The best of -2-0-2-0-

A most mediocre year in the record history for me. Most of my giants were holding back and not releasing any new material. There are still a few moments and a few artists that made me smile. As usual: no singles or ep’s, live albums or compilations. Just fresh new material on full albums. Which already started a conflict. “The Haunting of Silvåkra Mill” by Malsten, contains only four songs, why I do not consider it as an album, but still forty minutes of prominent doom, so they end up first as a mention of honor:

17. Svederna “Härd”

The lovely complete hordes of chaos ringing in my ears listening to this blaster. Swedens complete nutters are swinging it on blasting dirty black thrash metal for the receivers of dissonance on their third album. Starting up with maybe their best song to date, “Den arkaiska rötan”, and donates the pure, wicked and malicious vocals of Primathor over a war from the rhythm section immediately. Well done, lads. The guitar lines sometimes even take me near the soundscapes of Caller of the Storms.

16. Painted Doll “How to draw fire”

The second album by Dave Hill & Chris Reiferts rock project does not reach the heights of the first one. Still, there are solid songs right through the thirty-nine minutes shared over twelve songs. “Blue Postcards” might be my highlight. Nothing new here, just plain rock of quality.

15. Deep Purple “Whoosh!”

Another album slapped in the face by its precursor. Maybe I did not give this one enough time but I can not feel the purple extra in this release as I did with their current album. It still got the Ian’s in a great condition for this old lobster of an album.

14. Novarupta “Marine Snow” This one mane army of Alex Stjernfeldt bursts out the second, hard album with such a slope. It is miles better than the debut album which I found a bit uninteresting despite great guest vocalists. Once again a great line-up of vocalists in Josh Graham, Martin Persener, Lea Amling Alazam, Robert Lamu, Mike Paparo & Arvid Hällagård puts this darkness up a few notches in five songs in complete perfectionism.

13. Henrik Palm “Poverty Metal” Fella Henrik Palm is another great Swedish multi-instrumentalist that just brings us to worlds beyond and this time he over helmed himself with some hidden ugh!. The cover version of my favorite Twisted Sister-song “Destroyer”, says it all. When he played Roadburn the other year he screened some old Judas Priest-footage behind him whilst rocking on 🤣. For some odd reason, this album makes me think of old Sonic Youth. It’s alternative hard rock at a proper point and remembers his name.

12. Jordablod “The cabinet of numinous songs” The discovery of the year in my world. Malin who works in the magnificent record store “Sound Pollution” in Stockholm recommended them to me and I am grateful for that. More Swedish Black Metal. This features musical slopes as acoustic intros. Did I mention that it is once again a work by a Swedish multi-instrumentalist, Filip Lundström? “Blood and rapture” be my favorite song and the song I DJ: ed most out at clubs from this procreation.

11. Incantation “Sect of vile divinities” Genuine, blasting American Death Metal build upon massive riffs and slabbing drums. Nothing new, just a great dose of what you need. John McEntee knows what’s he’s best at more than thirty years ever after.

10. Necrowretch “The one from hell” The fourth album by these French monsters. It is fast blackish Death Metal. 8 songs in 37 binding minutes with an evil deliverance. The instrumental “Through the black abyss” be the sign of the mysticism from the melancholic dark spheres into the rinse up conclusion with some classic satanic speed metal-style in the song “Necrowretch” were Vlad is giving us all of his inner wrath & exasperation.

9. Witchskull “A driftwood cross” You can believe I had high expectations for the third album from the Aussies after the super latent “Coven’s Will” from a few years ago. The opening song on that epos “Raven” have such an intense riff and the rhythm from the platonic duo Joel and Tony fronted by the frantic and almost obscene vocals by Marcus blew me away. So when the opening song is named “Black Cathedrals” my expectations might be turned out too high. The opening riff is not bad but it is something I could expect a band like Orchid to do. Also, the vocals calmed down to the level they sound lane in comparison. The album holds that standard over the first four songs but when you flip to the B-side and the galloping doomish metal in the song “Dresden” keeps your headbanging along the groove. Then you know it is coming. Halfway through the song it slows down and creeps into the mythic crypts of the “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” record. The complete fury is back in Marcus voice and here is pure Australian metal history from the pride of Canberra. The final riff and roar is so direct so you are breathless afterward. The following songs do not really climb up to the heights of “Dresden” but it shows a few not heard before paths by the band. Genuine Black Sabbath-syndromes and authentic wrath. You can almost visualize all the pain in this music. “March of Winter” pounds of comfortably straight towards some dark and cold winter nights, despite I have my doubts that this gang ever lived through a harsh winter night of complete darkness and nothingness as we do have up here in Sweden & the North in general. “Nero Order” is a proper order of madness with some very Iron Maiden-ish touches. Going back to Iomminess on the final song “A driftwood cross” ends the album with a journey from melancholy to majestic, epic metal. Makes you hungry for more. If they just had let the devil a bit more loose on the A-side this should’ve been the album of the year. I look forward to their fourth release.

8. Dark Tranquillity “Moment” In my world the term “Melodic Death Metal” is a contradiction. Death Metal is rage towards normal levels of music and should not be room clean nor melodic. Still, there are a few bands in the genre that I like. Dark Tranquillity is one of them and “Moment” might be their finest album to date as a full album. One of the singles released before the album “Identical to None” really is a role model for this record. It is poppy, catchy, dark and the lyrics by Stanne are genius as usual. He’s good at his lyrics, how to put words together, and how to evolute that through his songs. The ballad “The eyes of the world” where Mikael partly cries the words out is a very sensitive song and proves why this is such a great musical export. They really turn to many people and their worlds without being sissy. That is really a hard job. Most American bands fail there. They sound like hairspray and produced radio rock band if you put them next to the real thing like Dark Tranquillity is. I enjoyed them streaming the entire album live from “Storan” in Gothenburg and I hope they play the full album live for us, one day too.

7. Uada “Djinn” One hour hell, is the phrase describing this album. The intense melodic guitars, the wrathful voice, and the curious drums are the tactics for yet another well-balanced record. When you are at the level of Uada it is hard to fail and disappoint your fans. I wish they could have dusted the production just a bit, a rougher version of this record could have done it. You’ll never see (unless you are getting hold of a rough mix of the record). The first two songs almost walk into each other too much in style, if you listen to it like me, you are good with it. Others might get bothered and bored. On my own record song, two and song three are examples of exactly that. For us into powerful modern black metal. This is a great trip. You’ll hear what such impact Watain had on bands like this, and as a fan of Watain, I am good with that.

