Ultima Thule - Vingslag

Dim Records - EP -

1094_ut_ving.jpgVingslag (or Wave of the Wings) is new EP which is out on CD or 12´´(black, blue and yellow) on Dim Records. It contains four songs Vingslag and Trolltider (Age of Trolls) on side A and Tröstlisedens Sång (Song of Solace) and Titta, Se Och Lär (Watch and Learn). On last two EP´s (Sverige, Sverige Fosterland and Så Länge Skutan Kan Gå) was on vocals original singer Bruno Hansen but on this EP Jan Thrönblom is back in line up. Whole EP has more than 13 minutes so it means more than 4 minutes average on one song. It is hard to pick the best songs but I really like Vinglsag and Trolltider (with nice refrain and typical beginning – dampened guitar, simple drum rhythm plus Jane´s vocal). At the end of Titta, se och lär is nice guitar solo. On the cover is raven flying above Scandinavia, on the back are band photos and photo from the gig. Inside is no paper with information but this is how Dim Records do it in case of Ultima Thule records. Nothing more or less then classic in style of the last albums.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8/9  •  Date: 21.07.2017

The Sandals - F.T.W.

DIY - CD -

1093_sandalsftw.pngThird album from this Poznaň based band is out in DIY style and you may listen to thirteen songs (one is in English, the rest is in Polish). English one is cover from Marching Orders – Australian Made which was renamed to Fuckin´ Polish Made). There are some other covers - Clockwork Army from Black Marias, Glowa do Góry (from Polish pop rock band Banda i Wanda) and Nie Mamy Nic (which is Vi Får Ingenting from Agent Bulldogg). So we have four covers and nine original songs. Graphics of the cover was done by tattoo artist Abu (oldschool picture), inside are lyrics and thankslist plus photo of band members. Band plays in five and all members helping vocalist Kotek in singing. Two guitars are well heard just check the songs like Rozstanie (Farewell), rock one Czekam (Waiting) or title one F.T.W. (with great singalong). You surely find out that all songs are really melodic just check the last one Fyrtel, Bledy (Mistakes) or Jak tu źyć? (How to Live Here). Sandals played many times here and I have to say that they sound live as good as on CD. Nice piece.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8/9  •  Date: 18.07.2017

Zex - No Sanctuary

Violated Records - EP -

1092_zex-NOSANCTUARY-front1.jpgZex is four piece band from Ottawa in Canada which has female vocals (Gretchen). They have been playing since 2014 but they have already released two full albums and six EP´s. On this single are songs No Sanctuary and More Time. Sound is really melodic and after the first hearing I was thinking that they sound similar to Finnish Dead On´s (and Gretchen has also similar vocals to Hanna) but Zex are little bit slower in rhythm. You will think about other female fronted bands like Violators or Vice Squad for sure. To the title song you may check official video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cMsmU_HMig and you may know this song also from their full album Uphill Battle. When you browse through youtube you will find some other official videos to their older songs The band plays in classic line up but the guitar and bass aren´t afraid to play solos. Second song More Time is slower and more melodic and it is about that the world is so nice and when you look at the sky, ground or sea you need more time in living to watch it again. I do not know anything about graphics because I have just promo but the music is great and who likes melodic stuff with female vocals this is exactly for him.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8/9  •  Date: 17.07.2017

Foreign Legion - What Goes Around Comes Around

Violated Records - CD -

1091_Foreign Legion Front.jpgRe-edition of the album from this Welch band which was originally reelased in 2002 on DSS Records and as a cassette on Jimmy Jazz Records (one year later). Re-edition will be out on US label Violated Records and album was produced by Mick Jones from The Clash. The band plays clockwork punk (they have released also split album with Foreign Legion and they have been active since 1984 with little break between 1999 – 2000. Album was recorded in five piece line up, it is nice middle rhythm with no hurry, smooth vocals which are easy to understand and the first song Wake Up proves it for you. I really like bass line in Valley Mentality which is about stereotype life on countryside. Best song for me is Wish You Were Here about traveling and clockwork one called Smiling Assasin (with two tone guitar). Some other songs are FL (Foreign Legion), Another Day, My Town, Power Game, Where´s Johnny, … Booklet is gatefold with lyrics, many photos and thankslist. Nice re-edition but I will leave it without rating because it is nothing new.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating:  •  Date: 14.07.2017

Projekt 9 - Älskar att ni hatar oss

Pretty Shitty Town Records - EP -

1090_projekt9_EP.jpgAfter full EP and CD comes this Swedish band with next EP and its title can be translated like We Love that You Hate Us. EP is out through PST Records and it contains four songs in Swedish - Livet som jag valt (Life I Chose), Älskar att du hatar mig (I Love that You Hate Me), En runda till (Next Round) and Sjuk värld (Sick World). I wrote about tbe band in previous reviews so you may read if you want something about members, etc… This record was done in four (guitarist Arthur left the band . maybe he is focusing just on Åvga) and it can be heard. Songs sounds rawer and faster to me (maybe the beginning of Älskar att du hatar mig is exception). But you should surely expect typical Swedish melodic sound and the title song proves it well with nice guitar solo at the end. In En runda till vocalist shout over the rest of the band but there are also nice chorales. The cover graphics is quite simple but it contains everything you need – lyrics (just Swedish), thankslist and small collage from band photos. EP is good but I like their previous stuff more.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 7  •  Date: 13.07.2017