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Sweden Rock Festival 2012SEVEN NEW BANDS JOIN RUSH AT SWEDEN ROCK 2013!

SRF organisers have today announced that Status Quo, Krokus, Demon, Amaranthe, Axxis, Witchcraft and Huntress have been added to the line up for next year’s festival joining the already announced headliners Rush!

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Sweden Rock Festival 2012RIVAL SONS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK 7TH JUNE!

Rival Sons at Sweden Rock 2012Rival’s “Pressure & Time” was one of the most talked about traditional rock lip in 2011, and for that matter, in recent years. The quartet from Los Angeles had previously issued a self-financed album and an ep, and opened for both Alice Cooper, AC / DC.

“Pressure & Time”, Rival’s “real” debut album, was recorded in less than three weeks and offered the same solid, unpretentious sound associated with names such as Who, Led Zeppelin, Free, Grand Funk Railroad.

Rival Sons has since opened for bands as diverse as Judas Priest, Evanescence and Black Stone Cherry, and their SRF-debut is guaranteed to be a solemn moment for fans of powerful and easy rock and swing.

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Sweden Rock Festival 2012KING DIAMOND TO SWEDEN ROCK – ONLY SHOW IN SCANDINAVIA IN 2012!

One of the most iconic heavy metal-musicians in Scandinavian history is Danish vocalist King Diamond. He made it big in the early 80s with the now legendary Mercyful Fate, and moved on in 1985 to his own namesake constellation.

Here the singer with the recognizable make-up developed his ominous, diabolical heavy metal even further, in collaboration with Swedish guitarist Andy LaRocque. The band’s most famous works of art are probably their three classic concept albums from the late 80s: ”Abigail” (1987), ”Them” (1988) and ”Conspiracy” (1989). In 2007, after twelve successful King Diamond-albums, the singer was forced to indefinite retirement due to a severely herniated disc. In addition, he had to undergo massive heart surgery three years later.

The wait has been long and hard, but now it’s finally over. King Diamond are back to enter the stage at SRF in 2012. There has rarely been a comeback more eagerly anticipated!

The show at Sweden Rock will be the only one in Scandinavia during 2012!

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Sweden Rock Festival 2012SOUNDGARDEN TO MAKE AN EXCLUSIVE APPEARANCE AT SWEDEN ROCK 2012

Not only thrash metal has its ”Big Four”. The same goes for the grunge scene of the early 90’s. Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains rewrote the rules for the entire rock business and temporarily made Seattle the new rock capital of the world.

Soundgarden were the first of the four to reach a wider audience, earning a Grammy nomination already for their debut ”Ultramega OK”. The bands second album, Led Zeppelinesque ”Louder than love” was followed by the Black Sabbath-influenced ”Badmotorfinger” (1991) and ”Superunknown” (1994) – two of the most important and successful hard rock releases of the 90’s. Songs like ”Rusty cage”, ”Black hole sun”, ”Spoonman” and ”Jesus Christ pose” are distinguished by inventiveness, odd time signatures and the intense singing of Chris Cornell.

Obviously there was great enthusiasm in 2010, when the mythical band declared the reunion of it’s classic line-up: Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil (guitar), Ben Shepherd (bass) and Matt Cameron (drums). Not only is there a new album in the making, in 2012 Soundgarden are coming to Sweden Rock Festival! This is the band’s first Swedish concert since 1996 and also their only one in Sweden this summer. Definitely one of the rock’n’roll highlights of the year!

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Sweden Rock Festival 2012KATATONIA CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK 2012!

Ever since their debut album ”Dance of December souls” (1993), Stockholm’s KATATONIA have been on a long and progressive journey in the land of melancholy. The black- and death metal-roots of the Dan Swanö-produced ”Jhva Elohim Meth”-demo have gradually been replaced by heavy and atmospheric doom- and goth metal, as well as a more straightforward song structure.

The band, based around the founding duo of vocalist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström, started to prefer clean vocals in an early stage of their career, but since they still wanted to feature growls they called in their friend, Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt to help out with the vocals for a couple of recordings in the 90’s. With the album ”Last fair deal gone down” (2001) the rough vocals were gone for good and with the next two albums, ”Viva emptiness” (2003) and ”The great cold distance” (2006), Katatonia became the obvious leaders of the Scandinavian goth metal-scene – although that might be too narrow a label for the Katatonia of today.

