Sunday, May 31, 2015

Guns N' Roses - Estranged


Sunday and Mothers day! Today it's time for a classic for all Mothers around this globe.

So lets "kill two birds with one stone" and play a classic from GUNS N' ROSES as SLASH is in town, he will play at the amusement park Gröna Lund this evening, yes the plan is that I will go there.

Todays tune "Estranged" is a power ballad and music video by the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It is from the second part of their two-part Use Your Illusion album, Use Your Illusion II.

At over nine minutes long, "Estranged", also known for its music video, is the longest song on Use Your Illusion II and GUNS N' ROSES second longest song overall (after "Coma" from Use Your Illusion I). It has many verses, no set chorus, and several distinguished guitar and piano solos. Use Your Illusion II's liner notes thank lead guitarist SLASH for "the killer guitar melodies", which captured Axl Rose's vision. SLASH has specifically stated that recording the guitar parts for this song was very intensive for him; he recorded it using a Les Paul Gold Top, using the rhythm pickup with the tone turned all the way down.

According to SLASH, the song was written while the band was rehearsing for an extended period of time in Chicago. Axl revealed that he wrote the song during a more "bummed out" time in his life when his marriage with Erin Everly was annulled.



The tune was released in December 1993, the music video is the third part of an unofficial Del James series of videos (preceded by "Don't Cry" and "November Rain") from the Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II albums. The estimated budget was US$4 million. In a 2008 interview, singer Axl Rose stated that there is a fourth video in the series for the unreleased song "The General," recorded during the Chinese Democracy sessions.

The almost ten-minute-long video for "Estranged" is similar in style to the previous two in the trilogy; however, it appears only loosely to pick up the theme. This is mainly because Axl Rose and then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour (who played Axl's love interest in "Don't Cry" and "November Rain") had broken up prior to filming, making the theme of separation/divorce highly relevant.

The video begins by showing Axl where been a manhunt by a group of SWAT team while hidden lying on atop of cabinet with his melancholic mood in what appeared to be an abandoned mansion (his actual house).

Later, in a flashback, Axl is shown being escorted off that same (presumably marital) property. During this sequence, dictionary definitions for "Estranged" are flashed across the screen suggesting that Axl is going through a separation.

The next segment features the entire band boarding an Antonov An-124 transport aircraft with their equipment.

The video contains multiple shots of the Rainbow Bar, which is also featured in the "November Rain" video.

In a catastrophic sequence, Axl is seen walking on the deck of the Judith Prosperity, an oil tanker. In the video's climax, Axl leaps into the water in an apparent suicide attempt, but ends up being rescued by a group of bottlenose dolphins. At the height of the climax, Slash, raising from the bottom of seafloor while standing upright, plays a guitar solo on his Les Paul Guitar.

Parts of this video were filmed during a concert at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany, and show stage shots as well as views of the Olympic Park where the Summer Games of 1972 took place.

In the final scene, a rescue squad (courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard chopper and crew) arrives to rescue Axl from drowning in the sea. The video concludes with a shot of Axl's limited edition Converse sneakers sinking towards the seabed, with on-screen definitions of illusion and disillusion appearing. Afterwards, the video ends with a shot of Axl and a dolphin sitting together, with a note from Axl which says, "Lose your Illusions, Love Axl GNR '93"

"Estranged" was played live very frequently during the Use Your Illusion Tour from 1991 to 1993. During performances of this song, Dizzy Reed would play piano instead of Axl Rose. A live version of this song can be heard on Live Era: '87-'93. During the Chinese Democracy Tour, a riff from the song was sometimes included in Ron Thal's solo interpretation of the Pink Panther Theme. In December 2008, Axl spoke of his desire to bring Estranged back into the live set. The song appeared in
GUNS N' ROSES live set list at Rock In Rio on October 3rd, 2011, with Axl Rose stating after playing the song, "I don't think I've sung that song in 18 years".

