Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

blood tracksIt has been quite some time since I last did a Soundtrack Saturday and I figured I would start it back up by exploring some of the unsung heroes of the 80’s horror movie soundtrack scene. There are bands out there that had been picked and brought in to do a song for a soundtrack that may not have launched in the US at the time of the release of the film so maybe people being curious about the artist in the film might generate some well needed publicity and then sometimes some bands just live in that horror soundtrack infamy. I was watching a horror film when I decided that I was going to look into horror soundtracks to pick the best of the crop for a potential radio show. Sweden as of late has been a hot bed for that sleazy 80’s rock style, but little do people know that there were a lot of bands from that region of the globe with Europe being the obvious more popular band. Easy Action was a band from Sweden who were trying to make a name for themselves much like Europe or Norway’s TNT had done when they hooked up with filmmakers Mats Helge Olsson and Derek Ford to be in the film Blood Tracks. The film follows a band called Solid Gold (Easy Action) as they go to film a music video at an abandoned warehouse, but unfortunately they get stranded by an avalanche. The song I have for you guys is the title track from the film that is as raunch filled as you could possibly want from a mid 80’s metal track. There is some interruption during the track because it’s directly from the film, but check it out below:

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war of the covers copy He's BackLast week, we had an interesting triple threat match that saw Anthrax do battle with Tarot and Godspeed featuring Bruce Dickinson to decide who covered Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath better. You voted and decided that ultimately without contest that Anthrax had the best version. I want to let you guys know that coming in the fall will be my fourth Alumni Weekend Takeover at my Alma Mater and by voting, you are deciding what I am going to play because the winners of the War Of The Covers will be played on the show as we do a covers segment this year. With that being said, it is time to move on to this week’s War Of The Covers which features a track from the king of Shock Rock in Alice Cooper. Back in 1986, Alice recorded a track for the Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives soundtrack called He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) (It was also on the album Constrictor) that was epic with those synths and that cool bass line. This week we have two interesting bands in a European match as Sweden’s One Man Army and The Undead Quartet take on Finland’s Warmen featuring Alexi Laiho. One Man Army… covered the track for their 2007 album Error In Evolution while Warmen covered the song with Alexi of Children Of Bodom on vocals for their 2014 album First Of The Five Elements. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered it better and who makes the show this fall. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide.

As always we give you two music videos of the week and here is one from the heavier side of life. Legendary Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquility are gearing up to release their 11TH studio album Atoma on November 4TH via Century Media. To help pass the time until then, the band has unleashed the music video for the track The Pitiless which is a performance based video. The video is kind of a behind the scenes look at the band when they go on stage and the steps it takes to get there. The band talked about choosing The Pitiless as their first single saying, “Selecting the first single from an album as diverse as Atoma is always a hard task, but we felt that ‘The Pitiless’ gives a good representation of the general vibe of the material. It’s fast, melodic and with a sense of urgency that permeates the whole album.” You can also catch the band when they head out on tour in the late fall with Swallow The Sun, Enforcer, Starkill, and it kicks off November 4TH. Check out the tour dates here and check out the album cover below:

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Swedish Melodic Metal masters In Flames are back with some very big news for all of their fans. The band has announced that they will be releasing their 12TH studio album Battles via Eleven Seven Music on November 11TH. The band already unveiled the single The End earlier in the week, but now the band has released another single called The Truth. A clapping beat starts off the track with a choir chanting “We Are, We Are” before it breaks into an all out sonic assault with melodic guitars and chugging rhythm and some clean vocals from singer Anders Fridén. Drummer Björn Gelotte recently spoke with Decibel and he had this to say about the differences between the last record and the new one, “Siren Charms had a very dark vibe to it. We recorded it at a cold, damp and dark time during the year in Berlin so it gave it a certain melancholy to the record. Now recording in [Los Angeles, Calif.] with the sunshine it’s a different energy. The writing process was different this time, too — that I would like for us to continue to explore. Also, working with Howard [Benson, producer] and his team was great. I got stressed taking a break for even five minutes because they were always ready to go for the next take and kept my energy up.” Check out the track below:

