Skraeckoedlan Stream “Arise the Sun” Single Marking Debut’s 10th Anniversary

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 20th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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So, the original version was a Swedish title with English lyrics appearing on Looking to have your book professionally edited before you self-publish by a book editor? Ebook Launch offers Term Papers On Communication for indie authors. Skraeckoedlan‘s 2011 debut, What term paper writing service do you trust? Trust when you need to check it out online. Order your paper today! Äppelträdet (review here). Now titled “Arise the Sun,” what was “Soluppgång” before has Swedish lyrics. Opposite the title. If you manage to keep that straight before actually listening to one song or the other, you’ll have done better than me.

Actually, it took me a little bit (before I saw the info below, obviously) to work out which song on Glassdoor gives you an inside look at what it's like to work at Ford Business Plan, including salaries, reviews, office photos, and more. This is the Buy Essay Club company profile. All content is posted anonymously by employees working at Buy Essay Club. Äppelträdet “Arise the Sun” corresponded with. If you take the roots it makes sense. “Sol” relates to sol, solar, the sun. And I know from Dutch that “utgang” is exit, so it makes sense that “uppgång” in Swedish would be relatively close to getting up, or rising. So, sunrise, basically. “Arise the Sun.” I wish I could say I was linguistically talented enough to have worked that out just reading the titles beforehand, but no. I matched the riffs. “Soluppgång” was the second track on pleasures of love essay robertson davies dissertation sebastian meinke chicago essay style Äppelträdet and is readily recognizable from that position in its new incarnation.

This is the second single the Borlänge four-piece have issued to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first long-player — their most recent was 2019’s  Eorþe (review here) — coming behind “Universum” which arrived in February. As I recall, this was to be a series of three, so that puts them on track for June for the last one? I guess that’ll be “Doedaroedlan,” which opened side B of the original vinyl. Here’s looking forward, whenever it arrives.


Skraeckoedlan, “Arise the Sun”

“Arise the Sun” by SKRAECKOEDLAN out now!
Stream the single:

If you’ve heard Skraeckoedlan’s 2011 debut album “Äppelträdet”, you probably recognize this massive track. “Arise the Sun” was originally released with English lyrics, with the title “Soluppgång.”

Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, Skraeckoedlan has re-recorded the track, this time with Swedish lyrics. “Arise the Sun” is mastered by Cult of Luna’s Magnus Lindberg.

Enjoy it loud, and stay tuned – More anniversary releases from Skraeckoedlan TBA!

Robert Lamu – Vocals/Guitar
Henrik Grüttner – Guitar
Erik Berggren – Bass
Martin Larsson – Drums

Skraeckoedlan, “Soluppgång” from Äppelträdet (2011)

Skraeckoedlan, Eorþe (2019)

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Quarterly Review: Sonic Flower, Demon Head, Rakta & Deafkids, Timo Ellis, Heavy Feather, Slow Draw, Pilot Voyager, The Ginger Faye Bakers, Neromega, Tung

Posted in Reviews on April 2nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan


Friday morning and the Spring 2021 Quarterly Review draws to a close. It’s been a good one, and though there are probably enough albums on my desktop to make it go another few days, better to quit while I’m ahead in terms of not-being-so-tired-I’m-angry-at-everything-I’m-hearing. In any case, as always, I hope you found something here you enjoy. I have been pleasantly surprised on more than a few occasions, especially by debuts.

We wrap with more cool stuff today and since I’m on borrowed time as it is, let me not delay.

Quarterly Review #41-50:

Sonic Flower, Rides Again

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Demon Head, Viscera

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Rakta & Deafkids, Live at Sesc Pompeia

Rakta Deafkids Live at Sesc Pompeia

Next time someone asks you what the future sounds like, you’ll have a good answer for them. Combined into a six-piece band, Brazilian outfits Rakta and Deafkids harness ambience and space-punk thrust into a sound that is born of a past that hasn’t yet happened. Their Live at Sesc Pompeia LP follows on from a 2019 two-songer, but it’s in the live performance that the spirit of this unity really shines through, and from opener/longest track (immediate points) “Miragem” through the semi-industrialized effects swirl of “Templo do Caos,” into the blower-noise dance party “Sigilo,” the weirdo-chug-jam of “Forma” and the space rock breakout “Flor de Pele” and the percussed buzz and echoing howls of “Espirais,” they are equal parts encompassing and singular. It is not to be ignored, and though there are moments that border on unlistenable, you can hear from the wailing crowd at the end that to be in that room was to witness something special. As a document of that, Live at Sesc Pompeia feels like history in the making.

