Vindictiv's creation began in 2004 with Swedish guitarist Stefan Lindholm. He hooked up with keyboardist Pontus Larsson in a pub in Stockholm and soon began writing songs together. They recorded a demo the next year which received great reviews from Sweden Rock Magazine. I guess you could say that the momentum was building, so Mr. Lindholm recruited bassist Nalle Påhlsson (Zan-Clan). The real jewel in this emerging crown was enlistment of the phenomenal Swedish vocalist, Göran Edman (Brazen Abbot, Crossfade, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Time Requiem, Xsavior and a host of others). This man always gives his best. Through Mr. Edman, they found drummer Mikael Wikman (Planet Waves, Joakim Thåström). Together, Vindictiv emerges as a first-class band producing an entertaining mix of progressive hard rock and metal.
As always, Edman is outstanding, giving every song his all. What a great voice! Lindholm is also an exceptional guitarist with great licks that the lean towards those of shred master Malmsteen. The songs are impressively arranged and effectively produced to precision. This is a fine first work for Vindictiv. Top tracks include 'Hymn Desdemona,' 'Caesar's Commentaries,' Living Colours,' and 'Royal Loo.' Yet, every track rings with quality. 'Second Life' represents the epitome of Vindictiv's style: strong vocals, prog elements, and some brilliantly simple guitar work. The final number 'Fata Morgana' is probably my favorite number: a tricky arrangement with outstanding vocals and Lindholm's best guitar work on the whole album.
Vindictiv is an impressive first work and abounds with musical creativity and excellence. My hat is off to Stefan Lindholm for bringing together a fine band and delivering a well-rounded and stylish work. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
Vindictiv is the creation of Swedish guitarist Stefan Lindholm and features the outstanding vocals of Sweden's Göran Edman. This is magnificent work of melodic and progressive rock that often verges into the metal arena. Without doubt, this band has an impressive future!