Omar: I Am Heavy Metal, Who Are You? Categories: Albums • Rock • Sweden Omar: I Am Heavy Metal, Who Are You? Back in 2007 Claus Wrang Michaelsen (featured here as part of the great Danish stoner rock outfit Hjortene) got his hands on an advance copy of Omar's debut album, 'I Am Heavy Metal, Who Are You?'. Then the Swedish quintet were shopping for labels to release the debut, but before ... (Click To Continue Reading)
Vök: Circles Categories: Albums • Electronica • Iceland Vök: Circles Shortly after forming in 2013 Vök won the annual band contest Músíktilraunir (the Icelandic equivalent of Battle of the Bands), and last year they released their debut EP, 'Tension', to quite the hype. Friday 'Circles' followed and I see no immediate reason why the new EP - co-produced by Biggi ... (Click To Continue Reading)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Lasse Passage: Stop Making Sense And Start Making Success Vol. 3 Categories: Albums • Alternative • Norway Lasse Passage: Stop Making Sense And Start Making Success Vol. 3 Last year Norwegian singer/songwriter Lasse Passage aka Lasse p. Nøsted released two EPs titled 'Stop Making Sense And Start Making Success Vol. 1' and 2. I missed the second one in the tidal wave of music hitting these shores, but I'll get a second chance with that come October when ... (Click To Continue Reading)
The Radar Post: The Radar Post Categories: Albums • Denmark • Rock The Radar Post: The Radar Post After two lauded EPs Esben Svane return with his first full length as The Radar Post. The eponymous debut is a personal account of the drunken consequences of fame as drummer with Danish pop-rock outfit A Friend In London and the struggle to kick the booze and find his pre-fame ... (Click To Continue Reading)
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