We are running our special once again today where you get two for the price of one this week and we have some good ones for you. On the metal side of things for the single of the week, we have a brand new track from Swedish metal legends Opeth as they prepare to release their 12TH studio album Sorceress which is the follow up to 2014’s Pale Communion. The album is expected to drop on September 30TH and to help pass the time until then, the band has unleashed the title track for everyone to hear and we have it here. The band continues to explore their love for Prog rock with this track and singer Mikael Akerfeldt talked about it saying, “I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan.” He adds about the record overall, “It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A f—ing joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it.” Check it out below:

I have to be perfectly honest with all of you before I go on and that is that I don’t really get the band Avatar, the metal band from Sweden and not the film. They are an interesting band that I am still trying to figure out, but the imagery is kind of cool.The one thing that I cannot deny is when a band releases a cool music video that they obviously put some thought into it. That is definitely what I can say about Avatar’s music video for the their track The Eagle Has Landed from their album Feathers & Flesh which actually comes out tomorrow (May 13TH) everywhere music is sold. In the music video for the track (which is also our music video of the week), lead singer Johannes Eckerström is a travelling salesman who goes door to door selling a miracle drug to some unwitting customers who don’t know any better. He sells the tonic to a farmer who cannot reach the last apple on the tree, a string man who is sick, and a man who wants to make love to his girlfriend or wife (whatever she is). You definitely need to check out the video, its very cool how they did it. Check it out below and check out their new album.

europeI never thought in the five or six years that I have been blogging that a GEICO commercial would inspire me to do an album of the week. If you don’t know what I am talking about there is a GEICO commercial that features a band by the name of Europe in it performing The Final Countdown while people wait for something to come out of a microwave. The Final Countdown was also the name of the record that the legendary song comes from by the band Europe and that is the album I am covering. The band comes all the way from Sweden and the band at the time of the release of the album in 1986 was made up of Joey Tempest (Vocals), John Norum (Guitars), John Leven (Bass), Mic Michaeli (Keyboards), and Ian Haugland (Drums). The album just may be the biggest album the band had ever released in their careers as it peaked at number one in Sweden, Switzerland, and France. It peaked at number two in Canada and Italy, four in Norway, five in Austria, six in Germany, eight on the Billboard Top 200 charts here in the states, and number nine in the UK. The album also went triple platinum in the US while it went double platinum in Canada.

europe 21. The Final Countdown– This is probably the most recognizable song int he world as soon as you hear the opening keyboard synth parts of the track. The track is played in every arena and stadium across the US. Believe it or not the lyrics were inspired by David Bowie’s Space Oddity. 5/5

2. Rock The Night– The track opens up with a beefy guitar riff with those synths included before the bass drives the verses. It was the second single released off the album and it’s amazing. 5/5

3. Carrie– If you were a hair metal band in the 80’s, it was customary to have at least one power ballad on your record and this was the band’s power ballad. 4/5

4. Danger on the Track– Big power chords and some keys open up the song, but then the Deep Purple like riffs carry the track which seems to be about a man who leaves to go out on the road, but fears that someone is there to steal his girl. 4/5

5. Ninja– The track is a real rocker, but for some reason the lyrics make absolutely no sense to me. 3/5

Europe-The-Final-Countdown-Cd-Cover-870666. Cherokee– Another keyboard/rock driven classic from the band that absolutely rips and guess who it’s about? 5/5

7. Time Has Come– a softer rocker from the band which seems to ask you to think of the people who sacrifice for good and for those less fortunate. 3/5

8. Heart of Stone– a cool rock song from the band with some nicely placed keyboard parts in a track about a guy who longs for love, but that girl just has a heart of stone. 4/5

9. On The Loose– This is one of three tracks that was originally recorded for a soundtrack to a Swedish film, but was re-recorded for the album and the guitar riff is a barn burner. The track’s lyrics seem to be about a guy who is a dreamer of sorts and wants to be on top of the world. 4/5

10. Love Chaser- This is the last track on the record and while it has the flare of the guitars, it has a real chugging bass line mixed with the keyboards who add another layer to the song. It’s not a ballad by any means, but it’s about someone who is chasing after love. 3.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is the definitive album from Europe if you’re looking to hear 80’s Europe. If you’re looking to hear some serious business from the band then you have to check out their later stuff because they’ve turned into great songwriters. This was the first album that I heard from the band and it was the album that got me hooked to them in the first place. Check it out for yourself, but right now I am giving the album 4 stars out of five for a final grade.