“Few, if any bands had the same impact on today’s hard rock bands as AC/DC. This is a genre that – when the role models themselves performs it – is called arena rock.But call it what you want, this music will always have it’s finest moments in an intimate club scene. And right there we find DYNAMITE, that’s currently travelin’ around in the same manners as AC/DC did in (amongst other places) Växjö in 1976. Dynamite has the Bon Scott -era as primary reference and it’s as convincing as Airbourne, Rhino Bucket, 77 and Swedish Bonafide.
The quality of this debut is surprisingly high and even, just like the charm in their performance. There may be a commercial restriction in being so strongly associated with another band, but if you ask me; I’d rather choose the club scene with these bands every day of the week instead of a worn out band on Ullevi, 200 meters from the stage where all you can see is the TV screens…”
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!
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
“Mantric Muse are a Danish space rock band who have been around for over a decade. They’ve appeared on some compilations and I’ve heard some unofficial live sets, but this is their first ever official album. The band are all instrumental. Ozric Tentacles are the most obvious analogy, and Oresund Space Collective sometimes comes to mind, which isn’t a surprise as some of these guys have played with and recorded with that band.
There are 7 tracks on the CD, mostly in the 7-10 minute range. Songs like Cinope, Sfunx, and Deep Sea Cheops are the ones with the most overt Ozric influences. Cinope is an ass kicking space rocker. Sfunx is similar, but as the title suggests, has a funky groove. Killer synths on this one; a total body grooving head trip. And Deep Sea Cheops is a cool combination of heavy driving space rock and atmospherics.
But Mantric Muse also incorporate various other influences, most notably on the opening track, Nanoid. We’ve got two guitars, one playing a King Crimson Discipline-era Robert Fripp pattern, and the other alternating between rock and jazz styles. Sometimes the whole has an Ozric Tentacles sound, and other times it’s got a kind of spaced out jazzy vibe that brings to mind David Torn. Sindband Sofareren starts off as a space rocker with hip-shaking Latin grooves, and then launches into a ripping rocker that’s part Ozrics, part jazz fusion, part prog rock, but all firmly within a space rock context. Azur is another Ozrics styled space rocker, but there’s lots of intriguing transitions, from Latin grooves, prog rock, metal guitar, and then rocking but meditative space-jazz-fusion, all coming together seamlessly. This sucker rocks hard. Finally, Gnoxience is the one shorter track of the set, being a 4 ½ minute Soundscape exploration.
In summary, this is one kick ass set of instrumental space rock. The music has a great jamming quality, but not loose and improvised. All the tracks are tightly performed and arranged. And I must say that despite the obvious Ozric sound, Mantric Muse are more than capable of synthesizing different styles and influences to create their own brand of space rock. Recommended.”
Olav Björnsen from PROGRESSOR wrote a nice review for JOHN DUVA’s self-titled debut!
It follows here:
“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.