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Timo Ellis, Death is Everywhere

Timo Ellis Death is Everywhere

A madcap, weighted-but-anti-genre sensibility comes to life in supernova-experimentalist fashion throughout the four songs of Timo EllisDeath is Everywhere. The lockdown-era EP from Ellis (Netherlands, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, on and on) makes post-modern shenanigans out of apocalypses inner and outer, and from lines like “this bridal shower is bumming me out” in the unabashedly hooky “Vampire Rodeo” to “the earth will still breathe fire without you!” in “Left Without an Answer,” the stakes are high despite the flittering-in-appreciation-of-the-absurd mood of the tracks themselves. The title-track and “Evolve or Die” blend sonic heft and the experimental pop movement that “Vampire Rodeo” sets forth — the third cut is positively manic and maniacally positive — while “Left Without an Answer” almost can’t help but be consuming as it rolls into a long fade leaving intertwining vocals lines as the last to go, telling the listener to “learn to say goodbye” without making it easy. Won’t be for everyone, doesn’t want to be. Is expression for itself. Feels genuine in that, and admirable.

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Heavy Feather, Mountain of Sugar

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With not-at-all-subtle nods to Humble Pie and Ennio Morricone in its opening tracks, Heavy Feather‘s second LP, Mountain of Sugar, has boogie to spare. No time is wasted on the 38-minute/11-track follow-up to 2019’s Débris & Rubble (review here), and true to the record’s title, it’s pretty sweet. The collection pits retro mindset against modern fullness in its harmonica-laced, duly-fuzzed title-track, and goes full-Fleetwood on “Come We Can Go” heading into a side B that brings a highlight in the soft-touch-stomp of “Rubble and Debris” and an earned bit of Southern-styled turn in “Sometimes I Feel” that makes a fitting companion to all the bluesy vibes throughout, particularly those of the mellow “Let it Shine” earlier. The Stockholm outfit knew what they were doing last time out too, but you can hear their process being refined throughout Mountain of Sugar, and even its most purposefully familiar aspects come across with a sense of will and playfulness.

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Slow Draw, Yellow & Gray

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Don’t tell him I told you so, but Slow Draw is starting to sound an awful lot like a band. What began as a drone/soundscaping project from Stone Machine Electric drummer/noisemaker Mark Kitchens has sprouted percussive roots of its own on Yellow & Gray, and as Kitchens explores textures of psychedelic funk, mellow heavy and even a bit of ’70s proggy homage in “Sylvia” ahead of the readily Beck-ian jam “Turntable” and acousti-drone closer “A Slow Move,” the band-vibe is rampant. I’m going to call Yellow & Gray a full-length despite the fact that it’s 24 minutes long because its eight songs inhabit so many different spaces between them, but however you want to tag it, it demonstrates the burgeoning depth of Kitchens‘ project and how it’s grown in perhaps unanticipated ways. If this is what he’s been doing in isolation — as much as Texas ever shuttered for the pandemic — his time has not been wasted.

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Pilot Voyager, Nuclear Candy Bar

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Freak! Out! The 66-minute Nuclear Candy Bar from Hungarian psychedelicists Pilot Voyager might end mostly drifting with the 27-minute “23:61,” but much of the four tracks prior to that finale are fuzz-on-go-go-go-out-out-out heavy jams, full in tone and improv spirit however planned their course may or may not actually be. To say the least, “Fuzziness” lives up to its name, as guitarist/founder Ákos Karancz — joined by bassist Bence Ambrus (who also mastered) and drummers Krisztián Megyeri and István Baumgartner (the latter only on the closer) — uses a relatively earthbound chug as a launchpad for further space/krautrocking bliss, culminating in a scorching cacophony that’s the shortest piece on the record at just under seven minutes. If you make it past the molten heat of the penultimate title-track, there’s no turning away from “23:61,” as the first minute of that next day pulls you in from the outset, a full-length flow all unto itself. More more more, yes yes yes. Alright you get the point.