6. Vampire “Rex” I got almost shocked turning this on the first time. They’ve risen from an ok band that is a good live band to a really good band overall. Again, blackish thrash metal the way I like it. The suitably named song “Pandemoni” got an 80’s King Diamond touch to it, which makes it scarier. “Rekviem” might be the most furious song and gives me back the memories of listening to the second album by Merciless. “Melek-Taus” is an unhappy ending with an epic acoustic last forty seconds.

5. Sòlstafir ” Endless twilight of codependent love” Almost as complex and hard the title is too remember and pronounce, almost as complex and hard it is to take in everything from this record. Starting with a jazzy part with their Icelandic cowboy sound the song “Akkeri” tells you that the coming 63 minutes of your life will be difficult to cure. A very progressove pumping and aggressive part follow and if you did not know, they know their shit starting like a hundred years ago as a Black Metal band. I DJ:ed at a few of their shows and when they got time to come out after and hang they party loose to all the great classics, believe me. They are one of my favorite live acts and I’ve seen them numerous times. This spring I was considering fly to Iceland to see them at a genuine Icelandic village, unfortunately, life said no to that, it was just the week before the virus took over. So sad in that case. I hope life will give me another opportunity someday to go and see them in Iceland. So, after the attack with the first song, they slow things down with a gloomy postrock kind of ballad. After a slight bridge with strings towards the end, “Drysill” pumps out with a crescendo of the boys giving us an action-filled ride upon the Icelandic prairies. “Rökkur” keeps the moldy postrock alive and it goes on like that until they press us down beneath their messy Icelandic Black Metal in “Dionysus”. “Til Moldar” is a typical sensitive jazzy pop-ballad. Until returning to the doomy post-rock-era we mostly know them from. “Ör” must be the most complex listening on this hour-plus record. Too many impressions to mention and I will fight this tune for several years. The beauty is all existing in the soulful “Úlfur”. Sòlstafir remains in the prime of their career with this epos and my heart is far from full, but it is joyful.

4. Dool “Summerland” I first jumped on this band a few years ago as Job and Micha from The Devil’s Blood were in and I did not know too much of the infamous guitarist/singer Ryanne and one of the most powerful Dutch voices I know about. Superb melodies, catchy choruses and a helluva guitar twang upon the rhythm section. Pointing on their debut album, which I thought were a great start of the day some years ago they now merged together after a hell lot of touring and matured enormously. “Sulphur & Starlight” makes any fan of metal bang along to its catchiness. Trippin on upon the “Wolf Moon” all the ingredients are there to bake a band that should be playing stadiums and arenas, hopefully, they get all the success they do deserve. “Be your sins” be my favorite song for today. Catchy poppy metal with an insane rhythm section that I envy. A record completely different from the first and I can not wait to see them live one day again.

3. Black Funeral “Scourge of Lamashtu” Another new find for me, knowing it is far from a new band. This is shitty Black Fvkkin Metal for bastards, like me. Pure unholiness and hard to beat in its genre. Completely unproduced and dirty. Adorable art. The rawness with the disharmonic organ makes the epicenter of dissonance into this void of American madness. The second song “The Vampyric Rabisu at the Threshold” is a perfect definition of what I consider as perfectly shaped extreme metal. Knowing very little of this outfit and only bought the recorded digital I do not know how much to say more than I have to investigate them closer over the coming years and also need to remember to order it on vinyl, one day. This is exactly what I want from Black Metal. A large fvkk off to overproduced lame over-hyped things.

2. Katla “Allt Thetta Helvitis Myrkur” From the roots of Sòlstafir (or at least their old drummer) and a partnership of a multi-instrumentalist comes Katla. Another eclectic record starting with a very heavy drone that had me at d. This record passes many styles of music, and they do it good, why I do believe they will never get as famous as they should. People are applying themselves to soulless and uninteresting music more and more. So this kind of relevant music will not find it’s way to too many homes, unfortunately. This heavy burster has a weak point for me “Hvítamurkur”, an epic journey through majestic Icelandic heaviness. My type of importance to life. The guitar harmony is almost by the book what I do like to listen to and I wrote a near-identical for a song for the next chapter of my band, bloodofjupiter. Icelandic is also a very good language to sing in, like English or Danish. Fans of big music, darkness, and folk music should give this a try. I gave them many.

1. Molassess “Through the Hollow” In 2019 I went to their debut concert at Roadburn with fear. As a huge fan of The Devil’s Blood & Selim Lemouchi I was afraid this could turn out very far from what I wanted. It was a difficult hour at 013 in Tilburg. It took time to melt. Was it that good? It was the perfect continuation for Farida, Job, Oeds and Ron from The Devil’s Blood, one of my all-time favorite bands. It was with all respect to the late Selim Lemouchi, no blueprint of the past and a vag packed with their own formulas for futuristic beliefs. Farida does have such a voice of perfection for this kind of music. Contain all the needed tools a throat can give. Deep and powerful. The music is sort of progressive, psychedelic hard rock with touches of metal as well as the sixties. Harmonies, melodies, catchiness, wrath, pain, and soul. An enormous package built in here. I can imagine myself sitting in front of the campfire singing along to “Corpse of Mind” and I can feel myself poise away into another dimension through “The Devil Lives”. This is so great and a perfect debut album. I hope we can have the opportunity to enjoy this orchestra for many years, gigs snd albums as I do believe they have a lot of music inside of them that we need to hear.

As a bonus, you can listen to the album I released with my band bloodofjupiter by October the 31st 2020 named “Eternal Damnation” here…

The Isberg-Chronicles – the best of 2020

So I released the record “Eternal Damnation” under the monicker bloodofjupiter. At the time we were a band and here is the complete story behind this album from my point of view.

Pic by Jonas Husbom

First, I am very proud of this record and how it came through and I do not wish we did it in another way. No, this is what it was. This is what it is. This is what it forever will be.


It was during the Taste of Stockholm Festival for food and wine located in Kungsträdgården in the very center of the city I did meet some people from the wine house of Piccini, Tuscany.

I was in company with a few members of the band Opeth. It is a band I created and was a part of thirty years ago, today. After my departure from the band, we remained friends and I always buy their records and pop in into their gigs and so on. So in this case, I had a product manager from the company that imported the wines from Piccini, he was a good friend and knew I was a specialist as a profession in northern Italian wines in general and Tuscany in particular and also very involved in the metal scene playing with my own project somn and had a past in several bands. So, he asked me if I thought Opeth were interested to release a wine of their own brand on the market. 2010 most bands had still not yet add alcoholic beverages to their merchandise.

That is why we were there, to start with. There were two represents from the winery, a female from the export market and a guy who was a winemaker. They were both fans of Opeth and would be more than happy to produce this wine.

The wine did never happen in the end. The band was entering a very long tour shortly after and things were blowing away in the wind.

