Really this blog should've started 15 years ago, as I was far deeper into new music back then (before kids, 60h work weeks etc)... But then again my lists would mostly have consisted of Japanese hardcore back then...
So... We begin our journey with the AMAZING debut album by GOAT. They are from Sweden, but I'm guessing you could not tell as they are heavily influenced by... Eh... Alot of stuff. Shoegazing-voodoo-african-kraut? I'll let you hear it (you WILL love them!).
They are taking the same route as fellow Swedes Ghost, and they are keeping their identities hidden and they play masked. They kick Ghost's butt in most areas though!
Their debut "World music" apparently can be downloaded from here: http://afrocubanlatinjazz4.blogspot.se/2012/08/goat-world-music-suecia2012-320k.html
Next up is an old one, but one that you yanks/Canadicks might have missed - and we seriously can't have that happening as it might be my favorite band in the whole genre of slow-doom-metal!
ABANDON from Gothenburg, Sweden, didn't have an easy existence. Not only did one member got sent to jail, but around the same time the singer killed himself, and the two other blokes got cancer... No wonder they sounded like they did. They released two LPs ("In reality we suffer" and their masterpiece "The dead end") until their career (and for some of them their lives) came to an halt.
Here's the opening track from the dead end - it's pure magic!
And here's another one. Hell, I'll NEVER get tired of this record!
Onto another gem from the same city as Abandon - URAN GBG. There is something of an kraut revival going on (well... Like a couple of bands are blending the kraut athomsphere at least... More about this in my next post - it's not really a "scene" or anything), and the leading band is URAN.
However they are (probably because of drug use and that some of them are homeless) not very productive. The stuff they do however is fucking golden! Check out this little gem from their debut LP
Ok - no post without something actually a bit faster... After all I grew up on a strict diet of D.R.I, M.D.C and Jerry's kids etc...
Here's a local band from my hometown UNDERGÅNG with a live clip from the release party of their latest record "The mother of armageddon". They are know to play gigs that seriously gets out of line (think early poison idea/dwarves - blood, violence etc) and this show did not disappoint (se the other parts if interested). Check them out on record too, they are definetly worth it. thrashy-american hardcore with their own flavour.
You should be able to find all of these records on the interwebz - if not, and you want them just drop me an email and I'll send them to you.
Ok, that's a wrap - next time I'll probably dare to go out of my comfort zone (Sweden) and perhaps even reach into the rest of Scandinavia! Gimme some feedback - I'd love that - and sorry for my english (we can take it in Swedish or German if you prefer that) :-)