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We Are The Catalyst w/ Through The Cracks – Gothenburg, Sweden

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 13th September 2015 by Pieni

We Are The Catalyst, Through The Cracks
Klubb Defused, Gothenburg
4th September 2015
Promoted by Kriss Clark/Klubb Defused

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After rating their debut EP, “Hateful Things”, 5/5 (read here), I wanted to see if Through The Cracks could match it up live. They can.

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In support of We Are The Catalyst, Through The Cracks took the stage for the first time last weekend, at Klubb Defused/Sticky Fingers, in Gothenburg. It was precisely the title-track of their EP that kicked off the show, the first notes extended and revamped to form an intro. The crowd didn’t stand that close to the stage, which disappointed me a bit, but every time I glanced back, they were moving their bodies to the rhythm, and would cheer loudly at the end of every song – so the distance, in this case, wasn’t a bad sign after all. All members of the band were quite restless themselves, Jimmy (guitar) and Niklas (bass) even synch-jumping at some point, and Sara headbanging that red hair of hers, as beautiful as her voice, never going out of tune once, not even at the highest notes. After the songs from the aforementioned EP, they closed the gig with a thrilling new song, “Soulless Man”, that follows the heavier path Through The Cracks have announced wanting to ride on. “Soulless Man” should be released as a single this fall.

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www.facebook.com/ThroughTheCracksBand

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We Are The Catalyst were more popular among the crowd, as they’ve been around for about three years now and have a longer discography – an EP from 2013, “Panem et Circenses”, and a full-length from last year, “Monuments”. There was even a group of what seemed to be die-hard fans (and probably friends) of bass player Joni, as they kept screaming his name. But friendships apart, the band’s good, really good. They play alternative rock, just like their support act, and also have a girl – Cat – as lead singer; but guitarist Kenny take a big part in the singing, and the combination of both is quite powerful. Songs such as “Never Fall”, “Not Alone”, the catchy “Fight For Air” and the brilliant cover of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” kept everybody in high spirits.

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In a nutshell, I had a blast: witnessed the live premiere of a promising act, and got to know another dynamic rock band. My trips to Sweden always pay off.

Text & photos: Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Skitarg w/ support – Gothenburg, Sweden

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , on 14th April 2015 by Pieni

BatAAr, The End Of Grace, Skitarg
Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE)
10th April 2015
Promoted by NEMIS GBG

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Clown metal is a big thing in Sweden, at least when it comes down to Skitarg. But support acts BatAAr and The End Of Grace caused quite a fuss as well that night.

 photo bataar1_zpsvgxsjmry.jpgDespite my often trips to Sweden and the crash-course I’ve taken last year on its native language, I’m still not able to maintain a conversation in Swedish (reading is okay, talking not so much). This means I can’t tell you what BatAAr-Seb said to the screaming crowd that welcomed the band. But then again, it’s the music that counts, right? They themselves must think the same, as their borderline visual kei image is toned down once they’re on stage, in comparison to what you see in their videos and promo photos.
Between the exquisite prog of “Riskbreaker”, the spirited melodies of “The Distance” and “Owls And Snakes”, or the extremeness of “Refrain From Your Porcelain”, BatAAr’s sound may be hard to label in matters of genre, but pretty easy to do so in terms of quality: DAMN GOOD! Adding that to how comfortable they are on stage and how they give themselves to what they’re playing, it all can only result in a show worth attending to. (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/BatAAr

 photo teog1_zps52y9pbfy.jpgJust like BatAAr, The End Of Grace also come from Gothenburg, but since Kriss is British and addressed the audience in English, I can be a bit more thorough regarding the singer’s speech. For instance, I can tell you about the at least half a dozen times he said “oh my God you’re fucking crazy” and “we love you all”. If you’ve been following our posts on these guys, you know I’ve been to quite a few TEoG shows, so trust me when I say that Kriss wasn’t kissing ass – this crowd was the most vibrant I’ve ever seen on a TEoG show. There was even a wall of death at the beginning of “Beneath The Waves”, right after a cool, melodic new intro – guess they got inspired by Frodd‘s remix of it for the B-side of their latest single “Final Burden”.
They’ve been hard-working on their upcoming debut album and less than a month since the release of the aforementioned “Final Burden”, they were ready to introduce another new song – a song about being in a band, how that means “brotherhood”, and so it’s only natural that it was named after the band itself. The response to “The End Of Grace”, the song, was as massive as to the rest of the gig, which makes me believe the album will get a killer feedback once it’s finally out.
And because of that brotherhood, this being drummer Thomas last show felt like “losing an arm”. He got quite an ovation from the crowd and then BatAAr-Seb got on stage to help Kriss sing the last song “Fist Face Bleed”. Thomas couldn’t have asked for a better farewell show. (5/5)