 
So the plan is that today I will invite my kids mum for a nice dinner and a show with SLASH at Gröna Lund, I hope she will enjoy it (:



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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Helms Alee - Pleasure Center


HELMS ALEE is an American rock band that formed in 2007 in Seattle. The band features Guitarist/Vocalist Ben Verellen, former member of HARKONEN and ROY, Bassist/Vocalist Dana James and Drummer/vocalist Hozoji Matheson-Margullis. The band have released three albums and one EP, Night Terror (2008) and Weatherhead (2011), through Hydra Head Records, and Sleepwalking Sailors (2014) through Sargent House (to which the band signed in 2013). The HELMS ALEE // YOUNG WIDOWS Split LP 12 was released (2014)


HELMS ALEEs music is an amazing hybrid of the inspirations of the band's own collective effort. A unique blend of metal, art rock, pop and punk that are welded together in a charming way.

"The weird thing about it", Ben Verellen muses, "is that we've got three different people contributing lyrics, parts and melodies to each song. So, they end up being disjointed by our individual input. We spent 3-1/2 years writing the songs for this album, so it's thematically all over the place."

Sleepwalking Sailors was recorded with engineer Chris Common (THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES, PELICAN, CHELSEA WOLFE) in Seattle, with intentionally built-in limitations. "We recorded the album to tape in order to confine ourselves from ProTools refining every detail. We ended up with something that sounds really big, but also a bit more aggressive."


Todays tune "Pleasure Center" is taken from the 3:rd album "Sleepwalking Sailors". The album was released worldwide on LP, CD and download on February 11th, 2014 via Sargent House. This clip is recorded live in the KEXP studio. January 18, 2014.



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Friday, May 29, 2015

Marulk - Devils On A Stroll


Keeping up the stroll of good rock, today we take the step into the Garage, with a cool band from Gothenburg, Sweden.

MARULK plays a really grooving garage rock and could easily be compared to everything from THE HELLACOPTERS to GRAND FUNK RAILROAD with a slight turn of NOVEMBER, it's a fast moving boogiefying groove like AC/DC.

MARULK = Lophius piscatorius, commonly known as the angler, is a monkfish in the family Lophiidae. It is found in coastal waters of the northeast Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Within some of its range, including the Irish Sea this species comprises a significant commercial fishery.



Todays tune "Devils On A Stroll" is a 7" single that was released in October 2010. Recorded during an intense weekend trip to the amazing Pub Bastun in Åland. The Camerawork and cutting by the sharp eyed man Hampus Samuelsson, abacrombie.se, enjoy!



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kingston Wall - I Feel Love


KINGSTON WALL was a psychedelic/progressive rock group from Helsinki, Finland, originally formed in 1987. Influenced by such artists as JIMI HENDRIX, LED ZEPPELIN and PINK FLOYD, the group combined eastern themes, mysticism and vivid psychedelia with acid-rock. The band consisted of Petri Walli (guitars, lead vocals), Jukka Jylli (bass, backing vocals) and Sami Kuoppamäki (drums, percussion). Walli took the most active role in the band. He formed the group, composed most of the songs and wrote all the lyrics. He was also KINGSTON WALLs producer and manager and ran the band's own Trinity record label.



During their active time, KINGSTON WALL never achieved mainstream popularity. All their albums were printed in limited amounts and released on Walli's own independent label, Trinity. It was only after the group had disbanded that their popularity slowly grew through word-of-mouth.

KINGSTON WALL was known for their energetic live performances. The band held their own Freak-Out Club three times in Helsinki. They started playing live from small local pubs but as their popularity grew they could sell out the biggest clubs in Helsinki.


Todays tune "I Feel Love" is a cover of the Donna Summer classic. Taken from the second studio album "II". The album was originally released under the band's own record label, Trinity, in February 1993. It was also licensed and released in Japan by Japanese Zero record label. Both of these prints have been sold-out in the 1990s and are considered somewhat collector's items. The Japanese print included English lyrics in the jewel case insert booklet as well as Japanese translations of the lyrics.

In 1998, Finnish record label Zen Garden (later SonyBMG Finland) re-released the whole KINGSTON WALL discography as remastered versions along with a 2-disc limited print-version of each album which included a Bonus CD featuring rare/unreleased studio and live material. These 2-disc versions have also been sold-out and are considered collectibles. The album is still available as a remastered 1-disc version from Zen Garden (2006).

