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Well, I finally did it. I made an all-Swedish podcast.
I’ve been threatening it for a couple months, but after my work/school schedule kicked my ass for most of February and March, I decided I’d end my spring break this week with the nerdiest thing I could think of. And here we are. I don’t mind telling you I’m wearing my Dozer shirt to mark the occasion.
The list just kept growing. I sat here yesterday afternoon and started going through the stacks (which is officially what I’m calling my CD shelves as of… now), looking for bands, and for each one I grabbed, another came to mind. It ended up being a whopping 40 tracks of heavy rock, cult doom and aural crush from the likes of Witchcraft, Demon Cleaner, The Quill, Entombed, Greenleaf, Bathory, Graveyard, Truckfighters, Kongh and a ton more. There were some repeaters from the winter podcast (looking at you, Candlemass), but there wasn’t anything included I didn’t think belonged.
A notable omission is Grand Magus, who I left out because I don’t yet have a hard copy of Hammer of the North and didn’t want to cop out by just including an older track. So yeah, I recognize they’re a Swedish band, and a good one, but they were in the last audiObelisk Transmission anyway, so if you’re interested enough to be reading this and to download the file, you probably already heard them last time around. If not, I apologize. Next $30 I get, I’ll pick up that import.
That aside, I personally think it’s a killer mix of tracks. You get a lot of Sweden‘s stoner rock heritage, but also a good bit of the diversity within that country’s scene, and a decent picture of why Swedish bands have been able to have such an influence internationally. It’s hard to imagine that we’d have the growing scenes in other European countries without the groundwork of a lot of these Swedish acts, and though this stuff ranges across a couple decades in terms of when it was recorded and released, the nation continues to innovate. I think the Ghost track included shows that, if nothing else.
More important than that, though, this stuff rocks, and I hope you dig it.
You can listen on the player above, or download the file by clicking the image at the top of this post, following the link in the sidebar, clicking here, or by carrier pigeon. Seriously, if one shows up, I will buy a flash drive and tie it to the leg of the carrier pigeon and send it back to you. It’s not animal cruelty because those things are super-tiny.
Full tracklist is after the jump.
0:00:04-0:05:46 Asteroid, “Dr. Smoke” from Asteroid (Fuzzorama, 2007)
0:05:46-0:09:33 Siena Root, “As We Return” from Different Realities (Transubstans, 2009)
0:09:33-0:13:36 Mammoth Volume, “Horizon” from Mammoth Volume (The Music Cartel, 1999)
0:13:36-0:21:08Candlemass, “Black Stone Wielder” from Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (Peaceville, 1986/2008)
0:21:08-:25:31 Ghost, “Ritual” from Opus Eponymous (Rise Above/Metal Blade, 2011)
0:25:31-0:32:04 Burst, “Homebound” from Origo (Relapse, 2005)
0:32:04-0:35:44 Demon Cleaner, “Head Honcho” from The Freeflight (Molten Universe, 1999)
0:35:44-0:40:14 Ponamero Sundown, “Live the Lie” from Stonerized (Transubstans, 2009)
0:40:14-0:45:37 The Quill, “Hammerhead” from Hooray! It’s a Deathtrip (SPV, 2003)
0:45:37-0:52:16 Spiritual Beggars, “Misty Valley” from Another Way to Shine (Music for Nations, 1996/2007)
0:52:18-0:56:19 Entombed, “They” from To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth (Music for Nations/Threeman, 1997)
0:56:19-1:09:42 Suma, “Ashes” from Ashes (Regain, 2010)
1:09:42-1:15:08 New Keepers of the Water Towers, “Rise of the Lizard King” from Chronicles (MeteorCity, 2009)
1:15:08-1:18:51 Vaka, “Somersaults” from Kappa Delta Phi (Murkhouse, 2008)
1:18:51-1:20:26 The Mushroom River Band, “Nurse” from Music for the World Beyond (MeteorCity, 2000)
1:20:26-1:25:11 Greenleaf, “Treehorn” from Agents of Ahriman (Small Stone, 2007)
1:25:11-1:29:38 Ridge, “Rancho Relaxo” from A Countrydelic and Fuzzed Experience in a Colombian Supremo (Molten Universe, 2001)
1:29:38-1:35:19 Gas Giant, “Dragon’s Cave” from Mana (Elektrohasch, 2003)
1:35:19-1:40:26 Roachpowder, “To Ebola with Love” from Atomic Church (The Music Cartel, 2001)
1:40:26-1:46:34 Truckfighters, “Con of Man” from Mania (Fuzzorama, 2009)
1:46:34-1:50:06 Made in Sweden, “Little Cloud” from Made in England (Esoteric, 1970/2009)
1:50:06-1:53:47 Witchcraft, “What I Am” from Witchcraft (Rise Above, 2004)
1:53:47-1:56:58 Burning Saviours, “Let’s Dance” from Hundus (I Hate, 2006)
1:56:58-2:06:35 Kongh, “Voice of the Below” from Shadows of the Shapeless (Seventh Rule, 2009/2010)
2:06:35-2:16:05 Skånska Mord, “The Last Supper” from The Last Supper (Small Stone, 2010)
2:16:05-2:19:17 Mustasch, “The Deadringer” from RatSafari (EMI Sweden, 2003)
2:19:17-2:27:20 Dead Man, “The Wheel” from Euphoria (MeteorCity, 2008)
2:27:20-2:31:40 The Awesome Machine, “Burning Love” from The Awesome Machine (Ellington, 1998)
2:31:40-2:36:50 Stonewall Noise Orchestra, “Skyscraper Moment” from Constants in an Ever Changing Universe from (The Unit, 2008)
2:36:50-2:41:13 Brutus, “Hey Mama” from Brutus (Transubstans, 2010)
2:41:13-2:44:57 Blowback, “Phase One and Two” from Morningwood (Record Heaven, 2008)
2:44:57-2:55:38 Cult of Luna, “Finland” from Somewhere Along the Highway (Earache, 2006)
2:55:38-03:03:06 Bathory, “Blood and Iron” from Twilight of the Gods (Black Mark, 1991/2003)
03:03:06-3:07:42 Graveyard, “As the Years Pass by, the Hours Bend” from Graveyard (Tee Pee, 2008)
3:07:42-3:11:17 Dexter Jones Circus Orchestra, “Left to Life Abide” from If the Light Can’t Save Us, I Know Darkness Will (Fuzzorama, 2009)
3:11:17-3:15:42 Mangrove, “River of My Soul” from Endless Skies (Transubstans, 2009)
3:15:42-3:20:20 Abramis Brama, “Svart” from När Tystnaden Lagt Sig… (Transubstans, 2005)
3:20:20-3:23:34 Horisont, “Horisont Boogie” from Tva Sidor av Horisonten (Crusher, 2009)
3:23:34-3:29:40 Lowrider, “Texas Pts. 1 & 2” from Welcome to MeteorCity (MeteorCity, 1998)
3:29:40-3:35:07 Dozer, “Black Light Revolution” from Call it Conspiracy (Molten Universe, 2003)