Earlier in the month they released the nine track LP Swedish Cobra.
The sixth song on the LP – Two Steps Back – is a fair introduction to their vaguely trippy progressive sound that is rooted around a solidity of stretched riffs, firmly planted bass and signature double percussion.
Kallblod is a new Swedish electro-rock duo who revealed their first track, Bone & Cream, on the 13th.
Dipping toes in to the pool of ’60s crooners by way of ’80s synthwave, in Bone & Cream, Kallblod are able to a deliver a track that folds itself around the listener in a gentle embrace becalming the restlessness of daily life.
Creating a song that moulds around the listener with the melting guitar and synthesis delivering the unflustered restful absorption of the composition while the hazed vocal whispers quietly in to the ears, yet is itself a busy hive of layered textures, attests to a duo of able musicians and I look forward to hearing more in short order.
The Swedish melodic-metal quintet – The Heard – released the single Tower Of Silence on the 7th.
There is a darkening shadow that casts across the room as The Heard deliver their brooding mood in Tower Of Silence, which is available on bandcamp.
A quintet of experienced musicians who have jelled quickly bringing to the listener music that has a depth of layering through the interweaving guitars, a solidity of structure by percussion, a slightly gothic demeanour mixed by the bass and a haunting, ethereal glow through the expansive vocal.
Tower Of Silence sets a high bar of expectation to their forthcoming début LP The Island, from which the track is taken.
The Swedish prog-rock sextet Conus revealed the single Han Är Nära on the 29th of August.
Han Är Nära is an intriguing, margin over eight minutes song, which takes the listener on an extensive journey.
Opening with harmonies of acoustic guitar and flute the memory is drawn to Jethro Tull and tales of faeries only for that thought to be dispelled a few bars later as foot stomping spanish guitar swirls on to the floor all to merge in to a CinemaScope of sound as electronic washes, percussion and the ever changing-shape of guitar threads through the ear, by which time the audience has learnt not to attempt to anticipate what may next be coming out of the kit-bag, which contains a veritable orchestra of instruments with strings, bows, keys, reeds, diverse percussion and a very occasional vocal section surfacing within the imaginative composition.
Not music to hurry off to a meeting after hearing rather a track that allows the mind to wander off in to speculative imagination and become somewhat intractable when logical thoughts are demanded too soon afterwards.
The Swedish roots-rockers Among Lynx revealed the song Time on the 29th of June.
Immediately on hitting play, the listener is transported to a sawdust strewn saloon bar whilst instinctively reaching for a whisky to spend time in the company of Among Lynx, as the new song feeds gnarly blues riffs though the room.
Whilst easy to focus on purely the slide guitar and immersive vocals, to do so would be to miss all that is included within Time which is, in reality, an intricate, superbly composed and delivered song with much going on beneath the surface, with harmonica and double-bass adding depth to the rhythm of percussion.
For reasons undeserved, though sadly the nature of the world of music, despite delivering music of the highest quality their fan-base, whilst intensely loyal, is predominately home-grown. If justice is served, 2018 will break open the floodgates for a band who should be on far more radars.