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The Ginger Faye Bakers, Camaro

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Sit with The Ginger Faye BakersCamaro EP for a little bit. Don’t just listen to the first track, or even the second, third or fourth, on their own, but take a few minutes to put it all together. Won’t take long, the thing’s only 17 minutes long, and in so doing you’ll emerge with a more complex picture of who they are as a band. Yeah, you hear the opening title-cut and think early-Queens of the Stone Age-style desert riffing, maybe with a touch of we’re-actually-from-the-Northeast tonal thickness, but the garage-heavy of “The Creeps” feels self-aware in its Uncle Acid-style swing, and as the trio move through the swinging “The Master” and “Satan’s Helpers,” the last song drawing effectively from all sides, the totality of the release becomes all the more sinister for the relatively straight-ahead beginning just a short time earlier. Might be a listen or two before it sinks in, but they’ve found a niche for themselves here and one hopes they continue to follow where their impulses lead them.

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Neromega, Nero Omega

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If you’re not yet keeping an eye on Regain Records offshoot Helter Skelter Productions, Rome’s Neromega are a fervent argument for doing so. The initials-only cultish five-piece are Italian as much in their style of doom as they are in geography, and across their four-song Nero Omega debut EP, they run horror organ and classic heavy rock grooves alongside each other while nodding subtly at more extreme fare like the death ‘n’ roll rumble in closer “Un Posto” or the dirt-coated low end that caps “Pugnale Ardore,” the drifting psych only moments ago quickly forgotten in favor of renewed shuffle. Eight-minute opener “Solitudine,” might be the highlight as well as the longest inclusion on the 24-minute first-showing, but it’s by no means the sum total of what the band have on offer, as they saunter through giallo, psychedelia, doom, heavy riffs and who knows what else to come, they strike an immediately individual atmospheric presence even while actively toying with familiar sounds. The EP is cohesive enough to make me wonder what their initials are.

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Tung, Bleak


Some of the made-even-bigger-by-echo vocals from guitarist Craig Kasamis might remind of Maurice Bryan Giles from Red Fang, but Ventura, California’s Tung are up chasing down a different kind of party on 2020’s Bleak, though Kasamis, guitarist David Briceno (since replaced by Bill Bensen), bassist Nick Minasian and drummer Rob Dean have a strong current of West Coast noise rock in what they’re doing as well in “Runaway,” a lurcher like “Spit” later on or the run-till-it-crashes finisher “Fallen Crown,” which the only song apart from the bookending opener “Succession Hand” to have a title longer than a single word. Still, Tung have their own, less pop-minded take on brashness, and this debut album leaves the bruises behind to demonstrate its born-from-hardcore lineage. Their according lack of frills makes Bleak all the more effective at getting its point across, and while they’d probably tell you their sound is nothing fancy, it’s fancy enough to stomp all over your ears for about half an hour, and that’s as fancy as it needs to be. Easy to dig even in its more aggressive moments.

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The Obelisk Questionnaire: Simon Ohlsson of Vokonis

Posted in Questionnaire on March 2nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The Obelisk Questionnaire is a series of open questions intended to give the answerer an opportunity to explore these ideas and stories from their life as deeply as they choose. Answers can be short or long, and that reveals something in itself, but the most important factor is honesty.

Based on the Proust Questionnaire, the goal over time is to show a diverse range of perspectives as those who take part bring their own points of view to answering the same questions. To see all The Obelisk Questionnaire posts, click here.

Thank you for reading and thanks to all who participate.

The Obelisk Questionnaire: Simon Ohlsson of Vokonis

How do you define what you do and how did you come to do it?

I play guitar, sing and mainly I’m a songwriter in the band Vokonis. That’s what I want to put forth the most I guess. That I write songs with my friends and are very lucky to have some people like what we do.

Describe your first musical memory.

It was probably my dad listening to Bruce Springsteen. I do not know if that’s frowned upon but I’ve been to some of his concerts as well and they’ve all been very good.

