Vibracula - Coda blast

New epic dark and heavy rock from a band called Vibracula featuring members of other acts I've talked up over the years but whose identities I'll leave up to you to discover on your own.

Nomethod launches new imprint Faux Pas

has announced that they'll be doing a number of digital re-releases from the old archive via the new imprint . First up on October 15 will be Soviac's albums "GMC out in the fields" and "Trilogy sexlife rodeo friscotti" plus The Price of Ink's self-titled EP.

Swedish Institute vs Tiger Bell/Azure Blue

The Swedish Institute has launched a new video interview series and guests so far include Tiger Bell and Azure Blue. More at FB: https://www.facebook.com/SwedishMusic

Artymove - One of these days (live video)

A live version of Artymove performing their new single "One of these days". Obviously not as ecstatic as the regular version, but still dece.

Presenting: Allvaret

Allvaret is a new band from Göteborg, debut LP soon via /.

Halasan Bazar - Figure it out (video)

Another video clip from quality Danish psychrock act Halasan Bazar.

Interview: Rasmus Kellerman

Interview: Rasmus Kellerman

Study: Oslo and Stockholm lead Europe in music taste

Apparently Oslo and Stockholm are ahead of the curve when it comes to music discovery (and rejection): http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-04/18/cities-musical-taste

Missbrukarna - Zooma in en zombieMissbrukarna
Zooma in en zombie
Skrammel Records

9

Essential first-wave Swedish hardcore that's raging fast, surprisingly melodic and also a heckuva lot of fun. Even better, the rare tracks culled from various cassette releases, live sessions and so on are every bit as good as the band's all-too-few official vinyl recordings, limited to a mere split 7" with fellow Swedes Panik and the first volume of the "Really fast" comp series. Hopefully most folks who fit the target audience for this LP will have already picked it up by now, but for dabblers there's always Spotify.
- Avi Roig

Graveyard - Goliath (video)

The official video for the new Graveyard single "Goliath".

The High and Lows - London's sleeping

Solid Swedish pop balladeering from The High and Lows.

Goat - Goatlord (live video)

Swedish cult/psychrockers Goat have an exclusive live video up at PSL: http://blogg.svt.se/psl/2012/09/24/premiar-goat-goatman/
Strobe-sensitive folks are advised to open said clip in a hidden tab while folks in the UK are encouraged to go see them live:

10/19 - The Lexington, London
10/20 - The Star And Shadow, Newcastle
10/21 - Supersonic Festival, Birmingham

Pitchfork reviews Enslaved

Pitchfork likes the new Enslaved album "RIITIIR", but perhaps not quite as much as some folks: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17147-riitiir/

Book tip: Den Svenska Synthen

Check out the Facebook page for "Den Svenska Synthen", an upcoming book by Bengt Rahm (one of the founders of ) on the Swedish synth scene including interviews with tons of bands, labels and more: https://www.facebook.com/DenSvenskaSynthen
Swedish-only unfortunately, but that's the way these things go.

Hombre Malo/Desert Icons - SplitHombre Malo/Desert Icons
Split
Nooirax Producctiones

7

Yep, the crusties will love this! Hombre Malo kick off proceedings off and, to be honest, they do take a while to hit their stride. Once they do though, they just click and you're right in there with them, tearing shit up. The first three tracks are essentially punked-up stoners while closing track "Burial ground for a past life" showcases the Oslo-based sludgers at their finest. The punky stuff might sound cool and all, but when Hombre Malo hit mid-pace before slowing to a drawn-out, doomed halt, it's as pummelling as a bag of pool balls to the cranium. More of this in the future will level cities.

I take it Spain's Desert Icons have listened to a fair bit of Thin Lizzy in the past. The bits on here that do sound like a metalized Lizzy are the downers here. They just lift and brighten the atmosphere a bit too much in something that has the potential to be dark and nasty... in an outstandingly metal way. Out of three songs, opening track "The search" is Alchemist meets Thin Lizzy and the second song, "Animal rage" is Immortal meets Thin Lizzy. And the Lizzy bits are everywhere in both. Closing track "Time for the storm" is the best of the bunch here by miles and it's killer. And there's no Thin Lizzy in it at all! It showcases a band with an identity of their own who sound so fluid when they just run with it rather than trying to show people that they can play like Thin Lizzy. NB. I think this is the most I've ever written Thin Lizzy in my life.
- John Norby