Written by Rikard.


Scandinavia's Venice.

Gärdet. Gröna Lund. Mikael Persbrandt. Good ice-cream and (mostly) horrible communal traffic.

The highest density of musicianship in the world.

Being a band not submitted to the current trends is not hard in Stockholm - it's very hard. The reason simply being that everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, plays music. And when everyone has a band, who would give a fuck about yours?

Stockholm is probably the only capital where "I'm in a band" is probably a more failure-capable pickup line than "Wow, it must hurt when you fell from the sky".

(Even "A big strong one and a date, please." generated more of a smile than that the last time I tried picking up girls at bars, haha)


Written by Rikard.


No birds were visible on the sky.

No birds, because they'd all been strangled.

Strangled because the air was gone from the sky.

The air was gone.. because Meshuggah.

That big a happening was it.

Not only because the time span - 4 years - but rather because the almost sickening level of anticipation. Never before had a band risen to such high levels of respect as Meshuggah did - Nothing/ObZen pretty much benchmarked the whole Djent movement, a movement that sees no reason to fold down by the time the Umeå quintet announces their next release.

Thn 4 years, Meshuggah had gone from interesting outsiders to one of the major foundation blocks of one of the biggest movements in metal today.

The guesses. OH.. the guesses.

More Is More

Written by Rikard.


"Less is more? How can less be more! It's impossible!!"

- Yngwie J. Malmsteen

My old man used to say - and I'm just saying this because it would be ever so lame to introduce a blog entry with TWO quotes - that if you run away from the girls, they'll go after you.

I dismissed what he said because frankly, I find it not in my nature to pull down a Franklin Hat over my brows and play hard-to-get. But there's a point hidden in his words, deep and steep but albeit something worth checking out.

Shall we? 


Written by Rikard.


Certain members of Deathember would haul me away and donker my handkers in a rotten pile of doodlefish for putting something as "lame" as Gojira's The Way of All Flesh into "bands we like". For it's not really bands WE like. Rather bands two of us like. Or three. It's that hard to find a common name among us. Simon is the culprit for Protest the Hero, as am I for Soilwork. But if we abandon personal taste and try to aim higher, and really target the records that had a huge impact of sculpturing Deathember's sound, The Way of All Flesh is one of them.

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