Anyhow, through this discussion and tasting of wine with the wine house and the members of Opeth, we spoke a lot about one of my favorite grapes, the Sangiovese. The name means the blood of Jupiter in Italian and through that, I decided to re-make somn and name it bloodofjupiter, in one word.

Just it did not happen until almost exactly one year after this band rehearsed for the first time and played a song from the band somn that I & Adam Skogvards wrote and arranged in 2007. That song is called “Archangel Polymorphess in Blue” and is of course the first song on the record.

That song traveled a long way by now and the re-scale and arrangements used on the record were done by me and past member Rolph Ericsson in 2013. It is way different from the original version in the way that I slowed it down firmly and removed all the extras so it is simplified. There is actually a demo-version of an old line-up with the previously named Rolph on guitar, Dipa on bass, and Ronnie Bergerståhl on drums circulating somewhere on the webs.

It also had a last journey in the sudio when Robert added the dark bells upon it without our knowledge. We did first find out when listening to the mixes of the album.

The lyrics from the song are also the first text from my book featuring lyrics, poems, and collective writing from my book “Ornament if the ominous demoniac – the coagulated blood if David”. It just handles the powers of a glory ride through the winescapes.

Coming back to my lyrics, I later discovered that I more or less accidentally often uses a technique named after me that was revealed to the public by no one less than Ernest Hemmingway named The Iceberg Theory. I stole this little example to explain it from Wikipedia:

“If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.”

You can see that later down in the featured lyrics for the title song or as some of you might´ve read my book and saw things inside the book.

The next song up, “232 -Esoteric terror”, came from the start of a jam. I tried to have the bass player at the time and also the guy who plays on the record, Fredrik Dingvall, to play a melody I had in my mind. He just grooved it up and then came the drummer and slapped on so it turned out into something else.

Ir really breathes heaviness and fear, jumping its way through and over and struggle to balance the intensity despite a mid-tempo. Yes, we can be complex in our deeds though it sounds like pretty much easy stuff.

The lyrics handle morbid visions of fire and desolations through number magic that goes completely out of hand.

Dangerous stuff, I can tell.

People knowing me closer knows that I am restless like hell and have traces of a series of letter-combinations starting with the A & D.

So walking around in the studio when nothing happened, mean the other dudes were tuning something or our engineer/co-producer Robert Pehrsson had to listen to something recently recorded.

We recorded all the musical grounds live with me directing the musicians.

Robert Pehrsson was a great choice for this session. We went to his Studio Humbucker, south of south-central Stockholm. He had Stipen from Merciless coming there the day before tuning the drums for us. He is a very simple person and with a long time background in the Death Metal-scene playing with several bands since the early nineties, he definitely knew exactly what to do with us.

One day I would like yo work with him again.

Back to be restless, I started to create a new piece of music. Also Linus “Commander” Öhrn, the guitar player had a riff so, on the final day in the studio after the lunch break the two of us merged them together into one song whilst the others were having a piss. I quickly arranged the drums and 18 minutes later after the second take, it was recorded, settled, and done.

I do have many lyrics written and laying around but this was an easy pick. I could hear on the guitar intro that this song was called “Bleeding”. The lyrics are handling the subject of internal bleedings. Turning the angst and wrath inside of you to the joy of torment.

It is an interesting part of the tragedy as we´ve heard it happen too many times. Other persons considering themselves as normal would say that the person would go nuts.

It is the thing, working the songs and then try to order them up for a full record and do them in the right order. I am not more than old school in mylearning. So I started the record with a typical opener that gives the listener hunger for more and then pop down the two singles, straight. Finishing side A with a banger and then do the more complex and interesting stuff on side B. Most of the fluffy listeners who mostly bought singles back in the days will never ever go as far as side, anyhow.

So I saved the tracgic and magic and gave the flops and the pops. No more, no less. Tell me I am wrong, cool, but there will be no other order working with this material as your brain must be open minded for the full 53 minutes and be ready to accept more of this brutalism.

Coming back to my first meeting with extreme metal further than Motörhead we have to move back until the year 1985 and Kynäsvägen in Huddinge, a suburb 12 km south of the Stockholm city center.

A few hundred meters down the street of Kynäsvägen lived a guy obsessed with heavy metal. Five years older than me and listened to the name of Peter Olsson. He introduced to the likes of Mercyful Fate, Voivod, Nuclear Assault, and Venom 1985-86. I walked over to his house every now and then to hear the most glorious music around. Not too sure what he and his older brother (I do believe or was it a friend?) thought about it, really, as I was just such a small boy and in the teenage, as they wore, it can be very sensitive if someone finds out. I am however grateful for this and I will never forget it.

Anyhow, this day he played the recently released lp by a band called Slayer, called “Hell Awaits” and the other bloke, Anders Mellberg, living in my blocks providing me copies of bootleg cassettes by Dio, Iron Maiden & Ozzy were directly forgotten. I had a new local hero.

So “Hell Awaits” is a very special soundtrack to my life. Might be heard here and there onto this record. He soon played me some adorable music by Venom, too. I liked it but did not jump on that wagon until later. That is another story containing a VHS-release.

Anyhow, I heard Fredrik our bass player play a riff in the rehearsal room and I had Peter begin to drum upon it but held him back so we did not lose any power or heaviness. I thought we found the natural continuation of Slayer’s title song.

A couple of weeks later in the year 2018, Linus came back from a few weeks up north where he comes from way above the arctic circle. He came into the rehearsal room and we tried to wake up the song again, he listened and told us to hold on as he had some changes to it. He played a few versions of the riffs evaluating a lot for each new take and half an hour later we were there.

He started the riff, Peter played disco drums, and then we transferred into I do not know what. Intense chaos that turned out to be the fourth song on the record “Abstract Unobtainium” where the main being/character in the lyrics does certain tricks to wake up Cthulu with Unobtainium to end this world as we know it, as mankind.

A most spectacular order of chaos and for a few a very unsuspected turn on the record. The first three songs are holding on to the obscure heaviness of doom. This is as close as a end part of midtempo Death. A cluster filled with old school elements.

So far many stages of imagination leading us to the bitter end, no matter what.

I can not for my life remember how this started. One day it was just there. A song that fits the modern dark death & doom & influences me from the nineties and forwards outside the epic doom or classic death.

Just instant low-tempo brutality. The lyrics for the title song “Eternal Damnation” go through lots of different efforts and may be interpreted in just your own way. Another kingdom of paths towards the end and it goes like this:

” Scraped of the ground

Like a rotten dead something

The power plant

Like nutrition scholarship of uranium

Drafted smell of coming explosions

Like the dream you never dreamt

Separating minds

Like cleaved in the middle

The spirit of the outer sphere

What they call lightyears away

And parralell dimensions

Eternal storms of damnation

I’ll face my end

Everytime I wander there

I’ll face my end

Into the cold dark sphere

Where there is a end

You will know

What exactly that all was

And were exactly that will come

Beyond the stages of sense

In any mind “

In the next episode, we do see the world fall down through spectacles such as domination, frustration, group sex, longing & the entering of the portal of eternal darkness filled with cynism, fear, and reservations towards others. It is more or less partly a biography from different corners of my own life down the bottom of society.