Describe your best musical memory to date.

Iggy and The Stooges a couple of years ago. I had the pleasure of being able to rush the stage during Fun House and dance next to James Williamson. Iggy is probably my biggest “rock star”. So that alone ranks it above a lot of other concerts.

When was a time when a firmly held belief was tested?

Probably around ten years ago when I lost my faith in god and religion. I was very Christian in my teens and as a lot of bad stuff happened I just couldn’t find it in myself or in the universe that god exists.

Where do you feel artistic progression leads?

To happiness. I don’t want to stand still musically. I get bored very fast if I don’t feel I make progress.

How do you define success?

To love yourself. To be happy with what I do and to surround myself with good people.

What is something you have seen that you wish you hadn’t?

Most Adam Sandler movies. Grown-Ups in particular.

Describe something you haven’t created yet that you’d like to create.

A 20-minute song. That is what we set out to do with Odyssey. It turned into a more traditional album instead but I’m still happy about it.

What do you believe is the most essential function of art?

It adds spice and value to life. The fact that art isn’t appreciated in the same way by two people speaks a lot too.

Something non-musical that you’re looking forward to?

The rest of the NBA season. I’m happy to have that going even if the pandemic is still rolling.

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The Obelisk Questionnaire: Jennifer Israelsson

Posted in Questionnaire on February 26th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The Obelisk Questionnaire is a series of open questions intended to give the answerer an opportunity to explore these ideas and stories from their life as deeply as they choose. Answers can be short or long, and that reveals something in itself, but the most important factor is honesty.

Based on the Proust Questionnaire, the goal over time is to show a diverse range of perspectives as those who take part bring their own points of view to answering the same questions. To see all The Obelisk Questionnaire posts, click here.

Thank you for reading and thanks to all who participate.

The Obelisk Questionnaire: Jennifer Israelsson of Hot Breath

How do you define what you do and how did you come to do it?

Composing feelings and thoughts, that’s probably how I define what I do. I discovered early on that it was a way for me to get out of all the hard and sometimes difficult feelings and thoughts and leave them there, in the song. Just like therapy with a melody that I can (and want to) share.

Describe your first musical memory.

It’s hard to remember a first memory of something I always somehow lived in.

But one of many strong memories is probably still when me and dad sat in the car a few days a week, on our way to figure skating training (yes this was a long time ago) and listened to the Kiss Destroyer album. Just as much goosebumps every time the intro to “Detroit Rock City” kicked off.

Describe your best musical memory to date.

In today’s situation, it really feels like a luxury problem to be able to barely choose your favorite memory of something you have seen or experienced. But one of my absolute strongest memories is probably when Honeymoon Disease played at Speedfest, in Eindhoven, 2015. It felt so unreal to stand on that big stage and play our own songs for so many people. I can still remember that surreal, but amazing, feeling.

When was a time when a firmly held belief was tested?

(Do not know if I understand the question right now, but will try to answer anyway.)

In Hot Breath, we try to challenge ourselves (both in genre and in mind) all the time in our songwriting. One of us may come up with an idea that from the beginning does not feel quite right for all of us, but we test it anyway, and I would still say that in nine cases out of 10 that idea develops into a song or a riff that we can use later on.

Where do you feel artistic progression leads?

Artistic development means everything. I mean, development in any area is important, but of course you always strive to be able to develop more all the time in the form you are passionate about.

How do you define success?

I think success is when you feel happy.

What is something you have seen that you wish you hadn’t?

Interesting question, haha. Can’t think of anything actually, so I probably suppressed it pretty well.

Describe something you haven’t created yet that you’d like to create.

I’d like to create the world’s best ’70s-inspired disco band.

What do you believe is the most essential function of art?

To be able to express oneself in something completely different than in speech. We have so many other senses that we do not think we can use, but once we do, the expression becomes so much stronger and, in my opinion, much more honest.

Something non-musical that you’re looking forward to?

I wish I could be free from work and be able to enjoy a hot, nice summer with my friends.

(A very telling answer for how everything is right now. Just two years ago I would probably have laughed at this answer and I hope for everything in the world that I can laugh at it very soon again.)