A new 7" version will be released at Svart Records on July 12th.



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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Arenna - Eclipse


ARENNA is a 5 piece band with heavy riffs spawned from the north of Spain.

AREENA was born in Basque Country, northern Spain in 2005.


They play some sort of Psychedelic Stoner Rock, though they prefer being defined as lovers of the heavy riffs. I like what I hear, it's not common Stoner Rock, it's more Rock with Stoner Rock touch if I might put it like that. It is neat, well played and very pleasant.


Anyway, todays tune "Eclipse" is taken from ARENNAs debut album "Beats of Olarizu", released 2011, enjoy this 11 min and 45 sec piece of art!



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Skraeckoedlan - Flod


Since their formation in 2009, the young members of SKRAECKOEDLAN have left a big footprint in the Swedish underground scene. In 2011 the critically acclaimed debut album “Äppelträdet” was released on Transubstans Records. The follow up record "Sagor", is set to be released June 10th 2015. In cooperation with the association Blå Huset, they present a release gig in their hometown Norrköping. The evening offers three awesome bands (SKRAECKOEDLAN, HONG FAUX and SKURK) and a real party!


SKRAECKOEDLAN serves you a buffet of heavy fuzz rock with its roots deeply planted in the riffing of BLACK SABBATH, the 90’s pop choruses of WEEZER and MASTODONs modern progressive metal. Combine this with lyrics in Swedish and a cryptozoological theme and you have a fraction of a description of SKRAECKOEDLANs sound. We’re thrown on a musical space ship in orbit around the solar system, where the melodies are in the centre and the dreamlike atmosphere always stays persistent.

Since their inception, SKRAECKOEDLAN have done over 120 shows in both Sweden and the rest of Europe. Mostly on their own but also as a support act for KYLESA, ORANGE GOBLIN and TRUCKFIGHTERS.

The upcoming album "Sagor" have been recorded in several studios during a two years period. They have been worked with technicians and producers such as Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH) and Niklas Berglöf (GHOST, DEN SVENSKA BJÖRNSTAMMEN). Erik Berglund has mixed it all and been an important part of finding the perfect sound for the record.

During the creation of "Sagor" did the band get in contact with Anders Friden (IN FLAMES) and his record label Razzia Notes, which will release the upcoming album.



The band consist of:

Henrik Grüttner (Guitaring, backup singing)
Martin Larsson (Drumming)
Robert Lamu (Singing/guitaring)
Tim Ångström (Bassing/backup singing)


Todays tune "Flod" is the first taste from the upcoming album, the tune was released May 22. The tune sounds really promising, looking forward to hear the full album.


Upcoming Tourdates:

Jun 11 Copperfields Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 13 Dynamo w/ HONG FAUX, SKRUK Norrköping, Sweden
Jul 25 Noisenäsfestivalen w/ ORDOS, Snowy Dunes Mora, Sweden
Aug 07 SjöÖset Festival w/ BLACK TEMPLE, Vrigstad, Sweden

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Luciferian Light Orchestra - Church of Carmel


New week, time to crown this weeks "Record of The Week".

LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA is a project by Christofer Johnsson from THERION. LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA playing a passionate occult rock wrapped in a vintage spirit. It is composed of songs written by founder Christofer Johnsson over many years that he considered too vintage sounding for THERION. As his songwriting trademark is in the compositions, it sounds like a vintage version of THERION, without orchestra and opera vocals. Christofer always had a big passion for the 70’s music. LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA is mainly inspired by the 70’s occult vibes and themes. The self-titled album is recorded by Christofer at Adulruna Studio and mixed in a retro 70s fashion by Lennart Östlund, who has previously worked with bands like ABBA and LED ZEPPELIN, at Polar Studios. The album was released in Europe on April 30, 2015.