It is a tribute to all the souls giving them selves away to total darkness.

The riffs for the song were nicked by Fredrik from another band of his that did not intend to use it and it turned out to be a hypnotic and dissonant doom ballad named “Hommage des Ténèbres” lasting for nearly fourteen minutes.

It is just the wrath we had inside us that pumped out this genetic, autistic & semi-epic doom.

I will let the song speak more for itself and let you use your imagination listening to it.

In late 2016, when half the band left their duties and Fredrik Dingvall jumped in on bass, we had files coming and going with different riffs and epos. Dipa switched from bass to guitar but later needed to leave soon after as he had family issues in his home country. A few of them featured were taken up and ended me re-write some lyrics from the book, which were not published but in the final works before getting printed back then. I merged a few things into a story of fear, vicinity, witchery, and overwhelming obscure vigor. Another dissonant hypnosis was born and this is a typical opener or closer of either a show.

Unfortunately for some reasons Fredrik ended his role in the band already in April 2020.

I decided to flicker out the lights from the burning fire of this recording here. A whiplashing intensity upon complex heaviness building a strong wall of brutal doom and it almost creeps beneath your skin and goes through your vein and plant the uncertainty and fear deep inside of you. The guitar forms a spin of different techniques unusual in this kind of use and proposal.

It is a storm past torture, the trespassing of eternal damnation…

Now as these days are by. I am working on new material. there are plenty. One to be heard in the release of the single “Platonic considerations from the shores of Kataja 1538”. Originally planned to be upon a three songs ep. The recording of the ep got canceled as someone suddenly decided he did not have time for this band for a long period. Looking at it by now, I am not sure about the two other songs. Not that the songs are bad nowhere, no, it is that we could not play them properly together and the three of us at the time, me, Peter & Linus with a session bass player named Jonathan were not the people to do these songs together.

We did them live and I have plenty of recordings from the rehearsal room and we did not give these two songs enough dedication to shaping them well. I will not go into details or try to blame something. It was just the way it was. I am not sure if we stressed to up to do the studio takes for them would do the songs any justice at all.

So, on October the 10th we played at Plan B in Malmoe for a full house with all the corona-restricted seats sold, it was sort of magnificent to stand upon the stage and to see people sit by the tables and headbang.

So deciding to cancel the planned “Storms of Chaos”-ep, I had a recording from that certain gig in Malmoe which I really like.

 It really captures the atmosphere of this era of bloodofjupiter and I decided to release it by November 11th digitally to end this chapter and move on further with this band.

Others moved themselves away from this band, forcing me to work more and harder than ever.

I am now sitting in darkness with new works in progress for 2021 and who will appear in the end to do it with me, only time will tell. Or maybe just the interwebs should not be in the know already by now.

This record and it´s travel from the recording starting the 1st of February until the digital release on October the 31st has been fantastic.

For the few of you who actually do buy things, yes I have plans to release it physically by myself if someone is not quick enough to deal it up with me.

New elemnts will one day shine and leave deep scars inside of you, torturing your mind with some trve #deathdoomedrocknfvkkinbaroloofmetal.

Damage done in 2020:

February: recording of the album, headlining Debaser with support from Python

April: vocals recording for the album

July: digital release of the single “Bleeding”.

August: announcement for gig at Eindhoven Metal Meeting pre-partty with Grand Supreme Blood Court, Nailed To Obscurity & Distillator in december (canceled due to Covid)

September: a sold-out gig at Fredagsmangel in Jakobsberg, based on the later canceled “Storms of Chaos”-ep sitting audience and Covid-19 restrictions, an announcement for Järfälla Metal fest 2021 along Svederna, Dreadful Fate & Firespawn amongst others.

October: a sold-out gig in Malmoe in the south of Sweden along Siniestro sitting audience and covid-19 restrictions, the release of the single “232 – Esoteric terror”, the release of the album “Eternal Damnation” o October 31st.

November: digital release of the live single “Platonic Consideration from the Shores of Kataja 1538”, a post record written song.

December: canceled shows in Eindhoven and Stockholm due to the intensity of the pandemics.

Looking forward to providing you with more material from bloodofjupiter in the futuristic chaos of the year 2021.

-2-0-1-9- simply the best of…

What a hell of a year and so many great gigs and festivals I nailed. Met most of the important people on the Baltic Sea, in Europe, in the United States of America and in England. To name a few top gigs… Electric Wizard NDF Tilburg, Incantation NDF Tilburg, Naglfar NDF Tilburg, Grave Miasma NDF Tilburg,  sunno))) San Fransisco, Iron Maiden Oakland, Iggy Pop Dalhalla, King Diamond Copenhagen,Band of Horses Stockholm, Slægt Roadburn, Venom Rejmyre, Blasphemy London, Nuclear Assault SDF, Witch Stockholm, Molasses Roadburn, Vulcano London, Candlemass Stockholm, Sólstafir Stockholm, Adorior London, & At The Gates Roadburn. I most likely have forgotten a great number but these are the spots I get thinking of right here, right now.

So to get into the music. A great year for great music and it´s been so hard to choose just a few that will end up on the list. So many great ep´s, demos and live albums too, that are disqualified. This is a list for Full Length ONLY New Recorded Songs… So, I am writing this enjoying a great pint of Julmust.

  1. Vastum “Orificial Purge”

Oakland and the Bay Area is responsible for a lot in my life. So much great music I can not even start to namedrop as it would be stupid in the end. In 2016 I had the opportunity to see Vastum play at California Death Fest in Oakland (now fest re-located to L.A.). I only knew slightly about them as they had members from Necrot, with whom I was more familiar with. Surely when in Oakland, go check it up. So I discovered an energetic Death Metal band living on their own planet follow their rules and regulations and live they did act like an L.A.-hardcore band in 1981, yes, IT was that intense, believe me. Kicking off their fourth full-length album with a short, horror movie-ish intro and then sparkle brutally into “Dispossessed in Rapture (first Wound)” with a small guitar bridge then into the wall of intense sound that persionifies this band so good. The title track provokes the heavy and depressive sounding side of the band, multifaceted main songwriter and bandleader Leila Abdul-Rauf overestimates her self here with darkened riffs under sad melodies. “Reverie in Autophagia” be my all-time favorite song by this band, I assume. It creeps, with a bulldozer behind it, sneaks behind the corner and crawls under your skin to rip your soul apart. This IS Vastum 2019, and I can not wait for them to return to Stockholm (if they do, because there were like 50 people last time… a modern disaster).

