overground scene

New beginnings

Two of my all time favorite musicians have started two new bands. Fred Estby launched Necronaut, a death metal project in which he is the sole composer accompanied by established extreme metal musicians from Sweden and elsewhere. Among the contributors are Chris Reifert (Abscess, Autopsy, etc.), Uffe Cederlund (Disfear, Entombed), David Blomqvist (Dismember) and Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, etc.). Already really chuffed about this project because Estby is an amazing composer and such an intense drummer that can cause you a heart attack. To be honest I would still be happy irrespective of whom complemented the band. Estby uploaded his first song 10 days ago on the band’s myspace page. It is an amazing song sang by Reifert and as someone would have expected, it sounds a lot like something coming straight out of Severed Survival (1st Autopsy album). The song demonstrates flawless songwriting, with riffs that resound the grandeur of early Black Sabbath and a sickening performance by Reifert. Most importantly it is a memorable song with a clear structure, a thing missing from today’s death metal scene (which is the death metal equivalent of progressive rock in the 60s and 70s). I also hope to read some good lyrics, another reason why I think Estby will be irreplaceable in Dismember.(band’s mypace page can be found here)

Nicke Andersson resurfaced with his new rock group Imperial State Electric. Andersson explicitly voices here what was obvious with the Hellacopters, i.e. that he is the lone emperor of the place, or state of mind, that ISE is. He is also environed by great musicians like Anders Lindstrom (Hellacopters), Robert Pehrsson (Thunder express, Death breath) and Dregen (Backyard Babies, Hellacopters) and also some member of The Datsuns (for which I don’t really care). The two songs uploaded on the myspace page of the band are sweet and addictive and sound like Hellacopters of the last two albums (covers album included). Great presentation as well but I would expect no less from Andersson! I can’t wait to get my hands on the first single! (band’s mypace page can be found here)


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