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https://www.facebook.com/TheEndOfGrace

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The house had been crowded for both supporting acts, but for Skitarg it was fully packed, leaving no doubt that they lived up to their headlining status.
Sure, their creepy-clown makeup and flashy outfits cause an impressive visual impact, but if we strip those away, we’re still left with a very active and powerful performance. So if you’re thinking that Skitarg’s popularity is only due to their looks, think again. And songs such as “Jag Bryter Nacken Av Din Häst”, “Du Har Keps Och Knarkar” or “Utvecklingsstörd” made the crowd go wild in mosh circles and loud sing-alongs, proving my point.
At some point, close to the end, TEoG-Kriss joined on stage, not to sing but just to fool around with Barnet. Sadly I had already put away the camera, as the aforementioned mosh was too vicious for my bones’ sake and I had retreated to a safe point at the back. Yeah, it was that kind of show, that kind of party. (5/5)

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A big thanks to Martin Efternamn for the help with the Skitarg song-titles.

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino.

Swedish Bombus announce several live dates

Posted in News with tags , , , on 29th August 2013 by Pieni

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Hailing from Gothemburg, heavy metal band Bombus has just released their debut album “The Poet and The Parrot” via Century Media. Its physical editions, which include a limited digipack CD version (with 2 bonus tracks) and a 180g gatefold vinyl ((unlimited black version, limited dark-green version), can be ordered here. A digital version is available in the usual digital shops.

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A release party will be held at Pustervik, Gothemburg, this saturday (31st of August) and a few scattered dates will follow:
06.09.2013 Conglomerate Fest at Bogen F, Zurich, Switzland
12.09.2013 Pussy a Gogo, Stockholm, Sweden (headlining show)
13.09.2013 Close-Up Boat Cruise, Sweden 
27.09.2013 Hamburg Metal Dayz @ Marx, Hamburg, Germany
04.10.2013 Club Destroyer Sundsvall, Sweden (headlining show)

By the end of October and through the first couple of weeks, Bombus were invited by Danko Jones to support him in his Scandinavian dates:
25.10.2013 Tivoli, Helsingborg, Sweden
26.10.2013 Svandammshallarna, Uppsala, Sweden
30.10.2013 Club 700, Örebro, Sweden
31.10.2013 N3, Trollhättan, Sweden
01.11.2013 X&Y, Borås, Sweden
02.11.2013 Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden
08.11.2013 Union Scene, Drammen, Norway
09.11.2013 Revolver, Oslo, Norway 
10.11.2013 Garage, Bergen, Norway
11.11.2013 Folken, Stavanger, Norway
13.11.2013 Dynamo, Norrköping, Sweden
14.11.2013 Liljan, Borlänge, Sweden

And after that, a headlining tour:
18.11.2013 Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany
20.11.2013 Old Blue Last, London, UK
21.11.2013 Merelyn, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
22.11.2013 Patronat Café, Harleem, The Netherlands
23.11.2013 Alter Stadtbahnhof, Schweinfurt, Germany
24.11.2013 AB, Brussels, Belgium (supporting Airbourne)
25.11.2013 Underground, Cologne, Germany
27.11.2013 Arena (small room), Wien, Austria
28.11.2013 Kofmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland
29.11.2013 Gaswerk, Winterthur, Switzerland
30.11.2013 Zwölfzehn, Stuttgart, Germany
01.12.2013 Chemiefabrik, Dresden, Germany
03.12.2013 Hydrozagadka, Warsaw, Poland
04.12.2013 Minoga, Poznan, Poland
05.12.2013 Comet, Berlin, Germany
06.12.2013 Indra, Hamburg, Germany
07.12.2013 Beat, Copenhagen, Denmark
12.12.2013 Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden

BOMBUS online:
http://www.bombusmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/bombusmusic
http://www.myspace.com/bombusmusic

Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia

Century Media webshop:
www.cmdistro.com