2. Seer “Vol. 6”

Canadian dark doom from Vancouver. Yes. This is an utterly exceptional one, finally. They´ve been on to it many times but never nailed it as this. You can hear it already at the start of the record with “Oath of Exile” that something is coming your way during the majestic intro turning into a Bathory-ish acoustic guitar. With an intro like that smacked off by a dynamic bonk with brutal guitars and aggressive drums with a wider soundscape on top with the vocals start with “Brother… heed their torment…the prophet’s absolution”, you know that you are home. The vocals from Bronson Lee Norton is an eclectic misery of sounds. Over the groovy doomy pounding tunes of generic Canadian Metal as we want it. Just fvkktastic y´all… BUY!!! I cannot for my life believe that it was not discovered and more hyped by the stonerdoom-prompts. Just figure this might be too heavy and too metal for them. It really does not get that easy poppy “roadburnnickadick”, mean you can not just nick your head to this band live…   NO!


3. sunno)))  “Life Metal”

We know the drill with sunno)))´s drone by now. Still, they snare your throat in the first chord… always and there is always a time when they do it more than usual. Like here. opening up with the dreamy and fantastic heavy “Between Sleipnir´s Breaths” featuring the fantastic cello, haldorophone & voice of Hildur Gudnadóttir. Stephen O´Malley and Greg Andersson really stunned me this time. “Troubled Air” is less and a bit held back, the very suitable continuation of the record. Also getting to the horns and voicescape in the mid of the song leaving a large haze of melancholy upon the very melancholic sculpture these lads are building here. The c-side is a 19 minute long “Aurora”, pending from cautious caressing of the strings and landing in the uphill, a stormy, cold Autumnal British night in the greyest and rainiest October. “Novae” ending this record in a 25-minute long epic tale with the darkest parts somewhere after 12 minutes reminds me of being up on a hill in a Tuscan thunderstorm with a long march in front of you before you see any shelter and you surely enjoy every single step you are taking despite you are hungry, tired and cold… a true masterpiece.

4. Ares Kingdom “By the Light of Their Destruction”

Since the glory days of Order From Chaos Mike Miler & Chuck Keller had a place in my heart. They did not let me down with Ares Kingdom, either. “Starry beast climbs the sky, serpent swims in night’s black sea, shining dimly across it’s length, alphard, the heart, the Solitary one… the Hydra Void” Alex Blume’s vouce starts off this record like the rest of the band hyper sharp on turbulent speed. This trio from Kansas have many musical skeletons in the closet and they are not afraid to blast them all upon us, song by song. “Dark Waters Eridanus” starts up with a bridge built upon create drumming upon a pounding riff and by the end of it comes the YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHRRRGHH… blergh! “Allergy” is a dimension of wrapped heaviness with voice & sound effects and remains the great surprise of this record. “Talis Chimera Est” concludes the record with some war march-ish drum intro exploding into hydra speed of blackened death bloody metal. Some true brutal moments before the 37 minutes are all by. Splendid, as usual..

5. Denial of God “The Hallow Mass”

These long going Danes have been sailing their hardships with their noses high in the underground over all the years. Blackened Death Metal from the 1st Class, expect nothing less whatever you are listening too. This record is under that cover, too. You need to run, nearer to the speaker. Original members since 1991, Azter on Guitar, and his master´s voice Ustu Mallagam trolls their melodies over the old school and the struggles are long and tough. accompanied by Galheim on drums, they aim beyond this world in a horrific satanic realm with samples from horror films spicing up the life of this record and it feels so generic. The breath taker “Undead Hunger” & “The Hour of the Worm” are the most fighting songs on this, their only third, full-length album. Leaving it only to the great masterpiece and probably the best song of 2019 overall…

6. Swervedriver “Future Ruins”

Everybody who knows me knows my attraction for depressive, psychedelic shoegaze and the Britons. So,  no one is happier than I that Swervedriver do exist in 2019 and make music like if it still was the early nineties and their guitars were loudly generated all over Europe, for pop fans, for rock fans, for metalheads, for the people who know what a great moody guitar is all about. Adam Franklin declares that he had nothing to dream so he dreamt of you… says it all. “Merry Winter” is the super fantastic grey afternoon in March, it is still some ice on the streets and the sky looks like November and everything is boring, still, you find it cozy and you do like it. Going from easy chewing gum pop in the start it fades towards the dark horizons and the slowly imperfect horror of a hung overish Sunday in the finalizing “Radio-Silent” going from a dissonant plink to a silent noise of abstract gazing melodies into a sea of feedback. “Drone Lover” be my fave pick on this one and I hope we hear more from them soon. This is so far from over, believe me.

7. Dark Throne “Old Star”

I have no clue how many times Fenriz and Nocturno Culto changed the styles and concepts for Dark Thorne, but numerous. I do not like everything they did, but when they do something I do like. I normally like it a lot. “Old Star” is an album with odd song titles, that certainly makes them more interesting, like “I Muffle Your Inner Choir”. This is an album Celtic frost could´ve done in a Celtic Frost-way in the ’80s but did not do so. They were pretty much around here but not really exactly here. So the inspiration is clear. These dudes heard a few “Ugh´s” inside of them composing it. Already the second song, “The Hardships of the Scots” stung me for this. Heaviness and simple Black Metallic-riffs from the lost ancient times. Yes. The boring and depressive strain after 4:19 that follows the rest of the song is so fantastic. It raises this song to the skies. The rock mid-tempo “Alp Man” is an interesting one, well the whole shit is kinda equally great.

8. Candlemass “Door to Doom”

“Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” is by far the most played Swedish Metal-record in my home/walkman since I first got it in 1987. Therefore my expectations might be too high on this one when vocalist Johan Längqvist returned to the band some 33 years ever after. It is not an easy thing coming back after 33 years to please fans and to sound as they think you should do. It is not him who is the problem here, though. No, the songs sound more like the “King of Grey Islands”-era than maybe the songs we wanted to hear. I do not know, maybe this record was written with Mats Levén or Rob Lowe in mind, I do not know when Leif wrote them. It is still the fact that it is these songs I am listening to now. “Under the Ocean” is a typical Rob-song in my ears. A song written for Johan would be a bit drier in the arrangement to suit Johan’s voice better. It is really a great Candlemass-record, maybe in the same class as “King of Grey Islands” or “Death, Magic, Doom”, but it does never hit the higher limits of Candlemass, like the first or fourth album. I had my hopes for a little, little more. Well, there is always the next time. The weakest song in my ears is the single “Astrolus: the Great Octopus”, where Tony Iommi do a guitar solo. So, you´ll see, we´re still speaking high horses here. “The Omega Circle” is a fantastic song, that they should play live.

