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RH Digital Distribution: Cosmic Overlord & The Satellite Circle

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Cosmic Overlord delivers heavy and doomy tunes in the style of Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath and Candlemass. A slow and heavy mix of rough edged vocals, guitar riffs, distorted moving bass, alien analog synth effects and prog weirdo percussion will send you far into outer space.

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ImageThis band make no secret of their driving inspiration. A cover featuring large, pink bubble letters and a girl with a 70’s hair-do leave no ambiguities about classification. This Swedish trio are the ultimate in psychedelic stoner doom metal. Massive, ripping guitar distorsion, echoing drums, sitars and tambourines lay waste to all cheery exuberance.

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ImageAn absolutely high-recommendable five song EP from this Swedish power trio. The roots of the CIRCLE lay back in 1997 and this demo is from 1999, recorded in two days in July. The band is having a lot of 70’s influences, like for example SIR LORD BALTIMORE, MOUNTAIN, BLUE CHEER or GRAND FUNK RAILROAD and The Satellite Circle create the same vibe like these bands.

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Dynamite: New review!

We just found out about a new exciting review for DYNAMITE’s debut album “Lock ‘N Load”. This time time from the website metal.de!

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Wer bei diesem Bandnamen instinktiv an die AC/DC-Hymne “TNT” denkt, liegt absolut richtig, denn diese vier Schweden machen erst gar kein Geheimnis aus ihren Einflüssen, sondern orientieren sich in jeder Art und Weise an der australischen Ikone. Ich weiß, es gibt jede Menge Formationen – von KROKUS über RHINO BUCKET bis AIRBOURNE – die das nicht unähnlich zu tun pflegen, doch dermaßen intensiv an den Bon Scott-Jahren wie DYNAMITE orientiert sich kaum eine andere Band.

Das Quartett macht seine Sache dabei auch durchwegs gut und weiß mit knackigen Kompositionen aufzuwarten, die allesamt sofort ins Gehör gehen und schon beim Erstkontakt zum Mitmachen animieren. Klar, einen Sonderpreis für innovative Klänge werden DYNAMITE mit Sicherheit nicht einheimsen, sehr wohl aber sollte “Lock N Load” in ihrer “angedachten” Zielgruppe für Furore sorgen können, weil die Jungs aus Växjö auf authentische Weise den Sound von AC/DC wiederzugeben verstehen.

Und wer es schafft Nummern wie das mitreißende “Stone Heart Rebel” oder den knackigen “Streetfighting Blues” zu komponieren, muss zweifelsfrei auch etwas von seinem Handwerk verstehen, da kann die Nähe zu den Vorbildern noch so offenkundig sein. Hält man sich obendrein vor Augen, dass DYNAMITE an sich erst seit 2012 zusammen Musik machen wirkt dieses Debüt noch imposanter.

Sollte es den Jungs auch noch gelingen ihre Tracks mit einer annähernd adäquaten Intensität auf die Bühnen zu bringen, dürfte es wohl nicht allzu lange dauern, ehe man auch diese Schweden auf diversesten Festival zu sehen bekommt. Nicht besonders originell, aber verdammt gut! – 7/10

EGONAUT: New album available for pre-order!

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We are very proud to present the second album by Swedish bastard rockers EGONAUT!

Two years after the successful debut “Electric” and the three-track EP “Los Egonauts”, EGONAUT returns with “Mount Egonaut”. The album-opener “Crawl” sets the mood for the rest of the album; heavy, fast well-arranged hard rock! The band smoothly blends the sleazy/melodic elements with a slight touch of stoner rock. Add a swirling 70’s organ and in-your-face vocals and voilà: you’ve got yourself some Bastard Rock. For friends of MUSTASCH, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR and METALLICA.

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THREE SEASONS: 2nd track out from coming album!

Three Seasons has now made the a second track from the coming album “Understand The World” available for streaming!

After a very successful debut album and a largely appreciated 7-incher, THREE SEASONS are now working on a new full-length LP! The album is a twisting and turning mixture going to many different places while at the same time never leaving the sound of Three Seasons – the grooving, hard-hitting drumming and dynamic bass married with characteristic lead vocals and a most wicked guitar sound. It’s a strong foundation of an original band, who clearly have developed and found their sound! Here you’ll find folky grooves, Hendrixian guitar leads, rock-solid riffing, and more still… These Swedes deliver yet another amazing release you’ll have to get your hands on ASAP! An essential record for anyone into LED ZEPPELIN, JIMI HENDRIX, DEEP PURPLE,
THE DOORS or bands similar.

Egonaut signed to Transubstans!

Bastard Rock pioneers Egonaut are happy to announce that they have inked a deal with Transubstans Records.
Vocalist Fredrik comments the signing: “Transubstans is the perfect label for us and we feel that this is the beginning of a great cooperation. I can’t wait to go into the studio and start working on the new album”.
The band are entering the studio this wednesday to begin recording the follow up to the 2011 release “Electric”, the so far unnamed album is due for a release in february/march.

Space Mirrors: Competition time!

 

 

 

The winners of the Space Mirrors contest will be announced on the release date, August 1st. There is still time to compete for a free copy of the new album “In Darkness They Whisper” – simply click the image below to get redirected to Aural Innovations.

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Good luck!

 

 

 

JOHN DUVA: New review out!

 

 

 

Olav Björnsen from PROGRESSOR wrote a nice review for JOHN DUVA’s self-titled debut!

It follows here:

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“Swedish quartet JOHN DUVA have been around for a good few years from what I understand, limiting their endeavours to band rehearsals where the members can release built up frustrations from their everyday lives into music. They were discovered and quickly signed by Swedish label Transubstans Records, who released their self-titled debut album on the Troglodyte imprint in February 2012.

And what we’re dealing with here is a good, old fashioned band that have a clear emphasis on high energy rock and roll. Dirty and grimy, but also with a few tender touches and passages that documents a band with good instrumental skills. But at the core of everything there’s energy and aggression. With high octane, at times almost frantic drum patterns giving the bassist a good run for the money as the busiest instrumentalist of this foursome. I might add that this is a band fond of a loud drum sound too, cue a band like The Who. The guitarists provides the main parts of the variation at hand, providing hammering staccato riffs and easygoing circulating riff patterns with ease, but when it’s time fo an instrumental passage they’ll frequently adds some more polished touches to the proceedings, adding melodic, harmonised layers on top of the high energy rhythm foundation. As well as dampened, gentler psychedelic oriented sequences on a few occasions.

Then there’s the lead vocals, and in this case this is a like or loathe aspect of this band’s performance. The lead vocals are shouted, and in a manner that documents quite nicely that passion and aggression is far more important than melodies and staying in tune. Punk is probably a key word here, if you really enjoy punk music and punk lead vocalists then this will be a perfect band to explore, if you can’t stand it then John Duva isn’t an act that will interest you.

The end result is an album filled with high energy material, with stylistic roots that can be tracked back to good, old The Who, following the line of development that encompasses garage rock and punk rock. Aggressive, deceptively primitive in expression, with a few touches of instrumental class that makes me suspect that this quartet also know a fair bit about bands like Turbonegro. And comes recommended to those who feels that this is an enticing description.

My rating: 64/10″