Spidergawd: Spidergawd II Categories: Albums • Norway • Rock Spidergawd: Spidergawd II Last year Spidergawd released their eponymous debut to great critical acclaim in Norway and a Spellemann nomination for Rock Album of the Year. It's also an album that completely failed to make its way my way, so I'll have to take the press release's word for it. Luckily the quartet ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Virgin Suicide: Virgin Suicide Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock Virgin Suicide: Virgin Suicide Recordings began in February 2014 with producer Lars Vognstrup (Lars & The Hands Of Light), but it has taken until this Monday for retro-rocking Virgin Suicide to get their debut full length out, in part because of a long distance collaboration with L.A.-based Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes) who has ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Marius Ziska: Home/Heim Categories: Albums • Alternative • Faroe Islands Marius Ziska: Home/Heim Although named after frontman and songwriter Hans Marius Weihe Ziska, Marius Ziska is a band. And a seven-piece at that (even though no band photo counting all seems to exist). 'Home/Heim' is their second full length and it is an album of one half alternative pop 'n post-rock and one ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Music Alliance Pact – May 2015 Categories: Denmark • Faroe Islands • Features • Finland • Iceland • Norway • Sweden • Tracks Music Alliance Pact - May 2015 We're halfway through May and that means time for another edition of the World’s Greatest Mixtape bringing you 19 free songs from 19 countries around the planet courtesy of the Music Alliance Pact. It's business as usual and you can again download each song separately or all in a single ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
RA: Scandinavia Categories: Albums • Rock • Sweden RA: Scandinavia Malmö-based RA have been with us since July 2013 when they released their debut EP, 'Bloodline'. Since then I've waited somewhat impatiently for the then promised first full length, which finally landed a little while ago and luckily doesn't disappoint in any way. Continuing the bleak and hard post-punk off ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Van Dammes: Better Than Sex Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Van Dammes: Better Than Sex Where their first EP - at least in title - touched on the not-so-great potential effects of (unprotected) sex Van Dammes' latest offering offers something 'Better Than Sex'. I haven't been bothered to do a thorough analysis of the lyrics, but whatever it is that's better than sex it involves ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Refused: Elektra Categories: Rock • Sweden • Videos Refused: Elektra During the 90s Refused was one of Sweden’s most influential punk bands, if not THE most influential. After splitting up in 1998 they luckily started touring again in 2012 playing Roskilde Festival among many others. Now they have finally gotten around to doing what they should have done a long ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Warp Riders: A Tea Party With Demons Categories: Albums • Norway • Rock Warp Riders: A Tea Party With Demons Norway's Warp Riders debuted with the 'Astral Plane EP' in 2013 and have just released the followup, 'A Tea Party With Demons'. If you ask me (people rarely do, but that doesn't stop me from having opinions on everything) they should really put out an actual album or five because ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Djevel: Saa Raa Og Kald Categories: Albums • Metal • Norway Djevel: Saa Raa Og Kald Right now black metal is more interesting than it's been for years. Bands like Deafheaven from US, Wintherfylleth from England, and - lesser known but equally good - Hiidenhauta from Finland and Solbrud and Myrkur from Denmark strays away from the traditional black metal dogmas and aren’t afraid to let ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Buspin Jieber: We Came As We Left Categories: Albums • Electronica • Iceland Buspin Jieber: We Came As We Left Last year Buspin Jieber aka Murya (who holds producing credits here) aka Gudmundur Ingi Gudmundsson (who is credited as songwriter) released his first EP as Buspin Jieber. It's an alias used to "explore the passion of his youth" (its formative years in the 1980s no doubt), and he does it ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Taxi Taxi: Floating Forever Categories: Alternative • Sweden • Videos Taxi Taxi: Floating Forever It's been a few years since I last lend my ears to Swedish twin sisters Taxi Taxi aka Johanna and Miriam Tewolde Berhan, and apparently they haven't released anything in that time. So that explains it, I guess. In 2009 it was alt-folk on Efterklang's label, Rumraket, but on their ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
The Good, The Bad And The Zugly: Way Out West Categories: Norway • Rock • Tracks The Good, The Bad And The Zugly: Way Out West Among my many favourite shouty Norwegians are the Hadeland based The Good The Bad And The Zugly. Their debut album, 'Anti World Music', was brilliant and judging by new single 'Way Out West' the followup, 'Hadeland Hardcore', could be even better. The song features a bitching guitar riff, a catchy ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
Constables: Complex Sex Categories: Albums • Finland • Rock Constables: Complex Sex It's been almost two years since Constables were featured first on this blog with their second EP, 'Bedroom Culture'. Then I said of the Finnish quartet that their Strokes-Franz Ferdinand-Interpol indie wasn't mindblowingly original as such, yet it was effective and catchy. It's an opinion I can only repeat of ... (Click To Continue Reading)
 
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