Controlling the puzzle…

My band, bloodofjupiter, will release it´s first album this Saturday. The album is called “Eternal Damnation” and contains 7 songs lasting around a complete hour.

Unfortunately, there are some circumstances disturbing the forces of the release ceremonies, so times are not what they should be, but nevermind small people…

What got me here is more of an interesting story, so I will name a few records that kept me on this path upon my contribution to this record. Just in short: This album was mainly recorded in early February 2020 at Studio Humbucker, south of south-central Stockholm. Our engineer, & co-producer with the band Robert Pehrson, also mixed and mastered this entity. The vocals were done in like 2 hours in early April, so pretty much is pretty live onto this one. It will be self-released just digital to start with and you can find all our recordings here and stream/download them from your common platform.

Doom Metal is a special chapter of my life and a record that I always been listening to since it releases in 1991 is the epic debut alum by the Texas outfit Solitude Aeturnus. The epic heaviness and melodies along Robert Lowe´s vocals are majestic. A true classic of its time and very underestimated as I rarely see it listed among classic doom albums. So, I do believe it passed to many should without being heard, so now it is time for you to give ut a try…

There is a local band here in Stockholm, Sweden. I always looked up to them as some sort of supreme humans and the general band had such a stable line-up despite changing singers. Just in the mid/late nineties, the band was on some sort of hiatus but Leif could not stop writing music. I do believe the story here is that he actually was about to awake his old monicker Abstrakt Algebra for these releases, but due to commercial failure, the record company forced him to release it as Candlemass albums. This one sounds really Candlemass to me and is one of my favorite albums by the band. It proves that you can find the correct dimensions and sounds, despite who is doing what in the band, and that any member will never be interchangeable, excluding the driving force and the machine behind the band. In this case Leif Edling and for our sake that would be me. The second album with this constellation is my masterpiece and you should enjoy it as well.

I can talk about Death Metal for hours and very many different records. One person very close to me defines Death Metal as dull and boring, and that is because what that person refers to like Death Metal is the typical Stockholm or classical American sound with bands not bringing any finesse to the soundscape and the music. I can agree that the scene is flooding with this kind of band, that is true. But Death Metal is so much more. It took many spectral and sides and here is an album from the breakthrough between the old school, where I come from, and the newer school of dimension and sounds. I think it pretty much got a lot of desperate wounds inside its soul and why it is kept so total in uniting all sort of different fragments from the Death Metal-scene over the years. The greatest treasure of Rhode Island must be the debut album by Vital Remains, judge for yourself and save your prayers:

Speaking about Scandinavian Death Metal it often ends up with Norwegian bands turning into Black Metal or Swedish bands playing or not playing Stockholm Style Death Metal. What we usually forget about is the bands from the other countries and a few years back this outfit from Sønderborg in Denmark formed in 1991 gave us the following masterpiece:

I could go for the genre after genre and band by the band for this but I decided to keep up some of the ones that I do listen to most today, and I do stay in the Nordic Countries but I do move myself a bit west to the volcanic island Iceland. This very small country goit a great culture and history of bands since the 1960s playing heavy, psychedelic, and or progressive rock. No wonder that the heritage survived all the way to these days after such great bands as Manar, Icecross, Trúbrot, Pelican, Svanfridur & Odmenn. The scene of heavy rock from different genres are enormous due to the fact the island brings a population of ca 365.000 ppl only, my favorite album of the modern Icelandic rock culture must be this one, that opened so many eyes for me…

So there you go with five very special albums, special to me and many others, influential to my musical and lyrical content and ingredients to believing and keeping moving on.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Take nothing for granted, spin our record this Halloween and don´t take any shit.

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