The Riven

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  • February 18, 2019
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The Riven

The Riven is an electrifying powerhouse. Envision Heavy Blues Rock, focusing on big choruses and mean riffs. Progressive, psychedelic and classical musical elements standing side by side with a soulful and vigorous voice. Each song, a chapter, revealing fates and tales from the past and the future. The force is strong in The Riven. Merging influences from a variety of genres. The Riven emerges as a Pure Rock element.

 “Make no mistake this band are going to blow up in stratospheric proportions” – The Sludgelord

In 2018 The Riven went to Madrid, not to spend time under the Spanish sun but rather curled up in the valved cellar studio at Holy Cuervo Studios. In ten days they powered through the record’s nine songs producing an album that in the words of the drummer Olof Axegärd  “Is loud, is rock, is soul, and prog, it has it all!”. The Riven will be releasing their highly anticipated first full length with The Sign Records in the spring of 2019. Produced by Ola Ersfjord (Lucifer, Primordial, Dead Lord) the album manages to merge the diverse influences of its four members into a solid unit of Rock and Roll, that will leave no one oblivious.

Somewhere in West London, in the same neighborhood as many 60s British Rock bands like The Who and The Rolling Stones came alive, singer Totta Ekebergh, guitarist Arnau Diaz and bass player Max Ternebring were living together in a typical suburban house. As modern vagabonds of the western world, their love of rock put them together under the same roof where music was flowing out of every room. After an alcohol fueled songwriting session between Diaz and Ternebring they decided they needed to start a band together with Ekebergh on vocals. With this sweet trio on the move they needed a drummer and for that they recruited Olof Axegärd. “Olof was the only one that would party with us and be able to play loud grooves in the morning, so we went with him” – Max Ternebring

Throwing all their different musical influences together, they ended up with an electrically charged cauldron that was too hot to touch! “It was like I entered a whole new dimension and melodies were being drawn out of me!” says Totta. Díaz brings the frantic riffs and the bluesy licks, Ekebergh gives you soul and hooks,  thunder circulates as Ternebring stirs up melodic bass lines harmonising simultaneously with guitar and drums while Axegärd brings the NWOBHM drive and the proggy touch to the mix. 

During the cold and foggy days of November 2016 The Riven made their way to the studio in East London where they would immortalise their first EP ‘Blackbird’. As Angry Metal Guy puts it: “The five tracks on Blackbird are short, snappy, and more catchy than airborne ebola”. Blackbird is the band’s first milestone that showcases their talent as songwriters as well as their proficiency behind their instruments. The EP presents a solid mix of the bands wide range of influences. You’ll find reminiscents of classics like Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad or early Rush but you’ll also relate it to more contemporary sounds like Rival Sons or Kadavar.

“The Riven have made a compelling statement with Blackbird, and there’s no reason for them to be any less than the top of the heap in short order” – Invisible Oranges. Getting excellent reviews from the most influential retro-rock and stoner websites during the summer of 2017 The Riven let ‘Blackbird’ fly on the road. Their tour schedule took them around the UK, Finland and Sweden, opening for a diverse range of acts like the prog metal american legends Fates Warning, the british stoners Elephant Tree and the swedish garage rockers The Dahmers. 

In the fall of 2017, The Riven decided they’ve had enough fish n’ chips for a lifetime and to try some swedish meatballs instead. Although they’ll probably never succeed in putting together IKEA furniture they had something else in mind. Now being in the same country as bands such as Graveyard and Horisont The Riven has found the perfect niche for their music. “Coming from Barcelona I must say it does get a bit cold over here however, it’s a great excuse to spend all the time playing music and drinking over-expensive beer!” – Arnau Diaz


Heavy Feather

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  • January 18, 2019
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Heavy Feather