The album have a real magical feeling. It combines classic hard rock and psychedelic elements from the 70's. The album is like a religious trip where the music and lyrical themes almost enthral you as listener. It has an magnificent combination of female vocals that is breathing satanic hymns with the male vocals that falls in between like the devil himself. The riffs are cleaver and suits the melody as a glow and create an musical pleasure that you can't stop listen to, I just love this. Even if this reminiscent much of THERION, I must say that I like this more.

The production level is really high and not to slick. I really would like to hear this on Vinyl (Analogue version of course) that I believe would sound amazing.

Found some pretty cool facts about this album.

Christofer Johnsson is playing guitar, hammond organ, keyboards and backing vocals. Mina Karadzic on backing vocals. Besides this there were 2 drummers, 1 bass player, 5 guitarists, 2 keyboard players, 3 hammond organists and 9 singers involved!

To summarize this album:

Can only lift my hat and give a grand applause to Christoffer Johnson for an Excellent record. You need this!

The album is so far only released as CD and Digital version. Hopefully a analogue Vinyl version will see the light.

This nice digipak with gold print is a limited edition (1000 copies) with a coloured plastic CD disc.




Todays tune "Church of Carmel" is taken from LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA self titled début, enjoy!.



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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Donovan - Wear Your Love Like Heaven


Sunday, time for a classic tune!

Todays tune "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" is a song and US single by British singer/songwriter Donovan, released in 1967. It became the opening title of his double album A Gift from a Flower to a Garden.

Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch; 10 May 1946) is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has lived in Scotland, London and California, and, since at least 2008, in County Cork, Ireland, with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan reached fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!.

Having signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded singles and two albums in the folk vein, but after a new contract with US CBS/Epic Records his popularity spread to other countries. After extricating himself from his original management contract, he began a long and successful collaboration with Mickie Most, a leading British independent record producer era, with hits in the UK, the US and other countries.

His most successful singles were the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and " Universal Soldier" in 1965. "Sunshine Superman" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (number two in Britain), and "Mellow Yellow" reached US number two the following year, with "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by the new administrative vice-president, Clive Davis. Donovan and Most collaborated on hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and THE BEATLES. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968. Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.

Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image were scorned by critics, especially after punk rock. He stopped performing and recording several times but had a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of the rave scene in Britain. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer Rick Rubin and in 2004 made a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.



 
The song mentions several dye and pigment colours: Prussian blue, Scarlet, Crimson, Havana lake, Rose carmethene and Alizarin crimson. Lefranc's Linel line of gouache paints includes Prussian blue and alizarin crimson as well as Havana lake, a deep red-brown similar to bistre, and Carthamus pink (French: Rose carthame), a bright red similar to vermilion. The latter two color names are only used in the Linel gouache line.

The song was featured in the Eau De Love (by Menley and James) fragrance commercial in the early 1970s that featured Ali MacGraw.

It was featured in Season 13 The Simpsons episode "Weekend at Burnsie's" where Homer Simpson (after he smokes medicinal marijuana) gets ready for work and pictures his world as a psychedelic wonderland.

It was also recorded by Richie Havens on his anthology release, Richard P. Havens, 1983.



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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Obscure Infinity - Beyond Spheres And Time


Death Metal from Germany is not so common in the Power Metal country as Germany are, DEBAUCHERY and SODOM are a few well know acts. OBSCURE INFINITY are pretty new to me even if they have existed since 2007. OBSCURE INFINITY are playing a very fast and melodic form of Death Metal. The main influences is from more traditional Death Metal scene where Swedish bands like GRAVE and DISMEMBER are the mains but following their very own path and add some slight Thrash and Black Metal influences to their compositions.

OBSCURE INFINITY was founded in the beginning of the year 2007 by Jules (vocals) and Stefan (guitar). After a short while Kalle (bass) and Oli (drums) joined forces. The course was clear from the beginning, following the vision to create authentic music without any modern-day influences and absolutely trend free. All band members are enthusiastic metal maniacs and their devotion and passion for metal is easily recognizable in their music.