When ”Night is the new day” was released in 2009 it was not only lauded by an unanimous horde of journalists and fans, but also by past session member Åkerfeldt who called it the best release in it’s genre in a decade.

If darkness in music is your thing you should make sure not to miss Katatonia’s debut at Sweden Rock Festival.

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We have added Tuska Open Air Festival, Finland to our new reviews so if you want to find out what went on check it out!

Tuska Open Air Festival 2011

You can also read our other festival reviews:
Sonisphere Festival Italy
Sonisphere Festival UK
Gods of Metal Festival Italy
Rock in IdRho Festival Italy
Sweden Rock Festival 2011
Getaway Rock Festival 2011
The Big 4 Italy
The Big 4 Sweden

Sweden Rock FestivalLAST 10 ACOUSTIC ACTS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

The 10 acts that will play Rockklassiker Stage 2011 are: Mats Ronander, Chips & Kent,  Alien, Roffe Wikström, Nicke Borg Homeland, Claes Yngström & CC Goes To Woodstock, The Dead and Living, Bob Log III, Slidin’ Slim, Goda Grannar

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Sweden Rock FestivalTHE HOOTERS COMING TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVALS

Bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene in 1980 and then released the independent album “Amore” in 1983 that sold over 100,000 copies, The Hooters quickly became a huge success along their native East Coast with their blend of powerful arena rock, reggae and ska.

THE HOOTERS two main men, Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian wrote and played on Cyndi Lauper’s debut album “She’s So Unusual” and that became an eye-opener  for the music business and these two extraordinary songwriters signed a deal with Columbia Records for their own band and in 1985 they released their “real” debut album “Another nervous night” that contained unforgettable hits like “Day by day”, “And we danced”, “Where do the children go” and “All you zombies” and their big breakthrough around the world was a fact. The band followed up the big success with the 1987 album “One way home” that yet again delivered several hit singles like “Johnny B”, “Karla with a K” and “Satellite” and then in 1989 the album Zig Zag sam the light of day with songs like “Brother don’t you walk away” och “500 miles”. Like their two previous albums, this was another big success – not at least in Sweden!

In 2001 THE HOOTERS, after “a much needed break” , reunited and during several years the band toured intensively over the world and in 2007 the band released “Time stand still”, their first studio album in 14 years.

The band actually played the Karlshamn Rock Festival back in 1993 and now, 18 years later, it’s once again time for the Swedish rock audience to get a share of this fantastic band and we can guarantee a real party on stage, lots of energy and, we can only guess, some sing-alongs!

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Sweden Rock FestivalNIFELHEIM BRINGS SOME BLACK METAL TO SWEDEN ROCK!

That Sweden is one the most important countries when it comes to black metal should be well known for most heavy metal-connaiseurs – but if you’ve missed out on this fact NIFELHEIM, formed in the small town of Dals Långed in 1990, are as good as evidence as it can get.

The band’s original take on the genre gets its inspiration both from classic heavy metal as well as from old school black metal-acts such as Bathory, Tormentor and Master’s Hammer. They’ve released four albums, with “Envoy of Lucifer” from 2007 being the latest. NIFELHEIM visited SRF in 2004 and have since been one of the most requested re-runs of their genre. With an odd, original sense of melody, uncomprising, raw vocals and unusally catchy songs considering their style their gig well most definitely be a highlight at this years festival for any fan of black metal.

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Sweden Rock FestivalFINNISH HEAVY METAL FROM OZ AT SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER!

OZ were formed in Finland in the late 70’s and between the years 1982 and 1991 they released five albums and the cult single “Turn the cross upside down”. The band were praised by the metal community, but their catchy brand of heavy metal never managed to break through to the mainstream consciousness. And then they met that same destiny that so many of the acts that later would come to get up on the stages at Sweden Rock Festival: the bands line-up fell apart, problems with the record label arose and the music scene changed, all while the band would, or could, not evolve.

During the renaissance of criminally underrated, genuine heavy metal, that we have seen during the last few years OZ have been discovered by new generations of headbangers; giving classics like “Search lights”, “Black candles” and “Turn the cross upside down” a new lease on life.  2011 sees the band return with the single and video for new the song “Dominator” and the quintet (with classic members Ape De Martini, Jay C Blade and Mark Ruffneck in the line-up) performing their first gigs since their return.