Heavy Feather takes it back to the roots on their debut album Débris & Rubble. It is a raw, real and heavy riff-based rock. The band is influenced by the greats of the 70’s – such as Free, Cream and Lynyrd Skynyrd – and have been able to create their own style. It’s an individual sound and a whole new way to deliver really heavy and exceptional rock. Their high ambition has pushed them forward, making them proud of the roughness they perform on stage. The albums is set for release the 5th of April on The Sign Records.
Four heavily talented musicians have after many years of separate experiences decided to come together and create something new. The members have played with bands and artists as Siena Root, Lista Lystam Family Band, Rolf Wikström, Stacie Collins and Mårran. They all agree that the organic roots rock deserves a greater attention on the world’s rock scene today. Together they have found a sound that they have renewed in an exceptional way – and from that they created something completely own and unique.
A collaboration between these four talented musicians was inevitable, and has resulted in something new: with the raw details and authenticity, they produce exciting mergers into the world of rock. Airy riffs are packaged in a heavy sound – and in contrast, Heavy Feather delivers music leaving the listener in desire for more. 


Iron Lamb

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  • May 27, 2018
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IRON LAMB – A QUEST FOR ROCK & ROLL

Everybody knows rock & roll gained perfection in the late 70’s, it’s a scientific fact. Between them, bands like Thin Lizzy, Ramones, Motörhead and Ac/Dc found the pure essence of hard music and rolled with it. Since then, punk and metal has gradually been twisted into extreme forms, or watered down to commercial blandness. Eventually the pure formula was lost, the rock just didn’t roll as it used to. Since its formation in 2009, Iron Lamb has made it their quest to search for that original formula and avoid all the trends of late. They emerged to rock and/or roll. 

Iron Lamb was formed by guitarist Johan Wallin, drummer Tomas Daun and vocalist Gustaf Lindström in 2009, soon to be joined by bass player Daniel Ekeroth. As all these members have quite extreme musical backgrounds, in bands such as Repugnant, Insision, General Surgery and Tyrant, it all started out quite punkish. Through a slew of 7” singles and debut album The Original Sin they gravitated towards a more riff based rock, echoing the days of old. The debut gig as openers for punk legends Poison Idea led to a row of strange concerts and tours, where the band stood out as a sore thumb as they appeared along bands like Vomitory, Ghost, Turbonegro, Bolt Thrower. It worked, people just seemed to long for direct rock & roll again. You see, they started to remember. Remember metal without clichés and punk without dogmas, a time when the music itself mattered. 

The addition of second guitarist Jens Bäckelin opened new doors to Lizzy-esque harmonies, and when gravelly-voiced Daniel Bragman carried on the torch of original singer Gustaf the band took yet another step in the direction of solid rock. Second album Fools Gold followed a one way track into real music in a climate where fixed genres dominated the scenes. In 2015, it was as direct as any rock & roll album out there. Some touring and festival appearances gained them further attention from the punk and metal scenes alike, both genres claiming them as their own. This was not your average retro-band trying to cash in on some traditional style, this was pure music and people recognized it. The rock was rolling again. 

With their latest album Blue Haze, Iron Lamb is now here to make the record straight once more. The album is packed with catchy riffs and grooves that are completely their own. Raw, heavy, catchy and intense as hell without any of the stereotype patterns or uniforms normally associated with punk and metal genres. Iron Lamb is here to bring back that pure rock & roll formula, and you are invited for the ride on the apocalypse express. 

Can you dig it?!


Piss River

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  • May 19, 2018
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It´s all about attitude, raging sounds and over the topp intensity on Piss Rivers debut album. Combining the best parts of Girlschool, L7, The Gits and Annihilation Time will take you quite close to Piss Rivers twelve track self titled debut. The album have the same kind of clash of musical influences as the alternative rock and pre-grunge era held in the late 80´s and early 90´s. Punk attitude that makes NWOBHM riffs even more intense combined with passionate self empowering lyrics that throws punches everywhere. You can hear the shivers from the underground on Piss Rivers debut album that is released the 27 of April on The Sign Records.

The album contains tracks as ”Speed Machine”, ”Take Me To Rusk” and ”Thor Is Strong” that shows the band NWOBHM background. ”Sparks” that is a tribute to L7s Donita Spark, that together with ”Desolation” gives a vibe from the early 90´s pre-grunge era. Other stand out tracks includes ”Bad Reptuation” that have that driving punk rock attitude that will turn any party up side down. A cover of Larry Wallis song ”Police Car” ties together the albums many and mixed influences into this infectious rock n roll nightmare. 

