Abandoned by Bears – “Headstorm”

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Sep 082018
 

Sweden’s Abandoned by Bears return with their second album, Headstorm,  a mix of individual pop punk and metalcore songs and songs that blend the two styles.

Abandoned by Bears have been together as a band since 2012 and live scattered across Sweden, which undoubtedly makes for some challenges in recording.  For Headstorm, the band opted to have Buster Odeholm (Impact Studios) handle the mixing and mastering in contrast to their previous work where the band handled everything.  Even the recording itself had a good bit of variety as the band used multiple studios in Malmo and Trelleborg. With the release of the album on August 24th, the band kicks off a US tour with support from Light Up the Sky, Boys of Fall, and We Were Sharks.

Interestingly, Abandoned by Bears have chosen the first and last tracks off Headstorm to be videos for the album.  The opening track “So Far Gone” is over the top pop punk along the lines of Blink-182, Good Charlotte,  and numerous others and the from a style standpoint, there are brief glimpses of guitars that seem a bit too heavy and maybe that should have been my tip off to what was to come.  In sharp contrast is the last track “Greyscale” which is full on metalcore complete with the chugging deep riff expected from a 7- or 8-string guitar.  Gone are the syrupy bright vocals, replaced with deep growled screams and lines like “Back the f*&^ up…” and breakdowns that sound familiar to anyone who has listened to the genre. Continue reading »

Aug 232018
 

Stockholm, Sweden’s pop-punk kings Abandoned By Bears are giving fans an advance listen today of Headstorm, their head-bopping third studio album set for release tomorrow. To coincide with the album, the crew will be serving up old favorites alongside their new tunes on the inaugural Headstorm Tour, kicking off tomorrow, August 24 in Chicago, IL.

“We are very honored to be sharing this album with you all today,” exclaims bassist Gustav Eriksson. “Headstorm was a labor of love for the last year and a half, so give it a spin and check out the new tracks live on the Headstorm Tour which starts this Friday!”

Listen to the full album Headstorm below. Continue reading »

Aug 042018
 

‘So Far Gone,’ the track that kicks off Abandoned by Bears highly anticipated album is here now. The bands third studio album, “Headstorm,” is set for worldwide release on August 24, 2018. To coincide with the release, the Swedish punk crew will be serving up old favorites alongside their new tunes on the inaugural Headstorm Tour, kicking off August 24 in Chicago, IL.

Bassist Gustav Eriksson explains the track’s meaning, “This is about coming to your senses after you’ve gone down the wrong path in life. Whether it is a major life changing mistake or just a small thing to anger you, ‘So Far Gone’ elaborates on how these circumstances make you feel lost and out of place in your current situation. Visually, we wanted to show an interpretation of the lyrics with the slightly funny side of an 80’s adventure movie.” Continue reading »

Jun 222018
 

With a new label home of Victory Records, Stockholm rock quintet Like Torches have separated themselves from Sweden’s music scene since their debut, 2013’s Keep Your Head High. Burning like their namesake, these five emotionally charged individuals are set to release “Loves And Losses,” later this fall. The proof is in the first single released, ‘Silver Lines.’

“We have never met a label as enthusiastic and excited about Like Torches as Victory, so we are all intrigued to see what we can accomplish together,” explains vocalist Jonathan Karn. “It is an honor to be working with a label that has released so many of the legendary records we grew up listening to.” Continue reading »

Feb 242018
 

Six piece punkers We Were Sharks have released their new album “Lost Touch” today. “We’re super excited that Lost Touch is finally out!” exclaims Randy Frobel, who has been handling lead vocals since the Canadian group’s inception. Described as “an absolute riot of bounce-off-the-walls rhythms and fist-in-the-air melodies,” Frobel continues, “A lot of blood, sweat and tears were put into this album and we couldn’t be more proud of it. Massive thank you for everyone who’s been with us since (2012’s) Highways. Buckle up and get ready for a crazy 2018!”

Entire “Lost Touch” album available for streaming, listen below.

Direct from the nation’s capital city of Ottawa, We Were Sharks are set to continue wielding their full-force of punk and alternative music. In addition to Frobel, We Were Sharks is rounded out by drummer Will Plummer, bassist Steve Creaturo, and the hat trick attack of guitarists Jason Mooney, Josh King and Colin Jacques. Continue reading »