekend the celebrations will in Sweden instead take place next Saturday April 26. Our small contribution to Record Store Day will be, of course, to buy a couple more records, but also to here recommend a few related records stores in the metalsouth region. Please, check these three out. Pay them a visit or contact them for orders.

http://www.roadhouze.se (Roadhouze Records, Helsingborg, Sweden)

Latest buys:

LOK: Naken, Blästrad och SkitsurLOK: Naken, Blästrad och Skitsur (Sonet, 1999)

“Naked, Blastered and Pissed off”. Swedish brutal powerful metal worth listening to, although you don’t get the full meaning of the Swedish brutally lovely lyrics. (SEK79)

 

20497088-origpic-e0997c[1]Janne Stark: The Heaviest Encyclopedia Of Swedish Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Ever (Premium Publishing, Stockholm, 2013)

An unbelievably valuable book for any hard rock and heavy metal fan…not only Swedish ones. It’s all in the English language and it answers all of your questions you can ever think of on Swedish bands in the genre. It’s great and weighs a couple of kilos. (SEK449)

http://www.sexbeatrecords.dk (Sex Beat Records, Copenhagen, Denmark)

One of the few stores around, which sells new releases. Normally connected to making a one day trip to wonderful Copenhagen. Great experience. Great knowledge!

Latest buy:

Soilwork: A Predator’s Portrait (Nuclear Blast Records, 2013)1000x1000[1]

A new release of the album from 2001, digitally remastered and with three bonus tracks. Just awesome!!!

 

http://www.repeatrecords.se ( Repeat Records, Lund, Sweden)

A fantastic record store in central Lund with an enormous collection of used vinlys! Good prices and a really good time can be spent in there.

Latest buy:

Frank Zappa: Chungas Revenge (Warner Bros. Inc.,1970)images[4]

This vinyl purchased for SEK200 made my road to a complete Zappa collection of vinyls slightly shorter.

 

Finally, we make a reference to the Swedish Rock’n’roll Magazine (http://www.rocknrollmagazine.se/) and the issue #6 2013 in which a great Record Store guide (Sweden) is published.

KEEP THE MUSIC-, CD-, VINYL- AND RECORD STORE BUSINESS ALIVE AND VISIT A RECORD STORE TODAY, ON RECORD STORE DAY AND ON ALL OTHER DAYS!!