Members of Piss River have a background in bands as Auktion, Skitkids and Warchild. Everything is recorded by Erik Lindbergh of Misantropic in Ljudkross Studio in Umeå, Sweden. The album is released by The Sign Records that have during the last year given us memorable rock releases as Honeymoon Disease, Grande Royale, Hällas, Highrider, Demon Head and Night.   

Sofia Nilsson – Vocals
Björn Bergström – Guitarr
Albin Bilar – Drums
Viktor Boström – Bass


Hypnos

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  • May 18, 2018
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Through the time and universe of rock-history, there have been a few words interlocking the important events. Words as Loud, Groovy, Electrifying and Over the top – words that also could describe Swedens Hypnos. A band that holds the capacity to unite an audience of headbangers, stoners, retro-kids and old farts. Wherever you find Hypnos you will find awesome rock music. 

With their twin guitar hooks a la Thin Lizzy, powerful vocals reminding you of a young Halford or Dickinson, groovy rhythm section and stunning stage performance it’s hard not to get going by their show. There is a playful vibe over the band. There is something more than just 70´s retro or 80´s revival. Hypnos have their home in Gothenburg a city that is notorious for their high amount of quality rock acts. Hypnos is very much a central part of the city’s contemporary rock-scene where you among other can find acts as Night Viper, Honeymoon Disease, Horisont, and Graveyard. 

Perhaps though the playful vibe and the laid back and easy going attitude of the band is because of the bands ex-member list that is just as long as any classical rock act. The constant changing of members have given the band the opportunity to always evolve, and they have always kept the feeling that each riff might be the last riff they would ever play. 

The band released GBG Sessions in 2018 that is a special album as it both shows a live experienced band at the same time as it features the band’s new singer Linus Johansson for the first time. Hypnos had trouble during the first a half of 2017 when the band’s previous singer Philip Lindgren decided to leave the band and soon after their old label Crusher Records was put on hold. But no challenge is big enough for Hypnos as the band rises like Phonix from the ashes. 

Hypnos started in 2013 and recorded and released their debut album self-titled album in 2014 (Crusher Records). In 2016 the band released their second album ”Cold Winds” (Crusher Records). In 2017 the band re-recorded many of their favorite tracks from previous releases for their ”GBG Sessions” live in the studio album. The session also included two brand new songs. Hypnos returns in October 2018 with their brand new album ‘Set Fire To The Sky’. The band has refined their sound together with producer Ola Ersfjord (Tribulation, Primordial, Honeymoon Disease). The sound is clearer and creates more space and room for the music. Hypnos are establishing their sound with the new album. It´s clear that ”Set Fire To The Sky” is the launchpad for the bands future.

Today the band is stronger, wiser, more mature and have gained a new singer and a new label in The Sign Records. Hypnos came to their crossroad but this new live session album shows that the band knows their direction and the future has never looked brighter. 

 

Hypnos is:
Linus Johansson – Vocals
Oskar Wersäll – Guitarr
Anton Frick Kallmin – Bass
Pontus Isebring – Guitarr
Oskar Brindmark – Drums

 


Vokonis

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  • May 15, 2018
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The heavy prog-metal-trio, Vokonis, is here to daze you with their furious sludge-vibe _MG_7812 (kopia)and melodic passages. Drenched inblasting distortion, melody, and menace, Vokonis is ready to fully blossom as the progressive beast they’ve held within since 2015. With a style that ranges from the heavy riffage and vocals of heavy bands such as to utterly clean Pink Floydish soundscapes, they aim to completely immerse you in their songwriting. As you share a psychedelic and thrilling journey Vokonis will have shown their range from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages.

Vokonis third album “Grasping Time” will be released in the spring of 2019 on The Sign Records. Simon said of the process; “We’re practically living in our practice space. So it’s no wonder we’ve been productive. I always wanted for us to write our own Crack The Skye. This might be it.” Simon, Emil, and Jonte have since their start putting everything in high gear. While they’ve released two records, being featured in the highly profiled “The Planet of Doom”-animated movie, Vokonis aren’t stepping down in tempo. Neither are satisfied. With a new sound, the trio is ready to launch themselves into the stratosphere.  

