Sweden Rock Festival 2012

UPCOMING BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR ROCKKLASSIKER STAGE Sweden Rock organisers have revealed the eight new upcoming bands that will play on the Rockklassiker Stage on Thursday 7th June – check them out! Incarnit  (www.incarnit.com) Colossus (www.colossus.se) Frontback (www.frontback.se) Evasive (www.facebook.com/evasivesweden) Scarlet Drop (www.scarletdrop.com) Vulkan (www.vulkanband.com) Beyond All Recognition (www.facebook.com/beyondallrecognition) Mother Of God (www.facebook.com/MOGmusic) For more SWEDEN…

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IN SOLITUDE, STEVE RODGERS AND GODA GRANNAR TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2012 British-influences 80s’ metal lives and thrives in Sweden. One of the hottest, if not the hottest, bands of this type is In Solitude. In their case, the term ”British-influenced” comes with a sidenote, since Danes Mercyful Fate have been at least as crucial…

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DARK FUNERAL CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK 2012 Dark Funeral is one of the perennial names in Nordic black metal-history. Their first album appeared in 1996 and their possibly most lauded one, mega-classic “Diabolis interium”, in 2001. “Attera totus sanctus” charted in Sweden while “Angelo exuro pro eternus” (2009) added a new, more technical flavor to…

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CRUCIFIED BARBARA, BOURBON BOYS & ÄNGLAGÅRD JOIN SWEDEN ROCK LINE UP Crucified Barbara’s debut album ”In distortion we trust” arrived in 2005. The single ”Losing the game” charted in Sweden and ever since, the Stockholm quartet have more or less been on a roll. Their blend of hard rock, glam rock and punk was successful…

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ENTOMBED ARE COMING TO SWEDEN ROCK 2012! In the early 90s, death metal was literally the new black. Stockholm was a major epicenter of the genre, and one of the bands deemed synonymous with the famous Stockholm sound was Entombed. The quintet, risen from the ashes of the cult band Nihilist, made two of the…

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BRAZILIAN METALLERS SEPULTURA JOIN SRF LINE UP! In the early 80s, most Europeans would have scoffed at the idea of a Brazilian metal band. This changed in 1989, when Sepultura released “Beneath the remains” which became an instant thrash metal-classic. The band that formed in Belo Horizonte in 1984 got their international break with this…

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CANADIAN BAND EXCITER CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK “Schmier of Destruction told us ‘without Exciter there would not have been any thrash metal, you guys made that genre happen’”, said Exciter-guitarist John Ricci in an interview in Sweden Rock Magazine #72. Canadians Exciter were one of the very first bands whose music would be labeled thrash…

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H.E.A.T WITH NEW SINGER CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK! The sixtet from Upplands Väsby – the same place where the band Europe was born – were heralded as the first heroes of a new generation of hard radio rock when the debut “Heat” arrived in 2008. The following year they got their big national break in…

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THE LEGENDARY 10CC CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2012! 10cc from Stockport, UK formed in 1972, originally as a quartet of multi-instrumentalists and songwriters. Singer/bassist Graham Gouldman had previously delivered hits for the Yardbirds, the Hollies and Herman’s Hermits. 10cc became famous for their duality: on the one hand their artistic side, on the other…

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TWISTED SISTER TO PLAY ONLY SCANDINAVIAN SHOW OF 2012 AT SWEDEN ROCK Few bands have left such deep an imprint in the Swedish psyche as Twisted Sister. The band’s third album ”Stay hungry” (1984) sold over 100 000 copies in Sweden alone, and the band signed autographs even to Björn Borg and the Swedish royal…

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SLAUGHTER ARE COMING TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2012! Slaughter emerged from Vinnie Vincent Invasion, led by former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent. Singer/guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum took over that band’s record deal with their own band Slaughter. They in turn became one of the biggest so called hair metal acts of the era….

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NIGHT RANGER CONFIRM ONLY SCANDINAVIAN SHOW AT SWEDEN ROCK 2012 The missing link between Billy Joel and Van Halen. This actually is not a bad description of Night Ranger, one of the biggest AOR-bands of the 80s. Particularly their first three albums – “Dawn patrol” (1982), “Midnight madness” (1984) and “Seven wishes” (1985) – are…

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NORWEGIAN HAIR METAL BAND RETURN COMING TO SWEDEN ROCK 2012 Not all the greatest of Scandinavian hair metal heroes are Swedish. Norwegians Return released five studio albums in 1987-92, established themselves as one of the genre’s seminal acts and reached an unbelievable level of popularity on their home turf. Their most famous trait was their…

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ADRENALINE MOB TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2012! 
The name Adrenaline Mob may be new, but the band’s members are certainly well known to Sweden Rock Festival veterans. Drummer Mike Portnoy used to be the arguably most famous member of Dream Theater. Singer Russell Allen is usually part of the second gang of titans in contemporary…

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UK’S LITTLE ANGELS REFORMED AND PLAYING SWEDEN ROCK 2012! In the early 90s, Little Angels were definitely Great Britain’s most popular hair metal-band in their native country. Their music was well-played as well as cocky, and each of their three studio albums  – “Don’t prey for me” (1989), “Young gods” (1991) and “Jam” (1993) –…

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CANNIBAL CORPSE CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK 2012 The most extreme of the extreme, and still a commercial success. In 2003, Cannibal Corpse from Buffalo became the first death metal-band whose combine record sales exceeded one million copies. Without ever compromising the concept that they have been known for since their 1990 debut “Eaten back to…

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Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, Mick Ralphs: BAD COMPANY COMING TO SWEDEN ROCK! The king is dead – long live the king! That is, another one of the biggest bands in hard blues rock rose from the ashes of the legendary Free in 1973. Free’s nucleus of Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Simon Kirke (drums) joined forces…

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AXEL RUDI PELL CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK 2012! German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell is one of our time’s most distinguished practitioners of classic, melodic hard rock in the spirit of Rainbow. He debuted as early as 1984 with the band Steeler, with whom he made four albums prior to leaving as a result of the…

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MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK Michael Schenker was the first German hard rock superstar and remains one of the greatest guitar heroes of all time. In the 70s he released albums with the Scorpions and UFO, gaining world fame with the latter act. In 1980 he debuted with his own Michael…

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IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK 2012 Nicke Andersson is a remarkable man. As the leader of Entombed he made Stockholm the global epicentre of death metal. As the leader of the Hellacopters, he spearheaded the renaissance of hard rock’n’roll. With Imperial State Electric, he moves forward with the latter genre, albeit in a…

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