Just updated my DVD Trades page with a few of the shows i have, more will come soon. Added Ghost / Ghost BC, Airbourne, Kiss, D.A.D and Celtic Frost shows.
I have now updated my wantlist with additional stuff i look for with Ghost, Metallica, Wasp, Rolling Stones, Watain, Ebba Grön, Hanoi Rocks to name a few, both records vinyls and tourposters, tourbook and memorbilia.
There have been a bit of a fuzz about the band Goat here in Sweden on various forums and such. The band, based in Gothenburg Sweden, playes a mix of psychedelic rock, african tribe music and voodoo rituals. It’s very hard to describe the bands music, but from what i have heard i really like it, some songs anyway, well, some of the songs i have heard are brilliant while other i didnt like so much.
The band released their album World Music not too long ago and is available on both Cd and Vinyl. Check out a live clip here below, i think it sound really interesting and i might just grab a vinyl for myself. What do you think?
I really liked Jess And The Ancient Ones debut single, so i was really looking forward to hear their debut album, a album wich have done really good back in their homeland Finland where it hit the charts on the week of release, and when listening to the album it’s not hard to understand why. This is pretty much the same kind of easy-listening satanic rock such as The Devil’s Blood and Ghost wich are really huge/hyped in the metal scene at the moment.
Jess And The Ancient Ones have, just like The Devil’s Blood a really good female vocalist and it’s hard not to draw parallells between the two of them. The album comes in a fold out cover wich have lyrics on the inside of the foldout, the album artwork are really nice. And i would say that this is so far one of the best albums released this year (as you could see on my top 5 records so far list i published earlier). If you are into the occult easy-listening rock like the bands i mentioned earlier you should most definitely check out Jess And The Ancient Ones.
Side A: Prayer for death and fire, Twilight witchcraft, Sulfur giants
Side B: Ghost riders, Devil (in G minor), Come crimson death
Sonisphere is alive an kicking in 2012. Finland version of the festival have just announced it’s lineup and so far it looks very good with Metallica, Machine Head and Ghost wich as three really good bands, other than that Amorphis and Gojira are also confirmed.
Sonisphere in Spain have announced, Metallica, Soundgarden, Slayer, Within Tempation, Mastodon, Children of Bodom, Kyuss, Gojira, Clutch, Orange Goblin, Skinred, Ghost, Vita Imana and Sister.
Sonisphere will be held in Finland on June 4 and Spain on May 25-26. So hopefully we also get Metallica to Sweden, if not than maybe a weekend in Helsinki, Finland in June won’t be too bad either.
For more information check out the Official Sonisphere homepage.
So it’s time to take a look back on what was the highs and lows of the past year. It’s always hard to make up a “best of” list because it always changes depending on what mood you are in, but i think i am pretty satisfied with this list i came up with. I will start with the top-5 albums released last year. And as always there was many good albums released, some huge disappointments and some that just pass you by without making any impact what-so-ever.
5. Portrait – Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae
This Mercyful Fate rip-off band was one of the biggest surprises of last year, after their phenomenal debut album the singer left the band so they got a new one and released a 7″-single with this new singer… didn’t like it at all! So my hopes for this one was pretty low, guess my surprise when this sounded nothing like that single.
4. Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
If you live in Sweden you cannot have missed this band, and if you have missed em, check em out. This is old retro 70s style rock n roll. Very good album and if you get the chance see em live.
3. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Blood Lust
Super hyped band wich music is influnced in the 70s psych rock. Well played, hope to hear more from them soon.
2. Anna Ternheim – The Night Visitor
Swedish singer/songwriter, it’s always a joy to hear her music i think. Talanted is one word to describe her, can wait until February to see her on tour.
1. Machine Head – Unto the Locust
I have followed this band since their debut back in 1994 and their career have had it’s high and lows, but since the 2003 album Through the Ashes of Empires the band have gone from clarity to clarity. Unto the Locust is not as good as their previus album The Blackening but it’s not that far behind.
As always there are also disappointments, and two of the biggest ones i would like to say was The Haunted’s “Unseen” and Opeth’s “Heritage”. Both bands are amongst my favourites, and both bands changed their styles radical for their 2011 releases, a style i didn’t like in any of the bands. Sure The Haunted had some cool tunes, but compared to their other releases this one fade away quite easily, when it comes to Opeth… what the fuck!? I know they are huge fans on prog-rock but this is just unlistenable crap, i have tried and tried but i can’t find any good with this album.