Playing shows and putting a bigger focus on touring Vokonis have shared stages with bands such as Monolord, Skraeckoedlan, and Bombus. Playing on the road have been instrumental in the evolution of the band. With a heavy punk vibe to their live-shows, they have drawn out a new-found strength in the studio. Laying down heaviness in new forms as shown in tracks such as “I hear the Siren” and “Sunless Hymnal”, they also feel comfortable to take it down a notch. With a dynamic range the size of the backline of Sunn O))), Vokonis show that their love for warm sound and melody is not lost on anyone.

Taking steps forward from their previous album ‘The Sunken Djinn’ (2017), a heavy endeavor focusing mainly on raw power and how far one can take fuzzed out riffs, Vokonis now sets out towards a new musical goal. Inspired by nature and the universe around us they’ve deepened their sound immensely. Drawing inspiration from the shared vocals of Mastodon and a love for all things progressive Vokonis have evolved into the usage of dual vocals. Now sharing lead vocals, Jontes melodic voice complement the fierce bark of guitarist Simon. “As we toyed around with the idea of sharing vocals we found out just how much more stuff Simon could do with the guitar. Playing leads or more complex riffs while I’m singing was something we only dreamed of before.” Jonte said of the trios new sound.

Vokonis are ready to take the next step. With a new dynamic sound and a goal set for the domination of the heavy underground they’re coming for your ears. Get ready.

 

 


Märvel

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  • September 29, 2017
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The band was formed in 2002 when John Steen (The King), Ulrik Bostedt ( Speedo) and Tony Samuelsson (The Vicar) spent a high school exchange year in Colorado, USA. Ditching classes, drinking beer and playing rock n roll in the garage worked out pretty fine for the three young fellas. The first vinyl ep “Marvellous” was released through the small NY based label “New York Powerhitters” and the band got airtime on several college radio stations before they left USA and returned to Sweden with lousy grades, but high spirits. Two other vinyl eps (Heroine Tracks, Bedlam
at the embassy)were released the following years through Swedish indie labels. The first album, titled “Five Smell City” after their hometown Linköping (known locally as the city of five smells ) was followed by a ep with cover tracks (Unleashed) ranging from Bon Jovi, Parliament, KISS and Robyn. Constant touring and airplay has helped the band building a very loyal fanbase in Europe. And the second album “Thunderblood Heart” took the band to a new level in 2007.

During the all these years Märvel has gone through some changes. The earlier records shows a band in superhero costumes, and the members called themselves “Vocalo, The Ambassador and Animalizer”. These alter egos have been abandoned in favor of “The King, The Vicar and Speedo”.
New times sometimes need new personas. Since the bassist Ulrik Bostedt (Speedo) isn’t allowed to cross the Swedish borders another character, The Aviator, has taken his place on tour abroad and recently a third bassist , The Burgher has joined the band. Märvel don´t believe in replacing members, they add members. So for those who are counting, Märvel is a power trio with five members.

In 2009 Märvel released a single sided one track vinyl 7” titled “A Pyrrhic Victory” and early in 2011 it was time for the third album “Warhawks Of War” with guests such as Dregen (Backyard Babies) and Robert Dahlqvist (Hellacopters) followed by yet another tour through Europe and 23 weeks of rotation on national Swedish radio (P3).

Warhawks Of War features a more versatile sound without losing the bands roots in high energy rock n roll. The twelve tracks ranges from soft almost caressing slaps on the cheek to fully forced knuckle punches straight to the nose. Märvels music has been described as sweaty group sex with The Hellacopters, Turbonegro and Electric Six at a KISS-themed childrens party. Throw some 60s soul and 80s metal (the good kind) in the mix and you are getting pretty close to the truth. Märvel consists of The King, The Vicar and The Burgher whose masked live performances have earned the band a steady growing, very loyal, fanbase with an Army of fan clubs in 11 countries all over the world.

Following the success of Warhawks Of War MÄRVEL also played clubs (Debaser Slussen, Debaser Malmö, Sticky Fingers etc.) all over Sweden in 2011 and finished off that year with supporting Michael Monroe at a big new years eve party in Helsinki, Finland.

