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!!

The Night Flight Orchestra – a trip back to the 70’s!

DSC00137They have been mentioned as a Supergroup with band members from Soilwork (Björn Strid: vocals, David Andersson: guitar), Arch Enemy (Sharlee D’Angelo: bass), Von Benzo (Richard Larsson: keyboards) and Mean Streak (Jonas Källsbäck: drums). For all of us at the Tivoli this night the moment of seeing them together is strong. Growing up with and learning good music during the 1970’s meant musical discoveries as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Many in the crowd this evening made references to early days Deep Purple. The Night Flight Orchestra’s only album so far ‘Internal Affairs’ (Coroner Records, 2012) got really good reviews in local press. It was mentioned as a candidate to ‘Best hard rock record of the year’. When the vote was there for 2012 they were nominated in certain press, but didn’t go all the way. All the members in the band give proof of strong musical competence and to hear them play so well together is a pure joy. As a dedicated Soliwork fan it’s in particular gratifying to have Björn Strid singing more traditionally just confirming the great singer he is with a bandwith of infinite capacity. Thanks to The Night Flight Orchestra and thanks to Goran Raber of ABF and Amnezia for making this Festival happen. We can only wish for a repeat next year! This town, this region is so metalsouth!! Let the pictures speak for themselves!

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Soilwork and Darkane – an epic metalsouth collaboration!

Great many apologies from metalsouth on not actively promoting the fantastic tour these two bands just have finished in Europe. We can only hope that this collaboration with two of the finest representatives from the region will be taken up again. Help us out to inspire Soilwork and Darkane to do a gig nearby. Why not at the Big scene at Tivoli here in Helsingborg or at KB in Malmö. To have followed the bands via their respective Facebook posts have only raised the happy wish of seeing them together close by.

To read about not only fantastic performances, but also stories like the one when the Master drummer Dirk Verbeuren in Soilwork fell ill for the concert in Bristol March 11 and Peter Wildoer intensly rehearsed the 16 Soilwork songs to perform firstly the Darkane show and thereafter Soilworks’ and as I understand with an excellence that only he can. It would have been extremely interesting to compare the differences in sound when one of the best metal drummers in the world temporarily was replaced by another world class drummer. You know your stuff when 16 songs are rehearsed and performed in such a short time. Congratulations to all who experienced this classic show and by the way…it’s great to see Dirk back on track again!!

Soilworks first recording of a live DVD in Helsinki March 21 is also creating some happy expectations. Floor Jansen from Nightwish partcipates. We haven’t been able to find out when the DVD will be released, but our focus is on the market!!

The next encounter of these bands and their band members will be at the Tivoli’s  ‘A World of Music Festival’ the upcoming weekend when we can see Björn Strid and David Andersson from Soilwork performing with A Night Flight Orchestra on Saturday March 29. More on that under Upcoming events.

A Metalsouth Year – Dark and Light!

The past year 2013 has music wise and with a metalsouth perspective been a very strong and positive year. Really good albums have been released by bands from the region and many fantastic and forever memorable live acts have taken place in towns locally and on reasonble distance. The festival Metaltown in Gothenburg in July was a prime fiesta! Bad news can now be read that 2014 will be skipped and full planning is instead in process for 2015. The main reason is that the coming summer will be pretty strong on hard rock and heavy metal events in southern Sweden and Metaltown has for that reason without real success found strong headline acts. Still it’s great to read that the planning is set for 2015 and all the best luck to all working with the festival. A recommendation is hereby given to all interested metalheads to propose bands on the Metaltown website. My own immediate idea would, naturally, be Soilwork (again), Darkane, Black Temple and Free Fall.

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The darkest moment of the year was when my Aunt passed away during Spring. She has now joined my father-in-law, my cousins and many more dearly missed friends and relatives. My strong belief is that they all have a really good time together…wherever their souls are…celebrating a real New Year’s Party!!

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As previously described, my Aunt’s funeral was very inspirational in the sense that her way of planning for the music during service made me think about the appropriate music for my own. In her memory should the lyrics from the fabulous Soilwork ‘The Living Infinite II’ be quoted, and let’s say that a few lines would here be perfectly placed:

Music & Lyrics: Strid

“…the feelings you carry won’t ever die, they’re one with eternity, the tears you’ve shed, the words you’ve said, are all a part of a constant realm, wuthering emotions, turn into mindful dust, the reality you’ve known, has always fed your trust…”

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Please, find below some words on the most recommended Album releases from a metalsouth perspective. It’s been a great year with great albums, songs and live acts, which have lifted my life to wuthering heights!

A Happy New 2014 Year from Metalsouth in Helsingborg, Sweden!! Get ready for the PARTY!!

The Albums of the Year!

Soilwork (Helsingborg, Sweden)

The Living Infinite, 2013, Nuclear Blast Records

Readers may understand the strong feelings for Soilwork. The band with its roots in the soil of the region just closely south from here. Many critics doubted the success of releasing a double CD, all in all, with 20 songs. The album was welcomed by the fans and the critics gave  highest marks in many of the reviews.

Recommended tracks: This Momentary Bliss, The Living Infinite I and II, Antidotes In Passing, Parasite Blues (as here earlier indicated…don’t forget to read the lyrics, which are very influenced by the metalsouth nature and surroundings).

