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

 


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

 


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.

 


Honeymoon Disease

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  • March 5, 2017
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Honeymoon Disease is a speedy rock’n’roll quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden. With burning guitar riffs and some sweaty 70’s grooves, this band’s high voltage stage performance will give you a colorful punch right in the face – A glowing black eye with a taste of bands like Thin Lizzy, The Hellacopters and Kiss.

Honeymoon Disease was formed 2014 and only one year after the start they released their debut album ‘The Transcendence’ (Napalm Records).  A well acclaimed debut record which put the band on full throttle and they have been rolling and rocking all over Europe – touring and supporting acts like Imperial State Electric, Graveyard, The Shrine, Horisont and The Vintage Caravan. In May 2017 the band releases ‘Electric Eel’ on The Sign Records.

 


TID

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Fix Idé contains six songs. Six different scenarios and six different dreams. Ranging from dark apocalyptic dance music to soundtracks to a dreamlike wandering in ones mind trying to kill reflections of a dark past. With lyrics written in classic verse that brings to mind something old and long since forgotten or hidden – now found and accompanied by Tid’s music, this is a highly different album and band. The references to their music are legio, and the wells of inspiration know no boundaries. Tid is music and artwork. The band sees the two as highly connected and completing each other. The band writes music with artwork in mind, and makes artwork with music in mind. 

Tid is a Swedish four piece orchestra that makes music best described as dark and dramatic, on the verge to filmscores; that being the main influence for their music. Majestic, mystic and dreamlike music that brings pictures and scenarios to mind. Like a suggestive soundtrack to the escape from the everyday world. Tid is flirting with musical styles long since forbidden by the anxious and wary, thus expressing a wide range of feelings and ideas that might have a positive effect on the stagnated yet seeking and exploring music lovers in the world. 

Fix Idé was produced and art directed by Tid, and engineered and mixed by Niels Nielsen [Mastermind and Producer of Dead Soul]. 


Lizzies

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  • July 9, 2016
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Lizzies 9 track album ‘Good Luck’ is an outstandingly fresh debut that showcases and impressive blend of shades of rock and metal. The band has a unique approach and an insaciable hunger for hooks and great melodies backed by a really strong capacity for composing simply good songs. ‘Good Luck’ was recorded and produced by Ola Ersfjord (Dead Lord, Tribulation, Primordial) in Terrrasa and Madrid and it’s been mastered by Magnus Lindberg. The artwork has been handled by Mario Rivière (Adolescents, Muletrain). 

Patricia, guitar, states: “‘Good Luck’ is the result of an intense year of growth and evolution together. We were looking for something fresh and catchy, something that lasts! Recording it was as natural as possible – no metronome, playing together…- which was an amazing experience we will never forget thanks to our producer, Ola”

Lizzies are a four piece heavy metal act from Spain, which perfectly combines both the aggression and the melodic edge of classic NWOBM with a breathtaking fury and dedication that results in an impressive blend of energy and attitude rarely seen among young bands like this.They were formed in Madrid in 2010 by Motorcycle Marina (bass) and Patricia (guitar), who recruited Elena (vocals) and Saray (drums) before they started playing shows all over their home country. Their impressive riffing, and most specially their strength and power onstage, helped the band building an outstanding reputation that took them to play in Germany (Metalheadz Open Air & Headbangers Open Air), Sweden (Muskelrock) and England (Live Evil) and also to become one of the most promising bands of the underground scene in Europe.


Night

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  • October 14, 2015
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Night went back to the future to reinvent their self-proclaimed ”80´s heavy metal before 81” attitude. Their latest album Soldiers Of Time tells a larger story as they have searched for themselves and how to make the most of time. The new album holds 11 tracks of pure rock music were the band explores new territories and reconnects with the force that burns strong within.

Now, with two albums and several tours of Europe under their studded leather belts, Night has truly emerged as leaders of the new wave of NWOBHM-inspired Swedish heavy metal.


Highrider

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  • October 14, 2015
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Highrider started out in early 2013. Andreas (bass, formerly of hardcore/punks Fredag den 13:e) and Carl-Axel (drums, Din Skevf) wanted to start up a band that played aggressive hardcore metal but with the classic 70´s setup of Rainbow and Deep Purple, featuring the organ and synthesizer. Thematically, inspiration came from sources outside of music. Mainly the sci fi movies of the eighties and of John Carpenter in particularly. Another eighties phenomenon that was crucial inspiration was the imminent death threat to all of civilisation known as the Cold War.

Carl-Axel met Eric (guitar, bass player in stoners Dödaren) at a show in Gothenburg featuring The Sword and then band started rehearsing. Fairly quickly a sound took shape, aiming somewhere in between aforementioned The Sword and doom metallers High On Fire. The band were still on the hunt for someone to take on the keyboard though. As fate would have it a young hero soon emerged in the form of Carl-Axel´s childhood friend Christopher (Din Skevf). Originally a bass player, Christopher was talked into playing keys and did so with success.

Still looking for a singer, the band then got into the studio to record songs. All though a few had been auditioned, none had made the cut. Andreas then gave it a shot and the line-up was completed. In 2015 they signed a deal with The Sign Records, awaiting future releases on the label.