Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

So for years people have been asking me if I will ever get someone from The Hellacopters on the show since the name of the zine I started in 1998 and this podcast I started in 2007 was named after one of their songs. Well, my friends, it finally happened and it’s awesome! I got The Hellacopters’ drummer, Robert Eriksson, on to have a chat about all things ‘Copters and the like in this two hour spectacular of radness. The Hellacopters mean so much to a lot of people, myself included, and so Robert coming on this show was pretty darn special for me. I have featured interviews with both Nicke Andersson (vocals / guitars) and Robert at separate times in the zine in the past and they were on the cover of the very first issue, but many years have passed since those zine days and The Hellacopters have reformed and the people have been more than excited. Is it just a reunion? Will there be more shows? New albums? What is coming next? Well I made sure to ask Robert all about those hot topics and it’s all here. We start from his beginnings, how the band formed, their unfortunate demise in 1998, to their reunion shows happening this year. It’s a great chat and I think you’re going to love it. Listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK. If you want to stay in the loop with all things Long Gone Loser, subscribe by clicking on the link over there on the left side of the page. Thank you for listening.

All music by The Hellacopters (of course).

NOW, (IF YOU CAN FIND THEM), GO BUY ALL THEIR RECORDS!

www.hellacopters.com

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Please welcome back to the show, Entombed A.D. vocalist, LG Petrov. For those who haven’t been following the show, LG came on the show around a year ago right before the release of Dead Dawn (you can hear that interview right here) and now he returns to the LGL Show as he is excited to be heading down under for a tour in May thanks to the fine folk at Hardline Media. Heaps good! You can listen in to this interview right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Music by Entombed. And why not?

 

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This week’s interview is a fun chat with Millencolin bassist and singer, Nikola Sarcevic, as we talk about such things as the key to staying together as a band for over 20 years with the same line-up, broken bones on tour, sharing the stage with a living legend, and how Refused played a bigger part in the Swedish music scene than one would believe. There’s tour stories and the whole kit and kaboodle and whether you’re a fan of Millencolin, or they’re unknown to your ears, you can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK. (more…)

EPISODE 60

Entombed A.D.

This week’s episode is an all exclusive interview with vocalist LG Petrov of Sweden’s very own death metal legends, ENTOMBED A.D., hot on the heels of their brand new album, Dead Dawn, which comes out February 26th through Century Media. In this interview LG talks about meeting drummer and Hellacopters frontman, Nicke Andersson and forming the band Nihilist, discovering rock music and incorporating it into their style, Motorhead, Scandinavian black metal, recording their new album, and heaps more. This show is an hour long and is sure to please any fan of Entombed so have a listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK. (more…)

I was going through my old video tapes and stumbled across this. After re-watching this I knew I had to upload it for all to see. Right here we have a classic interview with Nicke and Boba from Sweden’s greatest rock n roll band, The Hellacopters, being interview by Australian Idol host, Andy G. Why do you need to see this interview? Because it’s funny. It’s quite clear that Andy G doesn’t really know a lot about rock n roll besides seeing KISS in concert. But I have met dudes who have 6 year old kids who like KISS too so it doesn’t really count. Anyway, this interview shows a very disinterested Nicke and Boba be subjected to questions about the weather and why they chose to see an AC/DC video. Seriously. This is quality journalism. Not that I am any better but there’s so much to the Hellacopters history that could be spoken about. Either way, click, watch, laugh and share.

Andy G: “Why AC/DC?”
Nicke: “Why? Cos it’s good?”

Visit the Hellacopters online at: http://www.hellacopters.com/
To check out the Tym Guitars that Nicke endorses in this interview, visit: www.tymguitars.com.au

You know, I have to admit, I am definitely not the biggest fan of the Black Metal genre. I mean, sure, anyone who knows me personally will tell you I am a huge fan of Venom, the Viking anthems of Bathory and have been known to fly to Germany to watch as Viking ships are set on fire and sent to Valhalla. Not that Viking ships at Manowar shows in Germany have much to do with black metal other than the fact that bands who live in Norway like to kill each other, burn down churches and sip glasses of wine whilst uttering the words ‘freedom’ and ‘Satan’. Hey, I’ve been known to do the same thing on those lonely nights in front of the wood fire during Winter storms as I hang out in my secluded cabin in the middle of a forest. Actually, not a lot of that makes sense. Ignore it and let’s move on.