Another of my favourite bands also released a record that wasn’t so good, LULU, offcourse i talk about the Metallica and Lou Reed collaboration, but to say this was a disappointment i guess is the wrong choice of words because i had no expectations at all when it comes to this. I think it have a few decent moments but the sound of the album ruins it all, they sould go for a more soft sound , like the one Metallica used on Load/Re-Load or something.
Other highlights would be the books “Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries” wich is a huge book with all of the Slayer Magazine issues combined in one huge hardbound book. Slayer Magazine was a Norweigan fanzine wich was the first one to write about the Black Metal scene and existed from the 80s to just last year when they called it quits. Another book , only in Swedish, was the Blod, Eld, Död wich i just finnished reading, the book is about the Swedish Death/Black Metal scene, i think it was pretty okey, some chapter was not that good while other was really good.
When it comes to liveshows i saw quite a few last year (as always i try to go and see as much as i possibly can) and some favourites was Triptykon wich did their second swedish show at the House of Metal in Umeå, very good show, and offcourse i had also seen their first swedish show a year earlier wich also was intense. Other than that i saw Ghost a couple of times, they were as good live as on album. Hmmmm who else did really good shows last year? Kreator, this was actually first time i saw em, wich is strange because of how long i have been listening to em, but it was hopefully not the last time i saw em. Alice Cooper is as always a nice liveact to catch. And last but not least Marduk wich i saw a couple of times last year, best was at the Nordfest wich i was at the frontrow, intense! Is hard to remember all shows but these are some that stood out quite a bit. Shit i almost forgot, Dropkick Murphys, love em never wanted that night to end…. will hopefully see em again when they play stockholm this year.
What are your foundest music memories of 2011? Please share.
Here are some photos i take off shows from 2011
Title: Opus Eponymous
Label: Rise Above Records
After the release of the bands debut single “Elizabeth b/w Death Knell” there went a huge buzz about this band in the undergroundscene, a band that had anonymous members and did a very popish satanic style of music. A year later the buzz is not only in the undergroundscene but everywhere, specielly here in sweden. The band are now working on their second album so it will be interesting to see if the interest in the band will be as huge when that album comes out.
Anyway, now we concentrate on the debut album “Opus Eponymous”, what you see here is the die hard edition, it was sold only though the recordlabels website and released in 300 copies, it comes in a nice box, gatefold vinyl (black vinyl) also comes with a huge poster and a patch (the bands logo on patch), the record sold out fairly quick a couple of days or so if i remember correctly.
The music as i said before are very popish with great melodies and i can imagine alot of people just ignore the band becuse of the image and think it’s a blackmetal band or something, but boy are they missing out on some good music. The band really lives up to the hype if you ask me (i was already hooked with the demo and the 7″-single), from the first intro track to the finnishing track this is pure joy to listen to. I like everything about this band, the image, the music, the lyrics and also the liveshows wich are very very good.
The Japan released Cd also come with the bonustrack “Here comes the sun”, a Beatles cover the band also include in their liveshows now. For me personally this is one of the best albums released in 2010 and i can’t wait to hear what the bands second fullenght will sound like.
Side A: Deus culpa, Con clavi con dio, Ritual, Elizabeth, Stand by him
Side B: Satan prayer, Death knell, Prime mover, Genesis
With 2011 soon in the reviewmirror it’s time to look forward into 2012 and see what records we can expect in the next year. I think that 2011 have been a very good year recordwise, and lot’s and lot’s of cool albums and singles have seen the light of day. I will most likely publish a top-10 of 2011 later on. But of now, here are some stuff to look forward in 2012, what records do YOU look forward to?
Gamma ray – tba
Kiss – monster
Thåström – beväpna dig med vingar
Testament – the dark root of the earth
Ministry – relapse
Tankard – tba
Judas Priest – tba
Kreator – tba
Nicke Borg – chapter 3
Electric Wizard – tba
Ghost – tba
Soilwork – the living infinite
Imperial State Electric – tba
Paradise Lost – tragic idol
* tba means “to be announced”, no title yet.