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Sweden Rock FestivalANGEL WITCH MAKE SWEDEN ROCK DEBUT!

One of the prime cult-bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal will finally debut at SRF!

ANGEL WITCH, led by singer / guitarist Kevin Heybourne, released their eponymous debut in 1980. The album was a historical landmark in ominous, diabolical and mystical heavy metal. Shortly thereafter, line-up problems led to the break-up of ANGEL WITCH.

However, Kevin Heybourne has revived his “baby” on a(n ir)regular basis, to tour and record the occasional new album. In our time, the computer game “Brütal Legend”, featuring Angel Witch’s signature song “Angel Witch”, has contributed to a whole new generation discovering the band. Now these new fans can cheer along with the old ones as songs like “Angel Witch”, “Angel of Death” and “Sorcerers” echo over the domains of SRF.

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Sweden Rock FestivalSTEELHEART MAKE THEIR SWEDISH DEBUT AT SWEDEN ROCK 2011!

Do you recall the wonder singer who dubbed Mark Wahlberg’s vocal parts in the movie “Rock Star” (2001)? Thats right – Miljenko Matijevic, the Croatian-American main man of STEELHEART from Connecticut.

The band was acclaimed as one of the finest in early 90s’ hair metal. The two first albums “Steelheart” (1990) and “Tangled in Reins” (1992) overflow with classics like “Angel Eyes”, “Steelheart” and the killer ballad “She’s Gone”.

STEELHEART dissolved in 1992 after Miljenko getting severely injured on stage by a falling lighting rig. An attempted comeback in 1996 proved abortive, but ten years later Miljenko revived Steelheart for real and released the Led Zeppelin-influenced “Good 2B Alive” in 2008. Now the band makes their Swedish debut – beware of glass-shattering high notes when Miljenko opens his mouth!

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Sweden Rock FestivalBLACK LABEL SOCIETY HEADING TO SWEDEN ROCK THIS SUMMER!

Heavy metal with a Southern groove. That was the concept when former Ozzy Osbourne-guitarist Zakk Wylde formed BLACK LABEL SOCIETY in 1998, and that’s how it still looks today. To date the massive – in both senses of the word – guitar-hero / frontman and cohorts have released eight studio albums, including such successes as “Mafia” (2005) and last year’s “Order of the Black”.

As we all know, American and European metalheads have different preferences, but in this case both sides agree: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is one of the finest American metal bands today. Even if Zakk himself has given up beer, he can still count on countless beerdrinkers to give a warm reception to him, his trusted associates Nick Catanese (guitar) and John DeServio (bass), and newly appointed drummer Johnny Kelly (ex-Type O Negative).

Did we mention that the band will play just before Ozzy Osbourne on June 11th?

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Sweden Rock FestivalFIRST SHOW IN SWEDEN SINCE 1999 AND ONLY SHOW IN SWEDEN 2011

GWAR – Lethal monsters from outer space, frozen inside Antarctica for millions of years and defrosted in the 80s due to the hairspray fumes from hair metal fans? Or “only” a band from Virginia with a stageshow even crazier than the music?

Either way, GWAR have released twelve albums since 1988, most recently last year’s “Bloody pit of horror”. Their sound has varied, with influences from punk, Frank Zappa-like experimentation and, obviously, brutal metal. The latter ingredient dominates the GWAR sound of today.

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Sweden Rock FestivalDUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED HEADING TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL!

Duff McKagan is obviously ever-famous as the bassist in the classic Guns N’ Roses-line-up and Velvet Revolver. But since 2008, his own project Loaded has also progressed impressively. With this band, originally formed as early as 1999, Duff handles vocals and rhythm guitar. The sound is rough and rugged hard-rock with strong punk-influences, and the band names the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and Black Flags among their influences. Loaded have so far recorded three full-length albums, most recently “The taking” which will be released this April.

However, they are primarily a live act, and what makes their SRF-debut even more anticipated is that this will be Duff’s first SRF appearance ever!

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Sweden Rock FestivalRHINO BUCKET TO SWEDEN ROCK THIS SUMMER!

Many bands sound influenced by AC/DC. Not everyone earn respect in their own right. RHINO BUCKET, who released three classic albums in the early 90s, rank among the select few who succeeded splendidly with both. In 1995 the band retired, to the grief of many, and in their absence RHINO BUCKET grew more popular than ever.

