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Askvader: Askvader

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

Hailing from the musical capital of Sweden, Gothenberg, Askvader was formed as a power trio in 2017 by Jon Solheim (v,d), Martin Olsson (g,v), and Staffan Persson (b). The next year the band delivered a mini-EP with three singles to some acclaim and appreciation. Now Askvader returns with their self-titled full length debut album. Translated from Swedish, Askvader means thunderstorm.

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Musically, Askvader is channeling some serious Swedish musical history. They're fondly following in the footsteps of retro and straight up rock n roll bands like The Hellacopters, Turbonegro, and perhaps some Glucifer and Imperial State Electric. Several common musical threads wind their way through all these bands, Askvader included. One thread would be an organic, stripped down feeling to their music and the recording process. Think something like Seventies to Eighties lo-fi garage rock wrapped up in the energy of power pop. For Askvader, they blend together a combination of excitable riffs, speedy beat and groove, nascent song melody, solid vocal harmony, a dash of blues, and crisp guitar solos. And they do all these things within a compact and efficient three to four minute rock tune. Some quick paced rockers arrive with Thunderstorm, God's Grace, Nothing To Lose, and Elysium. For something like Devil's Feast, Askvader gets a bit more laid back and heavy as the pace slows and the riffs thicken for more steady rock. Within Give In, you'll hear a rich blues groove as once more Askvader slows down to grind and groove. All said, following in rich tradition of Swedish rock, Askvader delivers a solid album of the organic and energetic garage rock, infused with blues and power pop nuances. Recommended.


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Following in rich tradition of Swedish rock, Askvader delivers a solid album of the organic and energetic garage rock, infused with blues and power pop nuances. Recommended.

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