Darkane (Helsingborg, Sweden)

The Sinister Supremacy, 2013, Massacre Records

How great it was to meet Darkane live again at the Metalbar, Tivoli, and to see them again at KB, Malmö, recently was just great!! The sixth album release is from many said to be their best. Also like Soilwork is Darkane with roots from the next door village south from here.

Recommended tracks: The Decline, The Sinister Supremacy, Hate Repentant State

Odyssey / Black Temple (Helsingborg, Sweden)

Abysmal Despair, 2012, Transubstans Records

The album is from 2012, but qualifies here due to its high quality as a debut album. Also this album was welcomed with high scoring reviews by local culture critics. This is a hard noise rock band and, not to forget, hard working live band. The energy experienced and described in an earlier post qualify these guys as the most promising band seen here in many years. We can only hope that their mission is now spread over a wider landscape in the aftermath of their recent European touring together with Bombus. When can we get more songs, Black Temple??

Recommended tracks: Wicked With, Abysmal despair, Keloma, No Fucking Way, Darkred

Free Fall (Karlstad/Stockholm, Sweden)

Power & Volume, 2013, Nuclear Blast records

Freedom Rockers, they have been classified as. I would say that with an musical upbringing in the 1970’s with bands like Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Frank Zappa streams of happiness and nostalgia flow from listening to Free Fall. Mattias Bärjed who formed the band has heavy experience from The Soundtrack Of Our Lives has manged to put together a classical line up with drums, guitars, bass and vocals. The voice of Kim Fransson made a bunch load of us older guys (read: older AC/DC fans) happy when Free Fall kicked off the Metalsouth idea during Christmas Rock at the Tivoli late December 2012. Fabulous stuff!! Fantastic debut and just waiting for more!!

Recommended tracks: Power & Volume, Free Fall, World Domination

Soilwork – ‘death’ at its best!

DSC_0244The Living Infinite I (Music & Lyrics: Strid)

‘Surrender…Will there still be a place for me to grow?

Transcend me beyond this source we thought we knew

Like the river kissed this darkened sea

The shelter has to be somewhere beneath

Let me go…To where the purity comes alive

Drown me…In the living infinite, let me go’

My old Auntie died this past spring and she had prepared her funeral in the white archive, which is rather common these days. She had selected the hymns, the Reverend and the food to be served at the traditional coffee gathering after the ceremonial service. Her fine funeral made me think a lot about how I would like to have my own funeral. Hopefully, there’s still some time to go, but, of course, it would be nice to have selected at least the music to be played at the service. I have found the initial text lines of the first title song of this year’s album release from Soilwork, The Living Infinite, so strong that it is today my natural choice for the opening of my own funeral service. To have the church accept Soilwork live fully geared up and at full blast may be dreaming of the unreachable, but to have the song played from a CD player would be almost as fine and strong. The last alternative would be if Soilwork over the years (before it’s time) have produced an acoustic version to be played over some strong speakers. The words of this opus are so strong that they simply must be in the room.

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Soilwork, at KB in Malmö on last Saturday November 9, 2013, was a tight group having over the past year done numerous gigs all over the world’s different continents, opening up with ‘This Momentary Bliss’ and keeping an intense one hour forty minutes enormous party in the place for us being present. My high expectations mainly originating from one of Metaltown’s best performances last summer were completely met. I could also happily find the review in this morning’s local Helsingborgs Dagblad and understand that a more technical analysis of the performance was of a really high mark. The only disappointment of the evening was that too many metalheads out there missed this wonderful opportunity to see live one of the world’s greatest Melodic Death Metal bands. I would guess that at least a hundred more people would have easily found a space on the floor of KB.

Some wonderful news…I can only hope it will become real…comes from Stefan Lindqvist, who has written an article in Helsingborgs Dagblad on November 8, 2013, referring to an interview with Björn Strid that there are plans for Soilwork and Darkane to go on tour together. To see these two bands with members having roots in the region south of Helsingborg play on the same concert would be absolutely too good to be true!! The side project of Björn Strid and David Andersson ‘The Night Flight Orchestra’ is also worthwhile to listen into. Although, they will not qualify at my funeral, if you see what I mean!!

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To follow the tradition of introducing band members, Soilwork is:

Björn ‘Speed’ Strid (Vocals), Dirk Verbeuren (Drums), Ola Flink (Bass), Sven Karlsson (Keyboards), Sylvain Coudret (Guitars) and David Andersson (Guitars). To say that this band is the prime representative of ‘Metalsouth’ is an understatement, since they originate from Helsingborg, south of Helsingborg, Holland and France. Thanks for the greatest show, which is among the top three performances on my list!!

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We also direct our thank you to Keep of Kalessin (Norway) and Deals Death (Gothenburg) for their great supporting performances!

(Inspirational articles and Reviews: Helsingborgs Dagblad, Stefan Lindqvist, Nov. 8 and Nov. 11)

Upcoming events

This Saturday November 9, one of my absolute favourite bands, Soilwork, will play at Kulturbolaget (KB) in Malmö.

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I have ever since intensely listening through their recorded career tried hard to see them live. Soilwork also opened my eyes for the metal, which originates from this area south of Helsingborg. More on that later. At Metaltown in Gothenburg this passed summer the dream came true. It was a fantastic hour and to now see them at KB in Malmö as a headline act on Saturday will be a feast!