Naturally rock’n’roll lovers cheered when the comeback album “And Then It Got Ugly” appeared in 2006. Since then two more RHINO BUCKET-records have seen the light of day, including the brand new “Who’s Got Mine”. The band’s SRF-premiere is likely to include fresh new material as well as classics like “One Night Stand”, “Blood on the Cross” and “Ride With Yourself”.

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Sweden Rock FestivalARE YOU READY FOR THE BAN WHO ALREADY SWEPT THE USA OF ITS FEET?

Meet the band that came out of nowhere and swept the USA off its feet! BLACK VEIL BRIDES from Cincinnati blend modern metal with traditional punk and glam, while wearing make-up in classic Kiss / Mötley Crüe-fashion.

The video for their first single “Knives and Pens”, a poignant study of teenage isolation, became a huge success and YouTube-classic. The summer of 2010 saw BLACK VEIL BRIDES‘ debut album “We Stitch These Wounds” explode on Billboard, and now it’s time for Europe and Sweden to get acquainted with the “most rock’n’roll band out there”. At least that’s what singer Andy Six calls his Black Veil Brides.

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Sweden Rock FestivalSPOCK’S BEARD TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER!

Arguably the most important spearheading act in the great progressive rock renaissance of the late 90s. SPOCK’S BEARD from Los Angeles debuted in 1995, making a whole new generation aware of the heritage of bands like Genesis and Gentle Giant. In 2002, after six albums, frontman and then bandleader Neal Morse decided to leave SPOCK’S BEARD and go solo.

Many were pleasantly surprised to find that Spock’s Beard passed this test with flying colors. The band has since released four more albums, most recently “X” in 2010, their new incarnation displaying a tougher guitar sound more reminiscent of full-fledged hard rock. To all who have yearned to see one of the most important bands in contemporary prog rock at SRF, the waiting is finally over.

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Sweden Rock FestivalGERMAN HEAVY METAL LEGENDS ACCEPT CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK!

The legends who put German heavy metal – as opposed to hard rock – on the world map. ACCEPT released their modest debut in 1979, and broke through in 1981 with the “Breaker”-album and a praised tour with Judas Priest. Subsequent releases like “Restless and Wild” (1982) and “Balls of the Wall” (1983) officially elevated Accept to the echelons of metal. Essential factors were the ultra-heavy sound, the classically inspired guitar playing and, not least, Udo Dirkschneider – equally original as a singer and a front man.

In 1987, Udo left Accept to create U.D.O. He returned to ACCEPT in 1992-96, after which the band  dissolved. 2005 saw a temporary comeback, including an appearance at SRF, but Udo was adamant that if Accept wanted to make a full-scale comeback, they would have to do it without him. This they did.

In 2010, ACCEPT released their first album with their new American vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-TT Quick), “Blood of the Nations”. The record was a great success, and ACCEPT now return to SRF as a band in triumph.

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Sweden Rock FestivalDEATH METAL ALL-STARS NECRONAUT MAKE ONE-OFF APPEARANCE AT SRF

NECRONAUT is no ordinary project. When the celebrated, eponymous debut album was released this past autumn, Swedish daily paper Expressen wrote: “if Dave Grohl had dared getting his hands dirty, Probot could have turned out as well as former Dismember drummer Fred Estbys solo project”. Death metal veteran Fred Estby has gathered some of Sweden’s hardest, most uncompromising musicians for a unique appearance at Sweden Rock Festival. According to the band leader, this may very well be Necronaut’s only public concert ever. He also promises that the all-star line-up will deliver not only Necronaut material, but also some other brutal surprises.

Musicians confirmed so far:

Fred Estby (ex-Dismember)
Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, ex-Hellacopters, ex-Entombed)
Tomas “Tompa” Lindberg (At The Gates)
Erik Danielsson (Watain)
Tyrant (Nifelheim)
Hellbutcher (Nifelheim)
Janne “JB” Christoffersson (Grand Magus)
Andreas “Drette” Axelsson (Tormented, ex-Edge Of Sanity)
David Blomqvist (Dismember)
Tobias Christiansson (Dismember, Grave)
Robert Pehrsson (Dundertåget, Deathbreath)

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