Since the release of the demo OBSCURE INFINITY did several live shows and was working on new material for its debut full-length “Dawn Of Winter”. Early 2009 OBSCURE INFINITY joined forces with Obscure Domain Productions. In August 2010 „Dawn Of Winter“ was finally released. The Split Single „United In Death“ with Profanal from Italy came out on July 2011. After this the band was working for their second full length and did several live shows (for example the NRW Deathfest together with ASPHYX, ENTRAILS, KRYPTS and many more). In december 2011 OBSCURE INFINITY recorded the songs for the second album "Putrefying Illusions". The album was released mid 2012 by Obscure Domain Productions. OBSCURE INFINITY went through some line-up changes. Sascha substituted Flo on the guitar and O. (MEMBARIS, CHAOS INVOCATION) replaced Oli on drums. The band played more cool live shows, for example at Party San Open Air or at Kill-Town Death Fest and found in F.D.A. Rekotz a new label home. After a split 7” with DEATHRONATION the band recorded three new songs that should be released on three different splits. The first one will be with HUMILIATION from Malaysia via Brutal Art Records. The next one will be with FUNERAL WHORE and the last one with WOUND. The 3rd. full lenght album named "Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness" released January 16th 2015.

"Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness" was recorded at Noiseschmiede Lahnstein, mixed and mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony (DESASTER, MAROON, PURGATORY etc.). Cover Artwork by Juanjo Castellano (HARM, BLASPHERIAN, REVEL IN FLESH, PUTREVORE etc.).

The band is more than proud of the result says Guitarist Stefan:

"Yet the journey isn´t over but found its interstation in "Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness“, an album that required our total devotion and dedication. Liberated from stereotyped thinking we took one step further into the dark corners of ourselves and created a more somber, atmospheric, brutal and musically ambitious piece of art. It may sound overblown but we are totally satisfied with the result in all issues considering songs, sound and artwork. Without a doubt our by far best work up to date.“

 

Current Line Up:

Jules - Vocals
Stefan - Guitar
Sascha - Guitar
Kalle - Bass
O. - Drums

Todays tune "Beyond Spheres And Time" is taken from the 3:rd album "Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness“, enjoy!



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Friday, May 22, 2015

Egonaut - The Declaration


EGONAUT are four young Swedish lads from Borås, Sweden. EGONAUT is a violent discharge of hard rock, metal, doom and stoner rock. A collision between the seventies and today, through decades of hard rock, returns with her third and darkest album to date. "Deluminati" is set to release on CD and vinyl on June 4 - the same day as EGONAUT play at Sweden Rock Festival.

The band was formed in 2005 when Fredrik Jordanius became sick and tired of ploughing through the underground metal scene with nothing to keep him company but a pair of tight leather jeans and more double bass drums and falsetto screams than he could stand. He started searching for a new musical expression and in his long time friends Markus Johansson and Kristoffer Drotz he found the perfect combination to get a new band going, hence EGONAUT was born!

After releasing the critically acclaimed EP trilogy “Soundtrack to a Fistfight”, “Circus Egonaut” and “N-Pire” on their own label “Bastard Rock Records”, EGONAUT signed with Rambo/Sony Music and released their full-length debut album “Electric” in 2011. The album received great response from several critics. This was followed by “Los Egonauts”, A three-track EP containing two B-sides from Electric and the new single “Cursed And Damned” which led to Egonaut signing a deal with Swedish retro-rocklabel Transubstans Records. The second album, "Mount Egonaut" (Transubstans Records) saw the light of day in Feb 2013. The third album "Deluminati" is written during our Swedish, gloomy winter. They have worked with producer Mikael Andersson.



The band consists of:

Fredrik Jordanius - vox/ lead guitar
Mikael Bielinski - bass/backing vox
Dennis Zielinski - organs/backing vox
Markus Johansson - drums/backing vox

Todays tune "The Declaration" is taken from the upcoming new album "Deluminati".



Upcoming tourdates:

May 23 PUB Anchor Stockholm, Sweden
May 30 Metallsvenskan Örebro, Sweden
Jun 04 Sweden Rock Festival Norje, Sweden
Jul 24 Hårdrockare för livet festival Motala, Sweden
Oct 03 Huskvarna Rock&Art Festival Huskvarna, Sweden

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