DANKO JONES – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

DANKO JONES – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

The first time I heard Danko Jones “Bounce” I was overtaken. His sound was so different, so fresh. It had a funk to it but was also balls-out hard rock. The song used to play on the radio in the kitchen at work or in my car while I was delivering pizzas thanks to the only radio station I would consent to listen to at the time, 97.7HTZ FM. I steadily collected the recorded works…

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GREEN JELLŸ – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

GREEN JELLŸ – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

Sometimes it’s good to try new things. Get out of your comfort zone. I did just that at Sweden Rock 2019. All hell-bent for leather on seeing Saxon on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the festival, that plan dissipated surprisingly easy. It was suggested to me that “you’ve seen Saxon many times”. Indeed I have, in fact just recently on Monsters of Rock Cruise. “And you’ll see them again”. Most probably, I will, yes. “But…

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BURNING WITCHES – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

BURNING WITCHES – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

Once again the first band of the day proves how Sweden Rock should be started! They again, like The Wild! yesterday, hold the “Best Band of the Day” title! I present Burning Witches, a quintet of ladies hailing from Switzerland. Springing to life (or wisping out of a cauldron perhaps), Burning Witches started out in 2015. These “witches” specialize in true Heavy Metal/Speed Metal and the coven already possesses two albums in the catalogue. The…

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THE WILD! – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

THE WILD! – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

The Wild! _ Sweden Rock 2019. Canada’s THE WILD! truly are a force to reckon with. They’ve grown a lot in popularity and recognition with good reason, but there’s still so very many not in the know. The band, based out of Kelowna, B.C. launched in 2012. Releasing their first video in 2014 for the song “Roadhouse” brought them airplay on Canadian rock radio. That video going viral brought tours with the likes of Korn,…

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KROKUS – Sweden Rock 2019- (Blog & Photos)

KROKUS – Sweden Rock 2019- (Blog & Photos)

Switzerland’s legendary hard-rock band KROKUS are embarking on their farewell tours. After over 40 years, 18 studio releases and numerous roster configurations, the end is near. The band is among my earliest Hard Rock and Metal listens, finding them on a compilation cassette called White Hot – An All Out Metal Assault. This cassette has been discussed previously on the CGCM Podcast and introduced me to bands such as Krokus, Y&T, Fist, Kick Axe, Fastway,…

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THE GENERATIONS ARMY – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog)

THE GENERATIONS ARMY – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog)

Coming across young Swedish Thrash Band, The Generations Army by way of recommendation from a friend, I was impressed. I reviewed their Voices and Visions (EP) and marked them on my “Do Not Miss” section for Sweden Rock 2019. Hailing from Höör/Ludvigsborg, Sweden, The Generations Army began in 2014. Billing themselves as a new generation of Thrash metal from southern Sweden The Generations Army houses in its ranks: Elvin Landaeus Csizmadia (Rythm Guitar, Lead Vocals),…

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GATHERING OF KINGS – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

GATHERING OF KINGS – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

Gathering of Kings issued their debut album, First Mission, earlier this year. It’s not so much of a regular band, more of a supergroup. A huge supergroup, in fact. As the brainchild of Ron Dahlgren, Gathering of Kings (also monikered as GOK) is a collection of talented musicians from the Swedish Hard Rock scene. Featuring members of Pretty Maids, Crashdiet, Masterplan, Saffire, Therion, and Night Flight Orchestra the roster is a veritable who’s who of…

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DEMON – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

DEMON – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

Demon are a British band formed in the late ’70s. They are considered an integral part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Splitting up in the ’90s, vocalist and sole remaining founding member Dave Hill reformed Demon in 2001. Throughout the years, Demon have amassed a thirteen album collection. I, Rich “The Meister” Dillon have seen Demon on a number of occasions, including during my first foray to Sweden Rock in 2013….

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GENERATIONS ARMY – Voices and Visions (EP Review)

GENERATIONS ARMY – Voices and Visions (EP Review)

I discover new and “new to me” music from a variety of places. Festival attendance is one way through either the pre-fest listening prep or the surprise live set. Another is through recommendations of friends. So, when a friend asked me to look into a band called The Generations Army I thought, “what the hell?”. I quickly discovered that this Swedish thrash metal band also appeared in the upcoming 2019 Sweden Rock Festival poster as…

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SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2019 – Final Bands (News)

SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2019 – Final Bands (News)

Final 14 Bands for SWEDEN ROCK Festival 2019 Announced Press Release (translated by Google Translate): Today we can present the last 14 bands to Sweden Rock Festival 2019. One of the world’s largest extreme metal bands, Behemoth, returns to Sweden Rock with a larger stage production than ever before. LOK resumes when the others fall and makes their first gig in 17 years. Turbonegro‘s former frontman Hank von Hell makes Sweden Rock debut. Lillasyster manages…

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