Review ÅSKVÄDER ‘Fenix’

Talking about hard rock from Sweden and not mentioning the influences of bands like The Hellacopters is almost impossible. That also goes for Åskväder and their interpretation of retro rock with a strong drive.

Åskväder is not only a multi-plug connector set from IKEA. It is also a band from Gothenburg that plays electrifying rock music. The quartet founded in 2018 and ‘Fenix’ is their second album. The self-titled debut followed an EP, and the sophomore achievement is supposed to establish the band in the Scandinavian hard rock scene.

‘Fenix’ has everything in place to make this endeavor to a successful one. A driving bass, roaring guitar, steady beat and excellent vocal lines is what characterize each of the songs in the sophomore longplayer.

The album contains all one could ask for from a blistering rock album. There is the swinging ‘Reap What You Sow’. Åskväder steer their rock’n’roll ship in a good direction, starting with the first leg called ‘Blurry Lines’. The upbeat opener is a brisk start and the first step in a twelve songs featuring rock adventure. Raw and spirited hard rock is echoes with songs like ‘When We Fall’ and speedy ‘Zealot’.

Åskväder doesn’t pay too much attention to length of songs. Most of the tracks clock in at less than three minutes with ‘Head Home’ being the exception. The bluesy ballad is a touching moment on the album, revealing the band’s ability to put emotions into forefront.

‘Fenix’ is an excellent representative of a very vivid Swedish rock scene. Åskväder crafted an album that transports emotions and authenticity. This music is real and comes straight from the heart, both crucial factors for a stellar rock’n’roll record.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Blurry Lines
  2. When We Fall
  3. Let You Down
  4. Old Friend
  5. Claptrap
  6. Head Home
  7. Zealot
  8. Nightcap
  9. Preach For Me
  10. Deadlock
  11. Reap What You Sow
  12. Run Out of Time

Label: The Sign Records

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: March 25th, 2022

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