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Skraeckoedlan Premiere “Universum” Video; Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Debut

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 19th, 2021 by JJ Koczan


Today, Feb. 19, Swedish progressive fuzz rockers Skraeckoedlan release their new single, Universum. Well, new-ish. The song originally appeared as “Universe” on 2011’s Äppelträdet (review here), the band’s debut album, and below, they talk a bit about their original reasons for recording it in English — as well as a few other tracks they’re redoing to celebrate the debut’s 10th anniversary (they grow up so fast!) — and why they’ve gone back to it now. I think it’s safe to say that if the four-piece were on the road doing 100 shows this year, it might not be happening in this way, but more Skraeckoedlan is not a gift gila-monster I’m about to look in the mouth. They’re welcome around these parts anytime.

You’ll by now be familiar with the format of the pandemic-era performance video. Thus we see the four members of Skraeckoedlan — guitarist/vocalist Robert Lamu, guitarist Henrik Grüttner, bassist Erik Berggren and drummer Martin Larsson — in individual boxes, each playingskraeckoedlan universum his part of the song in sync with the studio version of the track. Much to their credit, they have some fun with that beyond the simple playthrough. Lamu takes advantage of a break to water the plants behind him. Larsson gradually builds his pillow-kit as he goes and likewise seems to defrock from business-casual to headbang-ready in terms of attire. And, well, Berggren is there live and he’s… he’s ready to proceed. He’s not a cat.

I’ll admit, I kept hoping that at some point Grüttner would get in a quick game of ping-pong, but alas. Can’t have everything. And does the swap from English to Swedish make the song any less catchy? Nope. Still a Rampage-worthy stomp ready to get stuck right in your brain — precisely the sort of fare that’s become a specialty of House Skraeckoedlan over the last decade. They kill it and don’t look back and one would expect no less. Way down at the bottom of the post, I’ve included “Universe” so you can do a compare/contrast with “Universum” if so inclined, but while you’re spending time, take the opportunity to dig into 2019’s Eorþe (review here) again as well, if only to remind yourself how far Skraeckoedlan‘s journey has taken them.

I wonder what they mean by, “In April it is Sunrise?”

Enjoy the clip:

Skraeckoedlan, “Universum” official video premiere


“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
– Carl Sagan

A decade has passed since we in Skraeckoedlan released our debut album.

The year before, we released two demos: Flykten från Tellus and Världarnas fall.

It was on these two demos that we built the songs for what later became the album Äppelträdet.

We were then faced with a choice: Would we continue to have all the songs in Swedish, or would we rewrite some of the songs with English lyrics. We thought that we might limit ourselves as a band, if we only had songs in Swedish.

We cowardly wrote three songs with English lyrics, because we simply did not know if it would work to play heavy, groovy rock in Swedish and still be able to get out and play around the world, something we all had as a childhood dream.

We were wrong.

It has turned out that the Swedish songs have absolutely worked even outside of Sweden.

Due to our cowardly decision, we have almost never played any of these three English songs live. We want to change that.

Now that Äppelträdet turns 10 years old, we therefore are releasing a new version of the album, entirely in Swedish. The release has been re-mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna).

In order to bake an apple pie from scratch, we have had to first invent the Universe, which will be released on February 19th.

In April it is Sunrise.

Robert Lamu – Vocals/Guitar
Henrik Grüttner – Guitar
Erik Berggren – Bass
Martin Larsson – Drums

Skraeckoedlan, “Universe” from Äppelträdet (2011)

Skraeckoedlan, Eorþe (2019)

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Hot Breath Premiere “What You’re Looking For, I Have Already Found”; Debut Album Rubbery Lips out April 9

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on February 11th, 2021 by JJ Koczan


Swedish classic heavy rockers Hot Breath will release their debut LP, Rubbery Lips, on April 9 through The Sign Records. The long-player — and no mistake, it is a long-player in the classic model thereof — follows their 2019 self-titled debut EP (review here), which The Sign also released, and it presents 10 tracks in an air-tight ’70s-inspired groove-led form. From the outset “Right Time,” four-piece fronted by guitarist Jennifer Israelsson with Karl Edfeldt also on guitar, Anton Frick Kallmin on bass and Jimmy Karlsson on drums make a vital argument for themselves, taking unabashedly poppy hooks and transposing them on songs like “Magnetic” and the careen-chugging “Last Barang,” speedier in that highway-at-night fashion but still willfully catchy.

