First I do present the list of music releases in 2019 that did not make it on this year’s list. The criteria to be in the list is that the record must be a full album with new unreleased material, no ep´s, no best of or collections of previous releases and I did not participate in the record myself.
Another dark release with chewing Swedish Death Metal from the legend Roberto Thord Granath and his crew. This is record is full of melodies, great vocal tracking, and guest appearances. The record is a concept in the way that the tracklist is spelled Octagram aswell, mean the first song starts with an O, the second with a C, third with a T… yeah you got it.
They are guested on lead guitar by no less than Chaq Mol from Dark Funeral. His efforts are to be heard on the songs Armageddon and Alpha Omega. The reason this album is disqualified from my list is the other guest who wrote the lyrics and vocal arrangements + guest vocals for Grand Demons At War. That guest is me, myself and I. The song kicks off the B-side of the vinyl and Morgan wrote some groovy heaviness which was easy for me to work upon. The story of the song is the grand demon of war and his servant warrior in a conversation with the demon singing Swedish and the warrior in English. I am very proud of the song and this album, you should check it up.
Molasses “Mourning haze” E.P.
This year I went to Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands. An adorable festival always working harder than just put a few bands up on stage. There are special shows, unannounced shows, art exhibitions, Q&A´s, etc including a worked up Craft Beer bar with independent local and or special beers from small breweries. So every year you do see special shows and new bands. One of the bands I was most excited about was Molasses. Born out of the ashes of The Devil´s Blood and Selim Lemouchi & his enemies by Farida Lemouchi, singer in both bands and sister of the late Selim. It is a very psychedelic sound with a crossover 60´s/70´s twist and I do believe this might be a band for the future, despite the gig just heard the two songs featured on this E.P.. If you look on Uriah Heep or Scorpions 70´s and mash it up with some late 60´s hard rock such as Irish Skid Row or Deep Purple before Gillan and spice up with some Blue Öyster Cult and 80´s metal melodies… well somewhere there we are. I really do look forward too see them in Gothenburg in March again.
Everybody knows I was skating as a kid. Us skateboarders had some of the greatest music soundtracking our sport… The Misfits, Black Flag, Corrosion of Conformity, D.R.I., Gang Green, Spermbirds, The Accused etc. Well, that list can go on forever, but with the skateboarding dudes you did have other cassettes than metal in your walkman out skating to get the right atmosphere. So, last spring I walked into Sound Pollution Record Store in Stockholm and Linus, the store manager, handed me this 5-song 7″ and said the magic words -“This is Tony Hawks sons band”. Tony Hawk was when I was young one of the greatest skateboarder on earth. I bought it without looking back at him and ran home and threw it on my deck. It is a continuation of all the sounds we had back then, from Black Flag to Big Black via Suicidal Tendencies and to the generic punk with that swunging beat and the first song “Fight” ends with a melody that would be in Iron Maiden in 1979 when they were killing it in the back streets of London. Great bloody stuff and can not wait to hear more from these people. I never got to get their entire album, why they end up here with this fantastic E.P.
This is the discussion right now (and a helluva reason to go to Roadburn 2020), is this 6-song an album or an E.P.? I bought as an E.P., why it ends up in this list. Anyhow, powerful 60´s psychedelic hard rock with soulful vocals from Rivera in a massive trip down the memory lane with a new enthusiastic sound.