Last year the rock and metal trio Stone Carpet started their project about releasing four EP:s during a year. Each EP contains three tracks and has it’s own character and theme. I told you about the first two parts in August, and now all parts have been published, which all together form the album”Dispositio”, downloadable from their site. Listen here below to the song “Suburban Circus” from the EP “Peroratio”.
Misth, hailing from Stockholm, released a sparkling debut rock album during Spring, which is definitely worth checking out if you like the combination of metal, melodic hard rock and progressive rock. In front of a gang of brilliant musicians and scarred veterans, who come from the predecessor Mercury Fang, we find singer Maria Rådsten. Mostly known from before as a member of the group One More Time, it sounds like she’s really found her hunting grounds as she’s impressing with her register, dynamics and strength.
There’s a lot of candy here for one whose choosy with rock; everything from tight, progressive excursions, to ominous metal riffs to melodic choruses that explodes in a kind of hard rock party. Nostalgic as I am I get quite a few vibes from both the seventies and the eighties with Dio, Black Sabbath, Yngwie Malmsteen and the likes. Sometimes I just get a flashback from one of the many guitar sounds thats strewn across the record. An album where they don’t hesitate to squeeze out the very last from the songs where five of the ten songs run over 6 minutes, with the epic finishing track “Day of Retribution” as the grande finale. Listen for yourself here below in a couple of songs.
Sharp turns here in the blog. Now it’s about hard rock with Egonaut, hailing from Borås, who recently released their album “Mount Egonaut”. For friends of Mustasch, Metallica and Hardcore Superstar as they describe it themselves. I haven’t listened to the entire album yet, but it feels promising. Here’s the opening track “Crawl”, which they’ve also made a video to.
The best rock today comes from Stonewall Noise Orchestra, hailing from Borlänge, who released their fourth album “Salvation” a couple of weeks ago. It’s the first album I listen to with this band, which I’m happy for, because this was just right up my alley today.
They have created a great mix of classic Sabbath-inspired hard rock, glam rock elements and stoner rock, changing the inclination to the various influences from song to song, which gives a varied track collection, fun to listen through and unpredictable, which I like. The melodies are the protagonists on the album, I’d say, where the band seems tho have just right touch to create melodies that feel right for the purpose and to make fascinating choruses. The album appears to be worked through thouroughly, and I can’t find a weak link among the songs; it feels like every track has been cared for in it’s own right and been allowed to flourish. As it should be, but you have to pull it off also, which I think the band have managed to do here.
Usually there’s not much metal in this blog, but today I’m going to present some from Whipping Princess. I wrote about this Malmö band a little more than a year ago when they showed us a garage-sounding hard rock. This year they have gained new speed by releasing a couple of new songs and videos, presenting a heavier, classical metal sound, which feels like a rather obvious step for the band. Here’s the latest song “Laughing At You”.
The quartet Vrak released their debut EP in the end of December. Four songs with dark, foreboding rock that spans from the epic grande to early Sabbath-sounding retro vibes. I really like their basic dynamic sound with guitars that have just the right crunch and great vocals from Josefin Finér.
I don’t get that many tips about metal and hard rock bands to the blog, so when I do get one, I’ll have to grab the opportunity to present it. It’s the metal band Overworld who wrote me about their debut EP “Perfect Anomaly”, released in Spring. I don’t feel that at home in the genre to compare with other bands. I can see, though, that it’s pretty crowded with bands over the world in this genre, but I do think that Overworld have the qualities to stand out.
There’s an energy in their music that I can really feel and they also start out with solid songwriting in the five songs on the EP. Since I’m more of a hard rock listener than a metal fan I also appreciate the starting track a little extra bit, “Until We’re Dead”, which stands out among the other songs by sounding more like a hard rock song with metal influences than the other way around.
The band was started last year and they impress too through their communication with their fans. In a relatively short time they have gathered a solid rather big enthusiastic fan base all on their own, so the energy and the ambitions doesn’t stop with their music.
In the beginning of last yearwe wrote about Stone Carpet and their single “The Sound of a Thousand”. Now they’re back with an ambitious project, with the plan to release 4 EP:s during this year. On each EP they explore one of the different genres which have influenced them during the years.
First out in May was the three-track EP “Exordium”, where they set out for a more progressive direction. The song here below, “The Plan”, comes from this EP. In July the second EP “Narratio” was released; an EP that focus more on metal.
A fun project, and I’m quite curious about what the upcoming EP:s will be about, especially since it’s so well executed in these two first EP:s. You can listen to their music on Spotify and follow the band on Facebook.
To the department of remarkable band names we can add the trio Sterile Hermaphrodite, hailing from Uddevalla. And the music is also remarkable, which you can hear on their latest EP, “Big Fat Pussy Club”, where they serve their own, nice version of stoner rock mixed with punk vibes and streaks of metal.
Whipping Princess was started by the bass player Karl Hinterleithner and the singer Jenny “Princess” Jonasson. The ambition was to whip together their own blend of soul, rock, blues, punk and metal and a first effort came earlier this year with the EP “Let You and Me Be One”.
It’s a somewhat uneven production but where a song like “State of Hate” stands out and sounds of garage-vibing hard rock with metal influences. The singer Jenny has a special tone and quite a strong voice and attitude, reminding a little of Dio in her expression.
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