9. Aoratos “Gods Without Name”

Some times it is the co-incidents. A great friend of mine, Jordany, an American from the Netherlands, happened to visit Stockholm for a few days of work, a gig with Slash and I snatched her up for digging records, visiting Akkurat (the important things in life) etc

Whilst we stand to dig in the news section at Sound Pollution-store, she tore up a record from the stand and goes like… “I really like the artwork of this one (which you can see in the video below)”. I thought I liked it too, had a look over at the record, asked Linus, the store-manager, what he thought about it and he was like “-It just got in I do have no clue but it should be Black Metal”. So, I bought it. I mean, you can not leave a record with a song named “Holy Mother of Terror” standing there and hang out with Linus, no-no. Back home, it was a pleasant meeting. This seems to be a band from the land of splendid bloody hoppy beer, Colorado, and splendid they are. Clobbering Black Metal at high speed with no oddities. Some synthesizer breaks here and there, then burst onto the eternal fire again as well as some intro-songs, just what you can expect and damn it is good for it´s sake. Naas Alcameth is the only member with some guest musicians on the record.

10. Green Lung “Woodland Rites”

If I did not have had enough with British bands after Uncle Acid & the deadbeats, do somewhere between 70´s doom, 80´s dom and late 70´s early 80´s NWOBHM here is another one. Apparently they´ve been going on for a few years but when this popped out they were news for me. Such an intense riffity and punding vocals, getting me to the likes of Diamond Head and Danava just to make a short reflection. The flirt with the 80s goes Thin lizzy but not the flirt with the 70´s, not that goes more Iron Bridge or Ice Cross as far as I can hear. Also some old Heavy Load and Uriah Heep to be traced behind some Blue Öyster Cult. I bet they sold well of this record and will reach higher on the festival bills and player larger venues on their tours. God stuff.

11. Esoteric “A Pyrrhic Existence”

This band makes me mad sometimes. A late release of 2019 and a real frantic one. I bet most people already wrote their 2019-lists when this finally was out. I always do wait till after New Years, myself just because of these late ones. Eight years after their previous record and I nearly gave up to believe there was another one coming. And this is an epic majestic piece clocking in over one hour and a half. Only British bands can have this supreme boredom into their sound and still be so joyful to listen to. This is macabre darkness from the first second and slow as hell doom. The opener “Descent” starts so slow, so no, Sabazius is not calling but maybe Ahab is… The beauty comes after ten minutes leaving us daydreaming taking it all in. The aggression comes towards the end and we can finally hear drumbeats over 33BPM. No scapegoat at sight when we sway into the second part after the first half-hour and first song. “Rotting in Dereliction” is like a grasp from something unidentified down under you when you walk in the middle of the darkest forest a silent and horrifying night in August when the first annual true darkness took command over the atmosphere and flickered out your whole imagination and left everything so black. In “Consuming Lies” I can feel that we are back in the doom that Yorkshire had ca 1990, it´s a heritage this orchestra carried nicely over to Birmingham and the fine quarters of extremely heavy British Metal. Dragging us down in the sewers of the soundscapes of “Culmination” and spread inside our bodies like a turbulent disease and you wake up and it is the conclusion of “Sick and Tired” filling our bodies with a slow grow before it is thank you, goodnight, see you in eight years again…

12. Wolfbrigade “The Enemy: Reality”

In 2016 I went to the absolute first Netherlands Deathfest to see Autopsy, Razor & Blasphemy amongst many, many others. I decided to fly down already for the first night and pay a full weekend pass because Wolfbrigade was playing, and I did never regret that. One helluva band from Sweden that does not play in their own home often enough. Well, now we saw them at least three times since 2014. They are a rocket filled with doped fuel and their d-beat core just crushes everything that tries to walk straight up. Like a bloody hammer of energetic punk rock & intensity. Even when they go slower, like in “Human Beast” the intensity is so high so every alarm is ringing. Top tune for me deffo is “Hammer to the Skull”, a very Motörheadish innovation. “Doomsday Dominion” might be there most authentic track and kicks the bazooka out of a soldier’s hands.

13. Crypt Sermon “The Ruins of Fading Light”

Powerful, epic, melodic doom with aggression… Yes, we already had Candlemass on this list but also these deserved their spot in here. For us ever into Trouble, Witchskull, Sorcerer and aswell the Floridan as of the New Zeeland Confessor, we do know what the hell this all about. Doom by the book. Some very clean melodies upon very heavy melodies, dramatic Yngwie Malmsteen-solos, and superb, clean vocals. “Our Reverend´s Grave” be the third song and is for the lovers of great guitar solos. “The Snake Handler” is an another must headbang too. Nine epic minutes including all the elements from this kind of genre´s qualities. “Beneath The Torchfire Glare”, another track that is a great reminder of how good this stuff can be. Almost childish and cheerful melodies but still without losing it´s heaviness. So many bands do not fix that, because of 1. they do not know how the heck they do 2. they are overproduced 3. they are most likely not for real they just slightly heard a cool sound from aband and do think they actually sound like that… Nevermind, the title track leaves us after almost a full hour with the most epic moments of this record. Nice one.

14. Possessed “Revelations of Oblivion”

Coming back from the dead, it ain´t easy. Jeff Becerra, original singer and bass player of Possessed were shot down by two masked gunmen in an armed robbery after stopping to buy some Cigarettes in 1989. He´s been paralyzed ever after. It´s now 32 years since we heard any proper Possessed. Possessed originally vanished in 1987. Were slightly born again in 1990 by guitarist Mike Torraro and Bob Yost (+ others) and recorded a couple of demos. I was at the time in contact with the now late Bob Yost. I asked him about Jeff´s health but did not get a proper answer more than he´s ok but riding a wheelchair. Maybe he did not know or where not supposed to talk about it, I do not know. Anyhow, in 2007, Jeff were back with a re-incarnated version of Possessed starting to tour. Jeff, now dropping the bass, sits on stage in a wheelchair and sings. I do believe, at the time in 2007, he had Sadistic intent as a back-up band. From there he moved with various session members, but when he was starting (as far as I am considered) with this project in 2014, he settled to have more permanent line-up. Now he got so and a new songwriting partner in Daniel Gonzales. So, once again, how do you please your fans with anew record after so long? Impossible. The record starts with the intro “Chant of Oblivion” and the title says it all. “No More Room In Hell” shreds on and so far so good. We are back. This is in all honor Possessed. “Dominion” feels on the other way more like a bad copy. It does not come through all the way. “Damned” plays on old drum tricks used on the first album and it looks a bit like they want to do it a bit too much. “Abandoned” is really there. The technical Possessed circa “Beyond the Gates” that we loved so much. “Omen” is also one of the songs that we waited for claiming “The Eyes of Horror”-era and could´ve been ever after. The problem with this record is the three D-songs that maybe could´ve been held back. Without them, this could definitely be the album of the year.

