It is the national day of Sweden, a day when we all celebrate that... we are Swedes? Ah, who am I kidding, the only thing we celebrate on this date is that we are free from work, otherwise, we really do not celebrate our national day too much, unlike 'Murica who goes buck wild on the 4th of July. Nonetheless, I am proud to be a Swede, and to show that, I am gonna add three new songs in the playlist, all from Swedish artists. Enjoy!
All of the songs on this segment is gathered in a Spotify playlist, you can find it here
The Classic: Opeth - Ghost of Perdition
Can I count this as a classic? After all, this song is 11 years old and one of the most iconic songs of the band. Oh well, I'll do it anyway, because "Ghost of Perdition" is such a kick ass song, combining every little bits that makes Opeth such a fantastic band. The length, the moods, the structures, the riffs, the vocals, it all ties together into a 10 minute orgy of amazing progressive death metal. Yeah, "Blackwater Park" is known as the opus of Opeth, but "Ghost Reveries" is a very, very close second, much thanks to the opening track "Ghost of Perdition".
The (sort of) Newcomer: Grand Magus - Forged In Iron - Crowned In Steel
I really wanted to add a song from the new Yngwie Malmsteen record "World On Fire", but as you will read in the review that I will release later, I simply could not find any song on that record that was worthy. So, I went back into the musical catalog of this year, and found a small gem from a band that rarely disappoints, but never really shines as well.
Grand Magus has always been a band that has done good solid work, with at least one or two songs each records that stands out from the others. "Forged In Iron - Crowned In Steel" is the shining star of "Sword Songs", a great hard rock song with a heavy attitude and excellent performance, resembling the work of Ronnie James Dio. A epic track that shows off the power of the Swede.
The Personal Favourite: Atlas Losing Grip - Ithaka
It finally feels fitting that I include the best song from last year into this playlist, so here we go. The skate punk band Atlas Losing Grip stunned me with their new album "Currents", revolutionizing the genre. "Ithaka" ends the album in a perfect way, telling the classic story of Odysseus journey back to Ithaka after fighting in the Trojan War, a timeless story that is fantastically interpreted in this song. The song includes a lot of different elements, from acoustic guitars to more straight forward punk beats, and they all help moving this song forward, capturing the listener's attention. It is quite a calm song, so it is not for everyone, but those who enjoys a bit change of pace now and then, "Ithaka" is the perfect choice.
Robert "Sharkruisher" Andersson