And that argument leaves little room for disagreement. Because they’re a band with some measure of pedigree — members having served the cause in outfits like Honeymoon Disease, Hypnos and Mamont over the last decade — it’s not necessarily a surprise their first album should find them in such a having-their-shit-together state, but in accord with their will and ability to bring their aesthetic to life, they also answer back that the songwriting prowess demonstrated on their EP was no fluke.

“What You’re Looking For, I Have Already Found” is the penultimate track on side A, and that puts it in a transitional role ahead of “Who’s the One,” which rounds out the first half of the record and is the only song to top five (or four, for that matter) minutes long. It is a pop-heavy rock epic in pre-’80s fashion, kind of a piece out of time but grown out of the same impulse toward retro-ism that drives the surrounding boogie. As the riff and soon-joining bassline of “What You’re Looking For, I Have Already Found” make HOT BREATH RUBBERY LIPSplain, one way or the other, Hot Breath have no time to waste; their 34-minute total runtime on Rubbery Lips is further testament.

Suitably, side B of the record gets down to the business of having a good time in clear, concise and effective fashion, launching with “Adapted Mind” and boasting cassingle-ready proto-metal in “Turn Your Back” with a ready B-side in the subsequent “One Hit (To the Body)” and as the four-piece continue the thread of no-nonsense fun. They’ve already done a video for closer “Bad Feeling,” and fair enough, but “What to Do,” which appears just before, is no less striking in its catchiness, and one can say the same of any number of the cuts here. In a time without touring, Hot Breath have no shortage of tracks worth highlighting throughout.

And yet, Rubbery Lips — for being a collection of individual songs — isn’t without an overarching flow, as shown when “What to Do” gives over to “Bad Feeling” and of course elsewhere too. That may seem incongruous, but it’s not when you actually listen. Likewise, I’ll argue that despite their affinity for late-’70s/early-’80s rock and roll, Hot Breath are nothing if not modern in their accessibility, born as that is through the unflinching sense of structure that fuses the songs.

I would have no trouble believing Hot Breath have a marker-board in their rehearsal space where they plot out verses and choruses, since the resultant material throughout Rubbery Lips comes across as so worked on and thought through. And that is a modern ideal, since on the whole, the album is still short enough to play in its entirety even to the most fleeting of 2020s-era attention spans. Want a single? Here are 10 of them. Take your pick.

It’s February, so I’ll spare you speculation about where Rubbery Lips will sit among the year’s best debuts, but in its composition and execution, Hot Breath give life to the kind of party one doesn’t want to miss, and of course, which one misses greatly.

Lyric video for “What You’re Looking For, I Have Already Found” premieres below, followed by more from the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

Hot Breath, “What You’re Looking for, I Have Already Found” lyric video premiere

“What You’re Looking for, I’ve Already Found” is the third single from Hot Breath’s debut album “Rubbery Lips”, released on The Sign Records April 9, 2021.

Lyric video by Oscar Hansen (Urbanslug).

Hot Breath is back and will release their debut studio album “Rubbery Lips” during the spring of 2021. With a foundation built on dirty riffing, memorable hooks, and a nononsense attitude, the new album contains 10 tracks of energetic and catchy garage rock ’n’ roll. With their minds firmly set on releasing nothing but killers, Hot Breath has pushed themselves into perfecting the sound that they presented on their 2019 self-titled EP. The result is a straight-shooting album, guaranteed to twist your hips.

“Rubbery Lips” is recorded and mixed by Mattias Nyberg (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, The Datsuns). The cover artwork is made by Anders Muammar. The album will be released on The Sign Records on April 9, 2021, on digital, vinyl, and CD format.

