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Gudars Skymning “Olycksfågl” (Transubstans)

Gudars Skymning (”Dawning of the Gods” or more like ”Holy Shit!!”) is one of the many high-quality Swedish retro-rock bands. On their seventh album, they have, however, taken a slightly different path. It’s still retro, still fat riffs, and always in Swedish, but “Olycksfågel” (a person with bad luck) is a concept album. The songs, at least some of them, are woven together with spoken words. Some tracks are quite theatrical in their approach, and the album is highly dynamic. I like it, I must say. It’s kinda hard to pop in a listen to ONE song here and there, even if tracks like “Orions Schakaler” stand up for themselves, but there’s a flow through the album that gets lost if you pick bits and pieces. The production is first class with an exact analog harsh, but without sounding lo-fi or artificial 70s. I like the guitar sound with its relatively modest but instrumental distortion. Several songs also build up in a friendly way, such as “Monoliten vid rickets gränd,” which seamlessly transcends into “Torn av ” with its heavy and slow riffs.

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By Janne Stark

I'm a Swedish guitarist, writer, and record collector. I've recorded a bunch of albums/C.D.s with bands like OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, BALLS, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, ZELLO, PLANET ALLIANCE, plus made guest appearances on stuff by NARNIA, AUDIOVISION, CHRIS CATENA, FAITH, BLINDED COLONY, THALAMUS, M.O.B., TOWER OF STONE, VII GATES, etc. I'm currently involved in the following bands/projects: GRAND DESIGN, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, OVERDRIVE, ZOOM CLUB, and CONSTANCIA. I've been writing for magazines like FUZZ, Backstage, Kool Kat News, Hard Roxx, Sweden Rock Magazine, etc. I still write for metalcentral.net, BallBusterMusic.com and metalcovenant.com, plus I'm the author of the three volumes of "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal"! I have a lovely wife, two crazy cats and two beautiful daughters.