When I was in highschool, I used to listen to Venom all the time. Like over and over again. Each weekend was spent scouring through vinyl stores looking for albums I didn’t have (yes, even the period when Cronos wasn’t singing in the band; “Prime Evil” really is a great record). My obsession with Venom got to the point where these idiots came to my house one night and put crucifix’s all over my front yard with notes of Christian scriptures attached to them. I punched one of the dudes out cos he was a dickhead and disrespectful to my mum’s front yard. ANYWAY, the moral of the story is this… actually, I have no idea. It happened and I remembered it related to people thinking I was evil. My name’s Damien so obviously I attracted remarks like “the Omen!” and “The Devil’s child!” and all this other lame shit. It all came to blows one day when one of them, Tommy, said to me “Hey headbanger, show us how you bang your head!” and smacked my head against the wall. It was kinda like a scene from the movie “Trick Or Treat” (1986) with me as Eddie Weinbauer, Tommy as Tim Hainey and Venom as Sammi Curr. So I retaliated the same way and it appears I won as Tommy never came back to school. Yeah, take that Tommy! Note: If you haven’t seen this remarkable film, I suggest you do so immediately if only to remember such great record covers like this one from Exciter.

ANYWAY, Watain’s latest album, “Lawless Darkness”, was actually my introduction to the band. I mean, I knew of them. Hell, I think I even saw them at Wacken in 2008 (3 days of metal can become a bit of blur when you forget what sleep is like). But this was the first time I have sat through some studio offerings from Sweden’s sons of Satan. And sat through it I did. From start to finish. I didn’t burn down a single church, set fire to a crucifix or burn a cross into my forehead each Sunday. Shit, I didn’t even turn the record backwards (or in this case, use a audio program to reverse the MP3’s) which is something I did upon hearing the garbled nonsense at the start of Venom’s “In League With Satan” (off their “Welcome To Hell” album – which is pure genius by the way, no one can sound so shit yet sound so awesome at the same time. Venom are gods!)

“Lawless Darkness” kicks off with a track called “Death’s Cold Dark” and mate, I tell you now, it’s pretty full on. It’s pure black metal, but kinda like punk black metal, which I am sure no Black Metal fan wants to hear this band described as but the attitude is very much punk. The whole “we couldn’t give a fuck if you like it or not” attitude is very much in place. How do I know this? Cos if you want to make a shitload of money, you don’t start a black metal band. Well, maybe you did back in the day but probably not now. Still though, this shit’s pretty intense. Like those early Bathory records before Quorthorn (R.I.P.) started singing about his ancestors, Viking mythology and making groundbreaking albums like “Hammerheart” (which I have to say is one of my favourite metal albums of all time and anyone who likes good music should own a copy). Watain’s barrage of heavy guitars, melodic solos, and screaming vocals reminds me a lot of early Celtic Frost and Possessed (remember them? They had the dude from Primus in make-up, nine inch nail arm-bands and blood). Even early Entombed or the comical Death Breath I would say are similar and I actually like both of those bands.

ANYWAY, like I said, black metal isn’t my forte. I own a few records (vinyl only so I can keep it heaps more evil) and even own a Gallhammer DVD but to sit down and listen to this kind of music is a real chore for me. But like the trooper I am, I gave it a shot and I didn’t mind this at all. I mean, I can’t see me cranking it up when I invite some sassy lass over for some romantic loving but if I want to annoy the neighbours then this would definitely be my first choice. It’s pretty gripping stuff and I can’t work out any of the words but I am sure I did hear the word “whore” a few times and the word “horror” was heard during the song “Wolves Curse” (that’s a heaps good song title). The latter also has a killer breakdown in the middle and a wolf howling in it. Aaawwwooooooooo!

Watain, to put it mildly, is brutal. More brutal than the brutalist music you have ever heard (I am sure that sweeping statement will bring in some disagreements but I don’t care, this is coming from a dude who also listens to Poison, Great White and I even own a Kix LP so it’s quite clear I have no clue about anything.) I must say that for the production, it’s really punk rock; raw but not lo-fi. Just straight to the point. Like you know what you’re getting when you pick this album up. It’s not misleading, you get what you pay for. It’s pretty epic and the songs go forever; this album is a whopping 80 minutes long with no song shorter than 5 minutes and the longest being “Waters Of Ain” which clocks in at 14 minutes and 28 seconds (and is the only song on the album that has non-screaming vocals, albeit only for like 3 lines, but you gotta hear the guitar solo after that bit, totally like RUSH or “Sleeping In The Fire”-era W.A.S.P. or something). That’s some serious value for money.

Fans of that book with the church burning on the cover and those who like rehearsing in a cave, playing with candles, swords, corpse paint and changing your name to something Nordic and strange will absolutely love this. Actually, I don’t do any of that and I still enjoyed it cos musically, I gotta give these dudes props. They know what to do. They have the whole package going on here. And if I remember correctly, their live show was pretty chaotic. If you like people, happiness and calling your cats cute names like Tickles or Socks, you’re probably not gonna like this.

Watain’s latest offering hits the streets June 7th, 2010. Click the link below to secure your copy.

Watain on Myspace
Season of Mist Records website
Order “Lawless Darkness” from Riot! Entertainment