15. Saint Vitus “S/T”

Another old & great band that seen both better and worse days. With a catalog like theirs, it is hard to release a new best-ever album every year. It must be hard to even keep up with something that fans can dig loose too after their previous one. So this is not a failure, in fact, this is a great album that did beat many others this year. This is just Saint Vitus and their punky, doomy, rock n or metal. Original singer Scott Reagers back on the microphone after Scott “Wino” Weinrich got busted for Amphetamine in Norway 2014. I saw them numerous times over the years with Reagers and to me, as never saw them with his before, it was fantastic. This is yet another record and it probably seeks the roots of the band a bit.

16. Fvneral Fvkk “Carnal Confessions”

As you can hear on the band named this is some funeralish doom, again. Yes, I had too much fun this year, so I end up listening to boring and depressive music… I know nothing about this band besides their E.P. a few years ago and that they are German. It is too epic-sounding to be named Funeral doom according to my own special book of rules. Still, it is brilliant. You would love to sit in front of your fireplace for the rest of your life listening to this. “Chapel of Abuse” is the song of domination for the entire album with the strength of melody that whispers that you can not leave, you must stay until the needle leaves the arm… mean the vinyl.

17.  Inter Arma “Sulphur English”

Also, a band that bounds barriers and breaks ices. “A waxen sea” starts this record with a very old school Black Metal-context. Simple with fast drums and the grunting vocals, yes the grunting vocals, finally. I like this a lot. “Citadel” directly takes this record in a different formula, without losing the grip of Black Metal it tells we are traveling somewhere else. “Howling lands” starts off like a typical film soundtrack. “Stillness” is rubbing Sólstafir in taking something from nothing to pure heaviness. The jazz attacks in the longest song of the album “The Atavist´s Meridian” and get me to think of Mick Harris project Scorn with metal sounds. This is very far from the start of the record and I can understand that they confuse many people with this brutal mix of independent and generic musical styles. Somewhere this song climbs back to where the record started and we are into the simple black metal with grunting vocals again, but with the jazziest drums heard outside if New Orleans since 1953, man… After a few minutes, this song tempers down and slides into an acoustic ocean of progressive rock, not far from what I´ve heard my old band do, sometimes. This song in itself beats the competition of this kind of brutal, eclectic record for this year in my ears. Because it is more complex and gets a bit more out of everything. The title song concludes this matter and is a massive mix of what we heard with horror scaled guitars flickering before the end try to evaluate your listening a bit. A difficult, but in my ears, strong record. So difficult and different it will never be for the common people. I will surely remember it.




NOTE: I did mix the years up (that is what is happening when you write without cheating notes). Soone record got replaced, with all rights with another one.

right now running through tough times with loads of work and projects. mean I do not need more things in my Filofax at the moment so I´ll top it with a DJ set by the Brant Bjork gig in Stockholm November the third… will play amazing songs, new and classic. just rock it…


tickets (if still remain) and further information:

Brant Bjork Debaser 11-03-18:


Soundtrack 2017

So here it is, my favorite albums out of 2017… Hold on! This was a recycling year, so we heard many of these records before by other artists. Still, sometimes you back to where you enjoy yourself at it´s best…

Rules: no re-recorded albums, no cover albums, no live records with old songs and no E.P.´s. This why two of my favorite records out of 2017 is just mentioned here and not listed because one is a re-recording and one contains too many cover songs.

Mourning dawn “The Dead years”

Little Steven & the disciples of soul “Soulfire”

So on with it!

17: Bell Witch “Mirror Reaper”

The one song album lasts for about 75 minutes and the part between the 26:37 and 47:49 is my all time favourite sounds by this band. They are masters of making unlistenable music listenable, and that is their big fall as long as they create music not meant for everybody for more people than it was meant to. Still, this is a hard job to listen to and you can not turn it off. Once you pop you can not stop sort to say… Excellent job. Un forty I will miss their gig in Stockholm in April.

16. Society´s Decline “No angel on the shoulder of the world”

Back in the eighties, I was consuming a load of aggressive American punk like Slapshot, Agnostic Front, and Poison Idea. This is really hitting cousin it in the very centre of that universe and it is bloody ace. The best thing is that the record is only just past 18  minutes so you can loop it over and over. Swedish punk is far away from dead and with bands like this you feel comfortable up here in this corner.

15. Tau Cross “Pillar of Fire”

The extremely hard second album by a “super group” was not that difficult. Slashing rock with a line-up of The Baron, Away & Andy Lefton. What could possibly go wrong?

14. Memoriam “For The Fallen”

This breeds classical British Death Metal and crusty punk. These guys come from bands such as Sacrilege, Benediction and Bolt Thrower and you could certainly hear that as it is a mix of the greatest sounds from these institutions in my record collection. Saw them live in Tilburg, Eindhoven, and Glasgow. Hilarious! We even got to hear a few Bolt thrower themes and I witnessed a duet between two previous Boltbthrower singers in Eindhoven.I´ve been enjoying these sounds from the late eighties and will do for the additional minimum of thirty years, believe me. THIS is music! I think this will progress and rise with the next album. Extremely high expectations on that one. A very promising start why I down rated this a bit as I know they do have severe bombs in Birmingham to bring up.

13. Ufomammut “8”

Must be impossible to follow up their three latest with the same class but it is ALMOST there… Spaghettisspacedoomgaze at it´s best.

12. Radar Men From the Moon “Subversive II: Spelende De Mens”

The psych masters from Noord-Brabant finally did it. After being near but not really there for two, not so chubby records, they did hit it big time. This is hardcore psychedelia and for persons who like the first scenes down at the club from the movie “Irreversiblé”. This is a MUST listen too if you ever will be the person that could talk to me in thirty years and say “remember your reaction after the first 9 minutes of this record?”…

11. Ohhms “The Fool”

A band I never got to see play live yet due to the terror attack on Stockholm on April 7 where the cops closed down all the clubs and live music they could think about. I´ve heard this record so many times on so many other records by so many other bands by now that it is almost considered insane. Still the sludgy doomy stony bloody radio rock, we might best be heard before by Shrinebuilder in the house. too much radio metal for me but I like to squeeze the cheese some times too. Enough info.

10. Electric Wizard “Wizard Bloody Wizard”

Another long and going favourite band. Frantic riffs that scare the shit out of you and all the elements. It is a very hard year to review because the great music created is so great so some days I would rate all of these gems higher but somewhere you have to realize how small the differences are between second place and the winner and then tomorrow when this is in print you will remember all the records you forgot.

