Those who did not make it… almost best of 2019

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.

Mefisto “Octagram”

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.

Warish E.P.

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.

Pharlee “Pharlee”

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.

 

the end

of a more than a hectic and dramatic year.

still a wonderful year.

unfortunately, I am still a few weeks behind schedule on too many issues. well, I will be back in time with it all soon, I can feel it. but the year gave me many fantastic moments.

the year almost passed through and what I mostly need now is to decide the correct order for my annual record of the year list to be published by January the 1st as every year.

otherwise, I distanced my self more and more from humans and spend most of my spare time reading or playing computer games (YES! I can do both whilst sit and lurk over a beer in any bar so do not smash that up). actually, I do have many reasons for it but I do keep them to my self. sometimes you just feel that certain things are not good for you, then you quit. also turned my back to more people than ever, because when you discover that they are trying to use you in the wrong way, then they are worth absolutely nothing. a few others got whopped away in a sort of accumulation. normally do not use politics, but here I went socialistic: if one from a group of people has to go, then the whole group must go.

equality is another wonderful word for it.

equality, what I´ve always been standing up for. I never cared about any human with any thoughts of how they do look, where they do come from or who the heck they are sleeping with, because that is out of my head, everybody is free to use the world for their own pleasure as long as they do not oppress or hurt others by stupidity or censorship (special the censorship because of “elitism”).

so never mind, I just look into the future.

over this year I made a great evolution at my daytime office job and found the new ways to break down every day’s problem with and got a chance to evolute my job career in a wider moment in the end.  also, I had the opportunity to use my spare time to work with two fantastic Swedish Nano-sized breweries, be Möllys Bryggeri and Fjäderholmarnas Bryggeri, keeping my interest in beer up a few notches.

my band bloodofjupiter finally played live and we are working for new skins in 2019. also will be finished with one or two new books in the spring and see if they will be released and when. 2019 starts with a three-day debacle be surgery with an overnight stay at the hospital and on day three I will attend a day cruise with the oldest old school-scene of Swedish extreme metalists as we know it led by the former bass player and founder of the super legendary Swedish band Morbid. then the bloody race is on with travels, festivals, gigs and what so ever…

as you can imagine, I am really burning to step into the year 2019…