June 1:st 2012 they released another 7” with the track METALHEAD on side A that quickly got good rotation on US college radio stations and they also performed at the Muskelrock festival in Sweden in May. The summer of 2012 will be ended with a gig at the Skogsröjet festival in Sweden.

In 2014 the band released their Hadal Zone Express and in 2015 The Hills Have Eyes.

The band is currently working on their 6th album to be out on The Sign Records during the autumn 2017

 


偏執症者 Paranoid

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  • July 17, 2017
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偏執症者 (Paranoid) is a Swedish hardcore/raw-punk/metal band from Frösön/Östersund, formed in 2012. The foundation of the band’s savagery is in the Disclose-inspired noise blended with Venom-styled black metal, conjuring a destructive vortex of violently rotating northern winds of head banging chaos and pure D-beat fury. The intense sound combines the best traditions of Swedish råpunk and loud Japanese insanity.

Henrik Låsgård – Vo/Gu // Emil Bergslid – Dr // Joakim Staaf-Sylsjö – Ba/Vo // Motokazu Tsukuda

Former members:
Nils Landin – Vo (2012-2013), Åke Henriksson – Gu (2012), Johan Landin – Gu/Solo (2012).

 


Grande Royale

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  • March 5, 2017
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Grande Royale is a rock’n’roll band from Jönköping, Sweden, who find their roots in the early 70’s rock scene of Detroit and the 90’s rock scene in Scandinavia, mixed up with some vintage pop. The music is straight forward rock’n’roll packed with electric guitars, melodic vocals and thundering bass lines.

During the bands first year, Grande Royale recorded and released their debut album titled ‘Cygne Noir’ (2014) and the second album was released in 2015 with the title ‘No Fuss – A piece by resolute men’. At this stage the band had been doing all of the recordings by themselves, and also released the albums on their own.

These records made it possible for the band to go out and play live shows all over Sweden, as well as in the U.K and Southern Europe. With energetic live shows, and tight performances Grande Royale raised the roof of the venues.

In the summer of 2016 Grande Royale started to work on their third album in the Honk Palace with Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, The Hellacopters, Entombed) as the engineer and producer. The album got the title ‘Breaking News’, and will be released on The Sign records in August 2017.

 


Demon Head

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  • March 5, 2017
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Lightning on the horizon…

On the 7th of April 2017, Demon Head’s new album THUNDER ON THE FIELDS will be released through The Sign Records. The songs were recorded by the Copenhagen band onto 16-track tape, in an isolated cabin where they locked themselves in for weeks in the winter of 2016.

Like its well-received predecessor Ride The Wilderness, the fruit of their communal work is powerfully crafted from start to finish. While the sound stays true to the sinister atmosphere of the debut album, the music has evolved to the next logical step: darker, more tight-knitted, and more diverse. Demon Head is not about trends or imitation. It is about the burning love for music. While in part an homage to the first heavy music, the songs have their own voice. The attitude is of originality and urgency rather than pretense.

Since the beginning, the band has relentlessly travelled on the road and off the beaten path, playing loud, wild concerts with bands from many genres and scenes. In the same way, the influences on THUNDER ON THE FIELDS are hard to pinpoint; many have experienced that nothing sounds quite like the doom-tinged heavy rock of Demon Head, while it retains a strange familiarity of haunting melodies that don’t seem to want to escape the listeners cranium. Comparison is always difficult and limiting, but you might get an idea of the direction if you imagine if the tour bus of Judas Priest had crashed into a whiskey bar where The Doors and Neil Young throw dice with the devil, while The Stooges cover Big Mama Thornton on the decrepit corner stage.

Vinyl, CD, and digital versions will be available worldwide, courtesy of The Sign Records. Cassette tapes will be released through Caligari Records.

Discografy:
Thunder On The Fields CD/LP – 2017 – The Sign Records
Ride The Wilderness CD/LP – 2015 – This Charming Man Records
Alucarda split 7″ – 2015 – Kontrafon Records
Winterland 7″ – 2014 – Levitation Records
Demo Tape – 2014 – Caligari Records