9. Sólstafir Berdreyminn”

Icelandic cowboys. Always somew2here between doom, gaze and a spaghetti western soundtrack Hilarious! I will never ever stop listening to hem or go watch their gigs over and over. Far from top moments but still really classy. They will awaken any Vulcan any time, beware!

8. Dool “Here now, there then”

Another “almost” record. You know how much I adored The Devil´s Blood and this is maybe as close to any existing leftover from that spirit even including an ex-member of that band. Probably the record I listened most minutes too in 2017 and the reason I got furious when my medical situation did not allow me to go to Eindhoven Metal Meeting and see them. Vantablack for the masses!

7. Morbid Angel “Kingdoms Disdained”

Maybe I underrated this album before it´s release so I overrate it in my ratings. I do not know. Since the disappointment with “Blessed are the Sick” they never really came back to me. “Abominations of Desolation” is some of the best ever recorded music and everything they had there, on their later demos/rehearsal tapes and first actually released records were all gone. So i had no expectations at all here. This monster actually cheered me up. never been a fan of the album with Steve Tucker but here he really comes through and proves why he is a morbid angel.

6. Sorcerer “The Crowning of the Fire King”

This is classical Swedish doom metal and nobody, except Sorcerer and Grand Magus manages to keep it up these days. Fantastic. So rarely above anything else I´ve heard in this genre for a very long time.

5. Watter “History of the Future”

If you mix melancholic, abstract doom, gazing pop, psychedelic indie, The Stone Roses and something from the first three, lesser-known Kraftwerk-albums you do end up here. A fantastic album and the reason I do consider to travel to Roadburn 2018. Does it make you think about “History of a time to come” by Sabbat?

4. Mefisto “Mefisto”

This record could have ended up on this spot only for the first song. Nothing ever sounded so much Mefisto as “Death Angel”. Pure magic and the rest of the album proves a band full of vengeance claiming their roots. There is much more to discover on this album, besides a guest appearance from L-G Petrov we do find dynamic songs in the classical vein, not necessarily soundwise, as the Mefisto tapes, we died for in the second half of the 1980s. This is a true record that personifies me, who I am and who I´ve been since the age of ten. the only question is the song “In Morte Victoria”, not a bad song but definitely not a Mefisto song. Would´ve been more natural for a band like Coldplay or something to record. The Swedish texted “Mörker, Kom Ta Min hand” and the finalizing “Mefisto (Anno1892)”  are other epic moments from this classic.

3. Immolation “Atonement”

The most “almost” band in the whole world almost did it again. “Dawn of possession” is almost the best modern death metal record, almost conquering the new school band of death metal. They almost released this record on my birthday (it was out the day after) and it is almost as good as their debut album from 1991. This is as good as new school death metal gets and it is almost as good as the old school.

2. Venom Inc. “Ave”

Three of the most underrated records in the world were recorded by this trio: “Prime Evil”, “Temples of Ice” and “The Wate Lands” when they still were allowed to be called Venom. Then the legendary trio of Venom including Cronos re-united in the mid-nineties just before Abbadon had enough and left and then they recorded another record with Mantas, it just was not Venom and the Mantas were trolled by Cronos who claimed the band by himself in 2005. Just for the record: this is Venom. This is the guys who are the two original members of the band being Mantas and Abbadon, writing the songs and getting the things together. I have nothing against Cronos and his Venom, but they do not sound like Venom. Venom can only sound like Venom when Abbadon and Mantas play together. Cronos thing sounds like Cronos and some musicians play Venom songs and other songs. This sounds like the god´s rock´n roll. Far from their finest moment but still good enough to be a every day listen.

  1.  Thurston Moore “Rock´n Roll Consciousness”

Every person with a nerdy interest in music goes its own superhero. Here is mine and this is the most incredible guitar playing I´ve heard since “Daydream Nation”. even when you face moments like 2:55 into “Turn On” sounding like the most typical-day-at-the-office-thurston Moore you can imagine this is supremely brilliant. When 2017 opened up I could never believe hearing anything at this level as neither Black Sabbath, the legendary trio of Venom, Nuclear Assault, Autopsy, Motörhead or Iron maiden were announced to record a full-length record.

Of corpse… the minute I posted this I wondered which place I gave “Eroded Corridors of Unbeing” by Spectral Voice and unfortunately, they just got the honourable mention for that fantastic effort. Also worth an honourable mention: Deep PurpleInfinite” be their best album since “Perfect Strangers

Into everlasting Fire 2018!


Week 49

Last night I accidentally participated in what became The Famous International Doom & Beer Coven X-mas Bash 2017. Included all the necessary people from that side of my life. Not the entire gang I meet at Roadburn but a great number of five lost souls turned up at the X-mas market down Nya Carnegiebryggeriet including one foreigner, well we actually did not participate in the market that much we sat inside drinking heavy, expensive and exclusive beers where most of them is only available at the brewery’s tap room these days.

Four of us looks like this, the fifth element was in a stressy hurry for some train and bailed out before this pic was generated.


Tonight the person whom designed and helped me put out my book, Carl Abrahamsson is holding a very interesting Webinar:



Not sure if I can participate in this as not sure being back home in time due to other, important commitments.


Next week is week 50 and I do have many things coming up. A friend is playing a roll on a large Christmas Show I will go and see and apart from that it is time to celebrate this year of metal at Eindhoven Metal Meeting. Other plans are to finalize two new shows of the pod, finalize more written material etcetera before X-mas eve. We´ll see how much time it is left. I will certainly do my best to please my readers and listeners.

The debut book by David Isberg & Lilith Grimmefrost released earlier this year

Ornament of the Ominous Demoniac – the coagulated blood of David

My collective writings and poetry interpreted to illustrations in various techniques by Lilith Grimmefrost limited to 325 copies only. Available only from Sound Pollution Record Store Stora Nygatan in Gamla Stan, Stockholm. New stock just in.

the release party went more than well. over 60 ppl attended and we saw legends such as Roberto from Mefisto, Linus from IXXI, Messiah Marcolin and many other familiar faces in the crowd.


don´t forget you can order the book still just press the shop button and there will be a link to my band site where there is a merch section with book featured ship world wide

here are two video shots from two of the numbers presented at the release party, first one with me and young piano hero Zacharias performing the opening of the book with special music written for the book performances by the books artist Lilith Grimmefrost, all cred and honor goes to her who could not appear at the release party

the second shot is me and fredrik dingvall of bloodofjupiter performing one of our songs “storm past torture” in a café-version, this song contains many different lyrical parts from the book there were more parts that certain night and we got provided with a special barrel aged imperial stout with an abv of 14.5% which I named “CTHULU” for this special night by a huge thank you to DEBASER STOCKHOLM for letting us be there and to everyone whom attended this event