Hot Breath are:
Jennifer Israelsson – Vocals and Guitar
Anton Frick Kallmin – Bass
Jimmy Karlsson – Drums
Karl Edfeldt – Guitar

Hot Breath, “Bad Feeling” official video

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Skraeckoedlan to Release New Single “Universum”

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 9th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Sort of a new single, anyhow. Swedish progressive heavy fuzz rockers Skraeckoedlan have never been shy when it comes to bilingualism. Their debut album, 2011’s Äppelträdet (review here), is a decade old this year, and as the band embarks on re-recording some older tracks that were originally in English in their native language, they’re beginning next Friday (Feb. 19), with “Universum,” originally known as “Universe” on that first record.

So it’s a new single from an older track. I haven’t heard “Universum” yet — the cover art for it rules and can be seen below — but being familiar with Skraeckoedlan‘s general modus, it would be a remarkable surprise if the lyrics are the only change between “Universe” and “Universum.” As 2019’s Eorþe (review here) made plain, the band continue to develop new sonic ideas around their central heavy template, and it seems only reasonable to expect that will apply to these new recordings as well.

I don’t know how many tracks Skraeckoedlan have redone in this manner, if it’s one or two or they’ll be sprinkled throughout the year as the band presumably also eventually looks to return to the road, but this has been a group worth following for over 10 years now, and frankly, they’ve yet to steer wrong. I consider myself fortunate to have seen them live.

They announced the single thusly:

skraeckoedlan universum

We have re-recorded a couple of old tunes that was released with english lyrics, but this time in swedish.

The first one ‘Universum’ will be released 2021-02-19. Can not wait to show you, they sound massive.

Recorded and produced by Erik Berglund at Massiv Musik

Art by Johan Leion at

Out February 19 on all streaming platforms
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Robert Lamu – Vocals/Guitar
Henrik Grüttner – Guitar
Erik Berggren – Bass
Martin Larsson – Drums

Skraeckoedlan, “Universum” teaser

Skraeckoedlan, “Universe” (2011)

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Vokonis Set May 7 Release for Odyssey

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 19th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Goodness gracious that’s some gorgeous album art for the new Vokonis record. The album has been in discussion since before it was even mentioned here last Spring, and I’ll just say that yes, I’ve heard it and it’s the most progressive work the Swedish three-piece have done yet, building on 2019’s Grasping Time (review here) even as it basks in heavier heavy. If you’ve followed the band’s evolution to this point — or, I guess, if you haven’t — they won’t disappoint. Plus, Per Wiberg‘s on it!

I assume that, were the circumstances different, Odyssey would have been released last Fall. Better late than never. Expect more to come on this one, one way or the other.

Till then, this from the PR wire:

Vokonis Odyssey

Vokonis will release their fourth studio album ”Odyssey” May 7th 2021 via The Sign!

Vokonis will release their fourth studio album “Odyssey” in spring 2021. More dynamically diverse than ever, the 6 new tracks feature guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard. Odyssey is Vokonis’ first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.

After the success of Vokonis’ critically acclaimed third album “Grasping Time” (2019), Vokonis immediately went into recording more material. With the goal set to further expand the prog landscape, Vokonis crafted recordings that are more dynamically diverse and forward-thinking than ever before. The result is “Odyssey”, the upcoming fourth studio album by Vokonis. Ranging from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages, the new album features guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on Keyboard.

With tangible prog- influences combined with stand out choruses, the 6 tracks on “Odyssey” further explores the sound that Vokonis introduced on 2019’s “Grasping Time”. Jonte’s clean vocal lines are effectively blended with Simon’s aggressive bark, creating tons of depth as the sound shift from dreamy psychedelia to faze-melting sludge heaviness. The new tracks are backed up by the rhythmical patterns provided by the band’s new drummer Peter Ottosson who, since his affiliation in early 2019, has proved to be a spark plug of inspiration for the band.

“Odyssey” was recorded in Studio Soundport, Sweden, by Mikael Andersson. Mastered by Magnus Lindberg. The artwork for the album and its singles were made by Kyrre Bjurling (Grasping Time, Olde One Ascending Reissue). “Odyssey” will be released on The Sign Records on May 7, 2021. The album will be available on digital, vinyl, and CD format. Get ready.

Simon Ohlsson – Guitar and Vocals
Jonte Johansson – Bass and Vocals
Peter Ottosson – Percussion – Drums

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