Last spring in May, my old friends Mikael & Nils asked me if I could come and DJ at their new club they were going to start. They were about to start a club one or two Fridays a month in Jakobsberg, a slight 20-minute ride with local train Northwest of Stockholm City. The concept for the club was extreme metal ONLY and to have live bands playing there. So, it sounded so weird, so I had to say yes. Being a nerdy rocker like me, I started to dream back to 1970 and East London, were Iron Maiden and other bands started out in the suburbs.
With venue after venue either closing down or close the door to extreme metal in the central of Stockholm, this is what is happening. The scene do exist, it always had and always will. When we started with the extreme metal of Stockholm we had places yet more far from the city center to play in. Like in Vallentuna, Täby Kyrkby, Handen & the luxury only 10-15 minutes with train shows in Sundbyberg and in Fullersta. We were traveling for hours to play music ourselves and watch bands to play for us. We went everywhere in numbers. If you knew the date you just knew that you will meet people at the train station or by the venue, you just went there, no oddities or questions.
We saw bands such as Morbid, Nihilist, Treblinka/Tiamat, Dismember, Afflicted Convulsion, Carnage, Therion, etc and we had a good time as very young teenagers. My parents did let me go as there was no alcohol at these premises, all Drug free-zones with authorized personnel controlling at some venues or at punk venues where only punks did drink cheap Blackberry Wine from Finland that you did not want to drink. So they thought it was better I was hanging around with music dudes that most were under 18 than the local kids drinking and smoke dope and get arrested at weekends.
So, what the heck I jumped on the train the last Friday of June 2019 and went out there. They do all-nighters so DJ starts already at 6pm and goes to the venue closes. So I came out there and there were already a few souls sitting on the deck outside drinking beer. I started to DJ and bursted a few songs… I looked at the clock and I looked at the man in the bar, nicking his head satisfying to the beats of the music. it was 6.37 a Friday night, I played a song from the first album by Sacrifice because that is what I was hired for. I was so proud of their decision in chosing me, what an honor. The first night did not include a band, it was just me playing music and well, as the hours passed by people came by and they started to request more ordinary rock, I refused to because we were settling a statement for this club and not giving up our beliefs or sell out. If they want to hear Guns n Roses, then go downtown where there are plenty of bars for that kind of music, also remember a guys asking me what the hxxk I was doing when I played some Nuclear Death, a lady telling me “this is too much headbang, can you play like Motörhead instead” when I burst som Blasphemy and my favorite “play more Venom”.
The weeks went by and they started to lift up some live music during the summer and people were streaming in. At the same time, it got official that the pub in central Stockholm, Copperfields, threw out the metal music. So this live stage was needed more than ever. I missed much out of August and September as I was working in Italy, saw King Diamond in Copenhagen and Iron Maiden in Oakland. So I claim I had legal reasons to be away. Since then, I´ve been back DJ´ing as many times as possible and it is unbelievable that bands that are famous or at least semi-famous comes there and ask if they could play. The atmosphere is wonderful, it is a bar, but if you bring an adult you are welcomed as an underage. A fabulous mix of people traveling in, not only from around Stockholm but also met people from Lithuania there to see Macabre Decay, as an example and also coming in from the rest of the country.
They also got awarded by the finest price you could win in my world. No less than Dr. Schitz aka Jens Näsström from Morbid showed up unannounced on December 28th and gave them the Morbid Scholarship, Morbid Clan Award, they are the third ever to be entitled the price after Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen and Tompa Eken. So it is very noble. The club goes on and check out their events on Facebook to see when you can see me DJ there. It does happen every now and then.
This IS the new attraction in Stockholm, a new hope for extreme metal, located in Jakobs Kök & Bar, a nice local bar and restaurant in a Northern Stockholmian suburb. Wither I´m there or not, just go, the entrance lurks between €4-€8, food is great and bar prices reasonable and the music is bloody great, so no excuse not to come to see us all there in 2020.