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SWEDEN ROCK 2019 Coverage


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A.C.T – Sweden Rock 2019 (Photo Gallery)

One of Sweden’s most lauded progressive rock bands formed in 1994 and were at their most prolific around the millenial shift when they released their first three cult albums. A.C.T‘s style can be described as “old school progressive”, with strong pop elements – influences include ELO, Queen and Saga. After the fourth album Silence (2006) […]

SKID ROW – Sweden Rock 2019 (Photo Gallery)

In the early 90s, Skid Row from New Jersey was one of the biggest bands in metal. Their first two albums Skid Row (1989) and Slave to the Grind (1991) were multi-million sellers, producing classics like “Youth Gone Wild”, “18 and Life”, “I Remember You” and “Monkey Business”. Eventually the band fell apart, reuniting in […]

OZ – Sweden Rock 2019 (Photo Gallery)

The album Fire in the Brain (1983) and EP Turn the Cross Upside Down (1984) established Finns OZ as one of the most powerful heavy metal bands of the era. With subsequent releases the band got more melodic, and folded in 1991. Not until 2011 did OZ return with their sixth album Burning Leather, but […]

JOE LYNN TURNER – Sweden Rock 2019 (Photo Gallery)

Joe Lynn Turner is one of the most recognizable and beloved singers in hard rock. His resumé includes Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, his more recent acts like Mother’s Army, Sunstorm and Rated X have also done great things – and we haven’t even mentioned his prolific solo career. Joe was supposed to perform […]

JAMES HOLKWORTH – Sweden Rock 2019 (Photo Gallery)

For the first time in over 40 years, James Holkworth is back in the music business, this time with the new band The Coolbenders. The band consists of several high rated Swedish musicians, topped with UK singer extraordinaire, Adam Barron (James can no longer sing due to an accident in Canada back in 1996 involving […]

THE GENERATIONS ARMY – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog)

Coming across young Swedish Thrash Band, The Generations Army by way of recommendation from a friend, I was impressed. I reviewed their Voices and Visions (EP) and marked them on my “Do Not Miss” section for Sweden Rock 2019. Hailing from Höör/Ludvigsborg, Sweden, The Generations Army began in 2014. Billing themselves as a new generation […]

DYNAZTY – Sweden Rock 2019 (Photo Gallery)

DYNAZTY is a Swedish melodic Hard Rock band. They have six albums to their credit with Firesign being the most recent. They played at 22:30 on Wednesday June 5, on the Rokklassiker Stage at Sweden Rock 2019. Friend of the CGCM Podcast, Decibel Geek photographer Shawn Irwin was on hand to capture all the action. […]

GATHERING OF KINGS – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog & Photos)

Gathering of Kings issued their debut album, First Mission, earlier this year. It’s not so much of a regular band, more of a supergroup. A huge supergroup, in fact. As the brainchild of Ron Dahlgren, Gathering of Kings (also monikered as GOK) is a collection of talented musicians from the Swedish Hard Rock scene. Featuring […]

DEMON – Sweden Rock 2019 (Blog and Photos)

Demon are a British band formed in the late ’70s. They are considered an integral part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Splitting up in the ’90s, vocalist and sole remaining founding member Dave Hill reformed Demon in 2001. Throughout the years, Demon have amassed a thirteen album collection. I, Rich “The […]

GENERATIONS ARMY – Voices and Visions (EP Review)

I discover new and “new to me” music from a variety of places. Festival attendance is one way through either the pre-fest listening prep or the surprise live set. Another is through recommendations of friends. So, when a friend asked me to look into a band called The Generations Army I thought, “what the hell?”. […]