Thrash metallers Skeleton Birth come from northern Sweden. They were formed in 2009 by former soldier Morgan Frööjd (vocals, guitar), who had just returned from Afghanistan. His experiences there are the basis both for Skeleton Birth’s lyrics and the intensity of their fast and brutal music. The album ”War diary” arrived in 2014 and in 2016 Skeleton Birth got a great reception touring with Swedish metal titans Raubtier. The band are currently working on their second album.
THURSDAY JUNE 8, 13:50 CEST
Dead Sleep from southern Sweden play old school thrash metal, with additional influences from the American punk/crossover scene of the 80s as well as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Naturally it’s all very fast, raw and energetic. Lead singer and bass player Anna Wagner is the band’s obvious visual focal point. Their first single ”Aleppo” arrived in eary 2017 and their full-length debut is planned to arrive this fall.
THURSDAY JUNE 8, 15:10 CEST
Leading Light were formed in 2012 and play modern metal where brutality is combined with melodic excursions. Their first album ”Protect the sinner” (2014) got an enthusiastic following and was followed by gigs in Sweden and abroad. Following a brief hiatus the band is now back with a new lineup, introducing itself on the current single ”13”.
THURSDAY JUNE 8, 16:50 CEST
Svartanatt (roughly ”the black night” in Swedish) from Stockholm play classic guitar rock in late 60s’/early 70s’ style. Rough, groove-based and a tad psychedelic. Their eponymous debut arrived in 2016 and was praised both in Sweden and abroad. Spring 2017 sees the release of new single ”Killer on the loose”, and this summer the band will record their second album. In the intermediate time Svartanatt will also do some touring, in Sweden as well as in Spain.
THURSDAY JUNE 8, 18:10 CEST
Stockholm’s Nocean play melodic, alternative rock with metal influences and electronic features. Since their formation in 2013 the band have released two EP:s and an album, ”Nothing to hide” (2016). The fall of 2016 saw the rlease of their first single with a new lineup and an updated sound, appropriately titled ”The change”. Nocean will spend the year 2017 writing their second album, as well as tour extensively through Europe.
THURSDAY JUNE 8, 19:30 CEST
The dynamic trio of Ida (vocals, guitar), Klara (bass) and Frida (drums) have played together for over a decade. Influenced by the likes of AC/DC, Danko Jones, the Ramones and the Runaways, their sound is obviously kick ass rock’n’roll. VA Rocks have released one EP and one album, the newly relased ”Pull no punches”, and have toured both in Sweden and abroad with the likes of Bonafide, Abramis Brama, the Poodles and Sator.