GAUPA, exciting music from Sweden

The other day an album crossed my path that might has been a bit under-represented this year. The moniker of the band is Gaupa and the guys are from Sweden, from Falun to be precise. Gaupa is a quintet, consisting of Erik Jerka-Sävstroem (b), Jimmy Hurtig (d), Danial Nygren (g), David Rosberg (g) and Emma... Continue Reading →

CD review WHITE DOG ‘White Dog’

In a world of high-tech and digital gimmicks an album like ‘White Dog’ sound refreshing. ‘White Dog’ is not only the title of this release, it’s also the band name. The quintet calls Austin, Texas their home and their musical imprint is back deeply in the sounds of the ‘70s. White Dog play an exciting... Continue Reading →

CD review HEXVESSEL ‘Kindred’

Hexvessel sketches pictures with their songs. Bigger soundscapes like in 'Phaedra' are musical storytelling that demands focus an attention from the listener. 'Kindred' isn't an album that supplies easy-listening music. It's an enormous depth and songwriting skills that demand focus and attention. If you want to take a break from reality, it's 'Kindred' and earphones that allows you to go on a trip through musical magic forest with songs being the trees and notes being the leaves.

CD review DOOL 'Summerland'

'Summerland' is the anticipate bold next step of Dool. It showcases a band that maintain the revolutionary wildness of the debut, adding more layers and twists to their sound. Dool is one of the most exciting bands these days and their second longplayer underlines, why this is the case.

CD review LUCIFER ‘Lucifer III’

Although Stockholm is their homebase, Lucifer is an international Rock act with roots in Berlin, Germany. Lucifer is the brainchild of Johanna Sadonis who penned the first album together with Cathedral's Garry Jennings. Line-up changes in 2016 brought new players on board with veteran Nicke Andersson becoming an important musical partner for Sadonis. With Andersson... Continue Reading →

CD review DEWOLFF ‘Tascam Tapes’

One of the first real surprises this year reaches us from Holland. Psychedelic Rock trio DeWolff shows the world that fancy productions and newest recording technique isn‘t needed to record a damn cool album. ‘Tascam Tapes‘ comes without hammond, drums and guitar amps. DeWolff recorded the 12 songs for this album on a Tascam Porta... Continue Reading →

CD review MONOMYTH ‘Orbis Quadrantis’

(8/10) Good things come to those who wait, this could be the overarching headline for Monomyth’s new album. The band, hailing from Den Haag, NL, originally planned to release their new longplayer earlier this year but health issues forced the guys to move the release date. The wait is over in September this year. ‘Orbis... Continue Reading →

CD review DUEL ‘Valley of Shadows’

(7/10) Texas doom rockers Duel are back with a new album entitled 'Valley of Shadows'. Duel is hailing from Austin, Texas and their music is deeply rooted in '70s Rock and Metal. Although the album has a certain retro-vibe things still sound modern and dynamic. There isn't a dull moment on this album, just Duel... Continue Reading →

CD review HIGH REEPER ‘Higher Reeper’

(7/10) High Reeper is based in Philadelphia and plays doom and stoner rock. The band was formed in 2016 and the newest longplayer ‘Higher Reeper’ is their sophomore album after having premiered in 2016 with ‘High Reeper’. Although the title of the sophomore release is more kind of playing with words the new longplayer is... Continue Reading →

CD review CELLAR DARLING ‘The Spell’

(8/10) Cellar Darling, that’s Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter. Right after the three guys parted ways with Eluveitie they initiated there new band Cellar Darling, named after the 2013 debut of Anna Murphy. Three years after having premiered with ‘This is the Sound’ it is the sophomore album ‘The Spell’ that picks it... Continue Reading →

CD review HEXVESSEL ‘All Tree’

(8/10) Hexvessel is the brainchild of Mat 'Kvohst' McNerney. The musician, that was born and raised in the UK, played in various metal bands before he moved to Finland, his new home. Inspired by the Finnish heritage and pagan past, McNerney founded Hexvessel, a folk rock outfit that premiered in 2011 with 'Dawnbearer'. Eight years... Continue Reading →

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