Bombs of Hades - The serpent's redemptionBombs of Hades
The serpent's redemption
Pulverised Records


Old school Swedish death metal is the order of day from this Swedish four-piece. It's all simple enough stuff, quite reminiscent of a less-tech Tribulation in places. "The serpent's redemption" likes to groove a lot and it makes this album sound something along the lines of old school thrash meets old school death 'n' roll. It's nothing really to write home about, but at the same time it's littered with cool parts from start to finish. Sadly, those cool parts are too short-lived and strewn between endless average sequences that often outstay their welcome. The title track is a prime example; a no mark main riff that's drawn out for way, way, way, way, way, way too long. So: there's nothing new, the riffs are average (at best), everything lasts too long and the good parts are few and far between. It's hard to see how anybody in tune with this particular scene would want this over the plethora of other releases out there. Sorry.
- John Norby

Vibracula - Coda blast

New epic dark and heavy rock from a band called Vibracula featuring members of other acts I've talked up over the years but whose identities I'll leave up to you to discover on your own.

Nomethod launches new imprint Faux Pas

has announced that they'll be doing a number of digital re-releases from the old archive via the new imprint . First up on October 15 will be Soviac's albums "GMC out in the fields" and "Trilogy sexlife rodeo friscotti" plus The Price of Ink's self-titled EP.

Swedish Institute vs Tiger Bell/Azure Blue

The Swedish Institute has launched a new video interview series and guests so far include Tiger Bell and Azure Blue. More at FB:

Artymove - One of these days (live video)

A live version of Artymove performing their new single "One of these days". Obviously not as ecstatic as the regular version, but still dece.

Presenting: Allvaret

Allvaret is a new band from Göteborg, debut LP soon via /.

Halasan Bazar - Figure it out (video)

Another video clip from quality Danish psychrock act Halasan Bazar.

Interview: Rasmus Kellerman

Interview: Rasmus Kellerman

Study: Oslo and Stockholm lead Europe in music taste

Apparently Oslo and Stockholm are ahead of the curve when it comes to music discovery (and rejection):

Missbrukarna - Zooma in en zombieMissbrukarna
Zooma in en zombie
Skrammel Records


Essential first-wave Swedish hardcore that's raging fast, surprisingly melodic and also a heckuva lot of fun. Even better, the rare tracks culled from various cassette releases, live sessions and so on are every bit as good as the band's all-too-few official vinyl recordings, limited to a mere split 7" with fellow Swedes Panik and the first volume of the "Really fast" comp series. Hopefully most folks who fit the target audience for this LP will have already picked it up by now, but for dabblers there's always Spotify.
- Avi Roig

Graveyard - Goliath (video)

The official video for the new Graveyard single "Goliath".

The High and Lows - London's sleeping

Solid Swedish pop balladeering from The High and Lows.

Goat - Goatlord (live video)

Swedish cult/psychrockers Goat have an exclusive live video up at PSL:
Strobe-sensitive folks are advised to open said clip in a hidden tab while folks in the UK are encouraged to go see them live:

10/19 - The Lexington, London
10/20 - The Star And Shadow, Newcastle
10/21 - Supersonic Festival, Birmingham

Pitchfork reviews Enslaved

Pitchfork likes the new Enslaved album "RIITIIR", but perhaps not quite as much as some folks:

Book tip: Den Svenska Synthen

Check out the Facebook page for "Den Svenska Synthen", an upcoming book by Bengt Rahm (one of the founders of ) on the Swedish synth scene including interviews with tons of bands, labels and more:
Swedish-only unfortunately, but that's the way these things go.