Saturday, 9 April 2011
Märvel - A Pyrrhic Victory
Swedish Märvel (pronounced like the English Marvel) from Linkoping, was the second band during the release party that Killer Cobra Records held at Debaser on Tuesday, where Tramp was the other band of Tune Of The Day yesterdays post. For Märvel this was the release of their third album, "Warhawk Of War". Like some other bands, like Kizz, Dark Funeral, Watain, Ghost, and others, appears Märvel masked and using fictitious artist's name. The band consists of, The King, The Vicar, Speedo, The Aviator and The Burgh.
At Debaser Märvel rocked on really well, a bit cheek tongue rock when you see them with masks on. The DJ booth offered Nick Anderson and Robert Dahlqvist of musical wonders. Papa Bear was standing in merchstand and flog the new records and t-shirts.
Märvel plays a straight, honest rock with clear influences from both the Hellacopters and Turbonegro. Hellacopters-sound may be a little fertilizer on the songs "A Hobby That Got Out Of Hand" where Dregen is the guest player and TNH spiced up with Robert "string" Dahlquist.
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. 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.
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 Märvel has reached 3rd bass with their latest member, the Burgher. 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". The singel was followed by a tour that was filmed and later released as a 20 minute road movie.
In 2011, the swedish barons of high energy rock and roll are back with their third album - Warhawks of War! Twelve brand new tracks from the King, the Vicar and Speedo. Warhawks of War is filled with gigantic guitars, bombastic bass, dynamite drums and vaporizing vocals and features guests stars Strings (Dundertåget, Hellacopters) and Dregen (Backyard Babies).
MÄRVEL - Nur für starke Nerven!
The Single is also released on Vinyl!
Here is some pictures from the gig.
A horse and an elephant. That felt like the obvious choice for the video for Märvel's latest single "A Pyrrhic Victory"
No horses or elephants were harmed during the shoot.
More info @
Official Märvel Website
Official Märvel MySpace
Official Facebook Fanpage
Killer Cobra Records
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