GIRLSCHOOL – Sweden Rock Festival 2018 (Spotlight Review)

GIRLSCHOOL – Sweden Rock Festival 2018 (Spotlight Review)

SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL has always been about the music. That’s what got me trekking across the oceans that first time six long years back now. I’ve not missed one since and don’t plan on it anytime soon. The magical music performances are what does it. Sometimes it’s a long defunct band enticed back to the stage by SRF organizers. But sometimes it’s just an old favorite ripping it up in a new setting. That was…

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VIXEN – Sweden Rock Festival 2018 (Spotlight Review)

VIXEN – Sweden Rock Festival 2018 (Spotlight Review)

SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL has always been about the music. That’s what got me trekking across the oceans that first time six long years back now. I’ve not missed one since and don’t plan on it anytime soon. The magical music performances are what does it. Sometimes it’s a long defunct band enticed back to the stage by SRF organizers. But sometimes it’s just an old favorite ripping it up in a new setting. That was…

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MELODICROCK FEST SCANDINAVIA – Day 2 (Festival Recap)

MELODICROCK FEST SCANDINAVIA – Day 2 (Festival Recap)

The Melodic Rock genre is a family. In every sense of the word. Events like this just hammer that home. The camaraderie shown to every attendee (fan/band/organizer) is overwhelmingly immense. This particular event, MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia, took place in Malmo, Sweden. While there have been other MelodicRock Fests in the past in U.S.A. and Australia, this was the first in Sweden. The event started and presented by Andrew McNeice of Australia’s Melodic Rock Records saw…

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THUNDERMOTHER – Thundermother (Album Review)

THUNDERMOTHER – Thundermother (Album Review)

THUNDERMOTHER – Bio Thundermother are an all female rock and metal outfit hailing from Stockholm in Sweden. They have two previous albums, which are full of AC/DC style riffs and songs. This, their third, is self-titled and is different from the previous outings inasmuch as it is really a brand new band. Only guitarist Filippa Nassil survives from the original incarnation. The band has also dropped from five members to four on this. It still…

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DEADHEADS – This One Goes To 11 (Album Review)

DEADHEADS – This One Goes To 11 (Album Review)

Deadheads are a four piece, high energy, rock and roll band from Sweden. They have released two full length albums and have toured all over Europe, playing together with bands like Imperial State Electric, Monster Magnet and Supersuckers .  It is nice that I have been able to check out this album, as the very first review I did for Decibel Geek was for their previous release Loadead in 2015. The latest release, This Goes…

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CORRODED – Defcon Zero (Album Review)

CORRODED – Defcon Zero (Album Review)

Another band to hit my radar and assault my ears is Sweden’s Corroded. Not exactly a new band, they have released 4 albums since their debut in 2009 but Defcon Zero is their latest offering to the metal masses. Not sure why but the cover art immediately reminded me of the old Apocalypse Now movie poster from the 70’s. Dark, foreboding and maybe a hint at the music I was about to uncover. I usually follow a…

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ART NATION – Liberation (Album Review)

ART NATION – Liberation (Album Review)

 Sweden has an enviable reputation for fertilizing rock acts, producing quality bands such as Europe.  Art Nation are another great band from the country of Abba and Liberation is one of the best pop rock albums you will hear this year.  It is a sublime summer feel good record that will make you dust off your sleeveless T-shirt, put on your Ray Bans and slick back your hair. Formed only in 2014 by Alexander Strandell…

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CRAZY LIXX – Ruff Justice (Album Review)

CRAZY LIXX – Ruff Justice (Album Review)

Having checked out this band a few times over the past decade based on their name, which appeals to me and is generally indicative of my expectations of sound. Over the years they have delivered that sleaze sound that seems to breed like rabbits in Sweden (and neighboring countries). I do keep coming back to Crazy Lixx each release and through many member changes, I still await the evolution of the hooks to over the…

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AMARANTHE – Maximalism (Album Review)

AMARANTHE – Maximalism (Album Review)

Formed in 2008, this Swedish pop metal collective have a unique set up with three singers (Elize Ryd, Jake E, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson).  Maximalism is their fourth studio album and follows on from the successful Massive Addictive record.  There have been great expectations for this new release and I was looking forward to some great European metal to add to the recent triumphs of bands such as Evergrey and Rizon. The hope was that…

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OPETH – Sorceress (Album Review)

OPETH – Sorceress (Album Review)

“Avant-garde” has been defined as “new and experimental ideas and methods in art, music, or literature“.  Never has such a definition been so readily applicable to a band than to the Swedish philosophers, Opeth.  They have been around since 1989 and have released a formidable catalogue of albums, including the classics Blackwater Park and Ghost Reveries. Never easy to pigeonhole, Opeth have seemingly been immune to fads or fashions, morphing from Death Metal superstars to…

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